Friday 1 February 2013

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US 'backed plan to launch chemical weapon

attack on Syria and blame it on Assad's regime'

• Leaked emails from defense contractor refers to chemical weapons saying 'the idea is approved by Washington'

• Obama issued warning to Syrian president Bashar al-Assad last month that use of chemical warfare was 'totally unacceptable'
By Louise Boyle
Daily Mail Co. UK
29 January 2013 — Leaked emails have allegedly proved that the White House gave the green light to a chemical weapons attack in Syria that could be blamed on Assad's regime and in turn, spur international military action in the devastated country.

A report released on Monday contains an email exchange between two senior officials at British-based contractor Britam Defence where a scheme 'approved by Washington' is outlined explaining that Qatar would fund rebel forces in Syria to use chemical weapons. (More)

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Get a job! Prince Charles tells princesses Beatrice and Eugenie

Sarah's kids (remember her?) squeezed off the royal dole

reduced to peddling the Mini on a 17-stop tour of Germany

By Tom Sykes
15 January 2013 — Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie may have been squeezed off the royal payroll, but the feisty young princesses clearly have no intention of vanishing quietly into thin air.
The girls roared back into the public eye on Thursday 17 January when they whizzed through the streets of the German city of Berlin in a Union Jack-branded Mini, as part of a British trade push in the city.
The trip – organized by the British government’s Foreign Office who invited the young princesses to be part of it – will be read by many as a symbolic fightback by the glamorous York girls, who were squeezed out of this year’s Jubilee celebrations when they were excluded from the balcony appearance by Prince Charles, who has let it be known they will have to get jobs and cannot expect to be supported by the royal firm. (More)

From the Desk of Dennis Carr, Contributing Editor

Toronto's reimagined Maple Leaf Gardens fulfills

its destiny (at long last) with some echo of events past

By Mark Byrnes
18 January 2013 — After a decade of waiting, Toronto’s Maple Leaf Gardens is back in full use, only without any of the professional sports or concerts that once made it such an important part of the city’s identity.

A retail complex debuted in late 2011, but a full transformation of the historic former home of Toronto’s hockey team was finally completed this fall. Purists may be upset that the building isn’t being used for its original purpose. But just like the flagship grocery store that debuted before it, the Mattamy Athletic Center is filled with arena nostalgia.

Original seating is artfully re-arranged and new signs commemorating famous events and people fill the open spaces inside Ryerson University’s athletic center. (More)


The Droz Report

Divorced lesbian is new Premier of Ontario

Should we be cheering?

And something is happening here
But you don't know what it is
Do you, Mister Jones?

— Bob Dylan, "Ballad of a Thin Man"

By Geoffrey Dow

28 January 2013 — Early Sunday morning on Facebook, I posted a knee-jerk response to the selection of Kathleen Wynne as the Liberal Party of Ontario's new leader — and thus, the province's new Premier. Wynne won on the third ballot, edging out Sandra Pupatello. The women had been the front-runners right from the start. (Entirely coincidentally, but most serendipitously, Wynne's victory came only two days before the 25th anniversary of the Supreme Court of Canada's decision declaring that women have a fundamental right to control their own bodies.)

I wrote:

Those of you who think that nothing changes, please take note. In some very important ways, the world *is* getting better and it's important we remember that. A divorced, gay, woman is now Premier of Ontario.

Woman. Gay. Divorced. 30 years ago (or less!) any *one* of those facts would have automatically disqualified her.

That's a sea change, ladies and gentleman. A fucking sea change.

There is more to it than that, of course, and finding myself living in a country in which six of its 14 First Ministers are women does not mean we have reached Utopia.

But it is significant.

So significant that it deserves not just an emphasized paragraph all of its own, but consideration at some length. — More.

It’s time for an equality premier

Time will tell if Kathleen Wynne is fresh air or a corporate Trojan Horse

By Trish Hennessy
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
29 January 2013 — Imagine if Ontario’s incoming Premier – lauded for breaking the inequality barrier on two counts – decided to parlay her victory into a post-austerity focus on solutions to income inequality.

Now that would be truly groundbreaking. And it couldn’t come at a better time.

