Overture

Shanda Deziel,Shanda Deziel,Amy Cameron,1 more... May 13 2002

Overture

Shanda Deziel,Shanda Deziel,Amy Cameron,1 more... May 13 2002

Overture

Shanda Deziel

Amy Cameron

Pretty tulips all in a row

Saskatoon artist Monique Martin

paints tulips to correspond with human emotions. “I chose the White Fire tulip for Ecstasy" says Martin, of the painting pictured above, “because it is a fringe tulip. The feathered edge looks very excited and the tulips are open quite wide as if they’re living in the moment." Martin, 35, has painted a whole series of tulip pieces entitled Standing Alone. In Loss, dignified Ivory Floradale tulips seem to be weeping. And in Anger, deep-red Matador tulips are screaming. This month, 12 of Martin's tulip paintings—which, on average, are one metre high and 1.5 m wide-wili be on display at Ottawa’s City Hall for the Canadian Tulip Festival.

“What we are trying to do this year

is show tulips like they’ve never been seen before,” says Doug Little, marketing and communications manager of the Tulip Festival. “Monique’s paintings present tulips in an amazing way, they’re large format and they create what we call,‘Tulip wow!’ ’’ Martin will also speak at the festival’s World

Sign of the times

With the ever-shifting changes in the traditional family unit, people are having to readjust their vision of holidays and how to celebrate them. Consider the evolution of Mother’s days:

■ The earliest Mother's Day dates back to the ancient Greeks who cel-

Tulip Summit, joining international experts, including keynote speaker Anna Pavord, who wrote The Tulip-a definitive history of the flower. Opening the summit is Princess Margriet of the Netherlands-who was born in Ottawa in 1943 during the Second World War.

The Dutch royal family took safe haven in Canada during the Nazi occupation of Holland. When they

ebrated Rhea, Mother of the Gods.

■ In the 1600s, Mothering Sunday was celebrated in England-servants were given the day off to go and visit with their mothers.

■ In the U.S., President Woodrow Wilson declared on May 8, 1914, that the second Sunday in May would henceforth be a national holiday called Mother’s Day. Canada

returned home after their country’s liberation, the people of Holland sent a gift of 100,000 tulip bulbs to Ottawa, beginning the capital’s infatuation with the flower. In 1953, photographer Malak Karsh, whose pictures of the city’s tulips are world famous, suggested starting a festival. This year, from May 3 to 20, it celebrates its 50th anniversary. Shanda Deziel

first celebrated the day in 1911 but it also became official in 1914.

■ A group of Seattle, Wash., birth mothers created Birth Mother’s Day in 1990 which is celebrated on the Saturday prior to the traditional Sunday holiday.

■ The Sunday after Mother’s Day is now becoming known as Stepmother’s Day.

The House that Paul Martin saved

As controversy about the planned overhaul of CBC Radio One continues to swirl at the public broadcaster, the outlook for at least one program that was widely viewed as doomed has brightened. Ever since Maclean’s first reported in early February that a major review of radio programs was in the works, The House, the network’s venerable Saturday review of the week's events in federal politics, was thought to be at the top of the hit list. Parliament Hill news, it seemed, was too stodgy, too Institutional, for the cutting-edge corporate thinkers behind the schedule make-over.

But not too dull, it turns out, for some of the country’s most influential politicians-who actually vote CBC its $795-million annual stipend from the Canadian taxpayer. Sources say a number of MPs have privately weighed in with the CBC brass in favour of saving the show. Finance Minister Paul Martin, no less, called CBC president and chief executive Robert Rabinovitch in late March to declare himself a fan of The House. Now, informed speculation has it the hour-long show might even be expanded, perhaps to cover provincial politics, when the spiced-up radio menu goes to air as expected this fall. Helps to have friends in high places.

Tell us, how does your garden grow?

Give Martin Galloway mice, moths, caterpillars, bumblebees and bats-they fascinate him. Don’t, however, speak of rats. The toothy rodent is the only garden animal that irritates the biologist and host of the Home & GardenTelevision series, The Secret World of Gardens. “Rats are very much a European urban inhabitant,” says Galloway, 49. “Control them and avoid them.” With other garden pests, Galloway is much more forgiving. “They are just out there, all trying to make a living.”

Tall, slim, with a cozy Santa beard and long grey locks, Galloway looks like a gentle giant-the ideal tour guide for the wild world of Canada’s gardens. Accompanied by spectacular still photography and macro-lens film footage for extreme close-ups, Galloway introduces viewers to new

dimensions in their backyards. Tiny cameras hidden in birdhouses record the struggle to survive among nestlings. Time-lapse photographs chronicle the life cycle of a rose-from bud to bloom to death. Stunning slow-motion footage captures the elegant sweep of a frog’s tongue catching insects. “In nature TV programming, there is shark week and then bearweek and then another scary animal week. What kind of impression of nature is that?" asks Galloway, who operates a greenhouse in Uxbridge, Ont., and teaches human biology at Seneca College. As a host, he strives to take the medium further. “It’s my soapbox,” he says of the series, which is currently in its second season. “When I was 12 or 13, I wanted to save the world. I never miss a chance to proselytize.” Amy Cameron

Over and Under Achievers

'W' George Radwanski: Privacy watchdog in a tizzy over law that would let cops know who’s flying on Canadian airlines. George, do you have any recollection at all of last Sept. 11?

■WDenis Coderre: Immigration minister calls Canadian Alliance a Jean-Marie Le Pen “franchise." This after outraged plea from Jean Chrétien for civility in the House.

Charles Caccia, Karen Kraft Sloan, Clifford Lincoln:

Liberal MPs stand against government’s flawed endangered species legislation despite Chretien’s ire. There’s hope yet for the House.

■WColin Campbell: NHL executive vice-president in charge of discipline fails to send a message about thuggery. Great players go down, goons skate free. That’s playoff hockey?

4ihSens, Leafs, Habs: Three Canadian teams make it to the second round. Under-punished cheap shots aside, fans are buzzing again.That’s playoff hockey!

Who you gonna call? Ybur mother.

Anna Strauss was in her final year of high school at Jarvis Collegiate Institute in Toronto when her teacher said she could write about anything she wanted for her Ontario Achievement Credit in her Writers Craft class. Without giving it too much thought, Strauss sat down and wrote about what was in her heart. “My mom had a huge effect on my life,” she explains. “She is someone that I know I can always

go to. And you should write what you know.” The result was Hush, a children’s book about the relationship between a mother and daughter. At her father’s suggestion, Strauss

sent the school project to publishers and it’s being released by Key Porter Books in time for Mother’s Day this year.

g. The 26-page illustrated 1 book is about a young girl I tackling the routine chal.o lenges of life-a skinned ! knee, a mean schoolI mate, a ruined relation-

ship, a new baby-and how she always returns to her mother for comfort. “It is tender and genuine,” says Strauss, 22, who has just

finished her fourth year at Guelph University studying history and English. “It is about people who have been there continually for you.” Strauss says that she chose the children’s book format because it is a good way to distill a strong emotion and to “think things through and simplify it.”

The book is dedicated to Strauss’s parents as well as her high school teacher, David Reed-even *PT '**Q. though, jokes Strauss, he only gave her an A-minus for the project.

Amy Cameron