As far as names go, I quite liked the Spice Cabinet,’ for the Pat Bell/Shirley Bond entry in the Celebrity Chili Cook-off on the weekend.
However, since Premier Gordon Campbell is announcing the cabinet today, isn’t it a bit presumptuous? Actually, Bell and Bond are technically still ministers and it would be a major news story if they are not returned to cabinet.
I did taste the Bell/Bond concoction at the chili cook-off and I must admit it was pretty good. The Free Press chili won the day though. It was cooked up by advertising representative Valerie Marsh.
The Tequila Mockingbird recipe is kept under lock and key at the Free Press office just in case anyone was wondering what the secret ingredients are, and it isn’t tequila.
As far as names go, though, the best team name of the day had to be the Red Hot Chili Potters. The event, of course, goes to raise money for the local potters guild.
It truly is a unique event. Everyone who pays to taste, and judge, the chili offerings gets to choose a bowl crafted by local potters to sample the offerings. They then get to keep the bowl.
In case you missed it, it’s a great, tasty, and cheap lunch. In addition, you get to help a local group. You can’t beat that.
The Prince George RCMP have pulled 13 Tasers out of service in the city. Reports that they are now going to be used to keep order at media briefings are exaggerated they only need a couple for that. The rest are going to Mayor Dan Rogers to help him keep order at city council meetings. One gavel tap then zap.
Speaking of council, congratulations to Coun. Garth Frizzell on his election to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities board. He along with Rogers and other councillors were at the federation meeting in Whistler on the weekend.
Technology has helped us keep up with them. For those of you following us on Twitter, we were able to re-tweet a couple of posts from Frizzell and Coun. Cameron Stolz from the meeting. Which is turnabout-fair-play because Frizzell re-tweeted our editorial calling council a bunch of tweets.’
An interesting tweet from Frizzell quoted MP Stockwell Day as saying it’s time to harmonize environmental assessment reviews between the federal and provincial governments.
That is an issue that has been identified by Premier Gordon Campbell as an area of concern.
Maybe something will actually change.
Speaking of the Conservatives, they are testing the mudslinging waters with their ads saying Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff is “just visiting.” Scuttlebutt has it that if they don’t get too much grief over the negative personality attacks on Ignatieff, they will step up the negativity.
And the public will once again pine for a candidate and campaign of ideas.
Bill Phillips is the winner of the 2009 Ma Murray award for editorial writing excellence in British Columbia.