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6 August 2007
22 July was the 22nd day of the first month of the 2nd year of Canadian national consciousness rising to invincibility, as indicated by the following press reports:
22 July 2007
The National Post - Canada, 15 Caribbean states to open talks on free trade (20 July 2007) Prime Minister Stephen Harper came to the Caribbean on Thursday and announced the start of free trade negotiations with the 15-nation Caribbean Community. 'Canada's relationships with the countries of this region matter greatly to us,' he said in a speech. 'Canada is committed to playing a bigger role in the Americas . . . we're all in this together as members of the western hemisphere.' Canada is already one of the largest foreign investors in the Caribbean. A free trade agreement with the Caribbean Community (CARICOM)—whose biggest economies include Barbados, the Bahamas, Jamaica, and Trinidad and Tobago—would be Canada's fourth free trade zone in the Americas, after the NAFTA agreement with the U.S. and Mexico, and existing similar deals with Chile and Costa Rica. Earlier this week Harper also announced the start of free trade negotiations with Colombia and Peru. Harper met privately with Barbadian Prime Minister Arthur Owen, who is also chairman of CARICOM and a staunch supporter of free trade.
From a Canadian Press report on this,: 'We are moving forward full throttle on the development of a new economic partnership with this region,' Harper told Barbadian Prime Minister Owen. In a speech Harper said, 'And your region is following a proven path by working toward a single trading block.' Outside the U.S. and Mexico, the Caribbean nations are Canada's largest trade and investment partners in the region, with over C$60 billion in investments.
From a Globe and Mail report on this: Speaking to a business group, Mr Harper said a free trade pact between Canada and CARICOM would complement measures for more economic integration underway within the Caribbean.
Bloomberg News - Canadian Stocks Rise to Record for a Second Day (19 July 2007) Canadian stocks rose, pushing the TSX to a record for a second day on Thursday. The TSX Composite Index rose 42.10, or 0.3 per cent, to 14,625.76 in Toronto. The index has risen six times in the last seven days.
Bloomberg News - Canada May Wholesale Sales Rise 0.6 Percent on Machinery, Electronics (19 July 2007) Canadian wholesale sales rebounded more than economists expected in May, as shipments of machinery and electronic equipment increased. Sales rose 0.6 per cent to C$43.1 billion, Statistics Canada said. Economists in a Bloomberg News survey forecast a median gain of 0.5 per cent. Rising wholesale sales suggest firms in the world's eighth-largest economy are coping even as the currency appreciates. Wholesale sales rebounded from a decline in April. Machinery and electronic equipment rose 2.1 per cent, the seventh gain in eight months for those industries. Building materials rose 0.5 per cent, while personal and household goods increased 0.3 per cent.
From a Canadian Press report on this: Five of the seven wholesale sectors reported higher sales in May. Taking price fluctuations into account, the volume of sales in constant dollars rose 1.4 per cent in May to C$44.5 billion.
Canadian Press - Government unveils new label for organic food products in Barrie, Ont. (21 July 2007) The federal government unveiled a new logo for organic foods today so consumers can see which products have been tested and certified by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. The stamp of approval will only be displayed on food that meets Canada's standards. Sales of organic products are growing over 20 per cent a year in Canada and accounted for C$1 billion in sales last year.
The Toronto Star - Canadians get travel bug (20 July 2007) Buoyed by a stable economy and increased consumer confidence, Canadians are making more trips than ever before. Statistics Canada reported that Canadians set a record in May for travel overseas, with more than 600,000 trips taken. It is only the third time since Statistics Canada started keeping track in 1972 that the number of monthly overseas trips passed the 600,000 mark. All three months occurred in 2007. Overall, Canadians took four million trips, an increase of 0.7 per cent over April's figure. More than 3.34 million were to the United States, up by 0.6 per cent from April. Meanwhile, Americans took 2.2 million trips to Canada in May, up 2.6 per cent over the previous month. Overnight travel from the U.S. grew by 3.6 per cent. More people came to Canada from China, South Korea, and the Netherlands.
From a National Post report on this: While Canadians were busy travelling abroad, travel to Canada also saw a boost in May of 2%, compared to April for a total of 2.6 million trips. The United Kingdom led the way as the No. 1 overseas market for travel to Canada, but South Korea had the largest gain, increasing by 6.3 per cent.
The National Post - July housing sales edge up, could turn into busiest summer yet (21 July 2007) July has been a busy month in Toronto. A total of 3,947 resales have transpired in the first two weeks, a mid-month total that is up 21% over last July's sales, according to the Toronto Real Estate Board. 'While it is too early to speak of a July record, this month should certainly end as one of our best summer performances,' says TREB president Donald Bentley. In terms of year-to-date activity, 2007 is 11% ahead of 2006. It is also up 13% over the 2005 figure.
The National Post - GTA crime rate lower than most urban centres (19 July 2007) The Greater Toronto Area (GTA) has a lower crime rate than most other medium and large urban centres across the country, according to a Statistics Canada report. The Toronto census metropolitan area (CMA) came in fourth from the bottom in overall crime rates. Warren Silver, an analyst at the Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics, said the Toronto CMA recorded its lowest crime rate since the centre started collecting statistics in 1991. 'The only cities that have lower overall crime than Toronto are Quebec, Trois Rivieres and Saguenay,' said Mr. Silver.
The Toronto Sun - All-stone Hindu temple opens in T.O. (22 July 2007) The beauty and marvellous intricacy of the Swaminarayan Mandir must be seen to be believed. Tens of thousands of people from across Canada and around the world will gather today to celebrate the grand inauguration of this majestic Hindu temple that has risen magically in Toronto. The 94,000-square-foot complex has no steel, no wood, no screws, no nails or structural materials other than stone -- just stone over stone held together by cement, based on 8,000-year-old Vastu Shilashastra (Vedic architectural principles). Prime Minister Harper will be there this morning to join His Divine Holiness Pramukh Swamiji Maharaj in inaugurating the temple. The temple complex will house the Canadian Museum of Cultural Heritage of Indo-Canadians -- billed as 'Canada's premier museum dedicated to showcasing the history, civilization, diversity and cultural heritage of Canadians whose ancestry originates from India.' For his first roundtable with Indo-Canadian business leaders on June 14, Harper chose the temple as a venue. 'This place was described to me prior to coming here, but words don't do justice,' Harper said later. Today it will be proclaimed 'a gift from all Indians to all Canadians,' a place of worship open for persons of all faiths, a holy place, a centre of love, peace, and harmony. Mandir 'is a piece of heaven on Earth', says the Pramukh Swami, who will this morning, with Canada watching, install the deity in the sanctum and 'infuse the divine energy of God into the murtis'. From today onward, the beautiful building becomes the holy temple to 'vibrate spiritual energy'.
From a National Post report on this: The mandir is the largest initiative of its kind ever undertaken by this country's Indo-Canadian community. It is also the first Hindu temple in Canada to be built according to ancient Vedic principles. 'It is something one has to experience. When you do enter the mandir, you will see how the whole atmosphere and ambiance creates that atmosphere within oneself,' said Naren Sachdev, project manager of construction.
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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