November 16, 2007 Holland College, Charlottetown, P.E.I. FREE
Relieved families greet returning soldiers
By TERESA WRIGHT
When Captain Kent MacRae
was serving on a tour of duty in
Afghanistan a few months ago,
his wife and two teenaged daugh-
ters were left to wait at home and
hope for the best.
Deborah MacRae said each day
was a struggle.
“From one phone call or from
one e-mail to the next, you really
have to take it one day at a time
and have an awful lot of blind
faith that everyone is safe.”
Family members at home have
no idea what their loved ones go
through, she said.
And that makes doing regular
household things hard.
“It’s always there in the back of
your mind as you go on with your
day to day — when you’re going
to work, when you’re caring for
your children and those kinds of
things. There’s somebody miss-
But MacRae made it home safe-
ly and now the family is celebrat-
They attended a welcome home
event on September 29, held for
the Island reservist troops of Task
Force 1-07 Afghanistan who
recently returned from active duty
in the war-torn country.
Hundreds came out in support
of the troops at the shipyard ware-
house on the Charlottetown
waterfront, including a number of
dignitaries and entertainers.
Everyone in attendance was
there to thank the men and
women for their brave service.
Charlene McInnis, the co-ordi- Veteran Walter Doucette shows off a display at the Confederation Court Mall of the province’s cenotaphs. Murray photo
nator for P.E.I. Military Family
Services, organized the day’s they ask themselves, ‘Are they As she made her way through ly when he was in Afghanistan lending an air of wartime nostal-
activities. OK? Have they hit a mine? Has the crowds of troops and their and was happy to have the recog- gia to the afternoon.
She said it was an event held as somebody shot them?’ It’s a lot to families on Saturday, she knew nition offered at Saturday’s event. But the emotions at this event
much for families like MacRae’s go through.” everyone by name and made a “It’s heartwarming and unex- were very present.
as it was for the troops them- McInnis, a self-proclaimed point to stop and chat with each pected,” he said. “It’s nice to “Through this event, they’re all
selves. “military brat,” said she tries hard person she knew. know that people can focus on the getting public acknowledgement,”
Military families go through a to be a support for the families in “I take looking after them very families and the successes.” McInnis said.
lot of emotional trauma when her role with P.E.I. MFS. personally,” she said. During the festivities, a wel- “They went through something
their loved ones are away on “I just want to be able to com- “It’s more than a job, it’s truly a come home video was presented, extraordinary for the greater
active duty. fort the children, tell them Mom- calling when it comes down to where photos sent home from good. That’s what it boils down
“It’s very scary,” McInnis said. my or Daddy will be coming it.” Afghanistan were displayed to the to.
“From the moment their eyes are home and if something untoward MacRae said he was happy a song Hero. “And let’s not forget the fami-
awake, every second they’re happens and they don’t, we’re support group like P.E.I. MFS A young girl sang songs like lies — they’re wearing uniforms
thinking about their loved ones — there for them.” was available to support his fami- Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree, too.”
Page 2 NEWS Nov. 16, 2007
France remembers Canadian soldiers
By JENNILEE CUDMORE One-hundred and fifty-thousand
French and British soldiers died
There is a towering, 10-storey trying to take it back.
white-limestone sculpture featur- “While I was walking through
ing twin stone pillars on Vimy Vimy Ridge I could almost feel
Ridge, France. It list the names of the death that had taken place
11,285 Canadian soldiers who
died in France and whose remains there 90 years ago. It was just a
were never found. eerie feeling,” Blouvin said.
The memorial features a 30- Canadian troops soon came in
tonne limestone figure carved and began to fight. Within the
from a single block, representing first four days 3,600 Canadian
Canada itself. It’s a hooded solders died and another 5,000
woman crying while gazing down were wounded, but the ridge was
on a single tomb overlooking the taken that day.
Douai plain. No wonder. “It was the largest amount of
History teacher Dylan Mullally Canadian solders to die during
said five kilometres of tunnels that period of time in history.”
were dug in order to move Cana-
The risk from shells that fell
dian troops and ammunition up to
the front so they wouldn’t be seen and never exploded is still high.
by German observers. At Vimy and other former First
“We can’t even imagine what World War battlefields, the
these men went through,” said ground is so full of unexploded
Mullally. devices isitors are warned not to
Mullally said Vimy Ridge isn’t stray from marked pathways.
recognized enough in the schools. The monument known as Mother Canada in Vimy Ridge looking down on the grave sites of many Almost a century later it’s still
“Most of my students haven’t of the Canadas soldiers killed during the First World War. CBC photo too dangerous to walk onto the
even heard of Vimy Ridge and actual battlefield to search for
that’s sad because it is such a big some of France’s streets while “I never fought in Vimy Ridge German troops controlled the
thousands of locals cheered and so I felt a little awkward at first ridge using a network of trenches remains of soldiers listed as
part of our country’s history.” “missing.”
Thousands of soldiers from all applauded. being applauded for something I that snaked along the crest and
around Canada marched across Constable Sylvie Blouvin, a didn’t do,” said Blouvin. down into the valley, connecting “Sheep are used to cut grass in
Vimy Ridge this year marking the Quebec native who was trans- “I soon realized it wasn’t just us with another network of natural the large areas surrounding the
90th anniversary of the First ferred to join the Charlottetown they were applauding for, but it caves. park and some sheep actually get
World War Canadian military police in 2002, was there for the was for our ancestors and all of Vimy Ridge is a 14-kilometre blown up because they came
attack. Vimy Ridge celebration, which Canada, that helped me hold my long escarpment that overlooks across an explosive,” Blouvin
The solders marched throughout took place on the Easter weekend. head up a little higher.” the Douai plain of France. said.
New deal delivering rural high-speed
could put province into Internet business
By STEPHEN BRUN “We were looking for cost live bottom trailers for trucks, ment, said company communica- competitive product, then they
reduction. As demand on the net- uses a satellite connection which tions director Paula Sibley. may go beyond that.”
An expensive new network of works rose, so did costs,” he said. can be unreliable, said company “It’s more of a challenge now to Sibley said Eastlink is some-
fibre optic cable for high-speed “There are also some communi- manager Darrin Mitchell. continue to [expand]. We usually what concerned about having the
Internet could be a cost-cutting ties not currently served, so it’s “It’s great until we have a have a great relationship with government as a competitor in
measure for the provincial gov- really up to Xittel to see how far storm. Reliability is extremely other companies and we all nego- the Internet business.
ernment in the future, but offi- they can go with this thing.” important. The Internet has tiate plans with other providers “From our perspective, we
cials say they aren’t ruling out Eastlink and Aliant previously become an essential business for the use of equipment from don’t always feel it’s the best use
competing with the private sector split their network service to the service and I would hope they time to time.” of the government’s time to com-
if there is enough demand. government, but the province would treat it as essential as a The government owns half the pete with the private sector.”
The province recently needs to provide telecommunica- phone line.” cable. Two local service
Regardless of who provides
announced a partnership with a tions to its hospitals, schools and Xittel reached an agreement providers, ISN and Ruranet, own
Quebec-based company, Xittel, to public Internet access sites. with Aliant to use its telephone the other half and will help main- rural high-speed services,
string 450 km of the cable across The new network will eliminate poles to string the cable and so tain the network. Mitchell said he just wants it to
the Island at a cost of $3.5 mil- what the government paid to the far, Panyne said, there have been The new network isn’t going be maintained in a professional
lion. two companies and reduce costs no problems. where it would compete with the manner.
Chris Payne, the province’s by over 50 per cent, said Payne. For several years, Eastlink has existing companies now, but it “I just want to know that if I
director of IT services, said he Trout River Industries in Cole- been the main name in town may happen in the future, said have a problem, I can call them
hopes the deal will provide all man is one of the rural P.E.I. when it comes to high-speed Payne. and it will be dealt with.
rural Islanders with wireless businesses needing a more stable Internet, and it is still committed “Xittel and ISN are going to go “It’s an essential service to us
high-speed and improve the gov- Internet service. to expanding to rural areas where they can have sustainable and we need a professional
ernment’s network as well. The company, which produces despite the government’s involv- business. If they produce a good organization to maintain it.”
‘Miss me, but let me go’
Nov. 16, 2007 NEWS Page 3
White cross ceremony remembers man killed in accident on highway last year
By LINDSAY CARROLL However Ross said he couldn't
argue with the court's decision
Tears begin to fill her eyes as because in the end it wouldn't
Maria Henderson tries to finish have made a difference how long
reading a poem for her son, Jef- Attema's sentence was.
frey Henderson, who was killed "Jeffery was a young fella like
Canada day 2006. my son, and so to say he should
"When you are lonely and sick be punished more, well, he's gotta
of heart, go to the friends we live with this the same as Maria
know and bury your sorrows in and myself."
doing good deeds. Miss me, but Although the family hasn't spo-
let me go." ken to Attema yet, Ross said they
She wipes her nose with a may contact him in the future,
Kleenex at the podium. Her hus- just to let him know who their son
band Ross puts his arm around was.
her and leads her away. They low-
er their heads and begin to weep. ***
Twenty people stand in a circle Wind Beneath My Wings plays
at the edge of Highway 26, East quietly on a portable CD player.
of Charlottetown on Nov.3. It's a Tyler’s 17-year-old brother Math-
cold, grey, windy day. A lone ew stands between his parents. He
white cross has been hammered stares straight ahead, his face
into the ground in a ditch, under a blank. He turns away to wipe his
large tree. This is where Tyler eyes on his sleeve. Two women
Henderson was killed. carrying flowers lay them on the
cross at the end of the ceremony.
