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Editor’s Notes

Don’t keep True North a secret

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Tory Finance Minister Jim Flaherty’s economic statement
cuddles middle-of-road with Liberals and New Democrats

By Joe Average
Op-Ed Contributor

1. Ho Hum. Tuesday, October 30. Another “economic statement”. It was a clone of every other financial declaration out of Ottawa for the last ten years, I had to look up every so often to make sure it wasn’t Paul Martin delivering the tedious screed. — 517 words.


In the Court of Judge Harold Wright
no time is wasted getting to the point 

Day Two

ATTORNEY: What was the first thing your husband said to you that morning?
WITNESS: He said, "Where am I, Cathy?" — 125 words,

Health Watch

Brain mechanism explains Déjà vu
isn’t really happening ‘all over again’

Most people have had deja vu — that eerie sense of having experienced something before — but U.S. researchers have identified the part of the brain responsible for this sensation, and they think it may lead to new treatments for memory-related problems. — 413 words.

From the Desk of Mike (The Hammer) Garvin

Film-Design students help
Nissan market the Cube

Nissan North America has recently announced their partnership with two design and film schools to help them showcase a unique Japanese vehicle here on our side of the pond. — 245 words.

Ex-spy Lugovoi says poison that killed
ex-spy Litvinenko originated in Britain

MOSCOW — The polonium used to kill Alexander Litvinenko originated in Britain, Andrei Lugovoi, the former Federal Guard Service officer wanted in Britain in the alleged murder, said Thursday, exactly one year after the poisoning took place. — 211 words.

 ‘If you want to be a writer, you have to write’

Baby boomers take quill and quire in hand
and prove that the best time to write is now

By Carl Dow
True North Perspective

The current generation of the retired, or of those heading into retirement, in terms of sheer numbers, is the most affluent and educated group in our country’s history. — 1,359 words.

Union with clout stakes its claim on U.S. politics
and Bill Clinton calls to extols his wife’s record

Steven Greenhouse
The New York Times

For an idea of the influence that the Service Employees International Union carries in Democratic politics, consider that former President Bill Clinton phoned a 17-member committee of the union’s New Hampshire operation last Monday to extol his wife’s record on issues that are important to the labor movement. — 1,215 words.

Has the Change Led to Wins?

Not yet, but organizers from the seven unions
that split from the AFL-CIO have big plans.

When a bloc of unions broke away from the AFL-CIO two years ago to form the Change to Win labor federation, their leaders appeared to have lit a fuse on a bomb — but nobody knew what kind. Would the already weak labor movement blow up amidst debilitating fragmentation and squabbles? Or would the explosion unleash a new organizing fervor? — 2,152 words. 

Chinese restaurant in Moscow
served stray dogs as mutton

A Chinese restaurant chain in Moscow has slaughtered stray dogs and served them to its customers as mutton, a representative for the local authorities was quoted as saying by the Interfax news agency Monday. — 226 words.

South African police chief McBride orders
'blood switch' to escape drunk driving charge

Legal fees climb past R2.3 million

EKURHULENI, South Africa — Police chief Robert McBride's legal fees to a Durban-based firm of attorneys have cost ratepayers more than R2,3-million so far. — 687 words.

Skin disease sheds light on Marx's alienation
‘The bourgeoisie will remember my carbuncles’

LONDON (Reuters) — Love him or hate him, Karl Marx of the 19th century, was the most widely acknowledged, quoted, and influential writer in the 20th century. You can find him in published works from economics to history, and from sociology to psychology, not to leave out prose and poetry. Now, for the love of Pete, we have the astounding contention that Marx’s alienation was all about a chronic skin disease. — 262 words.

Heck of a Job, Hughsie . . .
Karen Hughes throws in the towel.

And so Karen Hughes is leaving her post as "public diplomat" in much the same way she assumed it, with an air of farce and mystery. — 1,053 words.

True North Canuck Fact of the Day

Remembrance Day feature 

11 things you may not know about November 11

On November 11, Canadians everywhere will remember the people who sacrificed their youth and in many cases, their lives, during the wars of the 20th century.

It’s the ideal time to reflect on the role played by thousands of ordinary people who were called upon to do extraordinary things during times of military conflict.

On this Remembrance Day, the following 11 facts, prepared with input from the Canadian War Museum, Veterans Affairs Canada and the Royal Canadian Legion, will provide some additional insight into the wars Canada has been involved in and the significance of this special day.

In honour of our armed forces past and present True North will add Remembrance Day facts until they total 11 by our Friday, November 10 issue.

1. Private George L. Price was the last Canadian killed in action before the Armistice took effect at 11:00 a.m. on Nov. 11, 1918. He was shot by a German sniper only minutes before the Armistice ended the First World War.

.2. Men weren’t the only ones to die for their country in the Second World War:  approximately 50,000 Canadian women served and 81 were killed.  Six were with the Royal Canadian Navy, 25 were in the army, 32 in the Royal Canadian Air Force, 10 with nursing services, and eight in the Canadian
Merchant Navy.

3. In John McCrae’s famous 1915 poem ``In Flanders Fields,’’ Flanders refers to the northern Dutch speaking part of Belgium; Flanders Fields is the battlefields where some of the heaviest fighting took place during the First World War.

4. Until 1931, Remembrance Day, originally known as Armistice Day, was celebrated on the same day as Thanksgiving, which took place the Monday of the week in which November 11 fell.  However, in 1931, following a decade of lobbying by veterans’ organizations, the government renamed Armistice Day, Remembrance Day, and placed it on Nov. 11, the anniversary of the day the First World War ended.

5. Money raised during the Royal Canadian Legion’s annual Poppy Campaign assists veterans, ex-service people, their dependents and charities with medical assistance and equipment, meals, transportation, shelter, clothing and disaster relief.

Trivia compiled by Randy Ray and Mark Kearney. For all the books of this best-selling duo visit their Web site at:

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Carl Dow, Editor and Publisher
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Harold Wright, Contributing Editor
Randy Ray, Contributing Editor