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EDITORIAL: Cheers and Jeers

Things are finally starting to blossom. The forecast is calling for sun and cloud today in the metro area. The UV index will be high, so don't forget the sunscreen.
Heavy frost overnight Sunday across much of the Maritimes threatened to flowering plants, shrubs and trees, such as these apple blossoms. File photo

Mother Nature all over the map on weekend: 30 C and hot Friday; snowflurries and hail on Sunday

JEERS: To Mother Nature for the wildly fluctuating weather impacting P.E.I. over the weekend. After a hot and steamy day Friday with temperatures soaring to over 30 C, heavy rain showers and thunderstorms swept through overnight. Saturday saw temperatures plummet throughout the day – dipping from close to 20 C around 8 a.m. to 4 C by mid-afternoon, brought in by cold, northwesterly gales. Saturday night saw frost warnings with wind chills well below 0 C. Sunday was a bitterly cold day for June 3, with northeasterly gales, and a mix of hail, snowflurries and rainshowers falling along the north shore all morning and well into the afternoon. Widespread frost occurred overnight Sunday with temperatures dipping below zero across the Island – threatening plants, blossoms and early crops. A measurable snowfall occurred in N.L. yesterday. From 30 C to 0 C in 24 hours was bad enough, but to see hail and snow falling Sunday left Islanders wondering if we just saw summer come and go in one day.

JEERS: To the governing Liberals for cutting short debate on legislation that would see plastic grocery bags banned in P.E.I. While MLAs were debating the bill Tuesday night several of them still had questions when the Liberal majority voted to end the debate.

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Opposition MLA Steven Myers called it an infringement of his privileges as a member of the legislative assembly and he questioned what debate the Liberals would try to shut down next. The debate might have been taking longer than some members wanted, but our MLAs are there to give legislation the scrutiny it needs before becoming law. It could leave Islanders concerned the governing Liberals will try to shut down future debate just because they feel it has been going on long enough.

CHEERS: To Canadian LPGA Tour professional Lorie Kane of Charlottetown who earned an honorary degree from Acadia University during its convocation exercises May 13-14 weekend. Kane, an Acadia alumnus (1988), was honored with a Doctor of Humanities for distinguishing herself in sports. She is a member of the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame and since her rookie year on the LPGA Tour in 1996, she has won nearly $7 million in career earnings, including four tour wins and 99, top-10 finishes, including eight in the majors.

CHEERS: To the lasting legacy of Harry Baglole of Bonshaw, the founding director and ‘godfather’ of the Institute of Island Studies, who died last week. Harry was the visionary behind much of what has taken place in Island Studies at UPEI since 1985. He served on the IIS executive committee up until his death. Harry also played a central role in many of P.E.I.’s cultural institutions such as Ragweed Press, The Island Magazine, the Macphail Homestead, the Bonshaw Hall, and the Vinland Society. For his many contributions, Harry received the Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2013 and the Atlantic Book Awards Society’s inaugural Pioneer Award in 2014. A celebration of life filled with stories and music will be held at Spring Park United Church, Charlottetown, on Monday, June 4, 2018 at 7 p.m. with a reception to follow. He will be missed.

CHEERS: To everyone who supported the lobster dinner May 25 at the Charlottetown Curling Complex. The afternoon seniors group played a key role, especially Bryon Sutcliffe, Bill Harper, Cathy Dillon, Claire Rogers, Shelley Ebbett, Julien Gaudin, Phillip McInnis and other volunteers who helped make this event a huge success. The event raised just over $3,000, which president Mitch O’Shea says will go a long way to helping the club start off next season on the right foot and to make some needed repairs at the CCC over the summer.

CHEERS: To the P.E.I. Brewing Company for developing P.E.I.’s first light craft lager - Rix Light Craft Lager. The lager is named for William F. Rix, who was widely considered P.E.I.’s craft beer pioneer in the mid-80s. “We are thrilled to bring this new Light Craft Lager to life. It’s the first of its kind brewed on P.E.I.,” says company president Jeff Squires. Rix Light Craft Lager will be available throughout the Island by mid- June. Rix is going on tour and Island launch events will be held at seven different Prince Edward Island locations this month.

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