Monthly Archives: May 2009

STV loses in BC

The vote on STV in BC has failed very badly after the hopeful developments last time. Green supporters like me are obviously not happy.


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De Jong steps down

Chris Tindale is reporting that Frank De Jong is stepping down as leader of the Ontario party:

    After 16 years at the helm, Green Party of Ontario Leader Frank de Jong said yesterday that he is stepping down. De Jong made the announcement to party members during opening remarks at the party’s annual general meeting being held this weekend in Toronto.

    A leadership contest will be held to choose a successor, culminating in a leadership and policy convention November 13-15, 2009 in London Ontario. De Jong is the longest serving Green party leader in Canada (possibly the world) and has survived three separate leadership challenges.

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Cool new resources for keeping up with Green developments

A great service has been done for us all by Dave Bagler, who has made both an aggregrator (which I’ll try to figure out how to join someday) and a discussion forum. Follow all the most recent developments!

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Great sweet potato biscuits

An interesting recipe for Sweet Potato Biscuits: if you like cornmeal biscuits with your morning tea, you’ve got to try these.

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Mock turtle soup explained

Ever noticed the Mock Turtle in Alice in Wonderland and wondered what it was about? Go here for a fascinating article on the history of mock turtel soup!

    So from “The Orient” came Turtle Soup, which, as you might have by now inferred, was made from actual turtles. The sheer exoticity of the dish- combined with the scarcity of its essential ingredient on these shores- made it a status symbol at dinner parties across the land. However, the sheer price of said essential imported ingredient rendered it basically impossible for all but the most moneyed to produce the soup at dinner parties and therefore impress any guests.

    Thus was born the Mock Turtle Soup. Cooks were instructed to emulate the soup as much as possible, and for the newly emerging Middle Classes a signature dish was born. This soup did not of course use actual turtle but was based in beef stock that was given a somewhat fishy edge with added, well, fish.

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