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Friday, July 9, 2010, Vol. 5, No. 31 — 235
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At the G8 in Huntsville one president ran in circles
another flew over the cuckoo's nest

True North Perspective penetrated security

By Carl Dow
Editor and Publisher
True North Perspective

9 July 2010 — True North Perspective was on the mark for the Huntsville G8 meeting Friday, June 25 to Sunday, June 27.

Our intrepid team of investigative reporters was undaunted by the miles of security fence, and the massing of thousands of federal and provincial armed forces.

An armada of four canoes (not connected with True North Perspective) — one of them carrying the formidable Maude Barlow — was stopped and sent away from the water approaches to the Deerhurst Resort, the location of the meeting, just east of Huntsville, 350 km north of Toronto.

We learned that residents were a population divided in response to Stephen Harper's 1.2 billion dollar security boondoggle. — Read the full article inside, 502 words.

Signe Wilkinson
Signe Wilkinson, Comics.com, July 2010.

Dominion of fear

Why Stephen Harper turned
downtown Toronto into an occupied city

Downtown Toronto is a ghost town [...] Stephen Harper and his buddies have [...] made a bloody mess of the downtown [...] They have transformed a bustling, prosperous city into a microcosm of the world they wish to create. Governed by martial law, cordoned off, leaders isolated from the people they claim to represent. This is what democracy looks like, indeed. They used to accuse activists of hiding our faces behind black kerchiefs and balaclavas — now they're the ones hiding behind walls.

— The blogger Sabotabby on 23 June 2010, before the violence began.

By Geoffrey Dow
Managing Editor
True North Perspective
Originally published at Edifice Rex Online

1 July 2010 — They came, they saw, they spat upon civil society, the rule of law and democracy, those 'leaders' of the G20, of the world's most important economies. Titular democracies, absolute monarchies and a peoples' republics, their 'leaders' came to Toronto to gather behind fences of steel and barricades of concrete, and behind the arms of 19,000 armed 'security' personnel. Together they occupied the heart of Canada's largest city like nothing else but a conquering army as a bewildered and frightened and sometimes even angry citizenry was shown in no uncertain terms the limits of democracy.

Outside the walls, citizens raised voices and shook fists in the face of heavily-armed, masked and shielded men and women who, at the whims of their masters, might — and sometimes did — attack the very people they had sworn to protect. — Read the full article inside, 1,118 words.

Editor's Notes

This year's Silly Season started in June in the U.S. with
the self-imposed firing of General Stanley McChrystal

Friday, July 9, 2010
True North Perspective
Vol. 5, No. 31 (235)

9 June 2010 — General Stanley A. McChrystal, the U.S. man on the spot, was fully aware that the Afghanistan adventure is doomed to failure. He didn't want to be the one holding the wet paper bag when it becomes more than obvious to all still holding the threads of common sense in Washington that the U.S. game in the Burial Ground of Empires has long since been over.

So McChrystal used Rolling Stone for public justification of being removed. He set up President Obama with no choice but to fire him. That's it. That's all. Except to offer our condolences to General David Patraeus who Obama has named as the fall guy. Read the full article inside, 1,000 words.

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

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G20 cops 'threatened women with rape'

By Daniel Tencer

30 June 2010 — Journalists covering the G20 summit in Toronto, Canada, last weekend have accused the local police of threatening them with rape, using male officers to strip-search young women, and even inappropriately touching an underage girl.

Four reporters have filed complaints with the province of Ontario's police oversight agency. According to the Canwest News Service, those four include Jesse Rosenfeld, a freelancer for the UK's Guardian whose alleged beating at the hands of Toronto police was chronicled on Twitter, as well Amy Miller of the Alternative Media Center.

Miller told a press conference earlier this week that she had her press pass ripped away from her and was "throttled by the neck and held down" while trying to record a confrontation between police and protesters. She was detained for 13 hours in a cage in a converted film studio on the city's east side, along with about 25 other women.

