Cheers to Isabella Baker, the West Royalty Elementary School student who has been using a summer business selling framed photos of P.E.I. to help her neighbours. The 10-year-old entrepreneur missed the deadline to take part in the Young Millionaires program, so she and her mom launched her venture on Facebook. So far she has sold more than 50 photos and used some of the money raised to buy food for panhandlers. Isabella got to visit City Hall Friday and meet Mayor Clifford Lee, who thanked her for her charitable efforts.
Jeers to the City of Charlottetown for the continued buildup of gravel after ships unload at the Port of Charlottetown. Earlier this summer, cyclists complained to the media about the preponderance of gravel along the edge of the streets along Water street to the Hillsborough Bridge and along Riverside Drive to the Charlottetown Bypass creates a recipe for disaster. The city was quick to clean up the mess at that time, but the problem recurs every time another gravel shipment comes in. Not only does the gravel pose a danger to cyclists who can slide and wipe out, the risk is there that flying stones could damage other vehicles and even hit pedestrians. Gravel shipments are a necessity for a province built on clay, particularly during the “construction season,” but there must be a better way to stay on top of the mess before it seriously hurts someone.
Jeers to the students and staff at Memorial University’s faculty in medicine in St. John’s, N.L., who have taken part in a culture of disrespect and harassment. In a report issued last week, Sandra LeFort interviewed 66 students, faculty and staff who said they witnessed or experienced sexist remarks, intimidation, harassment and gender bias from peers and physicians. One clerk was told she “looked more like a family doctor” and might be “a distraction in the operating room,” while others were told family medicine was suited for “part-timers, especially women.” We know Newfoundland and Labrador is one hour ahead in time zones, but this sounds like several decades behind in gender equality. We know that these kinds of remarks are not confined to the faculty of medicine at MUN, but it is good that LeFort shone a light on this corner of the problems in hopes of eliminating it in all our classrooms, offices and locker rooms once and for all.
Cheers to the village of Victoria-by-the-Sea, which is holding its second annual Pride parade today at noon. The community may be small, but its heart is big. Jeanne Sullivan and Rachel MacLeod organized the first pride parade for the seaside village last year to prove that P.E.I.’s rural communities can be welcoming to people of all genders and sexual orientations. This year the parade is back, beginning at Victoria’s Orient Hotel at 12 noon. Pride events are also taking place today in Charlottetown, Stratford and Summerside.