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									                       The Surveyor
February 26, 2009           Holland College, Charlottetown, P.E.I.                                  FREE




INSIDE



  Special Feature:
 UPEI’s Panther Post
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                       Just another
                          day in
                         paradise

   A passionate art:
  Meaghan Blanchard
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     On campus:
    Student awards
       Pages 15                       Hannah and Grace Rooney play outside with their dog Honey on a nice
                                      February day. McGeoghegan photo
Page 2                                                                                        NEWS                                                                                  Feb. 26, 2009


                                                                                                                        Canada Games needs volunteers
          Montague man pushing                                                                                             By NICHOLAS OAKES
                                                                                                                                                              ful experience in a student’s area
                                                                                                                                                              of study, McInnis said.
                                                                                                                                                                “For university or college stu-
     Hopkins seeks EI for those who are self-employed                                                                    With the calendar rapidly mov-
                                                                                                                       ing closer to the opening of the
                                                                                                                                                              dents, it’s a great opportunity to
                                                                                                                                                              get some experience in their
    By JACLYN CRAWFORD                                                         issue wasn’t fisheries-based and        2009 Canada Games, organizers          field.”
                                           “I stumble on.                      when the Island deals with E.I.         are looking for anyone and every-        Organizers will accept virtually
    The self-employed need                                                     anything not fisheries is swept         one who can volunteer to make          anyone over the age of 14 who
  employment insurance, says a
  Montague resident who is doing
                                           I’m a pitbull.”                     aside, he said.
                                                                                  “E.I. and the fisheries is the
                                                                                                                       the games happen.
                                                                                                                         The Canada Games are to be
                                                                                                                                                              fills out an application.
                                                                                                                                                                Volunteers will be placed based
  what he can to make that reality.                   - Chris Hopkins          Holy Grail down here.”                  held Aug. 15–29 and there is a         on their interests, where they wish
    Chris Hopkins, the leader of a                                                Hopkins has many followers,          need for over 4,000 more volun-        to volunteer and what they would
  group trying to get EI benefits      the winter is too cold.                 but not everyone sees his idea          teers to get the 6,000 needed for      like to do.
  for the self-employed, is trying        That, and a lack of credit from      as plausible.                           the games.                               Potential volunteers, 18 and old-
  to make unemployment avail-          the bank, left him with no line            Kim Falls of Kim’s Tailoring           Jacob McInnis, the volunteer         er, are asked to obtain a clean
  able during slow times.              of credit and a cancelled Visa. It      in Charlottetown is self-               services coordinator for the           police record check free of charge
    He is disappointed with the        basically ended his business.           employed and originally thought         games, said the commitment             after completing an application,
  new federal budget and its lack         When times were beginning to         the idea was great.                     being asked of a volunteer is a        while volunteers 14 to 17 simply
  of funding for the self-             get bad, he remembered Prime               However, after thinking about        minimum of 16 hours, spread            need a signed parental consent
  employed, but he refuses to stop     Minister Stephen Harper’s               it, she realised it wasn’t really       over the two weeks of competi-         form.
  fighting, he said.                   maternity for self-employed             possible, she said.                     tion. No special skills are required     David Hennessey is a coordina-
    “I stumble on. I’m a pitbull.”     women initiative. The idea                 “I don’t think they’ll ever be       to volunteer.                          tor of the Canada Games. He said
    Hopkins has been self-             began to grow from there.               able to do it.”                           “We’re just looking for people       most of the volunteers he has
  employed for the past 15 years          Recently, Hopkins’ campaign             It is something that would           period.”                               spoke to are motivated by the
  and he doesn’t plan to give that     grew faster than he expected,           need to be closely watched, said          Positions requiring volunteers       same basic principle.“Ultimately,
  up any time soon. Even in the        after a Canadian Press reporter         Falls. With fishermen, it’s obvi-       include security, minor officials      what has come back to me from
  economic downturn.                   did a story on him. It was all          ous they aren’t fishing, but a lot      for sporting events, VIP hospitali-    the thousands of volunteers I’ve
    In the summer, Hopkins runs        over the Internet soon after.           of businesses would be hard to          ty, mascots, IT personnel, and         talked to over the years is they
  Atlantic Pro Blast out of Mon-          Before the story, he received        monitor.                                media centre staff.                    just want to be a part of it.”
  tague, removing grafitti using       little response from MPs across            “I could tell you I’m slow and         There is also a need in a host of      There is also to be a large wrap-
  baking soda.                         the Maritimes, and none from            be making money under the               other areas, including people to       up party for volunteers once the
    He was unable to work this         P.E.I.                                  table,” she said.                       sing the anthem, carry flags, and      games are completed. Potential
  summer with all the rain, and           He expected that because his                                                 set-up events.                         volunteers can register on-line at
                                                                                                                         There is a possibility for meani-    www.2009canadagames.ca.

             Local taxi drivers take precautions to stay safe
    By TAYLOR FLEMING                  to give the thief his wallet.            drivers feel safe about driving        with the police to deal with trou-     don’t feel safe about it.
                                         The youth fledand ran towards          around strangers every night, Cor-     blesome passengers.                      “If a person is loud or obnox-
  A 13-year-old got in the back        the backyards of Montgomery              rigan said.                              “[Drivers] can contact the desk,     ious, or intimidating, or you think
seat of a Yellow Cab on Monday,        Drive.                                     “All the cars have two-way           and they can tell the police and       they might have a weapon, then
Jan. 26th, at the back door of the       Deputy Police Chief Richard            radios, which can keep in contact      we can meet them at a convenient       don’t take them. Don’t do it.”
Charlottetown Mall at 1:20 in the      Collins said although these situa-       with the dispatcher and other cars     location.”                             MacLean said drivers putting
afternoon.                             tions aren’t daily occurances, they      at all times.”                           Murdoc MacLean, a driver for         themselves into a position where
  The cab left the mall and started    are a very real possibility.               Corrigan said they’re looking to     Taxi Taxi, said sitting in the back    they might be harmed, just to earn
to turn onto Mount Edward Road           “In our jurisdiction, the threat is    incorporate certain functions          seat on the passenger’s side is the    some more money is stupid.
when the situation took a turn for     minimal. But the threat is there.”       which cars in other cities, such as    safest for the driver.
                                                                                                                                                                “You lose a few dollars, so
the worse.                               Joseph Corrigan, Charlotte-            Toronto, are using.                      “When I was being trained I
  The male passenger in the back       town’s City Taxi manager, said             “There’s some talk to getting a      was told not to let someone sit        what? You keep working.”
seat took out a knife. He told the     his company is lucky because             ‘man-down’ button which would          behind us. If you’re a single driv-      Collins said taxi drivers have
driver to go straight onto Mont-       robberies of drivers doesn’t hap-        alert the dispatcher if a driver was   er, for safety precautions. That       ways to protect themselves but
gomery Drive and told him to           pen often.                               in trouble, and would call the         way you can see them in the mir-       they know the risk they are taking
hand over his wallet.                    “We also don’t carry a lot of          police automatically.”                 ror.”                                  every day.
  The driver quickly pulled over       cash on us, so maybe that has              Collins said even though taxis         Collins said the bylaws for the      “Certain jobs inherently have a
on the side of the road, put his       something to do with it.”                don’t have the ‘man-down’ but-         taxi drivers state they do not have    greater risk. This is one of those
cab in park and ran away, refusing       The radios in their cars make          ton, they can still get into contact   to take any passenger if they          jobs.”

                ‘No God’ ads won’t change people’s beliefs: local minister
      By LAURA YORKE                     Is this signalling a drastic trend     [these days].”                           “They’re basically a non-issue.”     about our stance on the war in
                                       towards atheism in our genera-             The ads say there probably is no       The positive side is they have       Afghanistan.”
  To believe or not to believe, that   tion?                                    God rather than there is no God,       prompted a lot of talk amongst           But he was going to bring up
is the question.                         Joe Velaidum says no. He is a          which is a common factor in athe-      believers and non-believers alike,     the ads in his sermons, where he
  And more and more people are         religious studies professor at the       ism, he said.                          he said. “To those whose [faith is]    will discuss the importance of
asking it after the Toronto Transit    University of Prince Edward                The ads aren’t necessarily a bad     important, it’s still important, and   faith. “Christianity is for people
Commission allowed new ads             Island.                                  thing either, he said.                 to those who it wasn’t, it still       who aren’t afraid to talk about life
promoting atheism to be dis-             There is no increase in non-             “It’s an idea and it gets people     isn’t.”                                and its meaning.”
played on its buses.                   believers, but rather a decrease in      talking, so that’s great.”               The ad is not as prominent as          And the real question, said
  The ads say, "There's probably       organized religion, he said.               Spring Park United Church Rev.       other issues in the world right        MacLeod, is what do you have to
no God. Now stop worrying and            “We do things more individual-         Bill MacLeod doesn’t see a prob-       now, said MacLeod.                     live for? “Atheists don’t have an
enjoy your life."                      ly… we’re more self-centred              lem with the ads either.                 “No one is calling us to ask         answer for that question.”
Feb. 26, 2008                                                                               NEWS                                                                                      Page 3




                Fundraiser could save lives: fire chief
                     Valentine’s day draw raises money for fire department in Kinkora
         By KATELYN FARRIS                       bunker suits, to breathing compressors, to a       Fire Chief Ron Farris said these fundrais-
                                                 tool box.”                                       ers really help out with the buying of new
  Allison Smith won the Kinkora & Area             Dugay said he enjoyed setting up this          equipment.
Fire Department garage draw, one of the          event.                                             “Every fire department has what’s called
biggest fundraisers for the fire department,       “I like to see things successful and to        a wishlist. It’s a list that has items and
held Feb.14.                                     have my two cents put in.”                       equipment on it that the budget wouldn’t
  Smith chose the $10,000 garage over                                                             normally be able to purchase.”
receiving $7,500 in cash.                                  Antique tractor pull                     In the past the fire department has gotten
  Second place prize was $250 plus five            Another annual fundraiser for the fire         new equipment such as an extra breathing
more prizes for the early bird draws that        department is the antique tractor pull that is   apparatus, Farris said.
took place in November, December, Janu-          held during the annual Somerset Festival in        “We’ve built a rescue sleigh for Ski-doos,
ary, and February.                               Kinkora.                                         we’ve bought man down alarms, that go
  The fire department will be going to his         This fundraiser is exactly what it sounds      with the breathing apparatus.
house in spring and building the garage for      like.                                              “If a fireman gets hurt inside a burning
Smith.                                             People pay a small fee and they pull trac-     building it helps the other firemen locate
  Deputy Chief Johnny Dugay, chief organ-        tors and see how far they can get with           him faster.”
izer in this event, said the event raises from   them.                                              The budget for the fire department varies    Chief Ron Farris of the Kinkora and Area
$7,000 to $8,000 a year.                           Other fundraisers are the always popular       on how much new equipment needs to be          Fire Department looks over a magazine
  “The money goes towards new equip-             pancake breakfast and the boot drive that        bought.                                        while waiting for the draw to be held.
ment for us, for example, it could be            raises money for muscular dystrophy.               The budget is $90,000 to $95,000.            Farris photo


