1. Social media and the crowdsourcing power of the internet sometimes prove more powerful than traditional print media. I found this to be true once again yesterday after I started reading the Vancouver Courier's breakdown of the different candidates across Metro Vancouver.
  2. To their credit, the Courier journalists went to their best effort to include some information about each of the various fringe and independent candidates. Here's what they wrote about the candidates in my constituency, Vancouver Quadra.
  3. The first issue I spotted was the Pirate Party candidate's name is actually Trevor Walper. He's a friend of mine from the local skeptics community, so I know he uses a different name on Facebook than in real life. I pointed this out and the Courier was quick to correct their online version.
  4. But then, in my own fascination with "fringe" candidates, looked up the YouTube channel they found for Marijuana Party candidate Marc Boyer.
  5. So it seems the Marijuana torch has passed from father to son, making this one of the most obscure political dynasties in Canadian politics. It also means the Courier described the wrong Marc Boyer in their profile; but it's hardly their fault. There's scant information online differentiating the two and their positions seem to overlap.
  6. Finally, it's worth noting that the Marijuana Party of Canada seems to be in no way related to the BC Marijuana Party founded by activist Marc Emery and later led by Dana Larsen.
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