RCMP warn of “Rental Scam”
The RCMP would like to advise the public of a scam directed at those seeking rental housing. The scammer contacted someone who posted an online ad in the ‘Apartment Wanted’ section, claiming to be the owner of a rental property in Georgetown. They offered to mail the keys in exchange for a deposit on the property. Their goal is to pressure the victim to send the deposit and the scammer will then cease communicating with the victim.
Oftentimes the scammer will claim to be the owner of actual properties listed for sale on active real estate listings and will send forged documents in an attempt to prove ownership. These documents can be very convincing. These scammers typically operate outside of the country and prosecuting these frauds and recovering money is unlikely.
In this case, prior to sending money, the victim contacted the listing agent directly and learned of the scam so did not suffer any loss.
With the low rental vacancy rates on PEI, it can be difficult to find rental properties. Police advise the public to physically attend properties, ensure they have a rental contract and meet with landlords prior to paying any money.
Kings District RCMP
Cst. C. Hickey
Black History on PEI?
One wonders if there is a belief that there is no black history on Prince Edward Island. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Not only is there a black history, there is also a history of slaves and slave ownership. Some of Prince Edward Island’s most prominent residents were slave owners.
Under French rule, it was legal to own slaves on Île St.-Jean. However, the first record of enslaved Africans was in 1784 when 16 “negro servants” arrived with the Loyalists; by 1785 there were almost 100. After 1799, when the name was changed to Prince Edward Island, there were enslaved Africans in Charlottetown and Summerside. In PEI, perhaps due to the small number, enslaved Africans were allowed to be baptized and to marry legally. The wealthy owned enslaved Africans, including businessman William Shurman and the Lieutenant-Governor Edmund Fanning.
Many people are not aware that there were black people on Prince Edward Island in the 19th century, but there were. A black community known as The Bog, developed around Euston and Rochford streets in Charlottetown, near Government Pond, in the 1800s.
Most of the descendants of these black Islanders have been assimilated into the population and are no longer a visible minority. There are black people in thousands of families, from one end of the Island to the other.
In 2014, as part of the celebration marking the 150 anniversary of the Charlottetown Conference, a stage production called Tales from the Old Stock: Stories and Songs of P.E.I Black History was performed at the 2014 Celebration Zone. It chronicled some of the missing pieces of Island history through skits and storytelling, as reported in the Guardian at the time.
Historian Bruce Ziff maintains that the first “abolitionist statute” in the Empire was Prince Edward Island’s 1781 act regulating slavery. The only statute in the post-revolutionary, second British Empire to regulate slaves explicitly. A detailed academic analysis of slavery on Prince Edward Island in the article Slave Life and Slave Law in Colonial Prince Edward Island, 1769-1825 by Harvey Amani Whitfield provides some compelling information, along with detailed footnotes and a bibliography. A list of known slave names or identities exists in the appendix of the article.
The 1781 act regulating slavery was abolished in 1825 by an act of the Legislature. By that time there were no slaves remaining on the island.
Those of us who care that the history of Prince Edward Island is represented honestly and inclusively look forward to the time when the Government is willing to commit resources sufficient to bring awareness of the meaning and importance of Black History Month, and black history generally to everyone on the Island.
Welcome to Seniors PEI, a resource site designed for seniors of Prince Edward Island. Here you will find a wide variety of information for seniors, including links to regional and national and international websites that we believe can be helpful to seniors; websites that provide information about programs, services and areas of interest for seniors and for those who work with seniors.
We have news for Canadian seniors: links to current news stories, updated daily, that involve or would be of concern to seniors, focusing on the Maritimes. There is also a senior artist gallery section, showcasing senior artists of the Island. If you are a senior artist or know of one who should be featured in this section, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know. We will contact you or the recommended artist to arrange for their inclusion on our pages.
This Day in History
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