Friday 29 April 2011
'You want a seat count? NDP 115, Conservatives 110; Liberals 65; Bloc 18. In the end, politics is possible and suddenly, so are these results. Me, I am still rooting for the NDP because I believe they're serious about us having the Canada we already have, except better.' — Liam McHugh-Russell, quoted in The Globe and Mail, 735 words.
How dare Harper claim to be the 'competent' economic manager?
And why has the media given him a free ride on that falsehood?
|Cartoon by Steve McNabb. For much more, click here.|
By Jeremy Torobin
The Globe and Mail
29 April 2011 — The Canadian economy shrank in February for the first time in five months as the manufacturing sector suffered its biggest contraction since the worst stretch of the recession and wholesale trade also declined.
The February number casts doubt on the notion that the Bank of Canada will start raising interest rates again before the summer even as it watches for signs of hotter inflation. — 576 words.
26 April 2011 — I’m puzzled that the Harper Conservatives’ are getting such a free ride from the other parties and from the media on their main campaign mantra: that they are the best economic managers, that Canada is leading the international pack to economic recovery, and that Harper knows best what’s good for jobs and the economy going forward.
Let’s look more closely at the Harper record, beginning with his response in the fall of 2008 to the recession that engulfed the world, the deepest since the Great Depression of the 1930s.
Wisdom is a result of a happy marriage between intelligence and experience.
Vote to clean out of government those who hold you in contempt
It's been a federal election campaign like no other. It started with a yawn but it's fast approaching the finish line with the sense that Canadians are prepared to break the chains of tradition that for too long have choked democracy in our country.
"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.
Or use our new Paypal system! Just click the secure link below —
and if you're paying by credit card, you don't need a PayPal account to make a donation!
Jack Layton's positive campaign bears unexpected fruit
I admit it. Neither I, nor anyone else here at True North Perspective, saw it coming. And even now, there is an aura of doubt, of disbelief, as we watch the polls and see the continuing assent of the New Democratic Party under Jack Layton.
Can this really be true? we wondered last week, when the New Democrats began to poll even with Canada's one-time Natural Governing Party. One poll led to another and another and another.
Like the citizens who elected them, MPs often grow disillusioned with Ottawa's day-to-day realities
29 April 2011 — The reality of life in Parliament quickly scuttles the ambition of most new MPs to make a difference in public life and their communities, say men and women who have spent time in the House of Commons.
With a new Parliament on the way, what better time to deal with the issue?
From the Desk of Dennis Carr, Sustainability Editor
So much more than sex and sleaze at heart of Harper Government scandal
By Andrew Nikiforuk
27 April 2011 — Everyone loves a good political scandal and the Bruce Carson affair squarely fits the bill.
A 66-year-old former senior policy advisor to Prime Minister Stephen Harper seemingly lobbies the government on behalf of his 22-year fiancée, a former sex worker.
She dresses in sexy lingerie. Newspapers publish lurid photos.
Ottawa talks, yet its busy gossipers recognize Carson as your average political fixer with an active sex life and a couple of criminal convictions.
Everyone that is, except the Prime Minister. Harper, a tough guy on crime, acts appalled and abruptly refers the whole matter to the RCMP.
The scandal seemingly ends.
But that's not the full truth, let alone the real scandal. — 5,093 words.
25 April 2011 — National Defence says it's been told the unit price of the F-35 stealth fighter will be higher than the $75-million it planned for, but the military insisted late Monday it can still deliver the program on budget.
29 April 2011 — The Supreme Court of Canada dealt a harsh blow to the union movement today, ruling in favour of an Ontario law that restricts the right of farm workers to bargain collectively.
|The wind done gone|
It wasn't a tornado but gale force winds that lashed eastern Ontario Thursday, April 28, winds that were strong enough to blow the roof off this sturdy barn near Campbellford, Ontario. Intrepid East Central Ontario Editor Ken Jeffries got drenched with rain while capturing what remained of the barn.
29 April 2011 — While the wild geese are passing through on their way to their nesting grounds, we Canadians are wrestling with another election. We think we are the smartest species on this planet and yet, we can learn much by watching animals in their natural habitat.
