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"Given the fact that people now have the Internet, almost 24-hour football entertainment in the fall, tennis matches from around the world, TV shows out the wazoo, and movies, do you really believe that people are going to be reading more because they can get it on a screen? I don't see the scenario."
— John Sargent, chief executive of Macmillan, owner of publishing imprints like Farrar, Straus and Giroux and St. Martin's Press, waxes optimistic about the future of reading, of publishing and of his own company. — 1,069 words.

Editor's Notes

Friday, October 23, 2009
True North Perspective
Vol. 4, No. 48 (199)

Triumphs of the human spirit

There are different kinds of tears of happiness
and in this edition we bring you two extremes

There are different kinds of tears of happiness. In the extreme, one kind is the tears of elation that come when we participate in, or identify with others who know the satisfaction of victory after a long hard struggle. The other kind comes from the sheer joy of living. Today True North Perspective brings you both. — 587 words.

Cartoon by Ed Stein, October 21, 2009 (

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PBS journalist Bill Moyers.

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Letters to the Editor

Reader comment on last week's column by Alberte Villeneuve-Sinclair

Re, "Have you used your intuitive skills lately?"

I learned at an early age to use my intuitive skills. It has opened many doors and still today I go through life on a hunch.
Dianne Frigon, Carlsbad Springs, Ont.

From the Desk of Sigrid Macdonald

Kyle Unger acquitted of teen's 1990 slaying

14 years in prison, but no compensation, says Manitoba justice minister

By Gabrielle Giroday and Bruce Owen
The Winnipeg Free Press

WINNIPEG — Justice Minister Dave Chomiak said the province will not pay any compensation to Kyle Unger for the 14 years he spent in prison after he was wrongfully convicted of the brutal murder of a teenage girl. — 745 words.

From the Desk of Dennis Carr, Sustainable Development Editor

A two-year march against homelessness

As the crisis has grown in Vancouver, so has a citizens' movement demanding action

By Jay Black

If Vancouver's citizens could have looked ahead in time and seen these photographs, would they have voted six years ago to support Vancouver's bid to land the 2010 Olympics? The photos, taken over the past two years, document the growing organized resistance to homelessness in Vancouver, and the connection drawn by protesters between the erosion of low-income housing and the approach of the 2010 Games. — 478 words.

Police take-down in Abbotsford:
Police brutality or legitimate use of force?

By Staff Writers
CBC News

Police in Abbotsford, B.C., are investigating after a video was posted on YouTube showing an officer stomping on and kicking a drug suspect who is lying face down on the ground, while another officer walks on the back of the suspect's legs. — 413 words.

Union, Vale Inco face off over use of scabs (AKA: 'replacement workers') in Sudbury

By Staff Writers
The Sudbury Star

TORONTO, Canada — The United Steelworkers says Vale Inco is undermining the union and creating an unsafe workplace by forcing some non-striking members to do the work of picketing employees in Sudbury, but the company says it's acting within its rights. — 767 words.

Tell both sides of the story

By Alex Binkley
True North Perspective

One of the cardinal tenets of journalism is to tell both sides of the story. Sometimes it happens. Then there're all the other times. A recent Globe and Mail story about Canadian objections to a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposal to force cargo ships entering American waters to stop burning bunker fuel to power their engines is a perfect example of the latter. — 685 words.

From the Desk of Dennis Carr, Sustainable Development Editor

Canadian support plants seeds of success
high on a steep enriched Honduran hillside

How a program with Canadian roots helps small farmers pushed to the margins by agribiz

By Susan Hollis

The highway out of Tegucigalpa had been wiped out by a rockslide, so the cars flowed over a cattle path beaten into the hillside beside the rubble. For a moment there was order on the roads of Honduras. All it took was a natural hazard. "One of the principal problems that we have here is that the government of Honduras doesn't take care of small farmers. The government doesn't take care of the guys working up in the mountains," said Gomez, who works as a facilitator and regional manager for the Foundation for Participatory Research with Honduran Farmers, better known as FIPAH, a well-established food security program with Canadian roots. — 2,405 words.


