Posts by Joe Byrne

New Years Day and World Day of Peace

A fresh start Every year people make New Year Resolutions, and some of us sing Auld Lang Syne, attend the Levees, and perhaps do things we regret later. What ever culture we inhabit, this is a time for renewal, for making new commitments to do things better, and to recommit to friendships and loyalties, and…

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Good Christmastime Wishes

In a multi-cultural society, the Christmas season means a great many things to different people. Traditionally it is a celebration of the birth of the Christian Saviour, while in so many societies in the northern hemisphere, it has been based on marking the winter solstice with various celebrations. Such events can bring different cultures living…

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Housing: Back to the Future

The NDP vision for Affordable Housing    You know what’s good about the housing crisis?  We’ve all woken up to the fact that we have one.  Even the banks: an RBC report this September declared that Canadian housing affordability was at its worst level in nearly 30 years.  All of us are concerned now, and…

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A Good Choice

   Gerard Mitchell is a good choice as PEI’s Referendum Commissioner.  The respected former Justice is very capable and has shown through the years his genuine commitment to the public interest and to making Island society better for all citizens.    The perception that Justice Mitchell was favoured early-on by Premier MacLauchlan should not tarnish…

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DME: Fairness and Openness needed

   It is disturbing to see Diversified Metal Engineering be put into receivership.  At this stage it is unclear what has caused this and what is happening to handle the situation.    DME has appeared to be a poster industry for Prince Edward Island: innovative, light manufacturing with a small carbon footprint; a smartly chosen…

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