Marijuana Patronage Boom!!!

I suspect there are a lot of excited people hanging around the Liberals these days. They are anticipating the new rules around the legalization of marijuana and the huge patronage boom that will surely follow. It seems government cant trust local business people to run and regulate the sale of this product. They must purchase or rent expensive premises from liberal lackeys, renovate and appoint their faithful to lucrative salaried positions.   All this will be done at the expense of the island tax payers. . Surely we can ensure the safe selling of marijuana into the hands of islanders and their businesses.. The government can set the rules and be firm in there execution without creating another branch of patronage. However, none of this will happen until we change the way island governments operate. Sadly, patronage remains the key to successive Liberal/Conservative governments. Its enough to drive a man to smoking pot!!!

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We Have a Winner!!!!!

Great News

Yogi has won the competition by a large margine and the $2000 dollar prize. Congratulations Yogi it could not have happened to a better or more deserving person than you. So delighted that you will have a few extra dollars to carry you and the horses through the coming winter.

 

 

Come on folks Sunday is the last day of the competition and Yogi is still out in front.  So lets give her a FINAL big boost over the finish line. Vote for Yogi, competition voting ends on 10th September. Detail are in the  August 28th blog attached below . So vote vote vote!!!
Vote for Yogi Please.
Posted on August 28, 2017
by irishroverpei
I want to dedicate todays blog to my friend Yogi Fell.
Yogi is in the running to win $2000 in a competition, Heroes for the Horses. Please consider voting for her, everyday or even just once up until 10th Sept when the contest closes.
Handibear Hills Horse Sanctuary, Inc.

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Special Remembrance Service

There is a special remembrance service today at Kinkora HS to honour a former student. Warrant Officer Frank Mellish, Frank lost his life in Afghanistan. I knew Frank and also his wife Kendra, we were on courses together at CFB Moncton NB in the 1980’s. The school will hold a remembrance service at noon today in the auditorium. The guest speakers will be the Principle, Kendra (Franks widow) and Wayne Easter. It is because of the latter guest that I will not be attending, although it had originally been my intention. You might ask why! I find attending any military/veteran event such as this with Wayne Easter in attendance offensive. It might sound a little petty on my part but I cannot get beyond what I see as egotism and false pride. Easter wears his three medals (all hand to him merely because he is an MP) and rubs shoulders with veterans trying to blend himself into their groups, He does this on remembrance day and at many other veteran occasions. He has never served in any branch of the military, coast guard etc. Yet he parades himself proudly wearing his three shiny medals pretending to be something he isn’t. I just get angry, so its better to stay away, Sorry Frank-Kendra, you will always be in my thoughts.

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No Camping Until 2018!!!!

I realise I talked about doing a quick camping adventure while remaining on the island. Perhaps driving down to Basin Head to over night and check out the camper and the things we might need for future expeditions .

However as you can see by the fact the camper is now put away for the season camping isn’t going to happen this year. There are two reasons for this. One, with the unpredictable weather and threat of hurricanes we decided it best to stow the trailer in the garage for the winter. Two, unfortunately my health is not great, thought I was making progress with this autoimmune hemolytic anemia, but that is not the case. During the winter/spring my blood count dropped to 80, normal is 140. This was the equivalent of being short 5 pints of blood. It has been climbing steadily and was as high as 130. However a recent blood test showed in going down again, now at 113. For these reasons plus not feeling too great we decided to cancel our camping plans for 2017. Just wanted you to know this wasn’t a case of me chickening out again!!!!

