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16 July 2007
8 July was the 8th day of the first month of the 2nd year of Canadian national consciousness rising to invincibility, as indicated by the following press reports:
8 July 2007
The Globe and Mail - Charest makes case to French government for Canadian free-trade deal with EU (7 July 2007) French President Nicolas Sarkozy met with Quebec Premier Jean Charest, who urged him to back the Premier's drive for closer ties between Canada and Europe. Mr Charest made the case for a new free-trade accord between Canada and the European Union. 'President Sarkozy welcomed this willingness to establish a new relationship between Canada and Europe, especially as Quebec would be at the heart of this relationship,' Mr. Charest said. In talks with the French President, Mr Charest proposed that a task force be set up to allow mobility between the work forces in Quebec and France. 'It should be one of the elements of a transatlantic accord,' Mr. Charest said. He stressed that a new accord is a priority for Quebec. French officials said the new administration is keen to pursue co-operation in the areas of culture, science, and the environment with Quebec. 'Our relationship is off to a good start,' the Premier said.
The Toronto Star - Serenity that's set in stone (7 July 2007) The Hindu temple complex, Swaminarayan Mandir, taking shape in Toronto, is one of the most extraordinary buildings ever seen in this country. The local Hindu community paid for the $40 million building and provided 400 volunteer workers. The complex relates a narrative. Walls and ceilings are embellished with carved figures. The intention is to create a space of spiritual awareness. The visitor is engaged at every level; it is a total experience. Here is an encapsulation of the universe itself, as well as a microcosm of human existence. The community feels that the complex will exert a powerful influence on its surroundings, both immediate and at a distance, as an expression of the understanding that 'First we shape our buildings, and then they shape us.' Beneath the mandir is the Indo-Canadian Museum of Cultural Heritage. 'This is a place open to all,' says community leader Suresh Thakrar. It opens officially on July 22 and Prime Minister Harper will attend the opening ceremonies.
The Toronto Star - Don't let the plain look fool you (7 July 2007) The two-storey home in Guelph could pass for a typical new home. But the 2,300-square-foot abode has raised the bar for green living by becoming the first single-family detached house in Canada to get platinum LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification, the highest benchmark. 'We figured if we could do it on this house, we could do it on any house,' says Andrew Oding, manager, product development for Reid's Heritage Group. Solar panels on the roof collect the sun's energy to warm the home's water supply and also help to heat it. A rainwater harvesting system supplies the water for plumbing, laundry, dishwashers, and the underground sprinkler system. The system will take 100 per cent of water runoff from the roof and store it in a 1,500-gallon (5,678 litres) cistern that uses a passive filtration system. It's estimated it will cut reliance on municipal water by up to 40 per cent. The house also includes a system for drain water heat recovery. Ninety per cent of energy used to heat water in a home goes down the drain. Recapturing some and using it to preheat cold fresh water can save 25 to 40 per cent. Heating and cooling needs are supplied by a geoexchange system, which draws heat from the earth that is extracted by a heat pump and blown through ducts in the house. In summer, the process is reversed to draw excess heat from the house and expel it to the earth. 'It has taken us aback how much people know about LEED,' says Oding. He says the availability of green, sustainable products over the past two years 'has changed dramatically. It's a bit of tsunami.'
The Toronto Star - Developer aims for a platinum first (7 July 2007) Developer Robert Manherz hopes to secure a top environmental certification, LEED platinum, for a 107-unit nine-storey student rental apartment building called West Village that his company, Dundurn Edge Developments, is putting up near McMaster University in Hamilton. He expects the heating and cooling load to be 75 per cent less than for conventional construction. Among its features: solar heating for hot water; captured rainwater used for some indoor plumbing; a switch for tenants to easily turn off all lights and fans when they leave their units; wind turbines; and a reflective white roof to reduce heat gain. 'As you get more experience and work on multiple buildings, you get more efficient at it...,' Manherz says. He estimates the construction premium for West Village at about 7 per cent: 'If this was our second or third building to get to Platinum, it might be a 3 per cent or 4 per cent premium.'
The Toronto Star - Going green to get the gold (7 July 2007) LEED has been gathering momentum. Last month, developers of L Tower, the 55-storey condo adjacent to the Hummingbird Centre in Toronto, announced they would aim for the second-highest class, LEED gold. Among the advantages this could produce are savings in energy and water use of about 30 per cent, compared to a conventional building, and improved air quality. Over at Regent Park in eastern downtown, Mark Guslits, chief development officer for the Toronto Community Housing Corp, has his sights set on LEED gold as well. It will take about C$300,000 to make a 10-storey building with 84 units efficient enough to merit LEED points, but the future savings on energy costs will amount to as much as C$100,000 every year. So far, only one mid- to highrise multi-unit residential project in this country has secured final LEED certification from Canada's green building council: the LEED silver Radiance condo tower in Toronto, built by Minto Urban Communities. However, almost 90 mid-rise and highrise multi-residential projects are listed as registered in the council's LEED pipeline for possible certification a year after occupancy.
The Toronto Star - Builders plan green community (7 July 2007) Tridel and the K&G Group are creating a green community in North York with the launch of two condominium buildings this summer. Avonshire will encompass almost four hectares and feature four condo buildings, townhouses, rental apartments and a park. When completed, there will be 1,195 homes—all LEED certified. 'In the last couple of years, people have begun to understand LEED and to ask for it,' says Jim Ritchie, senior vice-president of Tridel.
The Globe and Mail - Province signs land deal with native bands (7 July 2007) The B.C. government and the In-SHUCK-ch Nation signed an agreement on how 250,000 square hectares of environmentally and culturally sensitive wilderness will be protected. The agreement, part of the Sea-to-Sky Land and Resource Management Plan, or LMRP, covers traditional territory of the In-SHUCK-ch, about 150 kilometres northeast of Vancouver. The Sea-to-Sky LRMP encompasses about 1.1 million hectares from the coast north of Greater Vancouver to several hundred kilometres inland. The province is completing negotiations for similar agreements with other aboriginal communities in the region. The LRMP was initiated by the B.C. government to determine how Crown lands will be used in the future. The area covered by the In-SHUCK-ch agreement will be split into several designations: cultural management areas that include sacred and traditional food gathering sites, conservancies with protection similar to that of provincial parks, and wildland zones where limited development will be allowed. Pat Bell, the Minister of Agriculture and Lands, signed the agreement in Pemberton alongside In-SHUCK-ch chiefs.
Canadian Press - Hundreds of native chiefs and delegates meet in Halifax for annual assembly (8 July 2007) Roughly 500 First Nations chiefs and delegates will meet to talk about land claims, language retention, and other issues at the Annual General Assembly in Halifax this week. Over the course of the three-day meetings, chiefs and delegates will discuss how, as a community, they will move forward. National Chief Phil Fontaine said that the community needs to advance its plans for self-sufficiency and economic independence. B.C.'s regional First Nations chief, Shawn Atleo, said he wants to discuss language retention at the meeting. Atleo said he would like to see the general public pay more attention to the language issue because it is part of the collective heritage.
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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