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Anthony Wilson-Smith,Shanda Deziel,Lisa Weaver,2 more... September 4 2000
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Anthony Wilson-Smith,Shanda Deziel,Lisa Weaver,2 more... September 4 2000

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Anthony Wilson-Smith

Shanda Deziel

Over and Under Achievers

Anne Heche rolls out that hazy daze of end of summer

Sydney: What a drag!

The Expos: Raise the white flag! Survivor: Not our bag!

And Brian Tobin: Did he nag?

Anne Heche: Actress appears dazed and disoriented, and then flies Air Canada to Toronto. If that happened in reverse order, we’d all understand.

Survivor: It’s finally over. Somewhere on a remote island, North American newspaper columnists and talk-show hosts are now gathered, trying to find something new to fixate on.

Drag Queens: Will form part of the parade at the Sydney Olympics. Think of it as a tribute to those old East German women’s teams.

#^The Montreal Expos: Don’t renew the lease on land site that was their Field of Dreams for a new stadium. If you don’t build it, they won’t come.

Jean Chrétien and Paul Martin: Prime Minister says he has “good relations” with finance minister/heir-apparent. So good, in fact, that he plans to stick around for years to ensure that nothing changes.

Ralph Klein and Brian Tobin: Did

Alberta preem suggest easterners are freeloaders? Did Newfoundland preem set him straight? Can you tell it’s been a slow summer for news?

Oh, cheer up

Over the past year, cheerleaders have been all the rage. Yet last week’s release of Bring It On, a movie devoted to competitive cheering, is likely the

culmination of Hollywood’s recent obsession with pompoms, letterman sweaters and jackknife kicks. Before their reign ends, and they’re returned to the movie set sidelines, a look at how they’ve been portrayed:

American Beauty: A high-school cheerleader is the ultimate middleaged male fantasy.

TV show Popular: Perky blond bitchy cheerleaders are the ultimate envy of all other high-school cliques.

But I’m a Cheerleader : At a reform school for teen homosexuals, young lesbians are forced to partake in cheerleading, the ultimate symbol of femininity

The Replacements : An independent, tough-as-nails NFL cheerleader is the ultimate first-string girlfriend.

Bring It On: Two fiercely competitive squads prove that cheerleaders are the ultimate athletes.

Shanda Deziel

A Century of 1(ool-Aid

In 1900, an 11-year-old aspiring chemist in Hendley, Neb., sent away for a mixer’s guide. By 1927, Edwin Perkins

had perfected his recipe and began selling the colourful soft drink now known as Kool-Aid. A dry packaged product, Kool-Aid first appeared commercially in 1927 under the name Kool-Ade. In 1953, Perkins, then 64, sold his company to

General Foods Co., which merged with Kraft in 1989. Some facts about a North American summer classic :

• The number of packages sold in a year, laid end to end, would stretch around the equator twice.

• The idea of a face on the pitcher came to advertising art director Marvin Potts

when he saw his young son scrawling on a frosty windowpane.

• Kool-Aid wasn’t distributed in Canada until 1954: it has been available in Latin America since its inception.

• There are 20 kinds of KoolAid crystals available: top sellers are tropical punch, lemonade, cherry, grape and orange.

• More than 64 litres of Kool-Aid are consumed each second in summer.

• Kool-Aid Man, created in 1975 as Pitcher Man, appears in fatigues and combat boots for packages sold on military bases.

• Other than quenching thirst, home uses for Kool-Aid include hair dye, paint, clothing dye, dishwasher cleaner, chlorine and rust remover.

Lisa Weaver

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Have fun, go for a run—at 94

Canadians trail towards good health

Long before American fitness gurus like Richard Simmons or Susan Powter, Canada had its own health enthusiast. In the 1920s, Jan Eisenhardt moved from Denmark to Vancouver and was struck by the differences between the two places. “As a playground supervisor in Vancouver, I was given charge of areas in the eastern part of the city,” says Eisenhardt, now 94. “I saw tremendous poverty and illiteracy among young children and I couldn’t understand how that could happen. It changed my life.” Eisenhardt considered exercise key to improving the lives of children, and felt Canada needed to be brought up to speed. From 1932 to 1952, he held various government positions including sports director and director for Indian Sports and Games for the province. During the Second World War, he de-

veloped a Canadian program called, “keep the fighting soldier fighting fit.”

Last year, Eisenhardt took up running and entered a race from Denmark to Sweden— finishing about 50,000th among 92,000 racers. “With running, I found I could feel even better and I’ve become lighter on my feet,” he says. A grandfather of six, Eisenhardt is

a vigorous supporter of Trail—a 16,100-km pathway that runs largely on abandoned railway lines. He has bought two pieces of trail land, dedicating them to his late wife and brother.

Last week, Eisenhardt participated the Trans-Canada Trail Relay, running six kilometres through Montreal. For of the relay, he carried a jar of wa-

ter drawn from the Atlantic Ocean to pass to the next carrier—one of5,000 participants. It will be joined with others from the Pacific and Arctic oceans in Ottawa on Sept. 9 for a ceremony marking the trail’s launch. Canada, Eisenhardt says, is now up to speed.

S. D.

Martin and PM together again?

\s Liberal MPs head to Winnipeg for a caucus meeting this week, conditions night appear ripe for another showdown between the Jean Chrétien and ^aul Martin camps. The latest Angus Reid Group poll is spreading jitters: t shows Liberal support dipping to 43 per cent from a high of 49 per cent at he start of the year. And Stockwell Day s Canadian Alliance has climbed to

25 per cent, up from the 15 per cent level of its predecessor, Reform, early in the year.

But Liberal insiders say there won’t be a repeat of last March’s open skirmishing between the PM’s loyalists and Martinites. Despite the polls, key Martin backers who had urged him to step down now accept that their man means it when he says he’ll run in another election under Chrétiens leadership. That takes the pressure off the PM to justify his own decision to stay. It also defuses what might have been an explosive caucus confab to set strategy for the fall political season— and a coming election.

John Geddes

Overbites

“He allowed callers to continue to rant against First Nations, and incited callers. He didn’t give people who understood the native position equal time and respect. In fact, he was blatantly rude to them.”

-Kat Norris, a British Columbia aboriginal, protests remarks made by Bruce Allen, agent of the rock star Bryan Adams, while hosting his regular Sunday show on Vancouver’s CF0X radio station

“Politically correct rules bug me.” -Allen during the same show

“It was an error in judgment and hopefully we’ve all learned by it.” -CF0X program director Bob Mills. The station apologized for the remarks and suspended Allen for two weeks.