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ROB-TV's Jim O'Connell takes medical leave

Section: Daily Dispatches

12:09p ET Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Dear Friend of GATA and Gold:

Report on Business Television in Canada, which, because of its Internet video archive has been what might be called Radio Free America, announced Tuesday that the longtime host of its "Market Call" program, Jim O'Connell, will be taking leave to undergo treatment for cancer. ROB-TV's statement about O'Connell's leave is appended.

O'Connell has done a huge service to the friends of the precious metals and free markets by allowing -- no, ENCOURAGING -- discussion on the air of complaints that governments and central banks have been intervening in markets, particularly to suppress the gold price. So please include O'Connell in your thoughts and prayers and send him good wishes in care of ROB-TV. We NEED this man in journalism, since there is no one like him, and if our saying so is, after all, only selfish, at least we can be grateful.

CHRIS POWELL, Secretary/Treasurer
Gold Anti-Trust Action Committee Inc.

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From Report on Business Television
Tuesday, February 20, 2007

And finally, some news about one of our own. The guy who usually sits in this chair at this time every day, our colleague, Jim O'Connell, recently underwent medical tests and the diagnosis means he'll need to take some time off.

Jim has just learned he has colon cancer. It was diagnosed swiftly, it is operable, and Jim has been scheduled for surgery next week.

Jim has the very best of medical care and many positives that bode well for a strong recovery. Jim enjoys otherwise excellent physical health, having completed six marathons on five continents in the past 30 months. They include the Great Wall of China Marathon just last spring near Beijing. Jim also ran an unusual marathon in the Antarctic with his wife, Lisa, and other marathons in Rome, Chile, and Norway.

Jim says his greatest source of strength is his wife, Dr. Lisa Ramshaw, a forensic psychiatrist with a solid medical background. Together, they are determined to tackle this challenge head-on so they can resume their busy lives and finish all seven continents. Just two more to go.

Jim and Lisa just got married this past November. They have tremendous support from their sons, Daniel and Aaron, and a huge network of family and friends. If you would like to drop Jim a note, mail it to us and we'll make sure he gets it:

Jim O'Connell
c/o Market Call
Report on Business Television
720 King Street West
10th Floor
Toronto, Ontario
M5V 2T3

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