For a people with republican leanings, Australians are loving royalty these days. They’re celebrating the birth of a son to Tasmanianborn Princess Mary, wife of Denmark’s Crown Prince Frederik, sending rough-hewn gifts such as a pair of live Tasmanian devils, a Melbourne streetcar, and a journal made from kangaroo dung.
It’s safe to assume Canada’s market authorities are now investigating the alleged Nov. 23 leak of the federal government’s decision not to tax income trusts. The Ontario Securities Commission, Market Regulation Services, and even the Investment Dealers Association, are populated with professionals who take seriously their obligation to protect investors and sniff out wrongdoing in the markets—so you can be pretty sure they’re doing their jobs.By STEVE MAICH
For those too busy to take nutritional supplements orally, it’s now possible to buy antioxidant-impregnated underwear. AussieBum brand “Essence” underwear contains “micro-encapsulated organic substances” in the fabric. The nutrients, along with something the company calls “dermo-protective oils,” are released into the skin over time.
He believes that Israel is a “disgraceful stain” that must be “wiped off the map.” He calls the Holocaust a “myth.” And he claims that when he addresses world leaders, he is bathed in a divine aura that prevents those watching him from turning away, or even blinking.By MICHAEL PETROU
“Hope in a jar” used to be a euphemism for snake oil. Now it’s the name of a face cream containing lactic acid, beta-glucan and “multitopical” antioxidants, and selling, in a two-ounce pot, for US$35. On www.oprah.com, it’s listed as one of Herself’s favourite things, which pretty much guarantees that millions of women will buy it along with, say, a small tub of Freeze 24/7 (with topical muscle relaxer) for $130, or La Prairie Cellular Nurturing Complex (to treat “severe stress”) for $295.By BARBARA RIGHTON
I have just read the article on the film Munich (“The Spielberg massacre,” Cover, Jan. 9) and I must completely agree with George Jonas’s analysis that Steven Spielberg’s interpretation is a “fable of moral equivalence.” Having read Vengeance, Jonas’s book about the slaughter of 11 Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympic village in 1972 and the subsequent murder of terrorist organizers in Europe, seen the original movie based on the book, and having now seen Munich, I must agree that the latter is a great movie but a poor interpretation of the actual events.By BABARA AMIEL
When Jane Fonda received a career achievement award at last week’s National Board of Review of Motion Pictures gala, she said she’d “like to make a few more kick-butt films.” The former fitness guru may be in good shape to do just that, following hip-replacement surgery late last year.
Under pressure from billionaire shareholder NELSON PELTZ, executives at Wendy’s are considering selling off their highly profitable Tim Hortons chain— which is worth about US$4 billion. Peltz owns 5.5 per cent and sent an “ultimatum” to Wendy’s arguing that unless it cuts costs and sells assets, he may increase his ownership and campaign for more changes at the struggling burger chain.
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