"I was told I was going to be raped, I was told I was going to be gang-banged, I was told that I was never going to want to act as a journalist again by making sure that I would be repeatedly raped while I was in jail," Miller said. — Read the full article at RawStory.org, 631 words.

Common sense emerges in climate debate
after 'boneheaded' scientists use false data

By Alex Binkley
True North Perspective

9 July 2010 — Common sense seems to have fallen out of favour in public discourse these days so it's a welcome development to see it applied to the climate change debate, one of the more important issues of our time.

Muir Russell, a former principal and vice-chancellor of the Universityof Glasgow, recently presented his report on what's come to be known as Climategate, the alleged juggling of climate change data at a British university to make the world's rising temperatures look worse than they are. — Read the full article inside, 763 words.

Reading between the lines

In the end, G20 summit much ado about nothing

By Don Newman
CBC News

28 June 2010 — Success, it has been said, has many fathers while defeat is an orphan.

As world leaders headed to the airport after the Toronto G20, it was clear that the many fathers of the group that now bills itself as "the premier forum for our economic co-operation" were all eager to declare their summit a success.

Even if those success claims were for different reasons.

As host, Prime Minister Stephen Harper was, probably by necessity, the most general in his assessment: The agreements set out in the final communiqué, he said, were "important steps that Canada was seeking."

U.S. President Barack Obama said his country achieved all three of its main goals (to make sure the global recovery is durable, to continue reforming the financial system and to keep the pressure on a range of global issues).

While British Prime Minister David Cameron claimed success at achieving his three goals, which were different from Obama's.

The most important for Cameron, it seems, was to secure international approval of his recent austerity budget, which contains a tax on banks.

So, five things to note from reading between the lines of the G20 communiqué. — Read the full article at CBC News, 1,203 words.

West Quebec Wisdom

Desire for fire

'In the heat of fire we share secrets without making eye contact'

A child is not a vase to be filled but a fire to be lit. — François Rabelais

By Lakshmi Sundaram
True North Perspective
First published in the West Quebec Post

9 July 2010 — Tfhis morning I made a wildfire. Outside was not summery and warm and delicious as it has been, rather it was cold and damp and drizzly and the dramatic change caused stiffness in my joints that made me reflect upon potential future limitations. Screw that! I can light up the wood-burning stove and feel no pain with the strike of a match.

So I slipped out into the rain just long enough for my hair to frizz in search of the perfect softwood logs. I did not want a hot fire, just a little heat to burn the edge off the dampness. I then amassed tinder of leaves and discarded bark from winter's leftover woodpile on my front balcony; I became a fire maker — Read the full story inside, 686 words.

From the Desk of Dennis Carr, Sustainable Development Editor

BC's Own Fake Lake Scandal

By Tony Pearse

30 June 2010 — Within days, likely, the federal review panel conducting the environmental assessment of the Taseko Mines 'Prosperity' gold-copper mine will issue its final report to the minister of environment.

On the basis of the evidence submitted to it, the law requires the panel to recommend that the minister reject the project.

The reason is simple. The company was unable to provide any evidence that its project — a 70,000 tonne per day open pit copper-gold mine in the Chilcotin — would make a positive contribution to sustainability. — Read the full article at TheTyee.ca, 1,154 words.

For every problem, there is a solution ... We hope

By Alberte Villeneuve-Sinclair
True North Perspective

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

9 July 2010 — My nephew called to invite me to a housewarming party on Saturday. After a difficult separation and divorce, he has finally found love and has purchased a beautiful home with his new partner, Marie. Love is an act of faith and it was obvious to me Steven and Marie are in love and family and friends are happy to share in their new adventure.

Marie is a dynamic young woman and so are her friends. I enjoyed talking with them. Ah! To be young again! It seems it wasn't so long ago when I was their age, full of hope for the future. But sometimes, life hands you lemons and Steven learned the hard way, just as I did, that wedding vows are sometimes broken and that one has to get off the bus, pick up his luggage and patiently wait for another bus to come along to take you where you really want to be. — Read the full article inside, 1,283 words.

