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5 August 2007

18 July was the 18th day of the first month of the 2nd year of Canadian national consciousness rising to invincibility, as indicated by the following press reports:

18 July 2007

Reuters Canada - Toronto stocks break through 14,500 mark (1 July 2007) The Toronto Stock Exchange's benchmark index sprinted to a record high on Wednesday. The TSX composite index closed up 201.65 points at 14,583.66—the first time the index has cleared the 14,500 mark. It surpassed its previous high, set last week, by 87 points. The TSX gold-mining group had its biggest one-day gain in several months, moving up 4.11 per cent.

From Bloomberg News report on this: Canadian stocks rose the most since January on Wednesday, gaining 1.4 per cent. It was the third time in July the index has risen more than one per cent. A gauge of industrial companies ended 4.8 per cent higher, its biggest gain in seven years.

CBC News - Canada's crime rate lowest in 25 years: StatsCan report (18 July 2007) Canada's crime rate reached a 25-year low in 2006, with every province and territory recording a drop, Statistics Canada said. The overall crime rate was down three per cent. There was a 10-per-cent drop in the national homicide rate in 2006. In the preceding two years, the rate had climbed. The overall crime rate dropped most in Prince Edward Island, followed by Alberta, New Brunswick and B.C. The lowest crime rate was recorded in Quebec. The city with the lowest crime rate was Quebec City. Contrary to a common misconception about big cities, University of Ottawa criminologist Rob Melchers said, large urban areas such as Toronto are among the safest communities in the country.

From a Globe and Mail report on this: Ontario, Quebec, Newfoundland, and Labrador had the lowest crime rates.

From a Toronto Star report on this: The property crime rate dropped four per cent from 2005, as the rate of break-ins fell five per cent to its lowest level in over 30 years. The rate of motor vehicle theft also declined, down two per cent. Property crime rates declined or remained unchanged in all provinces and territories. The largest drop in property crime rates was in Saskatchewan, down 13 per cent. Virtually all provinces and territories reported declines in their homicide rates in 2006. The most notable occurred in Ontario. The lowest provincial homicide rates were in Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, and Quebec. Quebec's was its lowest in that province in 40 years. In Toronto, the violent crime rate was well lower than the national average. Toronto's downward trend in violent crime appears to be continuing this year, with the number of shootings down 28.1 per cent over the same period last year. 'Crime is down across the board,' Toronto Police Service spokesman Mark Pugash said today. Toronto's property crime rate was the lowest among Canadian cities with population above 500,000.

Bloomberg News - Canada's Index of Leading Indicators Rose 0.2 Percent in June (18 July 2007) Canada's index of leading economic indicators rose 0.2 per cent in June. The gauge compiles indicators ranging from furniture sales to the money supply to give a picture of the economy in the months ahead.

From a Reuters Canada report on this: Evidence of strong consumer demand came in the form of a 0.7 per cent increase in demand for furniture and appliances, the largest gain yet in 2007. Spending on other durable goods also hit its highest level so far this year, led by autos.

Bloomberg News - Inflation Rate Unexpectedly Declined 0.2 Percent in June as Gasoline Falls (18 July 2007) Canada's inflation rate unexpectedly fell 0.2 per cent in June, the first decline in eight months, taking some pressure off the Bank of Canada to raise interest rates. Gasoline prices fell 4.1 per cent from May. The consumer price index rose 2.2 per cent from a year earlier, Statistics Canada said, less than the 2.5 per cent median forecast of economists polled by Bloomberg. The Bank of Canada raised its key interest rate on 10 July to 4.5 per cent, and said inflation risks were 'roughly balanced'. 'Further Bank of Canada rate hikes may not in fact be necessary,' said Warren Lovely, an economist with CIBC World Markets in Toronto. Excluding products with unstable prices such as gasoline and fresh fruit, year-over-year inflation was slower than economists expected. The core rate was unchanged in June from the previous month, compared with the 0.1 per cent increase economists forecast.

From a Globe and Mail report on this: Canada's annual inflation rate rose 2.2 per cent in June, less than expected, as a strong currency may have kept a lid on import prices, Statistics Canada said. 'The surprise [is] coming mostly in clothing, suggesting that a strong Canadian dollar may be doing some work in restraining import prices,' said Mark Chandler, fixed income strategist at Royal Bank of Canada. Both men's and women's clothing declined, falling 2.7 per cent and 2.1 per cent respectively, while computer equipment prices fell 17.3 per cent. This month, some major publishers that distribute U.S. books started offering retailers 5-per-cent discounts because of the soaring loonie.

CBC News - Millions pledged to buy environmentally sensitive Ontario land (18 July 2007) Ontario is spending $5 million to buy and protect land, particular around the Great Lakes, Minister of Natural Resources David Ramsay said Wednesday. The government funding is to be matched by Ducks Unlimited, the Nature Conservancy of Canada, and the Ontario Land Trust Alliance. The money will help the agencies buy land in southern Ontario, where 97 per cent is privately owned. 'That's where most of our endangered species are. That's where most habitat is at risk because of development,' Ramsay said. Once it's bought for conservation, Ramsay said the land can be used for hiking trails or just left alone to preserve wildlife habitats. Ron Maher, manager at Ducks Unlimited, said the organization appreciates the increased cash this year because it helps them buy threatened land in southern Ontario where property values are higher. 'It takes a fair amount of money to ensure that they'll be there forever.'

The National Post - $1.4B deal gives Cree promise of nationhood (17 July 2007) Leaders of the 16,500 Cree* of northern Quebec announced a historic deal with Ottawa. There will be a $1.4-billion payment to be administered by Cree authorities. If ratified in a referendum in October and approved by Parliament, it will see the Cree take control of all policing, courts and social and economic development in their communities. A second stage of negotiation would then begin on Cree self-government, including eventual status as a fully fledged Cree state within Canada. 'Canada and the Crees are, for the first time, setting up governmental relations between us under which we, as the Cree nation, decide our own priorities and policies,' said Matthew Mukash, grand chief of the Grand Council of the Crees. 'This agreement is a major step in allowing the Crees to assume greater authority in the development of their nation.' 'We've always dreamt of coming to this stage at some point, so this is a really historic day,' Billy Diamond, the Cree founding grand chief, told reporters. 'It's nation-building,' Mr. Diamond said. Cree leaders said they expect the referendum will pass easily.
[*The Cree are the largest group of First Nations people in Canada.]

From a Montreal Gazette report on this: A second stage of negotiation will focus on Cree self-government, with the goal being the establishment of a Cree nation with a Cree constitution under federal and Quebec jurisdiction. 'We're talking about self-government, not statehood, not independence,' chief Cree negotiator Bill Namagoose said. 'We're not separating from anybody.' The agreement 'closes a chapter on the disputes of the past and turns the page to a new, mutually respectful future', said federal transport minister Lawrence Cannon, Prime Minister Stephen Harper's Quebec lieutenant. 'This is something that we've been looking forward to for over 30 years now, and it's been something that everyone at the community had hoped would happen someday,' said Losty Mamianskum, chief of Whapmagoostui. 'And now it's happening. We're very happy.'

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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