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Island Studies Lecture
March 28

Dr Peter BukerThe March Island Studies Lecture is March 28 (rescheduled from March 14), at 7 pm in the SDU Main Building Faculty Lounge on the UPEI campus, featuring Dr. Peter Buker speaking about scale and governance, including its effects on small islands such as PEI. This lecture addresses the question: How do size factors of population and geography relate to accountability and responsibility, to efficiency and effectiveness? Citing political theory, public administration, economics, and social “small-scale” literature, and taking into account technological advances, Dr. Buker will focus on how scale applies to governance. The implications, especially for small island jurisdictions such as PEI, are many. For example, the case for and against Maritime Union can be explored by looking at the tension between small governing systems supporting reciprocal relations between their citizens and their government and large governing systems supporting one-way command relations. Dr. Peter Buker is Chair of General Studies at Yorkville University. He has a widely varied academic background in economics, politics, and community economic development, and considers scale to be one of the most important single factors affecting our experience as citizens. Admission to the lecture is free and everyone is welcome. Watch for details for another lecture about islands April 18. Info: Laurie, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 894-2881


Music Therapy Month talks
March 28

The month of March is Music Therapy month. This month Music Therapists are promoting music therapy across Canada to help create awareness. Music therapy is used with individuals of various ages, abilities, and musical backgrounds in institutional, community and private practice settings. Music therapy is going strong on PEI and services are offered Island wide. There are currently 4 practicing Certified Music Therapists (MTA) and one music therapy intern, awaiting accreditation. All would be happy to discuss the field of music therapy. This can be done on an individual basis, through presentations, workshops, and/or information booths. They can be reached at: Catholic Family Services Bureau, 894-3515; Singing Sands Music Therapy, 393-3825.

A Music Therapy Coffee and Conversation Series will take place in March. On March 16 at 2:30 pm join Certified Music Therapist and owner of Singing Sands Music Therapy Shona Pottinger for a conversation on Neurologic Music Therapy. The focus will be Parkinson’s Disease and Stroke, and how beneficial Neurologic Music Therapy can be. This event is free and coffee will be provided. It takes place at Trinity United Church, 220 Richmond St, Charlottetown. Info: Shona Pottinger, BMT MTA NMT, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or 393-3825.

Each of the following coffee and conversation groups will take place at 6:30 pm at Catholic Family Services Bureau, 129 Pownal St, Charlottetown, and are free. Upcoming events: Music Therapy with At Risk Youth with Hillary Abbott, BMT (Music Therapy Intern) is March 21; Music Therapy for Survivors of Traumatic Events with Kate Kirkham, BMT (Music Therapy Intern) will be held March 28.


Constituency boundaries
April 10

David JenkinsThe Institute of Island Studies presents PEI’s Chief Justice David Jenkins who will share with Prince Edward Islanders what he’s learned as a member of Bermuda’s Constituency Boundaries Commission. He will deliver a lecture April 10 at 7 pm in the UPEI Main Building Faculty Lounge. All are welcome. While PEI goes through the process of updating its electoral boundaries, over the past several months Justice Jenkins has been on hand as Bermuda underwent a similar process. In 2009 he was invited to do the same thing based on the jurisdictional similarities between PEI and Bermuda—an island comprised of 36 electoral districts and a population of approximately 65,000 people. Justice Jenkins had also chaired the federal boundaries commission in 2003. A statement released by Secretary Tenia Woolridge, on behalf of Bermuda’s Commission, described the need for the review. “The Constitution requires that, from time to time, the Commission review the constituency boundaries and report thereon to the House. In deciding whether or not to recommend any changes in the boundaries, the Commission has to ensure that the constituencies contain, as far as reasonably practicable, equal numbers of persons qualified to be registered as electors. This is to achieve equality of votes. The Commission has to consider the constitutionally prescribed factors; as geographical features, natural boundaries and contiguity of constituencies.” The Honourable Gerard Mitchell, who is chairing Prince Edward Island’s Electoral Boundaries Commission, will be on hand to provide the PEI context of reviewing its 27 electoral districts, including the boundaries and the names. Admission is free . Everyone is welcome to attend.


Saint Helena: An island in flux
April 18

Owen JenningsThe April Island Studies Lecture is April 18 at 7 pm in the SDU Main Building Faculty Lounge on the UPEI campus, featuring Master of Arts in Island Studies student Owen Jennings speaking about Saint Helena: An island in flux. The allure of islands relies on some often inaccurate assumptions. These imaginary islands are small, remote, and, more often than not, tropical. Where most islands fall well short of that imagined island, the South Atlantic island of Saint Helena reaches towards it. Over the past decade this island has been gifted a new connection to the world: an airport. While its opening for commercial traffic is still delayed, this will, it is anticipated, reduce the travel time to South Africa from five days down to a few hours. The Saints, as the islanders call themselves, have long been caught between their home’s isolation and many connections to the outside world, and soon they will be able to travel in a way that most similar island communities take for granted. This lecture considers the experience of travelling to and being a researcher on Saint Helena, and what being a Saint might mean as the island’s connection to the rest of the world changes dramatically. Owen Jennings is a Master of Arts in Island Studies student at UPEI. He is studying remoteness and access on the island of Saint Helena, and, last Nov, had the opportunity to travel to Saint Helena to do his field research. He studied politics for his undergraduate degree in the UK. Admission to the lecture is free . Everyone is welcome to attend. Info: Laurie, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 894-2881

All Around the Hillsborough speaker series
April 18, May 1 & 29 

The Hillsborough River Association with support from the Canadian Heritage Rivers' Canada 150 Fund will host a variety of events and activities during 2017 with the over-riding theme of "All Around the Hillsborough." The events will acknowledge and celebrate the history, built heritage, culture, recreational value and natural history of the Hillsborough River. In addition to 2017 being Canada's 150th Anniversary, this year marks the 20th Anniversary of the designation of the Hillsborough as the Island's first Canadian Heritage River.

The All Around the Hillsborough Speaker Series runs from March 27 to May 29. Participating speakers will highlight some of the history and the animals on the Hillsborough. A Q&A with the author will follow each talk. Light refreshments and snacks will be available. Free admission.

Dwaine Oakley, wildlife photographer and naturalist, will open the series on March 27 at 7:30 pm with The Owls and Hawks of the Hillsborough at Stratford Town Hall's Southport Room. Dwaine will describe the diversity of owls and hawks that have lived on the Hillsborough since the late 1800s.

Island historian Jim Hornby will present Tall Ships, Commerce and Culture on the Hillsborough on April 18. Jim will be speaking of life during the period when tall ships plied the Hillsborough. His presentation will be part of the Hillsborough River Association’s annual meeting at Stratford Town Hall's Southport Room. The meeting is at 7 pm with the presentation to follow at 8 pm. 

JoDee Samuelson, a graduate of the Institute of Island Studies who studied the history of the watermills of PEI and Gotland Island, Sweden, will present Powered by Water: The Mills of the Hillsborough. JoDee’s presentation will cover the spectrum of water powered mills including grist, carding, saw, electric power and other mills along the Hillsborough, and will include two short videos featuring water power entrepreneurs on the Hillsborough. It will held May 1 at Beaconsfield Carriage House, corner of West and Kent Streets in Charlottetown at 7:30 pm.

Georges Arsenault, an Acadian historian, folklorist and author, will present Acadians on the Hillsborough on May 29 at Stratford Town Hall's Southport Room at 7:30 pm. Georges will discuss where and how the Acadians lived along the various courses of the Hillsborough.

For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., follow HRA-Watershed-Management on Facebook, or contact Dan McAskill, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 902-393-4385. 

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