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Deborah Dundas,John DeMont June 4 2001

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Deborah Dundas,John DeMont June 4 2001

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Shanda Deziel

Amy Cameron

Over and Under Achievers

For party, country and family

Deb: holds sway! Conrad: turns away! Andfrom Glamorous New York: will Bonnie live to edit another day?

Deb Grey: Stock says the MP who quit as his deputy leader is “cherished.” Her influence in the fractured Alliance has never been greater.

Conrad Black: Renounces citizenship in his own country—the foundation of his fortune—over his desire for a measly foreign tide.

^Tony Soprano: Canadian Broadcast Standards Council approves prior uncut CTV broadcasts of The Sopranos. As if they would turn Tony down.

^Paul Martin: His old habit of not giving clear info on federal spending and tax expectations is wearing thin after latest economic update.

Bonnie Fuller: Canadian editor is out as boss of Glamour. But will she remain a fashion czarina by landing at rival Harper’s Bazaar*.

^ David Anderson: Environment minister makes Canada first country to ratify international treaty to rid world of “dirty dozen” list of toxic pollutants.

Make art, not war

Retired Canadian general John de Chastelain contemplated a different career path in his youth. “I wanted to be an artist,” he says. But thanks to a little parental intervention, he instead began a 40-year career in the military, and is now in his fifth year as head of the Independent International Commission on Decommissioning in Northern Ireland.

As an emissary abroad, de Chastelain has a bit of spare time in which to paint. And his works are creating quite a stir in Belfast. There's the painting of the beach at Portrush on the north coast of Ireland that garnered $16,500 at a charity auction. And the one depicting fishing on the River Bann that sold for $3,000.

The proceeds have gone to charities, including the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children and the North Atlantic Salmon Fund. But since appreciation for the general’s creations has yet to extend outside of Ireland, de Chastelain won’t be giving up his day job anytime soon.

Deborah Dundas

EVERY PICTURE TELLS A STORY—ABOUT YOUR ANCESTORS

Did Great-Aunt Sophie have the moustache or was it Great-Grandmother Jones? If the photographs are unmarked and family memories faulty, people tracing their lineage can have a difficult time identifying anees-

tors. A new Reader's Digest reference guide for budding genealogists-aptly named The Genealogy Handbook: The Complete Guide to Tracing Your Family Tree-has some tips for “reading” old photographs:

STUDIO PRINTS: The photographer often printed his name and address on the image. This can point a genealogist to a town or area of a city in which to start looking for records.

UNIFORMS: Insignias, badges and medals seen through a magnifying glass can easily be

dated-then further information can be found in old service records.

CONTEXT: Buildings, clothing, cars and hair styles reflect the period in which the photo was taken. An Internet search can help locate certain buildings or street signs, as well as pinpointing dates for fashion and style trends.

FAMILY RESEMBLANCES: Setting photographs of different generations side by side can reveal a certain family trait such as a dimpled chin or prominent nose.

POSING AND POSTURE: Generally, the more formal a pose the sitter is in, the older the photograph. Because a longer exposure was needed for photography in the mid-1800s, people posed in a stiff fashion and had to hold that position for a long period of time. As a result, the images are often blurred, especially with children.

OVER THE SHOULDER

Paul Martin, minister of finance “I just finished reading The Diplomats, 1939-1979 by Gordon A. Craig.

It covers the establishment of modern Europe and many issues with respect to globalization that we’re still dealing with today. I’ve also just ordered Alistair MacLeod’s No Great Mischief which won the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.”

Lise Bissonnette, author, former publisher of Montreal’s Le Devoir newspaper, andpresident and CEO of Quebec’s new central library, Grande bibliothèque du Québec

“I just finished a book from 1997 called Mérimée, by Xavier Darcot—about [19th-century French Romantic writer] Prosper Mérimée. I collect hundreds of books on [French Romantic] George Sand and [her] entourage. Prosper Mérimée was part of that group. I really liked it. When a biography is done well and in a scientific manner, it’s remarkable.”

Dick Pound, lawyer, member and former vice-president of the International Olympic Committee, chancellor of McGill University “I am presendy reading The Undertaking: Life Studies from the Dismal Trade by Thomas Lynch, an American poet and essayist, whom I met last month at the Montreal international literary festival, Blue Metropolis. Lynch is, by profession, an undertaker, and the collection is a brilliantly written series of reflections on the nature of his daily work.”

Well, blow me down

It doesn’t take long for visitors to realize that Atlantic Canada is a distinctive kind of place. Sometimes all they have to do is open a map.

What, after all, is one to make of places with names like Sissiboo Falls, Rose Blanche, Quidi Vidi, Lady Fane or Mushaboom? Should they steer clear of the spots that sound downright inhospitable like The Flawk, Burnt Church,

Savage Harbour, Cape Enrage, Nameless Cove and Temperance Vale? Those searching for romance will be instantly attracted to Martinique, Mermaid and Sweet Bay. But some names are just downright weird: Ming’s Bight, Ebenezer, Skir Dhu and Meat Cove.

Newfoundland sets the pace when it comes to the most colourful names. Tourists will discover Joe Batt’s Arm, Birchy Head and Jerrys Nose. There’s Blow Me Down, Little Seldom, Witless Bay and Happy Adventure. The harsh landscape seems more enticing with place names like Heart’s Content, Heart’s Delight and Heart’s Desire. And for the naughty, the outport of Dildo is down the

road from the bustling Come By Chance.

Nova Scotia has its own idiosyncrasies: tourists rounding the southwest end of the province will soon find themselves passing through Lower West Pubnico, Middle West Pubnico, West Pubnico, Lower East Pubnico, Middle East Pubnico, East Pubnico and plain old Pubnico. Meanwhile, the total population of greater metropolitan Pubnico is less than a few city blocks. But in Atlantic Canada, every spot, no matter how tiny, seems to be looking for a way to stand out on the map.

John DeMont

POWER PADDLING

The idea of paddling across Canada in a canoe came to Martha Mortson while she was watching the 1993 movie Indian Summer with childhood friend Carrie McGown. “The movie is fairly cheesy,” laughs Mortson. “But it took place in Algonquin Park and it’s so beautiful.” Both girls, then 17, decided they had to see their country from a new perspective. Now 25, and recent university graduates, they are about to complete their trek across Canada by water-from the Atlantic to the Arctic Ocean.

On May 19,1999, the friends began the first of three summer journeys. Starting from The Pas, Man., they hit floods, high winds and a tornado before reaching Montreal five months later. The following year, the Parry Sound, Ont., natives travelled a different route from The Pas to Tuktoyaktuk, N.W.T. This summer, they will conclude their

9,000-km journey with a trip from Wawa, Ont., to Saint John, N.B. While there are plenty of challenges-such as spending the equivalent of 11 months in a canoe with one other person-the joys of seeing a wilder side of Canada far outweigh any unpleasant moments with each other, not to mention the weather and strange animals.