Overture

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Julian Beltrame,Tanya Marissen April 2 2001
Overture

Overture

Julian Beltrame,Tanya Marissen April 2 2001

Overture

@ macleans.ca

Anthony Wilson-Smith

Shanda Deziel

Over and Under Achievers

Mir, Mir, see it fall

Rahim: busted! Preston: disgusted!

Mir: rusted! And the Oscars: dusted!

Rahim Jaffer: “Knock, knock!” “Who’s there!” “Rahim Jaffer!” “Are you sure!”

Preston Manning: So this PM will never become PM in title. But he made an honest-to-goodness difference.

Paul Martin: The PM who still hopes to become PM someday strikes grace note in praising Manning upon his departure. But he’s on\y just discovered the economy is hurting. More focus on your day job, please.

^ David Pelletier and Jamie Salé: Who ever imagined two people could put so much heat on ice?

^The Mir spacecraft: Well, it outlasted—and worked a lot better than—the country (the Soviet Union) that built it.

^ The Oscars: It’s OK—you’re really not the only one who couldn’t be bothered to watch.

^ Hedy Fry: Denigrates Prince George, B.C., by describing “cross-burning” incidents there that never happened. Saaay, maybe the culprit was that fictitious homeless guy that Jean Chrétien once claimed he talked with.

What a difference a new Day makes

Amid all the hass in Canadian Alliance circles recently about Preston Manning’s pending departure and MP Rahim Jaffer’s failed attempt to clone himself (page 52), not much attention was given to a reversal by Stockwell Day of a “significant commitment” he made last Sept. 18. In a meeting with reporters then, he said this: “I am willing to commit to be here every day at 3:30 [p.m.] so you can ask the questions in as detailed a way as you feel is necessary. That’s my | commitment to you, and further to the f commitment that was raised today, should $ we have the honour to be elected as the next federal government, I will be a prime minister who will be here in a daily way to also answer your questions. That’s quite a significant commitment.”

Two weeks ago, following a disastrous session in which the Alliance leader was hounded by reporters over a controversial $70,000 political contribution from a Calgary law firm, he ended his daily news conferences.

Julian Beltrame

Canadian peepers—No. 1 in the world!

And now, another reason for Canadians to declare we’re No. 1—alongside those annual United Nations surveys that repeatedly find us the best country in which to live. A new survey by Media Metrix Inc., an American Internet audience analysis company, finds that Canada and Australia are tied for the dubious distinction of being the two countries where Internet users spend the most time online surfing for porn. One-third of

PERCENTAGE OF ONLINE PORN SURFERS

Canadian and Australian Internet users accessed pornography from home in December, 2000. Trailing way behind were the Japanese.

‘Don’t sip that soup, and also. ..’

While an evening with Daniel Applebaum may include being picked up in a shiny Pathfinder, dinner at an upscale Toronto restaurant and front-row seats to The Lion King or a Maple Leafs game, he’ll also treat you to a crash course in Canadian culture.

The 31-year-old private English

teacher launched a service in early March called “An Evening with Daniel Applebaum.” He targets groups of foreign visitors who come to Toronto on business, and, along with entertainment, instructs clients on the art of conversation and the subtleties of Canadian customs.

“Most clients already have a basic knowledge of English, but they don’t know Canadian slang, idiom or culture,” he says. “If they’re doing business in Canada, that stuff is essential.”

He says some clients don’t know, for example, that sipping soup through their teeth isn’t an acceptable practice in North America, though it is elsewhere in the world. He also says many clients initially have difficulty adapting to the relaxed, more familiar way people greet each other in Canada.

And although Applebaum does sometimes use an electronic translator to communicate with his clients, he says most foreigners prefer to struggle through in English without help. “That’s when I have to play charades or use my acting skills,” says Applebaum.

For a night out on the town, he charges anywhere from $ 100 to $500, depending on the event: often, the bill is paid by local companies doing business with the visiting client. “It’s more about learning how to act comfortably in this country than about learning prepositions and adverbs,” says Applebaum. “A lot of my clients love that they learn a Canadian accent.”

Tanya Marissen

OVERBITES

“Greenpeace has had a long-standing relationship with U2 where they’ve been supportive of a number of issues we’ve worked on.”

-Tamara Stark, a spokeswoman for the environmental group, explains why the famed Irish rockers are using a world tour to publicize what they contend is the destruction of Canada’s rainforests, particularly along British Columbia’s West Coast

“I look at this and think it’s kind of ridiculous. [U2 lead singer] Bono probably couldn’t locate British Columbia on a map, much less the Great Bear Rainforest.”

-Steve Crombie, a spokesman for Interfor—one of the logging companies involved-dismisses the complaints

“What you’ll find there is an onlynow-whispered-about ski town where powder hounds in tattered vests aren’t yet outnumbered by Bogner-clad tourists.... It’s no coincidence that Olympic goldmedal Snowboarder Ross Rebagliati grew up here, just as it’s no coincidence that he nearly had his medal stripped after testing positive for weed.”

-Rolling Stone magazine names Fernie, B.C., as its choice for “cool town” on its recent list of cool people, places and things

Web Watch

Police stories, online

Think of it as a Web site by police, for police and about police—though for a reason they’d rather do without. Vancouver police Sgt. Steve Gibson and Const. Tod Catchpole have started an online memorial, www.policememorial.ca, to honour the 16 members of the Vancouver Police Department who since 1912 have been killed in the line of duty. The idea came to Gibson after he saw a Los Angeles Police Department memorial Web site. “It was stark and cold,” he says, “it gave only the bare facts.” Gibson thought he could put together something more comprehensive. Blastradius—a Vancouver Internet company with clients like Nike and Michael Jordan—designed Gibson’s memorial site for

free. Gibson recruited Catchpole, who was then on light duty after a back injury, to research the cases of the fallen officers—dating from the death of the first officer in 1912 to the last in 1987. Catchpole acquired photos of all 16, as well as enough information for Gibson to write stories oudining each officer’s death. He also uncovered an unsolved homicide that he passed along to provincial detectives, and found two policemen whose causes of death were listed incorrecdy in the Vancouver Police Department museum.

Next, Gibson and Catchpole plan to expand the site to honour all officers killed within British Columbia and, eventually, Canada. “It sounds like a lot of work,” says Gibson, “but the total police killed in Canada is about 550 or 600. By comparison, the California site has 1,200 officers. We can do this.” And ensure that while those comrades are gone, they haven’t been forgotten.