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11 February 2007
8 February was the 8th day of the eighth month of Canadian national consciousness rising to invincibility, as indicated by the following press reports:
8 February 2007
The Globe and Mail - Premiers planning team effort on climate change (8 February 2007) Canada's premiers jumped on the environmental bandwagon during a telephone conference call on 7 February, vowing to do their part to cut greenhouse gases. Premiers spent most of the 90-minute conference call discussing energy-related issues, including how they could work together on energy efficiency and the environment.
'There was an agreement that provinces not wait for leadership from the federal government, but continue to press ahead with their own efforts to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions and move the environment file,' Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach told reporters.
The Globe and Mail - Canada becoming a wind superpower (8 February 2007) Canada more than doubled its wind power capacity to 1,460 megawatts by the end of last year, making the country the world's 12th-largest in terms of installed capacity. It was a record year for Canada, the Canadian Wind Energy Association said. Estimates show that every 1,000 megawatts of installed wind energy capacity in Canada will cut annual emissions of carbon dioxide by at least 1.2 million tonnes.
The Toronto Star - Housing starts jump in January (8 February 2007) Housing starts in January jumped to an annual rate of 249,300 in January from 212,600 in December, propelled by a strong economy, Central Mortgage and Housing Corp. said Thursday. 'Historically low mortgage rates, solid employment and income growth, and a high level of consumer confidence continue to support residential construction activity,' said Bob Dugan, chief economist at CMHC's market analysis centre.
From another Toronto Star report on this: Housing starts in Toronto were up by 19 per cent last month to a seasonally adjusted and annualised 39,700, compared to the 33,400 in December. It was a similar situation Canada wide, as starts jumped a much higher than expected 17 per cent to 249,300, the highest since August of 2004. A separate report released today by Statistics Canada said nationally, selling prices are up 10.7 per cent compared to a year ago.
From a Bloomberg News report on this: Home construction increased more than expected to a 2-1/2 year high in January. Multiple-unit construction in cities surged 31 per cent and urban single-family homes rose 5.9 per cent.
Canadian Press - Canada Pension Plan fund feasts on rising markets: 10.1 per cent nine-month return (8 February 2007) The Canada Pension Plan fund reported it grew by $7.5 billion to $110.8 billion during the fiscal third quarter ended Dec. 31. The fund, which includes investment earnings and the portion of CPP contributions not needed to pay current pensions, experienced a rate of return of 8.7 per cent on its investments for the quarter.
'The strong performance of Canadian and foreign equity markets was the largest factor behind the positive investment returns this quarter for the CPP fund,' stated David Denison, president of the CPP Investment Board.
The National Post reports (8 February 2007) Trading activity on the Toronto Stock Exchange climbed nearly 30 per cent in January from December. About 7.8 billion shares and units changed hands on the exchange in January. This was up from 6.1 billion in December, said TSX Group, which owns the exchange. The total value of shares traded was $128.9-billion, up from $103.6 billion in December, and up from $118.1-billion from the year-before quarter.
The Globe and Mail - Birks backs Boreal forest protection against mining (8 February 2007) Birks & Mayors Inc., which runs the Birks luxury jewellery stores in Canada, has become the first Canadian jeweller to agree to protect the country's Boreal forest in the production of gold and diamonds. Birks joins more than 60 companies that have backed the Boreal Forest Conservation Framework, a commitment to the sustainability of Canada's Boreal region. In a statement today, Birks, with 38 stores in Canada and 29 in the United States under the Mayors name, also endorses the 'no Dirty Gold' campaign's Golden Rules, aimed at reforming destructive mining practices.
CanWest News Service - Canadians more keen on Muslims than Western average: poll (8 February 2007) Canadians are least likely among citizens of 23 western countries to have bigoted attitudes toward Muslims, according to a new international study.
More than 32,000 respondents from 19 European countries, plus Canada, the US, Australia and New Zealand, were asked the question: 'Would you like to have a person from this group as your neighbour?' Of the nearly 2,000 people surveyed in Canada only 6.5 per cent said they would not like to live beside a Muslim. The average percentage of negative responses across all western countries was 14.5 per cent. Salma Siddiqui, an official with the Toronto-based Muslim Canadian Congress, told CanWest News Service that the survey results reflect the fact that 'Canada is a very tolerant nation.'
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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