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HIT: Hope for Canadian Food Inspection Agency in Borden-Carleton
Malpeque MP Wayne Easter reports that all hope is not lost in the fight to keep the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) in Borden-Carleton.

Reports emerged earlier this month that the CFIA was not planning to renew its lease at the P.E.I. Potato Board facility in the town and that its staff there would be moving elsewhere.

The Liberal MP now says he’s had time to discuss the issue with CFIA management and he reports they seem open to “entertain other possibilities.”

The potato washing station, as it’s casually known, is a model of co-operation between industry and government, Easter said, so it would be a real shame to let it disappear.

The station is used to examine and wash potato trucks coming off and going on to Confederation Bridge. CFIA also uses the building as its central base on P.E.I., sending officers out from there to do their field inspections and other work.

We’re not sure what these other possibilities are, but if they result in keeping jobs in Prince County, we say kudos to Easter and anyone else working to keep the CFIA office open.


MISS: No ban on cosmetic pesticides

After a year of little to no results from the provincial government on the subject of a ban on cosmetic pesticides, a grassroots group of Islanders is taking its fight public. They want the province to enact legislation protecting children and seniors from the potential risks of cosmetic pesticides.

Spokesman Roger Gordon said email requests and phone calls between the group and Environment Department officials have not led to any progress and described the effort as hitting a brick wall.

“We reached a point where we thought ‘we’re getting nowhere doing things in private’.”

The fact that P.E.I., with its limited geography and resulting potential for environmental disaster ,does not have a ban on something so unnecessary is disappointing to say the least.


HIT: Callbeck settles into private life

After decades in public service, Senator Catherine Callbeck retired this week. On Friday her career as senator, premier, cabinet minister, MP and MLA came to an end on her 75th birthday.

While many may not have agreed with her on every policy decision, no one can argue her commitment and dedication to the Island and Islanders. And along the way she made a little history, becoming the province’s first female leader of the Liberal party and, days later, the P.E.I.’s first female premier.

It was a career well done and a retirement well deserved.


Organizations: P.E.I. Potato Board

Geographic location: Prince

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