The last Bundist

Marek Edelman, the last military commander of the Warsaw ghetto uprising, died on October 2nd, aged 90

By Sydney Nestel

Marek Edelman died on October 2, 2009. He was 90. He was buried on Friday, October 9. Marek Edeleman was the last surviving member of the Warsaw Ghetto. He was one of the leaders of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising, and its last commander — after Mordechai Anelewicz was killed — 628 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.

Health Watch

Survey reveals little progress in Canadian eating habits

Nearly one in four eat no fruits or vegatables on a daily basis

By Staff Writers
CBC News

Almost a quarter of Canadians don't eat any fruits or vegetables on a daily basis, an indication that eating habits have not changed markedly in five years, according to a survey conducted on behalf of Dietitians of Canada. — 510 words.

Help spread the word: 'Kinky' is not a diagnosis

By Charlie Glickman, PhD.

As some of you may know, The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) is a document produced by the American Psychiatric Association. It serves as the official list of how we define mental health and mental health disorders. In a nutshell, if it's in the DSM, it's officially a disorder. — 958 words.

Placebo effect caught in the act in spinal nerves

By Ewen Callaway

The placebo effect is not only real; its ability to deaden pain has been pinpointed to cells in the spinal cord. That raises hopes for new ways of treating conditions such as chronic pain. — 576 words.

War is peace
Ignorance is strength

Obama, the man of peace, is planning another war to add to his impressive record

By John Pilger

Barack Obama, winner of the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize, is planning another war to add to his impressive record. In Afghanistan, his agents routinely extinguish wedding parties, farmers and construction workers with weapons such as the innovative Hellfire missile, which sucks the air out of your lungs. According to the UN, 338,000 Afghan infants are dying under the Obama-led alliance, which permits only $29 per head annually to be spent on medical care. — 951 words.

Afghanistan: Anatomy of an election disaster

It was, everybody agrees, a tawdry and inept attempt to rig an election. But are we in the west as much to blame as anyone?

By Jon Boone
The Guardian

For a couple of days last month at a cavernous warehouse in the bleak industrial zone of western Kabul, diplomats, UN officials and election monitors gathered to watch hundreds of ballot boxes being opened and turned out on to the floor. The colleagues from Kabul's western missions rolled their eyes at each other as they witnessed not a chaotic assortment of marked and folded voting forms tumble out, but entire blocks of ballot papers that had not even been torn off from their book stubs. Others contained surprisingly uniform numbers of ballots all signed in the same hand and with the same pen, and overwhelmingly in favour of a single candidate. — 2,608 words.

U.S. Army officer urges Afghan troop draw-down

By Gareth Porter
IPS News

Gareth Porter is an investigative historian and journalist specialising in U.S. national security policy. The paperback edition of his latest book, Perils of Dominance: Imbalance of Power and the Road to War in Vietnam, was published in 2006.

WASHINGTON — A veteran Army officer who has served in both the Afghanistan and Iraq wars warns in an analysis now circulating in Washington that the counterinsurgency strategy urged by Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal is likely to strengthen the Afghan insurgency, and calls for withdrawal of the bulk of U.S. combat forces from the country over 18 months. — 1,327 words.

Venezuela is no tyranny

By Francisco Dominguez
The Guardian

As Latin Americans witness the return of dictatorship – with Honduras suffering political executions, widespread repression and condemnation from human rights organisations about curtailing of press freedoms – it seems a strange time for the media to repeat opposition allegations that Venezuela is becoming a tyranny. Venezuela is far from the "dictatorship which has a facade of democracy" described by General Raúl Baduel, who has been accused of corruption. What kind of tyranny oversees a 70% increase of participation in presidential elections, as Chávez has, or the government holding 13 free and fair elections in 10 years? — 584 words.