Brand new data from Statistics Canada shows Ontario holds the dubious distinction of having the second worst level of income inequality between the richest 1% and the rest of us – second only to oil-blessed Alberta.

Between 1982 and 2010, the top 1% of tax filers in Ontario saw their average income climb from $280,000 to $478,000 – that’s a 71% increase (inflation adjusted).

In stark contrast, the bottom 90% of tax filers in Ontario saw their average income inch up from $28,700 to $30,000 for an increase of only $1,300 – a 5% increase (inflation adjusted), slightly less than the national average.

The richest 1% in Ontario now makes, on average, 16 times more than the bottom 90%. Thirty years ago, that ratio was only 10 times more. (More)

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Vol. 8, No. 2 (330)
Friday 1 February 2013
Editor's Notes
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There is a saying in journalism that one must have a nose for news — either learned or natural. It's a vital part of our work.

To produce True North Perspective and now True North Humanist Perspective, we have to scan the world on all continents. It takes time and energy, and a nose for news. We have to know the difference between false propaganda and the truth.

There have been times, for example, when a correspondent has filed copy that suited our editorial policy but smelled bad to our finely-tuned news sense. We asked the correspondent to check the source. There was something about the copy that wasn't right.

Use it anyway, we were told. We said no. Our readers, at last count about 155,000 of them and growing, rely on our credibility. It is important that they trust us. Please check it out.

Within the hour the correspondent wrote in saying that our suspicions were justified. The story was false.

All this brings me to our lead story in today's issue, US 'backed plan to launch chemical weapon attack on Syria and blame it on Assad's regime', a sensational scoop, if true. But suddenly, the story was gone ... (More.)
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Time to do something positive for mental health

One in five Canadians will suffer from the malaise

By Alex Binkley
True North Perspective

1 February 2013 — Nearly a year ago, the Mental Health Commission of Canada released its ground-breaking report Changing Directions, Changing Lives. Since then a lot of people have worked to begin implementing its recommendations.

Much of the effort has aimed at getting those of who don’t suffer from a mental illness to recognize and help those who do. One result has been the website If you haven’t heard of it, check it out by clicking on the green dot, view the different sections and add your name to the list of supporters if you feel so inclined.

One in five Canadians will suffer a mental illness at some point in their lives and will have to live with the stigma and shame that has too long been associated with the malaise. (More)
From the Desk of Elizabeth Hill
Former beacon of privatized health-care goes broke; taxpayers on hook
By Gillian Steward
Straight Goods News
31 January 2013 — A Calgary for-profit hospital, once a beacon of hope for medical entrepreneurs across the country, declared bankruptcy last week. And who will have to pick up the pieces? None other than the public health-care system and ultimately Alberta taxpayers.
For years, critics predicted that this experiment in privatized health care would prove unreliable and expensive. But no one imagined a scenario in which publicly funded Alberta Health Services would go to court in a bid to keep the lights on over the operating tables in an investor-owned hospital. No one imagined that AHS would be paying receivership fees in order to keep the doors open. But this is, in fact, what has happened because Calgary’s public health-care system is so reliant on private partners.
In the meantime, hundreds of people waiting for scheduled hip and knee surgeries have been left in limbo. (More.)

From the Desk of Dennis Carr, Sustainable Development Editor

A Berlin neighborhood clamps down on fancy apartments

By Feargus O'Sullivan
24 January 2013No second bathrooms, no fireplaces or under-floor heating, no new balconies and no reserved parking places.

The Berlin district of Pankow is doing everything it can to make sure its housing stock doesn’t get any fancier. This month, Green Party-led authorities in this small, attractive section of East Berlin banned any real estate improvements that might push up rents, outlawing any new holiday homes at the same time. The measures don’t come from a yen to keep the neighborhood shabby per se, as Pankow is a pretty well-scrubbed place already. They’re aimed at halting a galloping wave of luxury upgrades and conversions that are making flats too scarce and expensive for local people. (More)

Bits and Bites of Everyday Life
By Geneviève Hone
True North Perspective

Geneviève Hone is a grandmother, family therapist and social worker.  With her husband, Julien Mercure (also a family therapist), she has co-authored three books on couples and family life. Her home on the web is

1 February 2013 — “Didn’t you go to the library yesterday?” inquires my husband as he sees me heading for the door, my library bag in hand. 

