OPENING NOTES

Joe Clark gets an apology, Paul Anka invests in the Senators, and Stevie Cameron leaves the fifth estate

May 27 1991

OPENING NOTES

Joe Clark gets an apology, Paul Anka invests in the Senators, and Stevie Cameron leaves the fifth estate

May 27 1991

OPENING NOTES

Joe Clark gets an apology, Paul Anka invests in the Senators, and Stevie Cameron leaves the fifth estate

MUSIC TO A FAN’S EARS

Ottawa-born singer Paul Anka delighted the capital's hockey fans with last week's announcement that he will become a part-owner of the newly franchised Ottawa Senators. In an interview with Maclean's last week, the man who has soothed two generations of pop-music fans with such hits as Diana and Puppy Love said that his decision represents a homecoming. Said Anka, who left Ottawa for the United States and international stardom in 1957: "If it's emotional, it's in the sense that life is funny, it is indeed a circle." He added: "We all have business interests, but this involves the community. I started out in

Ottawa and I'm very proud of that." Asked about rumors that he will sing the national anthem at Senators games, he replied: "I would be glad to sing it. In fact, I feel compelled to sing it." But he acknowledged that he may have difficulty with the French lyrics to O Canada. Still, he said, "After 30 years in the business, I think I can get through it. This is not Roseanne Barr you're talking to." Anka's financial adviser, Donald Abraham, said that Anka's investment, which will be about $15 million, includes a portion of the team, a

planned new stadium and the land it

will occupy. And former Ottawa mayor James Durrell, president of the new franchise, said that he is thrilled with the arrangement. Declared Durrell, who has lived on Paul Anka Drive in Ottawa since 1980: "Can you believe it? I think of him every day."

Getting back to the real basics of life

After just one season at CBC TV’S current affairs program the 5th estate, Stevie Cameron has decided to call it quits and return to the world of print journalism. Cameron, who spent seven years as a columnist and investigative reporter for the Toronto Globe and Mail before joining the CBC last fall, told Maclean’s:. "The CBC has been good. I’ve enjoyed it, but it’s not the kind of work I do.” Cameron and another Globe reporter,

Victor Malarek, caused a stir last year when they joined the CBC.

Cameron is currently completing a book about her father, Whitey Dahl, whom she describes as "an American soldier of fortune and a friend of Ernest Hemingway’s.” She will also write a national affairs column for the Globe. Cameron, who is known for her hard-nosed investigative reporting, said that although television does not suit her, "it was still one of the

best years of my life, and I would do it all again. I will be a much better reporter for some of the skills I learned there.” She said that now she is “just glad to be mucking around with sentences again.” Live and learn.

MOUNTING A MOUNTIE MOVIE

One of Canada’s most endearing stereotypes, the scarlet-coated Dudley Doright, may be headed for the silver screen. A spokesman for Paramount Pictures says that studio executives are considering making a movie based on the clumsy but good-hearted Mountie. Although he began as an animated character created by Jay Ward, who also created Rocky the Squirrel and Bullwinkle the Moose, the doughty Dudley will be a man of ñesh and blood in the movie. Producers are hoping to cast Robin Williams. Will they get their man?

THEY HAVE COME A LONG WAY

A recent poll conducted for Châtelaine magazine found that most Quebec women consider neither marriage nor children to be necessary for personal success. And editor Micheline Lachance says that she was startled by the results. In a provincewide survey published in the June edition of the French-language magazine, about 60 per cent of the 532 women polled considered their jobs to be the most important ingredient for success. Said Lachance: “Nobody would be surprised if men _ said that, but what’s

new is that women are saying it. In Quebec, it is another sign that the influ-

ence of the church in these matters is low.” But when Châtelaine asked women whom they admired most in Quebec, the province’s two solitudes appeared to surface. The top choice among francophone women: outspoken nationalist Lise Payette, who during the 1980 sovereignty campaign characterized pro-federalist women as “Yvettes,” Quebec’s docile female stereotypes. Anglophone women preferred Liberal MP Lise Bacon, the poll showed. Still, Lachance cautioned: “I would not read anything political in the choices.”

Prized Pulitzer

Roxanne Pulitzer, whose messy divorce from publishing heir Herbert Pulitzer in 1982 generated scores of tabloid headlines, is now at the centre of another marital scandal. Pulitzer, 40, is named as the other woman in the divorce trial in Palm Beach, Fla., of Jean

and Francine de la -

Moussaye, the daughter of Alberta oil baron Frank McMahon, who died in 1986. The trial has already degenerated into what one local attorney called “a Barnum-and-Bailey atmosphere.” It is competing for local headlines with the William Kennedy Smith case, another Palm Beach story. And at the centre of it stands Pulitzer, who told the court that Francine de la Moussaye has taught her children to call her unflattering names. Pulitzer, a onetime aerobics instructor and most recently a novelist, testified: “She has three names for me—‘the slut,’ ‘the whore’ and ‘piggy.’ But I don’t think [the children] understand the meaning of the words.” Although Francine de la Moussaye has denied the allegation, she contends that she filed for divorce last October only after learning of her 30-year-old husband’s affair with Pulitzer. Subpoenaed by her husband’s lawyer last week to testify, Francine de la Moussaye received $6.27 for her trouble. “That’s the most money I ever got from Jean,” she said. Lifestyles of the rich and famous.

A vicarious experience

A little ingenuity goes a long way. A Canadian-born woman, Elizabeth Paterson, conducts a “pauper’s tour” of Los Angeles’s exclusive shopping district, including Rodeo Drive. Paterson, who left Montreal in 1981, guides spendthrift shoppers through such legendary boutiques as Cartier and Tiffany & Co. According to Paterson, store managers frequently roll out the red carpet for her groups—even if they do not buy. Said Paterson: “A lot of the stores are proud of their history and delighted to share it.” She added: “You get to see that diamonds do sparkle in real life. ”

A BRAND NEW SPUD ATTACK

Tact and understatement are often a diplomat's best weapons. But Thomas McMillan, a former Tory MP who is Canada's consul general to New England, recently came out with all guns blazing. In a speech before the Institute of Public Administrators of Canada in Charlottetown, he denounced new American restrictions on imports of P.E.I. potatoes. Said Boston-based McMillan: "Anne of Green Gables is a victim of child abuse at the hands of Uncle Sam." Although American farmers have expressed concern that a P.E.I. spud virus will spread to northeastern states, McMillan countered: "The way the U.S. authorities have responded to the virus has been as brutally heavy-handed as it has been unwarranted." Distinctly undiplomatic.

A RED-FACED PUBLISHER

The cheeky Alberta-based newsmagazine Western Report is playing it safe. The cover of the May 6 issue featured an unflattering photo of Constitutional Affairs Minister Joe Clark. He appeared to have ketchup smeared all over the lower half of his face. But Link Byfield, publisher of the magazine, lost no time in explaining the cover by

running a lengthy apology in the following issue. Byfield wrote that Clark’s ruddy complexion became “doubly embarrassing when the magazine has been critical of the politician concerned.” He told Maclean’s that Clark’s office did not call to complain about the cover. Said Byfield: “The moment I walked into the office and saw the magazine, I thought, ‘Oh no, here we go.’ I thought I might phone him, but I decided an apology in the magazine would be sufficient.” Another case of turning the other cheek.