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A Little Sunday HUMOUR

Two elderly ladies had been friends for many decades. Over the years, they had shared all kinds of activities and adventures. Lately, their activities had been limited to meeting a few times a week to play cards. One day, they were playing cards when one looked at the other and said, “Now don’t get mad at me… I know we’ve been friends for a long time but I just can’t think of your name. I’ve thought and thought, but I can’t remember it. Please tell me what your name is.” Her friend glared at her. For at least three minutes she just stared and glared at her. Finally she said, “How soon do you need to Know?”
SENIOR DRIVING As a senior citizen was driving down the motorway, his car phone rang. Answering, he heard his wife’s voice urgently warning him, ” Vernon , I just heard on the news that there’s a car going the wrong way on the Trans Canada Highway. Please be careful!” “Hell,” said Vernon , “It’s not just one car. It’s hundreds of them!”
DRIVING Two elderly women were out driving in a large car – both could barely see over the dashboard. As they were cruising along, they came to major crossroad. The stop light was red, but they just went on through. The woman in the passenger seat thought to herself “I must be losing it. I could have sworn we just went through a red light.” After a few more minutes, they came to another major junction and the light was red again. Again, they went right through. The woman in the passenger seat was almost sure that the light had been red but was really concerned that she was losing it. She was getting nervous. At the next junction, sure enough, the light was red and they went on through. So, she turned to the other woman and said, “Mildred, did you know that we just ran through three red lights in a row? You could have killed us both!” Mildred turned to her and said, “Oh! Am I driving?”
God Bless and Drive safe

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New Minister of VAC????????

A good read from Sean Bruyea:
Will a new Minister at Veterans Affairs do the same old thing?
By Sean Bruyea
Removing Minister Kent Hehr from Veterans Affairs Canada was the right thing to do. The new minister, Seamus O’ Regan must do better.
Just six days prior, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau commemorated the calamitous losses Canadians suffered on the beaches of Dieppe 75 years ago. In the midst of a downpour, the Prime Minister folded his umbrella noting that enduring rain is nothing compared to the bullets of war.
Such apparently unscripted compassion has been the hallmark of Trudeau’s repeated promises to make things right for Canada’s veterans. Sadly, nothing has meaningfully changed in the department mandated to care for them. Its persistent affliction: a profound cultural disconnection from veterans’ needs in the only federal department located outside Ottawa in Charlottetown P.E.I.
The best Kent Hehr could muster in his almost 22 months as Minister was an unimaginative barrage of talking points written by an insensitive senior bureaucracy. When challenged by media or veterans, he was prone to outbursts of self-righteous parroting or to abruptly end Town Halls, hastily heading for the door.
One would expect that the tragic circumstances that led to Minister Hehr becoming a quadriplegic and his ensuing struggles would have engendered sympathy, compassion, and a sense of urgency to make real and substantive changes at Veterans Affairs. Unfortunately, he frequently appeared insincere and indifferent to the suffering of veterans, preferring to let former Chief of Defence Staff, Walter Natyncyck run the show as the department’s Deputy Minister.
A myth has plagued the Veterans Affairs portfolio: one needs to be either a military veteran and/or disabled to grasp the job. Perhaps Kent Hehr in achieving so much had forgotten what it was like to struggle. It has been far easier to recite scripted media lines and blame disabled veterans than admit congenital failings of a senior public service that often harms far more than it helps.
Walter Natynczyck like the Veterans Ombudsman, Guy Parent, spent their adult lives in uniform then glided into privileged positions to serve bureaucratic commandments. They could not and have not been able to understand the urgency of needed changes that would improve the lives of veterans. Likewise they have sidelined and/or berated those that voice their concerns, especially via the media. Like all military members, they come from a dysfunctional military culture that views exercising freedom of expression as a betrayal of Canada and the uniform.
Kent Hehr was a pushover, more a bureaucratic puppet than an inspiration of leadership for veterans. He appeared to be following orders not giving them at Veterans Affairs. To his credit, he has been in fine company with most ministers over the past five decades lacking the moral or political courage to push back against inane bureaucratic initiatives and inherent resistance to positive change.
Minister O’Regan likewise could bring assets or emotional baggage to the job. His struggles with alcoholism may offer personal insight into the single biggest health obstacle faced by both serving members and veterans: mental health. A note of caution: recovery is difficult with individuals running the gamut from the compassionate to those in deep personal denial of one’s own pain. The consequence is an impatience, selfishness, and insensitivity to others’ suffering lest it remind them to take responsibility for their own life.
The male population post-World-War II at Veterans Affairs was once overwhelmingly comprised of military veterans. It also engendered a culture that was often cruel and hardhearted to fellow veterans, especially those from the Canadian Forces who never served in a “real war” like World War II.
If Minister O’Reagan and the Trudeau government truly wish “real change” as they promised, then cultural change at the department must be their focus. It is the root of all evil in Veterans Affairs. Contrary to endless bureaucratic protestations, unilaterally and heartlessly switching from lifelong pensions to one-time lumpsums for disabled veterans was a callous cost-saving scheme. The proof lies in the dithering on the Liberal campaign promise to return to lifelong pensions: it will cost too much to switch back.
Replacing Guy Parent and Walter Natynczyk are necessary if the new minister wishes honest, independent, and gutsy advice.
Comprehensively rethinking the multitudinous advisory groups and stakeholder committee meetings would also go a long way towards soliciting courageous, trustworthy, knowledge-based, and credible advice that will help all veterans and their families. Creating new groups with open nomination processes requiring clear credentials whether they be education, valid experience, and/or a proven right to represent the disabled veterans appointees claim to represent would be a good start. Operating them in complete transparency is a must that would also fulfill Liberal promises of the same.
Profound and authentic change will only occur if Canadians understand the true costs of serving in uniform. Veterans deserve their reconciliation commission through a fully public judicial inquiry into the treatment of veterans and their families over the past five decades. They need to tell their story and Canadians need to listen.
It would be regrettable if Seamus O’Regan were appointed because of his journalism background and a mediagenic personality with the potential to spin the truth. Since multiple veteran scandals in 2010, the Department has been on a seven-year spin-fest, employing more than three dozen individuals in their communications directorate, including two director generals and five directors. Veterans don’t deserve to be browbeaten with the implication that since Veterans Affairs is so tremendous, any failure to receive help must be the veterans’ fault.
The Liberals through Seamus O’Regan can effect meaningful change. Let’s hope they don’t spend the next two years until the election manipulating silence in the veteran’s community while bullying, berating, or benching anyone who speaks out. Canadians in uniform fought and died for this democracy. Let’s repay them the very least of what they are owed: their democratic voice and fulsome participation in an open and transparent path to healing; not ceremonial figureheads, propaganda, and endless excuses to avoid doing the right thing.
Sean Bruyea, vice-president of Canadians for Accountability, has a graduate degree in public ethics, is a retired Air Force intelligence officer and frequent commentator on government, military, and veterans’ issues

