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3 July 2007
27 June was the 27th day of the twelfth month of Canadian national consciousness rising to invincibility, as indicated by the following press reports:
27 June 2007
Canadian Press - PM heralds 'national reconciliation'; says Canada most unified in 40 years (27 June 2007) Prime Minister Harper said, 'I believe we are more united than at any point, than we have been, in four decades,' speaking in French. 'I believe the recognition of the Quebecois nation within a united Canada was an important step in our national reconciliation.' The resolution was supported by all four parties in the House of Commons late last year. A new poll found that 68 per cent of Quebecers would prefer to see the Parti Quebecois seek more powers for the province within Confederation and that 72 per cent believe sovereignty is highly or totally improbable. Harper said the absence of national unity angst allows Canada to play a more vigorous role internationally.
The Globe and Mail - Ottawa calls summit with Chinese leaders (25 June 2007) China's finance minister is heading to Canada this fall for a special summit aimed at opening doors in his country for Canadian banks, insurers, and other investors. Jin Renqing, China's minister of finance, will lead a delegation of senior Chinese regulators and financial sector executives to a high-level meeting at Niagara-on-the-Lake in mid-October. The event, to be called the Canada-China Capital Markets Forum, will bring Canadian bankers, insurers, and financiers face-to-face with Chinese financial sector players. Canadian Finance Minister Jim Flaherty invited Mr Jin and is responsible for putting together the event. It's an effort by the Harper government to deepen ties with China. 'This will allow Canada and China to explore ways to further strengthen our bilateral relationship and help create a new long-term strategic partnership between our two countries,' Mr Flaherty said. Bank of Canada Governor David Dodge is expected to attend, as are Industry Minister Maxime Bernier and Trade Minister David Emerson, who recently said Ottawa's goal with Beijing should be a free-trade deal. The event will be mutually beneficial, Mr Flaherty predicts.
Canadian Press reports on small business confidence (27 June 2007) The Canadian Federation of Independent Business's quarterly barometer of small business confidence in March showed that confidence in the economy is still positive. 'The June index level corresponds roughly with two or three per cent growth in the economy, still a respectable and sustainable rate of change' said the group's chief economist, Ted Mallett. Overall, about 40 per cent of business owners say their firms are doing much better or somewhat better than a year ago, almost twice as much as the 24 per cent who said they were doing worse. However, 42 per cent said they expected a stronger performance during the next three months, with the outlook for the next 12 months even rosier as 49 per cent say they expected a stronger performance for their firms.
Canadian Press - Quebec premier says no need to wait for federal governments on climate change (25 June 2007) 'Neither the governors nor the premiers are waiting for their national governments to move on issues we feel are important for our citizens,' Quebec Premier Jean Charest told reporters on his arrival at the annual meeting of the Eastern Canadian premiers and New England governors. 'This is a sign of the times. Why should we wait for federal governments to move? We have a number of powers. We're going to use them and pressure our federal governments to adapt their polices to what people want, especially on the reduction of greenhouse gases.' The premiers and governors are expected to announce a regional agreement to curb vehicle tailpipe emissions. As well, it's expected municipal, provincial and state governments will be urged to adopt tough energy standards in the construction and maintenance of public buildings. Premier Rodney MacDonald of Nova Scotia said he will be pushing for controls on tailpipe emissions. 'The New England governors and Eastern Canadian premiers represent about 30 million people, which means a common standard would have significant influence with the auto industry,' he said.
The Toronto Star - Solar energy continues to gain steam (25 June 2007) ) Last year, Ontario began its standard offer programme, which pays 42 cents for every kilowatt-hour of clean electricity that comes from small solar projects. This convinced companies to build massive multi-megawatt solar farms. So far, more than 60 megawatts have been announced, making Ontario an instant hot spot for solar deployment in North America. Within the past week, however, Ontario took its support for solar technology to a new level. The government announced the ambitious goal of having 100,000 solar electric or hot water (thermal) systems installed across the province. It also launched a pilot project in parts of Peel region that will see zero-interest loans offered to any household wanting to install a solar PV or thermal system, as well as geothermal and small wind turbine systems. The province will also offer a C$500 rebate on the purchase of a solar domestic hot water system. As for larger solar thermal projects, the province over the next four years is also matching a federal commitment to pay 25 per cent of any project, to a maximum of C$80,000. Those combined contributions could cover half of a project's cost. Alex Winch, founder and president of solar-thermal services provider Mondial Energy, says he's studied all jurisdictions in North America in the area of solar thermal incentives, and says Ontario is leading the way.
The Toronto Star - Toronto schools to power up rooftops (25 June 2007) As the first step in an ambitious plan to create a green grid from the rooftops of schools across the city, the Toronto District School Board will spend the summer devising a renewable energy plan involving all 558 of its school sites If everything goes smoothly, windmills and solar panels will cover the roofs of 10 schools across the city as early as next summer. 'Because schools are so strategically located throughout the city, we could create a perfect green grid,' said Josh Matlow, a board trustee. The board will examine everything from solar panels and solar thermal water heaters to ground source heating, said Sheila Penny, executive officer for facility services.
Canadian Press - Newly released federal strategy pleases environmentalists, protects whales (26 June 2007) Several environmental groups in BC are praising a federal recovery strategy for threatened killer whales, that covers BC's endangered Southern resident killer whales and threatened northern resident killer whales. The groups are pleased it identifies specific whale habitats. Environmentalists hope release of this report marks a turning point for the federal government, which, until now, has refused to release recovery strategies identifying critical habitat. 'Without this important part of the strategy, the future of the species would have truly been in doubt,' Christianne Wilhelmson, with the Georgia Strait Alliance, said.
CBC News - Vancouver sets green targets (27 June 2007) Vancouver council has voted to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the city, by 33 per cent by 2020 and 80 per cent by 2050. The targets are the same as those set for the province. 'The challenge we have in the City of Vancouver is that we're not a manufacturing city, and so we have to cut it by building smarter as opposed to changing the emissions from a large factory, for instance like a pulp mill,' said Councilor Heather Deal. 'So yes, there's a larger challenge, but we also are in a huge growth phase right now, so that gives us the opportunity to build smarter.' Councilor Raymond Louie said cities can be a leader in the green movement.
Black Press - Fund aids fading aboriginal tongues (27 June 2007) The BC government is dedicating an additional C$400,000 toward the preservation of the province's more than 30 aboriginal languages. This is in addition to a C$1 million expenditure announced last year. A total of C$1.2 million was committed to increase the programme, aimed at keeping traditional languages from disappearing from everyday use. It will fund language and culture camps, master-apprentice programmes for elders and younger people, pre-school language and cultural immersion programmes and community language and culture authorities. The largest partner in the latest funding is the New Relationship Trust, with a C$500,000 contribution. It's the first major investment for the trust, established last year with a C$100 million endowment from the provincial government and an appointed board of directors with majority aboriginal membership. The announcement coincided with National Aboriginal Day.
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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