A spring season of dog derbies and whale festivals, ice races, car chases and theatre games
March 19-April 4: Whale festival, Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, Tofino and Ucluelet. Hikers can watch the annual migration of nearly 19,000 Pacific Gray whales north to their summer feeding waters.
March 26-April 23: Vancouver Playhouse Theatre Company. Innovative Canadian director Neil Munro stages Ingmar Bergman’s adaptation ofA Doll’s House.
March 26-April 17: Medieval Spring Festival, Edmonton. The Provincial Museum of Alberta recreates a 14th-century town fair. Visitors can see and participate in medieval crafts, games and dancing.
March 26-April 2: Canadian Mixed Curling Championships, Leduc. Fourteen teams from across Canada compete in the 1994 finals.
March 25-27: Hometown Indoor Rodeo, Moose Jaw. Cowboys from the three Prairie provinces and the northern United States ride broncos and bulls, rope calves and steers and compete in barrel races at the Golden Mile Arena.
March 25-27: Gardenscape, Saskatoon. A horticultural show at the Prairieland Exhibition Centre featuring everything for the backyard, from begonias to barbecues. University of Saskatchewan experts will be available to answer questions.
March 19-20: Planes ’n’ Trains Show, Winnipeg. The Western Canada Aviation Museum displays vintage and modem aircraft, engines and other artifacts, along with model railroads.
March 28-April 2: Royal Manitoba Winter Fair, Brandon. Light and heavy horses, dog shows, agricultural competitions and sales at the Keystone Centre.
March 24-29: Canadian Improv Games, Ottawa. Nearly 200 high school students from across Canada compete at the National Arts Centre to see which team is fastest on its feet in improvisational theatre games.
March 26-27, April 1-3: Presqu’île Waterfowl Festival, Brighton. Presqu’ile Provincial Park, 90 minutes east of Toronto off Highway 401, offers bird-watchers a chance to view as many as 10,000 ducks, geese and swans as they migrate north.
March 30-May 8: Tarragon Theatre, Toronto. The 10th anniversary revival of White Biting Dog, the comedy that established Judith Thompson as one of Canada’s major playwrights.
March 18-20: Freestyle Ski Nationals, Lac Beauport. More than 30 of Canada’s top freestyle skiers, including the recently returned Olympic team, compete for a place on next year’s national team.
March 3-May 1: Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. A collection of New York City photographer Annie Leibovitz’s celebrity portraits from 1970 to 1990, from Allen Ginsberg to Mick Jagger.
March 24-27: Canadian short-track speed skating championships, Fredericton. Skaters aged 10 and up from across Canada take to the short-track oval at the Aitken Centre, University of New Brunswick.
April 7-10: Salon du Livre, Edmundston. Visitors to the ninth annual book fair at the Edmundston Convention Centre can meet authors and hear them read from their latest works.
March 18-20: Canadian Universi-
With the May 2 deadline for filing income tax returns on the horizon, Maclean’s surveyed tax experts for advice on how to lighten the burden. Their tips:
1. File your return on time to avoid penalties and interest on any tax owing.
2. Use the T1 General Tax Form, the only one that lists all deductions and credits.
3. If your child attends summer camp or boarding school, you can claim up to $150 a week as a child care expense.
4. File a tax return for teenagers. Even if their income from paper routes, babysitting and the like is not taxable, it can create room for RRSP contributions up to seven years later.
5. Be sure to claim eligible deductions for
safety-deposit boxes, union dues and professional fees.
6. A wide range of health-care costs can be claimed, including out-of-country health insurance, contact lenses and prescription eye glasses.
7. Students can claim expenses incurred in moving to a postsecondary institution
more than 40 km from home.
8. Consider claiming up to $4,000 of your spouse’s, child’s or grandchild’s tuition fees and education tax credits.
9. You can deduct the interest paid to buy Canada Savings
Q Bonds through your company’s < payroll deduction program.
^ 10. If you neglected to claim a de2 duction on an earlier tax return, write to Revenue Canada and ask for an adjustment.
11. Legal costs are deductible if you lost a job and required a lawyer to claim unpaid salary and severance pay.
12. People with severe mental or physical impairments, including the elderly, may be eligible for a disability tax credit.
Sampling the sugar
Over the next few weeks, the Eastern Woodland canopy stretching from the Atlantic to southeastern Manitoba will provide an ideal setting for family outings. Warm days and freezing nights trigger the flow of sap in sugar maple trees.
That means it’s time to begin “sugaring off’—tapping mature trees. The sap is collected at a sugar shack where a series of time-honored—and timeconsuming—procedures reduce it to syrup and sugar. It can take up to 40 gallons of sap to produce a gallon of syrup.
