April Wine star tells fans – family is more important than music

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Myles Goodwyn performs April Wine classic Just Between You and Me. Ethan Paquet photo

By Ethan Paquet

Nov. 12, 2016

Music saved my life, Myles Goodwyn told a crowd of about 60 people during a book signing in Charlottetown Saturday.

The April Wine guitarist and lead singer was promoting his new memoir, Just Between You and Me at The Pour House, a Charlottetown bar and restaurant.

Goodwyn said he was afraid not many people would show up, as Prince Edward Island is the smallest province in Canada.

“I always love coming to Prince Edward Island, especially trying to sneak off without paying [the bridge toll of] $40.”

While he is not a writer, Goodwyn said it is not hard to write about his memories, and that writing the book has offered insight into a past which he could experience all over again as an intellectual adult.

Goodwyn said in his youth his family was poor and did not have running water.

The family would go to a nearby lake to collect water and boil it on a wood stove to kill the bacteria, and would make snares to hunt rabbits to eat.

A difficult time for the budding musician, Goodwyn said he would spend lots of time by a white granite stone in his backyard,

“It was my happy place.”

Goodwyn said he first experienced music when he saw both The Beatles and Elvis Presley on The Ed Sullivan Show, and was amazed at what he saw.

“When I listened to music on the radio, I was silent until [the song] was over. I didn’t want to interrupt the music, because I thought [the musician] would hear me.”

After receiving his first guitar at age 11, Goodwyn began forming bands, though none were as important to Canadian rock music as April Wine.

Goodwyn said the name of the band was decided as it did not make sense, and all other bands at that time did.

“Led Zeppelin, that one had meaning…April Wine meant nothing.”

Talking about songwriting, Goodwyn said an artist doesn’t know which songs will be hits, but the more successful ones seem to come easier than the ones which may take years to write.

“I knew Just Between You and Me had something special about it because my coffee was still warm by the time I’d finished writing it.”

Goodwyn said he worries about the future of the planet and how it may affect his children.

“Terrorism worries me the most because you can’t beat it.”

He also joked about the recent U.S. presidential election and how he does not support a Trump presidency.

“Two things I don’t like to discuss are religion and politics, but why God allowed Trump to be president, I don’t know.”

After nearly 50 years of performing, Goodwyn said the most important thing he has learned is to spend more time with family.

“After spending time touring, I’d be off the road for only a few weeks and then it would be time to start that cycle over again.”

Goodwyn concluded by performing a small set of songs much to the appreciation of the crowd and signing books and records for the attendees.

 

Winter volleyball league gives islanders chance to play again

By Ben Macintosh

Jan. 12, 2017

Tristan Atkins played the last game of his high school volleyball career in November. Soon after he started looking for another place to play.

His spring volleyball coach told him of a league that had started in September.

Atkins joined Volleyball P.E.I’s fall senior men’s league Dec. 4. He got to play three times before the league ended Dec. 18.

“It was really nice, everyone knows one another so there’s always friendly competition no matter what we’re doing.”

Atkins started playing in Grade 7, since then he has played spring volleyball, Canada Games volleyball and high school volleyball.

Thanks to the interest shown, Volleyball P.E.I. has decided to hold a winter session of its league.

Atkins was thrilled.

“When I got the email saying there was enough interest I was really happy. Our first game got cancelled because of the storms on Jan. 8, but we’re starting on Jan. 15.”

The league features 18 players, some still in high school and others middle aged.

Originally the league needed 24 people for play to start.

But with the commitment of those registered, and the promise there are a few others who want to play, but haven’t registered yet, the league went ahead.

Isaac Kirkland is a UPEI business student. He graduated from high school in 2016. He started playing volleyball in Grade 7. He has played in the Volleyball P.E.I. league for two years now.

“My favourite thing about this league is that I get to play volleyball again. It doesn’t have the same competitiveness as in high school, and you’re not practicing every day, but it sure beats not playing.”

Now the winter league gives him a chance to play almost all year long, said Kirkland.

