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    ?FREE MAY 8-MAY 14 2008 VOLUME 23 NUMBER 46 The mother?s milk of media

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    EDITORIAL Editor Alastair Sutherland Music Editor Rupert Bottenberg News Editor Patrick Lejtenyi Editorial Assistant Sacha Jackson Listings Editor Vidya Lutchman Copy Editor Lorraine Carpenter Contributing Editors Marites Carino (Dance), Sasha (Sex), Mark Slutsky (Film), Juliet Waters (Books) Contributing Writers Chris Barry, Neil Boyce, Scott C, Lorraine Carpenter, Michael Citrome, Johnson Cummins, Gerard Dee, Len Dobbin, Samer Elatrash, Erin Flynn, Malcolm Fraser, Michael-Oliver Harding, Matthew Hays, Christopher Hazou, Veronica Islas, Matt Jones, Raf Katigbak, AJ Kinik, Erik Leijon, Tracey Lindeman, Erin MacLeod, Jeffrey Malecki, Anne Marie Marko, Lateef Martin, Jack Oatmon, Genevieve Paiement, Mathilde Rabbat, Christine Redfern, Scott Saxon, Shane Sinnott, Al South, Christopher Sykes, Alex Tigchelaar, Vincent Tinguely, Lucas Wisenthal, Narcel X, Andrea Zanin, Steve Zylbergold ART Art Director Chris Tucker Assistant Art Director Nicolas Ct Photographers and Illustrators Rachel Granofsky, Dave Rosen, Richard Suicide, Rick Trembles Flat checker Jeffrey Malecki SALES Advertising Director Stephen Ct Sales Representatives Nathalie Beaulac, Pierre-Yves Clment, David Greer, Nantha Kumar, Marie-Claude Lavoie, Genevive Perras, Lucie Plante, Marie-France Sguin, Christian Veillette Sales Coordinator Genevive Denis Classifieds Sales Manager Amardeep Assi Classifieds Sales Assistant Vronique Fournier Classifieds Sales Representatives Louis Clment, Patrick Wellens Promotions Genevive Perras PRODUCTION Production Manager Martin Ouimet Designers Huguette Bergevin, Pierre-Franois Bigras, Jessica Charbonneau, Celine Poupart, milie Salles, Yannick Sasseville, Jessica Zohil ADMINISTRATION Accounts Payable Mica Foti Collection Agent Joyce Rabagliati Distribution Gama 2000 Receptionists Fariba Bonakdar The Mirror is published every Thursday and is distributed throughout Montreal. 1999 readership measured at 287,000 by SOM Inc. Entire contents are Communications Gratte-Ciel Lte. The Mirror is located at 465 McGill Street, 3rd floor. Published by Communications Gratte-Ciel Lte (head office 300, Avenue Viger Est, Montral, H2X 3W4). Printed by Quebecor World Inc. (head office at 612 St-Jacques). Printed at Imprimerie Mirabel-Division of Quebecor Media, 12,800 Brault Street, St-Janvier de Mirabel, QC, J7J 1P3. National Sales Toronto DPS Media, 1240 Bay Street, #305, Toronto, ON, M5R 2A7, (416) 413-9291 National Sales Montreal Quebecor Ventes Media, 465 McGill Street, 6th floor. Montreal, QC, H2Y 4B4, (514) 597-2231 Subscription rates: first class $100/yr; U.S. subscriptions $125/yr. Canadian Publications Mail Sales Product Agreement #0229865. Change of address can be sent directly to our offices. THE MIRROR 465 McGill St., 3rd floor, Montreal, Quebec H2Y 4B4 Tel: (514) 393-1010, 393-8002 (classifieds) Fax: 393-3173/3756 General e-mail: mirror@mtl-mirror.com Community listings e-mail: listings@mtl-mirror.com Publisher Michel Desbiens www.montrealmirror.com A.A.N. ASSOCIATION OF ALTERNATIVE NEWSWEEKLIES MONTREAL MIRROR MAY 8 - MAY 14 2008 3

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    LETTERS WE Overthrow prohibition [Re: ?Prohibition, pot and politics,? News, April 24] I am a retired law enforcement officer and one of the first 20 Federal Medical Marijuana Exemptees in Canada. I, like Boris St. Maurice, Adam Greenblatt and others, know that Bill C-26 is detrimental to our society as a whole and will NEVER work. To look to our neighbours to the south and copy what they have done is preposterous! Americans are jailing one in 100 adults for drugs. This CAN?T happen in Canada! Youth, mom-and-pop medical gardens and chronically and critically ill people will be targeted. Please people, educate yourselves to this horribly destructive bill and vote against Bill C-26. Drugs are a health issue and should remain so. No one should EVER be jailed for a plant. Our country?s youth depend on you to know the TRUTH. ?ALISON MYRDEN, LEADING FEMALE SPEAKER FOR LEAP, LAW ENFORCEMENT AGAINST PROHIBITION, WWW.LEAP.CC 4 MONTREAL MIRROR MAY 8 - MAY 14 2008 [Re: ?More reasons to fight Bill C-26,? Letters, May 1] Mike Guetta mentions, ?Had I the