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Shanda Deziel,Laurie McBurney August 7 2000

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Shanda Deziel,Laurie McBurney August 7 2000

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Shanda Deziel

@macleans.ca

Over and Under Achievers

Jumpin’ Joe Clark and splitting the Playboy vote

Tory leader goes East; Bush and Gore cope with odd bedfellows; Death Row becomes a hot ticket

Joe Clark: Last month, he donned a cowboy hat and challenged Stockwell Day to High Noon in Calgary. Now he’s going to shoot fish in a byelection barrel in Nova Scotia. Aye, aye cap’n.

George W. Bush : He chose Dick Cheney as his running mate because he was safe and serious. But in the bargain, he got Cheney’s feministbashing wife and their lesbian daughter. That should keep the Democrats confused.

AI Gore: Says donations from Hugh Hefner are kosher but a fundraiser at the Playboy mansion is not. Another successful graduate from Clinton’s Oral-Sex-Is-Not-Sex School of Hairsplitting.

Canuck tech: An Ottawa study titled Catching Up with the Jetsons shows Canadians lag behind the Americans in cellphone use, Internet shopping and high-tech investment. Yeah, but watch out—our military may get new helicopters.

^ Courtside seats on Death Row:

Some U.S. states, such as Arizona, now advertise to attract audiences to executions. Next, they’ll be tendering contracts for the concession stands.

Rowe, director of the National Junior Golf Foundation in Toronto, e “every kid does want to I be Tiger Woods.” And I his classes, which target I underprivileged youth i living in high-crime arr-pu i i . .1 eas, are overflowing with

1 iger cubs on his tail T'g« wanna bes-of

^ varying nationalities—

Tiger Woods caused a commotion in as young as four years old.

Kitchener, Ont., last week—but not In his program, Rowe focuses on on the golf course. Young fans hung more than just the skills of the game, from trees trying to get a glimpse of “Golf,” says Rowe, “teaches honesty the young superstar shooting a comand integrity.” And he contacted mercial for Buick. Meanwhile, Nike American Lee Elder, the first has followed up its popular “Be like African-American pro golfer to play Mike” TV commercial with an equally in the Masters, to give his students seductive “I am Tiger Woods” spot, firsthand inspiration. “Lee Elder was Like Michael Jordan, Woods is a a caddy and was very, very poor— natural role model. The 24-year-old unlike Tiger,” says Rowe. “He was is of Thai, African-American and able to get out of the slums. He was native heritage, loves his parents, rethe forerunner to Tiger Woods.” spects his peers and just won the Now, with Woods setting his own British Open. According to Kingsley pace, it seems the sky’s the limit.

Wanted for a bank job

The contest to succeed Bank of Canada governor Gordon Thiessen when he retires next January has become one of the hottest races in Ottawa. A third candidate, deputy minister of health David Dodge, is now in the ring with the two main contenders, Royal Bank chief economist John McCallum and the central bank’s deputy governor, Malcolm Knight. The veteran Dodge, who came up largely through the ranks of the finance department, knows the stodgy bank’s methods of setting mon-

etary policy—but could still bring a fresh approach to the prestigious position. Macleans has learned that Dodge turned down several high-profile jobs at private institutions within the past year after appeals from the Prime Minister’s Office. The politicians owe him. And for four years, until 1997, he worked closely and ably with Finance Minister Paul Martin as his deputy minister—so he would maintain the all-important confidence of financial markets. “He would be a perfect fit,” says an insider, pausing dramatically. “If he wants it.” Stay tuned.

Horse-trading in the nation’s capital

A museum spurs controversy by putting a beloved nag out to pasture

A bit of horseplay on the part of a national museum has drawn the ire of what may be Ottawa’s youngest protesters. Recently, Mike the Clydesdale, a popular attraction at the Canada Agriculture Museum, was put out to pasture. No longer able to pull the tallyho wagon or work the fields, the 2,000-lb., chocolate-brown horse, who has hip and circulatory problems, was sold to a Clydesdale breeding farm near Kitchener, Ont., for $500 as part of a package deal that brought two younger horses to the museum.

But the museum gave no warning of Mike’s abrupt departure to his legion of young fans. The result was a flood of letters to the Ottawa Citizen, blasting the museum for its lack of consideration for its young patrons. The letters referred to “tearful toddlers” and “voids in the children’s hearts.” And the children ex-

pressed fears that Mike’s donkey pal, Eeyore, would be lonely without his best buddy. Five-year-old Maia Bourrie wrote that her parents would give the museum $500 “to get Mike back.” A nice thought, but health, not money, was the motivating factor for Mike’s departure, says museum spokeswoman Marion Grobb. Mike was sent to the rolling pastures of West Edge § Acres farm to pursue 1 an active social life I with 35 other Clydes§> dales. “He’s in heaven,” claims farm owner Bob Robertson, adding that Mike’s hip even seems to be better. The museum has invited the children to write or draw a goodbye note to Mike. But little Maia is not impressed. “I think writing a letter to the farm is stupid,” she wrote to the Citizen, “because horses can’t read.”

Laurie McBurney

Everyone complains about the flood of messages at the office, but Canadians are learning to cope. According to an annual Pitney Bowes Inc. study, 21 percent of office workers “feel overwhelmed" by the volume of e-mails and calls they receive, down from 28 per cent last year. Also down is the number of messages received dally, from 169 to 161.

The number of messages a typical Canadian office worker sends and receives in a day, by method of delivery:

Telephone 43

E-mail 33

Voice mail 21

Postal mail 10

Interoffice mail 14

Fax 12

Post-It notes 7

Telephone message slips 6

Pager 5

Cellular phone 5

Courier 5

Total messages 161

Overbites

“It is really a question of whether you liquidate your | assets for short-term cash. 1

The future whispers, the I

present shouts.” 12

-Robert Kennedy Jr., arguing for the preservation of British Columbia’s Great Bear Rainforest

“You’re getting a two-for-one deal here. It’s kind of a modernday Batman and Robin. But I’m not wearing tights.”

-Tory MP Scott Brison explaining his decision to step aside to let his leader, Joe Clark, run for office in his Nova Scotia riding of Kings/Hants

Salute to smokebusters

The crusade to warn against the dangers of tobacco smoke started back in the 1960s, when former U.S. surgeon-general Luther L. Terry first began to raise awareness of its ill effects. Four decades later, the fight continues. On Aug. 10, the American Cancer Society will give out an inaugural award in Terry’s name to the Toronto-based Non-Smokers’ Rights’ Association. The award, which will be presented to NSRA executive-director Garfield Mahood at the World Conference on Tobacco or Health in Chicago, recognizes the NSRA’s role in the development of warning notices on cigarette packages.

Founded in 1974, the NSRA has spearheaded government legislation on Canadian smoking bans. But battling “big tobacco” has never been easy. “An industry with deep pockets does a great deal to discredit the opposition,” says Mahood. “This award helps put that criticism in perspective.”