Multipolar Machinations: Chávez endeavors to 'sow the oil' with Russia and China

'Implicit within a multipolar approach is an effort to move out of the orbit of U.S. dependence, pushing further into the past the conditions under which Time magazine could refer to Venezuela in 1953 as "the biggest colony of U.S. businessmen overseas." However, despite efforts toward diversification, the United States remains Venezuela's top trading partner. The United States is the destination of around half of all Venezuelan exports (mostly oil), and is the leading source of Venezuelan imports (approximately 24 per cent).'

By Jason Tockman, NACLA Research Associate

During Hugo Chávez's tour of nine countries across northern Africa, western Asia and Europe in early September, the Venezuelan president orchestrated the signing of a flurry of energy accords. Much ink was spilled over Chávez's agreement to exchange oil for machinery and technology with the West's favorite pariah, Iran. But the most far-reaching commitments Chávez secured on his trip took place in Moscow — a series of accords with Russian oil and gas firms to develop a block of the massive Orinoco belt in northeastern Venezuela, one of the largest oil fields in the world. — 1,323 words.

The steady stream of lies about Venezuela

By Tim Anderson

As Eva Golinger points out in her books, the constant stream of lies about Venezuela and its popular President Hugo Chavez are best seen as the leading edge of an integrated strategy of destabilisation and 'regime change' for the socialist-oriented, oil-rich nation. These insistent, repetitious lies do have their precedents. — 1,395 words.

The (unfortunate) lies of Michael Moore (about Hugo Chavez)

'Michael Moore is a most unfortunate coward'

By Eva Golinger

In an interview broadcast October 9 on Jimmy Kimmel Live! the renowned and award-winning documentarian, Michael Moore lied vulgarly about his encounter with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez during the Venice Film Festival this past September. In the interview, Moore responds to Kimmel's request for an explanation of a photo of Moore with President Hugo Chavez. Apparently embarrassed about the encounter with one of Latin America's most prominent and influential heads of state, Moore proceed to completely make up a fairy-tale, attempting to pass it off as reality. — 1,071 words.

Venezuela's winning system for saving children through music

Innovative music program's founder and star pupil to be honoured in Toronto

By John Terauds
Toronto Star

When 6th Grader Mairi Padrón was shot in the leg by a stray bullet after school, she wept. But not because of the wound. She was on her way to her first orchestra rehearsal. "I cried because I couldn't take part," she explains. "Getting a chance to play was more important than the pain." — 2,319 words.

From the Desk of Anita Chan, Contributing Editor, Australia

Chinese students go undercover to investigate Coca Cola

Student beaten by manager when he asked for his wages

China Labor News Translations

In this issue of CLNT, instead of providing a translated article as usual, we bring you the latest news from an unusual and groundbreaking campaign by mainland Chinese student activists, in support of workers at Coca Cola bottling plants. In August 2008, students from several mainland Chinese universities established a Student Coca-Cola Campaign Team (blog in Chinese: Their purpose was to contribute to improving the working conditions of dispatch workers at Coca Cola bottling plants in China. Their method was to take jobs as ordinary workers, and to collect data based on their direct experience, with the goal of publicizing any labor abuses they encountered. In mid-2009, the student campaign team followed up with a second round of undercover factory investigations. Unfortunately, a student was beaten up by two managers of the labor dispatch company that hired him, when he resigned his job and asked for payment of outstanding wages for himself and two fellow workers. — 2,884 words.

Divide and plunder theme of U.S. diplomacy in Iraq

'The radical decentralization of powers that was written into the 2005 Constitution at a time of strong U.S. influence in the country continues to plague Iraq today.'

Exposed: American diplomat's role in Iraq oil politics

By Helena Cobban

Helena Cobban is a veteran Middle East analyst and author. She blogs at

WASHINGTON — In 2003, U.S. diplomatist Peter Galbraith resigned at the end of a distinguished, 24-year government career. Over the years that followed, he worked as a contract-based adviser to leaders in Iraq's Kurdish community, while also arguing passionately in public media that Iraq's Kurds should be given maximum independence from Baghdad — including full control over any new sources of oil. — 1,501 words.