I did, I tell him, but I didn’t borrow books on the “sujet du jour”, i.e. the End of the World.  The date announced by the Mayan calendar is fast approaching and I'm curious, at least to a mild degree, about this whole phenomenon of predicting the future or, in this case, the non-future of our planet. 

Articles in newspapers are being published almost daily, some silly ones along the lines of To protect yourself and your loved ones in the event of an apocalypse, stack up on Vitamin B12, but quite a few propose good historical and philosophical reflections on our collective fear of the future. I feel the need to educate myself better on the subject, and the library is the place to do just that. I wouldn’t want to arrive at the scene of the end of the world without having done some research on the subject, no more than I would travel to a faraway place without first reading up on that country. It’s just not done! 

At the library, I head to the Express shelf, thinking that books on doomsday, if they exist, must certainly have been placed there. Time is of the essence here! At first glance, I don’t see any, so I move toward the children’s corner to catch up on what’s being produced in graphic-novel form for children and young-at-heart grandmothers.  

There, behind a bookshelf, as if hiding from their mothers, two boys, perhaps 10 or 11 years old, are discussing the end of the world. I hear them quite well as they speak in what could be described as “loud urgent hushed tones”, appropriate both for a library and impending doom. (More)

Spirit Quest

From a Northern Perspective

'Half our amino acids are fingerprints of terrestrial life and also of cosmic organic chemistry'

By The Rev. Dr. Hanns F. Skoutajan
True North Perspective

1 February 2013 —My blood followed the mercury to below zero, or so it seemed. It was not the temperature of the environment that caused this chill but the ethereal spectacle that I beheld.

Before me hung a curtain of light that was shot through by beams of red, green and orange. I had heard about Northern Lights “back home” in Europe but could not have  imagined what I now beheld.

I was returning home from the post office pulling my sleigh with my dog perched in its box proudly guarding the mail. It gets dark early in northern Saskatchewan, but when I emerged from the woods to cross the field to our log home, all was suddenly bright with colour. Strangely, my dog paid no attention to this phenomenon. (More)

The changing face of Parkdale

as ruthless landlords put the squeeze on longtime tenants

By Frances Sedgwick
True North Perspective
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.

Having lived in Parkdale now for 43 years I have seen a lot of changes in my community.

The changes I am now seeing are an uncontrolled grab of apartment buildings by un- scrupulous landlords.

These companies come into Parkdale, take over buildings, make cosmetic changes, and raise the rent to unaffordable levels.

The provincial government's rent control that exists now, caps the rate of increase permitted each year. This year it is 2.5%. That is for existing tenants.  But when a tenant moves out the landlord can raise the rent to whatever the market will bear. And they do. (More)

Beating the Drum

Beverly Blanchard is an Ojibway First Nation from Northern Ontario.  She holds a degree in Economics. During the last twenty-two years, she has worked as a consultant to First Nation and Inuit organizations in a variety of disciplines including: homelessness, suicide prevention, violence prevention, childcare, HIV/AIDS, women’s issues, business planning, and economic development. She has also designed and delivered Aboriginal awareness and stress management workshops to Federal government employees. Currently, Ms Blanchard is a life strategy coach, author and energy healer in Ottawa.

First Nations 101

Defining who is a registered First Nations

By Beverly D. Blanchard
True North Perspective

1 February 2013 — Over the course of the past month, I have once again found myself in the position of trying to educate people on the subject of First Nations. I have received emails from people asking me to explain situations, and I have also taken the time to sit down with people and answer their questions.

There are a myriad of opinions out there and as I comb through the various articles and comments posted online, I have come to the conclusion there are significant misunderstandings regarding First Nations. Some of these are based on myths and stereotypes that are perpetuated by both non-First Nations and First Nations themselves.

Because I once delivered Aboriginal Awareness workshops, I now decided it was time for me to pull out all my materials and provide those who are interested with a brief Aboriginal awareness course.  So with this article I will begin with the basics. (More)

Cross Town with Carl Dow

Successive acts of kindness from the strained and the busy have reinforced my faith in humanity

'I turned and started to walk, tripped, and fell face down'

It was certainly a bad day for me to go out and about. The weather outside was frightful, but duty called.