                  Students can change the world: Tauli-Corpuz
    By LESLIE KEEPING                  much credit for being here to          job losses whenever there is a        expends feeding her family is far      world and to participate in volun-
                                       think about these issues.”             factory that closes down or an        greater than a man does.               teer projects.
  High school students have to           Specialization and International     institution.”                           “I know how much energy my             “When you are in high school,
start thinking about how they can      Education program students as             Tauli-Corpuz said the gender       wife expends on our children and       you are still thinking about how
change the world now, said the         well as University 100 students        wage ratio has not really             we’re in a privileged society. If      your life can be meaningful to
chairperson of the United              from UPEI were enlisted as facil-      improved since the year 2001,         she did that having nothing, less      the world, how you can change
Nations Permanent Forum on             itators to keep the discussions        and not just in developing coun-      than a dollar a day sort of thing,     the world to a better one.
Indigenous Issues at the UPEI          between the students moving.           tries.                                I’m sure that would wear you             “All together we can really
Feb. 5.                                  Facilitator John Reed, a first-         “Women earn 77 cents for           down over time.”                       work and change the world to be
  Victoria Tauli-Corpuz was            year education student, said           every dollar that a man makes.”         Tauli-Corpuz encouraged stu-         a better world, not only for our-
invited to be the keynote speaker      being on the opposite end of the          An increase in religious funda-    dents to begin thinking about          selves but for our children, and
for the student symposium on           gender spectrum made it difficult      mentalism, meaning the strict         what they can do to change the         our children’s children.”
women in development during            to identify with the issue of          adherence to the religious teach-
the UPEI’s international develop-      women in development.                  ings in any religion, has also
ment week Feb. 1-7.                      “What comes to mind when I           greatly affected women’s rights,
  The symposium invited stu-           think of (international develop-       she added.
dents from several P.E.I. high         ment) would be opportunities for          “It doesn’t matter what religion
schools and the university taking      females in emerging countries,         it is, whether it’s Muslim or Hin-
classes dealing with global issues     under-developed countries and          du or Christian or Jewish, there
to listen to the presentation and      the like.”                             has been an increase in funda-
discuss what they thought and            Aided by a slideshow, Tauli-         mentalism.
how to benefit the global com-         Corpuz outlined the five chal-            “The control over women, and
munity.                                lenges facing women in develop-        the denial of women’s rights
  Acting vice-president of aca-        ment: the economic downturn or         which are usually dictated by
demics Rosemary Herbert began          recession, globalization, global       religious leaders, is happening all
the presentation by telling the        conflicts and militarization, rise     over.”
students to mix it up.                 of religious extremism and cli-           Students were asked to talk
  “Please don’t sit with the peo-      mate change.                           about what they found most
ple you came with.                       “These to me are the issues that     interesting about the presenta-
  “We would like the university        we need to think about and see         tion.
students and high school students      how women are differentially              Facilitator Jason MacDonald, a
to get together so that you have       affected or impacted by these          first-year education student, said
an oppourtunity to meet each           issues.”                               he was surprised by how difficult
other and exchange ideas.”               Though entire families are           it was for women to earn enough
  Attending events like the sym-       affected by the economic reces-        money to live on.
posium is how students can start       sion, women have a higher vul-            “They have to work like, twice
changing the world, Herbert said.      nerability to an economic crisis,      as hard in order to feed their own
  “You start with something with       she said.                              families.”
something small, like you’re             “Because they have lower ...            Jason Reed said he was sure
doing today, and you deserve so        wages, they experience greater         the amount of energy a woman
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 Browns Court causes problems
 By SHELBY MACDONALD                  wanting to party.                       non-tenants, people coming from
                                         “The way he looks at it is that if   the university looking for an open
  Browns Court, the housing           we want to have the parties and         door to go into.”
complexes across the road from        put up with the cops, then it’s our       In the early months, Gallant
the Island’s only university, had     business. It’s our place of resi-       found himself calling the police
been causing police and landlords     dence and as long as we clean up        every weekend. He doesn’t step in
major headaches at the beginning      everything inside and outside of        and try to solve the problem him-
of the school year.                   our place, it is OK,” Gallant said.     self because he knows that’s not
  Tenants created news after hold-       The police have fined a few of
                                      her friends after a night of rowdy      the best idea.
ing wild parties that gave Charlot-
tetown police extra work. In one      parties, but police have not been         “I know better than to start run-
report on a single night, 22 under-   around in three or four months,         ning my mouth in a big group of
age liquor fines were given out as    Gallant said.                           drunk people. I just sit in my car
were a few for noise complaints.         “I really think that they have       and observe and then call the
  Such fines are not cheap, so        noticed that we’re teenagers and        police and let them handle it.”
usually a few party goers pooled      that we do party a lot of the time        Gallant is relieved he hasn’t had
their money and helped pay it off.    and we might as well be doing it        to evict many people this year.
  “The first months of Browns         here rather than on the streets           “I only evicted two apartments
were always really crazy,” said       somewhere.”                             from Browns this year so far, one
Felicia Gallant, a tenant of the         The liquor fines were serious at     because a couple hockey players
apartment complexes.                  the first of the year, Gallant said.    left their spot to some friends and
  “A lot of parties, pretty much         “I know one guy that had been        they trashed the place, then there
every Friday and Saturday until       given two fines in one night.”          was a birthday party, too many
the cops started showing up all          The partying has calmed down a       people and loud music,” Gallant
the time. Even some Wednesday         lot in Browns since September,
                                                                              said.
nights would be crazy.”               Gallant says.
  Gallant lives in one of the hous-      “We barely have parties any-           There are no second chances, he
es known for wild parties and         more. I think people have learned       said.
rowdy guests.                         that you need to have respect for         “If they don’t turn their music
  “A lot of the parties we had        people’s apartments when they           down after I tell them, they are
were enjoyable, but there was a       are the ones having the party in        evicted that morning.”
few times that we would have to       the first place.”                         The rowdy parties have stopped
call over some of our guy friends        Still, the police might have their   for a couple of months, but Gal-
to get everyone out of the place.     hands full again in the upcoming        lant knows why.
But usually that was only because     months, she said.                         “Because of the cold weather.
people were either stealing our          “Once the snow is gone I think       It’s going to start up again when
things or they started fighting.”     it’s just going to be hardcore par-     the snow melts, always does.”
  Fights were not uncommon in         tying because everyone would be           He appreciates the support the
the “circle” at Browns Court.         leaving and done of school.”            Charlottetown police gives him
  Gallant remembers a few scary          Paul Gallant has been a landlord     and the other landlords.
moments.                              at Browns Court for 10 years and
                                                                                “We’re going to keep in contact
  “There were a few involving         last year was the worst for rowdy
some people trying to fight our       parties and even rowdier partiers,      with police in September 2009
                                                                              and let the tenants know that,” he
friends. The fights usually got
pretty big and drew big crowds
and later everyone would just pile
                                      he said.
                                         The partying problem is not
                                      because of his tenants, but
                                                                              said.
                                                                                Foolishness and open liquor in
                                                                                                                                  Out in the snow
into our house.”                      because of people looking for a         parking lots will not be tolerated       Honey enjoys a nice winter day in Orwell. McGeoghegan
  Her landlord understood they        place to party, Gallant said.           for the new school year, Gallant         photo
were first-year university students      “It’s in the parking lots with       said.


          Loss of school like losing a leg: Georgetown mayor
    By NICHOLAS OAKES                   If the school were to close it        standpoint.”                            He said Georgetown will have       driver,’ you look at everything.”
                                      would be a major blow to                  Sandy MacDonald, superintend-       to make a strong case to keep the      Through it all he still believes
  The mayor of Georgetown is          Georgetown, Llewellyn said.             ent of the Eastern School District,   school open.                         Georgetown Elementary can be
not going to let his school close       “Health, education, and security      stands by the report, saying            “They would have to make a         saved if residents continue to take
without a fight, but the superin-     are the three legs of a community.      Georgetown Elementary is too          compelling argument to the board     a stand.
tendent of the Eastern School Dis-    If you take one of those legs out,      small, having just shy of 100 stu-    of trustees to keep the school         “What we have is a fundamental
trict says any reason to keep the     you see a decrease in economic          dents.                                open.”                               shift in how rural P.E.I. is acting.
school open will have to be a         activity and in the retention of          “What’s happening here is to          Llewellyn has a hard time          Rural P.E.I. is saying we don’t
good one.                             population.”                            properly deliver our curriculum       understanding why budget cuts        want the five per cent of the
  Georgetown Mayor Peter                Llewellyn has asked for a judi-       we need a certain number of stu-      should be at the school level        respect you’re giving us but an
Llewellyn is fighting tooth and       cial review in the P.E.I. Supreme       dents. We settled on around 250 –     when so much money is being          equal 50-50 split.”
nail to keep Georgetown Elemen-       Court into why the closure is           275 students.”                        spent on administration in the         The Eastern School District has
tary open, in spite of an Eastern     being asked for.                          The report was released to deal     Eastern School District.             recently made changes to the
School District report recom-           “Because the report was so            with the one-third of Island stu-       “When you do a review of a         report reflecting the financial
mending its closure, along with       poorly done, we don’t know if it        dents who are struggling academi-     company you don’t say ‘you’re        hardship involved in keeping
10 other schools.                     is from an economic or education        caly, MacDonald said.                 going to just look at the forklift   schools operating.
Feb. 26, 2009                                                                             FEATURE                                                                                  Page 5