CodePink founder Jodie Evans challenges Obama on his Afghanistan policy
Says women should be among the deciders

Armed with the signatures of thousands of Afghan women asking him not to send more troops, Evans told Obama that women must have a seat at the negotiating table

By Don Hazen

Everyone in the universe by now knows that the progressive anti-war group CodePink has plenty of chutzpah. But co-founder Jodie Evans really doesn't mess around. She went straight to the top and challenged Barack Obama face-to-face on his visit to San Francisco on Thursday night at a high-priced fund raiser at the Westin St. Francis hotel. — 812 words.

Five myths about Iran's nuclear program

'Recall that the country's nuclear program began with the shah, a U.S. ally who had plans to build 20 nuclear reactors, similar to the plans the mullahs promote today. The shah also started covert work on nuclear weapons. The U.S. government knew about this research but looked the other way, going as far as selling Iran its first nuclear reactor.'

By Joseph Cirincione
The Washington Post

Joseph Cirincione is president of the Ploughshares Fund and the author of Bomb Scare: The History and Future of Nuclear Weapons. He is an expert adviser to the Congressional Commission on the Strategic Posture of the United States.

Iran's expanding nuclear program poses one of the Obama administration's most vexing foreign policy challenges. Fortunately, the conditions for containing Tehran's efforts may be better today than they have been in years. The recent disclosure of a secret nuclear facility in Iran has led to an apparent agreement to allow in U.N. weapons inspectors and to ship some uranium out of the country, and the United States and Europe seem to be closing ranks on the need for sanctions and engagement. — 1,322 words.

Inside Tito's luxury playground

'As I sipped on a glass of 2008 Malvazia, I drank in the beauty and tranquillity of this magical place, and considered just how wrong we were about the Communists ... Or one of them, at least.'

Former Yugoslavia under the late Communist leader Marshall Tito never fitted the Soviet template for its satellite states. Rebuked by Moscow for being "too independent" he was courted by statesmen, royalty and celebrities from all over the world, and whenever they visited him, they were entertained in decidedly un-Communist manner.

By Frank Partridge

From the holiday coast of north-west Croatia, it is a 20-minute ferry ride to Brijuni, an archipelago of 14 islands that for the last 30 years of Josip Broz Tito's extraordinary life became his private playground. — 916 words.

Once deadly enemies shake hands across the Taiwan Strait

By Staff Writers

BEIJING — The Communist Party of China (CPC) and Kuomintang (KMT) both expressed wish to promote cross-Strait trust and common understanding as Ma Ying-jeou took the position as the KMT chairman on Saturday. The CPC Central Committee Saturday congratulated the Kuomintang(KMT) on the convocation of its18th congress, expecting the two parties to deepen mutual trust, increase exchanges and expand common understanding. — 358 words.

China National Games return tobacco companies' sponsorship money

By Staff Writers

JINAN — Organizers of China's National Games said Friday that they had returned all sponsorship fees from tobacco companies. The organizing committee of the event sent a circular to the tobacco control office of China's Center for Disease Control Friday, saying it had returned all the money to tobacco companies. — 288 words.

Venezuelan poll: Chavez enjoys 62.4 per cent approval rating

By Kiraz Janicke

CARACAS — Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez enjoys an approval rating of 62.4 per cent according to the results of the latest survey carried out by the Venezuelan Institute of Data Analysis (IVAD). — 327 words.

Obama isn't helping
At least the world argued with Bush

For all the global love-in, the new president has led rich nations to neglect principled action and row back from climate deals

By Naomi Klein
The Guardian

Of all the explanations for Barack Obama's Nobel peace prize, the one that rang truest came from Nicolas Sarkozy. "It sets the seal on America's return to the heart of all the world's peoples." In other words, this was Europe's way of saying to America, "We love you again", like those weird renewal-of-vows ceremonies couples have after a rough patch. — 967 words.

From the Desk of Anita Chan, Contributing Editor, Australia

The "Migrant Worker Commander": Zhang Quanshou and the Quanshun Labor Dispatch Company

Staff Writers
China Labor News Translations

(Editor's Note: Labour Dispatch is what we in Canada call Temporary Workers.)

