Island Musings

Do not believe a thing because many people speak of it

WOW — July 31, 2015
DCPD — July 28, 2015


If you buy auto insurance in PEI you will need to familiarize yourself with “direct compensation property damage”.

Section 14 (DCPD provisions) of Bill 46 was recently proclaimed by the Superintendent of Insurance for Prince Edward Island, and will be implemented October 1, 2015.

Under this new coverage, the policyholder’s insurance company pays for any damage to the vehicle, its contents and for loss of use, and will not seek property damage recovery from the other party.

For those of us who think of insurance settlements on basis of fault, this is a significant change.

Oh my — July 25, 2015

Oh my

Once again, the hacktivist collective Anonymous is threatening a spectacular security breach, this time, against the Canadian government. Yesterday, Anonymous hackers told the National Post they’d stolen sensitive Canadian national security documents. They’re prepared to release said documents if the officer who fatally shot a British Columbian protestor last week is not arrested by Monday at 5 p.m., Pacific time

King Steve, the Hard —
A special canine — July 24, 2015
One of the good guys —

One of the good guys

It was 1951 and my family had just moved into the new subdivision of Cottage Hill.  It was the stereotype middle class America.  Small modest homes that made it possible for the working class to complete their dream of owning their own home. Dads went to work in the morning, moms stayed at home, kids played in the woods, dogs ran free without any stress and Summer weekends were spent outside – mowing lawns, having BBQs, drinking beer and chatting with neighbours over the fence. It was a happy time.

The first kid I met was Russ Wolfe. Russ and I became the best of friends and our parents became friends.  Russ and I were pretty much inseparable.  We did the stuff that boys do.  Our friendship lasted and 50 years ago this month Russ joined the Marine Corp.  When he left the service Russ spent some time wandering and sometimes we never knew where he was.  It was during that time that his Dad passed away. Sometime around 1970 Russ settled in North Carolina and we continued our friendship, albeit a distant one.  In 1971 my mom passed away and over a period the friendship between my dad and Russ’s mom became something more and they married.  Russ became my brother!  How cool is that?

Wolfe USMC Flag

Russ continues to live in North Carolina with his wife Sandy.  He is dealing with a number of health issues and I wish we were geographically closer.  He is a proud veteran and a proud American.  Both traits he wears with humility and dignity.  He is a class guy and a good man.  I am the better for knowing him.

Wolfe Original

It must be hard to breath — July 23, 2015
How very odd —
Passing interest for Shep fans — July 22, 2015

Passing interest for Shep fans

The Canadian German Shepherd Dog Championships will be held on Prince Edward Island for the first time in its 35-year history. The event will be hosted from July 30 to August 2, 2015 by the East Region Schutzhund Clubs with support from the City of Charlottetown’s sport tourism initiative, SCORE!, and the Charlottetown Special Events Reserve Fund (SERF).

The event has been held annually since 1979, moving across the country on a five-year cycle. Each year, the championships attract about 130 canine entries and handlers, but the event has also amassed a loyal following of spectators who attend whether or not they have a dog entered in the competition.

The sport dogs in the championships have all qualified by obtaining International Working Dog titles, which include tracking, obedience and protection. Many of the world’s service dogs – police, military, border patrol, search and rescue – come from dogs that have earned the IPO working dog title, which is the internationally recognized breed standard for German Shepherd dogs.

The 2015 event will be held at the Prince Edward Island Firefighters Association training facility at 68 Miles Boulter Drive in Charlottetown-Miltonvale Park. It is open to the public at no cost.

The national championships are the final qualifier for Team Canada. The top five eligible handler-dog teams from this event will go on to represent Canada at the World Championships being held is Lahti, Finland in September.

One of those days — July 21, 2015