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9 August 2008
29 July was the 29th day of the first month of the 3rd year of Canadian national consciousness rising to invincibility, as indicated by the following press reports:
29 July 2008
The Canadian Press - Canada third in 10-country study for low business taxes: KPMG (28 July 2008) Years of corporate tax cuts have succeeded in making Canada one of the lowest tax countries for doing business. International accounting firm KPMG says its comparison of 10 countries found Canada with the third lowest business taxes. 'Canada has done well in reducing its federal corporate tax rates,' said Greg Wiebe, KPMG's Canadian managing partner on taxes.
From a Canwest News Service report on this: Among countries, Mexico and the Netherlands came in first and second, respectively, followed in order by Canada, Australia, the US, Britain, Japan, Germany, Italy and France.
From Toronto Star reports on this: The study, which also looked at individual cities, said among 35 major cities, Vancouver ranked fourth, Montreal ranked sixth, and Toronto ranked 7th. 'It's a good news story,' said Carol Wilding, president of the Toronto Board of Trade. 'It's a very positive study,' said Tina Kremmidas, senior economist with the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.
The Canadian Economic Press - Canadian weekly wages rise in May (29 July 2008) Average weekly wages of payroll employees rose 0.3% from the previous month and 3.1% on an annual basis to C$791.48 in May, according to Statistics Canada. That works out to C$41,156.96 for the full year. Nationally, the number of payroll employees fell by 4,800 in May, but the number of workers was up by 252,200 or 1.8% compared with the same month last year.
The Vancouver Sun - 100,000 solar roofs in B.C. by 2020 (17 July 2008) The SolarBC program is aimed at encouraging more homeowners to install solar water heating systems and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. British Columbia will invest C$5 million aimed at boosting solar water heating more than sixfold to 3,000 roofs across the province by 2010. Nitya Harris, executive director of SolarBC, said the longer-range goal is to equip 100,000 roofs with solar water heating by 2020. Residents can now receive up to a total of C$1,625 in rebates from the provincial and federal governments. 'Solar has gone nuts in the last couple of years; like anything green it's just started to boom,' said Richard Siegenthaler of Taylor Munro Energy Systems that installs solar water heating.
The Globe and Mail - Hospital cafeteria or fast-food joint? (29 July 2008) Walk into a hospital cafeteria and you may think you've stumbled into a fast-food joint. French fries, deep-fried snacks and sugary drinks dominate the menus at many hospitals across Canada—a hypocritical practice that must be stopped, according to an editorial published today in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. 'Although hospitals are the front line for delivering medical treatment, health promotion and education, paradoxically, the foods they sell are frequently generic versions of fast-food staples or, worse yet, brand-name fast food,' reads the editorial, co-authored by Yoni Freedhoff, medical director at Ottawa's Bariatric Medical Institute and Rob Stevenson, cardiologist at Saint John Regional Hospital. A large proportion of food sold at Canadian hospitals contains high levels of trans fats, sodium, sugar, and other ingredients that seem to run counter to the role of such organizations to promote health and wellness, according to the editorial. At a time when more Canadians are becoming health conscious and other institutions, such as schools, are moving to eliminate unhealthy snacks, it's time for health care facilities to overhaul the types of food they offer, Dr Stevenson said. The authors have held discussions with numerous Canadian hospitals and said they often encounter the argument that they rely on the revenue from the sale of fast-food items. But the editorial highlights the fact that hospitals that have incorporated healthy options have seen a rise in profits from the sale of food.
The Canadian Press - Midwifery becoming 'quite mainstream' in Canada, proponents say (29 July 2008) Toronto-resident, Melissa Boraski, is among a growing number of Canadian women turning to a midwife during pregnancy. She said the more intimate, personalized care, plus the fact it's funded by the Ontario government, made it an obvious choice. 'I felt that having a baby wasn't something that I wanted to be treated like a medical emergency,' Boraski said. 'Just the idea of birth being a family thing, it can happen in the home, it's safe, it can be a spiritual experience. I felt like the midwives honoured that tradition,' she said. In the 1950s, women were considered passive vessels, completely divested of the birthing process, said S Jay MacGillivray, a midwife in Toronto. They often laboured alone for long hours, she said. Today, midwifery is widely recognized as providing equally good, if not better maternity care. Several institutions now offer degrees in the field, including Ryerson, Laurentian, and McMaster universities in Ontario, the University of British Columbia, Manitoba's University College of the North, and the University of Quebec at Trois-Rivieres.
The Financial Post on Canadians still love libraries (29 July 2008) A little bit of good news from the literacy front. Canadians are still flocking to their local libraries. In fact, Toronto's libraries are per capita the busiest in the world. 'Everyone thinks the Internet has been the death of the public libraries and exactly the opposite is true ' says Grant Kaiser, director of marketing and development for Calgary Public Library. 'We see more and more and more readership every year.'
The Canadian Press - Thousands gather to welcome canoes on largest-ever Tribal Journey (29 July 2008) The sound of 1,000 handcrafted paddles being beaten in rhythm in the bottoms of more than 100 canoes echoed across Cowichan Bay on Vancouver Island Monday evening as the oceangoing boats were drawn to shore in the shadow of Mt Tzouhalem, the sacred mountain of the Quw'utsum peoples. 'Welcome our relatives from the south, from Puget Sound,' called out Cowichan Chief Lydia Huwitsin. 'Welcome our relatives from the west. From the east, from the north.' Intermixed with canoes from First Nations the length and breadth of British Columbia were canoes representing natives from the western Arctic, Saskatchewan, and the US states of Washington, Oregon, and Alaska. The canoes were part of the largest Tribal Journeys paddle in modern times. Begun in 1989, the event commemorates the paddles of old, before first contact, when members of coastal First Nations travelled unfathomable distances to trade and visit.
The Globe and Mail - Canada can learn from Yukon's unique partnership (29 July 2008) In this often forgotten part of Canada, there is a revolution underway. Few Canadians took notice when the federal government and the Yukon First Nations signed the Umbrella Final Agreement in 1993. As of today, it has provided the foundation for land-claims agreements with 11 of Yukon's 14 native bands. The first four signed their pacts in 1995. The deals were unique in that they gave the bands extraordinary and unprecedented powers of self-government—including the authority to draft and pass their own legislation. In the years since the first agreements were signed, the various councils have been busy building governments, according to Grand Chief Andy Carville, head of the Council of Yukon First Nations. Self-governance has allowed the various bands to focus attention and resources on what's most important to them, like survival of their culture. They have the power to take over responsibility for areas such as education, health, and justice—and some are doing just that. One is developing an education curriculum. More aboriginal children than ever before are graduating from high school and going on to get some postsecondary education. In Yukon, collaborative governance is more than just a catchy buzz phrase. The Yukon Forum is a four-times-a-year meeting between members of Premier Dennis Fentie's cabinet and the chiefs of all the self-governing nations to discuss issues of mutual concern. Premier Fentie realizes that progress in the territory will not be made unless it is joint progress. 'I think all our lives are better now and will be much better in 10, 20 years as a result of these agreements,' Mr Carville says. 'We'll show Canada this should be the model for native/non-native relations in this country.'
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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