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Editor’s Notes

Happy Halloween

This will be a quick door-opening to our Garden of Ideas. The sun has risen over the yardarm and will soon be setting in the west, the time to greet children at the door thrilled by their costumes and the experience itself. — 191 words.

In the Court of Judge Harold Wright
no time is wasted getting to the point

ATTORNEY: Are you sexually active? — 129 words

Anger Management
From the Humour Desk of West Coast Editor Wendy Asman

Keep this under your pillow and otherwise ready-to-hand
One day you too may have desperate need for guidance

Read below to learn how one man successfully used intelligence and imagination to manage his anger.  — 787 words.

Health Watch

Original AIDS virus traced
to Caribbean nation of Haiti

MOSCOW (Russia Herald) — Researchers say they have traced the predominant strain of the AIDS virus in the United States and Europe to the Caribbean country of Haiti. — 125 words.

From the Desk of Mike (The Hammer) Garvin

Asians win 50-year battle in U.S.

U.S. auto makers produced ‘disaster after disaster’
leaving the field wide open for Asian competitors

CHICAGO — Fifty years after the first Japanese car coughed its way up the Hollywood Hills, it is hard to imagine a time when the big three U.S. vehicle makers sold 95 percent of the cars on American roads. — 424 words.

While little Georgie sheds crock tears over Darfur
Uncle Dick beats the drum for another oil fix in Iran

The President Bush portrayed in Michael Abramowitz's Oct. 29 Washington Post story "U.S. Promises on Darfur Don't Match Actions" is almost unrecognizable. According to Abramowitz, Bush is so absorbed by the details of the humanitarian crisis in the Darfur region of Sudan, which he's repeatedly labeled "genocide," that some in the White House refer to the president as the "Sudan desk officer." — 839 words.

Halloween trend to racy outfit riles parents
‘a corset is the last thing an 11-year-old needs’

Gabby Cirenza wanted to be a referee for Halloween. The outfit she liked had a micro-mini black skirt and a form-fitting black-and-white-striped spandex top held together with black laces running up the flesh-exposing sides. She looked admiringly at the thigh-high black go-go boots that could be bought as an accessory. And she thought the little bunny on the chest was cute. — 1,323 words.

U.S. Army Colonel is banned from Canada
for joining Washington Iraq war protest

Ann Wright is a 29-year U.S. Army veteran who retired as a Colonel, and a former U.S. diplomat when she resigned in March, 2003, in opposition to the war on Iraq. She served in Nicaragua, Grenada, Somalia, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Sierra Leone, Micronesia and Mongolia. In December, 2001, she was on the small team that reopened the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan.— 1,840 words

More violent, extreme foreign fighters bolster Taliban

Siberian at checkpoint ‘unusually tall for a woman’
was on suicide run with 1,000 pounds of explosives

GARDEZ, Afghanistan — Afghan police officers working a highway checkpoint near here noticed something odd recently about a passenger in a red pickup truck. Though covered head to toe in a burqa, the traditional veil worn by Afghan women, she was unusually tall. When the police asked her questions, she refused to answer. — 1,510 words.

Divide and Conquer
The U.S. should be squeezing Turkey, not the other way around

By Christopher Hitchens
Slate Magazine

In the past century, the principal victims of genocide or attempted genocide have been, or at least have prominently included, the Armenians, the Jews, and the Kurds. During most of the month of October, events and politicians both conspired to set these three peoples at one another's throats. What is there to be learned from this fiasco for humanity? — 970 words.

Iraq dam could collapse at any time

Iraq’s largest dam is in danger of collapsing. — 175 words.

Hillary la Française, Cherchez la Femme?

Maureen Dowd, The New York Times, says, “It’s an odd cultural inversion. The French first lady, the one in a role where wives traditionally ignored and overlooked their husbands’ peccadilloes for the greater gain of keeping their marriages intact and running the Élysée Palace, has fled her gilded perch, acting all-American and brimming over with feelings and feminist impulses.” — 823 words.

Consumers have power over prices

Toronto Star Editorial

Last year, when the Canadian dollar was worth 86 cents (U.S.), a consumer product, such as a pair of shoes or pants, with a $100 price tag in an American store in Buffalo or Niagara Falls, N.Y., should have sold for close to $116 in a Canadian store in the Greater Toronto Area. And in many cases, the price in Canada was a lot more than $116. — 542 words.

Damage caused to International Space Station

A solar power panel on the International Space Station has ripped while being tested for an extension to the spacecraft. — 87 words.

True North Canuck Fact of the Day

Remembrance Day feature 

11 things you may not know about November 11

On November 11, Canadians everywhere will remember the people who sacrificed their youth and in many cases, their lives, during the wars of the 20th century.

It’s the ideal time to reflect on the role played by thousands of ordinary people who were called upon to do extraordinary things during times of military conflict.

On this Remembrance Day, the following 11 facts, prepared with input from the Canadian War Museum, Veterans Affairs Canada and the Royal Canadian Legion, will provide some additional insight into the wars Canada has been involved in and the significance of this special day.

In honour of our armed forces past and present True North will add Remembrance Day facts until they total 11 by our Friday, November 10 issue.

1. Private George L. Price was the last Canadian killed in action before the Armistice took effect at 11:00 a.m. on Nov. 11, 1918. He was shot by a German sniper only minutes before the Armistice ended the First World War.

.2. Men weren’t the only ones to die for their country in the Second World War:  approximately 50,000 Canadian women served and 81 were killed.  Six were with the Royal Canadian Navy, 25 were in the army, 32 in the Royal Canadian Air Force, 10 with nursing services, and eight in the Canadian Merchant Navy.

3. In John McCrae’s famous 1915 poem ``In Flanders Fields,’’ Flanders refers to the northern Dutch speaking part of Belgium; Flanders Fields is the battlefields where some of the heaviest fighting took place during the First World War.

Trivia compiled by Randy Ray and Mark Kearney. For all the books of this best-selling duo visit their Web site at:

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