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17 June 2007
5 June was the 5th day of the twelfth month of Canadian national consciousness rising to invincibility, as indicated by the following press reports:
5 June 2007
The Globe and Mail - Canada, Germany agree on long-range objectives (5 June 2007) Despite their differences, Prime Minister Harper and German Chancellor Merkel pledged to work toward a new global pact on climate change by finding common ground. 'We agree on the fact that we need reduction targets. Our objectives are worded in somewhat different kind of language, but I think at the end of the day we share this goal,' Ms Merkel said. 'We all believe we need a science-based approach; we believe that we should have targets,' Mr Harper said. 'I think our long-term targets are very close.' Ms Merkel said she was heartened by Canada's plans to bring down greenhouse-gas emissions 50 per cent below 1990 levels by 2050. From a Toronto Star report on this: Harper also said he believes a new global agreement to reduce greenhouse gases in the post-2012 period should, like Kyoto, be hammered out under United Nations auspices.
Deutsche Welle (Germany) - Germany, Canada harmonize on economic, climate issues (5 June 2007) German and Canadian heads of state agreed to boost economic ties, and Chancellor Merkel said she sees Ottawa as a key partner in her efforts to set binding climate goals at the G8 summit. In meetings between the EU and Canada ahead of the G8 summit, both sides agreed to work together on creating a plan to improve economic ties via reduced regulations. They struck deals on air security and air traffic. After the meeting, Merkel said she welcomed help from Canada on her efforts to keep talks on combating climate change under the aegis of the United Nations. In a press statement after the meeting, Merkel said the talks had led to 'very positive results.'
Reuters Canada - Greens praise Toronto-Dominion environment policy (4 June 2007) Toronto-Dominion Bank published a framework on Monday on how it plans to manage and minimize the environmental impact of its operations. According to two green groups, Rainforest Action Network (RAN) and ForestEthics, it is the first of Canada's big banks to spell out how it will run its business, while trying to minimize climate change, conserve biodiversity and uphold indigenous peoples' rights. TD, Canada's second biggest bank measured by assets, said it will measure, report on, and improve its own environmental footprint, while also working with its clients to assess and improve the environmental impact and risks of their activities. From a Toronto Star report on this: TD committed to not provide 'credit, underwriting or advisory services for operations that are in World Heritage sites or for those that significantly convert or degrade critical natural habitats'.
Canadian Press - Study finds Ont. farmers succeed in reducing greenhouse gas emissions (5 June 2007) A new study shows that through eco-friendly agriculture measures, Ontario farmers have significantly reduced greenhouse gas emissions. The report found almost two-thirds of farmers in the province are now using conservation tillage. Reducing tillage conserves soil carbon, reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The report says the practice has meant the about 600 fewer kilotonnes of carbon are being released, which has the same impact as taking 125,000 cars off the roads. The report also found farmers have been able to cut down their pesticide use by 52 per cent. More than 70 per cent of Ontario farmers have voluntarily participated in the Environmental Farm Plan programme.
Canadian Press - Canadian mutual fund industry has its best May since 1996 (4 June 2007) The Canadian mutual fund industry had its best May since 1996, with an estimated C$3.2 to C$3.7 billion in net sales, says the Investment Funds Institute of Canada in a preliminary estimate. The group also estimated that net assets managed by the mutual fund industry at the end of May will be in the range of C$707.9 to C$712.9 billion, up 1.5 per cent from the end of April.
The Toronto Star - Home sales grow at record pace (5 June 2007) Toronto's existing home market set a blistering pace in May with the best month ever recorded, according to figures released today. The Toronto Real Estate Board reported 11,146 sales, up 18 per cent from April, the previous record month. That figure was also up 18 per cent from May of last year. The board has been tracking activity for more than 40 years and 'there has never been a month approaching this kind of activity,' said president Dorothy Mason.
Canadian Press - Ottawa announces national transit strategy to improve collaboration (3 June 2007) Canada's transportation and infrastructure minister, Lawrence Cannon, said the government is going to draw up a national urban transit strategy and will meet with the provinces, territories and municipal groups over the next several month to put together the policy. In March, the Canadian Municipalities Big City Mayors' Caucus released a document outlining the need for a national transit strategy. The document says an appropriate strategy must increase transit ridership, improve the economic competitiveness of Canadian cities, enhance the quality of urban life and reduce greenhouse gas reductions and improve air quality. Cannon agreed with these broad goals.
The Vancouver Sun - Airlines told to eliminate emissions (5 June 2007) The global airline sector must become a completely non-polluting industry, meaning 'zero emissions', within 50 years, International Air Transport Association CEO Giovanni Bisignani, told their annual meeting in Vancouver. 'I don't have all the answers but our industry started with a vision that we could fly,' Bisignani said. 'The Wright brothers turned that dream into reality and look at where we are now.' He said building blocks for a carbon-free future include fuel cell technology, solar-powered aircraft and fuel made from biomass plant material, vegetation or agricultural waste. Major challenges to a green airline industry include eliminating the 12-per-cent inefficiency in global air traffic management, which would save about 73 million tonnes of CO2 annually, and building a zero-emissions aircraft in the next 50 years, with the US, Europe, Canada, China, Brazil, Russia, and Japan coordinating their research.
The Ottawa Citizen - World space agencies set sights on the moon (1 June 2007) The Global Exploration Strategy, released yesterday by the Canadian Space Agency and 13 other organizations, spells out their shared vision for space exploration and colonization. The agencies have agreed to try to establish a framework for coordinating the implementation of the space exploration strategy and to exchange information and identify gaps, duplication and potential areas for collaboration. NASA, the US space agency, describes it as 'an important step in an evolving process towards a comprehensive global approach to space exploration.' South Korea, China and India have endorsed the strategy, along with the Europeans, the US, Russia, Japan, Canada, and Australia. The Canadian Space Agency aims to participate in international Martian and moon missions. From an Environmental News Service report on this: The framework declares that sustainable space exploration is a challenge that no one nation can do on its own. 'We are now entering a new wave of space exploration, one of historic significance,' the document says. The agencies say that in addition to strengthening international relations through sharing of 'challenging and peaceful goals' many social, intellectual, economic and environmental benefits will result from the coordinated strategy.
CBC News - New Brunswick government launches new provincial education plan (5 June 2007) The New Brunswick government has launched a new, five-year education reform drive it says will help the province move toward financial self-sufficiency. 'To reach that goal, we must begin with our most important resource: the children of New Brunswick,' Premier Shawn Graham said Tuesday. Education Minister Kelly Lamrock said the plan is intended to build the best education system in the country. The plan encourages teachers to find new teaching methods and share those ideas with their colleagues. Among other things, the province will stage 'best practices' conferences. The plan is being welcomed by Indu Varma, president of the New Brunswick Teachers Association. 'The plan has vision,' she said. 'It talks about freeing up teachers, giving them money and resources for innovation and being creative.'
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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