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Sunday Newsletter 2000-16Su.
October 15, 2000.
Welcome to another issue of the FactsCanada Sunday newsletter, actually sent to you today from Canada! Have a look at the end for some choice words from Craig on his trip home. Without further delay, here we go.
== QUESTION OF THE WEEK ==
Our biography below features Margot Kidder. This week's question is; what famous Canadian politician did Ms. Kidder once date? Look for the answer near the end of the newsletter.
== BIOGRAPHY ==
Margot Kidder (born Margaret Ruth Kidder).
Born in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, on October 17, 1948, this actress virtually showed up out of nowhere in the late 1960s and early 1970s, appearing in dozens of films while making numerous television appearances. With almost no theatrical experience, Kidder performed in many Canadian productions culminating in the little known 1968 National Film Board (NFB) of Canada film entitled "Best Damn Fiddler from Calabogie to Kaladar". Although seen by few, the film did catch the eye of fellow Canadian, director Norm Jewison. He cast her in his 1969 comedy "Gaily, Gaily".
Kidder's career was now on its way, and she went on to appear in over 50 major films over the next 25 years. Of her earlier works are some of my favourite films which scared the heck out of me when I was a teenager. These included "Sisters", "Black Christmas" and "The Reincarnation of Peter Proud".
In 1978 Kidder gained world-wide recognition playing Lois Lane in the 1978 blockbuster "Superman", with Christopher Reeves. During the next nine years Kidder appeared in the three sequels of "Superman", while still managing other roles in "The Amityville Horror", "Trenchcoat", "Glitter Dome" and others.
During another nine-year span, Kidder married and divorced three times. Her first husband was author Thomas McGuane, from which came her only child, a daughter. This marriage lasted little more than a year during 1975 and 1976. In 1979 she married and divorced John Heard, then followed this up with another short stint with French film maker Philippe de Broca. This tryst was also a short run -- they married in 1983 and divorced in 1984. Currently, Kidder remains single and has no romantic attachments.
In 1990 she was seriously injured in a car accident. The succeeding years of medical treatment, which was not covered by her less-than-adequate medical coverage, left her bankrupt. She told "People" magazine in 1992 that the accident caused a neck injury that gave her intense and persistent pain. She said that the pills she took to ward off the pain left her mind "muddled".
It was later, in April 1996, that she was found huddled in some bushes in a Glendale, California, neighbourhood. Investigators said that Kidder claimed to have been stalked and assaulted, but said there was no evidence that she had been a victim of a crime. It was later discovered, after a couple of years of therapy, that Margot suffers from Bipolar Disorder. She was also found to have struggled through most of her adult life with manic depression.
Now she is a strong advocate and spokeswoman for various organizations that try to shed some light on those with mental illness. During and since her recovery, Kidder has been very up-front about an experience that a lot of people still try desperately to hide. Kidder spoke at an international medical conference in Ottawa a while back, then she spoke with Avril Benoit, the host of "This Morning" on the CBC. You can listen to excerpts of this interview by going to this link.
Kidder is currently back playing some smaller roles in some less exhaustive films. Most recent was "Hi-Line", and she will be seen in the upcoming "Common Ground". She is also releasing an autobiography entitled "Calamities". This is due to hit the shelves any day.
== GEOGRAPHY AND PLACE NAMES ==
Brilliant, British Columbia.
As a courier, I get to see a lot of packages addressed to a lot of places. As I had seen, on occasion, packages going to this town, I had this brilliant idea; why not do a geography piece on the place called Brilliant? Well I was not ready for the research involved in this one.
Located only two kilometres outside of Castlegar, British Columbia, Brilliant is, according to Natural Resources Canada, an unincorporated area. Today it is basically a hydroelectric facility. The Brilliant generating station was built by Cominco in 1944 and has a current power output of 125 megawatts. Present day plans are for a $30 million expansion that will provide a much needed boost to the local economy. The upgrade will boost its output by about 16 percent say the stations co-owners, Columbia Power Corporation and The Columbia Basin Trust.
The history of this area tells a much more interesting story. This area was once a gold mining camp named Waterloo. In 1908 the Doukhobors that came from Saskatchewan relocated here and established a community, renaming it after the waters of the Kootenay River. They established sawmills, a jam factory and several other enterprises. A national historic site, the 100 metre steel and concrete Brilliant suspension bridge, was constructed by the Doukhobors in 1913. The tomb of their leader, Peter Verigin, is also located nearby. (One of the Doukhobor sects, the Freedomites, were notable dissenters, and will be featured in an upcoming Friday Feature.)
== QUOTES OF THE WEEK ==
"I am trying to put Quebec in its place -- and the place of Quebec is in Canada." --Pierre Elliott Trudeau in Montreal on June 24, 1968, the day before winning his first majority.
"The Canadian whole is more than the sum of its provinces." --Trudeau again, this time to a Senate-Commons committee studying the Meech Lake accord, August 27, 1987.
