January 18, 2006


Mother Nature leaves Green candidate in the dark (CBC News, 17 Jan 2006)

Long hours on the campaign trail are exhausting many federal election candidates, but one Green Party candidate in southeastern Manitoba has literally run out of energy.
Janine Gibson lives in an energy-efficient home powered by only solar and wind energy. However, an extended period of cloudy skies and calm winds left the Provencher candidate without electricity for a 22-day stretch in December.

On the bright side, she never runs out of hot air!

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 18, 2006 1:23 PM

Bio-diesel. Just go around to all the restaurants in southeastern Maintoba collecting used vegetable oil...

Posted by: John at January 18, 2006 1:32 PM

What? She couldn't find a treadmill or stationary bicycle and hook it up to a generator? That she couldn't find any way to overcome this obstacle while staying within her self-imposed limitations shows she deserves to freeze in the dark.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at January 18, 2006 1:52 PM

Are there no prisons? Are there no workhouses?

This lady just needs to think outside the box. Half a dozen homeless crack heads working on a treadmill will generate enough juice to light up a couple of houses and they'll eat scraps.

Posted by: Bryan at January 18, 2006 2:01 PM

"65 square metre" house. How big is that in a real standard of measurement?

Posted by: Bob at January 18, 2006 2:24 PM

Bob: 65 square meters would be 700 square feet.

Posted by: jd watson [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 18, 2006 3:09 PM

"65 square metre"

Shouldn't that be 65 ares?

The poor Are, pushed aside by its bigger brother, the Hectare, is the Rodney Dangerfield of weights and measures.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at January 18, 2006 3:16 PM

65 m^2 is 0.65 are.

Posted by: Bill Woods at January 18, 2006 7:25 PM


This election is so bizarre I have to wonder whether Canadians are rejecting the Greens on the basis that anyone who relies exclusively on solar or wind energy is fanatical, unscientific and uninformed or whether anyone who is happy in a 700 sq. ft. house is just weird.

I'm hoping for the latter.

Posted by: Peter B at January 18, 2006 8:00 PM

Oops, you're right.

No wonder it gets no respect. It's too big for indoor purposes and too small to be useful outdoors. Sort of like Canada.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at January 18, 2006 8:49 PM

Learn to use the force

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at January 18, 2006 9:30 PM

Peter B:
I would hope for the former. Anyone who believes that flicking the light switch would cause the sun to shine or the wind to blow is fanatical, unscientific and uninformed.

Posted by: jd watson [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 19, 2006 4:57 AM

700 sq ft? Around here a condo that size starts at about $150,000.

Posted by: erp at January 19, 2006 10:27 AM