Mission Statement – True North is for opinion makers

"News is what (certain) people want to keep hidden. Everything else is just publicity."
— PBS journalist Bill Moyers.

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Editor’s Notes

True North avoids religious debate
while sensitive to matters spiritual

True North is firmly in favour of a clear separation between religion and at least this fourth estate. We’ll never enter a debate on religion except where we think it has overstepped its definition of shepherding souls in the name of God. But that doesn’t mean that we are beyond concern of spiritual matters. — 222 words.

Liars better think twice
in Court of Judge Wright

Bob and Sam

Judge Harold Wright is a keen observer of the human condition. — 223 words.

From the west coast Geriatric Desk
of Social Worker Wendy Asman

(It’s the desk that’s geriatric not Wendy Asman. – ed.) — 108 words.

Health Watch

Stop blaming the boomers
for U.S. rising health costs

Skyrocketing health costs, not the Baby Boomers, are the real problem. — 400 words.

From the Desk of Mike ‘The Hammer’ Garvin

Ford wins first-ever ECOGLOBE Award
for production of ‘Flexifuel’ vehicles

The newly created ECOGLOBE Award is given by Switzerland in recognition of a company's environmental protection efforts. It also aims to focus people's attention on green automobiles, particularly those bearing the "Flexifuel" name. — 168 words.

From the Desk of RCAF Lt. Colonel (Ret’d) Harold Wright
Contributing Editor

Judge Moore sacked for displaying
Ten Commandments turns to poetry

Judge Roy Moore of Alabama  was reviled and scorned by many but his genuine despair at what is happening in America is reflected in a poem he wrote. — 377 words.

Some international media throw hissy fit
because “crazy” Hugo turns back the clock

Venezuelans shrug and say ‘now I can get to work on time’ — 707 words.

Venezuela officially launches
"Petrochemical Revolution"

While America stumbles about in the bloody sands of Iraq, Russia joins Venezuela in multi-billion dollar industrial developments. — 787 words.

Colombian elite fear growing influence
of Venezuela president Hugo Chavez

Not since his Colombian vice-president, Francisco de Paula Santander, conspired to assassinate Caracas born Simón Bolívar in Bogotá in 1828, has a Venezuelan so stirred political opinions and passions in its neighbour as President Hugo Chávez has done. — 1,819 words.

Chavez says Venezuela’s new school curriculum
is education in substance, not brainwashing

"Let's rescue our traditions and forget about the stupid Spiderman and Batman movies.  That is ideological brainwashing!" — 626 words.

What foreign investors will do next
as bond investors wonder what hit them

Did you jump for joy when the Federal Reserve Bank lowered interest rates by half a percentage point? If you own a significant stake in the U.S. stock market, you probably did. — 905 words.

True North Canuck Fact of the Day

RRSP rolling in billions

There is currently more than $300 billion in unused RRSP contribution room in Canada. In 2001, Canadians invested approximately $28.4 billion in RRSPs.

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

Harold Wright, Doctor of Punology, says, His parents thought he was a budding genius, but he turned out to be a blooming idiot.

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

All Ray/Kearney books can be seen on the Web at:


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