time, I would start an organization devoted to educating Canadians as to their right to decide according to their conscience while serving on a jury.? Such an organization exists. Visit juror.ca to learn about jury nullification, and also Google ?Grant Krieger? to find out about a medical marijuana activist who fought for this principle all the way to the Supreme Court. Information will overthrow prohibition. ?TIM MEEHAN, PATIENTS AGAINST IGNORANCE AND DISCRIMINATION ON CANNABIS PAIDOC.ORG The Finkelstein factor [Re: ?Of Palestine and prostitutes,? News, May 1] Norman Finkelstein represents the best of the Jewish prophetic tradition by bluntly speaking truth to power. Because of this, he is regularly maligned and ostracized by the establishment community. Like the biblical temple priests who fumed against the wandering prophets, Finkelstein?s INSIDE May 8?May 14 This Week THE FRONT p. 5 Israel?s birthday and its critics?Anarchy in the city?Con U part-timers see classes go virtual?Welfare caravan. NEWS p. 9 Expos magazine celebrates five years and 16 issues?The tale of the good ship Farley Mowat. MUSIC p. 14 Cut Copy on the thunder Down Under?FIMAV: Alive at 25? Kool, it?s the Kinks Konvention!?International Dance Party, a box that rocks, at Elektra?Parlovr?s punch-drunk pals?Soul-punks the Heavy?s filth and fury FILM p. 31 Kari Skogland on her adaptation of The Stone Angel?Wong Kar-Wai?s blah My Blueberry Nights?Speed Racer is a migraine in movie form?What Happens in Vegas should have stayed in Vegas?David Mamet back in shape in Redbelt? Teens vs. teens in Prom Wars? MPP on Starcrash. ARTSWEEK p. 45 Puppets and anarchy, COVER p. 31 Garth Jennings and Nick Goldsmith on their affectionate tribute to ?80s action movies, Son of Rambow. Cover photo by Maggie Ferreira. Emmanuelle Lonard gets godly, Lily. BOOKS p. 46 Life on the Refrigerator Door and Break on Through. THEATRE p. 47 The Odd Couple and 7 Stories. RESTO p. 52 Maison Indian Curry dishes up delish, authentic fare. Columns PEOPLE p. 6 Plumber Jennifer Bourgoin. RIFF RAFF p. 12 Love me, love my hair. PRESS START p. 39 Gran Turismo 5: Prologue. WWW.MONTREALMIRROR.COM SASHA p. 63 Crystal dildos. Every Week ROSEN p. 4 PUNKUSRAUCOUS REX p. 19 COMPACT DISCS p. 22 THE LOAD-DOWN p. 23 DISCO VOLANTE p. 24 RANT LINE? p. 25 THE INCUBATOR p. 26 VIDIOT?S BOX p. 38 SUDOKU p. 51 FREE WILL ASTROLOGY p. 53 CLASSIFIEDS p. 57 Listings LIVE MUSIC p. 27 FILM p. 40 OPEN CITY p. 50 STAGE p. 48 GALLERY p. 49 WELCOME LETTERS TO THE EDITOR. Send your comments, compliments or criticisms to: Letters to the Editor, Mirror, 465 McGill St., 3rd Floor, Montreal, Quebec, H2Y 4B4. You may also fax us at (514) 393-3173, e-mail your comments to letters@mtl-mirror.com, or visit our Web site at www.montrealmirror.com. Letters should include your name, address and daytime phone number. contemporary critics are reduced to hysterical mudslinging. But the messenger of truth cannot be silenced. When Finkelstein first spoke in Montreal more than two decades ago, he could only garner an audience of about 40 students?a dozen of whom were Hillel members that jeered, shouted and repeatedly interrupted his lecture. Two years ago, over 600 Montrealers packed an auditorium and gave Finkelstein a standing ovation. It is men of integrity like Finkelstein who personify the best of the Jewish tradition. To their everlasting shame, supporters of Israel?s policies embody the worst. ?MIRA KHAZZAM [Re: ?Of Palestine and prostitutes,? News, May 1] I read, with some interest and consternation, your recent interview with Norman Finkelstein. I remember being impressed with his book Beyond Chutzpah for making some pointed and accurate criticisms of Israel that usually don?t get made in the mainstream press. That book also, alas, contained the usual overreactions and exaggerations of the radical left (just like some of the statements of Rev. Jeremiah Wright in the recent Obama controversy). But I might have been too indulgent about him because if Finkelstein dismisses Holocaust museums as proliferating like Burger Kings, then this vicious slander shows an astounding insensitivity to the merciless extermination of Jews in the Second World War and I am disgusted by his reaction. Another comment by Finkelstein which really pissed me off was his characterization of Barack Obama?s politics as ?vacuous.? Nothing