Sorry about that SARS thing… here, have a potato!

I’m unclear as to the mechanism by which this plan to outfit concertgoers with PEI potatoes is going to work. Are they expected to take bags home with them?


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Alan on July 25, 2003 - 15:21 Permalink

Thats the most whacked thing I have heard of lately. Where exactly will the 0.0279 per concert goer be provided? Hopefully Noonan will never in charge of the toilets.

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Ann on July 25, 2003 - 15:34 Permalink

Every province in Canada was asked to provide food for the food pavilion at the concert. PEI is providing potatoes, which will be baked and served with Alberta beef. Money collected from the sale of the food will go to the SARS relief fund. There will also be Malpeque oytsre for sale.
Since Toronto is one of the biggest markets for PEI produce, the effort is seen both as an act of charity and a promotion.

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Ann on July 25, 2003 - 15:36 Permalink

I forgot to’s 125,000 potatoes — not 100,000 bags of potatoes, as reported in the link.

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Alan on July 25, 2003 - 15:53 Permalink

Well that makes better sense. Thanks for clearing up.

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Alan on July 25, 2003 - 16:15 Permalink

One question. The press release says:

The P.E.I. Potato Board and the provincial government are paying for the potatoes and shipping costs.

Is there a flow through of federal funds for this?

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Dave Hyndman on July 25, 2003 - 16:25 Permalink

I wonder if Bud The Spud will handle the delivery for this one.

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Ann on July 25, 2003 - 17:12 Permalink

A flow through of what?

You mean, did the feds kick in?


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Alan on July 25, 2003 - 17:16 Permalink

There are at least three federal/provincial funding paths: gross annual transfers, specific project partnership like with this and the third class, like the Labour Market Agreement (name?), which provide standing funds for activities in a class without going back to the feds to get approval every time. I was wondering if there was dipping into that class of fed cash.

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dave moses on July 26, 2003 - 15:08 Permalink

I think it’s a great idea!

But why stop with the Stones concert?! All the provinces should get together and have a summer travelling food show that would be sort of like this Australian “Taste Festival” my sister was telling me about. Like this big inter-provincial farmer’s market, with racks of beef and pork and lamb, salmon and trout and maple syrup, lobsters, oysters, potatoes, grapes and apples…. jesus, I’m so hungry. And bring on the Tragically Hip, Bruce Cockburn, the Be-good Tanya’s and Jane Siberry for Peter while we’re at it.

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Peter Rukavina on July 26, 2003 - 22:05 Permalink

I believe several U.S. states have days or evenings at the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa showcasing their products.

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Alan on July 26, 2003 - 22:47 Permalink

Good idea. We are too isolationist in our personal experiences of nationalism in Canada. Being Canadian in Alberta, Ontario and the Maritimes are each slightly different things. Bugs me when I go to Ottawa that all the money is spent on the cultural brick and morter there but there are not regional branches of the Naitonal Art Gallery, Museum of civilization, etc. Start with food and go. Fill the Trans-Canada with flatbed semis moving bakers, Pevey amps, statues and story-telling grannies all over the place.