Three Rivers Mayoral Candidate debate at the King's Playhouse, Wednesday, Oct 24

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I’ve been pretty anxious for the weather to turn much nicer. When it does, I’ll spend as much time as I can in my ‘happy place’, which in my case, is our upper back deck. I love it out there. I’ve been known to spend hours with a beverage and perhaps the odd cigar, taking in what Mother Natu…

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Years ago I heard a funny story about a farmer whose name was Jacob. He had a mule named Caesar that fell into an abandoned well 50 feet deep. Jacob really loved this old mule. But when he surveyed the situation, he realized there was no way to rescue old Caesar.

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In the public relations disaster that was Marie-Claude Bibeau’s attempt to explain Canada’s arbitrary shutdown of PEI’s multi-million dollar potato export industry, the Minister of Agriculture repeatedly leaned on the phrase ‘science is not black and white.’

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It’s no surprise Mark McLane rode Premier Dennis King’s popularity to victory in the Cornwall-Meadowbank by-election, ending more than three decades of Liberal representation. What is surprising is the impact it could have on opposition parties.

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Charlottetown Rural students were already gone for the week when Education Minister Natalie Jameson and her deputy arrived to meet with the demoralized staff of PEI’s largest school November 5th. It was, by all accounts, an uncomfortable, emotional, and pointed meeting with teachers venting …

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The mere mention of the word vaccination in polite conversation can raise the hair on the back of a neck faster than a Freddie Krueger slasher movie. It’s a topic that lives in polar opposites: pro-vaxers see the world as a two-or-more jab universe. While those who don’t, loudly fear loss of…

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Lisa Moore is a mom and registered nurse facing a perfect storm of events that will likely force her to again leave her home province, in search of secure work and educational opportunity for her children. 

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For a premier who professes to do politics differently, Dennis King’s Tories sure look to be pulling a page from the same ol’, same ol’ playbook for the District 16 byelection.

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Aspin Kemp & Associates cavernous Pooles Corner manufacturing plant is an odd place to find a newly-built 45-foot fishing boat, the kind found tied up at docks across Atlantic Canada. But while this vessel looks similar, its guts are set to revolutionize commercial fishing while taking a…

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As we celebrate National Newspaper Week, this year takes on added importance at Island Press Limited. Over the past 18 months our goal of delivering the most relevant, interesting and unique local content has been challenged in unprecedented ways. It is a test that has reinforced the power a…

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Landing a seat as one of six members of the PEI Supreme Court Trial Division is one of the best legal gigs in the country. Landing a seat on our Supreme Court of Appeal is like hitting 6/49; few jobs boast the same financial perks and non-intensive work environment. 

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It was supposed to be a collective show of power. But what the Minister of Education and a cadre of senior members of the Public Schools Branch actually delivered to a skeptical legislative committee last week is the institutional tell that drives far too many decisions - fear.

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It’s the scale of the Gray Group’s Crossroads development in Stratford that is jaw-dropping - 2,635 housing units to be built on 40 hectares of land in the heart of the community over the next 20 years. The mix of residential, town-homes, apartment buildings and commercial development will e…

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When Ellen Taylor found her voice after a dozen years of addiction, her searing critique of mental health and addiction services on Prince Edward Island also lifted fellow addicts, the marginalized and ignored, who saw themselves in her words.

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Premier Dennis King drew a breath and mustered his best moral outrage. The only thing that has ‘pissed me off’ during the pandemic, he said, is ‘when our health professionals get attacked like they do.’ 

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American golfer Bryson DeChambeau fancies himself a scientist, constantly tweaking his swing and equipment to produce drives of epic distance. But his physics degree can’t hide his ignorance when it comes to COVID. The muscle bound athlete has declared he won’t receive a vaccine because he i…

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We are seeing in realtime what happens when political ideology trumps science; the health and welfare of Alberta residents is being put at extreme risk for no greater reason than appeasing the United Conservative Party base.

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Depending on perspective, the departure of perceived front runner Heath MacDonald from the provincial Liberal leadership makes the non-existent race either much more interesting or a train wreck rolling toward an inevitable electoral disaster.

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It’s no secret the health care hiring process is cumbersome, clunky and ineffective. It involves the Department of Health, Health PEI and the PEI Public Service Commission, all carving individual silos that breed confusion, frustration and a tonne of wasted time.

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Wayne Easter had barely uttered the words of his imminent retirement from the House of Commons when a stampede of party operatives and potential candidates dove into their respective Rolodex to gauge who has the upper hand at replacing the nine term MP. 

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It’s a question virtually everyone has an opinion on ... as a province when and how do we reopen safely? The problem is many perspectives lack the full spectrum of insight needed to avoid turning a seemingly logical act into an overnight health crisis.

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A federal committee delivered a hefty 40 recommendation report on the volatile right of First Nations to conduct a moderate livelihood fishery last week. What federal MPs can’t recommend is a way to guarantee peace on Maritime wharfs. And that may be elusive as long as the Department of Fish…

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Six-time major golf champion, and CBS television commentator, Sir Nick Faldo has never visited PEI, let alone a 10 x 12-foot shed overlooking a rugged driving range at Belfast Highland Greens. But a glitzy television commercial airing on Golf Channel draws a direct line between the two. 

