Bridges, Roundabouts, and Driveway Entrances: The Strange Business of Engineering

Like medical doctors, we seldom question the decisions of engineers, those highly-skilled people who design and construct so much of our physical world. Building things is part of my heritage. My father and his father before him, as well as my brother, spent their working lives constructing buildings, large and small, and I am only […]

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The Mill River Project: Regional Development Is Not Rural Community Development

Regional development is an upper Canadian idea.  It had its origins in the decades following the last world war, as Ottawa attempted to stimulate economic development and job creation in the so-called ‘depressed’ parts of the country like Atlantic Canada. We are all familiar with the acronyms – ERDA, FRED, ACOA. There are now six regional […]

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Thelma Wants A Discount At Canadian Tire

Thelma McDonald of Morell wants a discount at Canadian Tire, after learning that Island pot manufacturer Paderno has been sold to the national hardware chain. She says that Canadian Tire owes it to her because Island taxpayers had a financial stake in Paderno, and now, with the sale to the giant retail company, she expects to get special treatment as a […]

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Build It and Perhaps We Will Understand!

In the capital city of the great American Republic, there are countless museums, memorials, and opportunities to discover history. By far, the most sobering and devastating place I visited was the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, where the story of Nazi genocide against the Jewish people is told graphically and truthfully, and upon leaving the exhibit halls, it […]

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Fifty Shades of Green

With the innocence and flights of fancy of Anne of Green Gables, and its literary industry, the mortal life of the authoress herself has been accorded scant attention. But with a young couple from Bedeque now planning to restore the historic residence of Montgomery’s lover, Herman Leard, and following the discovery of a woman’s undergarments hidden in […]

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Jeffery Amherst and the Smallpox Blankets

As the descendent of Scottish and Irish immigrants who came to Prince Edward Island in the nineteenth century, my history here is long and deep rooted. And yet, I am a newcomer when compared to the early Shellfish and Mi’Kmaq native peoples who have called this Island home for thousands of years. It is a […]

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Reading the Leadership Tea Leaves of Our Political Parties

While the next Provincial Election is still more than two years away, leadership is a constant topic of conversation within political parties, and even during the good times nothing is ever assured. For political leadership can be like walking a rail fence. It requires balance and judgement, and a good deal of self confidence. Island […]

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Defenders, Invaders, and Bystanders: A School Review Cast of Characters

The school review process came to a screeching halt last Tuesday morning, as Premier MacLauchlan suddenly called a press conference to announce Cabinet’s decision to put aside the recommendations of the Public Schools Branch (PSB), adopted the previous night, to close St. Jean Elementary in downtown Charlottetown, and Georgetown Elementary. To call it a last […]

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Paderno Cookware Imported From China Puts Iconic Brand At Risk

China has gained a reputation as “the world’s factory”, and Canada has a growing trade relationship with China, exporting commodities and natural resources, while importing a wide array of manufactured goods. Since its founding in 1979, the Paderno manufacturing plant in the West Royalty Industrial Park has made stainless steel cookware of world-class design and […]

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Drowning the Runts In the Pond

When my oldest son was 14, he wanted a dog, and after a lot of family talk about the responsibilities of caring for a pet, we found a man who breeds beagles just west of Summerside, and drove up there on a Saturday afternoon to look at the new pups. When we got there, six little beagles were […]

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