Category Archives: PEI

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UPEI Under Investigation By National Academic Body

Canadian Association of University Teachers is investigating the Atlantic Veterinary College for improper behavior

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James L. Turk, Executive Director, CAUT launches Ad Hoc investigation at UPEI

Hot on the heels of the conviction of a UPEI professor for tax evasion, CAUT (Canadian Association of University Teachers) has launched an investigation into the Atlantic Veterinary College at UPEI.

While no specifics were given in CAUT‘s May 30, 2013 letter to UPEI, sources tell NJN Network that sexual harassment and other abuses at UPEI are common.

Victims of abusive behavior expect CAUT to hear them in their investigation.  Continue reading


UPEI Professor Sean Hennessey Convicted of Tax Evasion

A business professor at UPEI plead guilty to four counts of tax evasion

UPEI Professor Sean Hennessey, convicted of tax evasion on money he allegedly defrauded UPEI

Professor Sean Hennessey was accused of failing to disclose more than $45,000 of personal income in each of the tax years of 2008, 2009 and 2010. CBC

The Crown withdrew five other counts against Sean Michael Hennessey of violating either the Excise Act or the Income Tax Act.

Allegations that Hennessey defrauded the University and the Province of Prince Edward Island started the Canada Revenue Agency investigation.

Chief Provincial Court Judge John Douglas fined Hennessey $30,212 — the total owing from four incidents of willfully evading taxes. Hennessey was given one year to pay the full amount.

He told the court he sincerely regrets his actions.

“This has been a horrific experience…and I will never be here again,” he told the court.  Continue reading

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Things I Love About PEI – The Canton Cafe

A Canadian Chinese restaurant dishes out great food and friendly atmosphere in downtown Charlottetown

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Helen Tran, the Canton Cafe, a wide smile and she remembers your voice (S. Pate photo)

You won’t find posh seats or fancy wallpaper but inside the Canton Cafe is some of the best Chinese food on PEI served up by fantastic people who remember your voice.

Since 1967 the Canton Cafe has been the goto place for a mid-day, supper or late night dish of great Chinese food. They stay open until 2 AM and the late night traffic is busy.

The staff is always a treat to know, especially Helen Tran who has worked there for 25 years. Helen is the friendly face you meet and the friendly voice on the phone for take out orders.  It’s real hospitality PEI style. Continue reading

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Pate-Gate Press Gallery Complaint Goes To Court

Human rights complaint involving Pategate has made its way to the courts after the press gallery filed an application for a judicial review.

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Substance Abuse PEI 2011

PEI’s hysterical pain-killer epidemic

The past two weeks has seen the PEI Health Minister clutching at the pain-killer abuse story with the local media parroting his words

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Substance abuse on PEI – alcohol tops the list with marijuana 2nd and all other illicit drugs a distant 3rd

According to PEI’s Minister of Health and the local media, Prince Edward Island has a “painkiller epidemic” but it just ain’t so.

We do know is that if the Province makes it harder to get prescription pain killers PEI’s 25,000 persons living with disabilities will suffer. Pain is the one of the most significant problems for the disabled.  Continue reading


Health Minister and Deputy disagree on PEI’s new war on pain killers

Health PEI is starting a smoke screen war on narcotics to divert public attention from closing rural hospitals – the Minister and his Deputy tell two different stories

Health Minister Doug Currie and Deputy Dr. Michael Mayne – two versions of “War on Pain Killers” – a smokescreen?

The announced get-tough stance on prescription of pain killers appears to be a smoke screen to divert attention from hospital closings. It is a phony shadow war at best.

Health Canada reports pain-killer use is dropping across Canada. PEI is on par with the national average.

Where is this “dramatic increase” reported by the Minister, CBC and the Charlottetown Guardian?  Continue reading


PEI Narcotics Regulations Attack Disabled and Dying

Prince Edward Island’s plans to further restrict legal prescriptions of pain killers will harm the long-term disabled and terminally ill.

PEI Health Minister Doug Currie promoting new regulations that will harm people with disabilities

The new legislation will limit legal prescriptions for those suffering chronic pain in the terminal stages of life.

Using data from PEI’s maligned health information system, PEI’s Minister of Health plans to limit pain medication for PEI’s 25,000 disabled.

Narcotic pain killers are already highly regulated in Canada and access for people with chronic pain and disabilities can be difficult. New regulations are a likely a smokescreen of other changes in the PEI healthcare system.  Continue reading