I had to get to the bank to pick up a document that I had to fax forthwith.

Fortunately, the stop for the bus heading west was an easy summer’s day half-block away. Only this was winter. It was cold, and we were having one of the worst storms so far this season.

Using my companion cane I limped to the stop. I speak with affection about the metal cane because it’s been with me for a good two decades. I bought it at shop that serves disableds.

It breaks down five times into an easy bundle of about eight inches long and was therefore easy to store in the trunk of my motorcycle. Me, my cane, and my motorcycle covered many thousands of interesting miles.

But now it was winter and I was standing in the passenger shelter warily eyeing the snow bank I would have to cross when the bus arrived. (More)

From the Desk of Darren Jerome

A continuing update on the war against WikiLeaks transparency

Please be advised that the below is not just the same old thing. By clicking on it you'll find the petition in support of Julian Assange and discover fascinating on-going reports and videos related to one of the most important events in modern history, and the desperate attempts to put a lid on information that everyone should know. Don't miss this special opportunity to stay informed.

There can be no life without laughter

"There are only 10 kinds of people in the world — Those who understand binary, and those who don't." — Dennis Carr

I'm sick of following my dreams. I'm just going to ask them where they're going and hook up with them later. Mitch Hedberg, Mitch All Together

I argue very well. Ask any of my remaining friends. I can win an argument on any topic, against any opponent. People know this and steer clear of me at parties. Often, as a sign of their great respect, they don’t even invite me. — Dave Barry

From the Desk of Dennis Carr

The parish priest went on a fishing trip. On the last day of his trip he hooked a monster fish and proceeded to reel it in.

The guide, holding a net, yelled, “Look at the size of that Son of a Bitch!”

“Son, I’m a priest. Your language is uncalled for!”

“No, Father, that’s what kind of fish it is – a Son of a Bitch fish!”

“Really? Well then, help me land this Son of a Bitch!”

Once in the boat, they marveled at the size of the monster.

“Father, that’s the biggest Son of a Bitch I’ve ever seen.”

“Yes, it is a big Son of a Bitch. What should I do with it?”

“Why, eat it! Of course. You’ve never tasted anything as good as Son of a Bitch!”

Elated, the priest headed home to the rectory. While unloading his gear and his prize catch, Sister Mary inquired about his trip. “Take a look at this big Son of a Bitch I caught!”

Sister Mary gasped and clutched her rosary, “Father!”

“It’s OK, Sister. That’s what kind of fish it is, a Son of a Bitch fish!”

“Oh, well then, what are you going to do with that big Son of a Bitch?” Sister Mary informed the priest that the new Bishop was scheduled to visit in a few days and that they should fix the Son of a Bitch for his dinner. “I’ll even clean the Son of a Bitch,” she said. As she was cleaning the huge fish, the Friar walked in.

“What are you doing Sister?”

“Father wants me to clean this big Son of a Bitch for the new Bishop’s Dinner.”

“Sister! I’ll clean it if you’re so upset! Please watch your language!”

“No, no, no, it’s called a Son of a Bitch Fish.”

“Really? Well in that case, I’ll fix up a great meal to go with it, and that Son of a Bitch can be the main course!” “Let me know when you’ve finished cleaning that Son of a Bitch.”

On the night of the new Bishop’s visit, everything was perfect. The Friar had prepared an excellent meal. The wine was fine, and the fish was excellent. The new Bishop said, “This is great fish, where did you get it?”

“I caught that Son of a Bitch!” proclaimed the proud priest.

“And I cleaned the Son of a Bitch!” exclaimed the Sister.

The Friar added, “And I prepared the Son of a Bitch using a special recipe!”

The new Bishop looked around at each of them. A big smile crept across his face as he said, “You Fuckers are my kind of people!”

By Joseph Hall
Staff Reporter
The Toronto Star
30 January 2013 — Joe Six Packs take heart.

Married men who shirk traditional “female” housework have more sex with their wives than those who willingly pitch in with the cooking or cleaning, a new study says.

