JEERS: To Canadian sports cable television networks for their failures in planning a broadcast schedule for our national women’s golf championship – the CP Women’s Open. Only because Canada’s Brooke Henderson was the third-round leader in Regina was there a last-minute deal reached by TSN to air the last three hours of Sunday’s final round. This was the first year in recent memory that a Canadian sports network did not broadcast the LPGA Tour’s Canadian event or pick up a simulcast of the feed. Poor timing for both TSN and Sportsnet - and shame on them. Golf Channel, which has exclusive TV rights for the tournament, agreed to allow TSN1 and TSN3 to broadcast the last three hours of the final round live. Apparently, a U.S. poker tournament, German soccer and other meaningless filler programming was more important for TSN and Sportsnet. Henderson hung on Sunday for a three-shot victory to become one of the top Canadian sports stories of the year. The 20-year-old from Smiths Falls, Ont., shot a 2-under-par 70 on Saturday to move into first place by one stroke. Henderson is the first Canadian to win the tournament since Jocelyne Bourassa in Montreal in 1973.
JEERS: To the over-anxious motorist who decided to exit off St. Peters Road onto the York Road in front of Jewel’s Country Market. There was one slight problem - the driver was behind another vehicle waiting to turn left as well and the two were then travelling parallel to each other onto the York Road. The vehicle which exited early refused to move and cut off the legal vehicle as both tried to enter the market’s parking lot entrance at the same time. It’s easy to see how accidents happen with such a dangerous display of driving at a busy intersection.
CHEERS: To the staff at MP Sean Casey’s office who recently arranged to have the Canadian flag at the Charlottetown cenotaph replaced in time for the Gold Cup parade. A concerned citizen had called around to various municipal, provincial and federal offices in the days leading up to the parade, and all claimed no responsibility for the flag, left in a tattered condition after heavy winds and rains earlier in August. After hearing “it’s not us” from several layers of government, he finally got through to the MP, who promised to find out which level of government and which office did have responsibility for the flag. The caller told The Guardian it turns out the P.E.I. legislature looks after the flag and it was replaced just before the Eastlink cameras rolled on Aug. 17.
JEERS: Comes from one observer who slams smokers for flipping their butts on the ground, creating a distasteful mess outside many downtown Charlottetown establishments. Before waste watch, there were many more outside trash cans to dispose of litter in front of stores or corners downtown. Citizens willing to pick up litter and help keep the city clean often can't find a trash can. Most stores removed their trash cans so they won't have to sort the garbage under waste watch rules. Bus stops have lots of cigarette butts and litter on the ground. There is a need for more blue boxes for disposables and trash cans in more spots than just the downtown core and at sport fields.
CHEERS: To the Charlottetown Rugby Football Club which capped off a perfect season Saturday by repeating as Nova Scotia Rugby tier A senior women’s champs. And the club added a second title Saturday as its tier B squad won in its first year of operation when the Windsor Hants County Machine forfeited the final. Two separate championships are an incredible feat for a small province and a small club. CRFC defeated Enfield 54-10 to capture the top tier crown Saturday.