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Editor’s Notes

McCallum’s got it wrong: ‘Canadians
not overtaxed they are underserved’

Marion Endicott takes a strip off John McCallum for saying Canadians are overtaxed. She shows how we are underserved. — 420 words.

Quebec hydrogen sector
leads Canada in R&D

The energy strategy of the Quebec government to 2015 includes the development of a renewable fuel sector, particularly through R&D work in the field of hydrogen. An investment of $31.5M over five years is projected, including a $20M fund to help position the auto industry in the market of hydrogen technologies. — 185 words.

Mike “The Hammer” Garvin
has sound advice on auto care

“As far as tune-up maintenance these days. I have always recommended that drivers follow the OEM (original equipment manufactures) recommendations. It is almost impossible to get any grown up to even open the owners manual, let alone understand and follow any maintenance schedule. — 394 words.

Texas Congresswoman urges Bush
to reconsider Venezuela arms ban

A U.S. congresswoman called on the Bush administration last Wednesday to reconsider its ban on selling parts for U.S.-made F-16 fighter jets to Venezuela, urging improved ties between the two nations. U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, a Texas Democrat, told reporters that she was making the first U.S. congressional visit to Venezuela since President Hugo Chavez's December re-election with the message: "I want an immediate repairing of the relations between the United States and Venezuela." — 234 words.

‘They did about as much as they could do’
Blair says British pulling out of Iraq

Bartle Breese Bull  of the International Herald Tribune says, “Last Wednesday's announcement by Prime Minister Tony Blair that Britain will cut its troops in Iraq by 30 percent during the next six months and perhaps fully withdraw in 2008, followed by the news that the Danish contingent is also heading home, may seem like the death knell of the so-called coalition of the willing and a severe blow to American hopes. — 1,017 words.

Gulf states, wary of Iran, add to their arsenals
as neighbors also widen military cooperation

Hassan M. Fattah of the International Herald Tribune reports that as fears grow over the escalating confrontation between Iran and the West, Arab states across the Gulf have begun a rare show of muscle-flexing, publicly advertising a shopping spree for new weapons and openly discussing their security concerns. — 693 words.

General plays down value
of capturing bin Laden

FORT WORTH — The Army's highest-ranking officer said Friday that he was unsure whether the U.S. military would capture or kill Osama bin Laden, adding, "I don't know that it's all that important, frankly." — 326 words.

True North Canuck Fact of the Day
Hockey’s Memorial Cup tribute to World War 1 dead

The Memorial Cup, awarded to Canada’s top major junior team, was donated in 1919 as the John Ross Robertson Memorial Cup.  Robertson had been the president of the Ontario Hockey Association in the early 1900s and donated the trophy as a tribute to the many hockey players who served and died in World War I.

Trivia compiled by Randy Ray and Mark Kearney. Visit their Web site at:   www.triviaguys.com
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