In this issue of CLNT we address the increasing use of labour dispatch in China, with particular focus on the unusual case of a company called Quanshun. Former migrant-workers-turned-entrepreneur Zhang Quanshou has been hailed in the Chinese media, for pioneering a new model of labour dispatch supposed to be a win-win for workers and employers alike. — 1,296 words.

U.K. to appeal order demanding publication of U.S. torture document

By Staff Writers
Agence France-Presse

Britain will appeal against a court ruling ordering it to publish secret US intelligence documents related to the alleged torture of a former Guantanamo Bay inmate, it said. Binyam Mohamed, an Ethiopian-born British resident, was arrested in Pakistan in 2002 on suspicion of links to extremists and spent six-and-a-half years in US custody in Morocco, Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay. — 642 words.

Maldives cabinet holds underwater meeting

Ministers urge action to curb global warming

By Staff Writers
CBC News

Cabinet ministers in the Maldives held an underwater meeting Saturday to draw attention to the threat global warming poses to the lowest-lying nation on earth. President Mohammed Nasheed and members of his cabinet wore scuba gear as they arrived for the meeting in a lagoon off the island of Girifushi. — 258 words.

U.S. gives Shell green light for offshore oil drilling in the Arctic

Conservationists say the decision by the Obama administration to allow drilling in the Beaufort Sea repeats Bush era mistakes

By Ed Pilkington
The Guardian

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Conservation groups based in Alaska have accused the Obama administration of repeating the mistakes of George Bush after it gave the conditional go-ahead for Shell to begin drilling offshore for oil and natural gas in the environmentally sensitive Beaufort Sea. — 502 words.

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Annals of Education

'Ontario board pushes for 'boy-friendly' school

New director of education proposes 'Male Leadership Academy,' which would be the Toronto's only gender-specific public school

By Josh Wingrove and Anthony Reinhart
Globe and Mail

Boys left behind by Toronto's public schools are about to feel a firm force pulling them forward: the strong hand of Chris Spence, the Toronto District School Board's new education director, who is calling for an all-male school and more "boy-friendly" classrooms to address male underachievement. — 1,152 words.

'It's like undressing women in public'

Oklahoma abortion law to put patients' details online

Age, race and previous pregnancies to be listed on website
Abortion rights groups file suit against 'intimidating' law

By Chris McGreal
The Guardian

WASHINGTON — Women seeking abortions in Oklahoma are to be forced to reveal an array of personal information, such as the state of their relationships, how many children they have and their race, which will be posted on an official website. — 733 words.

First verse of Bible was mistake, professor says

The first sentence of the good old bible has been misunderstood for centuries because of an error of translation, says a Dutch catholic professor of exegesis

By Dirk Vlasblom
NRC International

"In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth," says the first verse of the first chapter of the first bible book, Genesis. But a Dutch professor of Old Testament exegesis now says this phrase was wrongly translated. — 502 words.

From the Desk of Mike (The Hammer) Garvin

India: The next Detroit?

Automakers worldwide ramp up production on the subcontinent

By Saritha Rai

BANGALORE, India — Detroit may be sputtering in the face of the global economic meltdown. But in booming India, the world's biggest automakers are in a race to build and launch a slew of small cars. — 513 words.


32 new planets found beyond the solar system

By Staff Writers
CBC News

European astronomers have found at least 32 new planets, bringing the number of known planets outside our solar system to more than 400. Six of the new planets discovered by the European Southern Observatory are less than 20 times the mass of Earth. The discovery increased the number of known super-Earths by 30 per cent. — 305 words.

Without pheromones, fruit flies are lusty lotharios

By Brendan Kennedy
Toronto Star

By genetically tweaking fruit flies so they couldn't produce pheromones, University of Toronto scientists set off what they called a "sexual tsunami" that makes flies utterly irresistible to each other. — 296 words.