“If you’re only playing for a couple months of the year, the other months you get rusty and your skills get worse. This new league gives me a chance to stay fresh and improve.”

Kirkland and Atkins played together in high school. Once the league was announced, Atkins contacted Kirkland and other former teammates.

Atkins said, “Well since we had already played together it was only natural we’d make a team. The chemistry gives us the best chance to win.”

The winter league takes place Sunday nights from 7:30-9:30. There is still room for more people to join. All skill and fitness levels are welcome. Anyone interested should contact cgcrozier@sportpei.pe.ca for more information.

Often volleyball is viewed as a female game and that deters men from playing, Kirkland said.

“Volleyball is not just a girl’s game. This is a good outlet for men to show their volleyball potential.”

Clean competition – Biathletes want more anti-doping testing done

By Alysha Campbell

Jan.12, 2017

There isn’t much time to celebrate a victory when you are pulled aside and tested for taking performance-enhancing drugs.

Doping officers sweep in on a few randomly selected Athletes in the finishing pen, and aren’t afraid to follow you to the bathroom.

Biathlete Lucas Boudreau knows it all too well.

As he began to win more and more biathlons, which combine cross-country skiing and rifle shooting, the spotlight hit, and so did questions of whether his skill was natural, or enhanced by drugs.

Tested three times last year, and once already this year, Boudreau isn’t shy about peeing around prying eyes anymore. He isn’t bothered by the procedures and believes anti-doping should be enforced by testing more.

“I can imagine, for some athletes, taking performance enhancing drugs could be pretty tempting.”

Lucas’ twin brother and fellow biathlete, Andre, feels just as strongly about the topic.

He points to Ethiopia. There the law says if an athlete is caught using performance-enhancing drugs, they are banned for life. Drastic measures like this should be universal, Andre said.

“It seems harsh, but in the end you need to stop it. If it’s not stopped, it’s a vicious circle handed down to younger athletes.”

Enforcement of the rules in Canada and elsewhere isn’t where it needs to be. The punishments aren’t always affecting these athletes. Banning athletes caught doping would help to keep not only biathlon fair, but all sports, he said.

Josh Richard is a retired biathlete. He knows what it’s like to be tested and he knows there is more to be done.

Richard would be pulled aside and watched like a hawk during his cool down after a big race.

“People are still getting caught, there is plenty [of testing] but there could always be more.”

Russian athletes have a reputation for using performance-enhancing drugs, but fingers should be pointed at our own country before we look at them, Richard said.

“A lot of the drugs the Russians take actually come from Canada. We need to stop the problem where it starts.”

Lynn Boudreau is the mother of Andre and Lucas. She works for Sport PEI and teaches courses to coaches about performance enhancing drugs.

She questions whether the randomized testing, is all that random.

Her sons, especially Lucas, have stepped onto the national and international stage, and Lucas has been tested quite often, and in circumstances that seem odd.

The first time he was tested she thought it was justified. He had won a race and it made sense to test the winner. Although as time went on, win or lose, he seemed to find himself peeing in a cup.

There should be more testing at the lower competitive levels so once on the national and international stage, steroid scandals don’t arise, she said.

“Not enough happens at the college and university level, and with a lack of testing, people are starting to think they can get away with it.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are ways to become successful besides college, university, says Jordan Johnstone

By Ethan Paquet

Oct. 4, 2016

A P.E.I. man says college and university aren’t necessary to be successful these days.

Jordan Johnstone, 21, said he finished high school with no idea of what he wanted to do.

“I didn’t have a goal in sight, and I didn’t want to spend money on something I wouldn’t like.”

Instead, Johnstone decided to look for different jobs until he finds what he is interested in.

He is not alone.

A statistic released earlier this year by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Centre shows while more students are completing high school each year, the number of students attending college has decreased, with only 65 percent of graduates pursuing post secondary education.

Today, students can use local resources to become entrepreneurs, something Johnstone says is on the rise.

“If you take a look at something like Facebook, a billion dollar company, you’ll see the creator didn’t need postsecondary to make that.”

