Leaks and geeks

Anthony Wilson-Smith March 27 2000


Leaks and geeks

Anthony Wilson-Smith March 27 2000



Edited by

Anthony Wilson-Smith


Shanda Deziel

Team Canada— ‘Holger’s Heroes’ after coach Holger Osieck—rocks and rules

Over and Under Achievers

Leaks and geeks

Revealed: PM, Paul Martin to stay—but press corps must go!!

Parliament Hill reporters: Have they got a scoop for you: Jean Chrétien is staying, Paul Martin is quitting. Or the reverse. Or both are staying. Or both are leaving. Whatever. Saint-Maurice riding residents: Chrétien constituents get $8.5 million in grants—more than twice total of all Alberta. Riding is now so nice, some Liberals say PM should live there full time.

Canada’s soccer team: Who needs hockey? Recent tourney win boosts our new heroes’ worldwide ranking to 61st from 85th. Bring on Brazil!!

The Washington press corps: BushGore, Gore-Bush, Gush-Bore. With

vote still eight months away, enough with endless coverage. See y all in September or so.

High-tech stocks: Slumping. Say, maybe that badly dressed kid next door really is just a geek.


Safety scores

Fewer than one in five NHL players wears a protective visor— mandatory at most other levels. The reason most commonly given for not wearing visors is that they affect vision and impede quick reaction. Some related statistics:

• Number of top 10 points-leaders wearing visors, as of last week: 5 (Jaromir Jagr, Mark Recchi,

Valeri Bure, Pavel Bure,

Paul Kariya)

• Number of hockey eye injuries in Canada in past 23 years: 1,860

• Number of those injuries that led to loss of sight in an eye: 298

• Percentage of such injuries occurring to players not wearing protective visors: 98

Michael Snider

Weather Watch

Canada (too) Dry

Winter usually provides enough precipitation to balance against the long, hot summer months. But in most of Canada, this year’s snow and rainfall has fallen short. Shown are Canada’s 11 climatic regions, their percentage change from their normal winter precipitation levels, and this winter’s standing in terms of dryness since Environment Canada began the rankings 53 years ago.

Oscar and Me

Fish out of water

Forget Toy Story 2: last year’s animated gem is When the Day Breaks by Montrealfilm-makers Wendy Tilby and Amanda For bis. Their NFB film has garnered many awards, including a Palme D’or for short films at Cannes. On March 26, Tilby and Forbis hope to add an Oscar. For Tilby, it will be her second such trip: the first was in 1992 for her animated short, Strings. She recalls that night with the stars:

I felt like a fish out of water. When you’re a maker of short animated films, the Hollywood thing is completely foreign. I wore a 1950s Grace Kelly-style dress of my mother’s, rode in a limo and did a lot of peoplewatching. When we stepped onto the red carpet there was a crowd of photographers. They raised their cameras expectantly and then lowered them when they saw we were nobodies.

The animated-short category is

awarded near the beginning. A friend of mine from the film board was nominated in the same category and when neither film won, we let out a big sigh of relief It meant we didn’t have to get up there. The show did get boring: it felt long. Although it was the year The Silence of the Lambs swept the awards, whenever someone asks what year I went, I say, ‘the year Jack Palance did the one-armed pushup.’ Everyone remembers that.

Oscar Overbites:

Canucks Speak

“The Sound of Mucus”

-Christopher Plummer pokes fun at 1965 best picture nominee in which he starred

“I’m not surprised. I know that community and I didn’t expect a nomination.”

-Donald Sutherland on being the only principal actor in Ordinary People to not receive a nomination in 1980

“I think there were some Canadians that were clearly snubbed, but I don’t think it was a Canadian content thing. It was a surprise that Jim Carrey didn’t get nominated, or Christopher Plummer, or Norman [Jewison], those were three of the front-runners.”

-1998 best director nominee Atom Egoyan on this year’s nominations

The Winner Is—and Isn’t.,

Whether honoured, snubbed or the cause of controversy, Canadians have a long history with the Academy Awards. Some examples:


• Sydney, N.S., native Harold Russell won best supporting actor honours for his role in the classic 1946 postwar film The Best Years of Our Lives. It marked only the second time an actor won for his or her first film role. Russell, a war amputee, also received a special Oscar that year for “bringing hope and courage to fellow veterans.”

