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Prince Edward Island’s 33rd Premier Dennis King and new members of Executive Council were sworn in during a ceremony in Georgetown early last month.

“I am honoured to serve as Premier of Prince Edward
Island, and I look forward to working with the new
members of cabinet,” King said. “We have been
presented with a unique privilege to serve the people of
Prince Edward Island each and every day. As we move
forward, together, we will fulfill our commitment to
working hard for, and with, Islanders to strengthen
our province.”

The Executive Council:
• Honourable Dennis King, Premier and President of the Executive Council, Minister responsible for Intergovernmental Affairs, Minister responsible for indigenous Relations, Minister responsible for Acadian and Francophone Affairs
• Honourable Darlene Compton, Deputy Premier, Minister of Finance, Minister responsible for Status of Women
• Honourable James Aylward, Minister of Health & Wellness
• Honourable Steven Myers, Minister of Transportation, Infrastructure and Energy
• Honourable Jamie Fox, Minister of Fisheries and Communities
• Honourable Matthew MacKay, Minister of Economic Growth, Tourism and Culture
• Honourable Brad Trivers, Minister of Education and Lifelong Learning, Minister of Environment, Water and Climate Change
• Honourable Ernie Hudson, Minister of Social Development and Housing
• Honourable Bloyce Thompson, Minister of Agriculture and Land, Minister of Justice and Public Safety and Attorney General

As well, Premier King has tasked MLA Sidney MacEwen with a special commission to work with the 21 members of the Partnership for Growth and other community organizations to realize the vision for sustainable economic growth in PEI. MLA MacEwen will work with all members of the Legislative Assembly. The Honourable James Aylward will serve as Minister responsible for Greater Charlottetown and the Honourable Matthew MacKay will serve as the Minister responsible for Greater Summerside.

“Islanders have made it clear that they want a
government that does things differently, one that
works collaboratively and in partnership with all
members of the legislative assembly for the betterment
of Islanders,” said King. “I have confidence that our
new cabinet will work together to put the needs of
Islanders first in every decision that we make.”

A new café opened in Borden-Carleton last month. Crossings Cafe takes over the old Credit Union and promises to be a gathering spot for locals and tourists alike. Owners Andrew and Joanne Wigston will have space in the cafe for live music, a small shop for local artisans, and Island Gelato, made by Joanne, will be on sale.

Congratulations to Jamie MacKay, who was recently given a Service Award from Lieutenant Governor Antoinette Perry for his extensive work with the Red Cross. Last year, MacKay organized and founded Ross’ Place, a new community garden for Kensington residents.

April’s Give Back Burger campaign has given back in a big way to Anderson House. Thanks to the 39 participating Give Back restaurants during Burger Love month, $86,038 was raised for the women’s shelter.

The City of Charlottetown recently announced the ten winners of the Community Sustainability micro-grants. The Community Sustainability Micro-grant Program was developed in 2011 in order to support community groups and individuals in their sustainability-focused projects and awards funding ranging from $500 to $2500. A few food-based projects were granted funding including West Kent Elementary School: Sustainable Gardening and Eating Local; VegPEI: Veg on the Block; Charlottetown Rural High School: Charlottetown Rural Tree Nursery and Orchard; Fusion & PEI Food Exchange: Disco Soup Event. Full details about all the projects can be found on the city’s website.

Congratulations to chef Jesse MacDonald who was named Setting Chef of the Year at the first ever PEI Setting Day Culinary Festival. Held over May 10-12, the festival celebrated all things lobster and the chefs’ competition on Friday night was a heated battle between seven Island chefs.

PEI’s former deputy minister of agriculture, John Jamieson, has been appointed as the President and CEO of the Canadian Centre for Food Integrity (CCFI). Jamieson served in Wade MacLauchlan’s government, and was also a former executive director of the PEI Federation of Agriculture.

Jamieson is also a Professional Agrologist and Certified Nutrient Management Planner and sits on the Dalhousie University’s Faculty of Agriculture Advisory Committee and previously sat on the Farm and Food Care Foundation Board of Directors. “I am thoroughly excited to take on this new role and to work with the CCFI Board of Directors and industry members to advance trust in Canada’s top-quality food system,” Jamieson said.

After being disappointed by city council’s rejection of their proposed food truck move to a lot downtown, Nimrods’ began a Kickstarter campaign to raise money for a floating pizza and pasta bar at the Charlottetown Marina. Hitting their goal of $10,000 in just five days, their cantina, which will house a 5000 lb wood-fired pizza oven, arrived at the Marina in late May and was put in place on a floating dock.

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