Friday, March 7, 2008
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Editor’s Notes

We hold this truth to be self evident:
Women are to be loved and respected

One afternoon in March of 1962 I broke away from my typewriter and sat down in front of the television set. For the next three hours I told myself, I’ll watch television as if I’m a woman. How can you do that? Some would say. Well, a writer’s imagination allows him to do that, otherwise how could writers produce different characters in a novel or a play? Until then I had watched television as a red-blooded male, ignoring all the messages aimed at women. About three hours after I had made this decision, I switched off the television in a state of fury. I was thoroughly insulted. — 562 words.

Visiting Judge Harold Wright bangs the gavel to halt
a line of questioning directed at elderly grandmother

Judge Harold Wright recently banged the gavel and with quiet ferocity and rebuked prosecution and defense for the line of questioning they were pursuing with a grandmother. — 269 words.

The law recognized women as persons in 1929

A Milestone in the History of Canadian Women

In the 1920s five Alberta women fought a legal and political battle to have women recognized as persons under the BNA Act. The landmark decision by the British Privy Council, the highest level for legal appeals in Canada at the time, was a milestone victory for the rights of women in Canada. — 637 words.

Madeleine Parent led 6,000 women cotton workers
out of the sweatshops to safe harbour in a union

Union activist, reformer Madeleine Parent

Madeleine Parent was born in Montreal in 1918. While boarding at the Villa-Maria Convent, she could not help but notice the enormous difference between the treatment of the girls employed as servants, and that of the boarders, such as herself.  — 523 words.

The teenage girls who hammered Hitler
from Stalingrad on the Volga to Berlin

While Hollywood Actor John Wayne * cowardly and successfully dodged the draft when the United States entered World War 11 more than one million Soviet women, most of them teenagers, rose up from the factories, farms, and schools to take on the invading Germans in direct combat in the air and on the ground. On June 21, 1941, it was a confident Hitler who hurled his armed forces of 3,750,000 men against the Soviet Union. Why should he not have been confident? — 2,019 words.

Grass roots Cuban Federation of Women
fosters full equality among women and men

The Federation of Cuban Women (Federacion de Mujeres Cubanas - FMC), founded on 23 August 1960, has a membership of 4.1 million members consisting of 86.7% of all women ages 14 and older. Its fundamental objective is achieving full equality of possibilities and opportunities among women and men. It is a voluntary non-governmental organization and self-financing through membership dues. It has an advisory role in all Cuban affairs relating to women guaranteed by the constitution. — 935 words.

Ethiopian women are most abused

Women in Ethiopia are most likely to suffer violence at the hands of their partners, says the United Nations. — 222 words..

History of Venezuela’s Women’s Movement

‘The focus is on no longer fighting for legal rights and political power, but instead changing the complexion of society.’

‘Often referred to as the non-sexist Magna-Carta, the Venezuelan Constitution guarantees total social, political and economic rights to all citizens.’ By Sarah Wagner — 3,604 words.

In response to reader request True North
now offers a regular column on the Spirit

Spirit Quest

Readers have asked True North to give space to spiritual matters. A search for more than half-a-year has confirmed the following biblical encouragement, the sense of which advises, Ye need but seek, and ye shall find. True North is proud to introduce The Reverend Hanns F. Skoutajan who has undertaken to provide readers with spiritual guidance. — 564 words.

Spirit Quest …
From the Pen of The Reverend Hanns

Gender and The Spirit

March 13 is my 79th birthday, but don’t tell anyone. A lot has happened in my lifetime. Not least is the progress in the status of women.

My mother was a feminist before her time. When she died 14 years ago, age 94, a picture appeared in a European newspaper. She is shown in the centre of a group of young women. The caption tells that Gertrude at age 19 gave leadership in the women’s rights movement in her city. — 464 words.

From the Desk of Contributing Editor Harold Wright

This is a short poem made up entirely of actual quotations of George W. Bush. These have been arranged only for aesthetic purposes by Washington Post writer, Richard Thompson. A wonderful Haiku poem like this is too good not to share. — 163 words.

China and Japan agree to strengthen defense cooperation

BEIJING — Chinese Defense Minister Cao Gangchuan and Japanese Chief of Staff of the Joint Staff Office of the Self-Defense Force Saito Takashi have agreed to strengthen defense cooperation between the two countries. — 317 words.

Did you know?