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When it comes to health care, too often staffing is more whack-a-mole than strategic planning; we put out fires but never engage Islanders in discussion about health priorities and how to deliver them. Because of it, we lurch from one crisis to another.

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Twelve million dollars sounds like a lot, but as a revenue stream in PEI’s $2.3 billion annual budget it is insignificant, barely an accounting rounding error, which begs the question: Why are Tories throwing reputation aside to jump in the pool with Atlantic Lottery Corporation to launch a …

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Embarrassment. Outrageous. Abdication of responsibility. Pick your favourite, because all apply to what passes for leadership from two Tory cabinet ministers in handling of serious allegations of discrimination against government’s handpicked operator of Bedford MacDonald House. 

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Poor John A, defaced a third time by petty vandalism misguided as public debate, while bumbling Charlottetown City Council can’t figure what to do with the made-in-America but paid for by Canadian taxpayers statue, featured in tens of thousands of snaps taken by happy tourists and late night…

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Islanders love the thrill of a bet. There’s not much we won’t gamble on. Who among us has not thrown a few bucks at a 6-49 dream, scratched a ticket, plunked a couple bucks down on a harness race, joined the gang for game of poker, bet on professional hockey or supported a local service club…

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There’s an old adage that if you want to bury bad news, fire off a press release late Friday afternoon. The King government’s modern spin is to issue a release at noon Wednesday, during a week when Island MLAs were off doing something other than their actual job of sitting in the provincial …

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Ross Young never seemed in a rush. There was always time to enjoy a story, talk politics, or brag about the kids who crossed his path in sport. There was always time to share a laugh. If your phone displayed his number you were committing to a 20-minute chat before picking up. The former Lib…

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There are things in life that make sense, things that make no sense, and things you can only shake your head at and wonder what were they thinking. Here’s a few.

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When the Psychiatric Urgent Care Clinic in Charlottetown was shuttered, forcing mental health treatment back to the unfriendly confines of QEH emergency room, Health PEI blamed breaking its promise to keep the unit open on staffing shortages.

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After a year of angst, loss and resilience we finally see the first tangible signs of turning the COVID corner. It happened for me last week with a photo of my youngest daughter, masked and wearing an AC/DC t-shirt (a style she did not inherit from her father), receiving the AstraZeneca vacc…

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It is breathtaking political hypocrisy. One day Dennis King solemnly urges all MLAs to ratchet back politics from mental health and addiction discussion; the very next he invokes the worst kind of political decision-making to catapult the fundamentally flawed mobile mental health unit out of…

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Even by Island standards, it was a week of eyebrow raising oddity. The legislature heard analogies pertaining to The Simpsons and two frogs churning their way to safety in a vat of milk. The Third Party was rightfully hammered for waffling on temporarily shutting the house during a three day…

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While partisan jabs led debate on the Speech from the Throne, a legislative committee unanimously subpoenaed an unredacted copy of the Brendel Farms report, asserting its authority over privacy legislation now routinely used as the easiest way to circumvent transparency and public oversight.

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The only thing missing were the chirps of outrage that marked the Liberals misguided and failed eGaming scandal. News of Finance Minister Darlene Compton’s plan to launch a provincial online casino through Atlantic Lottery Corporation was met with little scorn, beyond the predictable. Tories…

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A cabinet shuffle is the art of making one domino fall gently onto another. And while Premier Dennis King’s shuffling of chairs was billed as a tweak it turned into much more, with half of cabinet finding new roles.

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Common sense is often lost in the siloed, bureaucratic halls of Health PEI, like its inexplicable decision to use health care dollars to fund armed, non-uniformed police to attend every mobile mental health call across the Island. On every level - fiscal, need, policy direction, evidence and…

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Ya sorta knew when the Irving family pulled an end run around the Lands Protection Act that Islanders would be the last to know full details. And thanks to two plodding government-funded silos playing an unacceptable game of slow motion ping-pong that is exactly what will happen. 

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It’s a funny thing, politics. American angst over the last four years became our angst. We lived the Trump era almost as if a border did not exist. Maybe it’s the 24-hour news cycle, social media and the spread of misinformation too often built on anger that flows freely onto our televisions…

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There will be no knocking COVID from its perch as the most influential political variable anytime soon. This does not mean MLAs are standing with their hands in their pocket waiting for the virus to dictate the public agenda. The reality is there is a COVID stream of action and an everything…

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Shed a crocodile tear for Michelle Rempel, if it were not for 'vulturous' media she could cross the US border to be with her husband and sick mother-in-law instead of stuck in Calgary, a victim of political optics. 

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The Queen was right, just 28 years early. Oh sure, 1992 may have been a bad one for the monarch, but a few tawdry scandals pale in comparison to what history will show 2020 as - the undisputed heavyweight annus horribilis champ.