The Ottawa Citizen

April 17, 1996

Diefenbenders

by Dave Brown

There's something about the last name of Canada's 18th prime minister, John Diefenbaker, that more than any other lends itself to playful suffixes. During the hottest part of an election, the Diefenbuck appeared. During the hottest part of the Cold War, in the '60s, he advocated backyard nuclear bomb shelters, and they were billed as Diefenbunkers.

Dief the Chief held power when the government shelter was built at Carp, and it became the Diefenbunker. Last year, before it was sealed, the West Carleton Township Public Library raised almost $79,000 by giving tours of the underground survival facility.

Saturday, there'll be another fund raiser by the library, giving people a chance to join walks, runs and cycles of varying distances. It's being billed as a "Diefenbooker." (Libraries need books.) Winners of various events will get "Diefenchunk" awards, which are pieces of the bunker.

Volunteer firefighters will be barbecuing at the Carp Fairgrounds. Promotional material didn't say so, but you'll probably be able to get a Diefenburger. Maybe even on a Diefenbun. Things get started at 8:30 a.m. and it's billed as family outdoor fun. Information from Kathy Fischer at 831-2489.

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