*** A white cross is a symbol of
It was 4:30 a.m on July 2 when honour and remembrance, said
the Hendersons heard a knock at Miller. The MADD cross is
the door of their home in Hamp- unique because it has a red centre
ton, New Brunswick. It was the and a plaque of dedication.
RCMP. Their 20-year old son was For Maria, the cross is a warn-
dead. ing to other drivers.
"That's a call no parent wants to "[It] might make people slow
receive, I mean out of the blue, a down and think about the fact that
shock….you think your child is an accident happened there, and
safe…and that's how quickly realize the effects of drinking and
things turn. In the blink of an eye, driving."
your life changes," said Maria. It's been a hard year, said Maria.
Tyler decided to come to Char- She and her husband rushed from
lottetown to celebrate Canada New Brunswick to get to the cere-
Day with his friends. He had been mony for 2 p.m. Their trips to the
drinking when he took a shuttle Island before were under painful
on Canada day from Charlotte- Maria and Ross Henderson stand at the edge of the highway at the site where their son was killed circumstances, but that has all
town to a campground near in an alcohol-related accident over a year ago. A white cross ceremony was held for him Nov.3. changed now, said Maria.
Alexandria at about 2 a.m. It is Carroll photo "Now when we come, it'll be on
believed the bus missed the gate was needed and it was a long Canada. we're here to honour him dying." our terms. We can come and visit
and some passengers decided to weekend. MADD President Margaret Attema received one week in and bring flowers…people say
walk the rest of the way, includ- "It was two days before we got Miller put up the Island's first prison for impaired driving. you find closure, but I mean, you
ing Henderson. No one knows to see him. Longest two days of white cross in Caledonia to mark Lawyers couldn't argue it was never find closure. He'll always
how he ended up walking alone my life, because you keep think- the death of her own son, Bruce Attema's drinking that killed be with us."
down the middle of the highway. ing, maybe it's a mistake, maybe Miller, in May 2006, two months Tyler. Police said even a sober The poem Miss Me But Let Me
Twenty-year-old Jeffrey Attema it's a mistake." before Tyler was killed. Since driver may have hit Tyler. Go holds a special significance to
had also been drinking that night No one will ever know what then, four crosses have been The white cross says he was the Hendersons. It's where they
when he got behind the wheel of happened that night, said Ross. nailed into P.E.I's red earth. killed in an alcohol-related crash. find their strength to keep going,
his car. He didn't see Tyler until it "You like to have all the Miller, who spoke at the ceremo- Miller said his sentence wasn't said Maria.
was too late. answers but there are still little ny, said Tyler’s death was a tragic good enough. "We miss him, we miss him ter-
Tyler’s body was found about gaps. Why was he the last one by reminder about the consequences "We would have liked to have ribly," said Maria, beginning to
400 metres away from the camp- himself? I don't think we'll ever of drinking and driving. seen a further conviction for cry, "But Tyler was the kind of
ground in a ditch. The Hender- know that." "Tyler should have been home impaired driving…but it didn't kid [who would say ] c'mon, can
son's were told they had to wait to The crash site is now marked by with his family. He should have happen and we're looking at you change this? No. OK, get on
see their son because an autopsy a white cross through MADD been celebrating his life, instead tougher laws." with your life.”
Page 4 NEWS Nov. 16, 2007
P.E.I. won’t follow
Young people train dogs for fun
to start using at dog show held on Island
biodegradable bags By LINDSAY
By NATHAN ROCHFORD
Lil ‘Ed paws at the metal
P.E.I. Liquor says it will not be follow- gate, whimpering a little. His
ing N.B. Liquor in its move to tail whips back and forth.
biodegradable plastic bags. Instead, the “I think he wants to come
province is looking to more environmen- out,” says his 12-year-old han-
tally sound options for customers, said dler, Chelby Marling.
the communications director for P.E.I. When the gate opens he
Liquor, Wayne MacDougall jumps up and starts to kiss her.
He said sources told him the bags used She smiles and lets him.
in New Brunswick are not actually Lil’Ed is a one-year-old bea-
biodegradable in a landfill. gle. He was one of about 200
So the Island will look to other options dogs in the Island Dog club
including paper bags and even a possible show at the Civic Centre on
switch to a heavy-duty reusable cloth Oct. 27.
bag similar to those used in grocery A single, sharp, high-pitched
stores like Sobeys and Superstore. bark escapes from his mouth as
Spokesperson for N.B. Liquor Nora he jumps up on Marling’s leg.
Lacey said the bags they use are made “He only barks when I’m
of LLDPE number four, a low-density ignoring him,” she said.
degradable plastic purchased by N.B. Marling, from Halifax, is one
Liquor from PCL Packaging. of two junior intermediate han-
Sales manager for PCL Packaging Ter- dlers at the show. She is no
ry Ricketts said the plastic used to make longer a junior novice, having
the bags was certified as biodegradable won more than six times. Chelby Marling showed Lil’Ed, a young beagle, as a junior handler in the Island dog club
by Environmental Products Inc., the Her competition is 12-year- show on Oct.17. Carroll photo.
company that makes the additive that old Colten O’Shea. The two are
holds the plastic together. usually neck and neck, and
The bag is made up is tiny bits of the trade off winning she said. Mary-Jane Sears, Gema’s keep going…and I’m still here, dog. And you know the judge
low-density plastic held together by an She has her eye on the prize owner, is friends with Mar- and I can’t wait for next year.” is looking at you, so it’s a bit
organic substance that breaks down over today. ling’s grandmother. Gema slept The confirmation competition more nerve-racking, but much
time, but only under the right conditions. “There’s a trophy for the jun- on Marling’s bed with her the for best dog in the breed, and more exciting.”
These conditions include constant sun- iors…that’s my goal for this night before. best dog overall is like a beauty O’Shea said he’s trying to
light, and even then the bags still can weekend. I want to have my Although Gema squirmed on pageant, said Leggo. Their stay calm.
take up to a year to breakdown com- name engraved on it because the hip-height table while Sears teeth, eyes, bone structure and “I know that it’s just for fun,
pletely. my sister Kimberly has won brushed and dried her hair, it walk are inspected by judges to so there’s not that much pres-
MacDougall said at that rate in a land- two years in a row.” wasn’t because she was nerv- find a dog that is perfect. sure.”
fill site the bags would never break When Marling’s grandmother ous, said Sears. That dog will go on to com- When the judge calls their
down. bought her first bouvier, a large “She’s a puppy, so she’s just pete for best in show with the arm-band numbers, they take
Director of disposal of Waste Manage- black dog, Kimberly began to excited. She doesn’t have any winner of every other breed. turns walking their dogs around
ment in Charlottetown Heather Myers show him. Marling tagged nervous bones in her body. She If you’ve won the best breed the small ring in a diagonal.
said the particular type of bag is oxo- along and decided it looked just likes to go and have fun.” and best in show five times, They stop along the side and
biodegradable. like fun, so she’d try it too. She Sears has had bouviers for 25 you become a champion. crouch simultaneously, holding
It will eventually break down small has been doing it for three and years. She likes the breed Breeders often come to the the dogs stationary as they
enough that people can’t see it, but will a half years. because they are family orient- show to look for their next dog. move around them from front
not actually disappear. “I’ve always liked dogs and ed and protective. The winners of best in show to back like a ballet.
“It’s degradable,” she said, explaining now I’ve found a sport where I She is filled with pride when will be chosen first by breed- They pull up gums, move
it will break down overtime. “But it’s not can play with them all I want.” her dogs win ribbons, because ers. However, it’s also just a lot their behinds in place and hold
biodegradable.” *** that means she has bred her of fun for the dogs, said Leggo. up the tip of their tails.
Green party leader Sharon Labchuck Marling stayed on the Island dogs well. “They get very excited when The judge scowls and peers
said the only truly biodegradable bags last night at her grandmother’s Vicki Leggo, the vice presi- they’re going to do a show at the dogs. She moves off to
house. She got up at 6:30 a.m dent of the dog club, said dog- because they really do enjoy the side and points at them.
are made of paper or other organic mate-
to get to the show early. handling can be addictive. socializing with other “One and two, in that order,”
Although the drive was nerve- “Once you get started, there’s dogs…they get to make she says.
“As far as I know those are the only
racking, once she had a leash in no turning back.” friends,” said Leggo. Marling won the best Junior
biodegradable bags,” she said, adding for It was exactly one year ago O’Shea is showing a golden handler.
the bags used in New Brunswick the her hand, she said she was fine.
Marling showed a bouvier that she started handling. The retriever, Hope. She and Lil’Ed O’Shea smiles and pets Hope.
plastic only breaks down so it’s no president of the club gave one rub noses and kiss each other He is fine with the decision.
longer visible to the naked eye. puppy named Gema earlier that
of her own dogs to Leggo to before they go in the ring. Marling also smiles as she
“That’s not an answer,” Labchuck said. day and won best bouvier pup-
show just for fun. She was Marling is nervous, she says. runs out of the ring with
“The only difference then is you don’t py. Later she will try to win
hooked. In junior handling, it’s not just Lil’Ed. She says she can’t wait
see the bag blowing around in the wind. best puppy over-all.
“That was it. I was done. It about the dog. to see her name engraved on
It’s kind of a fraud.” At nine months, Gema looks
was that much fun that I had to “It’s about you showing your the trophy, next to her sister’s.
like a large, fluffy black bear.