can be further from the truth. If you read the two books Mr. Obama wrote, you?d surprisingly discover a deep, humane and intelligent individual who has mulled over and even agonized about the great issues of life and politics in a thoughtful manner. I would urge people in Montreal?s leftist community to read his books and his detailed political program on his Web site. No, there will not be any revolution with Obama, but a giant step forward in the right direction if he became President. He deserves our support. ?MARCO ERMACORA Anglo militancy [Re: ?Calling all angryphones,? People, May 1] Regarding the militancy of ?angryphone? Jimmy K., while I strongly support the rights of ALL Canadians to obtain services in both official languages, it seems absurd to demand ?equal job opportunity.? Every employer ?discriminates? potential employees on the basis of their abilities. If I was a unilingual francophone activist making the same kind of demands in Toronto, I wouldn?t be a ?franco-fch,? I?d be an idiot. ?JULIEN VALLE CORRECTION: In last week?s article about The Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema Film Fest, we briefly described the film Lacuna by Shannon Harris. It should have been For Wendy by Jacquelyn Mills. We apologize for the error.

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    THE FRONT QUOTE Birthday critics This month marks 60 years since the modern state of Israel was created, and while there will be celebrations a-plenty among Montreal?s Zionist community, not everyone is as enthused about this historical landmark as some might expect. Among them are Independent Jewish Voices Montreal, a group who will not be joining the festivities because, according to spokesperson Scott Weinstein, ?We think that celebrating while the state of Israel?founded in response to the painful history of racism, exclusion and execution experienced by Jews?continues to violate the human rights of the Palestinian people is both shameful and a disgrace. Israeli actions encourage anti-Semitism around the world.? Instead, Independent Jewish Voices Montreal will be holding a counter-rally ?to show our support for justice and the implementation of human rights policies for the Palestinian people,? on Thursday, May 8, beginning at 11 a.m. at Phillips Square (corner Ste-Catherine and Union) and winding up outside Place du Canada at 11:45 a.m. Also making their voices heard this weekend will be the Coalition for Peace and Justice for Palestine, who have organized their own march leaving from Dominion Square (Peel at Ren-Lvesque) on Saturday, May 10, at 1 p.m. ?CHRIS BARRY Anarchy month You know spring has sprung when you hear rumblings about Montreal?s annual May tradition, the Festival of Anarchy, going down around town. From the Anarchist Theatre Festival at Concordia?s D.B. Clark Theatre on May 13?14, featuring Bread and Puppets, to the ninth annual Anarchist Book Fair in St-Henri on Sunday, May 18, to the dozens of workshops that will be taking place over the weekend of May 17?18, a fun, informative, blackcloaked good time is in store for all. Certainly among the highlights will be appearances by noted U.S. anarchist theorist/author John Zerzan. ?Zerzan is definitely a controversial figure and we?re expecting fallout from his appearances here,? informs Bernard Cooper, spokesperson for ?green-anarchist? group La Mauvaise herbe, who are hosting the events. ?He?s already received one death threat and people are promising to picket his appearances. You know, you have these old-school anarchists peddling this very 19th century communist outlook, where Zerzan is really more about radical ecology, and this is what?s important now, not when the workers are going to be taking over the fuckin? factories. Still, not everyone agrees with that.? For full schedule information, go to anarchistbookfair.ca. ?CHRIS BARRY ANGEL: More wind power Environmentalists are welcoming a decision by Hydro Qubec to approve 15 new bids for wind power plants that would provide the province with 2004 megawatts of electricity. The new plants will come online between 2011 and 2015, and, say their boosters?including well-known green types like Steven Guilbeault of quiterre?the move towards wind will help reduce our dependency on fossil fuels and contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. The new energy will