== HUMOUR FOR THE WEEK ==
This week's humour is a true story reported recently by various news agencies.
A smelly lawyer?
In July the Law Society of Alberta announced an inquiry as to whether or not a lawyer should lose his licence to practice law. Citing that he had harmed the reputation of the profession, the society sought to have him disbarred. A month earlier he had been convicted of drunk driving, but the Law Society filed charges against him only after a residential eviction order, based on an inspector declaring his dwelling so "grungy and putrid-smelling" that it was a hazard to public health.
The plaintiff admitted that his residence is "messy" but said he would fight the society's charge.
== RECIPE OF THE WEEK ==
Well, we are fast moving into that time of year when a simple but hardy breakfast recipe can come in handy. Here is one I came across for pancakes.
Yield: 4 servings
2 cups flour
1 pinch sea salt
1 1/2 cups apple juice or milk
2 tablespoons oil
1 apple, grated (Pippin variety, if available)
1/2 cup honey
2 teaspoons baking powder
Combine all ingredients except apple with mixer. Add apple and mix by hand. Spoon into oiled fry pan at medium heat. Turn when bubbles appear and harden. Brown other side. Serve immediately with your choice of topping. I like honey and maple syrup best.
If you have an original recipe you would like to share with others please send it along to firstname.lastname@example.org .
== THIS WEEK'S LIST ==
Want to talk politics? Here is a list of street addresses for our provincial and territorial premiers. Also included are phone numbers, e-mail addresses and Web sites (where available). The street addresses are all formatted according to the Canada Post Addressing Guide, which you can find at this link. (It would seem that Canada Post does not differentiate between the Northwest Territories and Nunavut, both of which are designated by the abbreviation "NT".) I start off with our prime minister's information.
House of Commons
P.O. Box 1103
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6
10800 97 Avenue
Edmonton, AB T5K 2B6
Victoria, BC V8V 1X4
Winnipeg, MB R3C 0V8
P.O. Box 6000
Fredericton, NB E3B 5H1
Newfoundland and Labrador:
Legislative Assembly Building
P.O. Box 8700
St. John's, NF A1B 4J6
P.O. Box 1320
Yellowknife, NT X1A 2L9
1700 Granville Street, Fl. 7,
P.O. Box 726
Halifax, NS B3J 2T3
Iqaluit, NT X0A 0H0
Toronto, ON M7A 1A1
Prince Edward Island:
Shaw Building, Fl. 5
P.O. Box 2000
Charlottetown, PE C1A 7N8
Hotel du Parlement
Quebec City, QC G1A 1A4
Regina, SK S4S 0B3
Yukon Legislative Assembly
P.O. Box 2703
Whitehorse, YT Y1A 2C6
Now you can add to your Christmas card list.
== MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY ==
A mental disorder characterized by episodes of mania and depression. One or the other of the "phases" may be dominant at any given time, or they may alternate, or aspects of both phases may be present at the same time. Treatment is by psychotherapy and the use of antidepressants and/or tranquillizers. Bipolar disorder is also called Manic-Depressive Psychosis.
The terms depression and mania almost have opposite meanings, which the person can suffer with duality thereby swinging from one to the other.
Depression is a dejected state of mind with feelings of sadness, discouragement, and hopelessness, often accompanied by reduced activity and the ability to function. Unresponsiveness, apathy and sleep disturbances also can occur.
Mania is a mood disorder or delirium state in which the person tends to respond excessively. Abnormal amounts of motion, over-talkativeness, elation, hyperactivity, and even, in some cases, violent and destructive behaviour can occur.
== UP-COMING GIVE-AWAYS ==
Like the video we gave away last month to quick-responding Gary, we will be presenting a number of other opportunities to win items simply by answering Canadian trivia. Look for our give-aways soon. They include laminated Canadian maps, books, calendars and other such Canadian oriented items that fit our "in-the-red" budget.
== ANSWER TO THIS WEEK'S QUESTION ==
Pierre Elliott Trudeau.
I (Craig) am going to hijack (no pun intended) the closing comments this week to thank the very "indifferent" (to put it politely) Air Canada flight attendant on the flight from Paris to Toronto yesterday (October 14, 2000) who poured water on me twice and generally seemed very unhappy to be doing her job (I won't detail all of her other transgressions). I would also like to pay my respects to security guard 5095 at Toronto's Pearson International Airport who very loudly informed me that she knew how to do her job, although it would seem to me she has forgotten the "politeness" portion of her training. My sincere thanks to the passengers in line behind me who, thinking I was visiting Canada, told me that other Canadians were much nicer. Lastly I'd like to recognize the Canadian Airlines baggage handlers at Pearson who didn't bother putting my luggage on the flight to Vancouver. In fairness though, when it did finally arrive in Vancouver, Canadian had it delivered it to my house. See you next week!
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