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CHEERS AND JEERS: Charlottetown council a bunch of downers

Brian, Sarah, Roy, and Gary Paynter said they are grateful for all the Island support.
Brian, Sarah, Roy, and Gary Paynter. - Desiree Anstey

CHEERS: To Zixian (Ruby) Wei, a senior at Colonel Gray High School in Charlottetown, for being one of only four Canadian girls to earn a spot on Math Team Canada to compete in the upcoming European Girls Mathematical Olympiad in Kiev, Ukraine. Zixian, who was born in Yangzhou, China, moved to Canada in Grade 10. She plans to study physics and physiology at McGill University.

JEERS: To Charlottetown city council for being a bunch of “Debbie Downers” recently. Council voted down the potential for a new apartment building in the Brackley Road area. Considering the vacancy rate in Charlottetown, more room for people looking for space is needed. Council also voted down a proposal for a mobile canteen on Great George Street despite the overwhelming support for the proposal at a previous public meeting. Even the city’s planning staff suggested council approve the project, pending the approval of a development agreement for the establishment to close at midnight. It is hard to figure council out sometimes.

JEERS: To Charlottetown city council for spending $62,890 of taxpayers’ money for the design phase for the proposed two-way bike lane on Fitzroy Street, and then scrapping the project altogether. Coun. Terry MacLeod says the city will revisit the idea of creating a dedicated bike lane in the city or enhance existing cycling routes. It is still an open question whether Fitzroy Street is the best location for a new two-way bike lane. Even so, the city needs more bike lanes, especially as gas prices continue to rise and residents are being encouraged to leave their cars home and find healthier and more environmentally-friendly modes of transportation.

CHEERS: To the residents of Kensington for throwing a welcome home party for local athlete Roy Paynter. Last month at the 2019 World Special Olympics Summer Games in Abu Dhabi, Paynter, a competitive swimmer, captured two gold medals as well as a silver and a bronze. A large crowd packed the Murray Christian Centre on Saturday, April 6, to celebrate Paynter’s accomplishments. Also attending the welcome home party was Kensington mayor Rowan Caseley. It’s always a proud moment when we celebrate the achievements of our Island athletes.

CHEERS: To Charlottetown resident Chris Annett for his impressive collection of model boats. Annett, now 72, was the athletic director at Colonel Gray High School until he retired in 2005. With time on his hands, Annett ventured out to antique shops and flea markets, mainly on P.E.I. but also in Moncton, Halifax and Quebec City, looking for model boats to purchase. That work has paid off. Annett now has around 400 model boats – clippers, war ships, fishing boats and schooners. “Part of the fun of it all is the search,” Annett told The Guardian recently.

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