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7 July 2007
23 June was the 23rd day of the twelfth month of Canadian national consciousness rising to invincibility, as indicated by the following press reports:
23 June 2007
The Toronto Star - Harper softens his tone on war (23 June 2007) Canada's military role in Afghanistan will continue past February 2009 only if there's a consensus on the home front among political leaders and Canadians, Prime Minister Harper says. 'I will want to see some degree of consensus among Canadians about how we move forward after that,' he told a news conference. It was a striking change in tone for a prime minister who until now has shown little patience for critics of the mission. But yesterday Harper suggested he was open to hearing the views of opposition leaders who want changes to the mission.
The Globe and Mail - Troops won't stay unless all parties agree, PM says (23 June 2007) Prime Minister Harper, who once insisted that Canadian troops will stay in Afghanistan until the job is done, now says the military mission will end in February, 2009, unless the opposition agrees it should be extended. But support for the effort is waning. A poll conducted this month suggested that two-thirds of Canadians wanted the troops to come home when the current mandate expires in February, 2009. Opposition to the war is highest in Quebec.
CanWest News Service - Quebec will still be part of Canada in 10 years: poll (23 June 2007) A new survey shows more than eight Quebecers in 10 believe their province will be part of Canada 10 years from now. The survey, carried out by Leger Marketing, found that 83% of Quebecers believe Quebec will be part of Canada in 2017. The region of the province in which people felt most confident that Quebec will stay in Canada is Quebec City at 86%.
The National Post - Canadian economy to remain solid in near term: RBC (22 June 2007) Canada's economic growth will be solid for the rest of the year, according to the latest economic forecast from the Royal Bank of Canada. Growth will average a solid 2.6% for 2007 and 2.9% in 2008. Canadian consumers will continue to spend. As for Canadian corporations, they are looking at strong balance sheet conditions and are expected to continue boosting investment in structures and capital goods. They expect the Loonie to remain elevated in Q3. From a Globe and Mail report on this: Newfoundland and Labrador will top provincial economic growth this year with a 7.5 per cent expansion. Alberta will grow by 4.6 per cent this year. Saskatchewan should expand by 4 per cent in 2007 and 3.6 per cent next year, buoyed by its largest migration surge in 25 years, a sudden housing boom, and higher farm receipts. Manitoba should remain a 'solid performer', with growth of 3 per cent this year and 3.2 per cent in 2008, 'with impressive strength in consumer and housing markets'. Quebec's economy grew by 1.7 per cent last year and should climb to 2.1 per cent this year and 2.6 per cent in 2008. New Brunswick, which expanded by 2.6 per cent last year, will likely continue the pace with 2.5 per cent growth in 2007 and 2.6 per cent in 2008, courtesy of a 'solid line-up of construction projects, combined with domestic strength'. PEI's economy is 'holding up well, as strong wage gains have supported a pick-up in retail spending'. The most important change has been a turnaround in the manufacturing sector, where shipments in the first quarter were up 17 per cent from a year earlier.
The National Post - An excellent time to be in the market, says TREB president (23 June 2007) For the first 15 days of the month, resale home transactions in Toronto jumped 24% compared to the same time frame a year ago, says Dorothy Mason, president of the Toronto Real Estate Board. The first half of the month yielded a remarkable 5,074 sales, an increase of 1,000 transactions from last year's mid-June figures. This total was also 12% higher than the 4,522 sales recorded in the first half of May, which ended as the most active month ever.
Canadian Press - Ontario curriculum to go green (23 June 2007) Students across the province will see their lessons infused with an environmentally conscious curriculum starting next January, Education Minister Kathleen Wynne announced. Along with creating a new optional Grade 11 course, green thinking will be 'woven' into the existing curriculum for Ontario's 2.1 million students. The announcement coincided with the release of a new report calling for an increase in environmental education content in Ontario's classrooms. The report, authored by a working group chaired by Canadian astronaut Roberta Bondar, makes 32 recommendations. 'We are poised to take action on every single one of the recommendations,' Wynne said. From a CBC News report on this: Education Minister Kathleen Wynne says that green-minded kids will grow into the next generation's conservation leaders. From a Toronto Star report on this: 'Many leading businesses are very supportive of getting environmental sustainability education into the formal school system, because they know the decision makers of the next generation are being educated today,' said Brian Kelly, director of York University's sustainable business school. Environment Minister Laurel Broten said the plan reflects the government's long-term commitment to changing to a greener mindset.
The Toronto Star - Ontario to regulate electrical pollution (22 June 2007) Energy Minister Dwight Duncan is to ask the Ontario Energy Board to impose stringent rules on electricity distribution utilities aimed at limiting occurrences of so-called ground current pollution. It's a phenomenon often referred to as 'tingle voltage', which is known to make dairy cows sick. Tingle voltage happens when aging distribution lines can't properly cope with the flow of electricity, particularly in rural areas facing population growth. That causes excess voltage to flow over the ground instead. If the problem occurs near a farm, the voltage can get into barns, farm equipment, home plumbing, animals and even people. Upgrades to the distribution system will also make it possible for more renewable energy projects based on wind, solar and biomass to connect to the grid. Old and overloaded distribution lines have limited the ability of some projects to move forward.
CBC News - NB First Nations sign accord with province (22 June 2007) For the first time in 230 years, leaders of New Brunswick's First Nations gathered Friday in the provincial legislature to collectively sign an agreement with the government. Both sides have agreed to regularly hold formal meetings to discuss solutions to problems facing aboriginal people in the province, setting up working groups on issues such as education and logging. Justice Minister T.J. Burke was doubly pleased with the signing. Not only is he a cabinet minister in the government, he's also the only MLA with a First Nations background. 'It gives the tools to First Nation communities to sit down with the province of New Brunswick to negotiate and discuss some of the matters that are so important to them, without having to go to court to fight over them,' Burke said. First Nations chiefs called the signing historic and a breakthrough in relations with the province.
The Globe and Mail - New Brunswick, Canada's happy place (22 June 2007) According to a major study released last year that analyzed the results of more than 100 global surveys on well-being, the Dutch led the world in well-being and life satisfaction. Canada made it into the top 10. But who should get the credit for boosting Canada's high level of well-being? It seems the applause should go to New Brunswick, where residents in a new national survey called the Relative Happiness Index self-reported the most joyful lives. In that study, which polled 2,400 people across the country, Newfoundland and PEI came second and third and Ontario placed fourth. Health and family and having a job you like counts for more in Canada, according to the study, than wealth. And about 20 per cent of the people surveyed gave their happiness a perfect score—10 out of 10.
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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