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Montague council welcomes Canadian Tire, Buddhist retreat
January 13
, 2009

The Guardian

MONTAGUE — Two cultural icons will bring the yin and yang to eastern P.E.I.’s largest town in 2009.

Town council agreed to the planned arrival of a  Canadian Tire store and a Buddhist meditation retreat that will open on the banks of the Montague River.
“We are most delighted to have such diverse operations come to our community,’’  Mayor Pat McGowan said here Monday night when both announcements were unveiled.

Canadian Tire development manager Charles Theriault of Montreal told council a new store featuring about 24,000 square feet of retail space, service bays and a garden centre would be constructed next to the Superstore.
The project, estimated at roughly $2.5 million, is expected to proceed sometime this year and employ about 20 full- and part-time workers. Canadian Tire, about half the size of the Charlottetown store, will be constructed between the Superstore and the new Services Canada building along Main Street.

Once popular for pints of Guinness and Irish bands like Ryan’s Fancy and the Irish Rovers, the Lobster Shanty will become the Island headquarters for Buddhist spiritualism. The Great Enlightenment Buddhist Institute Society plans to convert the aging operation into a meditation retreat.

“We believe (Montague) is a great place,’’ said executive secretary Peter Wu of the group based in Taiwan. “It is very peaceful and there are very nice people here.”

The society has been scouting a location in the Maritimes for almost a year. Council was told the retreat will provide for about 50-100 monks and nuns. The society is environmentally conscious and pro-organic farming.

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