Homes Quiz – by Mark Kearney and Randy Ray

For many Canadians, their home is their castle.  It’s where they spend the greatest portion of their time relaxing with friends and family, entertaining, tackling odd jobs, or sleeping.  They also spend a large chunk of their income on mortgage payments, property taxes, repairs and upgrades.

But how much do Canadians know about the homes they live in or are planning to buy?  As you tour open houses in search of your dream home this spring, or plan renovations at your existing abode, we invite you to test your knowledge of housing with our trivia quiz.. We’ll pose one question each issue here. You can find the answer at the bottom of the page. Good  luck!

 On average, how many bricks are used to build a new home?

  1. 12,000 b) 5,000 c) 40,000 d) 2,500

Randy Ray of Ottawa and Mark Kearney of London, Ont. are the authors of seven books, including Pucks, Pablum & Pingos, a Canadian trivia book to be published in April.  Visit their Web site at:

Memoirs of a Lost Era

A new book chronicles daily life in Moscow from 1914 to 1917.

'The yells of 'Play the anthem!' grew stronger after each number. Finally, the orchestra played the Russian anthem three times and the French one once. But when someone demanded the Serb anthem, it turned out that the orchestra didn't know the tune." — 1,209 words.

Fascinating historical notes … by George Laidlaw

George Laidlaw is a novelist and President of the Ottawa Independent Writers.

A mother’s German hymn rescues a girl 
kidnapped by Indians in 18th century U.S.

All new immigrants face problems in adjusting to a new country. This happens to millions each year. But back in the 18th century an immigrant to the new country of America faced more than the hardships of growing food and building a home. A threat that any farmer living on the border between the Indians and the colonists faced, was Indian attacks. — 359 words.

How to Promote Your Book or Your Business:

An April 19, 2008 Workshop

Ottawa publicity experts Barbara Florio Graham and Randy Ray will share their expertise on how authors and businesses can get their message out to the public effectively and inexpensively.

The three-hour workshop opens at 1 p.m. on April 19 at the National Library in Ottawa and is sponsored by Ottawa Independent Writers.

Cost: $50 for OIW members; $60 for non-members.

For more information: Randy Ray: (613) 731-3873 or

The Book End ­

Author:       Jo-Ann L. Tremblay
Book:         The Self-coaching Toolbox”
Six tools for personal and professional
growth & development.

Author Profile:

Jo-Ann L. TremblayCanada's Meaningful Success Coach

Life/Corporate Coach, trainer, business woman and author of “The Self-Coaching Toolbox”, Jo-Ann Tremblay is an expert in the field of personal and professional transformation and human potentials.

Founder of “Potentials Management”, Jo-Ann facilitates individuals and teams to achieve the permanent personal and professional results they aspire to.

Her insights motivate, drive, and inspire people.  Jo-Ann brings her critical insight to audiences sharing her self-coaching strategies and tools with individuals, groups, companies, professional associations and media.

Jo-Ann Tremblay has worked in radio and television media.  She has created, written, produced, and/or hosted several weekly shows, including; On Radio: “Voices of Our Town, on CFRA 580 News Talk Radio.  On Television: A Rogers Community TV special, “That's Life”, the TV Cogeco television series, “Write Where You Are”, as well as the award winning “Remembrance Day Special”.

Learn more about Jo-Ann Tremblay and The Self-Coaching Toolbox by going to

Book Synopsis:

“The Self-Coaching Toolbox” - Six tools for personal and professional growth and development.

The Self-Coaching Toolbox contains powerful tools that will help guide you on a journey that includes self-realization, to your own definition of meaningful success.  To accomplish this, the book follows a practical, step-by-step process that contains six self-coaching tools, exercises and strategies that will ignite your sprit and inspire you to unleash your unlimited potential.

You will discover how to take on responsibility for yourself, create realistic plans and take action to achieve your personal and professional goals.

The book allows you to customize and personalize the self-coaching tools to your life and circumstances.  While mastering the six tools of self-coaching, you will become amply equipped to experience the ongoing journey, success and joy of life.

The Self-Coaching Toolbox is available at your local bookstore, Chapters, by phone-General Store Publishing House toll free 1-800-465-6072 or online at

Harold Wright, Doctor of Punology, and his colleague George Carlin succinctly deal with profound questions of life and living:Why do overlook and oversee mean opposite things?”

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Answer to Homes Quiz Did You Know?

 b) 5,000


Carl Dow, Editor and Publisher
Yvette Pigeon, Associate Editor
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Contributing Editors
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Geoffrey Dow
Tom Dow
Randy Ray
Harold Wright