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‘AFTER HARPER WAS ELECTED LEADER THE MESSAS GOT WATERED DOWN. WE'D LIKE TO SEE HIM REFLECT WHAT HE BELIEVES.’—TASHA KHEIRIDDIN CO-AUTHER OF RESCUING CANADA'S RIGHT

December 5 2005
NEWSMAKERS

NEWSMAKERS

‘AFTER HARPER WAS ELECTED LEADER THE MESSAS GOT WATERED DOWN. WE'D LIKE TO SEE HIM REFLECT WHAT HE BELIEVES.’—TASHA KHEIRIDDIN CO-AUTHER OF RESCUING CANADA'S RIGHT

December 5 2005

NEWSMAKERS

‘AFTER HARPER WAS ELECTED LEADER THE MESSAS GOT WATERED DOWN. WE'D LIKE TO SEE HIM REFLECT WHAT HE BELIEVES.’—TASHA KHEIRIDDIN CO-AUTHER OF RESCUING CANADA'S RIGHT

1. HE ALWAYS PRAYS FOR SNOW

NEIL ELLIOT has been an Anglican minister for nine years—about as long as he’s been a snowboarder. So when the reverend, who moved to Trail, B.C., from Birmingham, England, six months ago, was picking a topic for his Ph.D. thesis he combined his passions. “I’ve been trying to find out if people really get a spiritual fix from the sport,” says Elliot, 42, whose research includes interviews with about 50 snowboarders. “Turns out, they do. Both on the hill and upon reflection. There are almost moments of bliss on the hill when all the tension of life disappears.”

2. WON'T GO VERY WELL WITH A SUIT

The grey moon-boot-like Nikes that Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) wears in Back to the Future II were never more than a movie prop. But AL CABINO, a hard-

core “sneaker-head” from Montreal, wants to change that. In a little more than a week, Cabino collected more than 1,800 signatures on his online petition (■www.petitiononline.com/future2/petition.html), which calls on Nike to manufacture the futuristic shoes. “It’s the Holy Grail of movie sneakers,” says Cabino, who is writing a book about sneaker culture. “There are rumours that Nike will put the shoes out in 2015—the year Marty wears them in the movie—but I can’t wait 10 years to slip on his shoes.”

3. TOP MODEL IS GOING TO GET UGLY

After four years away from modelling, TRICIA HELFER is backhelping search for our next “it” girl as the host of Canada’s Next Top Model (a take-off of the U.S. show starring Tyra Banks). The reality series isn’t airing until May, but the cross-country search for the 10 girls who will compete and

live together in a Big-Brothertype house started last week. Heifer found herself in a similar situation soon after winning Ford’s Supermodel of the World contest in 1992. “When I moved to Paris, I lived with six other models,” says Heifer, who plays Number 6 on Battlestar Galáctica. “I learned pretty quick I needed to get my own apartment” Does she expect some hair-pulling among the supermodel hopefuls? “There will certainly be some cattiness,” says Heifer, “but that makes for good TV.”

4. GOLFER OVERCOMES HANDICAP

BRIAN MACLEOD says one of the

best parts of his golf game is putting. “I can two-putt most greens,” boasts the Truro, N.S., native. “And I can crack some drives about 270 yards.” Great by anyone’s standards. And truly incredible, considering that MacLeod is totally blind.

MacLeod, who lost his sight

after his retinas were detached in two separate accidents before turning 30, regularly shoots in the 90s (his personal best is 86). He’s won all five tournaments for blind golfers that he’s entered this year—including the U.S. Open and the Canadian championship for the third year in a row. Next stop: the World Championships in Tokyo in April. The 46-yearold plays about six rounds a week with someone who assists him with his line, the yardage, the pin placement and the location of hazards. “The only thing we can do that sighted golfers can’t is rest the club on the sand in the bunker,” says MacLeod. “A lot comes down to feel.”

5.&6. DO THEY HAVE THE RIGHT FIX?

Just in time for the election campaign, ADAM DAIFALLAH and TASHA KHEIRIDDIN have released a political call to arms. In Rescuing Canada’s Right, they argue in favour of a more entrenched conservative culture in Canada and a reassessment of party policy—especially on issues related to family, environment and federalism. “[Stephen Harper] has not laid out a positive, optimistic vision for the country,” says Daifallah, 26, who is studying law at Laval. “Conservatives win when they talk hope. Reagan, Thatcher and Mike Harris are three good examples of that.” So do the authors—neither of whom are members of the partythink their “revolution” needs a new leader? “When Harper was head of the National Citizens Coalition, he articulated values that we favour—he was bullish on things like smaller government and private health care,” S says Kheiriddin, 35, the Canadian Taxpayers Federation’s Ont tario director. “And yet, after ¿ • Harper was elected leader, the «s messages got watered down. We’d ” like to see him reflect what he N really believes.”

7. LITTLE GUY STILL PACKS A BIG PUNCH

In his debut with the Belfast Giants last month, THEO FLEURY scored three goals, added four assists, and—in typical fashion—fought in two brawls. The former Calgary Flame (he was suspended from the NFFL after violating the league’s substance-abuse rules) has played in 12 games with the Elite Ice Hockey League-leading Giants—racking up 25 points and 60 penalty minutes. The winger from Oxbow, Sask., is engaged, and has steadied his once-rocky personal life. And what’s certain about the 37year-old’s return to the ice is that it wasn’t motivated by moneytop salary under the new league’s cap is only US$1,000 a week.

8. WHAT ABOUT THE REVOLUTION?

The tears welling up in the eyes of former Ukrainian prime minister YULIA TYMOSHENKO said

it all. In front of tens of thousands—gathered in Kiev’s central square last week to celebrate the first anniversary of the Orange Revolution—Tymoshenko called on President Viktor Yushchenko to reunite (he dropped her in September for quarrelling publicly with his allies). Many think a rejoining of forces is the only way the government has a chance in the March election, but Yushchenko, who last January stood arm-in-arm with Tymoshenko celebrating victory, lashed outblaming many of the country’s woes on her. The reconciliation many hoped for seems dead.

9. CALLED EVERY NAME IN THE BOOK

Italian Prime Minister SILVIO BERLUSCONI’S greatest legacy may end up being how he revolutionized his native language. In the 2006 Nuove Parole—a dictionary of Italian neologisms— 14 new words were added that

take the PM’s surname as their stem. Journalists, who coin most of the words in spite or for the sake of irony, refer to his brand of political thought as “neoberlusconismo,” his political language as “berluschese,” and his supporters as “berluschistas.” Political opponents have a whole other list of names for him.

10. THAT'S NOT VERY LADYLIKE

what was CAROL THATCHER

thinking? The fact that the daughter of the former British prime minister agreed to star on I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here!, a reality series based in an Australian jungle, is one thing. But during the premiere, the 53-yearold gave the nine million viewers at home a real show. Too tired to go to the outhouse, Thatcher simply squatted in camp and then exposed a near full-moon when climbing back into bed. Hope the Iron Lady wasn’t watching. M