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Cheers & Jeers: Islanders without family doctor increase by 11 per cent

Health care workers are paying more attention to hand hygiene, Eastern Health says.
Health care workers are paying more attention to hand hygiene, Eastern Health says.

JEERS: To the latest survey numbers, which indicate that the number of Islanders without a family doctor has increased by 11 per cent over the past six years.

The number of Atlantic Canadians who currently have a family doctor remains high, despite a slight decline over the past four years, according to the most recent survey conducted by Corporate Research Associates Inc. The number Prince Edward Islanders who currently have a family doctor has been trending downward since 2011. Just over eight in ten P.E.I. residents (83 per cent, down 94 per cent in May 2011) have a family doctor.

CHEERS: To the 2017 recipients of the Order of Prince Edward Island who will be honoured at a special investiture ceremony at Government House on Tuesday, Sept. 26, at 7 p.m. The Chancellor of the Order, Lt.-Gov. H. Frank Lewis, will confer the honour on Catherine Callbeck of Central Bedeque, Catherine Hennessey of Charlottetown and James MacAulay of St. Peter’s Bay. It will be one of the last official duties for Lt.-Gov. Lewis who is about to complete his term, and be replaced by Antoinette Perry of Tignish.

CHEERS: To Malpeque MP Wayne Easter who introduced Bill S-236 in the Commons Sept. 18, with Bobby Morrissey, the Member for Egmont serving as seconder. The Senate bill moves to officially recognize Charlottetown as the Official Birthplace of Confederation, following the Charlottetown Conference of 1864. “I would like to thank Senator (Diane) Griffin for introducing and getting this Bill through the Senate with unanimous support,” said Easter. “This legislation is an important part in celebrating our Confederation 150 years ago.”


CHEERS: To all Islanders who supported the Raise-a-Reader project, sponsored by The Guardian and the Journal Pioneer, last Wednesday, in support of family and children’s literacy projects. The event raised more than $19,440, an increase of more than $2,500 over last year. In a little more than two hours, 31 teams and more than 150 volunteers from Tignish, O’Leary, Summerside, Charlottetown, Montague and Souris made a huge difference in lives of Prince Edward Island children.


CHEERS: To the province and the P.E.I. Potato Board who are partnering with Island farmers and a transport company to provide fresh produce to those affected by devastating Hurricane Irma in Florida. A tractortrailer with more than 40,000 pounds of fresh produce – including potatoes, carrots and turnips – left Sept. 20 to assist victims of Hurricane Irma. The trailer will include 17 pallets of potato donations from growers and packers throughout Prince Edward Island, to carrots and rutabagas from P.E.I. Vegetable Growers Co-Op.

JEERS: To a Canadian Coast Guard vessel, which was fined $6,000 for speeding in violation of measures aimed at protecting North Atlantic right whales in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Transport Canada says the coast guard ship breached the 10-knot speed limit in the western gulf, which applies to vessels of more than 20 metres. The penalty is the third of its kind since the speed restrictions were announced in August as part of an effort to prevent further right whale deaths in the gulf. When government’s own vessels break the rules, what message does that signal to other ships?

CHEERS: To Dr. Kate Scarth, announced by UPEI last week as the inaugural Chair in L.M. Montgomery Studies and Applied Communication, Leadership, and Culture. As chair, Dr. Scarth will create public engagement activities centred on the life and writings of Lucy Maud Montgomery. She will also teach and develop the core courses in the Faculty of the Arts’ newest program: Applied Communication, Leadership, and Culture (ACLC).


CHEERS: To Farm Day in the City, presented by the P.E.I. Potato Growers, which returns to downtown Charlottetown this year on Sunday, October 1. Farm Day will mark its 10th anniversary this year with its biggest celebration to date. P.E.I.’s largest outdoor street festival and market is a product of Discover Charlottetown, the destination marketing organization for Charlottetown. The event, which is free to the public, serves as the finale to the month-long Fall Flavours Festival and showcases the Island’s rich agricultural community, culture, and culinary scene.


CHEERS: To PC leadership candidate James Aylward who announced a plan to provide relief on home energy bills to Islanders. Aylward says, if elected premier, he will remove the provincial portion of HST from residential electricity bills and all forms of residential heating, including electricity, furnace oil, wood, wood pellets and propane. It’s good news, especially for low income Islanders in the winter months, when electricity and heating bills rise significantly.  

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