cost 10.5 cents per kilowatt hour, which is considered highly competitive, according to Hydro. The projects? combined cost is about $5.5-billion?and it looks like money well spent. INSECT: The Big Owe And then there are some things that aren?t. The Olympic Stadium and Village has already cost us almost $1.5-billion, and while the last payment on the Jean Drapeau/Roger Taillibert boondoggle was made in November 2006, the bill never seems to go away. SNC-Lavalin is reportedly going to build a rigid, new roof, beginning perhaps as early as November this year, making the stadium useable yearround (it?s currently closed from November to April). The roof has always been problematic: the first orange Kevlar one didn?t retract properly, a support beam collapsed in 1991 and, in 1999, a part tore as workers were preparing for an auto show. OF THE WEEK: ?Dope is banned forever, and dope comes inside sometimes, so I don?t see why tobacco wouldn?t make it here.? ?Dale Tremblay, an inmate at the federal prison in Ste-Anne-des-Plaines, on the imminent smoking ban in jails. MOTIVATED BY MARIJUANA: Pro-marijuana activists at last Saturday?s Marijuana March show their enthusiasm for the weed before making their way through the Plateau for a concert at de Maisonneuve and Clark. Over 200 similar marches were held the same day around the world. PHOTO BY RACHEL GRANOFSKY Online nixes classes Roughly 10 part-time professors were put out of a job at Concordia last week as the university continues placing courses online, says June Riley, a part-time economics professor. Concordia?s Part Time Faculty Association, which recently called off its rotating strikes after accusing the university of planning to hire replacements, has been demanding the university to cancel or limit its online courses. ?No really reputable university has courses online,? says Riley, adding that evening introductory economics courses have been placed online in her department. Riley says the evening students will receive poorer instruction than students who take the classes in the daytime and are taught in classrooms. ?We?re really struggling with this,? she says, ?and online sessions kill our jobs.? Riley says the classes have been one point of contention between the part timers?union and the university in negotiations for a collective agreement. The union is asking for better work conditions and a pay increase to match the salaries of part-time professors in other universities. ?We wanted equity with UQM. Now we?ve conceded that and are asking for equity with UdM,? says Riley, adding that the university wants to claw back health benefits for union members. ?SAMER ELATRASH Caravan for dignity The 35th annual Semaine des personnes assistes sociales kicked off on Monday and aims to have Quebecers looking at the province?s downtrodden with a bit more respect. ?Then there is the notion of productivity, which means we define a person?s value by their position in the job market,? says Marie-Christine Latte, of the Organisation populaire des droits sociaux (OPDS), an advocacy group for welfare recipients. Not helping this campaign is the fact that the Quebec government will be closing 10 of Montreal?s 24 employment centres this year, making it more difficult for the out-ofwork to have access to counselling. The OPDS is planning a demonstration on Thursday, May 8 at 1 p.m. to protest discrimination against the unemployed. The organization is calling for a decent and unconditional revenue for everyone in Quebec, at least at the level of the poverty line. Buses will be picking up protesters in Villeray, Hochelaga and St- Michel on Thursday at 1 p.m. and converging at a secret destination. ?We prefer to call it a surprise location,? says Latte. The group?s Web site specifies only that the destination has something to do with food, shelter and transport. To reserve a seat call the OPDS at (514) 527-0700 or see www.opdsrm.com. ?MATT JONES REAR-VIEW MIRROR 10 YEARS AGO - MAY 7?14, 1998 A N G E L & I N S E C T On the cover: Montreal photojournal- ist Roger Lemoyne?s award-winning picture of Rwandan Hutu refugees, one of many others on display at Isart. ?Poverty in Montreal means Kraft Dinner; in Africa, it?s sucking on the dry bones of a dead camel,? he says. ? John Zorn hates interviews. ?It seems like every time I open my big mouth I get misunderstood, I get