                     McInnis dedicated to UPEI Panther Post
   By JACLYN CRAWFORD                                                                                                                                  campus newspaper isn’t McInnis’
                                                                                                                                                       fault, the Panther Post’s or even
  After graduating from Holland                                                                                                                        the Semantic’s, said Brun.
College, Lucas McInnis went to                                                                                                                           Most students just get their
UPEI to finish his degree in jour-                                                                                                                     news from other sources, he said.
nalism.                                                                                                                                                  “They probably think a student
  There, he applied for the posi-                                                                                                                      paper is some rinky dink opera-
tion of managing editor at the                                                                                                                         tion.”
Cadre, the UPEI student newspa-                                                                                                                          Students should take the time to
per.                                                                                                                                                   read the paper and stay in touch
  He didn’t get the job, but he                                                                                                                        with the university community,
was happy to help when he got a                                                                                                                        said Brun.
call from the appointed editor.                                                                                                                          Even with a small number of
She asked if he could help with                                                                                                                        students still reading the paper,
production because they were                                                                                                                           getting the news to students is the
falling behind.                                                                                                                                        Panther Post’s top priority, but it
  It was already October and they                                                                                                                      isn’t always as easy as it seems.
hadn’t sent a single issue out.                                                                                                                          Getting a newspaper out can be
  McInnis went to the Cadre and                                                                                                                        very trying, said McInnis. The
helped the editor put the paper                                                                                                                        last issue of 2008 was delayed a
together.                                                                                                                                              day or two because of a storm.
  They didn’t finish until 6 a.m.                                                                                                                        It is printed off Island and the
He went home and straight to                                                                                                                           bridge was closed. Delays like
bed, missing his midterm that day,                                                                                                                     that are stressful, he said.
which he managed to rewrite lat-                                                                                                                         “It gets very hard on your
er.                                                                                                                                                    nerves sometimes.”
  McInnis continued to show his                                                                                                                          Mother nature isn’t the only
dedication to the campus newspa-                                                                                                                       thing that has caused delays and
per, now named the Panther Post,                                                                                                                       frustration at the Panther Post. A
by checking up on it frequently.                                                                                                                       lack of staff and busy students
  McInnis is editor this year.                                                                                                                         make it hard to meet deadlines
  “I’m a journalist and I’m very                                                                                                                       and put the paper together.
dedicated to this.”                     Lucas McInnis, editor of the Panther Post, reads an edition of the UPEI paper. Crawford photo                    “If other people don’t do their
  Stephen Brun, a journalist with                                                                                                                      job, it can really affect the
the weekly Eastern Graphic, said      layout and content, he added. But      the student community.”                However, as the year pro-          whole,” said McInnis.
he still reads the Panther Post any   that hasn’t change the students’         Nonetheless, Panther Post won      gressed, talks of a coalition sur-     Even with all this frustration,
chance he gets.                       views of the paper.                    the vote by over 100 votes, said     faced. Both papers being bi-week-    Mcinnis is looking toward the
  McInnis has made big improve-         “The Cadre name had become           McInnis.                             ly, they decided the papers could    future.
ments since he worked there in        so despised by the students,” said       McInnis is committed to the        print on opposite weeks. This          He hopes to work at least anoth-
2003 and 2004. It’s better organ-     McInnis.                               Panther Post and its success on      would be best for the students,      er year in this field and he is also
ized, Brun said.                        In an attempt to make the paper      campus, but a newly emerging         because it would give them access    looking at graduate schools.
  “The paper is at least 10 times     more credible in the eyes of the       newspaper is elbowing it for pop-    to news as often as possible, said     McInnis said in the future he
better than previous versions.”       readers, they held a contest to        ularity.                             McInnis. But many students don’t     wouldn’t be opposed to working
  Maybe it was the fact that no       change the Cadre’s name. Only a          The Semantic was started this      read the campus papers, passing      on the Island, but in journalism,
one knew how to put together a        handful of people voted in the         year in an attempt to raise morale   by the bundles, not bothering to     you have to always be on the
paper properly, said Brun.            name change election, said Brun.       on campus. It got a lot of press     pick one up.                         lookout for a better job.
  Now that McInnis is editor,           “It’s indicative of how many         and a rivalry quickly formed           However, the fact that many          “You have to constantly be
there have been improvements in       people are actually involved in        between the papers.                  UPEI students don’t read their       moving.”



                Forced back east after western dreams shattered
      By LAURA YORKE                  back to Nova Scotia.                                                        ing of their projects, where the       “We knew layoffs were coming,
                                        The dream was over.                   “Losing your job has a              layoffs occurred.                    but didn't expect it that quickly”
  Not so long ago, Josh Reid was        Thousands of people have lost        major impact on a lot of               Many of their projects had to be     Getting laid off really changed
pretty much set for life.             their jobs recently due to a sudden                                         put on hold, said Bellows.           things for him, said Reid.
  A steady job in Alberta, a brand    drop in oil prices and the faltering   different aspects of your              “We’re going into ‘safe mode.’”      “Losing your job has a major
new car and a loving girlfriend.      economy.                                                                      Reid worked for one of those
Things seemed like they couldn’t        Canadian oil giant Suncor put
                                                                              life. You have to put a             companies associated with Sun-
                                                                                                                                                       impact on a lot of different
                                                                                                                                                       aspects of your life. You have to
get any better.                       some of its projects on hold as a       lot of things on hold.”             cor.                                 put alot of things on hold.”
  Then news came that his com-        result of a major cutback in its                                               He was a surveyor for Flint
pany was going to be laying off       predicted budget, said Brad Bel-                            - Josh Reid     Energy Services at the Suncor          But he hasn’t given up all hope
employees.                            lows, a spokeperson for the com-                                            Firebag site.                        on going back to work out west.
  Reid didn’t think he would be       pany.                                                                         He worked for the company for        “I'm going on employment
laid off that quickly and figured       “We had planned for $6 billion                                            a year and a half.                   insurance right now and looking
                                                                             off, he said.                                                             for another job. With so many
he would have enough time to          this year. That number was                                                    When he heard about the situa-
find another job.                     recently revised to $3 billion.”         It’s the companies associated      tion with the economy and the        sites closing down it won't be
  But a week later he found him-        Suncor employs about 6,500           with Suncor, such as construction    price of oil, he knew something      easy, but there are other jobs out
self unemployed and on a plane        people, none of whom were laid         companies who help in the build-     was up.                              there.”
Page 6                                                                                 EDITORIAL                                                                                Feb. 26, 2009



       The
     Surveyor
                                         Cut the jokes Duffy and get back to work
                                       By AMY MCGEOGHEGAN                                                                                                 it.
   is a learning tool for students                                                                                                                           The sad thing is that we are
   in the Journalism program at      It was Senator Mike Duffy’s                                                                                          indeed dealing with adults here,
          Holland College.           recent comments about Premier                                                                                        not eight-year-old kids in a school
     Opinions expressed in The       Robert Ghiz that brought me                                                                                          playground.
    Surveyor do not necessarily      back to an elementary school                                                                                            It would behoove Duffy to keep
     reflect those of the college    playground when the ‘cool’ kids                                                                                      his premier jokes to himself and
           administration.           were trying their best to make                                                                                       get down to business and start
                                     others look bad just to cover up                                                                                     doing his job properly.
          Editorial Staff            their own low self-esteem.                                                                                              According to
                                       Saying one politician is in bed                                                                                    Mapleleafweb.com the Senate
   MANAGING EDITORS                  with another is not only childish                                                                                    was established to exercise “sober
                                     but condescending.                                                                                                   second thought” in the legislative
     AMY MCGEOGHEGAN                   If we’re really going to go down                                                                                   process. The Senate was to com-
      NICHOLAS OAKES                 the road of people getting into                                                                                      prise economic and social elites
            CONTACT US               bed with other, perhaps we should                                                                                    that would act as a check on the
               by mail at            all remember that a senator’s                                                                                        interests and policies of the “com-
          Journalism Program         position is appointed, which kind                                                                                    moners” or “lower classes,” who
         140 Weymouth Street         of means you have to get into                                                                                        were believed to dominate the
           Charlottetown, PE         someone’s good graces to get                                                                                         democratically elected House of
               C1A 4Z1               your name on the list.                                                                                               Commons.
                                       I think Duffy is on a power trip                                                                                      Although the “elitist check” on
           by e-mail at              with his new claim to fame.                                                                                          the House no longer carries
      wyoung@hollandc.pe.ca            Duffy’s negative comments                                                                                          weight today the Senate continues
     rmaclean@hollandc.pe.ca         about Premier Robert Ghiz came                                                                                       to act as second legislative review
                                     after Ghiz sided with Newfoud-                                                                                       on government legislation and
                                     land and Labrador Premier Danny                                                                                      action. Duffy’s job is to be a sec-
         or by telephone at                                                I’m afraid Robert, well anyway,           You would think Duffy would
                                     Williams in a debate in the ongo-     I’ll leave it at that,” Duffy said to   take the Senate appointment as an      ond opinion in dealing with legis-
     (902) 566-9589, 566-9591,
                                     ing feud between Williams and         laughter.                               honour and try his very best to        lature. It is not to try his hand at
        629-4229, 566-9389
                                     Prime Minister Stephen Harper.          The appointment to Senate was         work with the provincial govern-       standup comedy.
            or 566-9588
                                        Weeks later Duffy attacked         for him to be another voice for         ment to see what can be done to           My advice to Duffy would be to
                                     Ghiz again by conjuring up the                                                                                       cut the jokes, get down to busi-
         REPORTERS/                  memory of Ghiz’s late father Joe
                                                                           Islanders. I didn’t see “make           better P.E.I. for the years to come.
                                                                                                                                                          ness and start showing Islanders
                                                                           Robert Ghiz look like an ass” in          Ghiz has taken the criticism
    PHOTOGRAPHERS                    Ghiz.                                 the job description.                    very well and I commend him for        he is worthy of holding his
                                        “Joe Ghiz was a smart guy but                                                                                     appointment to Senate.
            Nicholas Oakes
          Amy McGeohegan
               Laura Yorke           Why is it so hard for a guy
             Leslie Keeping
         Samantha Mackinnon
          Cassandra Bernard
                                     to get around this place?
             Taylor Fleming              By NICHOLAS OAKES                 than me. Something has got to
          Shelby MacDonald                                                 give here.
         Patricia Urena Nunez           A province of 140,000 people         Alas, you have to have insur-
              Katelyn Farris         stretching from North Cape to         ance to drive, so you’re stuck
                                     East Point. We call it Prince         paying the rates or finding your
              Peter Corbett
                                     Edward Island, and I can think of     own way around. So what are
           Jillianne Hamilton        very little bad to say about it.      your options?
            Jennifer Michels            The land is beautiful and the        In other provinces there are
            Jaclyn Crawford          people are friendly, but it’s not     comprehensive inter-city bus
             Ryan Conway             easy for someone without a car to     lines, not to mention railways
                                     travel around.                        between centres, but on P.E.I.
    Editorial illustrations:            The public transit system in the   there’s zilch, zero, none.
     Natasha Kudashkina              city of Charlottetown is sufficient     Let’s say you wanted to go from
                                     and mostly reliable. Once you get     my community of York Point to
                                     outside the boundaries of the cap-    Montague. Well unless you pay a
                                     ital city, however, it’s hit the      cab, you’re out of luck.
      The Surveyor                   asphalt with your feet, or nothing.     What about to Tignish? Nope,
   would like to thank                  The cost of insurance for a        nothing. Kensington? No dice.
      The Guardian                   young female is around $800             You can get to Summerside by
                                     while for me, a 19-year-old male,     bus, but you have to get into
    for its continuing               it costs $2,400 for insurance to be   Charlottetown to catch it.
      support in the                 a primary driver. Am I the only         Great, another hurdle.
   publication of this               one who finds that ludicrous?           So I can only think of one solu-
                                        A young women can get a DUI        tion to this problem for the near
       newspaper.                    and be involved in a traffic acci-    future. I’ll call it ‘move some-
                                     dent and still pay less insurance     where else.’
Feb. 26, 2009                                                                           FEATURE                                                                                    Page 7