Nov. 16, 2007 NEWS Page 5
Saving lives, money with simple solutions
Holland College student’s constant fight to be a voice for Island’s disabled
By STEPHEN BRUN said Barry Schmidl, executive
director of the P.E.I. Council for
When Fraser MacPhee lifts the Disabled.
weights in the Holland College “There certainly does need to
gym he forgets about his wheel- be more programs for people to
chair, at least for a few minutes. live independently, whether it’s a
Forgetting is not always an easy program or services offered.”
task for the 37-year-old student
The centre does have a Snoeze-
whose days are filled with con-
stant reminders of living with a len room, a Dutch concept which
disability. provides an extra-sensory experi-
Aside from the physical benefits ence for relaxation and stimula-
to the workout, going to the gym tion, including a ball room, water
helps him mentally as well. bubble tubes and fibre-optic light
“It makes it easier for me to sprays. The room is just one of
think, too, when I’m in class. The many components needed for
things that usually sit in my head independent living.
are the first things to go,” he said. The complex has 18 apartments,
“There are some things I realized all of which are occupied.
I just need this to do.” MacPhee’s friend Elizabeth
MacPhee has a condition called Pierlot sits in building’s lounge
familial or hereditary spastic para- watching TV. She said MacPhee
pareisis. It began to slowly affect seems to be more active than
his body at age 12. Six years ago,
many Islanders without disabili-
he began using the wheelchair.
Like going to the gym, the con- ties.
dition affected MacPhee both “He’s always causing trouble,”
physically and mentally. He has Pierlot laughs. “He’s a really fun
been clean and sober for several guy and he’s always trying to help
years after a time of hard drugs other people out. He seems to
and alcohol. have a life and he lives it.”
“I isolated for such a long time. The manager of Atlantic Peo-
For a long time I had trouble ple’s Housing, which oversees the
admitting I had a problem of any centre, said he doesn’t normally
kind,” he said. comment to the media about
“Since I stopped drinking and issues with their buildings.
smoking and using drugs I’ve
Fraser MacPhee works out in the Eye of the Hurricane fitness centre as much as he can. The 37-
MacPhee said he has some
never felt better. I don’t know if
year-old disabled student says the weights sometimes take his mind off being in a wheelchair.
issues with the upkeep of the
I’ve ever been stronger.”
the Prince Edward Island like Holland College. Reynolds building, Pat and the building when it comes to the
MacPhee takes the computer
Marathon in a specially designed “Sometimes just getting some- Elephant and the [P.E.I.] council ramps and paving.
information systems (CIS) course
at the college in Charlottetown wheelchair. one with a disability to say some- of the disabled have both helped “For me this is almost perfect,”
and works for the Department of Many of his days are also spent thing is a huge step. When they me,” he said. said MacPhee. “My disability was
Veterans’ Affairs doing IT support participating on various disability- do say something it means more.” “We should have an independ- so gradual I learned how to do
for their offices across the coun- related boards. MacPhee is still able to stand by ent living centre on the Island new things while it was happen-
try. Among several other commit- supporting himself on his car door that’s based on the successful ing to me. It’s not so bad for me,
“They said that I didn’t get the tees and boards, MacPhee is the as he dismantles his wheelchair national model. It would save but some other people can’t do
job because of this [the wheel- P.E.I. representative, executive and folds it into the back seat. government money and people’s certain things.”
chair] but it was just one of those secretary and treasurer for The specially designed car has lives.” MacPhee said he feels lucky to
things where the pressure was NEADS, the National Educational no gas or brake pedals, but using The Reynolds building is acces- have the mobility he does, that’s
gone as soon as they said ‘yes.’ Association of Disabled Students. a lever on the left side of the sible, but is not an independent
why he works so relentlessly so
When MacPhee works on the “I do it for the trips,” he said steering wheel MacPhee can pull living centre (ILC) according to
with a laugh. “I’m on three new back and forth to accelerate or standards set by the Canadian others with disabilities will be
military press, he wobbles slightly safe.
– a common problem since he [boards] now, but I don’t even slow down. Association of Independent Liv-
know the names of them. When I As he pulls into the parking lot ing Centres. While some of the issues he
doesn’t yet have the trunk control talks about may seem insignifi-
to hold himself steady, he said. was first there it sounded great. at the Kay Reynolds Centre where The centres need programming
You get to meet new people and he has an apartment, he sees geared toward people with mental cant, it’s the frequency with
When he works on the various
machines he must climb in and make contacts.” many issues of concern. and physical disabilities to teach which he sees these problems that
out of the chair just to change the But his involvement with these Pat and the Elephant is a com- them life skills to cope with the can become frustrating.
weight settings. organizations is an example of his mercial tenant of the building and world around them. “I don’t want to go to bed one
While he only picks at weights seemingly tireless commitment to MacPhee said sometimes up to 12 The kinds of programming night and think ‘that person got
once in a while, he’s recently providing a voice to the disabled. of their vehicles can be in the offered depend on what type of hurt today because I didn’t say
participated in marathon-length The task is difficult enough, even parking lot taking up spaces. disabilities are present in a certain anything.’”
races and the 10-km portion of in a relatively small community “While I’ve been in the Kay area and what demand is like,
Page 6 EDITORIAL Nov.16, 2007
Your cab driver might have a PhD
By JENNILEE CUDMORE should not be penalized just
because they aren’t familiar with
Highly skilled immigrants are the Canadian culture.
trying to find employment in their If they have the drive to go
professional fields. Yet, the through seven to10 years of
majority of them are struggling to school to become a doctor, den-
get back to their former careers. tist, engineer or lawyer, then
Immigrants can face a number chances are they have the brains
of barriers when they try to secure and work ethic to pick up on a
employment in Canada. First and culture.
foremost are the challenges Some immigrants leave their
obtaining Canadian accreditation country to escape harsh living
for their skills and education. conditions or because their coun-
Lack of Canadian work experi- try feels more like a prison than a
ence, lack of knowledge about home.
Canadian workplace culture and They move to Canada to get a
low proficiency in English are all fresh start, but how can they do
problems they may face. that if they can’t even work? How
Internationally trained profes- are they supposed to build a better
sionals and skilled trade workers life without money, or if they
from other countries may not have a job not doing what they
know North American standards love?
required for their profession. Not to bash Canada, it’s an
Lawyers, dentists and doctors amazing country and I’m proud to
are sometimes unable to continue live here, but I think the govern-
their former profession and are China they are unable to continue number of doctors accepting new doctors. But why not use the ment does need to re-think the
either unemployed or doing jobs their practice as doctors because patients. money to educate the immigrants immigration policies.
that don’t require education. they aren’t familiar with our cul- As the shortage of doctors who are already doctors? Canada accepted about 250,000
I hear it in the news and see it ture. increases, so does the risk of the Not everyone has the mentality immigrants last year and yet a lit-
on the web all the time. Canada The Canadian Institute for health of potential patients. to become a doctor. It takes years tle over 100, 000 are still unem-
has a shortage of physicians, yet Health released a study in 2006 The government is setting aside of dedication and hard work. ployed or doing a job they are
when doctors move here from showing a steady decrease in the millions of dollars to train more Immigrant who have worked hard over qualified for.
Female hockey on P.E.I. is a learning tool for students
in the Journalism program at Holland College.
going in wrong direction Opinions expressed in The Surveyor do not necessarily reflect
those of the college administration.
Editorial Staff REPORTERS/
By MEGAN WALSH wanted was not taken into consid- should be playing at the “AA”
eration when the decision was level but were unable to try out MANAGING EDITORS PHOTOGRAPHERS
The goal of the decision to made. And now the female hock- because their parents refuse to JENNILEE CUDMORE Nathan Rochford
adopt new “AA” zones may have ey community on the Island travel. So the “AA” divisions MEGAN WALSH Lindsay Carroll
been to strengthen female hockey includes a lot of unhappy people. aren’t necessarily getting stronger Jaclyn Killins
on P.E.I, but I don’t think that’s The decision was based on what because they are missing some CONTACT US Margie Holmes
what will happen. is best for the “AA” players so girls who deserve to be there. by mail at
As of the 2007 season of female they can have six great teams. The changes have also taken its Douglas Dickieson
minor hockey on P.E.I., the Pee But now the “A” teams do not toll on the “A” division as well. Mike Ramsay
140 Weymouth Street
Wee, Bantam and Midget AA have enough players, especially Now, associations are finding Charlottetown, PE
divisions have been split into six those in smaller communities that they don’t have enough players C1A 4Z1 Stacey Murray
different zones. barely had enough for a team in for their “A” teams because of all Teresa Wright Constable
They are zone 1 Evangeline, the first place. the players that were taken for the by e-mail at Christy Marsters
Tyne Valley, O’Leary, Alberton Any female hockey player in “AA” zones. firstname.lastname@example.org Colin MacLean
and Tignish, zone 2 Summerside, the Pee Wee, Bantam and Midget I think the change was one that email@example.com Stephen Brun
Bedeque and Borden, zone 3 divisions had the opportunity to does not benefit the teams, and Ryan Ross
North River, South Shore, Kens- try out for the “AA” zone that isn’t that what matters most? or by telephone at Kerrie Thompson
ington and North Star, zone 4 their association falls under, but Some girls may agree with the (902) 566-9589, 566-9591, Editorial Illustration:
Charlottetown and Sherwood, with a cost. change because they want it to be 629-4229, 566-9389
zone 5 Pownal; and zone 6 Those who made it into one of more competitive and with six or 566-9588
Souris, Georgetown, Morell, the six zones will now have to “AA” teams maybe it will be.
Montague, Belfast and Northum- travel to arenas outside of their But for some girls it just means The Surveyor would like to thank
berland. hometown for practices and they no longer get to play with
What the parents and coaches games. their friends, and for some, that’s
Transcontinental P.E.I. Printers in Borden
and most importantly the players So now there are girls who more important. and The Guardian for continuing support.
