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In the flurry of the Christmas holiday time, we may have missed registering the significance of a rather unique political event. On December 21 Joe Byrne, the Leader of Island New Democrats, and Dennis King, candidate for leadership of the Progressive Conservative party, sat down together to…

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Political observers often refer to the process as replacing the black cat with the white cat and vice versa every four to eight years. The black cat is voted in for two or three terms until the electorate is either fed up or infected with voter fatigue. Then the process starts all over again.

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Bill McCormack, who passed away on December 23, 2018, was a great friend and multi-talented musician. I feel very privileged to have had the opportunity to play and sing in his band for five years in the 1980s. It was a very rewarding experience as I learned a lot from him.

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Humpty Trumpty sat on a wall; Humpty Trumpty had a wonderful and tremendous fall; All of the uneducated Trumpty followers (“If you are like me you are OK”, like Trumpty) could not put Humpty Trumpty back together again.

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The Province of British Columbia has just announced the results of its mail-in referendum on moving to a Mixed Member Proportional voting system for provincial elections. For the third time, residents of BC have strongly supported the democratic system that has served that province and this …

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Ethics and politics. Two things that from the outset seem to be almost always mutually exclusive. In any five-minute conversation with your average citizen, you’ll find many folks who’ve meekly accepted the reality that politics can never be about morals or ethics, and in an act of cowardly …

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The following are some of the problems designers and builders need to be aware of when building provincial government units for seniors.

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After 37 days of rotating strikes, the federal government has passed legislation to force postal workers back to work. By denying our constitutionally protected rights to free collective bargaining and the right to strike, the Trudeau government is acting more and more like the previous prem…

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If you’re like me, you most likely get frustrated by the alarming lack of long-term vision public displayed by our elected representatives. If you’re from PEI or one of the other Maritime provinces, you can’t help but notice ‘the cheque is in the mail’ mentality so rampant in this region. Do…

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Are the ongoing problems with the water systems in both Cardigan and Georgetown symptoms of a far greater problem? Have the Liberals been under funding rural infrastructure for years (something I suspect) and putting rural communities at risk? Perhaps this neglect will become more evident if…

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I would like to hear what Ralph Goodale, minister of public safety and emergency preparedness, has to say about the effects of USMCA on our food security.

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My thoughts on the decision to pull Baby it’s Cold Outside a Christmas Classic from radio Stations across Canada.

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To: mayor and council of the Three Rivers region re: The problem with Georgetown water

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Farming, fishing, tourism and wind power production in rural areas are primary sources of wealth creation from which we all benefit. Sustaining these resources for the future will require investment in services and infrastructure to insure the vitality of rural communities where residents ma…

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The Group of Twenty (G20), composed of 19 countries (including Canada) and the European Union, will meet in Buenos Aires (Argentina) November 30 and December 1.

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I believe the cost to attend university is too high. Most university students can only get minimum wage jobs, and tuition isn’t the only bill they have to pay. With the cost climbing so high, fewer high school students will be able to afford to attend.

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Our number one crop, potatoes, has been struck hard this year from late frost in June, to a very dry summer, to an early frost with a very wet and cold fall. All this resulted in reduced yield in many areas, particularly West Prince. The adverse weather conditions resulted in many acres of p…

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Shootings = A sign of the times = can and will happen anytime/anyplace + copy cats = nobodies wanting to be somebodies at the expense of others saying negative destructive attention/celebrity is better than no celebrity/attention at all.

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I am writing in response to Riley Jamieson’s (Souris Regional student) letter in regard to testing senior drivers.

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Exams are ineffective and cause unnecessary stress on students. It is unfair that such a large portion of a student’s grade is based upon a single test. It is an inaccurate way to measure their knowledge of a subject. Whether a student performs well or not, exams more so reflect on their abi…

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School starts too early for student’s minds to take in the knowledge they are supposed to be learning.

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In recent years, I have heard many times my generation, ‘Generation Z’, is lazy or does not work hard for what they want.

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It was fascinating reading Ms McGrath-Gaudet’s recent op-ed on minimum wage and poverty on PEI. She uses statistics to prove her stand that minimum wage increases are not effective tools in dealing with poverty. She uses the term “aggressive minimum wage increases”.

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Recreational marijuana is now legal in PEI and concerns are growing about its impact on youth. People are worried about young people using it and becoming addicted or driving impaired. These concerns should be addressed by educating youth on safe marijuana usage.

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Many of today’s high school students end up with heavy course loads full of classes that may not intrigue them in the slightest and make them unable to take classes that would help them to cultivate their creativity and express their true interests.

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In a small community like Souris, there is a lot of pressure on students to go to college or university after high school. It is often assumed if you don’t go to postsecondary you won’t be able to make a life for yourself or get a good paying job.

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When thinking of movie stars and famous musicians we think of them as the perfect role model, as if they can’t do anything wrong. We almost never see the bad side of them. It’s like they are perfect human beings.

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I believe seatbelts should be optional. Since 1983 Americans and Canadians have been fined for not wearing them which I feel is senseless because they are fining people for their own safety risk.

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The issue here is that lobster fishermen aren’t getting the prices they should for their lobster. Prices last year were $5 for canners and $5.50-$6 for markets.

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There are far too many senior drivers on the roads these days. Accidents can occur because of senior citizens being too nervous behind the wheel. From personal experience there is nothing more terrifying than seeing an old lady driving down the road going 30 km/h while there are speeding dri…

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To me, perseverance means not giving up after the first battle. Where would we be if the 1.8 million Veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice gave up after the first battle? Please go out on Remembrance Day and honour all who fought and are still fighting for democracy.

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I feel if you have to go to school for four more years you shouldn’t have to pay so much just to get a diploma that says congratulations, you’re a graduated student who now is in debt and may or may not have a chance of a job!

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Look around ... Canada is in the midst of a raging opioid epidemic that unfortunately has reached a boiling point. It’s everywhere, and addiction is rapidly spreading through the provinces and territories. This outbreak of opioids is a catastrophic storm, with a undeniable life of its own.

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An issue in today’s society is that people need a license to go hunting for fowl. Today, you need a license for everything; from cars, to boats, and fishing.

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