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Friday, July 17, 2009, Vol. 4, No, 34 — 185
"True North is for opinion makers"
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Editor's Notes

Friday, July 17, 2009
True North Perspective
Vol. 4, No. 34 (185)

True North Perspective, an on-line news and news analyses journal for high-end readers takes a working holiday to Friday, September 11

Dear Readers

With so much happening it grieves us to announce that True North Perspective has decided to take a working holiday from today until Friday, September 11.

If you'll allow the military vernacular our exhausted frontline has far outstripped our supplies. We need time to regroup, bring up new supplies and reinforcements.

We have been operating at a serious financial deficit. We have been so busy getting True North Perspective to your desktop we haven't had time to shake the bushes for money. We haven't even had time to remind those who in one breath gave praise for what we do and promised to send money. Not being reminded they have failed to fulfill their sincere promises and we've been denied sorely needed lifeblood.

There's a lot of organizational work that needs to be done at the business, circulation, and editorial aspects of our effort. We know what to do; it just takes time to do it.

When we began in December 2006 we had about 14 unique page hits a month. Today we can say that we've had as many as 45,581 unique page hits and are being read in at least 88 countries on all continents throughout the world. The numbers increase month by month. Readers find us, like what they read, and keep coming back.

We have expanded to include informative and entertaining human interest stories and columns that deal with family and social matters close to home and heart, and each week we have a spiritual message to satisfy the soul.

There's a lot more to say about True North Perspective but you can see for yourself by reading our Archives. For the next eight Fridays, including today, we'll run a past issue. This week, we offer in particular the issue from May 23, 2008.

On Friday, September 11, we'll come out renewed and in full strength, better than ever able to fulfill our mission to keep our readers informed and entertained about what is happening in our busy world.

Meanwhile, take it easy but take it.

Looking forward.

Carl Dow
Editor and Publisher
True North Perspective

From our archives

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Friday, May 23, 2008 Vol 3 No 20 (134)
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Tibetan 'hero' rescues female China Daily reporter and seven others trapped in a minivan overturned and crushed by Sichuan earthquake

China Daily reporter Chen Jia receives medical treatment in a hospital in Chengdu on Thursday. [China Daily]

Chen Jia: 'I broke my promise and cried as I waved goodbye.'

CHENGDU, China — China Daily journalist CHEN JIA was trapped for hours in a crushed minibus that was buried under rubble and was hanging on the edge of a cliff moments after Monday's (May 12) earthquake shook Sichuan. — 834 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.

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.

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