OPENING NOTES

Larry Zolf takes artistic licence, Andrew and Sarah shop Canadian, and Cornelia Guest defends her crown

August 21 1989

OPENING NOTES

Larry Zolf takes artistic licence, Andrew and Sarah shop Canadian, and Cornelia Guest defends her crown

August 21 1989

OPENING NOTES

Larry Zolf takes artistic licence, Andrew and Sarah shop Canadian, and Cornelia Guest defends her crown

SUMMERTIME SIDE TRIP

According to the official news release, the trip had a single political purpose. But when Energy Minister Jacob (Jake) Epp visited Bolivia last week to represent Canada at the inauguration of that country's new president, Jaime Paz Zamora, he made an unofficial visit to a group of Bolivians with whom he shares a special tie. After attending the inauguration ceremony in La Paz on Aug. 6, Epp found time to fly to the city of Santa Cruz, where he met with several representatives of that region's 18,000-member Mennonite community. Epp grew up in the southeastern Manitoba town of Steinbach, which was settled in 1874 by Russian Mennonite immigrants. And Epp's father, grandfather and great-grandfather were all Mennonite preachers. Still, an aide to Epp stressed that the main purpose of the minister's publicly funded trip was to pay respects to the new Bolivian president and to meet with members of his cabinet. Some ministers find it convenient to combine the personal and the political.

Building a bridge to the future

In the past six years, unemployment in Buffalo, N.Y., has plunged to 5.1 per cent from 13 per cent. And, according to several

local officials and politicians, the Canadian-American Free Trade Agreement has been an important factor in bringing prosperity to the city. Dora Kukuliatis, manager of Canadian business development at the Greater Buffalo Chamber of Commerce, said that 60 Canadian companies have set up shop in Buffalo in the two years since the FTA has appeared likely to pass. And, citing the “immense traffic problems caused by that growth” in Canadian business, U.S. congressman John LaFalce of Buffalo announced last month that he will back a feasibility study for a second bridge to be built alongside the

Peace Bridge that joins Buffalo to Fort Erie, Ont.—a concrete effort to address an increasing rate of exchange,

RUMORS OF A ROYAL RETREAT

When Andrew, the Duke of York, arrived in Charlottetown last month with his wife, Sarah, for their second Canadian tour in two years, he told the waiting crowd, “We feel as if we are coming home.” Now, rumors are swirling that the couple is planning to buy a Canadian residence, possibly in northern Saskatchewan—one of their favorite overseas getaways. Adding to the speculation, one of the Yorks' Canadian tour officials, who requested anonymity, said, “They think this is the perfect place to live. ” A prince's cottage is his castle.

COURTING A SQUEAKY-CLEAN IMAGE

Their sport demands a winning combination of skill and strength, and in recent years several female professional tennis players have taken up weightlifting to increase their performance on the court. And following the scandal surrounding Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson’s use of steroids at last year’s Summer Olympics in Seoul, there is renewed interest in the impressive physiques of many of tennis’s top stars. Indeed, such superstars of the sport as Chris Evert have recently

expressed concern about steroids in women’s tennis. And last week, as the world’s top pros prepared for the Player’s Ltd. Challenge—to take place in Toronto later this month— officials at the World International Tennis Association in Miami confirmed that they will soon begin random drug-testing—probably by the end of 1989. Said spokesman Kathy Jordan: “The concerns raised at the Olympics have put us in a position where we have to act.” Few athletes disputed the call.

The move appeared to be a clever manoeuvre aimed at ridding a prime piece of corporate real estate of unbusinesslike associations. In 1987, representatives of Montreal’s Dorchester-Commerce building, which houses the Quebec headquarters of the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, made a rezoning application to the city. The 45-storey building is located on the corner of Peel Street and René Lévesque Boulevard—formerly Dorchester Boulevard, until being renamed after the death of Quebec’s former premier. When the rezoning request—which had also involved an address change— became public late last month, many Montrealers speculated that the building’s owners had wanted to banish Lévesque’s name because of his separatist policies. But, according to development consultant James Soden, there was a more practical motive. Soden told Maclean’s that architects had considered closing the René Lévesque entrance for structural reasons. But he added that they had since reversed that decision—and that pragmatic considerations had again prevailed. Said Soden: “It is the only entrance where limousines can park. The bank did not want to inconvenience those customers.” A good banker always takes account of the customers’ needs.

The politics of business

Finding good help in LA.

It is an exclusive quarter, safe from the crime of nearby Los Angeles, but the so-called Platinum Triangle—which includes Beverly Hills, BelAir and Holmby Hills—has become home to a new kind of attack, which locals call maid-napping. Faced with a shortage of good help, many of the area's richest families have been luring away one another's housekeepers with school tuition, car insurance and private suites. Declared local clothing store owner Herbert Fink: “It is easier to get new friends than to get a good housekeeper.'' Keeping house is hard when keeping servants is impossible.

DANCE OF THE GADFLY

In his three earlier books, including the 1973 work Dance of the Dialectic, CBC TV producer Larry Zolf focused his barbed wit on Ottawa's political elite. But in Scorpions for Sale, due for release in September, Zolf turns his sights inward, to the influences that have shaped his own colorful personality. The result is what Zolf terms a "fictional biography," in which the characters are composites of people who have affected him. Zolf says that he spiced up the character of his own father, for one, with aspects of fiery Ottawa journalist Claire Hoy and financier Conrad Black. The result, says Zolf, is a character whom Zolf describes as "more passionate and hardheaded than my real father." Fiction can be stranger than truth.

WAR OF THE DEBUTANTES

They live 4,000 km apart and have never met, but two of the most highprofile young women ever to grace the American cocktail circuit are fighting a war for the hearts and minds of their fellow socialites. The apparent aggressor in the conflict is New York City heiress Sarah Borden, 18, whose family founded the Borden Inc. dairy empire.

In recent weeks, Borden has issued two party invitations in which she has attacked the reputation of Los Angeles socialite Cornelia Guest, 24. Borden has also questioned Guest’s claim to the title “deb of the decade,” which Guest made in her 1986 book, The Debutante’s Guide to Life. Originally dis]missing Borden’s at? tack as “nonsense,” I Guest’s lawyer, i Richard Golub, an5 nounced late last month that his client is considering suing Borden for libel. Competition is the lifeblood of the rich and famous.