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Orland French,Rima Kar July 23 2001
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Orland French,Rima Kar July 23 2001

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@ macleans.ca

Shanda Deziel

Amy Cameron

OVER AND UNDER ACHIEVERS

Not a separatist, scout’s honour Anderson: would that be measured by the gallon or litre? Landry: would he like M. le président or Votre excellence? And who will hold sway at the CBC?

Rey Pagtakhan: Low-profile junior cabinet minister doggedly pushes Ottawa’s small-arms-control message at UN against U.S. resistance.

David Anderson: Environment minister bemoans gas-guzzling SUVs, but looks for fuel-economy deal with U.S., not madein-Canada rules.

Carole Taylor: Vancouver Board of Trade boss named CBC chairwoman. But will Mother Corp. president Bob Rabinovitch share power?

Bernard Landry: PQpremier disavows

“separatist” label on Belgian trip, but likes the sound of “président” for boss of future Quebec republic.

♦ William Shaw: Truro, N.S., boy scout, 14, employs Heimlich manoeuvre to save a friend choking on candy at a PE.I. jamboree. He was prepared.

LEGEND OF THE MUD TURTLE

For 120 years, the Bay of Quinte Yacht Club has smugly harboured a Canadian achievement, of sorts: its entry in the 1881 Americas Cup challenge prompted a ban of all freshwater yachts from the competition.

Still, by virtue of competing in the prestigious sailing event, the tiny club from Belleville, Ont., belongs to an elite nautical fellowship and holds a spot on the invitation list whenever Americas Cup participants gather to celebrate. That’s why a group of 13 members of the BQYC will travel to England in August to participate in a regatta marking the 150th anniversary of the Cup.

In the 1881 race, the BQYC crew sailed the Atalanta, dubbed the Canadian Mud Turde because it had to be dragged on its side through the Erie Canal to New York City as it was 40 centimetres too wide for the canal. The captain had to recruit a few locals without proper training to round out his crew, and the boat sailed with a broken

boom during a race. And still, in the best of its races, it lost only by a minute and three seconds to the New York Yacht Club’s Mischief. BQYC historian Susan Smith explains that the surprisingly strong showing led the New York club, which organized the event, to ban freshwater yachts. The Atalanta eventually proved itself by winning a series of regattas upon its return to the Great Lakes.

This year, the Belleville crew isn’t entering its own boat. In fact, the club doesn’t even have a boat big enough to meet minimum requirements for the regatta. Instead, the crew will charter one to race the original 1851 course around the Isle of Wight. Better luck this time.

Orland French

WANNA BE A COWBOY?

As another Calgary Stampede comes to an end and tens of thousands of tourists leave Cowtown laden with cowboy hats and belt buckles, Maclean’s asked locals how to tell a real rodeo cowboy from an urban wanna-be.

• True cowboys wear only Wrangler jeans and not only for the company’s long history of sponsoring rodeo events. Cowboys choose Wranglers for their longer rise (the section between waist and crotch) so they have room to manoeuvre while sitting on a horse.

• Belt buckles are a dead giveaway. Cowboys always wear ones they’ve won in competition. So if the shiny buckle has only an initial or horse on it without an engraved rodeo win, beware.

• A true wrangler will never place his hat on a surface brim down. Not only will the hat warp, but it is considered bad luck. Instead, hats are always put down crown first.

• Stiff new brand-name shirts scream “Cowboy!” Rodeo performers are extremely loyal to their sponsors

(hence the Wrangler stronghold on denim) and will always wear a clean shirt with an embroidered logo.

• Broken-in boots that have lost their shine are a product of many hours on the range.

ADOLESCENT ASPHALT

Grinding milk containers in her

mother’s blender could make Gina Gallant rich someday.

Using recycled plastics commonly found in the home, the

Prince George teenager has invented a special asphalt that may find its way onto the streets of her home town.

Gallant’s project began last year. During a road trip to Vancouver, her family drove through Cache Creek, a little town the locals refer to as “Trash Creek” for its landfill sites. This prompted Gallant to do some research on landfills, which she discovered held an abundance of plastics. Gallant, 14, who is also interested in asphalt—the result of some research she did at Husky Oil—wondered about combining the two. “I just wanted to see if plastics had been used in the road before,” she says. “Glass had been done and rubber had been done.” But, according to Gallant, plastics would work better. And plastic is a recyclable material whereas rubber is not.

When Gallant presented her findings at the Canada Wide Science Fair in Kingston, Ont., in May, she won gold in the junior engineering category. She also learned that other researchers were working on mixing plastics with asphalt. Nonetheless, the City of Prince George and four corporations are working with the budding inventor on a project to perfect her pavement. While Gallant seems to have a bright future, she says she’s not interested in getting rich: “I love science and I am basically in it to help the environ-

ment—and for fian.”

Rima Kar

The rock is a magnificent muse

Perched on a small cliff in Pouch Cove, Nfld.,

is a squat, multicoloured building. This unassuming structure is where hundreds of international artists have found their muse. Two airy studio/residence spaces overlooking the Atlantic make up the Pouch Cove Foundation, a year-round artist residency program.

“We started out from an act of hubris,” explains James Baird, a St. John’s-based art dealer. “My wife, Angela, and I had a building at the end of the earth that nobody wanted and we looked out the window and said, ‘Well, artists would love it here.’ ”

They were right. Since the Bairds opened the space 12 years ago, painters, sculptors, poets and photographers— from every province, more than 20 states, Poland, Germany and even Bulgaria—have flocked to the Rock for a month at a time. (Residents, chosen by committee after sending examples of their work, pay a fee of $300 to cover basic maintenance.) And of the 72 artists who have retreated to

Pouch Cove over the past three years, 15 have bought summer homes in Newfoundland.

The Pouch Cove program is so successful they are booked into 2003. And when Baird, at a 1999 art

exhibition, casually mentioned that all he needed in order to open a second residency program was a building, Dave Luther, mayor of Corner Brook, Nfld., immediately offered him the old Bank of Montreal as well as $20,000. Last month, the Corner Brook Artist Residency Program opened so that more may call upon their muse.

GARCIA'S GRAND TREATMENT

Spanish golfing sensation Sergio Garcia is so searingly hot these days that some

bookmakers favour him to capture the British Open this week at Royal Lytham & St. Anne’s Golf Club, north of Liverpool, England. Should he win, Garcia will not be celebrating at the local pub. He—along with fellow Open contenders American David Duval, Fijian Vijay Singh and Canada’s Mike Weir—has a 9 a.m. tee time the next morning at Angus Glen’s North Course in Markham, Ont., for the Telus Skins Game. How do you convince top-rated players that it’s worth the travel and jet lag for a fluff event? There’s the $360,000 purse, of course, and each player is being paid six figures to show up. Just as important, the International Management Group, which organizes the two-day Skins competition, hired a large executive jet to shutde the players directly from northwest England to suburban Toronto. They can sleep on the jet, and since theyll be used to English time, morning in Markham will feel like afternoon. Estimated flight cost: $300,000. Alternative: none. “It’s what we

had to do,” says an IMG official.