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Anthony Wilson-Smith March 13 2000
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Anthony Wilson-Smith March 13 2000

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Anthony Wilson-Smith

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Over and Under Ooh, Canada! The hills are alive with the sound of Yashin: Dough—ray—Me! !

♦The Other Team Canada: Rock-’em, soccer-em team wins international Gold Cup. The Maple Leaf ForeverW

Paul Martin: Popular budget eliminates tax-bracket creep, then he’s rumoured for top IMF job. ... Be nice, Jean Chrétien, you need him.

♦The PM: APEC inquiry commissioner to PM: please come and testify. PM to commish: drop dead.

fy/Jane Stewart: Opposition ignores budget, resumes Grantscam-bashing. Consolation prize: Martin gives her more money to give away.

Best Western hotels: Aunerican company gets message: ad mocking Calgary as destination-from-hell isn’t cool. If they wanted a city Canadians really loathe, there’s always Toronto.

Bernard Lord: Drive, he said: New Brunswick premier removes tolls on new highway stretch. Privatize this, Mike Elarris.

♦Alexei Yashin: Ex-Ottawa Sens star trashes fans, continues to a) sit out in Switzerland; b) demand more money; and c) insist on trade. Team’s response: no play, no pay, no way. How do ya like them Alps, Alexei?

Trend Watch: Women’s Work

“You’ve come a long way, baby,” says the long-standing cigarette ad aimed at women. In income terms, that’s true -but not all the way yet, according to a recent study by Statistics Canada.

It shows that women’s weekly earnings rose 12 per cent between 1989 and 1996, while that of men fell marginally. In general, the only men whose income did not sag were

at the highest earning levels. All levels of women made more money: low-end earners improved their lot the least. More women are moving into highpaid occupations and fields of study at a greater rate-butthey still lag behind men in overall earnings.

Overheard

Spies “R”

It sounds like a case for Casper the Friendly Spook. During the 1980s,

London’s Sunday Times reported recently, Margaret Thatcher wanted to eavesdrop on two cabinet ministers’ telephone

conversations, so she turned to . . . Canada. The Times quoted former Canadian agent Mike Frost as say-

ing Britain’s General Communications Headquarters subcontracted the job because it was “too politically sensitive for GCHQ itself.’’

Frost, who retired in 1992 after 20 years service, said the operation was part of the worldwide monitoring system codenamed Echelon, which can process millions of messages an

hour. Canada is a participant. No comment from the governments involved.

Word for Word

`Exterminate'

Last week, Israel released the memoir of high-ranking Nazi Adolf Eichmann: it is to be used in a libel suit involving alleged Holocaust denier David Irving.

Irving described this passagewhich recounts how Reinhard Heydrich of the SS informed Eichmann of the planned geno cide of Jews-as "the only trou blesome passage,' because it

makes clear the role of Adolf Hitler: "The Führer has ordered the physica

extermination of the Jews. [A Nazi official in Poland] has received from the Führer the necessary instructions. He was told to use the trenches dug as tank traps. I want to know what he does and

how far he has come. Go see him and report back to me'

Rock Y Remember

Juno these fun facts?

From mobile seat fillers to Celine’s many faces, Canada’s music awards offer something for all

At this year’s Juno Awards on March 12, the crowd in attendance will include people who have never had a hit record, never been called back for an encore, and are not on break from touring. They are seat fillers, sent to sit in empty seats when someone gets up to go onstage—or to the washroom. Nancy Raymond, a 30-yearold marketing consultant, tells how it is when you try to just blend in:

At last years Junos in Hamilton, there were hundreds of seat fillers. We were kept in a holding place behind the cameras. As soon as the show started, a coordinator pointed at me and then towards the stage. I went to the front row and slid into the seat facing the presenters podium. I realized I was in Colin James’s seat because people around me were all talking about him—obviously friends of his. When I sat down, they looked at me as if to say: ‘Why is this

strange person sitting where Colin is supposed to be?’ They kept staring until I said ‘I’m a seat filler.’ Then, they were fascinated. Although you’re not supposed to start a conversation with anyone, these people wanted to talk. They kept offering beer nuts and asking questions: we were having fun. While I was in his seat, Colin James performed and won an award. At one point, I was picking up someone’s glasses on the floor when I felt this hand on my knee. When I looked up, it was Colin James. I got up, said ‘Congratulations’, and went back to my holding cage. I was immediately sent back out. That night I must have sat in 10 spots, including behind Celine Dion and beside members of Sloan. Every time, the same thing happened: I had to explain to those around me that I was a seat filler, I belonged there.

Winners and Wardrobes

Like most other entertainment awards shows, the Junos can be counted on to highlight both impressive accomplishments—and absolute fashion faux pas. Some examples of both in past years:

Miss Juno: (for the artist receiving most awards in 28 years) Anne Murray, 25 Runner-up: Celine Dion, 20 Dion acknowledged Murray at the awards in 1997: “She started everything and opened up so many doors for us.” Longest win streak in one category: The Good Brothers, best country band from 1977 to ’84 Most Junos in one night: five, to Alanis Morissette in 1996 Unusual Outfits

• 1977: Bryan Adams of Sweeney Todd is androgynouslooking Roxy Roller—title of his group’s top-selling single

• 1981: Ronnie Hawkins arrives onstage in Rolls-Royce, and catches and rips pants in car door

• 1985: k.d. lang wears a white wedding dress to accept an award

• 1997: Ashley Maclsaac performs in a dalmatian costume

Celine Dion has many faces—and hair and clothing styles. Below, some different ways she has appeared while accepting Junos in past years:

Over the Shoulder

Jeff Martin of the Tea Party, Juno nominee, best group

“I’m reading The Portable Emerson: Selected Works by Ralph Waldo Emerson. It has great insight from a truly great man. I’m also reading The Habits of Highly Deceptive Media by Norman Solomon, which gives an inside look at the hyper-commercialized world.”

“I’m always interested in books related to the human condition. At the moment I’m reading Conversations About

the End of Time, which includes an essay by Umberto Eco. It’s about the apocalypse and the new millennium. Eco is one of the biggest influences to

my music.”

“I just recendy got into reading novels, so I read How Stella Got Her Groove Back by Terry McMillan. I wanted to see how the movie matched up with the book. I liked the movie better, I like the visuals. Now, I am reading The Ice Opinion by [rapper] Ice T. Even if you don’t agree with his standpoint, he makes a lot of good arguments concerning social issues, like people growing up in poverty areas.”