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14 February 2007
12 February was the 12th day of the eighth month of Canadian national consciousness rising to invincibility, as indicated by the following press reports:
12 February 2007
CanWest News Service - Harper announces funding for environmental initiatives (12 February 2007) The federal government announced on 12 February $1.5 billion in funding to help the provinces bolster their efforts to go green from a new national fund.
Prime Minister Harper said the Eco-Trust represents a spirit of co-operation between the provinces and Ottawa. 'I think it's a good demonstration of the kind of flexible, co-operative federalism that we are pursuing and one that can be used to deal with a major public policy challenge that confronts all governments regardless of their partisan stripe,' Harper said.
Quebec had made previous requests of Ottawa to give it $328 million for environmental initiatives and those requests had been refused until now and will receive about $350 million of the new funding. Quebec Premier Jean Charest said the dispute has been resolved 'the right way', because Quebec isn't the only jurisdiction getting support, but the whole country will benefit. 'There's a national program,' he said. 'Everyone is treated equally and fairly.'
From a Globe and Mail report on this: The money will be used to help finance provincial projects which promote clean energy, fight climate change and help curb pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.
The Ottawa Business Journal - Consumer confidence jumps 3.1 points in January (12 February 2007) The Conference Board's Index of Consumer Confidence report showed consumer confidence reached 101.1 in January, above the average in all of 2006. More than half of consumers said that right now is the best time to make a major purchase. 'Retailers should be happy to hear that consumers are increasingly ready to make major purchases,' said Conference Board economist Alicia Coughlin.
'Consumers were quite optimistic about their current and future financial situation, and expressed more optimism about future job conditions.' More consumers said their family's financial situation had improved compared to six months before. Respondents were also more optimistic about their future financial situations, as the number of those polled who said they would be better off financially in six months rose to 31 per cent.
Nearly a quarter of respondents said they expected there would be more jobs in their community six months from now, an increase of 3.7 percentage points. Optimism in central Canada rose for the second month in a row, with Ontario's index jumping 5.5 points to reach more than 100 for the first time since early 2004.
Bloomberg News headline on this: Canada's consumer confidence rises to 9-month high, survey says
The Globe and Mailreports (12 February 2007) Canada's pension plans should be forced to consider environmental and social issues when they make investments, and to disclose to the public exactly how that information has influenced their decision-making, a government-appointed committee has recommended.
The National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy—a body made up of two dozen business leaders, academics and former politicians—released a report saying that pension plans are currently obsessed with 'short-termism' and ignore important non-financial risk factors when investing and must change if investors are to understand all the longer-term environmental, social, and governance issues.
Reuters Canada - Flaherty guarantees personal tax cuts (10 February 2007) Finance Minister Jim Flaherty said the three items his next budget expected in March must contain are personal tax cuts, a resolution of the fiscal gap with the provincial governments and environmental initiatives. '..We're committed to reducing personal taxes and choices remain to be made about how best to do that..' he told Reuters.
The Toronto Star - Climate change heading into classrooms (11 February 2007) The Ontario provincial government plans to more heavily focus Ontario students' attention on climate change and its consequences for Canada and the world as it revises its science curriculum. The new curriculum, which is still in draft form, would change the name of a Grade 10 science unit on weather to 'climate change'. It would explore natural and human causes of climate change and examine courses of action that could address the problem.
The government is still consulting educators and environmentalists, but the draft could be approved for implementation in Fall 2008. 'I think it's really important for kids to get the factual understanding of what the issues are,' said Education Minister Kathleen Wynne, noting she'd just visited a school in Cornwall that installed solar panels to reduce energy costs by 68 per cent.
The National Post- These roses smell green (10 February 2007) Large quantities of pesticides and herbicides are typically used during flower cultivation, while organic flowers only cost about 10 per cent more on average than traditional blooms. 'We're trying to take things beyond just an organic standard,' says Tom Leckman, head of Montreal-based Sierra Flower Trading, the largest flower wholesaler in eastern Canada. 'Our ideal is a sustainable product that incorporates the care of soil, the environment, people, energy conservation and recycling at every point in the process.'
Scott Graham of Eco Flora, an online floral retailer based in Toronto and specializing in organic and fair-trade flowers, notes that rising consumer awareness is helping to grow demand. The North American market for organic flowers is expected to exceed $100-million in the next five years, from $16-million in 2005. It's already the fastest-growing segment of the non-food organic market.
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.
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