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Friday, July 3, 2009, Vol. 4, No, 32 — 183
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Mysterious shadows tailing Abdelrazik on first days home

"Security intelligence services have to become intelligent. They're not intelligent, they're stupid," law professor says. "They see ghosts and goblins at every turn and spend excess money making people miserable who don't deserve it."

By Les Perreaux
The Globe and Mail

MONTREAL — Abousfian Abdelrazik is back on Canadian soil a partly free man, but his lawyer says mysterious people are watching his every move and he may seek a court injunction to stop it. — 644 words.

Financial analyst Martin D. Weiss: California in final death throes
Gov. Schwarz. says 'wallet dried up.'

By Carl Dow
Editor and Publisher
True North Perspective

JUPITER, Florida — Conservative financial analyst Martin D. Weiss, PhD, says California's fiscal disaster is about to create massive volatility in the stock and bond markets. As readers of True North Perspective will know Dr. Weiss for years predicted the economic recession/depression that has struck the American economy and dragged the world down with it. — 534 words.

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

Your support makes it possible for True North to clear the fog of "publicity" and keep you informed on what's really happening in the world today. Please send your donation to:

Carl Dow, True North, Station E, P.O. Box 4814, Ottawa ON Canada K1S 5H9.

Editor's Notes

Friday, July 3, 2009
True North Perspective
Vol. 4, No. 32 (183)

In the spirit of trying to make 'em honest, if not smart
we’ll keep reporting CSIS bungles as a public service
while revealing the corrupt roots that nourished its birth

One reason that there is no public alarm about the stupidity, cruelty, and bungling of the CSIS is that the media tends to give only sporadic attention to this rogue government department. Another reason is that the public has short memories. True North Perspective has concluded that the time for a change is long past due. — 377 words.

Letters to the editor

Who needs sovereignty anyway?

(Editor's note: the following letter was printed in the Toronto Star on July 1, 2009, in response to a column ("One rousing Canadian cheer for stern U.S. border boss") by Liberal Senator Colin Kenny printed on June 29th.)

Re: One rousing Canadian cheer for stern U.S. border boss, Opinion June 29

I agree with Senator Colin Kenny. In fact, we do not need the bungling RCMP and the tape-destroying CSIS. We should allow the FBI and CIA to operate freely in Canada so that more of our citizens may be rendered without help from our security services.

We will save all the money we spend on our security apparatus and our trade with the U.S. will go on unhindered, as if there were no borders. Who cares about sovereignty, if we can maintain our standard of living? After all we live in a proud and free country.

I am proud to have Colin Kenny as a member of that august body.

Without him the terrorists would have killed us all and taken over my Canada.

Yusuf Patel, Mississauga

Champion needed

By Alex Binkley
True North Perspective Contributing Editor
Originally writter for Ontario Farmer

Michael McCain gets a lot of credit for taking responsibility during last summer’s Listeria crisis and, by default, becoming the public face of food safety in the process. — 458 words.

Canadian diplomats expelled

By Staff Writers
The Moscow Times

Two Canadian NATO diplomats have left Moscow after the Foreign Ministry withdrew their accreditation in a tit-for-tat expulsion of two Russian diplomats from Russia's NATO mission last month, Interfax reported Wednesday. — 644 words.

Are we scheduling ourselves silly?

By Alberte Villeneuve-Sinclair

Alberte Villeneuve-Sinclair is the author of "The Neglected Garden and two French novels. Visit her website to learn more

Everyone, summer is finally here! It took long enough to show up. So now it's time to enjoy a more carefree schedule, stop and smell the roses, spend some time relaxing on the patio or porch, read a good book or your favorite magazine, sip ice tea or an ice cold beer... So am I the only one who is still running with a full schedule, trying to get everything done? I'm a retiree, right? — 698 words.

From the Desk of Alex Binkley, True North Perspective Contributing Editor

If it walks and squawks like a carbon tax, it is a carbon tax

By Ben Eisen
Policy Analyst
Frontier Centre for Public Policy
Troy Media Corporation

Ben Eisen is co-author of The Environmental State of Canada — 30 years of Progress.

During the last federal election, the Conservatives skewered then Liberal leader Stephane Dion’s proposed carbon tax as a “tax on everything.” The Tories argued such a policy would place a significant strain on household budgets, curb economic growth, and contribute almost nothing towards the stated goal of the policy — to combat global warming. — 698 words.

From the Desk of Alex Binkley, True North Perspective Contributing Editor

Canadian presence must be reinforced in the northern environment
or ownership rights to Arctic environment, oil, gas will be threatened

By Ron Wallace

Dr. Ron Wallace recently retired as Chief Executive Officer of a Canadian-US defence manufacturer. He has worked extensively internationally, including the Arctic regions of Canada and Russia, where he gained experience in northern engineering and environmental research.