Spirit Quest

Don't give up on the Spirit!

Canadians have to do a lot more than just 'fit-in'

By The Rev. Dr. Hanns F. Skoutajan

The Reverend Doctor Hanns F. Skoutajan

9 July 2010 — "Canadians are a bunch of fit-ins!" So would exclaim to his students Arthur R.M. Lower, well known professor of Canadian history at Queen's University. Lower was the author of From Colony To Nation, a popularly used history text. He spent much lecture time castigating Canadians as well as Queen's, which he called "a bush university, and don't you forget it."

"Did you get called by the RCMP yet," he asked his MA students. He had little respect for the "Horsemen" who saw a pinko under every desk or lurking in the library stacks wearing many disguises. — Read the full article inside, 965 words.


A cell phone dilemma — to talk or not to talk?

By Frances Sedgwick
True North Perspective

Photo by Geoffrey Dow, www.ed-rex.com.

9 July 2010 — On my way home on the subway that winter night I decided to try the last subway car. Maybe it wouldn't be so crowded.

Every night on my way home from the Nursing Home I always take the first car, which, upon arriving at Dundas West Station, leaves me at the foot of the stairs. But since the time is late rush hour, 7 p.m., it would be crowded.

Recovering from a severe cold, I don't like being crammed nose to nose with other passengers. I thought I could pull out the facemask I use at the home but then that might freak some passengers out, especially since the Report of the Sars outbreak four years ago had been all over the news. — Read the full article inside, 615 words.

Health Watch

Sunscreen concerns raised by medical journal

CBC News

8 July 2010 — Two studies are creating confusion over the use of sunscreens, according to the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

One raises questions about their use, while the other suggests Canadians don't do enough to protect themselves from the sun.

In an article published Tuesday CMAJ cites a recent study from the Environmental Working Group, a U.S. non-profit agency, which found only eight per cent of 500 sunscreens reviewed could be recommended for consumer use. — Read the full article at CBC News, 612 words.

In case you missed it ... and always worth repeating

Winston Churchill: Give us the tools and we'll finish the job

Let's say that news throughout human time has been free. Take that time when Ugh Wayne went over to the cave of Mugh Payne with news that the chief of his group had broken a leg while chasing his laughing wife around the fire. That news was given freely and received as such with much knowing smiles and smirks to say nothing of grunts of approval or disapproval. — 688 words.

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

An eclectic collection of short stories that will stir your sense of humour, warm your heart, outrage your sense of justice, and chill your extra sensory faculties in the spirit of Stephen King. The final short story, the collection's namesake, The Old Man's Last Sauna is a ground-breaking love story.

The series begins with Deo Volente (God Willing). Followed by The Quintessence of Mr. Flynn, Sharing Lies, Flying High, The Richest Bitch in the Country or Ginny I Hardly Knows Ya, One Lift Too Many, The Model A Ford, the out-of-body chiller, Room For One Only and O Ernie! ... What Have They Done To You! The series closes 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.

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Yvette Pigeon, 1934-2010, National Editor, 2006-2010

Carl Dow, Editor and Publisher
Geoffrey Dow, Managing Editor
Dennis Carr, Sustainable Development Editor
Benoit Jolicoeur, Art Director
Ian Covey, Director of Photography
Carl Hall, Technical Analyst and Web Editor
Randy Ray, Publicity

Contributing Editors
Anita Chan, Australia

Nick Aplin, Ottawa
Alex Binkley, Ottawa
Dennis Carr, Vancouver
Tom Dow, Sudbury
Bob Kay, Montréal
Randy Ray, Ottawa
Alberte Villeneuve-Sinclair, Ottawa
David Ward, Ottawa
Harold Wright, Ottawa