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2 March 2009
17 February was the 17th day of the eighth month of the 3rd year of Canadian national consciousness rising to invincibility.
17 February 2009
Dr William Overall, National Director of the Global Country of World Peace in Canada, presented highlights of news reports reflecting Canada's rising invincibility from Yogic Flying groups across Canada and the large Invincible America Assembly at Maharishi University of Management and Maharishi Vedic City, USA.
Extensive scientific research has documented the Maharishi Effect of rising coherence, harmony, and peace created in the collective consciousness of a nation by large groups of Yogic Flyers. The effect has been found to extend beyond national borders when the group is of sufficient size.
Following are press reports featured in Dr Overall's presentation:
The Globe and Mail - Ottawa pledges to involve provinces in stance on climate change (17 February 2009) The federal government has agreed to consult the provinces over Canada's position at UN climate change talks scheduled for later this year, along with any new programmes to control greenhouse gas emissions developed jointly with the United States. The pledge was announced Tuesday following a meeting in Whitehorse, Yukon of Canada's 14 federal, provincial, and territorial environment ministers, which is formally known as the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment. Yukon Environment Minister Elaine Taylor, who chaired the meeting, said the agreement marked 'the first time in Canada's history' that provincial and territorial governments will play such an active role in working on an international protocol, which is to be discussed in Copenhagen in December. Federal Environment Minister Jim Prentice stated: 'But we have agreed that as we go forward in this pivotal year we'll work together, we'll co-operate. There will be [an] extensive process of discussion and consultation as we work together towards the Copenhagen process and as we work to develop climate change policies.'
From a CBC News report on this: The environment ministers did agree Tuesday on new countrywide regulations for managing municipal wastewater effluent. For the first time, there will be national standards applied to about 3,500 water treatment plants across Canada. The ministers also agreed to begin talks on creating national action plans to reduce product packaging and other waste that ends up in landfills.
The Canadian Press - Harper and McGuinty making nice in face of recession despite rocky past (17 February 2009) The troubled economy provided a perfect opportunity—and need—for the federal and Ontario governments to work closely together. 'For Canada, the [economic] crisis does represent an extraordinary opportunity to invest in today's needs, and in the process, prepare our country for renewed growth when the recovery comes,' Prime Minister Harper said Tuesday after making a joint C$500-million transit announcement with Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty. 'Both the premier and the prime minister have a real sense that Canadians don't want to see their governments working at cross purposes when people are facing real hardship and uncertainty,' said one Ontario Liberal source. 'Both leaders have set a different tone for their relations.' Provincial sources who have seen Harper and McGuinty in private say they've developed a cordial working relationship, especially for two men from different parts of the country and different political parties. 'They spend a good chunk of time at the beginning of their meetings just catching up on kids and family and what's going on outside of the political issues of the day,' said a Liberal source.
The Financial Post - Fund industry claims January was 'respectable' start to RRSP season (17 February 2009) 'Overall, it was a respectable start to the RRSP season,' says Pat Dunwoody, Investment Funds Institute of Canada's Vice President, Member Services and Communications. 'January fund sales strengthened from December and outpaced [by 39-per-cent] what we saw last year at this time.' Net sales were at least positive in January, to the tune of C$1.17 billion. The positive net sales month was the first since August 2008. Most of the net sales went to money market funds (C$1.35 billion) or bond funds (C$319 million). Investors did buy a net C$95.6 million of U.S. equity funds and C$90 million of sector equity funds.
The Toronto Star - 'European cities have a lot to teach us:' Miller (16 February 2009) As chair of C40, a world cities initiative to fight climate change, Toronto Mayor David Miller travelled to Basel, Switzerland this month to attend a climate change conference. 'European cities have a lot to teach us about public transit,' Miller said. 'It was extraordinary. The train linked with the streetcar, linked with the taxi, linked with the bus. There were facilities for bikes. They viewed this all as integrated. It's what we're trying to do through Transit City [Toronto's master transit plan]. It showed me it worked. 'I checked into the hotel, and you get a transit pass with your booking. It was made out for the dates of my stay. The workshops were about a 20-minute walk away, so I took the streetcar four or five stops. It was fantastic. 'I'm going to ask Tourism Toronto to work with the TTC see what they can do. The way to do it is TTC day passes that were punched for the days that you stay.'