Nov. 16, 2007 FEATURES Page 7
Trek to village
By COLIN MACLEAN the brush you can see Wenshuan
and the surrounding mountains
MacLean spent six weeks in Chi- behind you. Small fields full of
na last summer as part of a Hol- corn and onions cover the moun-
land College project there. tain along the road. Even a small
orchard can be seen every once in
My day visiting villages in the a while.The group traveling to the
mountains near the town of Wen- villages consisted of Chinese
shuan in China’s Sichuan teachers, administrators and mem-
province was the most incredible bers of the Canadian delegation to
day of my life. the enhanced rural teacher-train-
The walk up the mountain starts ing program.
in the town, turning up a steeply After an hour of hard walking
inclining street and going for sev- we arrived at the first village. The
eral hundred metres through busy group took a tour of the school
alleys. But there comes a point and made donations of new sup-
when the buildings start becoming plies to the teachers and students.
farther apart and more plants start The looks on the faces of those
to crowd the path. kids when they were given their
Unless you are in good physical new school bags is one I’m never
shape I wouldn’t recommend this going to forget. Several Holland A little girl plays with two Canadian flags given to her from the Holland College delegation. The
trek. I’m not in the best shape but College staff members raised Canadians passed out dozens of flags during their visit to China. MacLean photo
did it anyway and had to stop money last year to buy the sup- drop.At some points while going the rest of the way. were wearing their beautiful tradi-
about ever 15 minutes for a plies donated to the schools. up steep inclines on the snaking After about a 15-minute walk tional clothing, which is covered
breather. Another problem is the Many of the villagers also road we actually started rolling we cut through a cornfield and in flower and spiral designs.
air thins the higher you climb. came over to visit and talk with backwards. clambered over a small cliff to Later the Chinese teachers told
Coupled with the stifling us. I believe we were something Our progress was slowed while arrive at our final destination. us we were probably the first
humidity, you are in for the walk of an oddity to them. we waited for a large excavator to The school we visited was very western people to visit this vil-
of your life. The path up the After about an hour at the first clear away rubble from a land- basic, like something you see in lage. Normally the road is too
mountain is nice, but it would village we loaded into SUVs for slide from the day before at one old black and white pictures back dangerous for even local officials
have been nicer if the side of the the rest of the climb. This proba- point. How they managed to get in Canada. You can’t help but to make the journey very often.
path wasn’t choked with garbage bly wasn’t the best idea because that monster of a machine up the admire the teachers who work in After making our donations and
until about half way up. The smell at some points the road was bare- mountain is beyond me. these small villages. taking a few more pictures with
is overpowering at some points. ly wide enough to support the When we arrived at a small The people were all very curi- the people in the village we made
The view, on the other hand, is vehicles and there was nothing group of houses along the road ous about us and came out to the long journey back down the
incredible. After walking out of over the side but a very long we decided to get out and walk watch what we were doing. Most mountain.
The sound of music: Music’s role in movies
By MIKE RAMSAY sight, cannot easily do. greater when played together. I learned to speak.” creepy theme that comes to mind.
Music is used to set the mood of Without the music, their attention A self-proclaimed movie fanat- “Without it, the movie wouldn’t
Walking home from school on a a scene and can change how it is declined. ic, Barnett has been dissecting be near as effective,” said Barnett.
crisp fall day, a group of teenage interpreted, said Cohen, a psy- Cohen said the difference was- movies for as long as he can Another movie where the music
girls are followed on the opposite chology professor and head of the n’t as great as they predicted, but remember and writes movie was essential for Barnett was Rob
side of the road by a large, cover- auditory perception and music she suspects that was because the reviews as a hobby. Zombie’s The Devil’s Rejects.
all-clad figure. The girls have no cognition research and training clip was short. He estimates he has written He remembers the ending scene
idea of the horror about to happen laboratory at the university. “We do this research in hopes of thousands since he started at 15 when the movie’s anti-heroes
to them, but we know. Hollywood knows that, so a lot being surprised a little bit at least and he said music is one of the charge at the police in an old con-
How? of money is put into soundtracks. because it always takes us to the most important factors of a vertible with no sound except
Because of the menacing music Film composers believe the next step,” she said. movie. Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Free Bird play-
playing in the background of John music is successful when people Cohen and the students doing “I’d put it right after the direct- ing. As the tempo of the song
Carpenter’s classic horror movie don’t pay attention to it. the research are going to try the ing and the acting.” changes from slow to fast, so
Halloween. “The success of the music, they experiment again, this time with a The movie Halloween comes to does the mood from hopeless to
When people go to the movies, say, is when it doesn’t draw atten- longer clip to try to find out when mind when Barnett thinks of a an almost heroic final stand with
music is a big part of the experi- tion to itself and you’re not aware a major change happens. case where the music was essen- bullets flying.
ence. And a UPEI professor is of it,” Cohen said. Tim Barnett, 21, of Charlotte- tial. It was a great ending said Bar-
part of a team trying to find out One experiment the researchers town plans on attending a film With just simple piano and syn- nett.
how important the music is. did was show a clip to a panel of production course at the Academy thesizer sounds the movie does a “Every time I hear that song
Annabel Cohen said film music people with just the soundtrack, of Design and Technology in great job of setting the mood. now, I think of that scene,” he
is used to transfer information then with just the speech and then Toronto in January. He has been When anybody remembers the said. “It was very climactic. Pret-
other devices, like speech and together. People’s attention was watching movies “probably since movie, usually it’s the simple, ty powerful stuff.”
Drama about dangers of gambling
Page 8 EDUCATION Nov. 9, 2007
hopes to get teens thinking
By TERESA WRIGHT “They’re also going to be going
CONSTABLE away at college and university in
a year or two, and most of them
A troupe of young actors is trav- will be away from home for the
eling around the Atlantic first time and vulnerable.”
provinces encouraging teens to This was a key message in
think twice before visiting poker- Jurko’s play at Colonel Gray. The
gobo.com. plot follows a university student
Their play, House of Cards, was who becomes so addicted to gam-
written for high school students to bling he loses all his money and
create awareness among youth alienates his friends.
about the risks of gambling. “I think the message was how
They performed at Colonel gambling can change your life
Gray Senior High in Charlotte- and not for the better,” Campbell
town on Nov. 2. said.
“We want students to be able to “Everybody thinks, ‘Oh well,
make informed choices,” said the just one more game. I might be
show’s artistic director, Sasa lucky,’ or ‘I’m on a losing streak
Jurko. but I’m going to win soon.’”
“We want to let students know Showing the devastation that
that there are risks and that there’s can result in their personal life
ways to avoid risk and there’s and how it can take over is an
help out there if they need it.” important message for high
The show was designed and school students headed soon to
developed by the Responsible college, Campbell said.
Gambling Council – an independ- Elizabeth Lee, a Grade 10 stu-
ent, non-profit organization com- dent who attended the perform-
mitted to problem gambling pre- Alex Goldrich, left, Jason Sellers and Fraser McCallum perform in a play called House of Cards at ance, said she appreciated being
vention. Colonel Gray on Nov. 2. The three are part of a troupe traveling to high schools across Atlantic shown the truth of what really
The play is also funded in part Canada with their drama warning students about the risks of gambling. Wright Constable photo. happens to a young person addict-
by the Atlantic Lottery Corpora- ed to gambling.
tion. “So if this can prevent someone Daphne Campbell, a counselor time jobs.” “I’ve known people that have
Although the corporation makes from having gambling problems, at Colonel Gray, said while she As a result of online games, TV had problems with this kind of
its money from gambling rev- then that’s a good thing.” thinks gambling among teens is programs about poker and a thing before – and I know that it
enues, spokesperson Robert Bour- Although most visitors to the not a huge problem, it’s a grow- colourful host of lottery tickets can mess you up,” she said.
geois said the corporation does Charlottetown Driving Park and ing one. for sale at every convenience “I know that people waste their
not like to see gambling become a Entertainment Centre are older, “I think it’s on the increase store checkout, gambling has nev- lives on (gambling) a lot and lose
problem among its customers. poker tables are becoming popu- because students have the means er been so accessible, Jurko said. control.”
“We want people to use our lar with younger crowds, Bour- with computers now to gamble “This is pretty much the first After watching the performance,
products and we want them to use geois said. online. And students also have generation to be exposed to this she said she’s now more aware of
it in a healthy way,” Bourgeois “A lot of younger people play their own credit cards and have amount of legalized gambling,” what outlets are available for
said. those types of games now.” access to more money with part- he said. help.
New sex therapy helps women with dysfunctions
difficulties by staying in the increased desire and arousal in O’Sullivan’s research helps well, it’s a bonding thing too.”
By LINDSAY CARROLL moment and becoming aware of two of Brotto’s studies, one pub- bring to light the true sex lives of Letting people know they are
all parts of their body while hav- lished, one being reviewed for university students. She found not alone if they feel like they
A new therapy will bring hope ing sex. publication. when first dating, both partners need to convince their partner to
where there was none before to About one-third of all women Women who suffered sexual always seem to be turned on. have sex sometimes is important,
women with sexual dysfunctions, have had discomfort or distress abuse benefited most from the However in a long-term relation- said O’Sullivan. “I think it takes
says a University of British when having sex, yet there is no therapy. “We think it has some- ship the nature of sex changes. the pressure off people.”
Columbia professor. effective medication to treat thing to do with staying in the One person will usually want it Using technology to gather her
Lorri Brotto was one of the women. This therapy, however, now and helping to challenge dis- more than the other at a particular data works better than pen and
keynote speakers at the 34th works, said Brotto. tractions such as previous abusive time. paper because people are more
Canadian Sex Research Forum “It feels great because we do episodes,” she said. She found having sex, even honest, said O’Sullivan. “You can
held in Banff Alberta on Oct. 11- see this is a very effective Lucia O’Sullivan, a psychology though you may not be in the get a snapshot of people’s lives.”
