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Editor’s Notes

Prisoners of War?
Photo Credit: Morris Lamont/The Canadian Press

A message for the Tory Tories
‘Let the prop children go’

In my early days as a journalist, including three years with The Globe and Mail, I often carried a camera to support my stories. Children are the most photogenic. They are always the most enthusiastic and the least self-conscious. — 249 words.

Keeping it brief on vowels
in Court of Judge Wright

There are two words in the English language  . . . — 28 words.

From the west coast Geriatric Desk
of Social Worker Wendy Asman

(It’s the desk that’s geriatric not Wendy Asman. – ed.) — 285 words.

Health Watch

Researchers testing new
vaccine for all flu types

Researchers are testing a new vaccine that would protect against all strains of flu, including bird flu, permanently. — 229 words.

From the Desk of Mike ‘The Hammer’ Garvin

The first ''green'' Nissan dealership in Canada

SOREL, Quebec — By teaming up with Nissan Canada and investing in proven energy-saving technologies, Yves Ayotte, owner of Sorel-Tracy Nissan, has seen an annual reduction in his energy bill of more than $15,000.  — 256 words.

The roots of discord over religious schools
may be found in the reading of our history

The fight over separate schools in Ontario predates the country itself. Religion, it turns out, is Canada's oldest and deepest fault line — 1,170 words.

Tory vows to fast-track Ontario nuke plants

Energy issues move to centre stage as
election campaign enters final phase

Progressive Conservative Leader John Tory is vowing to fast-track the building of more nuclear power plants by any means available in an apparent reversal of a stand he took just months ago. — 915 words.

‘What the hell is she talking about?’

CIA vet says Bush & Co. underestimate
the potent reach of Osama bin Laden

The former head of the CIA unit responsible for hunting down Osama bin Laden says the terror leader made a “very overt threat” in his recent video appearance and suggests President Bush’s chief terror adviser was “malevolent” for dismissing the risk.
— 1,447 words.

Standoff with Taliban leaves big
Afghan-dam project in limbo

KAJAKI DAM, Afghanistan — The police posts on the hilltops around Kajaki Dam look out over empty villages and a deserted bazaar, where weeds grow and rubbish blows down the street. The population left a year-and-a-half ago and only a few hundred people remain here, most of them soldiers and police guarding Afghanistan's jewel of industry, its largest hydroelectric dam, against Taliban insurgents.— 1,165 words.

Pope ‘refused audience for Rice’ who said U.S.
‘not interested’ in Pope’s lecture on immorality

ROME — Pope Benedict XVI refused a recent request by US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to discuss the Middle East and Iraq, Vatican sources say. — 245 words.

National Intelligence Director
admits to lying to Congress

Intel czar Mike McConnell told Congress a new law helped bring down a terror plot. The facts say otherwise. — 394 words.

U.S. bonds collapsing! Contrary to textbook
theory, foreigners are abandoning the dollar!

If you thought the dollar's collapse would not affect you, think again! Here's what's happening: — 541 words.

True North Canuck Fact of the Day

Mario Lemieux top scorer on penalty shots

Mario Lemieux is the only player in the NHL to score his 50th goal of the season on a penalty shot.  The goal came on April 11, 1997 against Florida Panthers goalie John Vanbiesbrouck.

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

Harold Wright, Dean of Punology, says, My Doctor has me and him on tape. He’s saying that a goldfish has a memory span of three seconds. I’m saying what?  


Whatever Happened To…?
Catching Up With Canadian Icons
Randy Ray and Mark Kearney
ISBN:  1-55002-654-2  
$21.99   Trade Paperback  ORIGINAL




bookWhatever Happened To…? Catching Up With Canadian Icons by Randy Ray and Mark Kearney has been reprinted.  The second printing consists of 3,000 copies.

``We’re excited that the first print run, also 3,000 copies, sold out in seven months,’’ says Ray, who with Kearney has written eight books about Canada. "Canadians seem to be interested in knowing what's happened to a range of interesting people and things over the years and we’ve given them plenty of food for thought."

Whatever Happened To…? tracks the whereabouts of about 100 celebrities, newsmakers, places and things that have played a significant or interesting role in Canada’s recent history.  Long after making headlines or burrowing their way into our collective consciousness, these icons have traveled different roads—or in some cases kept more quietly to the path that gained them attention in the first place.

Ever wonder what became of Marilyn Bell, the first Canadian woman to swim across Lake Ontario?  Or of Roger Woodward, the boy who survived the treacherous beauty of Niagara Falls?  And what about Lea Parrell, the famous baby-face of Heinz, who was signed on before she was even born?

Kearney and Ray, who are known as Canada’s Trivia Guys, spice up their stories with dozens of fascinating facts.  With website links to further information, the book is a great resource for anyone who wants to learn more about Canada’s heritage or have a little fun.

Randy Ray is a freelance writer, author, and publicist.  He worked for the London Free Press for 13 years, including three years as a Parliament Hill correspondent.  Ray lives in Ottawa.

Mark Kearney is an award-winning journalist who has worked as a reporter, public relations specialist, and freelance writer.  He has taught writing at the University of Western Ontario for the past 17 years.  Kearney lives in London.


To set up an interview with Randy Ray and/or Mark Kearney, please contact
Randy Ray at: (613) 731-3873 or rocket@intranet.ca

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Harold Wright, Contributing Editor
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