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1 September 2007

23 August was the 23rd day of the second month of the 2nd year of Canadian national consciousness rising to invincibility, as indicated by the following press reports:

23 August 2007

CBC News on Vancouver No. 1, Toronto No. 5 on world's most livable cities list (23 August 2007) Vancouver has been ranked the best place to live in the world for the fifth year in a row in a survey by the Economist magazine, while Toronto took fifth place out of 132 cities. The two Canadian cities rank among the top five because they have low crime rates, little threat from instability or terrorism, and a highly developed transport and communications infrastructure. The survey considered 40 factors in categories such as stability, health care, culture, environment, education, and infrastructure. Four Australian cities—Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide, and Sydney—ranked in the top 10, which also included Vienna, Copenhagen, Geneva, and Zurich.

From a National Post report on this: The Economist has been ranking 132 cities since 2004 and Toronto has consistently fared in the top ten and was ranked sixth last year. Vancouver has always ranked first (in some cases, tied with other cities). The survey evaluates indicators such as perceived level of crime, perceived level of violent crime, threat of terrorism, and access to health care or education.

The National Post - National concern about crime at its lowest level in three decades, sociologist finds (23 August 2007) A leading Canadian sociologist has found national concern about crime is at its lowest level in three decades. In 1975, nearly 6 in 10 Canadians felt that crime was a 'very serious' problem. Today, the proportion of people who feel that way has declined to just one-third of the population, according to a report by University of Lethbridge researcher Reginald Bibby. What is more, in the mid-1970s, 42% of the population felt youth crime was a 'very serious' problem, whereas today, only a quarter of Canadians feel that way.

From a CanWest News Service report on this: The research is consistent with a recent finding that the country's overall reported crime rate sank to its lowest point in 25 years in 2006. 'There's an education element where people are getting a better grasp of what's going on and are able to work towards solutions rather than panicking or acting as if the sky is going to fall,' says report author Reginald Bibby. The lowered concern varies little by region.

Maclean's - Our semi-regular look at the national consciousness (23 August 2007) According to a mid-July poll by the Strategic Counsel, only 36 per cent of Canadians supported the mission in Afghanistan, while 59 per cent of respondents were opposed. In Quebec, 75 per cent of respondents were opposed to the mission, before any Quebec-based soldiers had even been sent to Afghanistan. Among other issues, 34% of Canadians believe the environment is the single most important issue facing the country.

Canadian Press - Office construction heads for record (23 August 2007) Canada's non-residential construction industry is expected to post record profits of C$2 billion in 2007, the Conference Board of Canada says in its industrial outlook report. Economic growth is pushing office vacancy rates down and spurring construction activity, leading to record price increases last year and this year, the board said.

From a Vancouver Sun report on this: High corporate profitability over the past three years has helped drive investment in commercial construction, the Conference Board said. And employment growth in the commercial sector has helped shrink office vacancy rates in most major cities.

The National Post on second-quarter corporate profits (23 August 2007) Statistics Canada said that second-quarter corporate profits were C$62.1 billion, down 0.7 per cent from the first quarter. The decline was offset by sizable gains from wholesalers, retailers, and real estate companies. The wholesale and retail sectors both experienced record profits, with wholesalers seeing profits rise 6.1 per cent to a record high of C$4.7 billion. Continued strong consumer spending boosted retail profits 4.1 per cent to a record high of C$4 billion.

From a Statistics Canada report on this: Canadian corporate profits of C$62.1 billion in the second quarter remained near their record high. Gains were seen in all wholesale industries, but wholesalers of machinery and equipment led the way with a profit increase of 14.4%. Among retailers, clothing and department stores reported a 6.2% increase in profits. Other retailers boosted profits by 5.5%. Building material stores are among companies in this group.

The Globe and Mail - TD tops expectations (23 August 2007) Toronto-Dominion Bank, the first big bank to report third-quarter profit, blew away analyst expectations as earnings rose more than 30 per cent. TD said its profit for the three months ended 31 July was C$1.1 billion, up from C$796 million a year ago. TD credited all of its business lines for contributing to its strong performance. The bank, which has more than 14 million customers, now has total assets of about C$403.9 billion, up from C$385.8 billion.

From a Bloomberg News report on this: Canada's third-biggest bank said revenue rose 11 per cent to C$3.65 billion, the highest in at least nine quarters. Investment-banking profit surged 41 per cent to C$253 million. The bank's TD Securities arm ranked second in Canada for equity offerings and fourth for merger advice in the quarter. The bank's net sales of funds rose more than ninefold to C$948 million in the quarter. The results indicate Canadian banks haven't been hurt yet by the credit crunch. Toronto-Dominion reiterated today it doesn't have any holdings in the U.S. subprime mortgage market, or non-bank asset-backed commercial paper. 'Coupled with the strong quarter, we believe this is excellent news for the sector overall as it likely means that the exposure of the Canadian banks will be less than was being speculated in the market,' said Dundee Securities Corp. analyst John Aiken.

From a Reuters Canada report on this: Earnings in TD's Canadian banking business jumped 14% on record revenue. The fourth quarter outlook for revenue growth in the Canadian retail business 'remains solid', the bank said.

The Vancouver Sun - Doctors want cars carrying kids to be smoke-free (23 August 2007) Canada's doctors are calling for a nation-wide ban on smoking in all vehicles carrying children—including private cars—to protect young lungs from the dangers of second-hand smoke. The recommendation won resounding support Wednesday at the Canadian Medical Association's annual general meeting. Members of the powerful doctors' lobby group also passed 15 'green' resolutions, which included calls for swift government action to protect domestic drinking water supplies, reduce air pollution, and curtail pesticide use. Other resolutions approved Wednesday include recommendations that: government take efforts to reduce the amount of salt in processed food and regulate the contents of energy drinks; revenues collected by government through tobacco taxes be spent on health care; and that doctors oppose any involvement of tobacco companies in education or research at post-secondary institutions.

The Globe and Mail - Quebec's Dumont backs new Inuit government (23 August 2007) A major transformation of Quebec's North now has the support of all three parties in the Quebec National Assembly. In a surprise visit to the Inuit villages of Kuujjuaq and Tasiujaq, Action d�emocratique du Qu�ebec Leader Mario Dumont confirmed his support for a new Regional Government of Nunavik, which would give province-like powers to Quebec's Inuit, covering a region that is roughly one-third of the province. Premier Charest is bringing more than half a dozen of his cabinet ministers to the North Thursday for a two-day conference on Nunavik's future. A signing ceremony is scheduled Friday with the ministers. Many of the Inuit communities in Nunavik have paved roads, and virtually all of the buildings are clean, modern, and well maintained. There are hotels, modern daycare facilities, schools with large gymnasiums, and clean drinking water.

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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