Frances Sedgwick's keen eye and ear for the human condition reveals the heart and soul of Parkdale in southwest Toronto, one of the country's most turbulent urban areas where the best traditions of human kindness prevail against powerful forces that would grind them down. True North Perspective proudly presents a column by writer Frances Sedgwick. Her critical observation combined with a tender sense of humour will provide you with something to think about ... and something to talk about.
29 April 2011 — I was visiting my Family Medicine Clinic at the local Health Centre the other day. As I was waiting in line for my number to be called, I looked around the room. There were a lot of new parents.
Some were both parents attending to their tiny offspring. Others, just the mother, or, in one case, just the father.
As I enjoyed watching these parents doting over their babies, I noticed a woman in her late 20's walk timidly into the reception area.
You could tell she had never been there before. She appeared out of place as she shyly looked around.
I immediately went up to her and explained, "You have to take a number and in turn the receptionist will call you."
She thanked me, took a number, sat down still looking very uneasy and out of place.
— Winston Churchill
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.
You can count on the True North Team
Publishers are cutting back and that includes in-house editors
Outside editors of the True North Team
are rescuing writers from oblivion
We handle fiction and memoirs and full-length books
Manuscript editing to ghost writing
Everything to put the best face on your work to publishers and the reading public
For a free consultation please don't hesitate to contact
or Carl Dow at 613-233-6225
Always looking forward
From the Desk of Darren Jerome, Ottawa, Canada
28 April 2011 — WikiLeaks released hundreds of U.S. documents on Thursday, including those with comments about the Harper government's "about-face" on Senate appointments, remarks on the Liberals' "muted" response to the prorogation crisis and criticism of Canada's failure to enact copyright reform.
• Innocent people interrogated for years on slimmest pretexts
• Children, elderly and mentally ill among those wrongfully held
• 172 prisoners remain, some with no prospect of trial or release
The US military dossiers, obtained by the New York Times and the Guardian, reveal how, alongside the so-called "worst of the worst", many prisoners were flown to the Guantánamo cages and held captive for years on the flimsiest grounds, or on the basis of lurid confessions extracted by maltreatment.
Accused whistler-blower now held at medium-security prison while awaiting trial
By Ed Pilkington
29 April 2011, WASHINGTON, DC — Bradley Manning, the US soldier accused of leaking classified cables to WikiLeaks, is no longer being held in solitary confinement and is now being allowed to move among other military prisoners, according to the Pentagon.
His treatment in Virginia– which included 23 hours in his cell and being stripped down to a smock at night – was widely condemned by human rights groups including Amnesty International and the UN rapporteur on torture, who subsquently launched an investigation into conditions. — 429 words.
23 April 2011 — Protesters yesterday interrupted President Obama's speech at a $5,000/ticket San Francisco fundraiser to demand improved treatment for Bradley Manning. After the speech, one of the protesters, Logan Price, approached Obama and questioned him. Obama's responses are revealing on multiple levels. First, Obama said this when justifying Manning's treatment (video and transcript are here):
We're a nation of laws. We don't let individuals make their own decisions about how the laws operate. He broke the law.
27 April 2011 — One of the world's best known climate scientists, an Australian, watched in amazement earlier this month as Canada's four federal leadership contenders debated the country's future.
"I was mystified to see that the environment just didn't rank at all," Tim Flannery, best-selling author of the Weather Makers, told Postmedia News after the televised debates.
Flannery's remarks underscore a strange reality lost on most Canadians: The international community appears to worry more about Canada's environmental commitments -- particularly around climate change -- than many of our own elected officials.
55 Cancri e as dense as lead and has year less than 18 hours long
You might think that with so much riding on the tests, every civic-minded person in the country would be demanding transparency, proof of validity, assurance that every item on every test had been examined from every possible perspective.
Money and Markets
The Great Recession's 'recovery' is a tale of private gain and public loss
26 April 2011, WASHINGTON, DC — It is increasingly common to hear prominent American and European central bankers proclaim, with respect to the crisis of 2008-2010, the following verdict: “We did well.”
Their view is that the various government actions to support the financial system helped to stabilize the situation. Indeed, what could be wrong when the United States Federal Reserve’s asset purchases may have actually made money (which is then turned over to the US Treasury)?
Edited by Irene Davis, Fred Desjardins, and Barbara Florio-Graham
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.