Johnstone said while he is unsure of what he would like to do, he feels he he will have a better chance of being happy in life than if he took a course at college that could potentially start a career.

“Most of my friends go to college and they are thousands of dollars in debt. I spend the same amount of time working as they do going to school, and I have no financial troubles.”

Johnstone also believes a lot of courses offered will hold no future to students.

“[The Canadian government] is loaning money Canada doesn’t have to students who are studying for jobs that no longer exist, so obviously they won’t be able to pay it back.”

High school student Matthew Affleck says post-secondary is a must for people to succeed, and does not agree with Johnstone’s philosophy.

“By going to college or university, you open many doors to your future. By not going, you’re just slamming those doors shut.”

Affleck said the guidance counsellors at the school are more than willing to help students find what they want to do, and will meet with students at almost any time to discuss possibilities.

“I just don’t see why somebody wouldn’t want to take [a guidance counsellor] up on that.”

 

 

 

 

Haley Matheson hopes to celebrate late Christmas with her family – Bluefield student awaits bone marrow transplant in Halifax

By Steve Clarke

Jan. 20, 2017

Haley Matheson’s spends her days in a hospital with morphine, anti fungal, antibiotics and steroids running through her veins.

Matheson became sick with a cold in early December.

Weeks passed, then two days before Christmas, her mother took her to Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

Her symptoms worsened.

Doctors suspected leukemia.

The next day, she arrived at IWK health centre in Halifax.

It was a week of blood transfusions and testing. Friends and family prayed for answers. On Dec. 31, specialists had a diagnosis.

Aplastic anemia.

It is a deficiency of the blood cells caused by a failure in bone marrow development that renders one vulnerable to uncontrolled bleeding and infections.

The cause is unknown.

Haley needs a bone marrow transplant.

Madison Vincent, a member of Bluefield high school’s student council, heard about Haley through a gofundme page over Christmas break, where $4,425 has been raised for Matheson, over half of the $8,000 goal.

She was saddened by Matheson’s condition, as well as her brother’s position. He is the ideal donor for the transplant.

He is only 11-years-old.

Vincent knew she had to help this family. She took action.

“We weren’t going to tell her at first, but we figured she would find out through social media anyway. We asked her what her favourite spirit days were.”

They started with flannel day, Matheson’s favourite spirit day. Then purple day. Matheson’s favourite colour.

Spirit day participation on average reaches about 80 people, said Vincent.

She went class to class to collect donations and almost the whole school was wearing flannels.

One student approached her.

“I don’t own a flannel but I’m wearing it in my heart.”

When they went around for donations, they didn’t expect to get that much money. People would give all they could. Some handed her $100 bills.

Around the same time, Matheson’s homeroom culinary class baked several batches of cookies.

The cookies were covered in purple icing, with the letter H written in white.

Other students were also inspired.

Calvin Ching heard about the diagnosis weeks later through a gofundme page on facebook. Someone from the school being in a life or death situation surprised him.

Ching knew the student council was hosting events in her name, but there was a problem.

Matheson wasn’t there.

Then he had an idea.

He was going to sell his current artwork as well as stylized prints of Matheson’s face, and donate the proceeds to Matheson.

Customers praised his work. The variety of prints made it difficult to reach a decision, they said.

He raised $360.

“I don’t know how that feels. I can’t explain it.”

He paused.

“I just wanted to help someone.”

Ching held a live spray-painting session outside in the courtyard.

It is a small square garden in the centre of the building surrounded by windows on both floors.

Nearly 100 students pressed up against the glass to watch Ching go to work.

“Don’t mess up. Don’t mess up. Don’t mess up,” he thought.

He messed up, but tried again.

“It was stressful. I’ve never actually painted in front of that many people. I’ve got thousands of views on my spray paintings on Youtube.”

The result was beautiful.

He received a message from Matheson thanking him for the donations and praising his talent. She asked for a print of her own.

“That made me feel good.”

He gave her his best wishes.

“I just do stuff on instinct, and if someone needs help, it’s my instinct to do what I can, because it takes courage to step up and help someone you don’t even know.”

