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Posted on 24 February, 2010

A Magnificent Gift Declined, published by the Institute of Island Studies last fall, has won the prestigious Publication of the Year Award for 2009 from the PEI Museum & Heritage Foundation.

The award was shared with the book’s author, Leonard Cusack, and presented at the annual Heritage Awards evening held recently in Summerside. The award recognizes an outstanding contribution to the preservation of the heritage of Prince Edward Island.

A Magnificent Gift Declined is the story of PEI’s first hospital for treating tuberculosis, built in 1913 by Charles Dalton with his own money, and on his own land in Emyvale. He donated the state-of-the-art Dalton Sanatorium to the province of PEI to run but it was later expanded by the federal government to accommodate 75 beds for soldiers returning from WWI.

In 1923, only ten years after it was begun, the...

Posted on 24 February, 2010

Members of the public are invited to attend presentations in March by candidates for the position of Director of Environmental Studies at the University of Prince Edward Island.

Dr. Carolyn Peach-Brown of the University of Guelph will give a presentation called “Community-University: Partners for Sustainability” on Monday, March 1, from 7 – 8:30 p.m., in the Atlantic Veterinary College, Lecture Theatre A.

The world today is faced with socio-ecological challenges related to climate change, deforestation, dependence on fossil fuels, over fishing, soil nutrient depletion and increasing disparity between the rich and the poor. Addressing the challenges requires an integrated approach that draws on a broad range of knowledge from government, differing sectors, non-governmental organizations and members of local communities. Drawing on her 20 years of work...

Posted on 24 February, 2010

Two of Canada’s most popular, gutsy and gripping poets, Jeanette Lynes and Douglas Burnet Smith, will read on Thursday, March 11, at 7:30 p.m., in the UPEI Faculty Lounge, Main Building. Both teach literature and creative writing at St. Francis Xavier University.

Lynes’ highly accessible, entertaining, and street-savvy poetry, and her vibrant performances, have earned her a nation-wide following. From The Aging Cheerleader’s Alphabet (2003), to It’s Hard Being Queen: The Dusty Springfield Poems (2008) and The New Blue Distance (2009), her poetry animates and grapples with issues familiar to us all, and in a language, voice and perspective that’s delightfully feisty and sassy.

Her first novel, The Factory Voice (2009), long-listed for the Giller Prize, is set in Fort William, Ontario (now Thunder Bay), during the Second World War. The main...

Posted on 22 February, 2010

There will be a free public screening of the film Awra Amba, followed by a discussion, on Thursday, March 4, at 7 p.m. in the Main Building Faculty Lounge at UPEI.

This screening is the Canadian premiere of the film, which is currently being distributed to film festivals world-wide. Cindy Hanson, of the UPEI Faculty of Education, has worked in Awra Amba and will facilitate the discussion after the showing.

Awra Amba is an unusual and remarkable place situated in a rural, food insecure region of Ethiopia. The community has developed around goals of equality, hard work and non-violence. It demonstrates these goals by using local, indigenous knowledge in unique ways which include a culture of weaving, use of local building materials, and promotion of equality between men and women, and education for all.

Despite a history of persecution and personal strife, the...

Posted on 22 February, 2010

UPEI student Nicholas MacLeod has been named the 2010 Student Entrepreneur Prince Edward Island Champion by national charitable organization, Advancing Canadian Entrepreneurship (ACE) and program supporter, CIBC.

Since 2003, Nicholas has owned and operated Future Web Design, providing full service information technology services with a strong emphasis on customer service. Future Web Design provides clients with web development, hosting, domain registration, graphic design, photography and IT Technical Support. The company focuses mainly on small business by offering web development and IT services that are of high quality and add value to the company.

Nicholas’s largest business accomplishments to date include being fully supported financially by the business, having a client base across the US and Canada including British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario and...

Posted on 16 February, 2010

As they set off to showcase PEI to the world at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, members of the Confederation Centre Young Company proudly donned Panther T-shirts to celebrate their many connections as students, alumni, staff, and friends of the University of Prince Edward Island.

Other PEI artists being featured at Atlantic Canada House in Vancouver include Meaghan Blanchard, Lennie Gallant, Tim Chaisson and Morning Fold, Two Hours Traffic, Paper Lions, Catherine MacLellan, Chuck & Albert, Vishten, In-Flight Safety, John Connolly, Rose Cousins, Richard Wood, Gordon Belsher, The Grass Mountain Hobos and Brad Fremlin. Many are UPEI students and alumni, or they have close ties with the University through family and friends.

To read the Vancouver Sun’s February 16 article about UPEI arts student Meaghan Blanchard, click...

Posted on 12 February, 2010

The Town of Souris is partnering with ProfitLearn PEI to provide a computer skills workshop for local business people.

The workshop, “Basic Computer Skills for Everyday Use in Your Business,” will take place on Tuesday, February 16, from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at the Holland College Centre on Main Street, Souris. Participants will gain fundamental computer skills needed to succeed in today's workplace.

Under the direction of trainer Patrick Ledwell, participants will explore topics such as researching business information on the internet, using desktop publishing for cards, correspondence and posters, and investigating software programs that are accessible at little or no cost. They will work directly on computers to build knowledge and understanding of basic computer programs.

The cost is $50 (plus GST) per participant. To register, contact Chrissy Conohan,...

Posted on 12 February, 2010

The Institute of Island Studies at UPEI will hold a workshop called "Time and a Place: Environmental Histories, Environmental Futures & Prince Edward Island" from June 13 to 18, 2010.

The deadline for registration is Monday, February 15. Registration is $150 for the whole week, including meals ($250 for meals and accommodation in a UPEI residence).

The workshop will bring together local, national and international participants to develop an understanding of P.E.I.'s environmental history; assist future environmental planning on the Island; and explore the value of islands for crafting comprehensive plans for sustainability. There will be workshops, field trips and public lectures.

Interested people are asked to fill out an application by February 15. Applicants will be informed...

Posted on 10 February, 2010

Award-winning poet Anne Compton returns to her native P.E.I. to read from her new book, Asking Questions Indoors and Out, on Tuesday, February 16, at 7:30 in the UPEI Faculty Lounge, Main Building.

Her reading is part of the Winter’s Tales Authors Series sponsored by the UPEI English Department, with funding from the Canada Council for the Arts.

Born and raised in the farming community of Bangor, P.E.I., she won the Atlantic Poetry Prize for her first two books of poetry, Opening the Island and Processional, and the Governor General’s Award for Processional. In 2008 she received the Alden Nowlan Award for Excellence in English Language Literary Arts. In The Globe and Mail, a reviewer called Processional "[A] rigorously intelligent work about the pains and glories of life and nature."

Dr. Compton teaches at the University of...

Posted on 10 February, 2010

Fourth-year nursing students from the University of Prince Edward Island are spending two months developing and applying their clinical skills in communities across PEI, in Nova Scotia and Alberta, and even as far afield as Florida, the Cayman Islands, and Kenya.

Forty-three students are enhancing their learning at the Queen Elizabeth, Prince County, Western, Hillsborough, Eastern Kings and Stewart Memorial hospitals, and at the Palliative Care Centre in Charlottetown. Others are honing their skills at the IWK Hospital in Halifax, the Nova Scotia Hospital in Dartmouth, and the Peter Lougheed and the Rockyview hospitals in Calgary. Six have chosen international experiences, including four who are working at the St. Teresa Mission hospital, at an HIV outreach clinic, and in a children’s home in the village of Kiirua in Kenya.

These local, national, and international...

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