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Last Chance to Vote!!

Come on folks Sunday is the last day of the competition and Yogi is still out in front.  So lets give her a FINAL big boost over the finish line. Vote for Yogi, competition voting ends on 10th September. Detail are in the  August 28th blog attached below . So vote vote vote!!!

Vote for Yogi Please.
Posted on August 28, 2017
by irishroverpei
I want to dedicate todays blog to my friend Yogi Fell.
Yogi is in the running to win $2000 in a competition, Heroes for the Horses. Please consider voting for her, everyday or even just once up until 10th Sept when the contest closes. Here is a word from Yogi
Handibear Hills Horse Sanctuary, Inc.
August 24 at 12:40pm ·
I am so grateful for all the wonderful things that are happening with Heroes for the Horse. Besides the money, lord knows we need every cent. It has definitely brought to mind all the international folks that have been to the Sanctuary all these years. Friends are voting from the UK, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Kenya, India, Trinidad, the Philippines. I gave with a full heart, not expecting a return, just hoping that people would share the love, but it is all returning in full circle. Thank you, thank you to all of you. love and hug————-
Yogi supports this project with only her pension, to cut costs she moved out of her home and into the horse barn. She made herself a living space in the loft. I have been there to visit, its quite comfortable if a wee bit cramped with a horsey odor. Nevertheless, she looks after several horses and one Llama. She some how manages to feed them and herself, but it must be a constant struggle. To win this competition would be a god send for her so please consider voting as often as you can.  You can read all about it in todays Guardian News Paper. She is in the lead with close to 3000 votes but its not over until its over, so vote vote vote. Look her up on Face Book.
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Linda’s New Toy

September 6th 2017 was my wife’s birthday (not saying which one) too risky!!. I purchased a drone as a present, my daughter Caroline helped with the purchase. Its a good quality one with camera and video,  it works well and has two batteries. Many friends congratulated Linda on Face Book and wished her a Happy Birthday, a few mentioned her new TOY!!!! Well folks I m here to tell you this is no toy! at least not in Linda’s hands. It was too windy this morning to fly it outside so she had a very brief trial launch in our living room. All went well, didn’t hit the ceiling didn’t frighten the dogs or scare Rudy the bird. In the afternoon the wind dropped and off she went outside to once more fly the drone. Now, Linda is a very smart cookie,  for her the drone is not a TOY!! Can you guess what she used it for on its maiden flight??? She checked out our eaves troughs for leaves and other debris.  Now that is smart and the drone is now a proven essential piece of equipment for any homeowner!!!!!!