The research, out of the University of Washington, shows that couples who keep to traditional household chores – where men rake leaves or fix the car and women tidy up or shop – have significantly more carnal encounters than their more egalitarian counterparts.

“Where the male is doing the male tasks and the female is doing the female tasks, those are the couples (who) are having more sex,” says Julie Brines, a sociologist at the Seattle school and a study co-author. (More)


New York Times reveals pharmaceutical corporate crook uses

three US senators in taxpayer swindle of a half-billion dollars

Foul Play in the Senate

By Bill Moyers and Michael Winship
Moyers & Company
26 January 2013 — The inauguration of a president is one of those spectacles of democracy that can make us remember we're part of something big and enduring. So for a few hours this past Monday the pomp and circumstance inspired us to think that government of, by, and for the people really is just that, despite the predatory threats that stalk it.

But the mood didn't last. Every now and then, as the cameras panned upward, the Capitol dome towering over the ceremony was a reminder of something the good feeling of the moment couldn't erase. It's the journalist's curse to have a good time spoiled by the reality beyond the pageantry. Just a couple of days before the inaugural festivities, The New York Times published some superb investigative reporting by the team of Eric Lipton and Kevin Sack, and their revelations were hard to forget, even at a time of celebration.

The story told us of a pharmaceutical giant called Amgen and three senators so close to it they might be entries on its balance sheet: Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Democratic Senator Max Baucus, chair of the Senate Finance Committee, and that powerful committee's ranking Republican, Orrin Hatch. A trio of perpetrators who treat the United States Treasury as if it were a cash-and-carry annex of corporate America. (More)


Truth about Venezuela penetrates corporate media ice cap

The Gaurdian UK Board honestly appraises a success story

By Alex Main
Center for Economic and Policy Research
17 January 2013 — Earlier this month my colleague Dan Beeton noted that the major media, after incorrectly predicting a close race in Venezuela’s presidential elections, had quickly reverted to the familiar “gloom and doom” predictions for Venezuela’s economic future.  Additionally, many recent opinion and news pieces have echoed the Venezuelan opposition’s view that the decision to postpone Chávez’s inauguration was legally questionable. On January 8, a Chicago Tribune editorial neatly summarized the prevailing wisdom: “Venezuela after Chavez will likely be plagued by political turmoil and economic struggle.”

Just as it appeared that the current conventional wisdom on Venezuela had spread and hardened irreversibly throughout the major media, on Monday the UK daily The Guardian published an editorial entitled “Venezuela, defying predictions – again.”  The piece deftly takes on a few commonly held views found in much of the media coverage of Venezuela. (More)


Cuba breaks through US blockade and is elected to head

SA Latin/Carib summit that excludes the US and Canada

CELAC strengthened by Second Annual meeting

By Tamara Pearson and Ewan Robertson
29 January 2013 Merida, Venezuela – The recently formed Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) met last weekend with the European Union (EU) for a Business Summit, before holding its own annual summit over Sunday and Monday.

On Monday, the 33 heads of state and foreign ministers who were present at the second CELAC summit in Santiago, Chile, ratified their commitment to continue building the regional block.

The CELAC brings together all countries in the Americas except the US and Canada. Many see it as an alternative to the Organisation of American States (OAS), which does include the US and Canada, but not Cuba.

Countries approved the Santiago Declaration, a document with 73 points. The document sees the CELAC as an emerging forum and political actor for the economic, political, social, and cultural integration of the region. It expressed solidarity with the Venezuelan people and their president Hugo Chavez, support for the process of dialogue between the Colombian government and the FARC guerrillas, and concern for the situation in Syria.

“We also agreed to collaborate more in protecting the environment and in improving the rights of people who migrate from one of our countries to another,” Chilean President Sebastian Pinera said. (More)

The real reason for the decline of American unions

By Kris Warner Center for Economic and Policy Research

23 January 2013 — Today, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released its annual summary of unionization in the U.S. It reports that in 2012, the union-membership rate of wage and salary workers was 11.3 percent, compared with 11.8 percent in 2011. The trend has been downward for some time: Fifty years ago, the figure was almost 30 percent.