misrepresented, I get misquoted, and the information I give [the media] is sensationalized,? he laments. ?But once in a while it?s fun.? ? The British film Preaching to the Perverted, about a young Christian man?s experience in the S&M scene, ?while visually stimulating, would be far more powerful if [director Stuart Urban] knew anything about pacing, dialogue and character development.? ? Sasha has a ?deplorable fixation? on preppy boys. ?The J. Crew catalogue (especially the fall issue?guhh? cable-knit sweaters) is my favourite spank mag, and don?t even say the word ?regatta? around me.? ? Upside/Downside Highs: $1 straw cowboy hats, the last Seinfeld, Nashville Pussy?s bassist. Lows: Can- Con, ?Abstract? (?the most overused musical word of ?98!?), moustaches. ? MONTREAL MIRROR MAY 8 - MAY 14 2008 5

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    6 MONTREAL MIRROR MAY 8 - MAY 14 2008 PEOPLE BY CHRIS BARRY Unclogging the gender divide The macho world of plumbing doesn?t intimidate journey(wo)man Name: Jennifer Bourgoin Age: 29 Occupation: Plumber Bio: This fun-lovin? Longueuil gal decided it was time to get a handle on the plumbing racket after spending five years in telemarketing and ?getting really, really, tired of it.? Perusing the numerous Canada Manpower programs available to her, Jennifer weighed how much education was required against the kind of money she could expect to earn unclogging people?s shitters and ?immediately a light bulb went off in my head and I went, ?Hell yeah, I?m going to be a plumber.?? So, 16 months of English-language plumbing school later, Jennifer emerged as a bona fide apprentice plumber and has been working in the field ever since, just recently completing the 8,000 work hours required for her to move on up to the next level, journeyman plumber. ?And I just love it! Every day is a new challenge, and that?s what keeps me going. I get into the zone, Zen-like, and face my workday. And yeah, it?s really great!? What she knew about plumbing before becoming a plumber: ?Absolutely nothing.? What a first-year apprentice plumber earns: Roughly $15 an hour, ?but every year you apprentice, the rate goes up by about three or four dollars. I make about $26 an hour now. It?s totally awesome? and the benefits are great too! We also get 12 per cent vacation pay. I just wish I?d known more about vocational school back when I was in high school, because if they?d have given us more information about it then, well, I could have started making $26 an hour, like, 10 years ago. But they made it seem like vocational education was only for losers and slackers?and that?s totally not the case, you know.? Has she come across any other female plumbers since getting into the biz? No. Does she experience much condescension from her male co-workers? Not especially. ?There?ve been a couple of macho plumbers I?ve come across who won?t let me lift anything heavier than, say, five pounds, which is annoying, but not that bad. There was this one guy though, an elevator mechanic working with me at Concordia University, who felt I should be embarrassed for working because it meant there was some poor unemployed plumber sitting at home unable to feed his family. He kept asking why I didn?t sit at home or work in an office filing my nails all day like girls are supposed to do. That was almost four years ago and I?m still as insulted by it today as I was then. Jesus, I could have slugged him. But that was just this one jerk, most people have been great.? Is there anything she can?t do as well as a plumber with a penis? ?Well, obviously I?m not as strong. But the work security norms say nobody is supposed to lift anything heavier than 50 pounds anyway, and I can lift 50 pounds, no problem. So the answer is no, there?s no difference.? Does she keep her ass crack and cleavage exposed when she goes out at night, or is showing off her sexy lady plumber?s crack strictly a work thing? ?Neither. Long live coveralls.? Last book read: Punish the Sinners, by John Saul. Musical preferences: Pearl Jam, Metallica, les Cowboys Fringants. Words of wisdom: ?When life throws you lemons, make lemonade.? ? COMMENTS? DIMWIT@HDOT.NET RACHEL GRANOFSKY

