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CHEERS & JEERS: Seat hogs on ferries between P.E.I. and N.S.

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JEERS to Parks Canada for shutting down one of P.E.I.’s most recognized tourist attractions daily at 5 p.m.

Green Gables house is open banker hours – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. – during our peak tourist season. It truly shows how of out touch with reality our government bureaucracy really is.

Last Sunday, there were more than 100 tourists on the site past 5 p.m., one woman was in tears because she had just arrived from Toronto and went directly to Cavendish only to find Green Gables house shut down.

In a statement to The Guardian, Parks Canada said it wants to provide the “best possible visitor experience.” Sorry to say that is not happening. They did say the house will be open until 6 p.m. Aug. 18 to Labour Day and it will consider the increased visitation for its 2018 operational plan.

React faster. Stay open longer. Use common sense.

CHEERS to the organizers of 2017 Gold Cup Parade for another outstanding parade.

Prince Edward Island is lucky to have these dedicated volunteers who work hard nearly all year long to ensure that Charlottetown continues to have one of the most preeminent parades in this country.

The parade has a long history in this province, being started in 1962 by Frank Acorn and Bill Hancock to revive Old Home Week, which prior to 1960, was beginning to lose audience appeal and to focus attention on P.E.I.’s harness racing industry.

To everybody involved in the Gold Cup Parade, we salute you.

JEERS to Charlottetown Deputy Mayor Mike Duffy for telling residents with chinch bugs to water their lawns. Duffy made the remarks in response to city residents asking for permits to use pesticides to get rid of the bugs. Charlottetown has been making efforts in recent years to reduce water consumption. Those efforts include signs scattered around the city encouraging residents to conserve water. This has been a very dry summer in P.E.I. To suggest city residents water their lawns more often seems ill advised.

JEERS to the seat hogs on the Confederation and Holiday Island ferries who sit in the limited number of seats in the cafeteria playing on their mobile phones or reading while other people, carrying trays of food, have to stand or sit outside on the deck.

There are other areas of the boat designated for casual lounging.

During a recent sailing, a father of two with two trays of food in hand, had to stand and try to juggle food and drinks while a handful of tables were filled being occupied by seat hogs.

It’s not the Island way.

Sit. Eat. Then make way for others.

CHEERS to Scott Harris, who grew up in North Tryon, for signing a two-year contract with the New Jersey Devils to serve as manager of player information/video. His job description also includes scouting.
Harris worked the last 10 years with the Columbus Blue Jackets, including the last three as scouting coordinator.

Harris will work closely with Devils general manager Ray Shero, assistant general manager Tom Fitzgerald, head coach John Hynes and the coaching staff.

Prince Edward Island continues to punch above its weight when it comes to influence in Canada’s official sport and with the NHL specifically.

We wish Harris all the best with his new gig with the New Jersey Devils.

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