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Friday, November 14, 2008 Vol 3 No 35 (149)
"True North is for opinion makers"
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"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

Space and time filled to the margins
but we still remain most uninformed

It’s nice to be back. — 547 words

From the Desk of Rosaleen Leslie Dickson, Contributing Editor

The computer swallowed granny
Honestly, it’s true!

She pressed 'control and 'enter' and disappeared from view. — 70 words.

From the Desk of RCAF Lt. Col. Harold Wright (Ret’d)

‘It’s the Veteran who salutes the flag' 178 words.

Spirit Quest

By The Reverend Hanns Skoutajan

Lest We Forget

By now the floral wreaths on the memorial cenotaphs all across this country are withering. Nevertheless, the words on the sashes accompanying them continue to remind us: “Lest we forget.” Lest we forget what? — 564 words.

World War 1 and how Canadian novelists told It
Harrison's novel swept away sentimentality

By Crawford Kilian

November 11, 2008

The first Canadian war novels began to appear in 1915 and 1916, and for a decade they appeared in great numbers. Those novels (and their authors) are mostly long forgotten. But they conveyed, intentionally or not, a vivid image of a Canada now lost to us.
. — 1,329  words.

Obama and the War on Brains

‘We can’t solve our educational challenges when, according to polls, … one-fifth of Americans believe that the sun orbits the Earth’

By Nicholas D. Kristof
Op-Ed Columnist
The New York Times

Barack Obama’s election is a milestone in more than his pigmentation. The second most remarkable thing about his election is that American voters have just picked a president who is an open, out-of-the-closet, practicing intellectual. — 772 words.

The final emptying of Pandora’s box

By Roger Cohen
The International Herald Tribune

NEW YORK — These are interesting times. Jobs are disappearing and General Motors is running out of cash. At the same time, the United States has assuaged some of its deepest wounds with the election of Barack Obama. We have less money in our pockets but more hope in our hearts. — 842 words.

Random Acts of Poetry

By Mike Heenan, Literary Editor, True North Perspective

Dead Poets Live

(At Beechwood Cemetery for Lampman, Scott, Lett, Bourinot, Davin, Osborne ,Campbell)

Yes, there really were Salons,Virginia,
With real, hard Canadian poets,
Right here in Ottawa
On Daly, Elgin, Bank & Lisgar Streets.
Everywhere in town.
Hard by in Richmond, too. — 301 words.

New web site may be path to success
for authors, publishers, and companies

Prolific best-selling Ottawa author and publicist Randy Ray has developed a new Web site 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

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Carl Dow, Editor and Publisher
Geoffrey Dow, Managing Editor
Yvette Pigeon, Associate Editor
Mike Heenan, Literary Editor
Benoit Jolicoeur, Art Director
Ian Covey, Director of Photography
Carl Hall, Technical Analyst and Web Editor
Contributing Editors
Anita Chan, Australia
Rosaleen Dickson
Tom Dow
Randy Ray
Harold Wright