Friday 23 September 2011


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By Eva Golinger 
22 September 2011 — Iran’s release of US citizens Joshua Fattal and Shane Bauer on Wednesday, September 21, made headlines worldwide, but little details were initially provided regarding the reasons behind their liberation. The Iranian Foreign Ministry has now publicy affirmed the release of Fattal and Bauer was in response to requests made by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, along with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and the heads of state of Iraq and Oman.
The two US citizens were originally detained on July 31, 2009, along with Sarah Shroud, after they were caught by Iranian border guards who claimed they had entered Iranian territory without authorization. The three young US citizens alleged they were hiking in Iraqi Kurdistan, a touristy area for outdoor activities that borders Iran, and were kidnapped by the Iranian security forces while on Iraqi territory. 683 words.

Summertime's Farewell

A maple leaf takes to a stony bed as autumn takes the stage in Gatineau Park on Friday, September 23, 2011. Detail of an image by True North Perspective's Phantom Photographer.

Opportunity knocks for the lazy, clueless would-be spy

By Kate Zimmerman
Special to North Shore News

18 September 2011 VANCOUVER — I missed my calling. It turns out that my lifelong dream of being a spy wasn't out of reach.

It's now evident that it doesn't matter to the spying profession if you're not the sharpest knife in the drawer.

I don't know if it's spying itself that's become more lax, or just the spy lifestyle. Once upon a time, to be a spy, you had to be able to read a map, operate a telescope, and get Russian diplomats drunk and chatty. My own dim geographical skills, wonky vision and low tolerance for vodka took me out of the running back in 1965, during the Cold War. I was in Grade 2 at the time. "The world of internathional ethpionage ith not for me," I lisped sadly into my giant tape recorder.

Likely you experienced the same disillusionment. In the 1960s and '70s, spies were gloomy skulkers like Richard Burton in The Spy Who Came in From the Cold, tough, sexy customers like Diana Rigg in The Avengers, or suave action men, like "Bond, James Bond." But all this was before the establishment of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, which we now know to be the last bastion of buffoonery. 835 words.
Jayme Poisson
The Toronto Star

22 September 2011 — A provincial court judge in Halton has taken on police in the region, releasing two bold rulings in less than a month rebuking officers for excessive force.

One officer, Const. Erich Paroshy, who works out of Halton’s Burlington division, is named in both unrelated cases — one of which resulted in a man’s broken arm and the other with a man pepper sprayed in the face.

In both rulings, Ontario Court Justice Lesley Baldwin came down hard on the officers and requested the Crown send a copy of her reasons to Halton’s police chief, Gary Crowell, “for appropriate review and action.” In the first ruling, she requested the OPP regional supervisor receive a copy as well as the province’s police watchdog. — 1,025 words.
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Human rights group urges Ottawa 

to investigate Cheney over torture

The Toronto Star

24 September 2011 — A human rights group is urging the federal government to bring criminal charges against former U.S. vice-president Dick Cheney, accusing him of playing a role in the torture of detainees during the years of the Bush administration.

Cheney will be in Vancouver on Monday to promote his book In My Time: A Personal and Political Memoir, which outlines his views of the war on terror and other events during the administration of president George W. Bush.

Human Rights Watch claims that overwhelming evidence of torture by the Bush administration, including at least two cases involving Canadian citizens, are grounds for Canada to investigate Cheney and comply with the Convention Against Torture. 525 words.

Food safety on the federal menu

By Alex Binkley
True North Perspective

It’s widely expected the Harper government will propose a significant overhaul of food safety laws in the current session of Parliamernt.

It will be driven by a promise to fully implement the recommendations of a report on the deadly 2008 Listeria outbreak and pressure from federal regulators and the food industry for changes.

The government should take a close look at a survey recently completed for the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and some sage counsel from Ronald Doering, a former CFIA president and Ottawa based food law lawyer. They suggest the government needs to be selective rather than sweeping in what it changes. Don’t make a mountain out of a molehill. 991 words.
From the Desk of Dennis Carr, Contributing Editor

Amidst the Big City, an Aboriginal Public School

Vancouver's school board sees potential in a school designed from curriculum up, to appeal to urban First Nations youth. Fourth in a series.

14 September 2011,

Vancouver is touted as one of the more culturally diverse cities in the country. Its Aboriginal population is no different: people from First Nations across the province and the country live here.

This multi-cultural heritage is one reality making it difficult to provide the kind of culturally-focused education found in reserve schools like Chief Atahm or in smaller public districts such as Haida Gwaii. The Aboriginal community is physically spread out, too, with over 40,000 families living in cities throughout the Lower Mainland identifying themselves as First Nations.

