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20 May 2007
Today is the 14th day of the eleventh month of Canadian national consciousness rising to invincibility, as indicated by the following press reports:
14 May 2007
CBC News - NS gets $42.5M in federal green funding (12 May 2007) Federal Environment Minister John Baird announced C$42.5 million in funding to Nova Scotia, as part of Ottawa's C$1.5-billion trust for clean air and climate change. Some funding will go to one or more tidal power projects, and the creation of a clean air fund that will allow municipalities to take on projects to reduce carbon emissions. The initiative is designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Nova Scotia by more than 20,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide and eliminate about 30 tonnes per year of particulate matter.
Canadian Press - Conservatives to introduce legislation to streamline passport applications (14 May 2007) The government will introduce legislation designed to speed up the passport application process. Foreign Affairs Minister MacKay says the new Passport Canada Act would, in particular, streamline the process for passport renewals.
Bloomberg News - Canadian dollar approaches 11-month high on rate speculation (14 May 2007) Canada's dollar approached an 11-month high on Monday. The Canadian dollar rose 0.4 per cent to 90.40 US cents at 4:38 p.m. in Toronto. The currency has gained 5.4 per cent against the US dollar this year, reaching 90.86 US cents on 8 May, the strongest since 13 June, on signs the Canadian economy is strengthening. Hedge funds and big speculators last week raised their long positions on the Canadian dollar for the second straight week, figures from the Washington-based Commodity Futures Trading Commission showed on 11 May. 'The story has been very constructive for the Canadian dollar,'' said Tom Fitzpatrick, global head of currency strategy at Citigroup in New York.
Canadian Press - New Brunswick employment rate hits 30-year high (11 May 2007) New Brunswick's employment rate hit a 30-year record high in April. Last month, 363,000 New Brunswickers held jobs, up by 4,000 jobs from April 2006. That represents an employment rate of almost 60 per cent. The province's unemployment rate dropped in April, hitting a low of 7.3 per cent, the second-lowest since 1976. Vincent Ferrao of Statistics Canada said New Brunswick's figures were 'significantly stronger' than other parts of the country.
The Toronto Star - All signs bode well for spring market (12 May 2007) New home sales in Toronto were up 15 per cent in March, driven by a 34 per cent increase in highrise condominium sales. Meanwhile, the resale market is actually running ahead of last year, with April setting an all-time monthly record for total sales. Average prices climbed 3 per cent in April. Writing in the Canadian Housing Industry Economic Update, Peter Andersen, consulting economist to the Canadian Home Builders' Association, rhymes off a string of positive market forces including the all-time high stock market, which he sees as an 'important determinant of both the ability and willingness to buy homes', the strong global economy, the strong world growth forecast recently released by the International Monetary Fund and the Bank of Canada's Business Outlook Survey, which reveals a 'clear-cut improvement' in a number of business activity indicators. Clearly the information is very positive.
CBC News - Toronto mayor joins global counterparts for climate change summit (14 May 2007) Mayors from around the world—including one Canadian, Toronto's David Miller—are gathering Monday in New York for a four-day summit on what cities can do to curb climate change. The idea behind the C40 Large Cities Climate Summit is that cities have a big role to play in reducing carbon dioxide emissions. 'We hope to learn from other cities, the techniques they're using, to make real concrete changes, particularly in reducing energy consumption. There's a huge opportunity there,' Miller said. Miller is expected to announce a new conservation programme, 'GoZero! Toronto', at the summit on Tuesday. Under the programme, Toronto residents will be able to find out through a website how much greenhouse gases they produce and what they can do to reduce them. From a Toronto Star report on this: The mayor said he's not aware of a programme quite like it anywhere else. And he'll challenge other mayors attending the C40 Large Cities Climate Summit to join the programme.
CBC News - Canadian consumers push up popularity of organic foods, survey finds (14 May 2007) Over half of Canadian households bought organically grown food last year, citing use of pesticides and fertilizers as their top concern, according to a Certified Organics Report released Monday. Of the C$46 billion in 2006 national grocery sales, C$412 million was spent on certified organic foods, an increase of 31 per cent over 2005. The Canadian Organic Growers Association says there were 3,618 certified organic growers in Canada in 2005, with another 241 farmers in the process of converting their conventional farms to organic. More than 530,000 hectares of land are dedicated to growing organic food, the largest crop being wheat. The report found demand for organic foods was greatest in BC.
Canadian Press - BC wants 'green' taxis (14 May 2007) BC has asked the province's transportation board to approve taxi licences for only hybrid or other highly fuel-efficient cars. Transportation Minister Kevin Falcon Falcon said he'd like to see the entire fleet made up of eco-friendly vehicles by 2010 and the turnover in vehicles between now and then makes it a certainty. BC wants to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 33 per cent below current levels by 2020 and Falcon said this is part of that initiative.
The Globe and Mail - Trading Wall Street's greenbacks for BC's green conscience (14 May 2007) Eco-oriented professionals are choosing Vancouver in part because of its critical mass of sustainability-minded industry leaders and non-profit organizations. The notion of an 'eco-footprint' was pioneered by professor William Rees at the University of British Columbia. The same university is home to both the Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability and the Sauder School of Business's new MBA program in sustainability, launched this January. The province is a hotbed of alternative-energy companies developing tidal, biomass, solar, and wind power. 'There's a lot of venture-capital interest in alternative energy in Vancouver,' says Peter Nemetz, professor of strategy and business economics at the Sauder school. Business leaders are increasingly interested in sustainability 'because their employees are,' says Jim Hoggan, founder of the Vancouver-based public-relations agency James Hoggan & Associates Inc.
The Toronto Star - Montreal, Toronto say `Oui' to co-operation (12 May 2007) Economic benefits are driving a new spirit of co-operation between Toronto and Montreal, Montreal Mayor Gerald Tremblay, speaking alongside Toronto Mayor David Miller, told reporters at the Toronto/Montreal Business Rendezvous 2007, that brought industry leaders and business schools in both cities together to work on long-term economic strategies. The cities have long been rivals, but now they're talking about co-operating for mutual gain. Referring to Miller as his 'partner,' Tremblay said he wants to work with Toronto 'to ensure we address the fundamental needs required for us to be more competitive on the world stage.' Partnership offers an opportunity to enhance the economic strength of both cities, Miller said. 'The fact we are bilingual, trilingual or even speaking four languages, that's the future,' Tremblay said. 'People have accepted it's important for us as citizens of the world to be able to communicate in the best way possible. We're working on what unites us.'
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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