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15 February 2007
13 February was the 13th day of the eighth month of Canadian national consciousness rising to invincibility, as indicated by the following press reports:
13 February 2007
The Globe and Mail - Trade surplus swells unexpectedly (13 February 2007) Canada's trade surplus with the world unexpectedly hit a 10-month high of C$4.98 billion in December as exports surged 3.8 per cent to C$40.4 billion, just shy of a monthly record.
Imports climbed 3.6 per cent in December to a new monthly peak of C$35.4 billion, the third gain in a row. While the headline number was strong, 'what is more telling of the state of the economy is the overall run up in activity that is represented by the strong growth in both the export and import categories,' said Stewart Hall Market, strategist at HSBC Securities (Canada).
The loonie [currency] touched a one-month high after the report revealed a rosier-than-expected picture of the economy at the end of the year.
Reuters Canada - Canada December trade surplus widens on export surge (13 February 2007) ) Growth in imports and exports both exceeded analysts' expectations. The trade figures, which come in the wake of a robust January jobs report, paint a slightly more positive picture of the economy in the fourth quarter.
TD Securities bond strategist Marc Levesque said revisions to the November data added to the positive tone of the report, particularly the upward adjustment to exports. Overall exports grew to a record annual high of C$458.17 billion in 2006.
Trade with emerging economies China, India, and Brazil expanded, with exports to those three countries advancing 17 per cent in the year and imports up 14 per cent.
From a Bloomberg News report on this: The wider trade surplus, combined with January employment data that showed almost seven times more new jobs than economists had forecast, suggests Canada's economy rebounded.
Carmakers' sales abroad rose 8.4 per cent to C$7.54 billion, the third-straight gain. Exports of machinery and equipment rose 2 per cent to C$8.75 billion and those of consumer goods other than cars surged 9.2 per cent to C$1.79 billion.
Bloomberg News - Canadian dollar rises to four-week high as trade surplus widens (13 February 2007) Canada's dollar rose to a four-week high as the nation's trade surplus unexpectedly widened in December to the largest in 10 months. The 10-year government bond yield, reflecting the economic pickup, was up about 3 basis points.
Reuters Canada - GM to be first to build hybrid car in Canada (13 February 2007) General Motors of Canada said on 13 February it will be the first automaker to build hybrid vehicles in Canada, which it expects to hit the market next year. Hybrids have gained popularity among environmentally conscious consumers.
The Toronto Star - Oakville bans the use of pesticides (13 February 2007) Oakville city councillors voted overwhelmingly to approve a bylaw that would prohibit most outdoor use of pesticides.
'It's a great day for Oakville, especially the children of Oakville,' Renee Lehnen, a nurse who heads the Oakville environmental group Gardens Off Drugs, said. 'It will give them an extra measure of protection against chemical pesticides that can harm their health.' Oakville is the 127th Canadian municipality to restrict pesticide use.
Canadian Press (12 February 2007) British Columbia's environment minister says the province is planning to work with state governments up and down the Pacific Coast to clean up the environment.
Barry Penner said BC will not only be teaming up with Gov. Schwarzenegger's administration in California, it will work with the governments of Washington and Oregon, too. Penner attended a clean ports conference last week in California, where much discussion focused on working together to help the environment.
'I met with people from the US Environmental Protection Agency, the California Air Resources Board and people from the Port of Seattle and others who are very keen to work with us in British Columbia on what we can do to achieve our environmental objectives,' he said. '....the premier has made it clear he thinks it's important we work with our partners and our neighbours throughout the Pacific Northwest and across Canada,' Penner said.
CBC News - Glad to be Canadian, Muslims say (13 February 2007) According to a new Environics poll conducted in association with the CBC, more than 80 per cent of Canada's roughly 700,000 Muslims are broadly satisfied with their lives here, greater even than the 61 per cent of Canadians who generally feel their lives are on the right track.
The poll found that 73 per cent of Canadian Muslims describe themselves as 'very proud' to be called Canadians. 'The good news,' says Environics vice-president Keith Neuman, is that despite everything that's gone on over the past few years, 'these numbers do not suggest a minority that is feeling isolated and resentful.'
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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