Assertions of sovereign interest by nations are empty without the ability to enforce laws and maintain security in the territories so claimed. Hence, issues of northern environmental protection, security and sovereignty are inextricably bound together. Although it may seem a trivial observation to some, in order to assert sovereign control in the Arctic, and to ensure environmental protection in this special place, Canada has to be there. Like a three-sided conceptual triangle, sovereign control, military security and environmental protection each contributes one to the other. — 746 words.

Our True North

On Canada Day, 11 Canadians living in the United States shared what they miss most about home for the New York Times.

Until 1982, Canada Day was known as Dominion Day. I always thought that had more of a ring to it. Beyond the zippy alliteration, it reminded us citizens that our domain of orderly domesticity was graced by the dominant power of our "Dominus." And the rights granted therein to us by the glorious English crown through her colonial appointee, the right honourable governor general. — 1,800 words.

Disturbed ground

By The Rev. Dr. Hanns F. Skoutajan

I have just zoomed in on Google Earth. I do this frequently to see the topography of this world. My destination is often an oval shaped lake in northern Saskatchewan. From there I move the pointer north and close in on a field. A narrow fringe of trees cuts the field in two and where it ends I can see a small area of disturbed ground. This is all that is left of what was once a farm. — 656 words.

Health Watch

Weed-whacking herbicide proves deadly to human cells

Used in gardens, farms, and parks around the world, the weed killer Roundup contains an ingredient that can suffocate human cells in a laboratory

By Crystal Gammon and Environmental Health News

Used in yards, farms and parks throughout the world, Roundup has long been a top-selling weed killer. But now researchers have found that one of Roundup's inert ingredients can kill human cells, particularly embryonic, placental and umbilical cord cells. The new findings intensify a debate about so-called "inerts" — the solvents, preservatives, surfactants and other substances that manufacturers add to pesticides. Nearly 4,000 inert ingredients are approved for use by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. — 1,650 words.

Eager to tap Iraq's vast oil reserves, industry execs called for invasion

By Jason Leopold

Two years before the invasion of Iraq, oil executives and foreign policy advisers told the Bush administration that the United States would remain "a prisoner of its energy dilemma" as long as Saddam Hussein was in power.

That April 2001 report, "Strategic Policy Challenges for the 21st Century," was prepared by the James A. Baker Institute for Public Policy and the U.S. Council on Foreign Relations at the request of then-Vice President Dick Cheney. — 1,733 words.

Iraq: covered in blood, built on lies

By William Rivers Pitt|Perspective

William Rivers Pitt is a New York Times and internationally bestselling author of two books: "War on Iraq: What Team Bush Doesn't Want You to Know" and "The Greatest Sedition Is Silence." His newest book, "House of Ill Repute: Reflections on War, Lies, and America's Ravaged Reputation," is now available from PoliPointPress.

It began more than six years ago with a lie, followed by another lie, and another lie, and then two more, ten more, a hundred, a thousand, an avalanche of lies from heads of state and hatchet men and well-fed media types more interested in getting the interview than in getting the facts.

It began with lies like this: — 1,074 words.

Russian oil firms thwarted in Iraq bidding

By Anatoly Medetsky
The Moscow Times

LUKoil said Wednesday that it would be interested in bidding again for the rights to develop an Iraqi oil field a day after its offer placed third in a tender for West Qurna-1. — 455 words.

Misreading the protests in Tehran

By Ali Gharib
Inter Press Service

WASHINGTON — After 30 years of enmity that closed off most lines of communication, the recent crisis in Iran has suddenly engendered a boom of U.S. interest in the Islamic Republic. — 1,208 words.

Worker uprising against Wells Fargo spreads
After major victory to keep factories open

Workers fight back against Wells Fargo for closing their factory and they win! Now other workers take on the fight

By Mike Elk

This week, workers at Hartmarx Factory won a major victory against Wells Fargo, as Wells Fargo agreed to keep their factory open. The story of the Hartmarx workers had drawn national attention as they threatened to occupy their factory if Wells Fargo closed it. Their victory yesterday represents a major triumph in the growing trend of factory sit ins that started last December when workers, members of United Electrical, Radio, and Machine Workers (UE) occupied the Republic Windows and Doors factory in Chicago. — 809 words.

Venezuela proposes United Nations military action if diplomacy fails in Honduras coup

By James Suggett

MERIDA — On Tuesday Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez proposed multi-national military, economic, and legal measures to restore Honduran President Manuel Zelaya to the presidency and bring an end to the military coup d'etat that began last Sunday, if planned diplomatic measures fail. — 860 words.

