Astronaut Chris Hadfield has a lot on his plate this week. As the first Canadian to walk in space, while installing Canadarm2, he is bound to work up a healthy appetite for some rehydratable, irradiated and thermostabilized delicacies. Here is a taste of Hadfield’s menu:
And the special of the day is...
Seasoned scrambled eggs Grits with butter Kona coffee Tuna-salad spread Tortilla
Cheese spread Shrimp cocktail Grilled pork chop Symphony chocolate bar Macadamia nuts
WEDNESDAY Dried pears
Oatmeal with brown sugar Strawberry breakfast drink Ham
Dried apricots Banana pudding Shortbread cookies Beef steak Potatoes au gratin Italian vegetables
Macaroni and cheese Lemonade Frankfurters Vegetable risotto Peach ambrosia
Over and Under Achievers
Radicals, rate cuts and rink rats
Quebec City: anarchists! Bay Street: pessimists!
Ottawa Senators: wont be missed!
Anti-summiteers: Their gripe that Quebec City security was excessive rings hollow after police nab six would-be protesters with explosives.
+ Summit organizers: Their rejected offer to let anti-summit activist leaders meet federal cabinet ministers lets them claim the high road.
Mr David Dodge: Rookie Bank of Canada governor’s slim quarter-point interest rate cut disappoints glum Bay Street, which fears for economy.
^ Alan Greenspan:
Grizzled U.S. Federal Reserve Board chairman shows how its done with a half-point surprise cut that helps spark a Wall Street rally.
? Ottawa Senators: On their way to being humiliated by the Leafs, Sens centre Alexei Yashin pleads pathetically for fans and media to ease up.
^ Edmonton Oilers: Even if they don’t upset the Dallas Stars, their feistiness made them (sorry, Leaf diehards) Canadas Team in playoffs’ first round.
Anti-globalization fashions will never be the same
ONE SERIOUS TRASH TALKER
Litter is the name—literally. And litter is his game, although obsession more aptly describes the former Gordon Ransom’s crusade to clean up Comox on Vancouver Island, and the rest of the country, too. He has legally changed his name to Canada Litter King, a moniker his two stepdaughters had already given the 40-year-old.
They also awarded him a crown, which he wears during the hundreds of unpaid hours donated to cleanup detail. This King truly does stoop to conquer—gathering an estimated 500,000 pieces of “earth-destroying litter” from public lands in the past three years. The country is a mess, says the King, whose paying job is, surprise, in trash removal. He is establishing a charitable Proud Canadians Litter Awareness Foundation to sponsor anti-litter campaigns that “put fun and pride into cleanup.”
Man on the run
Frank McKenna, the former “tiny perfect premier” of New Bruns wick, has always been a man on the run. These days, he spends more of his time on the road giving speeches than he does at his seaside home in Cap-Pelé, N.B.
All the same, the 53-year-old pitchman for Adantic Canada economic development is never far off the radar screen when political pundits discuss likely successors to Prime Minister Jean Chrétien.
Now, two new books on McKenna slated for publication this year may increase speculation on his political future. One as-yet-untided biography, written by Ottawa Citizen senior writer Philip Lee and published by Fredericton’s Goose Lane Editions, has McKenna’s blessings. The other is an analysis of McKennas 10 years in office, written by well-known political scientist—and sometime Chrétien scourge—Donald Savoie for the
Institute of Public Policy. The Lee book “doesn’t always a have a shiny veneer,” says Goose Lanes Editions publisher Susanne Alexander. “McKenna had no control over the content, but opened the doors and allowed Philip access to whatever material he needed, including his private diaries.” Savoie says his book, Pulling Against Gravity, will be drier—lots of Statistics Canada stuff—since it deals with economic development and the “McKenna Miracle” in turning New Brunswick’s beleaguered economy around. “The bottom line is, he had a positive impact,” says Savoie.
Will the ex-premier try to do the same thing on the national stage by taking a run at federal politics? “Fie told me he would not run,” says Savoie. “I take him at his word.” All the same, those books would make a nice launching pad.
In the heat of last fall’s federal election campaign, Prime Minister Jean Chrétien and
Alberta Premier Ralph Klein were at loggerheads. Upset at Liberal campaign ads that suggested Alberta was promoting U.S.-style private health care, Klein shot off a letter to Chrétien accusing him of spreading “cynical and divisive untruths.” Chrétien later publicly joked that he didn’t like dealing with Alberta politicians, whom he described as “a different type.” But in recent visits to Alberta, Chrétien and his cabinet colleagues have launched a veritable charm offensive on Klein-with predictable results.
“Like us, my good friend and partner Premier Ralph Klein is investing heavily in health research, science and engineering. The leadership and influence of Ralph Klein have been extremely positive in federal-provincial negotiations. The unanimous Health Action Plan that we reached last fall would not have been possible without his help. And his government has done important work in defining meaningful measures of health-care performance.” -Chrétien, in a speech to the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers in Calgary, April 6
“I’ve lost track of the number of negotiations where we said back in Ottawa, ‘Klein is the key.’ When the premier of Alberta decides to get onside, success is not far behind.” -Federal Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Stephane Dion, in a speech at the University of Alberta, April 12
“I’m surprised and somewhat flattered. It is a bit of a thaw.
I am pleased that the tone has changed considerably.” -Klein, on his new federal admirers
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