Privatisation on parole in Hungary

'Multinationals may not like it, but 20 years on from capital's conquest of eastern Europe, public ownership, not privatisation, is the vote-winner'

By Neil Clark

Twenty years ago, Hungary's decision to open its border with Austria triggered the dramatic events that led to the fall of communism in eastern Europe. But today the country is fighting the neoliberal economic model imposed after 1989. — 361 words.

The banks are not all right

'When bankers gamble with other people's money, it's heads they win, tails the rest of us lose.'

By Paul Krugman
The New York Times

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. O.K., maybe not literally the worst, but definitely bad. And the contrast between the immense good fortune of a few and the continuing suffering of all too many boded ill for the future. I'm talking, of course, about the state of the banks. — 833 words.

From the Desk of Rosaleen Dickson, Contributing Editor

Harry Truman should be dug up, cloned, and re-elected

By James Dimitrios Georgiles

Harry Truman was a different kind of President. He probably made as many important decisions regarding America's history as any of the other 42 Presidents. However, a measure of his greatness may rest on what he did after he left the White House. The only asset he had when he died was the house he lived in, which was in Independence Missouri. — 351 words.


Goodbye husband and career, hello high seas

Roz Savage ditched her career, her husband and her house to row solo across the Atlantic. Now she's tackling the Pacific, and she's never been happier

By Hayley Mick
The Globe and Mail

It's in the early 2000s in London. Roz Savage sits on a commuter train, brooding about her seemingly perfect life: husband, corporate career, big house, little red sports car. Skip ahead several years: She's 38, single, homeless – and alone on the Atlantic, in a 23-foot carbon-hulled rowboat. Here's the strange part: She has never been happier. — 1,101 words.

An inside look at CNN and Lou Dobbs

Ted Turner would fire Lou Dobbs if he could

By Linda Milazzo

This excerpt from Ted Turner's April 1, 2008 interview on PBS, in which the visionary founder of CNN tells Charlie Rose he would fire Lou Dobbs, bears repeating: — 1,131 words.

More than ever Zoomers are embracing the arts

By Alberte Villeneuve-Sinclair

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

I was quite amused when Moses Znaimer renamed the Carp magazine Zoomer. At first, I thought it was a bit pretentious but then I realized that today's retirees are a very special brand of 50+ individuals. They are healthier, have more disposable income and have a broader range of options offered to them. And one of the options they choose in great numbers is the arts. — 635 words.

Spirit Quest

Nurture it!

There is a spirit in this country's people that is open, peaceful and liberal

By The Rev. Dr. Hanns F. Skoutajan

Years ago my travels occasionally took me to what was then beyond the Iron Curtain. When travelling I always made sure that I had the maple leaf pin on my lapel. On one such occasion I had several Americans as companions. They were pretty left wing, politically and religiously. Nevertheless, one of them asked me whether I was a real Canadian patriot proud enough of my country to identify myself publicly with the True North Strong and Free. — 787 words.

The Movies

The man is steel, the tank is only iron


By Matteo Fracassi
IPS News

NEW YORK — "War is not made by heroes or Hollywood studs," says director Samuel Maoz. "War is mostly made by young and inexperienced guys. Children that are sent to go after and kill the ones they used to play with. That's what this really is about." — 804 words.

In The Begining was The Word - now it's poetry

Ode to Sean Hannity

By John Cleese

Aping urbanity,
Oozing with vanity,
Plump as a manatee,
Faking humanity,
Intellectual inanity,
Journalistic calamity,
Fox Noise insanity,
You're a profanity,



Secrets, Shysters and Shame

A short story by Susan A. Jennings

Author and teacher, Susan's book, Save Some for Me, can be purchased from as well as Writing workshops and E-courses for writers.

The clickety clack rhythm of the train lulled Marci into a half sleep enabling her to relax and think. She frowned as she recalled her friend's unusually shrill voice and the defiant click as the phone went dead; it was so unlike Judy. The pit of her stomach was telling her something was very wrong and that was why she was heading to Toronto uninvited. — 1,059 words.

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.

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.

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Contributing Editors
Anita Chan, Australia

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