14. method…to be able to offer professor at the University of mood, is normal and can bring Using a phone or the Internet to
Her Mindfullness Therapy helps something is great.” New Brunswick, said she found people closer together. record a diary of sexual behavior
women with sexual disorders and It decreased sexual distress and Brotto inspiring. “Sex has another function as works the best.
Prices drop at Stratford store as dollar climbs
Nov. 16, 2007 ENTERTAINMENT Page 9
By RYAN ROSS Ewing said a lot of that product
stays on the shelf for a while.
Customers expect prices to go “Your average product will
down to keep up with the chang- change every two to three
ing dollar, the owner of a Strat- months.”
ford hobby store says. That means the amount they
Jim Ewing, the owner of Great make off each item will change
Hobbies, lowered prices in with the dollar, he said.
response to the rising Canadian “There are times when you’ll be
dollar. on the short end of the stick.”
They have made several price Most of the competition has fol-
changes along with the loonie but lowed their lead, which Ewing
there is a psychological barrier said they always do.
where people expect more of a “We were definitely the first.”
change, he said. Brittany Stephen, one of
“Once we hit par that’s when Ewing’s employees, said she has
everyone’s brain switched.” been getting positive feedback
The loonie reached parity with from customer.
the U.S. dollar in September and “Definitely had a few say others
has since hit record highs. have to jump on the bandwagon
And Ewing said at Great Hob- and lower theirs too.”
bies, more than 95 per cent of But Stephen said she wasn’t
their stock gets priced through the sure if they were busier because
U.S. of the prices.
“There’s not a heck of a lot that “Hard to say because the phone
doesn’t.” system changed at the same
To help make the transition the time.”
company had a sale before lower- Ewing said even though the dol-
ing prices, he said. lar has changed there are other
“We ate the GST.” factors that make doing business
Ewing said they made the deci- in Canada more expensive than in
sion to lower prices about a the United States.
month before making the change. Factors like high taxes and the
“We didn’t wait that long.” cost of getting things across the
But it took time to adjust the border mean they have to add to
price on the almost 70,000 prod- prices to cover the cost of doing
ucts they carry, he said. business, he said.
“Not a simple feat to re-price all “From what I’ve heard, most
of that.” people are OK with that.”
Brittany Stephen answers calls at Great Hobbies in Stratford. The hobby shop dropped its prices
last month in response to the rising dollar. Ross photo
Horse refuge waiting for charitable status
By MATTHEW DAYE herd is an educational tool,” she However, the paperwork got my pocketbook couldn’t.” an eight-hour work day really is,”
said. “Through it all they learn lost somewhere in the delivery. While some of the horses are she said. “Most have a really
Horses take a lot of time and how to break and ride.” Fell said, “Somewhere in Ser- old or battered, most are just good work ethic.”
energy to care for, but there is a Despite her service, there have vice Canada is where my paper- horses whose original family She has been receiving some aid
woman in South Granville who is been some snags getting charita- work is sitting.” can’t support anymore. from her neighbors, including
more than happy to help, although ble status with the government. Charitable status would make “A lot of the horses donated to some steel for fences as well as
she could use a hand herself. “The ACE group adopted me things easier as she’s tied up all of the sanctuary are much loved,” food.
Yogi Fell is a retired shipper and they did all the paperwork to her money in the sanctuary. Fell said. “For some it’s their sec- “I’ve had some wonderful peo-
who now spends her time caring get me charity status.” “It seems like one step forward, ond life.” ple share their gardens with me,”
for horses in her horse sanctuary, The ACE group was a group of two steps back, cause really my The camp she runs for the chil- she said. “I’m not whining, this is
Handibear Hills. She has 29 hors- students from UPEI who did the pension isn’t covering all my dren has helped some parents to just how things go on a farm.”
es and a llama on the 35-acre project as part of an international costs right now,” she said. better educate their kids on hors- Others who help with the horses
farm ranch. competition. They won first place Fell started with two horses, but es. is the Sir James Dunn Animal
She has been running the sanc- in the province and made it to the things snowballed over time as “As one gentleman said, I saved Welfare Group, which provides
tuary since 1979. She works the semi-finals in Canada. more people asked her to take him a lot of money because his vaccinations for the horses.
ranch alone most of the year, but Student union president Willy their horses in. kids were nagging him for a Despite the hardship, she plans
occasionally hires students Gautheir was the leader of team. “Once I started working full horse,” she said. “They realized to continue the sanctuary as long
through the grant program. He said he enjoyed working on time I started saying yes more,” that they couldn’t handle the as she can.
Fell also uses the ranch to edu- the project and with Fell. she said. work.” “Horses are my passion, they
cate the younger generation about “She’s one of the most selfless She has retired as a shipper for She’s said she’s proud of the have been all my life.”
animals and farm life. She calls people I’ve ever met,” Gautheir UPEI and used her pension to program and the kids that take More information can be found
them her trailblazers. said “She’s been a mentor to us. support the sanctuary ever since. part. on her website www.hand-
“For me it’s important that the It’s been a great relationship.” “I could handle 50 horses, but “It teaches these kids how long ibearhills.com
Export market leads to success
Page 10 BUSINESS Nov. 16, 2007
for some small Island businesses
By TERESA WRIGHT that doesn’t come naturally to buying in bigger volume.”
CONSTABLE me. I remember telling my broth- Noland’s beginnings in the
er, ‘I’m going to do this,’ but I retail sector on P.E.I. allowed her
Two Island businesswomen kept pacing around,” she said. to experiment with her product
have made it onto the world busi- “But sometimes you’ve just got and prepare for successful export,
ness stage after their decision to to be nervy and do it.” she said.
export their products led to suc- She was encouraged to send Since many of her clients were
cess with a world famous compa- them a few samples. Six months tourists, she was able to test the
ny. after she’d sent the samples in, North American market and iden-
Margaret McEachern and Bren- McEachern had all but forgotten tify buyer trends.
da Noland, two local entrepre- about the encounter. “Most of our tourists were com-
neurs, attended a trade mission in Then, after attending the ing from out west in Canada and
Florida a few months ago. ACOA-organized trade mission the east coast of the U.S., so we
They each met with the compa- in Florida and meeting with the were really meeting our cus-
ny’s businesses executives and park’s executives, she got the tomers face to face like we would
made their pitch to provide prod- phone call of a lifetime. if we did export farther.”
ucts for sale on location at the “They said it It was this pre-
company’s famous theme park in would be a small pared approach
order to start,” she
As a result, the two have been laughed. “A small “When they looked sheher successto
order for (this
chosen to be part of an Atlantic
Canadian kiosk that will feature company) is the
at the product line, with the bigtheme park’s
14 exporters in the artisan field biggest order I’ve they said, ‘We can business execu-
from the region. ever had – it’s tives during the
The kiosk will be set up in front been a madhouse.” see this in (our theme trade mission in
of the Canadian pavilion in the She’s now work- Florida.
theme park – which, for legal rea- ing on a 342 piece park) and we can see “When they
sons, cannot be named – and will custom-design looked at the
be open for visitors and cus- order for the com- it selling.’ The whole product line,
tomers from late November until pany. they said, ‘We
the new year. She said the sea- package was there,” can see this in
It is a joint project developed sonal nature of her (our theme park)
by theme park executives and the specific market in - Margaret McEachern and we can see
Atlantic Canada Opportunities the Island’s retail it selling.’ The
Agency (ACOA). sector is what whole package
McEachern, an Island designer, made her decide to was there.”
knitter and weaver, was recruited get into exporting. Both Noland
by ACOA to attend trade mis- “There wasn’t and McEachern
sions in New England and Flori- anything that pro- are excited to
da in an attempt to coordinate vided production see their prod-
international business develop- in the fall. So I ucts on display
ment activities to benefit Island needed to be able to find other at the Atlantic Canadian kiosk
businesses. markets.” when they will travel to the Flori-
McEachern designs sweaters, Brenda Noland, owner and cre- da theme park for a demonstra-
tartan shawls, capes and throws, ator of COSMO Jewellery tion during the last week in
which she hand-weaves on a tra- Designs in Summerside, said she November.
ditional Celtic triloom. Her busi- experienced similar roadblocks “I’ve knit it all and sent it, but
ness, called Knit Pickers by Mar- with her business. there’s a part of it that doesn’t
garet McEachern, has been grow- She also was approached by really seem real until you walk
ing steadily for the last five years. ACOA after deciding to get into into their shop and see it there,”
Her decision to get into the the wholesale export trade. McEachern said.
export trade with her product line Noland began with a jewelry Noland agreed, saying it will be
is what has made the difference, retail store, but decided to switch like a dream come true.
she said. Island designer, knitter and weaver Margaret McEachern knits a to wholesale exporting to expand “I went to (the theme park)
It all began with an unplanned blanket for Florida theme park. Wright Constable photo. her business. when I was 11 …and I bought
vacation to the well-known theme This gave her the opportunity to this beautiful beaded hair barrette
park. Her brother had invited her “There wasn’t anything in there So she went to the manager, sell more jewelry in more loca- that some artisan had made,” she
to accompany his family to Flori- that said ‘Canada.’ There was introduced herself, and told them tions. said. “So it’s kind of funny - now
da. Shortly after arriving on site, pretty stuff, but there wasn’t any- about her original Canadian “It’s wonderful. We’re getting I’m going to be one of those
she discovered the Canadian thing I felt was truly Canadian,” designs. into places that we’ve never been artists selling beaded things. It’s
pavilion. she said. “I’m not a pushy salesperson – before. Now there’s a middle man just kind of come full circle.”
Optimism limited among small businesses on P.E.I.