Nonetheless the Vancouver School Board (VSB) thinks the answer may lie in a one-of-kind Aboriginal school designed from the curriculum up to reflect an Aboriginal world-view. Proposed earlier this year, the school would adopt the principles of the district's much-lauded Aboriginal Education Enhancement Agreement with local First Nations, be taught by Aboriginal and Aboriginal-aware teachers, and involve parents, elders and community in the decision-making process. — 3,473 words.
Bits and Bites of Everyday Life

Make the most of sunny September days!

True North Perspective

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

Summer has given way to the autumn equinox. It will be fondly remembered as a very busy summer with lots of sunny days once we got rid of the rain. But, like many of you, I am looking forward to a change of rhythm.
One of my favourite ways to celebrate harvest time at this turn of season is AGRITOUR which offers a unique opportunity to visit local farms, orchards and vineyards, to meet local producers and sample their goods. Every year, I choose two or three destinations and enjoy the country drive while discovering new venues and new products.1,139 words.
Spirit Quest

Reverend Hanns Skoutajan had a tall ship

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

“Sailing, sailing over the ocean blue!”  Well, it wasn’t quite the ocean, rather it was the waters east and west of the city of Kingston, Ontario, the river and lake that form the boundary    between Canada and the United States. We didn’t get to the US as planned inasmuch as   someone had not brought their passport and Homeland Security said a firm No. They probably thought we were seeking to import wacky tobaccy and socialism.

The ship was the Fair Jeanne of Bytown Brigantine of Ottawa, whose youthful crew of experienced mariners is captained by Sam Drinnan. One must never forget the cooks who kept us well fed. Its passengers were a group of 15 adults  from 18 to 82. The latter being me, the oldest trainee embarking for fun, friendship and the fundamentals of sailing a tall ship. 1.108 words.


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.

I was heartened by the young parliamentry page, Brigette DePape, who silently gave us a message when she held up her sign in the senate "Stop Harper".

I am ecouraged more and more by the responses of young people to the injustices they see.

I am including an example below.

During the current Ontario provincial elections campaign I've been attending all-candidates meetings in Toronto Centre riding.

At most meetings the so called "fringe" parties, this is what the estabishment calls all political parties except those already elected in parliament, are not permitted on the platform to participate in the debate. 563 words.

From the Desk of Darren Jerome


Always worth repeating

'Give us the tools and we'll finish the job'

— 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.


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Always looking forward ...

Doing more with less is theme at 2011 Home & Design Show

The Ottawa Home & Design Show offers a goldmine of ideas, products, and services for cash-conscious homeowners who want the home of their dreams without spending a fortune.            

From Sept. 30 to Oct. 2 at Ottawa's Lansdowne Park the show will be jam-packed with advice and tips from professional designers, celebrity  television hosts, home renovation experts, and contractors who will inspire you to achieve more with less.           

“Whether you’re in the market for a home, looking for the latest interior trends, or planning a renovation, our line-up of experts will introduce you to many innovations and ideas and offer free advice that will help you get the best band for your buck," says Ian Forsyth, managing partner for Caneast Show, organizer for the show. 1,033 words.

Third Ways

By Peter Singer
Buddhist Monks in Bhutan. (Photo: Steve Evans / Flickr)  
Buddhist Monks in Bhutan. (Photo: Steve Evans / Flickr)

13 September 2011, PRINCETON — The small Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan is known internationally for two things: high visa fees, which reduce the influx of tourists, and its policy of promoting “gross national happiness” instead of economic growth. The two are related: more tourists might boost the economy, but they would damage Bhutan’s environment and culture, and so reduce happiness in the long run.

When I first heard of Bhutan’s goal of maximizing its people’s happiness, I wondered if it really meant anything in practice, or was just another political slogan. Last month, when I was in the capital, Thimphu, to speak at a conference on “Economic Development and Happiness,” organized by Prime Minister Jigme Y. Thinley and co-hosted by Jeffrey Sachs, Director of The Earth Institute at Columbia University and Special Adviser to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, I learned that it is much more than a slogan.950 words.

Reality Check

American neo-conservatives hate democracy —

And don't bother to pretend otherwise anymore

By Dave Johnson
23 September 2011 — The roots of today's toxic conservative movement lie in Ayn Rand's teaching that wealthy "producers" — now called "job creators" — should be left alone by the government, namely the rest of us.
The rest of us are "freeloaders," "moochers," "leeches" and "parasites" who feed off these producers and who shouldn't be allowed to make decisions to collect taxes from them or regulate them or interfere in most other ways. The Randians hate democracy, and say so, declaring that "collectivism" sacrifices individual rights to majority wishes.1,941 words.

