OPENING NOTES

The links with Bordeaux, the films people watch and Ottawa’s hot word

May 25 1992

OPENING NOTES

The links with Bordeaux, the films people watch and Ottawa’s hot word

May 25 1992

OPENING NOTES

The links with Bordeaux, the films people watch and Ottawa’s hot word

Down to the sea again

After the Exxon Valdez struck a reef in Alaska’s Prince William Sound on March 24,

1989, spilling more than 11 million gallons of crude, the tanker’s skipper, Joseph Hazelwood, now 45, was convicted of the negligent discharge of oil (he is appealing a $60,000 fine and 1,000 hours of community service). His captain’s licence was suspended for nine months, the third such action since 1984, after he pleaded no contest to violating U.S. Coast Guard rules against drinking within four hours of sailing and negligently leaving a ship’s bridge. Despite that record, one Hazelwood sympathizer is Vancouver actor Jackson Davies, who plays the controversial captain in a TV movie being filmed in British Columbia. Says Davies: “The trouble with playing these guys is that you get a little protective of them.” As for Hazelwood, a few days after Davies replayed the grounding scene, the real-life captain set out for two months aboard the U.S. training ship Empire State with 500 cadets from the State University of New York’s Maritime College, his alma mater. His paid mission: teaching the cadets how to stand watch on the bridge.

Days of wine and golfing

In golfing terms, or any other, it is a long way from the vineyards of Bordeaux to the fairways of Alberta. But French vintner Borie-Manoux made it in-four approach shots, each labelled for the green. The merchant teed off last season: 1,600 cases of four table wines with picture labels—Le Drive, Le Bunker, Le Putt and Le Bogey. Les golfeurs of Alberta celebrated on the 19th hole. “We sold out,” said Cindy Schroeder, a co-owner of Edmonton’s A Time for Wine store. “Golfers love it at their banquets and award nights.” Shipments are arriving for the new season. Best bets, according to Maclean’s Calgary correspondent, oenophile and occasional golfer John Howse: Le Bogey, a smooth and decidedly drinkable red that comes in under par, and Le Putt, a white sipping wine from grapes grown on the right side of the fairway. As for Le Bunker, better to stay out of it.

Heavyweight horoscopes

THE STARS

Even for such a New Age industry as computers, it is an unusual entry in a chief executive officer’s corporate résumé. Still,

Microsoft Corp., the world’s biggest software firm, notes that chairman William Gates III is a Scorpio. His horoscope, and those—officially undisclosed— of some other heavyweight CEOs:

WILLIAM GATES

Chairman,

Microsoft Corp.

Sun sign: Scorpio Intense, powerful, passionate. The key to this dark and passionate soul is power—the invisible, string-pulling, controlling sort of power that makes people move when you use it.

JOHN SCULLEY

Chairman, Apple Computer Inc.

Sun sign: Aries Bright, dashing, energetic, sporty. Very capable and very fit, you always assume that everybody is at least as enthusiastic as you are, and it sometimes surprises you that other people don’t have your capabilities.

KENNETH THOMSON

Chairman, the Thomson Corp.

Sun sign: Virgo Painstaking and neat, usually cleaner, healthier and tidier than the rest of us. With a reputation for being fussy and nit-picking, you can see the things that other people miss.

ROBERT STEMPEL

Chairman, General Motors Corp.

Sun sign: Cancer Moody, shy, withdrawn, sensitive. Threatened, you retreat into a safe position; if the threat continues, you snap your pincers. Good at making the first move and at staying with something to see it through.

JOHN AKERS

Chairman, IBM Corp.

Sun sign: Capricorn Hardworking, serious successful. Power, position, reputation—these are what the Capricorn wants. If achieving your ambitions takes years, then so be it, but you’ll get there in the end.

OP MOVIES `op films in Canada (number of screens howing), by box-office receipts, veek ended May 14.

1. Basic Instinct (84) $404,873 2. The Player (18) $262,077 3. White Sands (84) $256,884 4. City of Joy (57) $236,160 5. Wayne’s World (78) $198,597 6. White Men Can’t Jump (67) $173,966 7. Thunderheart (51) $164,361 8. Beethoven (79) $161,040 9. Folks (76) $137,935 .0. Sleepwalker (66) $120,245

COPYRIGHT ENTERTAINMENT DATA INC.

Jack, white and seeing red

1 he arrest in Los Angeles of four black civilians for beating a white man, following the acquittal of four white policemen on charges of beating a black man, has placed lifornia justice on trial. Both brutal events were filmed d widely televised. The policemen’s jury trial, as a result that publicity, was moved to a mostly white community Dut 100 km outside the city, a move that black leaders say tually assured acquittals. Lawyers for the black men will ïk their trial in a black district. One of the policemen, to retried on one charge that was undecided, faces a maxiim of four years in prison if convicted. Numerous charges linst the black men carry sentences of up to life. Defence ■ryer Julie Ireland already accuses authorities of applying uble standards. She notes, for one thing, that Police ief Daryl Gates led more than 100 heavily armed officers the arrest of black suspects, but he “didn’t make a point going out and arresting any of those white officers.”

WORD FOR WORD

Hot word in Ottawa: stakeholder. It crops up like confetti in federal statements, as in Agriculture Minister William McKnight’s invitation to “farmers and other stakeholders” to read a 50-page report (no recommendations), and its 1,400-page annex, on 138 meetings about grain transportation. A more sweeping definition appears in a Conference Board of Canada paper, which urges support for any (unspecified) initiative to reduce school dropouts on the part of “all educational stakeholders—business, government, educators, labor, parents and youth.”

A RIGHT TO BEG?

Faced with a recent increase in panhandling, Winnipeg police have dusted off a 1947 bylaw that makes it file gal, on pain of a maximum $200 fine, for anyone to publicly “solicit charity or importune others for help or aid in money.” (City council is expected to repeal part of the bylaw that forbids the public appearance of “any malformed, deformed or diseased person in order to “excite sympathy or induce help.”) Now, four men charged under the bylaw are testing it against the 1982 Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Legal aid lawyer Fred Sandhu, representing the four, says that the bylaw

denies their rights to “life, liberty and security of the person” because it prevents them from obtaining life’s bare necessities. A court challenge, to be tried in October, could affect such laws elsewhere. The city of Ottawa, for one, permits only charities to ask for money in public. A similar U.S. challenge succeeded in 1990 when a New York City judge ruled that panhandling is a form of constitutionally protected free speech. Sandhu’s opinion of Winnipeg’s bylaw: “Medieval.”