   Holland College ‘Mac-Gician’ on YouTube show
      By RYAN CONWAY                                                                                                                                   prove his complaints about the
                                                                                                                                                       McDonald’s staff getting order
   His Youtube show went from                                                                                                                          wrong were true.
having five views a week to hav-                                                                                                                          But his moment of glory was
ing 107 episodes and 169 sub-                                                                                                                          not what it was cracked up to be,
scribers, says Brian Langille, a                                                                                                                       he said.
computer technician at Holland                                                                                                                            “All I heard from anyone was
College.                                                                                                                                               how I didn’t have my seat belt
   Langille has been blogging                                                                                                                          on,” he said with a laugh.
since his days in college. He was                                                                                                                         Langille said it was in Novem-
the author of The Langille Letter,                                                                                                                     ber when he realized his fan base
an e-mail newsletter, which cen-
                                                                                                                                                       was continuing to grow.
tred around what was going on in
                                                                                                                                                          “I was beginning to receive ran-
his day-to-day life or any particu-
lar topic that was on his mind.                                                                                                                        dom messages on Twitter about
   It was blogging before blogging                                                                                                                     when my next show was going to
was popular, Langille said.                                                                                                                            be and this was the day after the
   “I would e-mail it out to people                                                                                                                    previous one.”
and it became viral. Two friends                                                                                                                          “Getting a lot of views is one
would pass it on to two more                                                                                                                           thing, but when people take the
friends until I had 250 subscribers                                                                                                                    time comment on the video, that
to an e-mail letter.”                                                                                                                                  is when you know you have been
   The letter fizzled after he fin-                                                                                                                    building an audience.”
ished college and it wasn’t until                                                                                                                         One such audience member is a
April of last year, 10 years after                                                                                                                     young woman named Toni from
the letter was abandoned, that he                                                                                                                      the UK.
had the idea of bringing the letter                                                                                                                       In an interview over Skype
back.                                                                                                                                                  about the Langille Show, she said
   It was after he had the idea of                                                                                                                     she watches the show every time
bringing back the Langille Letter                                                                                                                      it’s on, whether it’s The Langille
that he also had the idea of creat-                                                                                                                    Show or the live show on
ing the Langille Show, or TLS as                                                                                                                       Blogtv.com on every Friday (Sat-
it is also called.                                                                                                                                     urday because of the time differ-
   “The video was going to be a                                                                                                                        ence).
tie-in with the letter containing
                                                                                                                                                          “The Langille Show is Brilliant.
what didn’t make the letter.”
   “After a few episodes of the                                                                                                                        Brian puts so much effort into it
video, I realized I was getting                                                                                                                        and he is just so involved and is
                                      YouTube personality Brian Langille with his trademark hat. Conway photo                                          so nice. It’s fab.”
more views with the video and
the video was more fun, so I                                                                                                                              With the Langille Show being
                                        Langille said coming up with a        “It was nice to have but it was-   afterward but he still had a lot of
dropped the letter.”                  topic to talk about, setting up and   n’t necessary. The cost was high,    fun with it.                          the success that it is, it only
   When he started the show he        talking to the camera and editing     and I blew out a few fuses             Another favourite moment came       stands to reason that he also has
watched what others, like Michael     the video are all part of the cre-    because it was using so much         in episode 25 when he was trying      other Internet projects that he is
Buckley, were doing and he            ative process.                        energy.”                             to film a cruise ship. He saw it,     involved in.
noticed they were making a suc-         Careful editing of each video is      “Maritime Electric must have       but the camera missed it and this        He has his special live broadcast
cess out of it.                       required to keep the video at its     loved me because it would add an     caused him to utter the most          on Blogtv.com every Friday night,
   “I didn’t want a be a YouTube      desired length as he explains.        extra $40 a month to my bill.”       famous line in Langille Show his-     he uses the micro-blogging web-
success. I just didn’t want to copy     “I try to keep my videos at           With up to 107 episodes            tory.                                 site Twitter, and he has his own
someone or be the next version of     about five, six, seven or eight       released, Langille has a lot of        “I said how the bleep do you        website thelangilleshow.com.
someone. I wanted to be myself.”      minutes long, and it takes about      fond memories. He said his           miss a cruise ship.”                     Langille also mentioned his new
   He failed miserably at first       two and a half to three hours of      favourite episode of the entire        Before this point he didn’t know    Youtube collaboration channel,
because he was only getting up to     editing for a five-minute video.”     series would have to his spoof       if anyone was watching the show,      which he and 13 other Youtube
five views a week, but his first        What would any show be like         Islander Day in episode 106.         but when his wife told him about      users work together, with a new
big boost was coming.                 without at least one or two things      “I said we were going to have      her co-workers asking how Brian       video by a different personality
   “The first big jump came when      to help it standout? Langille said    mashed-potato eating contests and    could have missed the cruise ship     each day.
Michael Buckley mentioned me          he uses his trademark appearance      stuff like that, only to find out    he knew people were watching.            “The idea behind the collab
on one of his live shows.”            and opening catchphrase to help       that some people take Islander         One other favourite episode he      channel is to give the talent on the
   It was the mid-summer of last      him to do just that.                  Day seriously.”                      said was 83, the McDonald’s           channel more exposure and more
year when people began to notice        “I figured people would recog-        “I saw that the video got a one    order episode.
him and the number of people                                                                                                                           views.”
                                      nized me with the “Heeeyyyy”          out of five star rating and I          He filmed the episode while
subscribing to his show began to      catchphrase that I use to open        haven’t had one of those in          driving (he uses a tripod set up to      Langille also plans on doing
increase.                             each show, as well as “visual gim-    awhile and I just thought wow.”      do this) and he decided to get        something big that has never been
   Hehad about 30 subscribers         micks” like the glasses and the         He also received an e-mail from    lunch at McDonalds.                   done before, for his 150th episode
after Buckley’s endorsement of        toque.”                               someone who said people watch          Unable to stand the wait in the     coming sometime in April.
the show.                               In the first 15 episodes Langille   his show and how he represents       drive-through any longer, he              “It’s going to be my way of
   “It was an amazing feeling to      tried his hand at using green         the Island and now people are        uttered another classic line.         celebrating 150 episodes.”
have 30 people watching what I        screen technology to add images       going to think that Islanders are      “It’s been the same menu since         People can visit the
do. This is when it just started to   behind him, but he said it would-     nothing but potato-eaters.           1985. Just pick something.”           langilleshow.com for more
roll. Now I have 169 subscribers.”    n’t become a full-time deal.            He produced an apology video         Langille was finally able to        details.
Page 8                                                                                FEATURE                                                                                Feb. 26, 2009




            Get your designer Bengal cat here
                                                                                                                                                       absolutely gorgeous.”
  By AMY MCGEOGHEGAN                                                                                                                                     Bengals are also the only cats
                                                                                                                                                       with glittering fur.
There is no other cat like a leop-                                                                                                                       “The shaft of hair is hollow at
ard , says P.E.I.’s only Bengal cat                                                                                                                    the top and when the sun hits it, it
breeder.                                                                                                                                               glitters,” Luscombe said.
  Sylvia Luscombe has been                                                                                                                               Although Luscombe has been in
breeding the half Asian leopard,                                                                                                                       the business for about five years,
half domestic cat since 2004.                                                                                                                          she is still learning.
  She said she first saw the cats                                                                                                                        “I will never know everything.”
on the Internet.                                                                                                                                         New Bengal owner Tim
  “The first day I wanted one as a                                                                                                                     McGeoghegan said as soon as he
pet, the second day I wanted to                                                                                                                        saw the cat he wanted one.
breed them.”                                                                                                                                             “They’re something different
  The unique blend of Bengal has                                                                                                                       and not everyone has one because
been around for about 15 years.                                                                                                                        they are so expensive.”
  Luscombe said Bengal cats first                                                                                                                        Luscombe said she buys
got started when a cat breeder in                                                                                                                      breeder cats anywhere from
California acquired some leopards                                                                                                                      $3,000- $5,000.
from a zoo and bred them with a                                                                                                                          “The kittens usually run from
domestic cat.                                                                                                                                          $1,200-$1,500.”
  “Bengals have spread around                                                                                                                            “The more quality you want,
the world in 10 years with thou-                                                                                                                       you have to pay,” she said.
sands of breeders worldwide.”                                                                                                                            You can also buy adult cats any-
  Luscombe ships cats all over the                                                                                                                     where from $300-$500.
world and has recently gone into                                                                                                                         The cats can climb trees, Lus-
business with a woman from                                                                                                                             combe said.
Ukraine.                              Bengal kitten, Sparkles, gets adjusted to her new home in Pinette. McGeoghegan Photo                               “They’re superfast and can
  “There is something about a                                                                                                                          climb back down.”
Bengal that people just fall in       two colours - one in the middle        When the cats are being bred it       “You have to try and be original      McGeoghegan is learning his
love with.”                           and one on the outside, Luscombe     is important to pay attention to      all the time.”                        cat is fast.
  “I call them the designer cats,”    said.                                the features of the upcoming par-       With the Bengals just starting to     “She’s very energetic, but once
she said.                               “Clients want big rosettes.”       ents.                                 develop, she said there are some      she settles down she likes to
  The cats are bred and usually         There are blue minks, snows,         When the cats are bred, you         things you don’t expect when          snuggle.”
end up with spots like a leopard.     marbles, sepias and seal minks       always have to be thinking about      you’re breeding.                        Luscombe is starting to place
  The spots on the cats are called    and many other types of Bengals,     the colour of the eyes, the fur and     One kitten that was born was        her cats in cat shows and plans on
rosettes.                             Luscombe said.                       all the other features, Luscombe      “ugly on top of ugly,”, Luscombe      showing them in Dartmouth in
  The rosettes usually come in          “I’m going into marbled.”          said.                                 said. “But she turned out             April.


         Weather not problem on doomed climb: Ferguson
                Twenty-one-year old mountain climbers fall to their deaths in the French Alps
By JILLIANNE HAMILTON                   “This, however, tells you          youngest British climber to           mized through the use of              gash up the side of a mountain,
                                      nothing about skill and real         reach the summit of Mount             sherpas.”                             usually filled with snow and or
The weather likely wasn’t a fac-      experience when it comes to          Everest.                                Between April 2007 and Octo-        ice.”
tor in the recent death of a          climbing. I've also spent proba-       Randy Campbell, an outdoor          ber 2008, Gauntlett and John            This particular couloir was flat
young mountain climber, says a        bly hundreds of days climbing        leadership instructor in the          Hooper, his climbing partner for      enough to ski, Ferguson said.
climbing enthusiast.                  where getting to a summit was        Sport and Leisure Management          Everest, traveled from the North        “Other climbers found them
  Substitute teacher Chris            never the point.”                    program at Holland College,           Pole to the South Pole to help        accidentally, so I do not think
Ferguson made the comment               Mountain climbing features         said Gauntlett’s climbing train-      raise awareness of climate            the weather was a factor.”
following the recent deaths of        several different categories: ice,   ing would have been extensive.        change. They traveled using             Ferguson said it’s hard to say
two young mountain climbers in        rock, mixed, big-wall,                 “I don't believe that Mount         skis, dog sled, yacht and bicy-       what exactly went wrong during
the French Alps, including one        alpine/mountaineering and boul-      Everest is an incredibly techni-      cle.                                  the climb.
of the youngest person to reach       dering. The range of ability in      cal mountain, but being that it is      In January, the bodies of             “Fatigue and poor decisions
the top of Everest, Rob               each of these is exceptionally       the tallest in the world, it is a     Gauntlett and a climbing com-         are almost always involved.”
Gauntlett, 21.                        broad, Ferguson said.                huge challenge.”                      panion were found in the Cha-           Mount Everest was first sum-
  Ferguson lives in British             “Many of the world's elite           Gauntlett’s age would have          monix-Mont-Blanc area of the          mitted by Edmund Hillary of
Columbia and has over 15 years        climbers do things on par with       been an asset while climbing          French Alps.                          New Zealand and Tenzing Nor-
of mountain climbing experi-          world record holder Olympians        Everest, Ferguson said.                 The two climbers fell while         gay, a Nepalese sherpa, in 1953.
ence. He has climbed in Alaska,       and dedicate their lives as much       “Young legs and heart would         ice climbing. Gauntlett and his         The record-holder for
the Yukon, the Rockies,               or more. Some climbing types         be an advantage. Too young and        partner were 21.                      youngest person to climb Ever-
Wyoming, Nevada, California           are very safe while others have      you might have a harder time            They were on a route called         est is held by Temba Tsheri of
and British Columbia.                 very serious consequences.”          carrying some of the weight           the Gervasutti Couloir, Fergu-        Nepal, who reached the summit
  Ferguson said he’s likely sum-        Rob Gauntlett set a record in      required to move up the moun-         son said.                             at age 16 and lost five fingers to
mitted about 200 mountains.           2007 when he became the              tain, although that can be mini-        “A couloir is a 45-50 degree        frostbite.
Feb. 26, 2009                                                                                FEATURE                                                                                        Page 9