'U.S. can't get Arabs to commit to normal Israel ties'

By Barak Ravid and Cnaan Liphshiz

The U.S. administration has not been successful in securing commitments from Arab countries to take steps toward normalizing relations with Israel, a senior source in Jerusalem said Wednesday. — 523 words.

Rules of the wronged

By Maureen Dowd
The New York Times

Stay focused, ladies. Here is The Practical Guide to Help Spurned Political Wives Survive Old Problems in the Era of New Technology. — 845 words.

Washington Post cancels lobbyist event amid uproar over influence-peddling 'salon'

By Mike Allen and Michael Calderone

Washington Post Publisher and Chief Executive Officer Katharine Weymouth said today she was cancelling plans for an exclusive "salon" at her home where, for as much as $250,000, the Post offered lobbyists and association executives off-the-record, nonconfrontational access to "those powerful few": Obama administration officials, members of Congress, and even the paper's own reporters and editors. — 913 words.

U.S. begins major offensive against Taliban in southern Afghanistan

Marines will try to clear insurgents from Helmand River valley before Afghan presidential elections on 20 August

By Richard A. Oppel
The New York Times

KABUL, Afghanistan — Almost 4,000 United States Marines, backed by helicopter gunships, pushed into the volatile Helmand River valley in southwestern Afghanistan on Thursday morning, reporting little resistance from Taliban fighters, whose control of poppy harvests and opium smuggling in the area provides major financing for the Afghan insurgency. — 1,048 words.

Israel, U.S. inch toward deal on settlements

By Barak Ravid

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. special Mideast envoy George Mitchell will meet in two weeks to reach a final agreement on settlement construction in the West Bank. — 497 words.

U.S. nuns facing Vatican scrutiny

'Whereas we are religious, we're living the life of total dedication to Christ, and out of that flows a profound concern for the good of all humanity. So our vision of our lives, and their vision of us as a work force, are just not on the same planet.'

By Laurie Goodstein
The New York Times

The Vatican is quietly conducting two sweeping investigations of American nuns, a development that has startled and dismayed nuns who fear they are the targets of a doctrinal inquisition. — 1,432 words.

Florida girl strangled by pet python

Child was already dead when paramedics arrived at her home, said local official

By Staff Writers
Associated Press

A 12-foot (3.6-metre) pet Burmese python broke out of an aquarium and strangled a 2-year-old girl in her bedroom today at a central Florida home, authorities said. — 359 words.

Food Inc.: Michael Pollan and friends reveal the food industry's darkest secrets

The new film Food Inc. is a shocking look at the health, human rights and the environmental nightmare that lands on our plate each meal

By Tara Lohan

It turns out that figuring out the most simple thing — like what's on your dinner plate, and where it came from — is actually a pretty subversive act. That's what director Robert Kenner found out while spending six years putting together the amazing new documentary, Food Inc., which features prominent food writers Michael Pollan (The Omnivore's Dilemma) and Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation). — 2,989 words.

More sex, better sperm

By Tim McElreavy

Men can improve the quality of their sperm by quitting smoking, eating a well-balanced diet, and exercising — just not too much. Oh yeah, having a lot more sex will help the little swimmers swim more swimmingly, too. Two studies presented this week at the meeting of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology in Amsterdam provide evidence on how to get more bang for your buck, reproductively speaking. — 437 words.

'Stoned wallabies make crop circles'

Australian wallabies are eating opium poppies and creating crop circles
as they hop around "as high as a kite", a government official has said

By Staff Writers
BBC News

Lara Giddings, the attorney general for the island state of Tasmania, said the kangaroo-like marsupials were getting into poppy fields grown for medicine. She was reporting to a parliamentary hearing on security for poppy crops. — 248 words.

Dubai, new destination on sex trafficking map

By Claudia Ciobanu
Inter Press Service

BUCHAREST — On May 26, the U.S.-based Center for Investigative Reporting published 'The Price of Sex', a vast multi-media project by photojournalist Mimi Chakarova who spent nearly seven years doggedly unraveling the web of sex trafficking. — 1,167 words.

Man robs his own bank truck

By Lidia Okorokova
The Moscow Times

A Sberbank security guard accused of stealing a record 250 million rubles ($8 million) after holding up his own armored truck has been captured in an underground hideout in a Perm forest, police said Wednesday. — 1,167 words.

