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I think many of us have grown tired of partisan politics and partisan politicians. Seeing a problem or an issue from one side only, by its very nature, limits solutions. Therefore it was refreshing recently to see two politicians from different political stripes organize a Facebook event to …

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There are certainly a significant number of international holidays that occur in November and December each year, but no more than at any other time of the year. For example, a great number of non-Canadian, non-Western, non-Christian holidays occur near Halloween, but this is interestingly n…

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Now that the Trudeau government’s USMCA has harpooned Supply Management and the Canadian dairy industry with no visible resistance from Island MPs, particularly Agricultural Minister Lawrence MacAulay and former NFU president Wayne Easter, Island farmers and dairy consumers are left to deal …

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The bulk of our RCMP is paid by our Provincial Government. Contrary to what Transportation Minister Paula Biggar relayed to her provincial counterparts, highway fatality rates have been steady or on the rise. Impaired driving via alcohol or drugs, distracted driving, etc. play pivotal roles …

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The Liberals “Please Vote for the Liberals Budget” caused tears to stream down my face.

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Former Liberal house leader Richard Brown penned an editorial letter full of praises for his government’s great accomplishments. He forgot that the devil is in the details.

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What a way to end this sitting of the PEI legislature with the speaker ordering Green Party Leader Bevan-Baker removed for using the word “farce”. Richard Brown took strong issue with the use of this word. The word “farce” has been used in the PEI legislature on numerous occasions through th…

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Every elected PEI MLA is entitled to severance pay, should they leave of their own accord, resign, or are defeated in an election. They are entitled to one month of pay for every year they have been elected up to one year’s full salary for a regular MLA. PEI politicians both Liberal and Cons…

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Tyne Valley has just concluded another fantastic oyster festival. The celebration of the oyster is dedicated to everyone who is involved in the industry and in particular to the Malpeque oyster. These oysters were recognized for their excellence in 1900 at the Exposition Universelle, a world…

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The PEI Coalition for Proportional Representation thanks and congratulates Sean Casey for supporting the motion to adopt the House of Commons Electoral Reform (ERRE) Special Committee Report, one of only two Liberals to do so. The ERRE Special Committee was composed of members from all parti…

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The general public needs to be very concerned about the construction of holding ponds used to hold water for agricultural irrigation purposes. It appears to me that these holding ponds are a way around the 2002 moratorium placed on the drilling of high capacity wells in this Province.

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KPMG is a giant company that offers audits, tax and advisory services. This company set up tax havens for some of the world’s richest people including Canadians, knowing full well tax evasion is a crime.

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April 30 is coming up fast and once again both governments are going to gouge you again. They have been doing it for years at the same time are bragging about how much they are doing for you. They even raised the minimum wage to $11/hr but wait until you fill out your income tax forms.

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Incorporated in 1875, Elmsdale, Prince Edward Island is a place where souls run free, and the thoughts and opinions of its inhabitants are constantly nurtured at the favourite local gathering place, Elmsdale Corner Gas Station.

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I would like to thank everyone who signed the petition I started, urging the government to add beds to the Maplewood Manor in Alberton and/or the Margaret Stewart Ellis Home in O’Leary. I was able to collect over 2,000 names. Thanks a million. A very special thank you to God for giving me th…

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Our premier and his team of Liberals have decided, despite a victory for Mixed Member Proportional Representation (MMP) in a plebiscite on electoral reform, the voters’ wishes will not be adhered to. He assured all Islanders his Liberal majority caucus will endorse his motion for a second vo…

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Just wanting to express the gratitude we the staff of Western Hospital are feeling to those who donated Christmas trees to our facility. Due to an unfortunate event, we lost all of our previous trees. Having beautiful trees up and decorated for patients, staff and loved ones to enjoy; who ha…

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The results are clear. MMP is the most preferred voting method. It won by 10%. It won in 22 out of 27 districts. It won for every age group under 65. “But what about the first round of voting?” That’s not how preferential ballot works. If you really want to compare though, Proportional Repre…

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We Islanders have the chance to change the way we elect our government. It will be a huge step forward, if we are willing to take it. It’s being presented in the most confusing way, but we are used to challenges, and can make this one work for us. The ballot has five options, and we are bein…

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What a great story The Journal Pioneer published about Atlantic Lottery Corporation buying $14,000 worth of tickets to the Cavendish Beach Festival for government officials and staffers.

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PEI’s Working Group for a Livable Income (WGLI) promotes a Basic Income Guarantee (BIG) as a means to narrowing the gap between the richest and poorest within our Island community. Research proves that economic inequality leads to higher rates of social problems such as mental illness, drug …

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Cooper Institute is a member of the PEI Coalition for Proportional Representation (PR) and supports voting for PR in the electoral reform plebiscite. We ask voters to look for the two proportional representation options on the ballot and rank one of them as 1; and the other as 2. The two PR …

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