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    NEWS MEDIA Skating off the page Montreal skateboarding magazine Expos marks its fifth year of publication by LUCAS WISENTHAL or the past 14 years, Dan FMathieu has been a professional skateboard photographer in a city that is largely ignored by the skate media. But despite selling shots of Montreal skaters to Canadian magazines like SBC Skateboard and American ones like Thrasher, he always wanted to do COVERING QUEBEC: Dan Mathieu his own thing. And in 2003, he did. That spring, he launched Expos, Quebec?s first skate magazine. This week, Expos?s 16th issue, a 100page glossy, hits over 800 newsstands, deps, stores and skate shops across the province, marking five years of publication. Mathieu had long mused over the idea of founding a magazine with RACHEL GRANOFSKY local skaters like Eric Mercier and Max Dufour of Premium Skateboards, a Longueuil-based manufacturer. ?We always felt that the Quebec industry was not getting the coverage it deserved,? he says. Without a vehicle to promotethemselves and their scene, the province?s shops shared the trio?s sentiment. At the same time, Canadian skateboard distributors were looking to tap into Quebec, which represents 30 per cent of their market. So when Mathieu pitched the magazine to them as an advertising venue, he found that ?everyone was waiting for someone to do it, and they pretty much said yes. The whole industry pretty much fronted me the money to start [Expos].? The mag sells on stands for $3.95. But if getting started was easy, filling three issues a year wasn?t. ?Five years ago, there were not many photographers here, so that was hard for a little bit, to get the content,? says Mathieu. Now, though, Mathieu has more contributors from Montreal, as well as Europe and the States?Expos is primarily French, but runs occasional English features. He wel- comes unsolicited work, especially from locals. ?If the photo?s good, the trick is legit, that?s the goal of the magazine, to promote the Quebec scene,? he says. Mercier, who was among the first Montrealers to appear in American mags, appreciates Mathieu?s willingness to cover ?riders that are pushing and working hard to get the coverage, and not just being there at the right time, with the right photographer, and just ended up having a great picture.? That exposure, he says, can be parlayed into international coverage. Especially since the magazine?s readership extends beyond Canada. ?Every issue we put out,? says Mathieu, ?I put a couple of thousand magazines with boards that Max ships to Europe, and if you look at our blog, we get so many comments from France and from all over Europe.? And not just about the dudes, REACHING THE FRENCH MARKET: Issues # 14, 15, 16 either. ?I?m really stoked on the response we get when we do an article with girls skateboarding?That?s one thing?we were the first magazine to do it [as a column], and we?re still, like, the only magazine that really does it in almost every issue,? says Mathieu. Mathieu hopes to eventually print five issues a year, and to pay a full-time staff to put the magazine together. Right now, he, art director Guy Lvesque and assistant Yanick Nolet do most of the work, all while holding other jobs. He?s also open to courting the mainstream advertisers that buy spots in other skate magazines to sustain his own in a dwindling skate market. ?People think that we make mad money off of [Expos], and that?s so far from being the case,? he says. ?I don?t know how people see the skateboard industry, but it?s not tennis or golf.? ? MONTREAL MIRROR MAY 8 - MAY 14 2008 9

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    60874.1 10 MONTREAL MIRROR MAY 8 - MAY 14 2008 NEWS ANIMAL RIGHTS Death and doubloons Crew recover from the strange, and perhaps last, voyage of the Farley Mowat THE LAST TIME ABOARD: Shannon Mann, retrieving her personal effects in Sydney, N.S. by PATRICK LEJTENYI itting at a sidewalk caf on SLaurier East last week, the R/V Farley Mowat?s communications officer Shannon Mann, a 35-year-old Calgary resident and vegan, is in Montreal for a few days following a hurried trip west from Nova Scotia. She?s on her way to visit the human Farley Mowat at the novelist and conservationist?s home in Port Hope, Ontario, and is discussing the events that led up to the April 12 boarding of her ship by armed Mounties, and the sudden end to her latest adventure on the high seas. Her story begins three weeks earlier, on March 24, when the Farley Mowat, the 