Snow and ice fest features snow-free South American country

By Tom McLean

Welcome to the Andes – Ottawa style.

La Nina promises cold weather and ample snow for Winterlude 1999, but the international component of the festival will feature a virtually snow-free country.

Chile runs half the length of the South American Pacific coast, from Peru to the lower tip of the continent. It has a thin profile thanks to the Andes Mountains, which hug almost the entire length of the country’s right flank, but you might have to climb the peaks to catch a snowflake on your tongue. read more

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Ottawa Centre tories ready to unveil ‘mystery’ candidate

By Denise Fung

Ottawa Centre Conservatives will reveal the identity of their “high-profile” mystery candidate for the next provincial election by the end of the month.

In December, Barbara Corkum, president of the Ottawa Centre tory riding association, said a “high-profile” candidate would be revealed that month. But the announcement was never made and Corkum now says a candidate will be announced at the end of January. read more

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Group forecasts Y2K doom and gloom

Residents doubt the end is near

By Stephanie Coombs

In less than a year, the world will be ringing in a new millennium, but instead of planning to celebrate, one Centretown group is predicting doom and gloom.

“We’ve relied on technology too much,” says Jean-Louis Dubé, a volunteer with the Y2K Centretown Preparedness Group. “We all have to work together, or else we can just go back to the year 1900 and haul water with buckets or drive horses and buggies.” read more

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