        Meaghan Blanchard in for the long haul
    By NICHOLAS OAKES                                                                                                   missing someone from home. So I        and making them into her album
                                                                                                                        wrote it on the dock."                 but it’s not where she feels best.
  Songwriter of the year, female                                                                                          You Know is about a relation-           "I like being in the studio, but
vocalist of the year, folk record-                                                                                      ship gone bad.                         there’s so much more for me out
ing of the year, and new artist                                                                                           "I wrote about kind of like a        on the stage. Being onstage is
recording of the year would be a                                                                                        broken relationship and it not         kinda a great high. If you’re hav-
list of awards anyone would like                                                                                        working and just kinda like being      ing a bad day or have a headache,
to compile. Meaghan Blanchard                                                                                           ‘You know, I’ll get over it. I’ll      it all kinda goes away when you
did it all in just one year at the                                                                                      live.’"                                get onstage. Just having every-
P.E.I. Music Awards.                                                                                                      Smiling has a more humorous          body giving you all there atten-
  The 20-year-old is the daughter                                                                                       tale. While Blanchard was attend-      tion and paying attention to what
of Patricia and David Blanchard,                                                                                        ing Mount Allison University she       you’re doing."
and sister to Brian, Jenna, and                                                                                         spent a lot of time in a coffee           She loves singing and connect-
Bridget.                                                                                                                shop and it was there the song         ing with people, making them feel
  She’s from Hunter River, P.E.I.                                                                                       originated.                            better.
and that’s where her passion for                                                                                          "So I was just sitting there writ-      "It’s kinda weird, but a good
music first developed.                                                                                                  ing in my journal and having a         kind of weird, to have something
  When she was six-years-old her                                                                                        coffee. There was just this guy        that’s so personal to you meaning
mother got her and her siblings to                                                                                      that came in. He was a little          something to someone else. It
sing in a church choir, the start of                                                                                    rough around the edges, looked         feels like I’m doing it for some-
something special for Blanchard.                                                                                        like he was having a bad day."         one else. I don’t think I could
  "I probably didn’t sound very                                                                                           The man sat down and started         play music if it was just for me."
good then. We were all really                                                                                           reading a book.                           The P.E.I. Music Awards were a
young and used to read our choir                                                                                          "I just wrote it while I was sit-    big surprise to Blanchard.
books upside down, it was all                                                                                           ting there. It goes ‘You’re beauti-       "Going in I thought maybe I
fun," Blanchard said.                                                                                                   ful, you are beautiful. You got        might win one. One out of five
  When she was 12-years-old she                                                                                         your nose in a book and all I need     would be pretty good because I
started writing her own songs and                                                                                       is a look to know you.’ It’s just      never won any awards before for
having her mother put music to it.                                                                                      kinda about him."                      music. To win four was amazing.
  "So I said ‘oh I can do this.’ So                                                                                       The question would be, does he       I was at a loss for words."
I learned guitar and starting play-                                                                                     even know the song is about him?          Songwriter of The Year is the
ing my own music, my own                                                                                                  "I hope not," Blanchard said         award she’s most proud of.
songs, slowly and terribly," she                                                                                        with a laugh.                             "That’s what I want to be
said with a laugh.                                                                                                        Mazie is about her great-aunt        known for at this point of the
  "I said, ‘Oh this is great.’ It was                                                                                   who has Alzheimer’s.                   game. To be recognized for my
really therapeutic to have some-        Meaghan Blanchard performing. Submitted photooto                                  Great Big City is a song Blan-       song writing is something that’s
thing in writing and not have it                                                                                        chard says is close to her heart.      very special to me."
circling around in my head."            went to Mount Allison University          she credits producer John Connel-     While playing at Babas she was            Like any mother, Patricia Blan-
  It wasn’t until Grade 10 at Blue-     in Sackville, N.B., but didn’t like       ly with helping her.                  supposed to have a blind date,         chard is thrilled to have her
field High School that perform-         it.                                         The six songs that made the cut     and she was waiting for him when       daughter succeeding, but she
ances came into the picture. Her           "I felt like something was miss-       were called Mothers, Bonnie, You      something caught her eye.              always believed she would make
first performance was at a Blue-        ing from my life. There was a             Know, Smiling, Great Big City,          "This guy walked in and I was        it.
field open mic called ‘Bluefield        music scene, a great music scene,         and Mazie.                            floored by him. I was just like           "Meaghan is doing what she
Idol.’                                  over there, but I just didn’t feel          Mothers is her favourite in the     ‘Oh my god. Sing extra nice            loves. She sings like she
  "I just remember getting up on        inspired over there."                     album. She wrote it about a rela-     Meaghan.’ So I said ‘Oh well that      breathes."
stage and I was petrified. There           She came home and started to           tionship she was in.                  must be that guy.’”                       Meaghan is in her third year at
were all these girls that looked        make her first album Changing               "I was seeing someone and it          He sat down with her friends         UPEI as an English major. She
like they wanted to eat me for          Things in November, 2007.                 just wasn’t working. So I broke it    and she started talking to him.        plans to do a few tours this sum-
breakfast in the front row."               "It was a huge breath of fresh         off but I didn’t have a really good     "It was amazing. I never felt so     mer.
  Blanchard played a song she           air."                                     reason like he broke my heart or      connected with someone right off          In the short-term she’s perform-
wrote herself called Porch Light           Blanchard enjoyed making the           kicked my dog or something.”          the bat. It turns out the guy I was    ing on the televised gala of the
and won the competition and a T-        CD.                                         She felt bad because he was a       supposed to meet for the blind         East Coast Music Awards March
shirt she has to this day.                 "I loved it, every bit of it. It was   nice guy, Blanchard said.             date was sitting between us the        1 in Corner Brook, N.L.
  From that point it became             so new for me. I felt a lot of pres-        “So I wrote that song about kin-    whole time so it was kinda fun-           This may very well be the start
apparent Blanchard could leave a        sure but it was good pressure. It         da just feeling down on who you       ny."                                   of a long road for Meaghan and
lasting impression on people.           was tough though, it took a lot of        are, which I think everyone can         At the end of the night she          she’s looking forward to travel-
  Recently while helping a friend       hours. Three nights a week,               kinda experience from time to         asked to see this person she con-      ling it.
with an open mic at The Wave            whenever we could get together."          time.”                                nected with again, but he said he         "I want to take it to wherever
she tried to call it quits for the         She sat down and sang 20 of her          Bonnie was developed during a       was leaving for four months so         music will take me, but only if
night.                                  songs and recorded them, then             trip to Mahone Bay, N.S., where       she wrote a song about it all.         I’ll be happy. I don’t want to do
  "I said, ‘Well we should stop         decided which ones would make             her aunt and uncle lived.               "It was kinda my romantic call-      music if it will make me unhappy.
now, it’s like two o’clock’ and         the cut.                                    "I had just started seeing some-    ing, thinking if he heard it maybe     I want to be a career artist. I defi-
some guy in the back yelled ‘play          "We ended up with the five we          one over home and I started           he’d come back."                       nitely want to be in it for the long
Porch Light!’ and I was like            wanted and halfway through the            singing one day ‘My Bonnie lies         He did come back and the pair        haul."
‘What? That’s insane’ and he was        recording process I added one I           over the ocean, my Bonnie lies        have been together for a year.            Meaghan’s album, Changing
like ‘No, no please.’ I guess he        really, really, really wanted called      over the sea’ one morning while         "It’s going good. I think it was     Things, is available at CD Plus in
was a senior when I was in Grade        Great Big City."                          having a coffee.                      because of the song," Blanchard        the Confederation Court Mall and
10 so he remembered that."                 She didn’t have her own band             “I figured I could turn that into   laughed.                               at Back Alley Music in Charlotte-
  After high school, Blanchard          so she had to find musicians but          kinda a funky tune because I was        She enjoyed writing these songs      town.
  Page 10                                                                                    FEATURE                                                                              Feb. 26, 2009




      Staying fashionable for less at Shop ’n’ Swap
            By SAMANTHA                                                                                                                                      six other trades, delivering to
            MACKINNON                                                                                                                                        apartments and meeting people in
                                                                                                                                                             public places.
   Katharine MacDonald, a student                                                                                                                              She found many items she
 at UPEI, was brainstorming with                                                                                                                             would not have found anywhere
 friends about the possibility of                                                                                                                            else that were inexpensive.
 moving out on their own.                                                                                                                                      As well as a great way to make
   At her parents’ home she was                                                                                                                              or spend your money, MacDonald
 by herself on the third floor and                                                                                                                           said the group has a great com-
 had tons of space.                                                                                                                                          munal or grassroots aspect.
   She knew moving out would                                                                                                                                 Many have the group as a com-
 require a lot of downsizing.                                                                                                                                mon interest and have made many
   MacDonald sorted what she                                                                                                                                 friends through it.
 wanted to sell and what she want-                                                                                                                             Although MacDonald does not
 ed to keep in her closet and found                                                                                                                          keep track of the regular users of
 she had a lot to get rid of.                                                                                                                                the group, she estimates 30 to 40
   She took pictures of each item                                                                                                                            people have uploaded photos.
 and posted them to a Facebook                                                                                                                                 Most of the members are buy-
 album, complete with prices.                                                                                                                                ers, not sellers.
 Her collection held clothing,                                                                                                                                 But numbers are going up, she
 accessories and more.                                                                                                                                       said.
   Two days later, MacDonald                                                                                                                                   Joining the group is as simple as
 found herself with upwards of 80                                                                                                                            clicking ‘join group,’ she said.
 comments on the album.                                                                                                                                        Members can browse photos,
 Her collection sold quickly.                                                                                                                                make bids and comments, and
   About a week later, some of                                                                                                                               they will more than likely find
 MacDonald’s friends also posted                                                                                                                             something they’ll want.
 items that they wanted to get rid                                                                                                                               MacDonald said it is up to the
 of on their profiles and received                                                                                                                           buyer and seller to make plans to
 the same overwhelming response.                                                                                                                             meet and swap money for items.
   MacDonald had an idea.                                                                                                                                    She simply regulates the site to
   She figured bringing everyone’s                                                                                                                           keep everything running smooth-
 used items together would not                                                                                                                               ly.
 only help people clear out their                                                                                                                              Comments regarding the group
 stuff, but give people looking for                                                                                                                          have been mostly positive,
 unique items a chance to get them      MacDonald seek more items in her closet to put up for bid on Shop ‘n’ Swap. MacDonald photo                          although some people find mem-
 for relatively cheap prices.                                                                                                                                bers may say they want some-
   MacDonald started the group          sarily need and groups like Shop         Once you find someone your           opted to ask for half the original     thing and forget about their bid.
 Swap ‘n’ Shop a few days later         ‘n’ Swap help to clear the clutter.    size, you are set to buy multiple      price.                                   When this happens, however
 and within two days the group            When Elizabeth O’Hanley first        things from them, her cousin told        A girl the same size as O’Han-       there is usually someone else
 had 60 members.                        joined the group, she thought it       her.                                   ley commented on multiple items        waiting in line for the item.
   Today the group has roughly          would be an easy way to get rid          O’Hanley posted pictures of          and wanted to meet to trade.             MacDonald said she would love
 210 members and is still growing.      of some unwanted stuff.                items she wanted to sell and with-       The two girls discussed how to       to take the group to the next level
 Just like MacDonald, many young          Her cousin had told her about        in a few days had many com-            go about the trade and decided         some day - opening a full-time
 people on P.E.I. are interested in     the group, and had only good           ments from interested buyers.          Shoppers Drug Mart was most            swap shop.
 fashion and are trying to keep         things to say.                           In contemplating prices,             convenient.                              O’Hanley said if this were to
 within a budget, especially uni-       “It’s easy and worth it,” she told     O’Hanley decided to sell shirts,         The girls met and exchanged          ever happen, she would be just as
 versity students.                      O’Hanley.                              scarves and belts for $5 and pants     money for clothing and have            involved in the full-time swap
   Young people are swamped with        “Quality of the clothing is higher     for $7. When she stumbled upon         since done more trades.                shop as she is in Shop ‘n’ Swap.
 a lot of things they don’t neces-      than thrift stores too.”               items that were never worn, she          O’Hanley has since done about