The Globe and Mail - Everything's gone green (17 February 2009) The enthusiasm for the environment cannot be denied on campuses across the country. The boom in environmental awareness and jobs markets is creating an endless appetite for green campus initiatives. There are 239 university-based environmental education programs across Canada, according to ECO Canada, a group that promotes environmental employment. Dalhousie (Nova Scotia) will be welcoming students this September to its College of Sustainability, part of a five-faculty Environment, Sustainability and Society (ESS) programme. While most university environmental programmes exist as separate departments or faculties, the professors at the College of Sustainability will be teaching from their various existing faculties. Steven Mannell, the College's director, said that the College hopes to 'break down the territoriality' too often found in universities. Students remain part of their original department, but graduate with a joint degree that will have the name of a traditional discipline written on it next to the letters ESS. Meanwhile, British Columbia''s Simon Fraser, like many universities, is choosing amalgamation. Simon Fraser's senate gave the green light to a new environmental faculty, which will bring together five existing programmes. Jonathan Driver, the university's vice-president, academic, sees in this a way to channel the enthusiasm for making a difference that he sees in the high-school students at recruitment fairs. Two of the hundreds of environmental studies programmes across the country: University of Alberta, Edmonton: BSc in environmental and conservation sciences with BA in native studies (mixed degree): Focuses on human dimensions of environmental management; University of Toronto, St. Michael's College: Certificate in theology and ecology: Integrative methods for contributing to the healing of the Earth in all its life systems.
CBC News on interview with U.S. President Barack Obama on Canada-U.S. relations (17 February 2009) CBC's chief correspondent Peter Mansbridge interviewed U.S. President Barack Obama in the White House on Tuesday ahead of his trip to Canada on Thursday—his first official foreign visit as president. During the interview, Obama said history shows 'beggar thy neighbour' protectionist policies can actually end up further contracting world trade during global recessions. 'My administration is committed to making sure that even as we take steps to strengthen the U.S. economy, that we are doing so in a way that actually over time will enhance the ability of trading partners, like Canada, to work within our boundaries,' he said. When asked about the future of the North American Free Trade Agreement, Obama said he has always wanted side agreements on environmental and labour protections to be incorporated into the full NAFTA text so that they're enforceable. 'But what I've also said is that Canada is one of our most important trading partners, we rely on them heavily, there's US$1.5 billion worth of trade going back and forth every day between the two countries and that it is not in anybody's interest to see that trade diminish.' On Afghanistan, the president said he did not plan to ask Harper to reconsider the decision to end Canada's military mission in February 2011. He said he would continue to ask other countries to help build a 'comprehensive strategy', stating, 'I am absolutely convinced that you cannot solve the problem of Afghanistan, the Taliban, the spread of extremism in that region solely through military means. 'We're going to have to use diplomacy. We're going to have to use development . . . .' Obama spoke of the possibility of a continental energy policy among Canada, the U.S. and Mexico. 'I met with President Calderón here in the United States, and Mexico actually has taken some of the boldest steps around the issues of alternative energy and carbon reductions of any country out there. And it's very rare for a country that's still involved in developing and trying to raise its standard of living to stay as focused on this issue as President Calderón's administration has. What I think that offers is the possibility of a template that we can create between Canada, the United States and Mexico that is moving forcefully around these issues.' The president offered high praise for Canada's financial system. 'One of the things that I think has been striking about Canada is that in the midst of this enormous economic crisis, I think Canada has shown itself to be a pretty good manager of the financial system in the economy in ways that we haven't always been here in the United States.' Obama said he has visited Canada before. 'I think that Canada is one of the most impressive countries in the world, the way it has managed a diverse population, a migrant economy,' he said. 'Obviously there is enormous kinship between the United States and Canada, and the ties that bind our two countries together are things that are very important to us.'
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