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Editor’s Notes

Already a killer, Afghanistan can be a major disaster
unless good old Canadian common sense prevails

True North is dedicated to the concept of Canada as a family. A sometimes turbulent and unruly family. But a family nevertheless. We sometimes air and resolve our differences with much tumult and shouting but mostly it’s all in good faith for common cause. At least we hope it is. — 834 words.

Conflict of interest found in 
Court of Judge Harold Wright

In a number of carefully controlled trials, scientists have demonstrated that if we drink 1 liter of water each day, at the end of the year . . .  — 142 words.

Health Watch

Migraine headaches hit low income
families and more girls than boys

A survey of more than 32,000 adolescents nationwide has found that migraine headaches are more common in low-income families, when there is no family history of such headaches. — 248 words.

From the Desk of Mike (The Hammer) Garvin

Look (everyone) no hands
computer alone drives car

"You might buy a car that has a special button called an 'auto-chauffeur' button. You push it and it drives you home and wakes you up in your garage. And maybe we have the self-park button that says 'drop me off at the office then go and find yourself a parking spot'. You could have a mobile phone button that calls the car back when you need it." — 1,034 words.

General (Retired) Ramsey Withers shares grief
with family of Captain Mathew Jonathan Dawe

A message sent by General (Retired) Ramsey Withers regarding the death in Afghanistan of Captain Mathew Jonathan Dawe, one of the six Canadian soldiers killed in action on July 4, 2007  — 196 words.

True North shares in the grief over the six
soldiers who died in Afghanistan on July 4

On behalf of our readers, True North offers condolences to the families of the six Canadian military who were killed in Afghanistan on Wednesday, July 4, 2007. Here following their identification. — 221 words.

Conference of Defence Associations on
Canada’s worthy role in Afghanistan

Dear Colleagues,

The Conference of Defence Associations would like to draw your attention to a number of articles addressing recent developments in Afghanistan. — 921 words.

Former deputy chief of defence staff
says goal achievement paramount
in deciding length of Afghanistan stay

Restoring failed state will take patience

Prime Minister Stephen Harper's pronouncement of his intention to seek consensus with the other political parties regarding the future  of the Afghanistan mission is wrought with danger, and makes the  future of the current mission beyond 2009 somewhat problematic. — 1,063 words.


Is the country collapsing?
Experts call for strategy rethink

What would it take to end violence in Afghanistan and kick-start efforts to get the country on the road to peace and prosperity? It depends whom you ask, but a number of experts who spoke to CBC Online agree strongly that the approach being taken to pacification and development by NATO forces in southern Afghanistan simply isn't working. — 1,141 words.

Hamid Karzai: A profile
of the Afghan president

Hamid Karzai

Hamid Karzai's job as Afghanistan's president hasn't changed much since he took the job in late 2001. Since being named interim president, he has had to spread democracy, rebuild the country, establish security and fight back against terrorism. — 558 words.

Document explains why
NATO is in Afghanistan

‘NATO is a key component of the international community’s engagement in Afghanistan, assisting the Afghan authorities in providing security and stability, paving the way for reconstruction and effective governance.’

“This is one of the most challenging tasks NATO has ever taken on, but it is a critical contribution to international security” — NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer. — 285 words.

True North Canuck Fact of the Day

Diamonds are forever

Canada’s first diamond ore body was discovered in 1992 at Lac de Gras, Northwest Territories where production began in October 1998. The mine is expected to help make Canada one of the world’s important diamond producing nations.

Trivia compiled by Randy Ray and Mark Kearney. Visit their Web site at: www.triviaguys.com

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