CHEERS: To Lorie Kane of Charlottetown who was cheering from just behind the 18th green and was among the first to congratulate fellow Canadian golfer Brooke Henderson for her victory at the CP Canadian Open women’s golf championships in Regina last Sunday. Lorie led a rousing rendition of O Canada for The Golf Channel viewers as the celebrations continued greenside well after the final putt was made. Kane, 53, a member of the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame and the P.E.I. Sports Hall of Fame, made her record-tying 28th appearance at the CP Women’s Open. "I’m sure there will come a time where I may decide that might be the last," Kane said. "As for right now, I don’t see that in my near future. At least I hope."
CHEERS: To thousands of UPEI and Holland College students who return to classes this week and have already made their presence felt throughout the capital city. New Student Orientation (NSO) events for UPEI started on Saturday. There were weekend events that involved both students and parents – while other activities included campus tours, parades and a beach party. A Panthers Prowl on Sunday afternoon offered frosh an opportunity to explore downtown Charlottetown. Events take place all week before wrapping up Saturday night. There is no excuse for anyone to be left out of the fun before serious studies begin.
JEERS: To national CBC Radio which broadcast a bizarre segment last week on erotic toys. The report tried to trivialize the subject into something resembling early shopping for Christmas. The national broadcaster seems to think its newsworthy to give a platform to a subject that dehumanizes women and turn them into objects. The Current should find topics more newsworthy to discuss in the morning, other than sex toys. People tuning in to the morning talk show expect to hear current affairs being discussed – not erotic toys.
JEERS: To the Toronto Blue Jays for the amateurish way its handled the Josh Donaldson situation. The former AL MVP deserved far better treatment than that provided by the Jays. The trade to Cleveland last week was the final insult in what was a frustrating season for the starry third baseman. Bring traded was described as gutting for him, leaving a city he grew to love, parting with a club he helped restore to glory. He wanted to stay for years to come and made that clear in the off-season. Donaldson’s left calf injury ruined everything. It first cramped in spring training, was injured running the bases May 27 at Boston, and reinjured in late June while fielding groundballs as part of a botched rehab program. Despite Jays statements, Donaldson said there were never any serious contract re-negotiations.
CHEERS: To an announcement Friday that improved Island-wide Internet services are finally a step closer to provide faster and better access across the province, especially in rural areas. The provincial government issued a request for proposals (RFP) Friday for companies to make those improvements. The objective is to improve Internet service to over 30,000 underserved civic addresses across P.E.I. A major effort to improve Internet service was announced in the provincial government’s most recent capital budget. Rural residents had been promised these upgrades dating back a number of years.
CHEERS: To the Toastmaster’s Club which met at Smitty’s Family Restaurant in Charlottetown on Tuesday morning (Sept. 4) to celebrate its 1st anniversary. Club spokesman Fazal Malik said a special program was on tap to celebrate the event. Fazal is well-known across the Island as a speaker on ecumenical issues among various religious faiths.