52-year-old, 180-foot, steel-hulled, 1,400-horsepower, Dutch-registered flagship of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, set sail from Bermuda on course for the Cabot Straits in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, where the marine-mammal lovers intended to document? but not, says Mann, interfere with?the annual seal hunt. The SSCS has a long and colourful history, full of confrontation, danger, collisions and death threats, made richer by the group?s limelight-loving founder, Paul Watson, and is deeply loathed by East Coast fishermen and the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, Loyola Hearn. The voyage north went smoothly enough, and on March 28, the crew reported contact with a Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) aircraft. The plane circled the ship several times, eventually establishing radio contact and warning the crew not to enter the 12-mile territorial limit of Canadian waters. The next day, tragedy struck. MOURNING ANGER The Acadien II, a stricken seal hunting ship out of the Magdalen Islands, was being towed by a Canadian Coast Guard rescue vessel when it capsized in the early hours of Saturday, March 29. Four of the six sailors aboard, aged between 20 and 57, were lost. The tragedy got lots of media coverage, and Watson, who didn?t accompany the Farley Mowat, joined the chorus of critics who blamed the Canadian government for the accident. On March 30, the Farley Mowat reported they were being shadowed by the Coast Guard as they documented more hunting. ?We got so much footage of these insane acts of cruelty,? says Mann. ?Every single day we saw the Coast Guard.? The same day, the Coast Guard icebreaker and the Farley Mowat collided?Watson and Mann say they were rammed, DFO says they only grazed each other?after the SSCS ignored orders to back off from the hunt. No major damage was caused, but bad blood was boiling. The hunt was suspended for a week, so the Farley Mowat berthed in St-Pierre, one of two small islands in the Gulf still belonging to France, to transfer the footage they shot and await the resumption of the hunt. ?Everyone treated us really well until Paul made a comment about the death of the sealers,? says Mann. Some comments: He described sealers as ?cigarette-smoking apes? and ?sadistic, vicious killers? who ?are now pleading for sympathy because some of their own died while engaged in a viciously brutal activity.? He also said the four deaths was a tragedy, but the killing of 275,000 seal pups was even greater. ?That aggravated a lot of people,? says Mann. RUN OUT, ARRESTED AND BANISHED Predictably furious, the St- Pierre fishermen swarmed the berthed Farley Mowat on April 4, with insults, threats and rocks thrown their way. The St-Pierre police suggested they leave immediately. Before they could, Mann says, the fishermen hacked away the Farley Mowat?s mooring lines, setting it adrift into the harbour. ?It was pretty dangerous,? says Mann. ?If we ended up on the rocks, we could have punctured our hull.? The ship?s engineer managed to start the engines cold and they set sail back to the hunt. The next week they spent observing, still shadowed by the Coast Guard, until, on April 12, ?I was on the bridge and I saw the Coast Guard launch small vessels,? says Mann. ?I didn?t think they?d actually be stupid enough to board us. It was so obvious! They played right into Paul?s hands. We had all the footage we needed, and we probably would have left the next day.? Mann was on the phone with Watson, who was in New York City, when the Mounties boarded and arrested everyone. Of the 17 crew members, 15 were soon released. Watson personally posted the $10,000 bail for the Farley Mowat?s captain Alex Cornelissen and First Officer Peter Hammarstedt, paying half with 2,500 toonies, calling them ?doubloons,? saying it was a ransom and the arrest an act of piracy?Mowat himself donated the money. The media loved it, but Cornelissen and Hammarstedt were deported and told never to return. Their legal status remains unclear?their deportation orders make it difficult for them to attend any trial in this country?and the Farley Mowat remains berthed in Sydney, where a court hearing will decide its fate on Friday, May 9. ? CAPTAIN AND COMMS: SSCS founder Paul Watson and Mann

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