Nov. 16, 2007 NEWS Page 11
By MARGIE HOLMES It can be an opportunity for a
business to buy new equipment at
Prince Edward Island has the a cheaper price than a few months
least optimistic small- and medi- ago, or it could cast a black shad-
um-sized businesses when it ow for tourism operators and
comes to their future success, exporting businesses. A big attrac-
according to a new survey tion for American tourists to trav-
released by the Canadian Federa- el to Canada was that their money
tion of Independent Business. was worth more here.
The survey, which is conducted “That was a competitive edge
quarterly by the CFIB and its that we were able to use for many
1,100 members on the Island, also years,” said Gaudet.
suggests confidence has been However, not all independent
decreasing steadily since the mid- businesses are worried about the
dle of last year. coming years for their business,
Rising energy prices and insuf- some are thriving in downtown
ficient qualified labor are the Charlottetown.
biggest obstacles facing smaller Hearts and Flowers Florist,
businesses on the Island. The flow located on University Avenue for
of workers heading for bigger
10 years, has been experiencing a
paycheques in Alberta isn’t help-
boom in sales and its owner is
ing the situation, said the policy
confident of a bright future ahead
analyst with the CFIB in Charlot-
tetown, Erin McGrath-Gaudet. of them.
“Many businesses are just com- “We’re experiencing a growth
ing off their busy season and are spurt right now, we expect it to
having trouble finding skilled last a while,” said Alan Preston.
workers, especially electricians, Increased promotion has been
which are in such high demand,” the biggest reason for the compa-
Gaudet said. nies growth spurt. He has teamed
Welding is another trade experi- up with the local radio station
encing a shortage of qualified Ocean 100 to get the firm’s name
workers on the Island. People are out to Islanders for their flowers
taking the welding course, but needs on all occasions.
they come out of school and seek Every Friday a listener to the
a job with no experience, said station can call in with a story
about a random act of kindness.
Hearts and Flowers employee Janet Anderegg prepares flowers for sale, The store on University
Double R Manufacturing owner,
The person with the best story
Avenue is experiencing a boom in sales from increased promotion. Holmes photo
“We need people who are able workers go to Western Canada enough work, it’s a major prob- U.S. dollar in September and receives a free bouquet of flowers
to do a number of things. They after working here and there on lem right now,” he said. ,depending on the type of busi- from Hearts and Flowers.
need experience in the business,” the Island and he knows why. For the first time in 31 years the ness a person runs the mighty dol- “It’s a wonderful promotion for
Fateful experience convinces woman to stay on P.E.I.
he said. Fox has seen some young “To start with, there is just not Canadian dollar hit parity with the lar can be a positive or negative. us,’’ said Preston.
By KERRIE THOMPSON The Lees saw the land in person
at 2 p.m. on Nov. 18 and told the “You don’t have to Four in one million people get
An Ontario woman never
believed in fate until she moved
agent they would buy it at 4 p.m.
be related by blood. Lee was the one.
The doctor, through the church,
to P.E.I. and contracted a rare
Instead of waiting until 2009 to
begin building they started on
I have five sisters, helped with her treatment and she
had frequent visitors from the
Now, she is not so sure. May 1, 2005 and officially moved but found family church while in the hospital.
Laura Lee, 50, now a resident of in on April 1, 2006. Lee said she found the strength
P.E.I., lived in Ajax, Ont., for 41 The house was up for sale in through the church.” she needed through the friends
years when she and her husband July after they decided they did from church and she kept a posi-
decided to build a summer house. not want to stay there. - Laura Lee tive attitude.
Lee, originally from Newfound- Being in a new surrounding “It’s almost like a pattern. He
land, said they have family there with no family and no friends was knocked on the door, I started
with land but decided to look hard on Lee. She often cried her- going to church, got sick and
elsewhere and found a spot on self to sleep and wished to be found a doctor through the church
P.E.I. online. back home again. and got healed. I couldn’t have
“We had never been to P.E.I. Lee said in October there was a that month and began finding new done it without friends.”
friendships in the congregation,
Laura Lee. Thompson photo
before.” knock on her door and a man, lat- found family through the church.” After getting a clean bill of
They called the agent after er she learned he was a priest, almost like family, and feeling health Lee decided to stay on
more at home. She began getting sick and
viewing online photos of the land, told her God had told him she found a doctor through the P.E.I. with her new family and
“You don’t have to be related by
then got into their car and drove was supposed to stay on P.E.I. church. friends.
blood. I have five sisters, but
to P.E.I. Lee began going to church later “This is where I belong.”
Page 12 Nov.16, 2007
Help keep children safe with Child Find P.E.I.
By JACLYN KILLINS Seven ways
Child Find P.E.I. is seeking vol- to stay safe
unteers to help deliver a new edu-
cational program called Kids in
Kids in the know throws out
This safety curriculum, for the ambiguous term “stranger”
grades kindergarten through 12, and focuses on Seven Root
will be presented to child and
youth groups across the island. Safety Strategies.
Volunteers will present age 1. Shout No! Run.
appropriate safety information in
a fun way, said Grace Kimpinski,
education coordinator assistant for 2. Trust your instincts
Child Find P.E.I. 3. Buddy System
“[Volunteers] would learn how
to become comfortable teaching 4. If asked to go and your par-
and public speaking.” ents don’t know shout No!
It’s a great opportunity for peo-
ple considering a career in educa- 5. Speak vs. Keep Secrets
tion, Kimpinski said. 6. Dignity and Respect
“You have the opportunity to 7. If you’re asked to share and
work with kids and help them feel
safe.” your parents aren’t aware, say
The curriculum isn’t scary, but No!
it takes safety issues seriously.
Young children learn what to do if
you get lost and high school age
students learn about relationships,
“It comes across to them as any “Grade 1 kids are at a cute age,”
lesson they would have at school Kimpinski said.
… because it’s done so lightly Working to keep children safe is
Grace Kimpinski shows off Hooty, one of the Kids in the Know puppets volunteers will use to teach in the interest of everyone, Pelck-
children are equipped in a fun children how to be safe. Killins photo
way.” mann said.“If one child is missing
Child Find also needs volun- the whole country gets involved”
teers to help fundraise and to “Often times people don’t real- think one of the only things we do “Children are so trusting of Training for Volunteers is on
work behind the scenes, said ize the importance of volunteer- is look for missing children,” adults and are easily lured, so we Nov. 17 at the Rodd Royalty Inn
executive director Colleen Pelck- ing.” Kimpinski said. want to get in there prior to this and Suites from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
mann. Volunteering is a great Child Find is a national organi- Though this is a primary goal, happening.” Lunch is provided. For more call
activity to do with a friend or zation that promotes the safety of the main focus is to take preven- One of the main programs Child Child Find P.E.I. at (902) 368-
group of friends, Pelckmann children. “One of the things with tative measures to ensure the safe- Find runs is fingerprinting stu- 1678 or go to the website
added. Child Find is often times people ty of children, Pelckmann said. dents in Grade 1. www.childfindpei.com
Japanese teens travel long way to learn all about Island
By STACEY MURRAY experience was very good and school. They also saw themselves in Charlottetown recently, staying “It was a good experience for
Sukurada said she was very happy as representatives for their coun- with Claudette Arnold and her me to learn some Japanese. I wish
For Yumina Murakami and Nat- with the trip. try. twin daughters, Samantha and I could do it again,” Samantha
sumi Sukurada, travelling to Taking in local attractions and “They take it (exchanges) very Katelyn. said.
Prince Edward Island wasn’t just sampling Canadian dishes, they seriously in Japan,’’ said Donna While they took in all the usual The exchange students headed
about experiencing a different found food very different in Hurry, Charlottetown’s tourism attractions, the Arnolds provided home soon after and Claudette
culture, it was also about promot- Canada, but the school system officer. an extra taste of Canadian culture said they would be missed.
ing peace. surprised them most. “They see it as promoting peace last weekend when the exchange “We really enjoyed them. I
The pair from Ashibetsu, Japan, “In the school (in Charlotte- and goodwill.’’ students attended the twins’ 15th
think it’s going to be quite differ-
were among four students who town) there are not as many rules. Queen Charlotte intermediate birthday.
ent with them gone.”
came to the Island as part of an In spite of that, everyone was school vice-principal Alan Holding a traditional party with
exchange with Queen Charlotte well behaved,’’ Leach said. Edwards said they’ve participated balloons, presents and cake, it Since the cities paired up in
Intermediate School in Charlotte- In Ashibetsu, students wear uni- in exchanges with the city for was much different from a Japan- 1993, students have travelled
town. forms to school and aren’t more than five years. ese birthday, where close family between the two cities 12 times.
Speaking little English, the allowed to wear makeup. “Kids are the same around the enjoys a meal to mark the occa- Sharing roughly the same cli-
girls’ smiles as they spoke to The system is highly structured world . . . it doesn’t matter where sion.The twins enjoyed the mate and population, the
translator David Leach said it all. with many rules to follow. they go, they find a way to get exchange, learning a lot about exchange shows students how
Picking up some words during But coming to Canada wasn’t along.” Japanese food, language and similar communities differ cultur-
their stay, Murakami said the only about representing their Murakami and Sukurada arrived style. aly.
Nov. 16, 2007 Page 13
You can’t beat the beat in this class
By TERESA WRIGHT “We’re not just waiting for the
CONSTABLE class to end. We actually feel like
we want to be there, which is rare
Colonel Gray is a typical high for school.”
school and its students are typical As the class put their pens and
teenagers. pencils to work coming up with
When they walk into the class- interview questions, MacCorma-
room at the beginning of the ck played a few Beatles tunes.
school day, they find their friends When Come Together began to
and chat in animated voices about sound from his computer speak-
the homework they didn’t do, the ers, students tapped their pencils,
boy or girl they think is cute, bobbed their heads, mouthed the
their plans for the weekend. words and even danced in their
When the buzzer sounds, the seats as they jotted down inter-
students of Music 801- Styles of view ideas.