In case you missed it ...
The Old Man's Last Sauna, a collection of short stories by Carl Dow

The short story, The Old Man's Last Sauna, a groundbreaking love story, in the Friday, April 24 edition of True North Perspective, concludes the collection titled The Old Man's Last Sauna, written by Carl Dow. On Friday, April 17, you'll find O Ernie! ... What Have They Done To You! The series began Friday, February 20, with Deo Volente (God Willing). The second, The Quintessence of Mr. Flynn, Friday, February 27. The third, Sharing Lies, Friday, March 6. The fourth, Flying High, Friday, March 13. The fifth, The Richest Bitch in the Country or Ginny I Hardly Knows Ya, Friday, March 20. On Friday, March 27, One Lift Too Many, followed by The Model A Ford, Friday, April 3. The out-of-body chiller, Room For One Only, Friday, April 10. The series closed Friday, April 24, with the collection's namesake The Old Man's Last Sauna, a groundbreaking love story. All stories may also be found in the True North Perspective Archives.

Harold Wright, Doctor of Punology, sez:

"A hole has been found in the nudist camp wall. The police are looking into it."

True North Canuck Fact of the Day

'And ... they're off!'

The horse race starting gate was designed in the early 1900s by Philip McGinnis, a racetrack reporter from Huntingdon, Quebec. It prevented arguments caused when horses started prematurely.

Trivia compiled by Randy Ray and Mark Kearney, authors of nine books about Canada. For more fabulous facts, visit their Web site at:

Money and Markets

Will China lead the world out of recession? I still have my doubts ...

By Claus Vogt

The Baltic Dry Index, which measures the freight rates for dry cargo traveling by ship, hit an all time high of 11,793 on May 5, 2008. Then it plunged to 663 on December 5, a decline of 94.4 percent. It was as if trade was coming to a standstill. However, freight rates soon started to recover … — 1,170 words.

Spirit Quest

We need to develop a sense of pride in our differences

By The Rev. Dr. Hanns F. Skoutajan

In my childhood memory I have a picture of a cluster of wagons some covered with canvas others were like small houses. Beautiful horses grazed nearby. They would be hitched to those wagons and the little colony move on. In the evening I could hear the sounds of violins playing haunting or lively tunes. These were the gypsies or Roma that we hear a good deal about these days. — 1,097 words.


Speaking of celebrities

By Barbara Florio Graham
True North Perspective

Barbara Florio Graham is the author of Five Fast Steps to Better Writing, Five Fast Steps to Low-Cost Publicity, and Mewsings/Musings. Her website is

I subscribe to an excellent newsletter from the Target Marketing Group in Philadelphia. Denny Hatch's Business Common Sense is fascinating reading, whether or not you're especially interested in marketing, public relations, or business savvy, which are the topics it covers. — 515 words.

The Book End

From lemons, lemonaid

Author Brad Meltzer answers critics of his latest novel, The Book of Lies.


The Big Book of Canadian Trivia now in stores

Ottawa author Randy Ray and his co-author Mark Kearney of London, Ont. have published their ninth Canadian book, The Big Book of Canadian Trivia, which is now available in stores and on the authors' Web site at:

The latest Ray-Kearney effort is best described as a "greatest hits" book that contains the best Canadiana from their previous eight books, plus a considerable amount of new material.

In one big book readers will find all the trivia and facts about Canada they need to know: there are stories of important Canadian artifacts and history including what became of Canada's World War II spy camp.

All regions and provinces are covered, as well as important Canadian figures like John Molson, Elizabeth Arden and Russ Jackson.

If that isn't enough there will also be pieces explaining whatever happened to such Canadian icons as the last spike, labour leader Bob White, hockey tough guy Dave "The Hammer" Schultz, the first skidoo, swimmer Marilyn Bell and the first Tim Hortons donut shop.

Some items are "classics." Others are little known facts. Approximately 25% of the material has never before appeared in print.

This fascinating Big Book brings together for the first time in one package the most notable facts and trivia from the archives of the trivia guys' collection.

The Big Book of Canadian Trivia is published by The Dundurn Group of Toronto.

Website may be path to success
for authors, publishers, and companies

Prolific best-selling Ottawa author and publicist Randy Ray has developed a website 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 web site is: He can be contacted at: (613) 731-3873 or

Link not working? Story not loading? Can't click on the links? Got another computer problem? Never fear! Carl is here!

If you have any problems with accessing the newsletter or problems with your computer, send an email to Carl Hall , and he will be more than happy to assist you.


Carl Dow, Editor and Publisher
Geoffrey Dow, Managing Editor
Yvette Pigeon, Associate Editor
Benoit Jolicoeur, Art Director
Ian Covey, Director of Photography
Carl Hall, Technical Analyst and Web Editor
Contributing Editors
Alex Binkley
Anita Chan, Australia
Rosaleen Dickson
Tom Dow
Bob Kay
Randy Ray
David Ward
Harold Wright