      Valentine’s Day, more than just another date on calendar
     By KATELYN FARRIS                 giving flowers or candy to that          “I like it mainly because I get to   easier for people to remember.         holiday.
                                       special someone, or just spending      see so many people happy.”             And I always get an extra little         “ It all depends on how the peo-
  Valentine’s Day is the busiest       the day with them.                       To others, like Maggie O’Brien,      something from my valentine,           ple you love treat you on your
day of the year for florists, says a     Over the past years, it has usu-     Valentine’s Day is not only just a     which is nice.”                        birthday no matter what day it is.”
worker from Kelly’s Flower             ally been the women who have           day for love, but the day of her         She wouldn’t change her birth          A person whose birthday is on a
Shop.                                  received flowers, however, more        birth.                                 date, O’Brien said.                    holiday shouldn’t be treated com-
  Joyce Phillips works at the          and more men are receiving them          O’Brien turned 21 this Valen-          “I like it when I say when my        pletely differently, O’Brien said.
flower shop in Summerside and          as well, Phillips said.                tine’s Day.                            birthday is, because people              “But I think it should be recog-
enjoys doing so particularly on          The most popular flower is the         She said she never liked having      always say ‘Oh wow, Valentine’s        nized that its their birthday, just
Valentine’s Day.A common tradi-        rose, not surprisingly.                her birthday on Valentine’s            Day, that’s so cool.’ And it’s real-   like if they were on any other day.
tion on Valentine’s Day is to give       “ Tulips and orchids coming in       because everyone else got pres-        ly grown on me.”                       I think especially when you’re
a gift to someone you love.            at a close second and third.”          ents on her birthday.                    O’Brien said she believes no         younger that your birthday
  Most often the first thought that      Phillips said she loves Valen-         “ But as I got older it kind of      birthday is better than another,       shouldn’t be overshadowed by a
enters many minds on this day is       tine’s Day.                            grew on me, my birthday was            regardless of whether or it is on a    holiday.”
Feb. 26, 2009                                                                          ENTERTANMENT                                                                                  Page 11




           LAURA YORKE ASKS: What bands would you like
                                                                                                                                                            He’s Just Not
           to see perform in Charlottetown this summer?                                                                                                     That Into You
                                                                                                                                                           sheds new light
                                                                                                                                                           on relationships
                                                                                                                                                                   By SAMANTHA
                                                                                                                                                                   MACKINNON

                                                                                                                                                             He’s Just Not That Into You may
                                                                                                                                                           just be the movie our dating gen-
                                                                                                                                                           eration needs, says local youth
                                                                                                                                                           Kayla Dunsford.
                                                                                                                                                             The new romantic comedy has
          Lee Hughes, Fredericton                         Rebecca Bryanton, Kensington                      Lindsay Blaquiere, North Rustico               been very popular in its first two
     “Collective Soul. Haven’t seen them                “Nickelback. I’ve never seen them. I                “Buckcherry. They had a really good            weeks especially among young
              yet and I want to.”                           think they would be good.”                           concert [two years ago].”                 women.
                                                                                                                                                             It’s a reality check and not so
                                                                                                                                                           much of a sappy chick flick, said
                                                                                                                                                           Dunsford.
                                                                                                                                                             “You still get your happy end-
                                                                                                                                                           ings, but it’s in a real way.”
                                                                                                                                                             The situations in the movie are
                                                                                                                                                           situations anyone could find
                                                                                                                                                           themselves in, she said.
                                                                                                                                                             “It’s so relatable.”
                                                                                                                                                             The movie is loosely based on
                                                                                                                                                           the book by Greg Berhendt of the
                                                                                                                                                           same name.
                                                                                                                                                             The book explores the reality
                                                                                                                                                           that women get caught up in rela-
          Tim Martel, Stratford                            Andrew McCarville, Kinkora                         Kelsey Champion, Kensington                  tionships that may not be working
                                                        “Red Hot Chili Peppers… you never                               “Tom Petty.”                       and they make up reasons why
    “AC/DC. I know it’s not possible.                                                                                                                      this is.
    Anyone I want to see is far too big                    know. Or any country singer.”
                                                                                                                                                             The harsh reality is that some-
              to be here.”                                                                                                                                 times the guy is, well, just not
                                                                                                                                                           that into you, Berhendt says in the


                    Shattered Glass: a review                                                                                                              book.
                                                                                                                                                             The movie follows various indi-
                                                                                                                                                           viduals who are linked, including
                                                                                                                                                           a man cheating on his wife, a
                                                                                                                                                           women who can’t get her
          By NICHOLAS OAKES                          In one instance                                    Disney World, and as much pornography as he
                                                   Glass writes a piece                                 can get his hands on.                              boyfriend of seven years to marry
  A subtle, thrilling plot littered with daring,   shortly after the                                       Great stuff.                                    her and a woman who cannot get
intensity, and humour, the movie Shattered         infamous Mike                                           The only problem, not a word of it is true.     past a first date with men she’s
Glass is a clever look into the world of Ameri-    Tyson biting inci-                                      The editor , Michael Kelly (played by Hank      interested in.
can magazine journalism and it is definitely       dent where he leads                                  Azaria of The Simpsons fame) is duped by             Each character makes you laugh
worth a look.                                      everyone to believe                                                                                     and relate their situation to either
                                                                                                        Glass time and time again and is eventually
  Young, gifted and wildly charismatic are         he convinced a Ken-                                                                                     yourself or someone in your life,
                                                                                                        fired for unrelated reasons.                       said Allason MacDonald.
adjectives anyone would like to have applied       tucky radio station                                     Perhaps it’s just as well Azaria isn’t in the
to them, but in the case of the New Republic       he was a human-on-                                                                                        “I took a lot away from the
                                                                                                        whole movie, as I find it hard to deal with the    movie about relationships to be
magazine in 1998 they belonged to Stephen          human biting expert
                                                   and that he took                                     fact his voice is exactly the same as in his       honest.”
Glass.
                                                   calls for 45 minutes                                 famous role as Moe the bartender.                    The star-studded cast helps real
  Glass, brilliantly played by Hayden Chris-
                                                   telling people of his NICHOLAS OAKES                    Kinda hard to take seriously.                   people into the movie too, from
tensen, is only 23 years old, makes six figures
a year, and has landed gigs writing for Harp-      theory that humans                                      Kelly’s replacement is Chuck Lane (Peter        Ben Affleck to Jennifer Aniston,
er’s magazine, George magazine, Rolling            chomp flesh under                                    Sarsgaard), who begins to unravel the mystery      said Chevon Sheppard.
Stone magazine, along with The New                 extreme stress.                                      but doesn’t realize the depth of what he’s get-      “I didn’t even know about the
Republic, a staple of American political com-        The title Hack Heaven will forever be              ting into.                                         book before I saw the trailer. It
mentary said to be the in-flight magazine of       remembered by the New Republic magazine -               To this day, the real Chuck Lane says he        was the actors in it that caught my
Air Force One, the president’s plane. There’s      that was the story Stephen Glass was hung            wouldn’t believe Stephen Glass if he told him      eye.”
only one problem, most of what Stephen Glass       with.                                                it was a nice day outside when they were both        The humour in the movie is
writes is simply made up.                            The story was about a 14-year-old hacker           standing out in the sunshine.                      what makes it even more appeal-
  Many of Glass’s stories are unusual, but he      who signed a deal with the computer company             Shattered Glass is a deeply layered look into   ing, said Dunsford.
always presents them in such a way you can’t       he was sabotaging.                                   a dark day of American journalism that might         “You’re laughing, but you’re
help but believe them.                               In the deal the hacker asks for a car, a trip to   just be what you’re looking for.                   laughing because it’s the truth!”
Page 12                                                                                 SPORTS                                                                              Feb. 26, 2009




                                                                                Rocket lose 2-1 to Montreal
                                                                               By CASSANDRA BERNARD                  right over the net into the stands   Gouchie with Montreal got a two-
                                                                                                                     to the right of the rink at 1:43.    minute penalty for hooking at
                                                                                The P.E.I. Rocket lost 2-1 to          Eastlink and Telus promoters       19:23. In the future Brenton said
                                                                              Montreal Junior on Friday, Feb         cheered on the crowds and passed     he would like the team to play
                                                                              20, in Quebec Major Junior             out noisemakers while the game       more consistently.
                                                                              Hockey League action at the            entered the second period.             “And to have a strong start in
                                                                              Charlottetown Civic Centre.              Chris Thorne with Montreal got     the playoffs. This definitely
                                                                                Montreal Junior had 31 shots         the second goal of the game at       makes a positive note for the
                                                                              while the Rocket had 28 shots.         3:19 from the side of the net with   weekend.”
                                                                              Montreal’s Matthew Brenton             assists from Frank Grzeszczak          P.E.I Rocket goalie Bobby
                                                                              scored the winning goal of the         and T.J Brennan.                     Nadeau said they could work on
                                                                              game in the second period at             Brandon Street with P.E.I got a    their preparation before the game.
                                                                              19:16. It was a short handed goal,     hooking penalty at 9:38 with three     “We have to be consistent. We
                                                                              an opportunity off of a long shot.     other penalties for each team in     are in a position where we have to
                                                                                Brenton said he had a great set      the second period ,including goal    win.”
                                                                              up offensivly for the third goal.      interference and delaying the          Nadeau said the Rocket played
                                                                                “It created some momentum for        game.                                a pretty good game.
                                                                              my team.”                                After Brenton scored the win-        “It was a good game for me.
                                                                                In the first period Stuart Lene-     ning goal the game slipped into      Overall, I think we played a good
                                                                              han with P.E.I scored at 2:37, his     third period.                        game.”
TOP: Montreal goalie Jake Allen stops a shot in                               third goal of the year. Jason            Brandon MacLean with P.E.I           The next night, Saturday, Feb.
Charlottetown. RIGHT: P.E.I.’s Ben Casavant races for the puck                Legault with the Rocket received       got a two-minute penalty for         21, P.E.I. defeated the Quebec
at the Civic Centre. Urena photos                                             a penalty when he shot the puck        crosschecking at 6:10 and Jeremy     Remparts 5-3.