Popular Music take their seats. “Hey! I should interview my
As with any high school class, mom and ask her if she’s ever
the buzzer doesn’t inspire the taken acid,” Christian MacDonald
silence it’s meant to create. joked to one of her friends.
The teens continue to chatter on She said later Music 801 is her
until – all of a sudden – teacher favourite class at Colonel Gray.
Scott MacCormack begins to clap “It’s one class I really look for-
his hands very slowly and ward to. As teens, we can relate
methodically from a corner of the to it. And it’s better than ancient
room. history, that’s for sure.”
The chatter quickly dies down The course is important so
and a student at the back of the today’s teenagers realize how
class joins in the steady clapping. youth of the 1960s and 1970s
Then another joins in, and anoth- became an integral part of the
er – until finally the whole room music industry and how this
is clapping together in unison. shaped the mindset of a genera-
MacCormack makes his way to tion, MacCormack said. But he
the front of the room. He intro- also hopes the class will give his
duces a syncopated rhythm, giv- students a different view of why
ing one side of the room this new they’re really in school.
rhythm, while the rest continue to “Students think that we’re fill-
Grade 12 students in a new music appreciation course at Colonel Gray high school show their
clap the steady beat. He does the ing them up with skills and
excitement for the class. The new class has inspired its students to think critically about music and
same thing for the other side of knowledge – I hope this class
social culture. Pictured from left are Francois Dumouchel, Christian MacDonald, Madeleine Wright
the room. Soon, there are three or gives them a different view of
and Maikayla Choy. Wright Constable photo.
four counterpointed rhythms on course, MacCormack said he ments of a three-hour-long a have to interview a contemporary what knowledge is. Because
the go. wanted to be a part of it. “I love video about the 1969 music festi- of The Beatles about their memo- learning something new is impor-
“Eight more bars,” he says to teaching something that’s so easi- val at Woodstock. They recently ries and first impressions of the tant, no matter what it is.”
the class. ly accessible to the kids.” finished watching a part of the band. But he asked the students Despite the label the class has
They finish in unison. The sec- He also teaches math and biolo- movie that focused on the drug to come up with their own inter- assumed as a ‘bird course,’
ond of silence that follows wash- gy, but said it’s difficult for a lot culture of the event. view questions and he gave them Dumouchel said he has learned to
es over the room, bringing every- of his students to connect with “Don’t tell your mom and dad the opportunity to decide by vote think more critically about music
one together into a shared head- the material in those classes. we watch movies about acid,” how many questions to ask. and the way it can effect social
space. “But in this case, almost every- MacCormack laughed. “This was They were given the option to change.
Now the class can begin. body has a connection with music the baby-boomer generation,” he ask only five, but as a class “We’re learning about culture
Music 801 is new this year at somewhere. So it’s a lot easier to explained. “They were very opti- decided eight would be a more and society. We know that history
Colonel Gray Senior High School get the students involved, get mistic, but very naïve.” appropriate number. repeats itself, but this helps us to
in Charlottetown. It’s a music them engaged, get them interest- At the beginning of the semes- It’s this kind of initiative Mac- really see that and get that. This
appreciation course designed to ed. That part’s already done. I ter, students looked at blues Cormack loves about the course. is history we can understand and
offer students perspectives of just have to get up there and music and how it fused with “I don’t normally do that sort of relate to.”
music and history from the late talk.” country to form rockabilly and thing in my other classes. This MacDonald agreed, saying the
1950s up to the late 1970s. The students also enjoy the eventually rock n’ roll. They stud- class – they’re just… different. class has also helped her develop
It was started by a teacher at accessibility of the material. ied such artists as Jerry Lee This is a really good class. There a new appreciation for music.
Bluefield High and was piloted “We talk about things in society Lewis, Little Richard and Elvis. are a lot of really good students.” “It gets us to pay more attention
last year in three other schools. A - things that are actually useful, But on this day, they were start- Francois Dumouchel said he to the music, instead of just lis-
tremendous response from teach- things that we’re going to remem- ing a new section – one that enjoys this more progressive way tening to the song. You’re paying
ers, students and parents prompt- ber,” said Grade 12 class member focused on the turning point of of learning. “We have a teacher, attention to the sounds of the
ed the education department to Maikayla Choy. rock n’ roll – better known as The but we’re still in control of the instruments, the quality. You’re
offer the course this year at the Aside from the clapping start, Beatles. class. We can talk about the finding the harmonies and the
Gray. It is an open course, mean- there are many ways this class is “Get out your notebooks,” Mac- things we’d like to.” rhythm and the texture,” she said.
ing students from all grades can out of the ordinary. Since the Cormack said. “We’re going to He said this makes the class “We’re not going to remember
join. beginning of the term, the stu- design an assignment together.” feel more involved in their own our math, but we’ll always
As soon as he heard about this dents have been viewing seg- He told the students they would education. remember this class.”
Page 14 TECHNOLOGY Nov.16, 2007
Viral marketing takes aim at you
By STACEY MURRAY Music Awards and Music New A Montreal native, Lavie has
Brunswick Week 2007. been using the Internet as a pri-
Every day, the public is exposed For these events, they inter- mary means of promotion.
to countless advertisements when viewed up-and-coming artists, With a MySpace profile and
they open the newspaper, turn on recording live audio clips for their numerous live performances post-
the television or walk down the virtual radio station. ed on YouTube, she caught the
street. At the 2006 ECMAs, which attention of a radio station last
But what many people don’t were held in Charlottetown, one July. It became the first to play
realize is marketing and advertis- of the singers they spoke to was one of her songs.
ing agencies are using subtle tech- Stratford native Jenn Grant. In a journal entry on her site,
niques when it comes to the Inter- Fairly new to the music scene, she said she remembers checking
net, stepping away from pop-up the folk-pop singer jumped at the the site after her song made it on
advertisements. opportunity to be featured on the the radio. At that point, it had
Increasingly, selling something site, even though they approached been downloaded 1,850 times.
has become all about the user her at 3 a.m. for an interview. Within 24 hours, the song had
marketing a product, event or “They’re on the ball with local been downloaded 33,000 times.
service for free. acts,” she said. Three and a half months later,
Viral marketing is one of the Since then, she has been fea- the song had been played over
newest territories for marketing tured on the site multiple times 200,000 times, with her other sin-
pioneers. and while it does- gles boasting
In its simplest form, it consists n’t happen every high numbers as
of clicking on a button, said day, people have “You only have well.
Amanda Hamel, a client and told her they first to get it to Grant also has
development manager with Revo- heard her music on a MySpace pro-
lution Media in Charlottetown. Radio@UPEI. She so many people, file, and her
“The viral marketing success said it’s just one own site at
has come from clicking on a but- more way people then it spreads www.jen-
ton to refer a friend.” can market them- like wildfire.” ngrant.com.
When users refer a video or arti- selves. While she rec-
cle to a friend or subscribe to a “The more - Amanda Hamel ognizes the
newsletter, advertisers reach their you’re around, the potential of mar-
target audience with little effort. more people can keting herself on
They also know the user can easi- hear you.” the Internet, she
ly pass the message on to other Hemphill said the tries to stay
potential clients. group has contin- away from
“You only have to get it to so ued to grow and groups like
many people, then it spreads like introduced video to Facebook, call-
wildfire.” the mix at the 2007 ECMAs. ing it an unnecessary drama. She
Hamel said another positive of “It was unprecedented to have also limits the time she spends
viral marketing is it takes very lit- that sort of online presence at the checking e-mails.
tle time to click on a link and type ECMAs…the numbers were fan- “I really hate the idea of sitting
in an e-mail address. In today’s tastic.” at my computer all day…it really
fast-paced society, time is certain- Steve Horne, executive director takes away from songwriting.”
ly a factor marketing specialists Amanda Hamel, a client and development manager with Revo- of the East Coast Music Associa- While it appears the success
have to consider. lution Media in Charlottetown, said viral marketing happens to tion, said Radio@UPEI has done of the Internet could signal the
“It’s a lot more time effective almost everyone on a daily basis. Murray photo an amazing job capturing artists end to traditional forms of mar-
and a lot more cost efficient.” doing what they do best. keting, Hamel thinks the two will
Viral marketing costs a fraction they have.” In the music world, for exam- “We’ve seen a lot of examples find a way to compliment each
of traditional advertising. These e-mails are common. ple, a local group has been very where they’ve taken quality other.
