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6 May 2008
18 April was the 18th day of the tenth month of the 2nd year of Canadian national consciousness rising to invincibility, as indicated by the following press reports:
18 April 2008
The Globe and Mail - Canada takes lead in declaring bisphenol A toxic (18 April 2008) In one of the most significant regulatory actions in decades, Canada is poised to become the first country in the world to list bisphenol A as a toxic substance and ban the use of polycarbonate plastic baby bottles made of the controversial material. Health Minister Tony Clement announced the steps, saying current exposures to the chemical, while small, don't provide enough of a safety margin for babies and infants up to 18 months old, placing them at possible risk of developmental or neurological problems. 'We believe that the current safety margin needs to be higher. We have concluded that it is better to be safe than sorry,' Mr Clement told a news conference. Federal scientists, who reviewed a total of about 150 different studies in their evaluation of the chemical, concluded that it should be labelled toxic. Throughout the week, retailers across the country took the nearly unprecedented step of stripping their shelves of polycarbonate bottles used by infants and adults in the face of overwhelming consumer rejection of the product. That move has had reverberations in the United States, where the Washington Post reported that merchandising giant Wal-Mart, following the lead of its Canadian subsidiary, would also stop selling polycarbonate bottles. Canada on its own has never taken an international lead to ban the use of controversial substances.
From Canadian Press reports on this: A report by Health Canada determined the chemical, found in such plastic products as baby and reusable hard plastic drink and food containers, can endanger infants and the environment. Bisphenol A has been the material of choice in baby bottles and reusable water bottles for decades. Forms of the substance are also used to line cans. Concerns have been raised that BPA in polycarbonate products and epoxy linings can migrate into food and beverages.
From a New York Times report on this: 'We're not waiting to take action to protect our people and our environment from the long-term effects of bisphenol-a,' the environment minister, John Baird, told a news conference. The government has also begun monitoring the exposure of 5,000 people to the chemical. If that study, to be completed in 2009, indicates a danger to adults, the toxic designation will allow the government to take additional action swiftly. Today's move drew praise from environmentalists. 'I have nothing but congratulations for the government today,' said Rick Smith, the executive director of Environmental Defence, who has long criticized the use of BPA.
The Vancouver Sun - Canadian retailers continue to pull plastic products from shelves (17 April 2008) Environment advocacy group Environmental Defence congratulated Canadian retailers for taking action to protect Canadians' health. 'The wave of change we've seen in the past few days is absolutely remarkable,' said Rick Smith. 'Canadians are demanding action, and they are demanding safer alternatives for their families. Pro-active retailers are responding in an unprecedented fashion.'
Reuters Canada - Banks give Toronto stocks a hefty boost (18 April 2008) The Toronto Stock Exchange's main index finished the week strongly higher on Friday, spurred by financial shares, which rallied on hope that the worst of the credit crisis has already been seen. All of the market's major banks pushed higher. Overall the sector climbed 2.1 per cent. The TSX composite index closed up 121.56 points, or 0.86 per cent, at 14,237.06, with all but two of its 10 main groups in an upswing. The tech sector jumped 2.4 per cent for the day. The benchmark index rose 554 points or 4.1 per cent for the week, surging over the key 14,000-mark and rising to highs last seen in early November.
From a Canadian Press report on this: The Canadian dollar was ahead 0.72 cent to 99.51 cents US on Friday. Statistics Canada reported the composite leading index, an indicator of future economic growth, was unchanged.
From a Bloomberg News report on this: Canada's stock benchmark notched a fourth straight weekly gain, its longest such streak since 12 October. The TSX is now up 2.9 per cent in 2008.
The Canadian Press - Household spending boosts economy (18 April 2008) Six of 10 components rose in March as the composite leading index remained unchanged after a decline in February. Statistics Canada reports both housing and new orders for durable goods rebounded, while overall household spending led growth. Outlays for durable goods posted a third straight gain, as auto sales remained on a strong upward trend.
From a Reuters Canada report on this: 'All the components related to household spending advanced,' Statscan said.
The Toronto Star on Ontario vetoes bans on clotheslines (18 April 2008) Ontario announced that clotheslines can no longer be banned in subdivisions or almost anywhere else in the province. In a bid to curb the use of energy-draining dryers, the new regulation will overrule neighbourhood covenants—part of the mortgage agreement between many developers and homebuyers—that outlaw clotheslines. The regulation, to take effect immediately, will not only prohibit new bans but also wipe out most that already exist. The regulation will apply to free-standing and semi-detached homes and most row houses. Highrise condos and apartments won't be affected for now. The province wants more consultation about them to deal with safety and other concerns. The announcement comes as Toronto Hydro launches a giveaway of 75,000 clotheslines. Dryers account for 5 to 6 per cent of Ontario's household electricity demand. 'The overwhelming majority of people say it's a good move and are solidly behind it. That doesn't mean the overwhelming majority will dry every piece of clothing on a clothesline. But this is a start,' said Chris Winter of the Conservation Council of Ontario.
CBC News - PEI plans talks on energy future (18 April 2008) The Prince Edward Island government wants to create a 10-year alternative energy plan, and as a first step is moving to gather ideas from Islanders. To that end the government released a discussion paper that outlines possible directions including conservation, wind, biofuels, solar, and geothermal. The 34-page document does not make specific recommendations. Instead, at the end of every section it poses questions. Energy Minister George Webster said the purpose of the document is to ensure coherent action. Public meetings will be held throughout the province next month, with the government aiming to release a final strategy later this summer. 'I want to do it right now and I feel strongly that we need to consult with Islanders and have a plan so that PEI looks like it ought to look in a decade out,' Mr Webster said. 'Let's not make this next wave of expansion a piecemeal kind of wave. Let's get it right, make sure we understand the issues,' he said. 'We're at a turning point, or at a major time, in the history of PEI, where things are going to change and they're going to change rapidly.'
These are a few of the news reports reflecting Canada's rising invincibility from the growing Yogic Flying groups across Canada and the Invincible America Assembly at Maharishi University of Management and Maharishi Vedic City, USA.
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