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The Company Store

Yesterday while driving west from Summerside  I pulled into the entrance to Slemon Park to photograph the new silo storage facility taking shape. It is apparently to store peas, beans, seeds, mustard and other locally grown crops.

I don’t have many details on this new venture, but apparently the owner is originally from Charlottetown and has a successful and similar business out west. The idea as I understand it, is to buy up crops from local farmers including organic. The final product will likely be animal feeds, but don’t hold me to that. Whatever the purpose it has to be a good thing for the island.

For far too long we have been at the mercy of the McCain/Irving corps. They control prices, products, quantities and quality. They hold control over the farmers and those who depend on them for employment. These unfortunate people are afraid to complain or buck the system. Indeed these same corporations have far too much say in our Provincial Governments.

Our present situation reminds me too much of the old mining town systems. A system where the owners of the mines also own the town, the homes, the people and the company store. Hopefully with more avenues open to farmers and more employment opportunities available we can break the cycle of McCain/Irving owning the company store.

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Tourism Charlottotown PEI

This popped up on Face Book yesterday

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Do you remember some of the people who ran this service station in Charlottetown???
Thanks Deanna

I wrote about this building back in 2013, wrote to the Mayor of Charlottetown, no response wrote the Planning Dept, no response. In fact the only person who took the time to contact me, was Catharine Hennessey. You can read my original letter below, then have a look at what if anything has changed??????

September 9th 2013

You might remember a few weeks ago I emailed the mayor of Charlottetown, but received no response. I emailed the Planing Committee, but they ignored me too. I was suggesting the old Irving service station should be saved as a piece of the city’s history. The only people to show any interest in my idea was Catherine Hennessey and MLA Bush Dumville.
I think this shows the clear apathy and lack of imagination with in government circles, both provincial and city. If we look at the more recent attempts to promote the island as a tourist destination, all have had mediocre results at best. How many times have we changed the provincial license plates? How much has been spent first creating and then promoting  island golf courses as a major destination? How about the inane idea of giving away I pads or I pods (not sure which), how this would promote tourism escapes me!! However dare to suggest we need a provincial museum and we get a swift response, can’t afford it. Our dept of tourism has no vision of the future, they merely throw money away hiring ad companies hoping they will come up with a winner. The latest plan is to wine and dine a bunch of journalists specializing in world travel. This is at a cost of over $300.000 with the hope some of these people might give mention to the island in their writings.
None of the above is ever going to improve tourism on the island, We should be asking why we let the most famous tourist attraction slip through our fingers? Rainbow Valley lost forever. Yes we do have Green Gables and that is a strong draw, but recently Parks Canada wanted to reduce the hours of operation. The island is rich in history but that is what we are seriously lacking in. Visitors look for historic sites, Province House is good but there is not much else. Some years ago I had friend visit from Ireland, I  took him to Fort Amherst. There was a couple of small digs taking place and a video presentation at the centre. As we left my friend turn to me and said “you know, there is nothing there but they have made it interesting”. That was due to the very knowledgeable staff on the site. Why can’t the government use the Founders Hall as the Provincial Museum, it has clearly flopped in its present role. Why can’t we help Murray River restore their train station, why is it we can’t seem to save what we have and promote it??
History Folks, I believe that is the answer to tourism, the visitors from the tour ships would flock to see interesting buildings and sites. Finally the mayor and his council should stop complaining about no one coming to the down town core and bring the Farmers market back. These are simply ideas and I’m certainly no expert, but then I don’t see any experts working for the city or for tourism either.
Just my thoughts for the new week, wonder if the tourist operators are happy with the results this year?????
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