John DeMont March 20 2000


John DeMont March 20 2000



Anthony Wilson-Smith

Shanda Deziel

Over and Under Achievers

‘I’m Peter, your bingo-caller’

Oh happy DayW And a Canadian recipe for TV success: shave your head!!

CBC TV: doesn’t renew Pamela Wallin’s show for next year. Whatsamatter, did too many people watch?

Peter Mansbridge: to host new variety quiz show. Will Pam be celebrity guest? We’ll take Great Canadian Media Rivalries for a hundred, please.

^Balding, middle-age TV guys:

First, Mike Bullard, ubiquitous and unavoidable. Now, Mansbridge. Get that fatter contract now, Mike Duffy//

•4^The RCMP: Thanks to Grantscam foul-ups, redcoats have 19 new criminal investigations ongoing. Finally, Libs find successful way to create new jobs.

Stockwell Day: Alberta treasurer to enter unite-the-right leadership contest. Just because he’s more telegenic, charismatic, articulate and bilingual, why should Preston Manning worry?

^Manning: Who’s that Finance Guy looking over your shoulder? Now knows what Jean Chrétien feels like.

\jl/Paul Martin: Shouldn’t overplay hand on rumours of International Monetary Fund job offer. Remember Brian Mulroney and the United Nations?


Hunted hunters

With seal-hunt time approaching on the East Coast, the anti-sealing campaign has a new weapon—a Web site kept by the Ottawa-based International Fund for Animal Welfare (www.canadianseal§ hunt. cd). “We’ve made plenty I of progress turning the seal ‘ hunt into a political priority,” says Dr. Rick Smith, IFAW’s Canadian director. So far, 15 “guests” have registered for an IFAW-funded helicopter ride to watch the hunt. They include parliamentarians and journalists from three European countries, and a New York Times reporter. RCMP officers will ensure they stay at least 25 m from the hunt—and protect them from sealers, who face other frustrations. Along with low pelt prices and high fuel costs, warm weather has softened ice, and may postpone the March 16 start.

John DeMont

Trend Watch

Call anytime

Remember waiting until off-hours to make long-distance calls? That’s largely a thing of the past: prices, as this Statistics Canada chart shows, have dropped significantly since 1993, mostly because of the introduction of competition. Some companies, in fact, offer a fixed monthly rate allowing for unlimited domestic long-distance calls. On the other

hand, long-distance charges used to subsidize local service, and that is now seldom the case, so local rates have climbed. Revenue from local service is also increasing because more people are adding telephone lines for fax and Internet use.

Web Watch WWW.Queer

It’s queer, and if Irshad Manji has her way, it’s about to be here-in your living room. A lesbian activist, she previously hosted The Q-Files, a Citytv-produced show for the Toronto area with a target audience of gay people. Now, City is taking the concept online— and international. With PlanetOut.com, a San Francisco-based, gay-oriented site,

it has launched QueerTelevision, or QT, an online TV-magazine-style show that will also air on Citytv that focuses on gay, lesbian and transsexual stories. “We’re not interested in what would only be relevant to gays and lesbians,” says host Manji. “The interesting stuff happens when gay and straight worlds meet.” With a reach of 156 countries, Manji says, QT will infiltrate less accepting societies-and give a rare view of gay life out of the closet.

Once Over

Zal by a Spoonful

What happens when a Kingston sheep gets up to jam with Eric Clapton?

Last week, Canadian Zal Yanovsky, with other members of the 1960s band the Lovin’ Spoonful—-John Sebastian, Joe Butler and Steve Boone—were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. With his wife, Rose, Yanovsky now owns a bakery and restaurant in Kingston, Ont., and raises sheep on his farm. He describes the evening:

“Everybody fell into their roles in about two seconds. John slept, Butler nervously talked too much, Steven didn’t say anything and I sort of put everybody down. We performed Did You Ever Have to Make up Your Mind?, which felt better than in practice. Do You Believe in Magic? felt muddy: John’s older now, so we had to drop it to a lower key. Then came the allstar jam, which was fabulous. John Sebastian looked at the number of guitarists and said, ‘Em getting my harmonica: there

was Eric Clapton, Bonnie Raitt, Melissa Etheridge, me, Robbie Robertson, James Taylor, one guy from Earth, Wind and Fire, plus two from Paul Schaffer’s house band. We played Route 66. that was very good. I played excellently, if I can modestly say so myself. Then they played Love and Happiness, in A minor, which I can’t play, so I stepped back and played maracas. At one point, I asked Clapton if / could be God for once and he said ‘Please.’ The event was pretty slick: we were the least slick thing there, which is, of course, our style. Now, back to reality: I’m about to see if our sheep is ready to give birth.”


“The President explained it to me once. According to him, some of his nights were like a menu, with an entree, a plat principal and a dessert.”

-Late French president François Mitterrand's chauffeur relates how his boss visited up to three women a night.

“Thank-you, I’ll be sleeping at home.”

-Ben Affleck, after seeing inmates at an unidentified Canadian prison had pictures of him on their walls. Affleck, researching a role, had first planned to stay overnight.

“But I wanted to be a kangaroo.”

-Actor and rap artist Ice-T at Canadian Music Week conference in Toronto, responding to accusation he “sold out” by playing a kangaroo in film Tank Girl

Web Sites You Won’t Find

As Montreal Gazette’s Terry (Aislin) Mosher notes below, not everything is necessarily available on the Web

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Over the Shoulder

Donald Sutherland, actor:

“I’m halfway into a number of them: Yeats’s Ghosts by Brenda Maddox; Birthday Letters by Ted Elughes; The Western Canon by Harold Bloom; Barbara W. Tuchman’s A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century.

I read Hughes all the time.”

Margot Northey, dean, Queen’s University School of Business:

“One is Shards of Memory by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, a fictional story of an Indian family through various generations who immigrated to North America and England. Jhabvala writes well,

but the story is not entirely engrossing. I am re-reading Homer’s Odyssey, it is a tale with so much scope.”

David O’Brien, CEO,

Canadian Pacific Ltd.:

“I’ve been reading The Colony of Unrequited Dreams by Wayne Johnston, the novel about Newfoundland at the time of Confederation [with a fictionalized biography of Joey Smallwood]. My daughter made me read it instead of my usual junk. I’m glad: it’s terrific.”

MoreOver: Last week’s section transposed choices of Jeff Martin and Raine Maida. Maida chose Ralph Waldo Emerson: Martin cited Umberto Eco.