The maple tree was the only source of sugar for many early Canadians. Now, a trip to the sugar bush provides an informative and entertaining link to Canada’s past. Recognizing that, a number of communities stage sugaringoff festivals. Visitors can learn the techniques of syrup production—whether aboriginal, pioneer or modern—and
sample maple taffy and other treats. A partial listing of the many maple syrup festivals in Canada over the next month:
Manitoba: St. Pierre Jolys, April 10-17. Ontario: Kleinberg (Kortright Centre for Conservation), March 5-April 10; Pakenham, March 17-18; Alvinston, March 19-20; Smiths Falls, March 24April 10; Watford, March 26; Paisley, March 26-27; Sweaburg, March 26-27; Warsaw, March 26-April 3; Wiarton (Purple Valley), April 2; Wilberforce, April 2; Port Hope (Ganaraska Forest Centre), April 2-3; Richards Landing, April 2-10; Belmore, April 7-9; Elmira, April 9. Quebec: Saint-Georges, March 17-27; Montreal (Notre-Dame Island), Feb. 17March 27.
Nova Scotia: Dartmouth (Birch Cove Park), March 27.
New Brunswick: Prince William (King’s Landing), March 24-28.
ty Basketball Championships, Halifax. The Canadian Intercollegiate Athletic Union holds its men’s league finals at the Halifax Metro Centre.
April 8-June 11: Renewable Resources, Halifax. Artists from the Nova Scotia Centre for Craft and Design work with used materials to create new art.
PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND
March 6-April 24: Confederation Centre Art Gallery and Museum, Charlottetown. A survey of work by Newfoundland artist Marlene Creates combining photography and natural materials such as sticks and stones.
NEWFOUNDLAND and LABRADOR
April 11-May 14: Bay St. George art exhibition, Stephenville. Local artists show off their latest creations.
March 25-27: Canadian Championship Dog Derby, Yellowknife. Mushers from across North America compete in the 38th annual running of the 240-km race on Great Slave Lake.
April 1&17: Burwash 27 Ice Races, Burwash Landing. A 45-km international car race around Jacquot Island on Kluane Lake—weather permitting. Includes a special “powder-puff’ division for women racers.
Æ sampling of upcoming diversions:
Love and Human Remains Denys Arcand’s first Anglo movie, based on Brad Fraser’s play about gay sex and serial murder.
House of the Spirits Meryl Streep,
Glenn Close and Jeremy Irons try conjuring the magic realism of Isabelle Allende’s novel.
Four Weddings and a Funeral A romantic comedy with England’s Hugh Grant, who is emerging as the new Cary Grant.
Bad Girls A “Ms. Young Guns” western in which Drew Barrymore learns to draw.
Jimmy Hollywood Barry Levinson directs Joe Pesci and Christian Slater playing actors.
Farewell My Concubine (C/FP Video). The lavish saga of two Peking Opera stars, favored to win best foreign-language film Oscar.
M. Butterfly (Warner). More Peking Opera antics, directed by David Cronenberg.
Dazed and Confused (Odeon). A witty and insolent tale of growing up, and partying down, in the 1970s. What’s Love Got to Do with It (Touchstone).
Angela Bassett and Laurence Fishburne snagged Oscar nominations for this Tina Turner biopic.
The Long Day Closes (Alliance). A haunting memoir from Britain’s Terence Davies.
A Touch of Panic L. R. Wright, (Doubleday). The award-winning thriller writer revisits British Columbia’s Sunshine Coast with her engaging RCMP staff sergeant, Karl Alberg.
Our Little Secret: Confronting Child Sexual Abuse in Canada Judy Steed, (Random House of Canada). A Toronto journalist confronts a painful subject. The Day After Tomorrow Allan Folsom, (Little, Brown). This much-touted first thriller earned a screenwriter a $2.7-million advance.
Travels by Night: A Memoir of the Sixties Douglas Fetherling, (Lester Publishing). A Canadian author recalls growing up in the Age of Aquarius.
The Concubine’s Children: Portrait of a Family Divided Denise Chong, (Viking Penguin Canada). A Chinese-Canadian discovers that her grandmother was a lonely concubine.
I Can See Your House from Here Pat Metheny,
John Scofield (Blue Note/EMl). A collaboration between leading jazz guitarists.
Smilin’ Buddha Cabaret 54.40 (Sony Music). One of Canada’s most successful alternative rock acts adopts a tougher sound.
Longing in Their Hearts Bonnie Raitt (EMI Music Canada). A new collection from the veteran | singer-guitarist who cleaned up at the 1990 and 1992 Grammy Awards.
Canto Gregoriano Choir of the Monks of the Monastery of Santo Domingo de Silos (EMI Classics). This double-CD set was a surprise hit in its native Spain.
This Is Me Randy Travis (Warner Music). Ten new songs from a country king.
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