Overture

Overture

Shanda Deziel December 31 2001
Overture

Overture

Shanda Deziel December 31 2001

Overture

overture@macleans.ca

Shanda Deziel

Amy Cameron

Over and Under Achievers

A political year

Jean Chrétien:

Just where he likes to be, in a holding pattern. PM for as long as he likes-but why?

Ralph Klein: Painful public confession can only be good politics. Even better, it looked uncontrived.

Stockwell Day: Solid postSept. 11 showing can’t erase a catastrophic year. Comeback? Come on.

^ Stephen Harper: Launched leadership bid with awful Ground Zero joke. All ideology, no instincts.

"AGrant Hill: Stolid doc a dullish candidate, but Alliance has had enough of interesting times.

Adrienne Clarkson: Selfsatisfied GG mildly annoying, but she’s not boring-a rarity in Chretien’s capital.

^ Paul Martin:

Budget 2001 shifts image from frugal to free-spending without framing a new message.

^ Brian Tobin: Nomoneyfrom Martin’s budget-and no sign his leadership organization is getting traction.

Overbites

“I mean, I could hide a mushroom.

! mean, you know, I don't eat mushrooms, but I would know enough to, you know, not have them in my bag.” -Former prime minister Kim Campbell on the arrest of West Wing creator Aaron Sorkin for possession of hallucinogenic mushrooms

“We are not for sale.

Quebec has no intention of selling ourselves on the street for bits of red rag.”

-Bernard Landry (then deputy premier of Quebec) says Quebec won’t fly the Canadian flag in exchange for federal funding

"What the hell do I want to go to a place like Mombasa?

Snakes just scare the hell out of me. I just see myself in a pot of boiling water with all these natives dancing around me.”

-Toronto Mayor Mel Lastman, joking about his African travels, in the midst of pushingToronto’s bid for the 2008 Olympics

“Today in the world, the United States is the most dangerous and the most powerful global force unleashing horrific levels of violence. From Chile to El Salvador to Nicaragua to Iraq, the path of U.S. foreign policy is soaked in blood.” -Sunera Thobani, a University of British Columbia professor, speaks in Ottawa at a Women’s Resistance conference just three weeks after Sept. 11

People

Predictions

What 2002 holds for...

■ Nelly Furtado tries her hand at acting-starring in i’m Like a Bird, the bio-pic of a chambermaid who’s discovered, tops the charts, has a breakdown, makes her comeback, blah, blah, blah.

■ Conrad Black

renounces maple syrup, back bacon and curling.

■ René Angélil Jr., Eja Twain

and an as-yet-unnamed McLachlan form first-ever toddler supergroup, Les enfants terribles, and hold charity concert, “Babies Ban Bombs.” Mothers Celine, Shania and Sarah sing backup.

■ Naomi Klein appears in a Gap ad-says gap is only a word.

■ Bespectacled TV broadcaster Ashleigh Banfield gets laser eye surgery: ratings plummet.

Facts and Stats

Another year, another mass of statistics about Canadians. Here are some tantalizing tidbits:

a Less TV, more porn, please-On

the whole, Canadians watched less TV and spent more time on the Internet. And Canucks were No. 1 in the world for online porn surfing.

■ Alien invasions-B.C. and the

Yukon recorded the most UFO sightings in the country.

But Winnipeg and Calgary were crowned the top two Slurpee-consuming cities in the world.

■ A fine romance-Nai've, romantic Charlotte was the Sex and the City character Canadian women identified with the most. Meanwhile, another poll found Canadian women, acting in a very conservative, Charlotte-like manner, are more apt to set up colleagues with friends than date or flirt at work.

in 2001, the Overture pages amused-and angered-our readers, Here’s how you saw us:

Most subscriptions cancelled over a single item: the audition call for Puppetry of the Penis, a genital origami show.

Biggest oops: while slagging Steve Martin we said his play Picasso at the Lapin Agile involved a meeting between Picasso and Freud. We meant Picasso and Einstein. Biggest debate: should toilet paper hang over or under the roll. Most positive feedback: personal stories in the Over to You section, including Ali Hossaini, an Arab-American working out his feelings after Sept. 11.

First column (from top): Tom Hanson/CR WalterTychnowicz/Edmonton Sun, Fred Chartrand/CR Puppetry of the Penis, Second column: Jacques Boissinot/CR Frank Gunn/CR Third column: Brian Smith/The Daily Telegraph, Laurent Cayla/AP Fourth column: Peter Bregg/Maclean’s