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Cheers and Jeers (Aug. 19, 2019)

Brian Levesque, left and John Waddell meet at Summerside’s Holman’s Wharf Wednesday afternoon. Both men jumped into the water Tuesday morning to pull a man from a sinking car.
Brian Levesque, left and John Waddell meet at Summerside’s Holman’s Wharf last Wednesday afternoon. Both men jumped into the water the previous day to pull a man from a sinking car. - Colin MacLean

CHEERS: To Brian Levesque and John Waddell. On Tuesday, the men jumped into Summerside’s harbour and rescued a 62-year-old city resident who drove his car off Holman’s Wharf. When they reached the submerged car, the air pockets gave way and the car quickly sank. They were able to pull the man out of the vehicle and bring him to the surface safely. Levesque said “instinct” motivated him to help save the man while Waddell said he just didn’t want to watch the man drown.

JEERS: To the latest round of Charlottetown speeders. According to the Charlottetown Police Services’ July statistics, 34 people were caught speeding on the bypass highway (mostly between Brackley Point Road and St. Peters Road), 16 on University Avenue (between Enman Crescent and Belvedere Avenue) and 14 on Brackley Point Road. This is dangerous and pointless behaviour.

CHEERS: To Lukas Wentzell, who found an Alberta man’s wallet while vacationing in Newfoundland and had it returned to him intact. The Alberta man — Bob Gillard — was hiking at Gros Morne National Park with his family on June 28 when he lost his wallet. The family reported the lost wallet to Parks Canada staff. About a month later back in Alberta, Gillard noticed messages from Wentzell saying he found the wallet, which had about $1,000 in cash. Wentzell, from Nova Scotia, was offered the cash as a thank you, but declined. He did accept enough for lunch and the courier cost to return the wallet to Alberta. In turn, Gillard donated the remaining amount — $943.20 — in Wentzell’s name to the Metro Food Bank Society. With all the doom and gloom in the news, it’s nice to see Canadians be just that — Canadian.

JEERS: To the power outages in Charlottetown and in other parts of P.E.I. late Thursday night and again on Friday. Especially on Friday, it was strange walking around in Charlottetown during lunchtime on a sunny day with the power out. It’s a tough pill to swallow for a lot of businesses as they were unable to serve customers. On Friday, about 3,000 customers were affected while 22,000 homes and businesses were impacted by the power outage on Thursday night. A ‘Cheers’ to Maritime Electric crews for working hard to restore the power.

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