It’s conventional wisdom that the post-industrial workforce doesn’t want to be unionized. But survey data show that workers’ desire to join unions has been growing since the 1980s, and a majority of nonunion workers would now vote for union representation if given the opportunity. So if workers want unions, why is unionization falling? (More)

The Book End

The last word on the last words of Christopher Hitchens

Mortality keeps atheism's faith, but falters in the delivery

Originally published (in slightly different form) in the Winter 2012-13 issue of Humanist Perspective. This version published in Edifice Rex Online.

Managing Editor
True North Perspective
Original published at Edifice Rex Online

21 January 2013 — It seems somehow churlish — or maybe uncouth — to take the last words of a dying man and pronounce them lacking.

But here we are. Christopher Hitchens is dead and I have at hand an elegantly-designed but very thin hardcover book, with small pages set in large type, that contains the writer's last words — at least, the last words he wrote for Vanity Fair magazine.

Hitchens, whose passing was as unexpected as the death of a man being treated for advanced oesophageal cancer could possibly be, was as much a showman as a writer. He was as comfortable on stage and at parties as he was behind a keyboard and over the years counted not just other writers but also many among the economic and political elites of the United States (and elsewhere) among his friends and drinking buddies. (More.)

Renewing warrantless eavesdropping

By mid-2008 Obama's treachery was apparent to those paying attention

But so deluded by his false message of hope most followed the Pied Piper

GOP and Feinstein join to fulfill
Obama's demand for renewed warrantless eavesdropping
By Glenn Greenwald
Guardian UK
28 December 2012 — The California Democrat's disgusting rhetoric recalls the worst of Dick Cheney while advancing Obama's agenda

To this day, many identify mid-2008 as the time they realized what type of politician Barack Obama actually is. Six months before, when seeking the Democratic nomination, then-Sen. Obama unambiguously vowed that he would filibuster "any bill" that retroactively immunized the telecom industry for having participated in the illegal Bush NSA warrantless eavesdropping program.

But in July 2008, once he had secured the nomination, a bill came before the Senate that did exactly that — the FISA Amendments Act of 2008 — and Obama not only failed to filibuster as promised, but far worse, he voted against the filibuster brought by other Senators, and then voted in favor of enacting the bill itself. (More)


How and what the rich buy, live-in, and sell

Top ten real estate deals in the United States

Hot Home News: Judge Judy, Michael Jordan & the Cowardly Lion

Details and high res photos (including Michael Jordan's mansion) available for your use at:

30 January 2013 — This week's Top 10 homes spotlight at includes a look at the 56,000 square foot home of Michael and Juanita Jordan in suburban Chicago where they lived for almost 20 years until their divorce in 2006. Though it has been on the market for some time, the new price cut of $8 million should surely excite the interest of any Chicago Bulls fan who has $21 million to spend on the mansion that Air Jordan called home. It even has his famous uniform #23 molded onto the huge front entry gate and an indoor regulation-sized basketball court with cushioned floors and motorized backboards along with a premium sound system.

In other home news:

What’s a little ‘ol $9 million apartment to Judge Judy, who earns $123,000 a day? That’s about $45 million a year from her job, not considering investments. Nine million is what the judge is asking for her co-op apartment at the Sherry Netherland on New York City’s Fifth Avenue. The 2 bedroom, 2.5 bath apartment overlooks Central Park. Her husband, Jerry, was also a real judge and a television judge too.

The Hollywood home that the Cowardly Lion (Bert Lahr) bought in 1941 is now on the market at $25,580,000. The private estate consists of the main house, full sized guest house, pool, tennis court and a two-lane vintage-style bowling alley. It has drawn many celebrity owners over the years including Betty Grable, Harry James and Paul McCartney.

Also, one of the world's most famous homes is the Glass Pavilion in Santa Barbara, California. Originally priced at $35,000,000 - now $13,990,000.
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The Old Man's Last Sauna
(To read the stories just click on the italic titles. Please tell us what you think.)
An eclectic collection of short stories by Carl Dow 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. FlynnSharing LiesFlying HighThe Richest Bitch in the Country or Ginny I Hardly Knows YaOne Lift Too ManyThe 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 Saunaa groundbreaking love story. All stories may also be found in the True North Perspective Archives.