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CHEERS & JEERS: RCMP officer shows skills on scooter

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Community outreach is an important part of policing and those officers showed that sometimes it’s not hard to make a good impression.

CHEERS: To RCMP officers who recently spent some time with kids at the Stratford skate park. While there, one of the officers showed off his skills by taking a spin on a scooter. Many people only have interactions with the police when something bad happens so there is a lot of value in showing young people that officers are friends and neighbours too. Community outreach is an important part of policing and those officers showed that sometimes it’s not hard to make a good impression.

CHEERS: To Owen Parkhouse of Morell who was recently elected vice-president of Dominion Command at the Dominion Convention of the Royal Canadian Legion in Winnipeg, Man. This is the first time since the 1980s that an Islander has been on the national body. Well done, Owen.

CHEERS: To regular Guardian columnist Gwynne Dyer who will offer a free lecture at UPEI, Thursday, Sept. 13 at 7:30 p.m., in the Dr. Steel Recital Hall on ‘The Populist Revolt: Its Causes and Cures. The journalist, broadcaster, and historian will discuss the return of nationalism as a movement around the world. Dyer says Donald Trump can’t “bring the jobs back”, because most of them never left the country; they just vanished because of automation. The U.S. official unemployment rate is 4.5 per cent, but almost one-third of American men over 20 years old are not gainfully employed.

JEERS: To the Public Schools Branch which has apparently rejected a proposal for separate junior and senior high schools in Stratford. The town recently presented a visionary “Community Campus Vision" proposal to have area children attend two new schools in the community. The PCB has published an online survey that doesn't match Stratford's proposal – with one option for a Grades 7-12 combined junior and senior school and another for a Grades 10-12 senior school. Why the PCB didn’t include the two-school option is confusing to say the least.

CHEERS: To the Atlantic Veterinary College’s 2018 Animal Welfare in Practice conference which will shine a spotlight on the timely topic of whale stranding. The conference will take place at UPEI from Sept. 14 to 15. Keynote speaker Dr. Michael Moore, director, Marine Mammal Center at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Cape Cod, MA., will give a free public lecture called “Food for Thought: How we all kill whales” on Friday, Sept. 14, at 7 p.m., in the Alex H. MacKinnon Auditorium, Don and Marion McDougall Hall, UPEI. All are welcome.

CHEERS: To Elections P.E.I. which is encouraging all eligible voters on Prince Edward Island to ensure their name is on the voters list for the upcoming municipal elections Nov. 5. Voter Registration Week is being held Sept. 10 to Sept. 16. Registered voters will experience quicker and more efficient service at the polls when voting in the municipal elections in Charlottetown, Cornwall, Stratford and Summerside. Voters across Prince Edward Island are encouraged to check their registration with Elections P.E.I., as it will benefit all municipalities.

CHEERS: To the Jack Frost Winterfest which returns to Charlottetown Feb 15 - 18, 2019. Atlantic Canada’s biggest winter celebration will expand to four days and brings back perennial favourites and include new features for families. The Outdoor Snow Kingdom will return to the Charlottetown Event Grounds while the nearby Eastlink Centre will play host to children’s entertainers and an Indoor Playland. Frosty Night, featuring live outdoor entertainment and fireworks in Downtown Charlottetown is also back. New in 2019, the Outdoor Kingdom will remain open on Monday, February 18th for Family Day.

CHEERS: To Summerside native and three-time Olympian Heather Moyse who will challenge Island youth at YDAY 2018 later this month. The double gold medalist is the keynote speaker at the annual young peoples’ summit for ages 16-34 on Sept. 22 at Stanley Bridge Country Resort. The Youth Futures Council has met monthly to advise and make recommendations on programs and policies. All 17 recommendations from last year’s YDAY 2017 have been considered by the provincial government, such as the expanded student financial supports.

CHEERS: To the Island Nature Trust and Nature PEI which have joined forces for the past 23 years in a team event for birds and nature. The Bennett Fall Birding Classic is a fundraiser and a significant birding event. Teams with 3 to 7 members gather pledges and then on Saturday, Sept. 29 head out in the wee hours of the morning to find as many species of birds as possible in one 24-hour period. The event will gather important information on both migrating and overwintering bird species in P.E.I. and identify changes in population levels, migration patterns and timing.

CHEERS: The City of Charlottetown which is working with TD Friends of the Environment Foundation to deliver a TD Tree Days tree planting event on Saturday, Sept. 29 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Miltonvale Wellfield Site. During the event, 150 native trees and shrubs will be planted. A watershed demo and interactive booth will show participants how watersheds function and what impacts them. The Miltonvale Wellfield Reforesting Project began in 2012 and with over 200 acres to work with, this is an ongoing project that has seen thousands of trees and shrubs planted to date.

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