Matheson is terrified for the next few months, but she can’t wait to go home and have life return to normal, she said in an online interview.

She misses her house very much and wants to see her family, her pets, and sleep in her own bed, she said.

“And finally have Christmas.”

Matheson is expected to go into surgery Feb. 1.

 

 

Father inspired Holland College runner

By Sean Sullivan

Feb. 2, 2017

A Holland College cross country team runner started running to achieve a healthy lifestyle after his father underwent triple by-pass surgery.

Scott Langille, a native of New Glasgow, N.S. was in Grade 6 when he joined a running club at Acadia Street School in New Glasgow.

Langille said he didn’t play any sport until he decided to take his dad surgery seriously.

Langille said his first was Grade 4 during a school meet.

“It was on track and I won the 100m and I was not tall and a little chubby.”

Langille said he couldn’t pin down a proudest moment.

“Every moment is a proud moment.”

Langille said he loves the thrill of Cross Country

“It’s so adventurous it give me the thrill.”

Today, Langille stands about 6’ 3” and is slim and lanky, with dreams of making the Olympic team by 2024 for either a marathon or 10,000 metre.

Langille also said he would like to run across Canada someday

Langille and his Hurricanes teammates are trying to reach nationals for the first time in the school’s history.

The Hurricanes have already made a piece of history by winning the first two meets of the year and earlier in the week, making the CCAA rankings for the first time.

Langille said he thinks the team will win but it will take hard work and dedication to finish out the year.

“ We have a very strong team…No goofing around ,just hard work and dedication to practice.”

The ACAA championship race will take place on Oct. 24 in Brookvale, P.E.I.

Brookvale is the home course for the Hurricanes but also the toughest on circuit.

Langille said he just going to pace himself and try not to lose position.

“Pacing myself through the course and just trying not to lose my spot and try to gain another spot.”

 

Parlez-vous français? That would be a oui at Timothy’s Café on Fridays

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Tyler Gallant stands opposite the cash register with his selection of seafood. He offers non-menu items like oysters, croissants, seafood chowder, and lobster quiche. Daniel Brown photo.

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Cutline 1: French-speaking customers enjoy music and socialize at Francophone Friday. Live music hasn’t always been offered, but as the event grows, more is being done to get weekly musicians. Daniel Brown photo.

By Daniel Brown

Jan. 13, 2017

Campbell Webster wanted to create a hangout for the French-speaking community.

His coffee shop business is about social gathering, so the owner of Timothy’s Café started an event called Francophone Friday in November. It takes place weekly from 11:45 a.m. to 2 p.m.

About 200 customers were expected for the Francophone Friday on Jan. 13, including students from École François-Buote.

Webster was partially raised in Guatemala and he’s used to Canadians starting a Canada Club when in other countries.

While the French-themed music and food is a highlight, Webster knows the focus is on community.

“Really the entertainment will be each other.”

The food is still important, however, so Webster called in a local business to help with catering.

Tyler Gallant started Gallant’s Shellfish & Seafood less than a year ago. He has a booth at the Charlottetown Farmers Market, and a seasonal oyster bar on the waterfront.

Webster is a loyal patron of Gallant’s business. He loves Gallant’s menu, especially the oysters.

“He always orders a dozen before we even open,” Gallant said.

Webster wanted to find a way to work with Gallant and offer his menu at Timothy’s. Once winter came and the seasonal work decreased, Gallant started setting up at the cafe every Friday.

That evolved into Francophone Friday, and has been great for Gallant’s business. Many Timothy’s regulars who weren’t aware of the event are able to discover his local product, and the French community think it’s a hit, Gallant said.

“This one has totally evolved… I just kind of tagged along for the ride.”

Jan. 13 was the first time Timothy’s has had table reservations, Webster said.

The success has opened doors to other possibilities, with Webster considering events like Montreal Monday or Spanish Saturday.

These events will continue as long as the community wants it, he said.

“It is a bilingual country.”

As for the future, there is no clear end for Francophone Friday, Webster said.

“[Francophone Friday] ends when all French people on Earth die.”