The internet is a wonderful thing. You can spend hours looking up all kinds of things about people, especially those who are involved in politics in any way. So without further ado, a random collection of interesting, odd and obscure links I stumbled across today while googling the Oak Bay-Gordon Head candidates.
- Ida Chong has a twitter feed
- So does Steven Johns, the Green candidate, although it hasn’t been updated since March.
- Jessica van der Veen may lack twitter, but she does update her Facebook page fairly regularly.
- Ida Chong is the only candidate to have a Wikipedia article about them.
- She has the article because she is a sitting MLA. This makes her a whole lot more boring to google, as the truly interesting links are buried.
- This is not Ida Chong (the MLA).
- An interesting interview with Jessica van der Veen on theatre done in early 2008. This quote made me laugh:
Oh look! A windmill! Must dash…
- Her theatre work got her listed on Theatre BC’s talent bank.
- Jessica may have been in the movie industry. At least IMDB thinks so. I suspect this is probably her, given the uniqueness of her name and the fact that most of the credits are from Vancouver-made productions. Whosdatedwho and tv.com also have profile pages for a Jessica van der Veen. As do hundreds of other tv/movie sites that attempt to list every named actor under the sun.
- This isn’t Jessica (LinkedIn profile)
- Jessica likes mixed-member proportional systems. She told the Citizens Assembly so in 2004.
- Currency trading was interesting enough in 1999 to get Jessica to write a letter to the editor of the Vancouver Sun. No, I don’t understand what the issue is either.
- The Marxist-Leninist Daily covered Jessica’s fight to save school grounds.
Lastly, Wikipedia has a good overview for Oak Bay – Gordon Head, including the results from the last few elections. Unknown if the population count is accurate to the 2005 ridings or the 2009 ones.