Instead of advertising in several Many people check their inboxes successful at spreading the word shoots.” “I think there’s a place for the
newspapers or producing a televi- to find news alerts and promo- about Maritime talent. Radio@UPEI gives artists traditional because they (con-
sion commercial, advertisers send tional e-mails from companies Radio@UPEI provides video another way to reach their audi- sumers) need to feel productive in
out newsletters and e-mails to every day. and audio content of local acts on ence, by using their audio and their own right.”
their target audience, who then Many times, the e-mails are a the Internet. video clips to promote them- Whether that means picking up
pass the message on to anyone direct result of someone signing Mark Hemphill, director of the selves, he said. a newspaper as opposed to read-
who might be interested. up for more information. business, education, and applied “I think a lot of bands are really ing the online version, or seeing
Paderno Kitchenware, for exam- “If you don’t think about it, you technology program at UPEI, said savvy…they are leading the way an artist live instead of watching a
ple, puts out a monthly e-newslet- don’t think it’s marketing.” the possibilities are endless when compared to other industries.” video performance, human inter-
ter, Hamel said. For them, the e- Outside of the marketing world, it comes to what the Internet can Hemphill said the exposure for action is still important, especially
newsletter’s success is nearly viral marketing has spread nearly do. local artists is the same and it has to older generations.
instantaneous. everywhere on the Internet. Peo- “Everything on the net is viral.” the same effect in the end. Placing her hands around her
“Within two to three hours, their ple are using it to market almost Since 2006, Radio@UPEI has “I think artists recognize what it own computer, Hamel said the
online sales spike,” she said, anything, including themselves. participated in several music can do…it’s cost effective and it’s Internet isn’t the same as develop-
adding sales stay high for at least “They say word of mouth is events, including the 2006 and got reach.” ing a rapport with someone.
two days. everything. This is the new ver- 2007 East Coast Music Awards, Lisa Lavie is one of many “As fast and efficient as this
“They’re hitting a demographic sion of word of mouth.” the 2006 Prince Edward Island Canadian artists using the Internet (computer) is, there’s no love in
they know are interested in what as a virtual calling card. there.”
Nov. 16, 2007 TECHNOLOGY Page 15
Internet takes classes out of the classroom
By CHRISTY MARSTERS one who’s interested. Many more
professors should be using the
Professor Joe Velaidum, who Internet as a teaching tool.”
teaches religious studies at UPEI, Counsellor James Reddin said
has gone through the same course professors at UPEI vary in their
material with different groups of use of the Internet.
students at least 15 times. “Some professors seem to
He remembers the days of ignore it completely, others use it
standing in a piled classroom, the to make additional lecture materi-
centre of attention, to deliver a als [such as media clips, readings,
three-hour lecture while students course notes and class forums]
scribbled notes. available.”
Today, Velaidum uses the Inter- Reddin can see the benefits and
net as a tool for teaching, which problems for professors using the
takes the class out of the class- Internet.
room and lets students obtain lec- More information and more
tures online. variety in instructions means stu-
Small tutorials provide an dents have increased opportunities
opportunity for students who need to learn in ways consistent with
the social interactions of the tradi- their learning style, Reddin said.
tional classroom and oral evaluate “It also gives students a way of
the efforts of students, Velaidum getting extra information from
said. teachers without exhausting class-
“However, the online site room resources.”
replaces the lectures, making The major issue would be an
them into documentaries available easier chance for certain students
to students over the Internet.” Professor Joe Velaidum works with the computer program Apple GarageBand to compile taped to fall behind, Reddin said.
Class marks have gone way up audio clippings. They are used to create online lectures for students taking his Religious Studies “Internet resources often require
since students started using these course at UPEI. Marsters photo students to be more proactive in
online lectures half a year ago, seeking out information, being
Velaidum said. And the success of online lec- one interested in lifelong learning Velaidum said sharing educa- more critical of information
“My real goal is to educate my tures has begun to expand beyond through YouTube. Visitors to the tional lectures through YouTube is sources and more disciplined in
students in the best way I know the student. site have access to educational an incredible idea that would accessing information in a timely
how and the online lectures are The University of California, courses ranging in topics and over allow the classroom to expand manner. That’s a problem for
overwhelmingly successful with Berkeley makes entire lectures 300 hours of videotaped lectures into an even bigger place. those who struggle with these
students.” available, free of charge, to any- or events. “Education should be for any- areas.”
Schools seek keyboards
to help teach typing
New cellphone policy restricts
inappropriate use in classrooms
By DOUG DICKIESON out e-mails and asking various By MEGAN WALSH exams to cheat, Connolly said. Susan Willis, principal at
businesses for help. A cellphone policy has been Pictures were being taken of Charlottetown Rural High
Glenn Stewart Elementary “It’s a great way to recycle put into place to regulate the students and staff in unflatter- School, agrees with the cell-
School is looking for used key- your old keyboards and it’s just use of cellphones in the ing poses and posted on Face- phone policy.
boards to help teach kids how a great cause.” schools, says the manager of book and MySpace with rude “I think it was necessary at
to type. She started looking for key- policy and planning for the comments, he said. this point to do something.”
With around 700 kids and boards around the end of Octo- Eastern School District. “This is a form of bullying
only one computer lab in the ber and in a week received 15 At Charlottetown Rural, there
Philip Connolly said the dis- and it’s very serious.” were a number of inappropriate
school, getting the kids on the of them. trict objects to using the word Incidents were taking place
computer is hard, said parent “That alone has helped ease uses of cellphones going on,
ban when describing the policy outside of the school, but the Willis said. Pictures of students
Heather Wilson. some of the tension from the because students can have cell- next day it would affect the
She initially approached the over crowding labs.” and staff were being taken with
phones in schools. During class, school atmosphere, said Con-
school with the idea of using She said if she continues to phones and being used in an
old keyboards to teach kids to find them she would try to get cellphones must be turned off, nolly.
but in the schoolyard students “What we wanted to do was inappropriate manner. They had
type. enough for the whole school. to do something to prevent this
Wilson has two sons going to “I would love to keep this up, can use them, Connolly said. get out classrooms back to
The policy took effect April where they weren’t being com- from continuing, she said.
the school. The kids only get to if I can keep finding them.” Since the policy was
go to the computer lab once a Wilson is still looking for 12. promised by the use of elec-
The move followed disrup- tronic devices.” announced, the school hasn’t
month, she said. “It felt like it donations and if anyone has
was a waste of time.” keyboards to spare you can find tions cellphones were causing If a student has an emergency had any problems with cell-
Wilson started to look for old her at the Justice Knowledge in classrooms. where they need to call their phones, she said.
and even broken keyboards to Network building on University Students were being caught parents, use of a cellphone can “People have been pretty
donate to the school, sending Avenue in room 203. taking pictures of exams and be authorized by the staff, he respectful of what they were
using their phones during said. told to do.”
Page 16 FEATURE Nov. 16, 2007
Keeping it clean, for years
By CHRISTY MARSTERS remembers last spring when an
elderly lady fell and broke her
Room 7 looks like any other ankle. Marlene helped her at the
room. It is aligned in typical motel, traveled with her to the
motel fashion with every little hospital and stayed with her until
room containing a big picture her family arrived, Sonier said.
window, green hanging curtains “She really would do anything
and two beds separated by a for anybody.”
small end table. Marlene never forgets anyone’s
But Marlene McGregor said the birthday at work and will buy
bathroom in room 7 is more diffi- cakes for everyone on their birth-
cult to clean than some because day with her own money, Sonier
of the wedged tiles collecting hair said.
and the long planks separating “She just has a heart of gold.”
the bathroom from the main One woman stands in the door-
room, another place for dirt to way of her room.
hide. “Hello,” McGregor said with a
“You have to be more careful.” smile in passing.
McGregor, 49, is the supervis- It’s policy to be polite and
ing housekeeper for the Holiday address people when walking by
Island Motor Inn and the female but it’s being friendly too,
version of Mighty Mouse. McGregor said.
Standing about five feet tall, “I like that all the regulars here
she has zoomed though the same knows me by name.”
motel rooms with sheets or clean- McGregor rushes back down to
ing supplies held in her hands for the laundry room for new sheets.
nearly every day of the last Everything else in room 7 has
decade. been scrubbed and set for a new
As she walks up and down the visitor. The soaps, shampoos and
same flights of stairs for the 10th conditioners are all specifically
time in an hour and rushes from fanned out on the bathroom
room to room, it becomes counter. Everything from the
increasingly difficult matching electric heater to the picture win-
her stride and pace as her tiny dow and the phone gleams in the
legs motor along the halls. light of this empty room.
Being a housekeeper allows for McGregor returns to room 7
lots of exercise, McGregor said. with an armful of sheets towering
“But I’m used to it ‘cause I over her small frame.
walk pretty much everywhere I Throwing the sheets down on
go.” the bed, she works at laying out
McGregor doesn’t own a car the clean sheets with a beaming
and expresses little interest in smile.
material things. In the winter, Sonier said in the winter there
when the hustle of tourists fade are regulars who live in the
and her working hours shortened, rooms of the motel and they all
she seeks out unemployment to know McGregor by name, but in
survive the colder season. the summer there are more tourist
Many of those who work in the who stay over for the busy season
fishing, farming and hotel indus- on the Island.
tries on P.E.I. are used to being “The tourists leave compli-
on unemployment, McGregor ments about the rooms on the
said. way out, but they don’t really
“You can’t expect to make $15 know Marlene.”
an hour starting out here, you just McGregor said when she talks
can’t.” to tourists she often makes it a
There are more important things Marlene McGregor has been working at the Holiday Island Motor Inn in her hometown for over a point to praise up P.E.I. “I’ve
than money, such as enjoying a decade. Marsters photo lived here my whole life and it’s
job and the people in any line of a pretty place.”
work, McGregor said. “I like “If you can’t make it in your Inn. It’s not difficult to work, hours in a week and keep going, Traveling to Florida, Boston,
cleaning and meeting different hometown, you can’t make it with Marlene because she’s easy- Blacquiere said. Moncton and many parts of N.S.
types of people, but in the end it anywhere.” going and understanding, Blac- “I wish I was more like her she knows they are all nice places
all goes back to family.” Valery Blacquiere, McGregor’s quiere said. “Her family comes because she’s such a bundle of to visit, McGregor said.
Family is the real reason many older sister, works alongside her first and then her work, but she’s energy and she’s always there to “But I’ve been pretty well
never have any urge to leave the young sibling, sharing the loads very dedicated to both.” help people.” everywhere on P.E.I. It’s what
Island, McGregor said. of laundry and housework at the In the summer she can work 60 Co-worker Tammy Sonier I’m so used to and what I love.”