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Take care, beware, don’t go near that thing on Friday . . . there’s a gouger lurking, with a very greedy eye on your hard-earned money.

Editor’s Notes

Well here we are on a new No Gas Friday, September 28, 2007. In honour of this day, I repeat my thesis on the subject. Have a good weekend. See you Monday.

Looking forward,

Carl Dow
Editor and Publisher
True North Perspective

For those who missed it, here’s a repeat of my thesis on Big Oil

If advertisers can repeat a message, so can True North. I wrote the following Editor’s Notes for our Friday, September 7 issue. At the end you’ll see a reference to “next Monday” you’ll find the latter in our archives dated Monday, September 10. Even if you recall it, it wouldn’t hurt to read that issue again — just like a good book. — 523 words.

More evidence revealed
in Court of Judge Wright

— 19 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 America’s real problem. — 400 words.

From the Desk of Mike ‘The Hammer’ Garvin

The 2008 Green Car of the Year
will be crowned at LA Auto Show

On November 15, the Green Car Journal will hand its Green Car of the Year Award in recognition of a manufacturer's environmental efforts.— 176 words.

Harper’s clarion call for a majority?

Federal surplus balloons to $14B
Corporate tax revenues jump 19%

A booming Canadian economy generated such big tax revenues this past year that the federal budget surplus approached $14 billion, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Thursday. — 650 words.

Race for Oil-Rich Arctic Heats Up
as Inuit Stake Their Claim, Too

Indigenous to the region, the Inuit want a "meaningful voice" in the territory dispute. — 881 words.

Ralph Nader writes George Steinbrenner III
on tearing down ‘the house that Ruth Built’

Dear Mr. Steinbrenner:

So you want to be the man who tears down "the House That Ruth Built." And for what? More profit. Neither you, nor the city government you pressured, nor anyone else should ever do this to a place so rich in history and tradition as Yankee Stadium. —  943 words.

ExxonMobil calls for arbitration
in compensation row with Venezuela

U.S. oil giant ExxonMobil has asked for international arbitration as it seeks compensation from Venezuela after it pulled out of the country when the government bought controlling interest of the Orinoco fields. — 318 words.

Venezuela's Chavez skips
this year's UN opening

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez decided not to attend the U.N. General Assembly this week, one year after he captured the world's attention when he called President Bush "the devil" during the gathering of world leaders.— 113 words

We are officially still the Dominion of Canada
but no one calls us that anymore — not even us

As maroon-clad monks and citizens file down the rainy streets of Burma, protesting the sometimes brutal 45-year rule of the military, viewers can be forgiven if they're a little confused about where it's actually happening. — 772 words.

Livingstone rival slammed over Chavez "dictator" jibe
as battle for mayor’s job heats up in London, England

Solidarity campaigners blasted London mayoral hopeful Boris Johnson on Wednesday for calling Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez a "left-wing dictator." — 252 words.

Serbia to offer Kosovo 'largest autonomy in the world'
President warns against universal separatist precedent

Serbia is prepared to offer its secessionist province of Kosovo the "largest autonomy in the world" in upcoming talks on the future of the independence-seeking region, the nation's president said Thursday. — 492 words.

Siberian woman who delivers healthy
17-pound baby has 11 other children

A small Russian city just got a really big addition: a 17-pound, one-ounce baby whose mother had already delivered 11 other children. — 234 words.

Inside the brain of George W. Bush

How a prewar conversation can help
Americans pick their next president

‘Delusional . . . Bush had no experiences, on any level, with anything like war or Iraq.’

The Spanish newspaper El País recently published the transcript of a conversation between President George W. Bush and then-Prime Minister José María Aznar on Feb. 22, 2003—a few weeks before the invasion of Iraq—and it confirms some (though not all) of the most dreadful accounts and suspicions about Bush's intentions and nature. — 1,545 words.

An American Tragedy

Why does everyone bow down
to the health insurance industry?

‘Bow your heads and raise the white flags. After facing down the Third Reich, the Japanese Empire,  the U.S.S.R., Manuel Noriega, and Saddam Hussein, the United States has met an enemy it dares not confront — the American private health insurance industry.” — 801 words.

Bush’s ego blocks
insurance for kids

Perhaps there is nothing that can be done to change the balance of forces within the U.S. Congress at the moment and, as a result, millions of kids will go without health insurance. — 710 words.

Still time to jump on the gold wagon
Gold is underpriced by $1,400!

Governments can't debase it. It has no debts … no board of directors … no politicians or central bankers that can mess with its value. That's why gold has survived every economy history has ever witnessed, and preserved investors' purchasing power over a span of some 5,000 years. — 1,689 words.

True North Canuck Fact of the Day

CPR stainless steel transcontinental cut time by 16 hours 

When Canadian Pacific Railway introduced the streamlined, all stainless steel transcontinental train The Canadian on April 24, 1955, the rail trip between Montreal and Vancouver was reduced by 16 hours.  The Canadian could make the journey in 71 hours and 10 minutes.

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

Harold Wright, Doctor of Punology, says, An invisible man marries an invisible woman. The kids were nothing to look at either.


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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Carl Dow, Editor and Publisher
Yvette Pigeon, Assistant Editor
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Harold Wright, Contributing Editor
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