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CHEERS & JEERS: P.E.I. animal protection officers look after welfare of furry companions

Mike Gilbertson, right, an animal protection officer with the P.E.I. Humane Society, responded to a call from Dave Arsenault of Charlottetown who was concerned about a stray cat in the area who had been injured.
Mike Gilbertson, right, an animal protection officer with the P.E.I. Humane Society, responded to a call from Dave Arsenault of Charlottetown who was concerned about a stray cat in the area who had been injured. - Dave Stewart

CHEERS to the handful of animal protection officers who work with the P.E.I. Humane Society. They work 24 hours a day looking out for the welfare of companion animals across the province. Considering they handle, on average, 1,000 cases per year, they are stretched thin and a lot of what they see and deal with isn’t pleasant. Meanwhile, the society is in the midst of a $2.9-million fundraising campaign to expand the shelter on Sherwood Road in Charlottetown. With the help of Islanders’ generosity, companion animals will get even more of the love and attention they deserve.

JEERS to the lack of signage around some of Charlottetown’s most notorious potholes this season. We realize it’s been a rough winter for roads across the province, but there are some streets in the city with holes that are big enough to lose a bus in. While public works crews have marked off some of the beasts that could rip parts off of our vehicles, there are many huge and dangerous potholes that are not clearly marked by signage or a pilon. Attentive drivers may see them well enough during the daytime, but they may very well sneak up on you – and your vehicle repair bills – in the nighttime.

CHEERS to Bailey Smith, who finished second at the U Sports women’s 60-metre run this week Winnipeg. The Ten Mile House native finished the race in 7.49 while Lethbridge’s Sandra Latrace won in 7.42. Smith finished second in her preliminary race with a 7.52 time to Latrace’s 7.4. Smith finished ninth and seventh in her previous two trips to nationals. We never get tired of Islanders shining on the national stage.  

JEERS to the culprit who broke into and looted P.E.I. singer-songwriter Rose Cousins’ car of her treasured musical instruments on the eve of her U.S. tour. Cousins walked up to her rental car in Los Angeles to find a window smashed and her Martin guitar and Harmony Baritone ukulele stolen. She has been left without her instruments for a small tour slated to perform Saturday in Seattle, Sunday in Portland, Tuesday in San Francisco and March 17 in Los Angeles. She resorted to tweeting out a plea for a loan of an acoustic electric guitar and/or baritone ukulele. Unfortunately, this type of theft is all too common among travelling musicians. Let’s hope authorities can work to set this right, return the instruments and bring the thief to justice.

CHEERS to The Guild for partnering with the P.E.I. Association for Community Living for “Art for All”, an exhibition currently on view at The Guild. It features paintings by people with intellectual abilities — and what a great thing to celebrate. By recognizing the talents of this population, it’s giving them an opportunity to shine. The show runs until March 16 at the gallery, located at 111 Queen St. in Charlottetown.

CHEERS to the staff at the Country Style coffee shop at the Petro Canada location in Winsloe. Despite hectic mornings handling drive-thru and front-counter orders, usually with only two staff during the busy morning rush, these employees offer friendly and efficient service. They can also rhyme off regular customers’ orders by heart, even while juggling all their other tasks. It’s a pleasure to see customer service done right.

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