Notes on a community in transition.

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Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Green Grow the Guelph Greens-o

I went to the local Green Party's Annual General Meeting at the Norfolk St. United Church because I had a pressing question: I'd been listening to CBC radio and they'd done a story on the recent arms dealer convention in Ottawa (undoubtedly because we now have our very own Minister of Arms Dealers) and the CBC interviewed a man who was producing lead-free environmentally-friendly bullets and I wanted to know if the Greens would endorse the use of such bullets in a third world military coup or revolution. It turns out they think war is BAD ! Apparently arms dealers will not be allowed to wear It's Not Easy Being Green buttons or other party paraphernalia.

According to a survey I did with some interloping NDP'ers, the Greens have the prettiest women, I didn't bother for objectivity by asking the women who had the best looking men. That's blogging for ya.

If any local Greens were upset about the Dion-May deal I didn't hear a whisper about it. A friendlier bunch of people you couldn't ask to meet. (well yes, you could ask, and you might even meet them, but the were a friendly bunch anyway.) A good time was had by all. More than 100 people turned up for the AGM, and the party's 1000th member had signed up earlier in the day so they now know that the green movement is not only growing to the point that shysters have begun shilling everything even vaguely green, but that the party itself is growing.

The referendum over proportional representation in Ontario to be held next October is a vote they want everyone to support in the name of democratic renewal.

It's the second time I was in the Norfolk United Church in the last week. Last time was for the Wellington Water Watchers campaign to stop Nestle from taking 3.5 million liters a day from the local aquifer. A spokesman for the campaign found a room full of support. It looks like the campaign is spreading all over the province. The 'unprecedented numbers' the organizers were hoping for will easily exceed 150 + 1...

On another Green front entirely, my son sent this to me in an email and I linked it to an article.

Chimp Actor Cheeta Is Going To Outlast All Of Us

Happy belated Birthday to Cheeta, the chimpanzee from such esteemed works as the original Doctor Doolittle, Tarzan's New York Adventures and Tarzan Finds A Son!. The great ape and fine actor turned 75 on Tuesday, April 10th, continuing his reign as the world's oldest living chimp. The monkey played Tarzan's best friend and sidekick Cheeta in five Tarzan films between 1932 and 1942. He currently lives at the Creative Habitats and Enrichment for Endangered and Threatened Apes (C.H.E.E.T.A.--see what they did there?) where he paints and signs head shots.

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