Note from the edges of the empire

Obama's Arc of Instability

Destabilizing the world one region at a time

By Nick Turse
18 September 2011 — It’s a story that should take your breath away: the destabilization of what, in the Bush years, used to be called “the arc of instability.”  It involves at least 97 countries, across the bulk of the global south, much of it coinciding with the oil heartlands of the planet.  A startling number of these nations are now in turmoil, and in every single one of them — from Afghanistan and Algeria to Yemen and Zambia — Washington is militarily involved, overtly or covertly, in outright war or what passes for peace.

Garrisoning the planet is just part of it.  The Pentagon and U.S. intelligence services are also running covert special forces and spy operations, launching drone attacks, building bases and secret prisons, training, arming, and funding local security forces, and engaging in a host of other militarized activities right up to full-scale war.  But while you consider this, keep one fact in mind: the odds are that there is no longer a single nation in the arc of instability in which the United States is in no way militarily involved.2,948 words.


Health Watch

For most of history, meals were very variable.
23 September 2011 — We grew up believing in three meals a day.
When we skip meals, eat extra meals or subvert paradigms -- spaghetti breakfasts, pancake suppers -- we feel naughty, edgy and criminal. "Three meals a day" resonates like a Bible phrase.
We grew up believing in three meals a day. 1,339 words.

Human Rights

CSIS notes reveal how Canadian was kept in exile

By Paul Koring
The Globe and Mail
2 September 2011 — In the summer of 2004, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service was suddenly faced with a big problem. Abousfian Abdelrazik, the Canadian they suspected of having links to terrorists, was about to be set free after more than a year in prison in Sudan. Worse, from CSIS’s standpoint, he was headed home to Canada and the agency had no legitimate means to stop him.
Hours after Sudanese security forces hauled Mr. Abdelrazik out of his Khartoum prison cell on July 20 and drove him to a police house to await a prearranged flight leaving on July 22, CSIS’s top counterterrorist chief in Ottawa was on the phone with the head of security at Transport Canada to discuss the matter. 1,421 words.

Gamers beat scientists!

Video gamers solve in 3 weeks problem
that stumped scientists for 10 years
By Robert T. Gonzalez

20 September 2011 — What if, instead of tallying up head-shots in Team Fortress 2, you could channel your gaming skills towards helping scientists find treatments to diseases like HIV/AIDS? Well, it turns out you can. In fact, it's already been done.
In diseases like HIV, enzymes known as retroviral proteases play a key role in a virus's ability to overwhelm the immune system and proliferate throughout the body. For years, scientists have been working to identify what these retroviral proteases look like, in order to develop drugs that target these enzymes and stymie the progression of deadly viral diseases like AIDS. Unfortunately, many of these researchers' efforts have been met with little success. 280 words.

Family genetic research reveals speed of human mutation

Father and mother split six billion bits of info to make you

New genetic study reveals that fewer mutations are made

20 June 2011, MONTREAL — A team of researchers have discovered that, on average, thirty mutations are transmitted from each parent to their child, revising previous estimations and revolutionizing the timescale we use to calculate the number of generations separating us from other species.
"Your genome, or genetic code, is made up of six billion pieces of information, called nucleotides," explained co-lead author Philip Awadalla of the University of Montreal's Faculty of Medicine and Director of CARTaGENE.418 words.

Porn for PETA

Animal rights group to launch pornography website

Imogen Bailey appears in a PETA advert. PETA has been accused of campaigning for animal rights at the cost of exploiting women Photo: REUTERS
18 September 2011 — The non-profit organisation, whose controversial campaigns draw criticism from women's rights groups, said it hopes to raise awareness of veganism through a mix of pornography and graphic footage of animal suffering.

"We're hoping to reach a whole new audience of people, some of whom will be shocked by graphic images that maybe they didn't anticipate seeing when they went to the PETA triple-X site," said Lindsay Rajt, PETA's associate director of campaigns.

PETA has been accused of campaigning for animal rights at the cost of exploiting women.

A Facebook group, Real Women Against PETA, was launched after the organisation paid for a billboard showing an obese woman with the message: "Save the Whales. Lose the Blubber. Go Vegetarian."569 words.

The Old Man's Last Sauna
A collection of short stories by Carl Dow

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. 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.


True North Perspective
Vol. 6, No. 31 (290)
Friday, September 30, 2011
True North Perspective
Vol. 6, No. 31 (290)
Friday, September 30, 2011

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