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Editor’s Notes

John Manley’s call for 1,000 more NATO combat troops
suggests he spent too much time among the poppies   

Politics is full of mysteries: how, for example, can someone as gullible as John Manley rise to become a key cabinet minister in the Canadian federal government. — 656 words.

While the jury remains out on the missing bicycle wrench
Judge Harold Wright waxes nostalgic about entertainment

More Judge Wright on Hollywood Squares

— 250 words.

Health Watch

New study says red meat, diet soda raise health risks

People who eat two or more servings of red meat a day are much more likely to develop conditions leading to heart disease and diabetes, U.S. researchers reported on Tuesday. — 345 words.

From the Desk of Mike (The Hammer) Garvin

And now for something completely different

In the United States, Mitsubishi sells the Raider pickup truck, which is nothing more than a clone of the Dodge Dakota. However, this model is not available north of the border. Yet, it would be in the interest of Mitsubishi Motors Sales of Canada to exploit this market segment. — 733 words.

Interesting historical notes … by George Laidlaw

George Laidlaw is a novelist and President of the Ottawa Independent Writers.

American Cold War bomber carrying
atomic bomb crashes in British Columbia

For those in Canada and the world the time after the World War 11 was called the Cold War. We were confronted with the belief that there was going to be a war with the Soviet countries. So sure of this eventuality, the Americans made plans for war and practiced their aerial attack so they would be ready when war began. — 212 words.


From the Desk of West Coast Editor Wendy Asman

Humour from the land of Subprime

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From the Desk of RCAF Lt. Col. (Ret’d) Harold Wright

NDP accuse federal Tories of breaking
promises to victims of Agent Orange

FREDERICTON _ More than 40 years after Agent Orange was sprayed on a New Brunswick military base, the defoliant program is still creating political fallout for the current federal government. Peter Stoffer, the New Democrats‘ veterans affairs critic, said Wednesday the Conservatives are being deceitful about the spray program. — 542 words.

High oil prices, resource nationalism
prompt scramble for African reserves

High oil prices and the onslaught of resource nationalism from Russia to South America have sent Western majors delving ever deeper into the waters of the Gulf of Guinea, triggering a new scramble for African reserves. — 871 words.

In Kabul, shattered illusions as Taliban
expand their war with new strategy

“WELL, at least we’re not in Baghdad,” we used to say when confronted by the vagaries of the Kabul winter. No heat, sporadic electricity and growing disaffection among the population might make us uncomfortable, but those of us living outside the smothering embrace of the embassies or the United Nations had relative freedom of movement and few security worries. And of course we had the Serena hotel. Its spa offered solace, a gym and a hot shower; we could pretend for a few hours that we were in Dubai. — 758 words.

‘Brainy Russian Don’ with Canadian-registered company
wanted by FBI is arrested in Moscow in special operation

Semion Mogilevich who has been arrested in Moscow in a special operation was included in the FBI wanted list as long ago as in 2003. U.S. police wanted him on charges of racketering, fraud, money laundering, and other financial crimes. — 209 words.

Russia opposes unilateral proclamation of Kosovo independence

Russian President Vladimir Putin says Russia strongly opposes the unilateral proclamation of Kosovo’s independence. “During today’s meeting we reiterated that Russia opposes strongly the unilateral proclamation of Kosovo’s independence,” Putin said, summing up the results of Friday talks with Serbian President Boris Tadic. “It is fraught with serious damage for the whole system of international law, negative consequences for the Balkans and the whole world and for the stability in other regions,” Putin said. — 198 words.

Putin meets with Tadic, Kostunica in Kremlin
to seal oil/gas deal making Serbia a major hub

Russian President Vladimir Putin met today with Serbian President Boris Tadic and Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica in the Kremlin on Friday, to discuss the Kosovo situation and seal a gas and oil deal that would develop Serbia into a major hub for Russian gas pumped to Europe. — 621 words.

Study: Bushies lied 935 times to sell Iraq invasion
A tragic trail of lies that betrayed the American dream

President George W. Bush and seven of his administration's top officials, including Vice President Dick Cheney, National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice, and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, made at least 935 false statements in the two years following September 11, 2001, about the national security threat posed by Saddam Hussein's Iraq. — 1,808 words.

Working naked in Australia four hours a day for food and shelter

Nudism: a healthier lifestyle or a bunch of hype?

Several days into our time in Australia, I convinced my intended that we should work at a nudist resort. We had eight weeks and little money to spend on our trip, and so decided to join an organization called WWOOF, or Willing Workers on Organic Farms, whose $50 membership came with a book of names and phone numbers of Australians who would trade us food and lodging for about four hours of work a day. — 4,295 words.

The Book End ­

Every Friday in this spot True North will feature a book by a Canadian writer. The presentation will not be a review. It will include a profile of the author written by him/herself and about the product of the author’s literary labours. If a reader wants to file a review we’ll publish it. Looking forward.

Live Your Dreams – Let Reality Catch Up by Roger Ellerton

New web site may be path to success
for authors, publishers, and companies

Prolific best-selling Ottawa author and publicist Randy Ray has developed a new Web site to promote his publicity services, which he offers to authors, publishers and companies.  Mr. Ray has helped many clients get their message out across Canada on CTV, CBC Radio, CH-TV, A-Channel and Global TV, and in the Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, Ottawa Citizen, Ottawa Sun, Halifax Herald and many Ottawa-area weekly newspapers.  Mr. Ray's eb site is:  He can be contacted at: (613) 731-3873 or

Harold Wright, Doctor of Punology, and his colleague George Carlin succinctly deal with profound questions of life and living:”Why is the man who invests all your money called a broker?”

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Carl Dow, Editor and Publisher
Yvette Pigeon, Assistant Editor
Benoit Jolicoeur, Art Director
Carl Hall, Technical Analyst and Web Editor
Contributing Editors
Rosaleen Dickson
Tom Dow
Randy Ray
Harold Wright