          Sports, social life can prove tough to balance
                                       medalist Michael Phelps.                  “We’re not on surveillance here,    the athletics associations before      When you’re hungover, your
      By LAURA YORKE                     Pictures of the swimmer drink-       but we’re trying to protect an         any championship as well, he         brain doesn’t function as quick as
                                       ing heavily and smoking marijua-       image of our varsity sports.”          said.                                is needed in a fast-paced game
  It’s up to the individual athlete    na at a university party were             And with hundreds of students         “It makes sure athletes are at     like basketball, she said.
to exercise restraint when it          leaked to the Internet and have set    applying to Holland College to         peak performance.”                     “The transition from offence to
comes to drugs and alcohol, says       off a debate of whether too high       play sports every year, the best         And if one person is off, the      defense, you wouldn’t get that as
the manager of student services        of a standard is placed upon ath-      image to put out there is a posi-      whole team is off, he said.          quickly.”
and athletics at Holland College       letes to maintain a squeaky-clean      tive one, he said.                       “Every team is only as good as       But it can’t be all work and no
in Charlottetown, P.E.I.               image.                                    “We’re trying to project our ath-   the weakest member of that team      play, so together the players and
  Albert Roche said too much             Roche said he knows college          letes as role models.”                 that decides not to model that       their coach found a solution. They
partying and too little training in    students like to socialize.               All Holland College athletes        behaviour.”                          designated certains nights that are
the off-season can have a negative       “We’re not naïve enough to sug-      sign a code of conduct and take          Jane Murnaghan agrees with         free for the athletes to go out to a
effect on the athlete.                 gest that our student athletes don’t   an online drug awareness test          Roche. She plays basketball for      bar and socialize, she said.
  “The day you show up and start       have time to have a social life.”      through the Canadian College           Holland College and is a second-       “[My coach] respects that we
training, and you’re not prepared,       And what they do in their spare      Athletics Association and the          year student in sport and leisure    are college students.”
there’s more injuries.”                time is out of their coach’s hands,    Atlantic College Athletics Associ-     management. “My team has a rule        Once the rule is set, it’s expect-
  Staying fit is crucial for an ath-   he said. “You can only control so      ation, said Roche.                     that you can’t go out 48 hours       ed of everyone on the team to
lete’s success, he said.               much.”                                    The online test helps them          before a game,” she said.            respect it, said Murnaghan.
  “They have to take care of their       But with social networking           become more aware of what cer-           A hard night of partying before      “I feel like if someone did go
bodies and their minds.”               sites, such as Facebook, some-         tain drugs do the body, whether        a big game has a negative effect     out and break that rule, it’s disre-
  Roche made the comments fol-         times pictures of athletes partying    it’s steroids, asthma medication or    for obvious reasons, she said.       spectful to the team and the
lowing the recent controversy sur-     can be seen by the wrong people,       something as simple as Tylenol.          “You’re using energy that you      coach, because we’re supposed to
rounding U.S. Olympic gold-            and that worries Roche.                   Drug testing is always done by      could conserve.”                     work together as a team.”
Page 13                                                                                       BUSINESS                                                                             Feb. 26, 2009



                                                                                                                           Housing sector
                                                                                                                        to remain stable here
                                                                                                                         By NICHOLAS OAKES

                                                                                                                       The effects of the worldwide
                                                                                                                                                            “The world is in
                                                                                                                     recession will be felt by P.E.I.’s
                                                                                                                     housing industry, but only mar-
                                                                                                                                                              a recession.
                                                                                                                     ginally, a local contractor says.
                                                                                                                       Larry Chappell, owner of Chap-
                                                                                                                                                            P.E.I. is still on
                                                                                                                     pell Construction, said his compa-
                                                                                                                     ny has yet to feel much impact on        the planet.”
                                                                                                                     its business.
                                                                                                                       “We’re pricing as much as we                       - Gary Evans,
                                                                                                                     have in years past.”                                 UPEI business
                                                                                                                       P.E.I. will see a decrease in new
                                                                                                                     houses being built, but the value                        professor
                                                                                                                     of houses will likely not signifi-     High price homes will most cer-
                                                                                                                     cantly decline, Chappell said.         tainly suffer, the middle of the
                                                                                                                       “We’re so behind the rest of the     road homes will see some drop,
                                                                                                                     country in the housing market.         but not likely as substantial as
                                                                                                                     The same house here, in the Hali-
      Auto industry faces tough times                                                                                fax area is pricing at $50,000 -
                                                                                                                     $75,000 more.”
                                                                                                                                                            large centres such as Toronto,
                                                                                                                                                            Montreal.”
                                                                                                                                                              As for the recession, P.E.I. is
     By NICHOLAS OAKES                   Most companies selling vehi-         now in an very unenviable posi-          Gary Evans, a UPEI business          being affected already, Evans
                                       cles on P.E.I. have seen margin-       tion,” Wagner said.                    professor, said the worst part of      said. “The world is in a recession.
    The Canadian auto industry is      al increased in sales in January,        “The ones that sell brands that      the recession will hit the Island      P.E.I. is still on the planet.”
  reeling, but P.E.I. is holding its   he said.                               are likely to survive just have to     six to eight months from now.            In the meantime, the housing
  own, a Charlottetown car dealer        The rest of the country can’t        ride it out through the economic         “The advantage of being on the       sector will just have to wait it out,
  says.                                say the same. Vehicle sales in         downturn.”                             bottom of the market already is        he said.
    Tom Clark, owner of Clark          Canada are down 25 per cent in           Clark said the whole problem         that you will not see a substantial      “Not much they can do, except
  Nissan, said sales are staying       January compared to the same           is compounded by the huge              fall in housing prices within P.E.I.   watch and see how it goes.”
  consistent on P.E.I., but he is      month in 2008, said a report by        amount of debt the auto compa-
  seeing signs within his own          Desrosiers Autmotive Consul-           nies are carrying.
  business that a recession is
  here.
                                       tants.
                                         The hardest hit is General
                                                                                “There’s a very large school
                                                                              of though that the current mon-
                                                                                                                            P.E.I. will not feel
    “We’ve noticed a large             Motors which has lost 47 per           ey for bailouts – in the United
  decrease in what we call traffic,
  show room traffic, since mid-
                                       cent of its market sales. Honda
                                       is down 39 per cent. North
                                                                              States – is just an orderly line
                                                                              of bankruptcy.”
                                                                                                                         brunt of storm: Wagner
  December.”                           American giants Ford and                 The money being paid to auto              By NICHOLAS OAKES                 government will have to do to
    P.E.I. has yet to experience       Chrysler are down 14 per cent          companies will just be used to                                                deal with the current financial
  large-scale job losses, which is     and 34 per cent respectively.          pay off their creditors before           When it comes to the Canadian        uncertainty, Buchanan said.
  key to the auto industry staying       Don Wagner, a business pro-          they file for bankruptcy, Clark        recession, P.E.I. is a small player,     “The province will have to
  viable, Clark said.                  fessor at UPEI, agrees the auto        said.                                  an economic expert says.               abandon notions of a balanced
    “As long as that remains at a      industry is in some trouble.             “They’ve got so much debt              Alan Buchanan, a strategic           budget.”
  reasonable level, perhaps things       “The car dealers that sell on        they can’t get out of it. It’s just    enrolment management consultant          Wagner said governments tend
  won’t be as bad as B.C. and          behalf of the most troubled auto       like a snowball rolling down-          with Holland College, said             to deal with economic trouble in
  Ontario.”                            companies - like Chrysler - are        hill, it’s getting bigger.”            because P.E.I. is heavily depen-       the same way.
                                                                                                                     dant on government expenditure,          “Conventional wisdom says that
                                                                                                                     the recession’s effects have been      when the economy falters, the
    Little hope for fishermen in budget: Murphy                                                                      lessened and delayed on P.E.I.
                                                                                                                       Don Wagner, a business profes-
                                                                                                                                                            government should increase
                                                                                                                                                            spending to kickstart the economy
                                       fication.                               and economically disadvantaged        sor at UPEI, agrees.                   and to create a willingness to
 By AMY MCGEOGHEGAN                      Mike McGeoghegan, president           harvesters to leave the industry        P.E.I. is not feeling the impact     invest for the future.”
                                       of the Central Northumberland           with security and dignity while       of the financial crisis as much as       Ottawa has already made an
  The most recent federal budget       Strait’s Association, said right        providing more economic security      the hard hit provinces of Ontario      honest attempt to kickstart the
had very little to say about the       now none of the $14 million is          for the fishermen who remain.         or Alberta, he said.                   economy, he said.
fishing industry, said Charlotte-      specifically designated for fish-         McGeoghegan said there should         “We seem to be somewhat insu-          “The federal government is cer-
town Liberal MP Shawn Murphy.          ing, but he is disappointed there       be real infrastructure funding put    lated from the brunt of the crisis.”   tainly taking those steps and
  The budget outlined $ 14 mil-        are no guarantees fishermen get to      into the fishing industry.              The definition of a recession is     much of its spending is subject to
lion for fishermen out of a $1 bil-    use any of it.                            “They are dumping money into        two consecutive quarters, three-       the condition that provincial gov-
lion community adjustment fund.          “We thought because of Fish-          the banks and auto industry. Sure-    month periods, of falling gross        ernments contribute a share of the
  The federal government website       eries Miniser Gail Shea we would        ly they could spend some money        domestic product, which meas-          costs.”
described the adjustment fund          finally have the political represen-    in Atlantic Canada for the fishing    ures the value of economic output        Some would argue P.E.I. should
being set in place to support          tation that we needed.”                 industry which has given so much      in a country or province, Wagner       dip into the federal pot at this
activities such as community tran-       Recent budget recommendations         to this country.”                     said.                                  time, but Wagner said it doesn’t
sition plans that foster economic      proposed by the Prince Edward             Murphy said there is some sug-        Information for P.E.I. is not yet    have to do that.
development, science and tech-         Island Fishermen’s Association          gestion the $1 billion communi-       available to determine whether or        “P.E.I.'s economic downturn, if
nology initiatives and other meas-     suggested a fleet rationalization       ties fund can be used for fisheries   not we’re in a recession, he said.     any, is not as severe as that of the
ure to promote economic diversi-       program that would buy out older        effort reduction.                       However, there are steps the         rest of the country.”
Page 14                                                                                     HEALTH                                                                             Feb. 26, 2009




