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24 January 2007
22 January was the 22nd day of the seventh month of Canadian national consciousness rising to invincibility, as indicated by the following press reports:
22 January 2007
The Toronto Star - Israel says relations with Canada at 'peak' (22 January 2007) Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert met visiting Foreign Affairs Minister Peter MacKay on his Mideast tour and expressed appreciation for Canada's support for Israel even in 'difficult periods'.
A glowing statement from the Foreign Ministry said: 'In light of these very positive relations, Canada is interested in increasing its involvement in and support for the peace process between Israel and the Palestinians. Israel welcomes such a development, and this will be one of the matters discussed during the current visit to Israel by the Canadian foreign minister.'
In a separate meeting Sunday (21 January), MacKay told Vice-Premier Shimon Peres that Canadian business was keen to help upgrade the Palestinian economy. Canadian firms want to invest in joint Israeli-Palestinian-Jordanian projects enhancing environmental quality and development along their common 'Silicon Peace Valley', he said. 'Incentives for economic growth and environmental quality can play a major role in changing Palestinian and Israeli national mindsets,' Peres said.
CBC News - Tories announce energy efficiency plan (21 January 2007) The Conservative government has unveiled a plan to spend $300 million over four years to encourage homeowners, businesses and industry to use energy more efficiently. 'It's time to recognize that the largest untapped source of energy is the energy we waste,' said Natural Resources Minister Gary Lunn as he announced the initiative on Sunday.
Under the retrofit programme that will offer homeowners and smaller businesses support and information needed to retrofit buildings to make them more energy-efficient, the government expects homeowners will receive a grant of up to $5,000, depending on the efficiencies that can be realised, Lunn said.
'Not only will homeowners receive this one-time grant, but they will continue to realize the potential of thousands of dollars in savings in their energy costs, year after year.'
The Vancouver Sun - Funding will save rainforest and jobs, activist says (22 January 2007) The federal government's announcement Sunday of $30 million for the Great Bear Rainforest, combined with provincial and private donations, will help create a balance between economic and environmental concerns in the region, according to Amanda Carr of Greenpeace.
Carr said the combined donations of $120 million make up the largest 'integrated conservation investment package' in North America, involving cooperation between first nations groups, environmental groups, the forest industry and government. 'We know there is a strong link between a healthy ecosystem, a healthy society and Canada's economic prosperity,' said Federal Environment Minister John Baird.
Art Sterritt, executive director of the Coastal First Nations, said the money would ensure the well-being of Coastal people, lands, and water.
From a Canadian Press report on this: The area, which includes one-quarter of the world's remaining coastal temperate rainforest, stretches 750 kilometres along BC's central and northern coast, covering 6.5 million hectares.
The National Post - Transalta wins Contract to build 25-turbine wind farm in New Brunswick (20 January 2007) Trans Alta Corp. Canada's top publicly traded electricity generator, said it has been awarded a 25-year power purchase agreement to provide wind power to New Brunswick. The project will provide 220,000 megawatt hours per year, which is enough electricity to meet the power requirements of about 13,600 homes.
The Globe and Mail - Half of Canadian firms to boost marketing budgets (22 January 2007) One in two Canadian businesses (49 per cent) plan to increase their marketing budgets in 2007, according to the latest survey of marketing budgets. Just 17 per cent of respondents said they'd spend less. All that bodes well for the broader Canadian economy, according to Chris Williamson, an economist with NTC research, which conducts the quarterly survey on behalf of the Institute for Communications and Advertising (ICA).
'There's good confidence about the year ahead,' Mr Williamson said. More than one in five respondents (21.5 per cent) said they boosted their marketing budgets beyond plan in the fourth quarter of 2006, compared with just 9.1 per cent who scaled back their spending. The 12.4-percentage-point gap would suggest a robust economy.
The Toronto Star - Fortress North America is an illusion (22 January 2007) Now the eyes of the world are on China, India, and Brazil, and on global supply chains, and global integration. The good news is that we are beginning to see a shift in sentiment, which is expressed, for example, in a new Conference Board of Canada report, 'Mission Possible'. It talks of the limitations of the North American Free Trade Agreement and the need for a more global view. The message is that we have to think of ourselves as a global nation, not simply a North American nation. We have to change this mindset, which means we probably need to bring in a fresh generation of business leaders who can look beyond North America to the rest of the world.
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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