• The fourth time proved a charm for Toronto-born actor Walter Huston. After being nominated and losing three times, Huston finally won in the best supporting actor category for The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948).


• Toronto native Norman Jewison has on five different occasions directed movies nominated for best picture without ever winning best director honours himself. He was nominated, but failed to win, for In the Heat of the Night (1967), Fiddler on , the Roof (1971)

1 and Moonstruck I (1987). Two other I films—A Sol diet's Story I (1984) and The Russians Are Coming! The Russians Are Coming! (1966) received best picture nominations-but no director’s nomination. This year, his movie The Hurricane, an early favourite, received only one nomination: Denzel Washington for best actor.


• At the 2nd annual Oscars of 19281929,Toronto native Mary Pickford won best actress for Coquette. Many attributed the win to a tea party she threw for members of the academy’s central board of judges. The following year, the central board was discontinued and all 300 members of the academy were allowed to vote.

• In 1994, Jennifer Tilly, who was born in Los Angeles but raised in Victoria, was the most critically bashed nominee. The L.A. Village View called her nomination for playing a mob moll in Woody Allen’s Bullets over Broadway “truly galling.” The ^nomination didn’t give Tilly’s 1 career the usual boost: since ! then, her most high-profile I role has been as the voice of I Tiffany, the Bride ofChucky.

Died: Calgary-based Canadian swimming star Tara Sloan, 20, lost a week-long fight for life after a traffic accident. Sloan, a five-time national champion, won 17 international medals and holds the Canadian record for the 100-m breaststroke. Her family donated her organs for transplant.

Died: Ruth Secord Jarmain, 89, was matriarch of a family known for its pioneering role in the Canadian cable TV industry. A passionate exponent of women’s issues, she performed many related roles, including legislative chairwoman for the Provincial Council of Women of Ontario. Married for 63 years to Edwin Jarmain, she was mother of five, grandmother of 19 and great grandmother of one. She died at home in London, Ont.

Awarded: Canadian journalist Paul Watson, 40, of the Los Angeles Times, received the George Polk Award for excellence in foreign reporting. Watson, who previously won a Pulitzer Prize, was cited for his reports from Kosovo, where he was the only Western reporter during a period of sustained violence and hardship. He previously worked for The Toronto Star.

Nominated: Macleans reporters Tom Fennell, Chris Wood and Jane O’Hara are finalists for investigative reporting in the magazine category of the annual awards of the Canadian Association of Journalists. Fennell and Wood were chosen for reporting on human smuggling, and O’Hara for her report on commercial exploitation of the name of the late Haida artist Bill Reid. Winners will be announced in April.

Denied: Former RCMP officer Patrick Kelly’s bid for a new trial was rejected by Justice Minister Anne McLellan. Kelly was convicted in 1984 of killing his wife, Jeanette, by throwing her off a 17th-

floor balcony in Toronto. In 1996, key witness Dawn Taber recanted initial testimony that she had seen him do so. But the Ontario Court of Appeal ruled 2 to 1 last May that her new testimony was not believable. McLellan said she is “satisfied Mr. Kelly’s conviction has been thoroughly reviewed.”

Died: Karm Singh Manak, 87, was a pioneer in immigration rights and integrating the Sikh community into Canadian society. Born in India, he came to Canada at age 8, and frequendy encountered racism in early years. He helped lead a campaign for better rights for immigrants in the 1950s. He died after a short illness.

Died: Montreal native Arthur Campeau,

57, served as Canada’s first ambassador for the environment and sustainable development in the 1980s and early 1990s under then-Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, a former law associate. Campeau was replaced by former Commons Speaker John Fraser when the Liberals took power in 1993. He died in Montreal.

Died: St. Albert, Alta.-based children’s author Martyn Godfrey, 51, sold millions of books. A British-born former schoolteacher, he wrote his first book in 1981 on a dare from a student; it was so successful, he quit teaching five years later to write full time. His books often dealt with the complex relationships between adolescents and adults. He died of complications from liver disease.

Charged: Ousted Reform MP Jake Hoeppner, 64, from Morden, Man., was charged with common assault in Manitoba in the wake of a September incident involving fellow MP Inky Mark. Mark alleges that during a caucus meeting in Winnipeg, Hoeppner threatened to harm him, and made a physical gesture.

Retired: Miami Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino, 38, is leaving after 17 seasons. Although he never won a Super Bowl, Marino holds records for most touchdown passing, passing yards and completions.