     Woman sells her virginity on-line
              Co-ed’s business plan may have emotional consequences
                                                                                                                                                           Koritansky said Dylan’s actions
 By JILLIANNE HAMILTON                                                                                                                                   may cause problems in any inti-
                                                                                                                                                         mate sexual relationship, includ-
A 22-year-old California universi-                                                                                                                       ing marriage, she has in the
ty student who is selling her vir-                                                                                                                       future.
ginity to the highest bidder in an                                                                                                                         “She will come face to face
online auction - to pay for her                                                                                                                          with the fact that she's severely
tuition - may have relationship                                                                                                                          damaged her ability to use sex as
problems in the future, says a                                                                                                                           a means of expressing love.”
UPEI professor.                                                                                                                                            More people are reporting that
  The young woman, who goes                                                                                                                              engaging in meaningless, recre-
by the pseudonym Natalie Dylan,                                                                                                                          ational sex early in life seriously
recently graduated from Sacra-                                                                                                                           hinders one's ability to have a
mento State University with a                                                                                                                            meaningful sexual relationship in
degree in Women’s Studies.                                                                                                                               the future, said Koritansky.
  She wants to continue her edu-                                                                                                                           “That she's become a prostitute
cation and earn a master’s in psy-                                                                                                                       only makes matters worse.”
chology.                                                                                                                                                   Rose Michels, the financial sec-
  But instead of getting a summer                                                                                                                        retary of the Women of Steel
job and a student loan like the                                                                                                                          chapter at IMP Aerospace Com-
average college student, Dylan is                                                                                                                        ponents in Amherst, N.S, said
accepting bids for her virginity.                                                                                                                        Dylan was wrong to offer her vir-
  Dylan agreed to spend a night                                                                                                                          ginity to the highest bidder.
with the highest bidder at the                                                                                                                             “But we don’t know about her
                                                                                                                                                         situation. I know that is no way to
Moonlite BunnyRanch in Nevada,
                                                                                                                                                         show respect for your body or
a licensed brothel.
                                                                                                                                                         anyone else,” she said.
  So far, Dylan said she’s                                                                                                                                 First-year Holland College Culi-
received over 10,000 bids with a                                                                                                                         nary Arts student Caitlin Hueser
current highest bid of $3.7 mil-                                                                                                                         said she understands the need for
lion.                                                                                                                                                    money, but found Dylan’s story
  Half of the profits of the win-                                                                                                                        very disappointing.
ning bid will go to BunnyRanch         First-year Culinary student Caitlin Hueser looks at the auction website of college student Natalie                  “Selling your body, I don’t
owner Dennis Hof.                      Dylan on her lap top. It’s “ew,” she said. Hamilton Photo                                                         know. It’s… ew.”
  Peter Koritansky, a religious                                                                                                                            Something as important as your
studies professor at UPEI, said          “There was a time when sex           we are as human beings and            her sexuality into a commodity is    body shouldn’t be sold, said
what Dylan is doing doesn't come       was understood to be something         therefore not something to be tak-    disturbing, Koritansky said.         Hueser.
from a failure to see the value of     sacred, not necessarily in the reli-   en lightly or treated as merely         “I believe she will find out it    “That’s something that’s price-
virginity, but from a failure to see   gious sense. That is, something        recreational.”                        has the effect of an extreme self-   less.”
the value of sexuality.                belonging to the very core of who        The fact that Dylan has made        degradation.”




                 Ability of organic cleaners to do the job
                  sets off debate among users: experts
   By JENNIFER MICHELS                 hydroxide. It’s found in Drano.          “Bottom line, I would not be        can be used on practically every     Etkin said.
                                          Etkin said it would have to con-    rushing to buy this stuff.”           surface you would use traditional      As for the evironmental bene-
  Consumers should be just as          tain a much lower concentration          NSCC General Arts and Science       cleaners on, including sick chil-    fits, Neptune’s Balance has sodi-
cautious when using organic            to be considered a naturally           instructor Tanya Tuttle-Comeau        dren’s rooms, hospital, nursing      um chloride in its list of ingredi-
cleaning products as they are with     sourced product.                       said she used to use Neptune’s        homes, children’s toys, baby         ents.
traditional cleaners, a UPEI pro-         At a low concentration, sodium      Balance to clean her classroom,       cribs, bathrooms and more.             It’s salt, Etkin said.
fessor says.                           hydroxide is fairly safe to use, but   but now uses traditional cleaners.      Etkin’s said anyone washing          This is naturally sourced by col-
  Organic chemist Nola Etkin           it could cause burns if it comes in      Neptune’s Balance doesn’t clean     with sodium hydroxide should         lecting sea water and letting it
sees a side to organic cleaners        contact with skin and be harmful       as well as the other cleaners do,     exercise caution.                    evaporate.
most people don’t realize.             if it makes contact with eyes.         even though the other cleaners          Everything washed with it            “I think calling a salt solution
   Neptune’s Balance is one of the        It can be worse than dilute acid,   have more chemicals, Tuttle-          should be well rinsed.               organic is just silly. Pardon me,
organic cleaners being purchased       Etkin said.                            Comeau said.                            If left to dry, on a toy for       but salt is salt. It doesn’t matter
in stores these days.                      This is because it is harder to      “It was odourless, which I liked,   instance, the sodium hydroxide       where you get it from.”
  Etkin said there is only one         rinse out. By the time you start to    but it was not as efficient as the    can become concentrated and            Neptune’s Balance was contact-
component that would have any          feel it burning, the damage is         others.”                              could seriously harm a child who     ed for a response, but no one
cleaning potential, sodium             done.                                    Neptune’s Balance advertises it     put a toy in his or her mouth,       could be reached for comment.
Feb. 26, 2009                                                                             ON CAMPUS                                                                                   Page 15




     Holland College salutes members of alumni
                                                                                                                                                          Services shortly after, providing
 By AMY MCGEOGHEGAN                                                                                                                                       engineering and fabrication serv-
                                                                                                                                                          ices to Western Canada’s energy
  The success of Holland College                                                                                                                          industry.
alumni today is an inspiration for                                                                                                                           Collicutt recently sold his busi-
the students of tomorrow, Innova-                                                                                                                         ness of 30 years and is still active
tion Minister Allan Campbell said                                                                                                                         in his community contributing to
recently at Holland College’s first                                                                                                                       several charities.
Distinguished Alumni awards cer-                                                                                                                            Collicutt was unable to attend
emony.                                                                                                                                                    the awards ceremonies.
  John Avery, Inspector Brent                                                                                                                               Alanna Jankov graduated from
Blackmore, Steven Collicutt,                                                                                                                              the Photography program in 1988.
Alanna Jankov and Kevin                                                                                                                                   In 1992 she started her own busi-
O’Brien were all recipients of the                                                                                                                        ness, Alanna’s Photography and
                                                                                                                                                          Image Factory, building a wide
awards.
                                                                                                                                                          variety of clientele.
  Campbell said he was impressed
                                                                                                                                                            Jankov has had several exhibits
with the college’s diversity.
                                                                                                                                                          displayed in several galleries
  “Holland College is not only                                                                                                                            including the Confederation Cen-
recognized here or nationally, but                                                                                                                        tre of the Arts. She donated her
internationally.”                                                                                                                                         exhibits as collections to the City
  President Brian McMillan said                                                                                                                           of Charlottetown, UPEI, Holland
the college is a leader in world lit-                                                                                                                     College foundation and others.
eracy. “We want to round you out                                                                                                                            “I’m proud of my college,” she
so you will be ready for life.”                                                                                                                           said .
  The alumni awards recognize                                                                                                                               The final recipient was 1992
graduates who have demonstrated                                                                                                                           Business Information Technology
professional excellence and lead-                                                                                                                         graduate Kevin O’Brien.
ership in the arts, public service,                                                                                                                         He established Island Services
business, the environment, com-                                                                                                                           Network in 1994 and served as
munity service, professional                                                                                                                              president for 15 years. ISN has
achievement, leadership and serv-                                                                                                                         provided 10 per cent of its gross
ice to Holland College.                 The recipients at Holland College’s first Distinguished Alumni awards night. Left to right: Alanna                revenue to several organizations.
  Avery graduated from the Elec-        Jankov, Kevin O’Brien, John Aver and, Brent Blackmore. Corbett Photo                                                After Eastlink purchased ISN,
tronics Engineering Technology                                                                                                                            O’Brien established a new busi-
program in 1977.                        career.                               having distinguished himself as a       Blackmore said he was thankful      ness, Oredco Organics.
   In 1989 he joined the Banff            “My education and personal          leader and mentor, committing         to Holland College for honouring        O’Brien is dedicated to helping
Centre’s Theatre Art production         experience have paved the way.”       himself to the force and the com-     all of the recipients.                Islanders improve their communi-
team as the technical director. He        Inspector Brent Blackmore           munity he serves, becoming a role       “I’m proud to be a Holland Col-     ties especially those who may
he now works there as director of       enrolled in the Police Science        model for future generations as       lege alumni.”                         otherwise have no voice.
production.                             (Cadet) program and graduated in      leaders in the police force.            P.E.I. native Steven Collicutt        He said the award is important.
  Avery is also in demand as a          1985.                                   He now works as inspector at        graduated from the Motor Vehicle        “I will treasure this award as
technical consultant and work-            He has commanded various            the Fredericton Police Force.         Repair program in 1979 and            long as I have the wits to do so.”
shop leader for production train-       police divisions, eventually reach-     “My years in policing have pro-     moved to Calgary to search for a        All award recipients received a
ing and management.                     ing the role of incident command-     vided me with a great experi-         job.                                  sandstone blue heron with their
  He said he has had a wonderful        er. Blackmore was described as        ence,” he said.                         He founded Collicutt Energy         name engraved on it.


                                                                                        Student awards night held
                                                                                          at the Culinary Centre
                                                                                   By PETER CORBETT                 bursaries totalling around $62,000    Gallant said the awards were nec-
                                                                                                                    were presented to students.           essary to aid students who may be
                                                                                The Holland College Founda-           The chair of the Holland Col-       sacrificing short-term financial
                                                                              tion is proud to supply needed        lege board of directors, Ray Mur-     gain in the pursuit of long-term
                                                                              support in these tough times, said    phy, said the awards are important    success.
                                                                              the vice-chair of the foundation at   as the college continues to fill        “It is tremendously appreciat-
                                                                              the college’s student awards night    voids in the market place.
                                                                                                                                                          ed.”
                                                                              Jan. 27.                                “This certainly is a hopping
                                                                                The statement was made by           spot.”                                  Charlie Seaman of the Pepsi
                                                                              Nelson Snow, who opened the             This was the first time a student   Bottling Group, the sponsor for
                                                                              event attended by about 200 peo-      representative was given an           event, said his organization is
                                                                              ple at the college’s Tourism and      opportunity to speak at an awards     happy to be part of the event.
Mayor Clifford Lee presents Sonia Doiron with the City of                     Culinary Centre.                      night.                                  “Everyone is proud to be associ-
Charlottetown Bursary. Corbett Photo                                            Nearly 100 scholarships and           Student union president Mathew      ated with Holland College.”
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           Jack Frost Festival
             chisels its way
           into Charlottetown




TOP: David Ducharme ice sculpting at the
festival.
ABOVE:Kegan and Tailon Blachette enjoy
one of the sculptures.
RIGHT: Manuel Quesnel climbing on the
snow sculpture he worked on.
FAR RIGHT: Mathew Wang poses with one
of the many characters at the event.

Photos by Patricia Urena Nunez

								
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