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9 December 2007

22 November was the 22nd day of the fifth month of the 2nd year of Canadian national consciousness rising to invincibility, as indicated by the following press reports:

22 November 2007

The Canadian Press - Bill will give First Nations jurisdiction over on-reserve schools (22 November 2007) First Nations will get a parallel education system under framework legislation introduced by the British Columbia government to give them jurisdiction over education on reserve lands. The First Nations Education Act follows up on an agreement signed last year with the federal government recognizing First Nations' power to make laws over education on their own lands. It allows First Nations' schools to have their own kindergarten to Grade 12 system that will meet the provincial curriculum, but not be bound by it. Nathan Matthew, of the First Nations Education Steering Committee, says they will be certifying their own teachers, their own school, and their own curriculum. Education Minister Shirley Bond says First Nations will be able to apply to have their students receive the province's graduation certificate.

The National Post - Consumers embrace shift to organics (22 November 2007) Canada's organic food industry has exploded into a billion-dollar mainstream concern with lots of room to grow. 'The demand right now for organics globally is astronomical. We can't even meet the U.S. demand, never mind Europe or Japan,' says Matthew Holmes, managing director for the Canadian arm of the Organic Trade Association, a representative of organic businesses in North America. 'There is great, great potential for Canadian companies.' Moderate figures peg growth in the organic foods market to 20% a year, making it the fastest-growing agricultural sector. The biggest consumers of organics live in British Columbia, while the biggest growth in demand has been in Alberta, at 44%, according to the Organic Agriculture Centre of Canada. The zeal for organic foods has been driven by consumer worries about eating chemical and hormone-laden foods and environmental concerns. Business opportunities in the organics and natural foods markets are as limitless as what's on the supermarket shelves, says Ashwin Joshi, associate professor at the Schulich School of Business at Toronto's York University and director of its MBA program.

The Canadian Press - Growth in third-quarter profits strongest in almost two years (22 November 2007) Third-quarter operating profits of Canadian companies surged 5.8 per cent to a record high of C$67 billion. Statistics Canada's report showed that third-quarter growth was the strongest in seven quarters.

From the Statistics Canada report: Non-financial industries earned C$47.5 billion, up 5.7% from the second quarter. . . . The financial industries' profits of C$19.4 billion were up 6.2%, building on a second-quarter increase of 5.1%. The chartered banks earned all-time-high operating profits of C$8.0 billion, up 12.2% from the prior quarter. Overall profits in the manufacturing sector increased 8.3% to C$11.7 billion. . . . Retailers reported a 3.9% rise in operating profits to C$4.1 billion. The operating profit margin strengthened from 8.5% in each of the first two quarters of 2007 to 8.9% in the third quarter.

The National Post - Home builders go green (22 November 2007) 'As a builder, you have to live it, you have to breathe it and you have to walk the talk,' says Mazar Mortazavi, principal of TAS DesignBuild, a Toronto developer. 'Consumer demand is forcing the housing market to change. Traditionally, developers have not been innovators in the housing market. Now, for the first time, there is this shift where they are trying to understand what is going on and introduce change before the consumer asks for it,' Mortazavi says. 'This is going to be the century's major socio-cultural shift,' he predicts. 'It is a mindset change and the implications go far and wide.' The green home groundswell is soaring as builders, suppliers, bankers, and buyers sign on with a growing environmental sustainability movement that is gathering momentum across the country. In Halifax, Integrity Homes posts the yearly tonnage of greenhouse gases its homes save on its Web site. In Toronto, Monarch Corp., a division of Taylor Wimpey, the world's largest homebuilder, and the Toronto Economic Development Corp. announced last month they would develop the largest low-rise green residential community in Canada.

The Canadian Press on B.C. announces climate action team (21 November 2007) British Columbia Premier Gordon Campbell announced a blue-ribbon 'climate action team' that includes nine B.C. members of the Nobel-prize winning U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Mr Campbell announced the team's 22 members as his government tabled its Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets Act. The team will be responsible for shaping the province's climate action plan. Team member Andrew Weaver, a prominent member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, who teaches at the University of Victoria School of Earth and Ocean Sciences, called it an opportunity for him to put what he has been preaching for many years into action. Other members include Shawn Atleo, the B.C. regional chief of the Assembly of First Nations, and Peter Robinson, chief executive of Mountain Equipment Co-op, who in January takes over as head of the David Suzuki Foundation.

From a Victoria Times Colonist report on this: The legislation also requires all government agencies including schools, colleges, universities, health authorities, and Crown corporations to be carbon neutral by 2010. The team is also tasked with setting interim targets for 2012 and 2016. Members of the team said they believe the government is sincere and looking for real input. 'We have been asked to not hold back,' Weaver said. 'Anyone who knows me knows that I'm rather skeptical about government, politicians in general, taking action. But here in B.C. I'm not skeptical.' Weaver said the goal of a 33 per cent reduction by 2020 can be done. 'The targets are completely realistic.'

The Montreal Gazette - Teens say no to drugs (22 November 2007) Drug use among Quebec high school students has declined markedly, according to a new study by the statistical agency of Quebec. 'The use of alcohol, tobacco and illegal drugs in general by high school students is down significantly since 2004,' said GaĆ«tane Dubé, a project manager for the Institut de la statistique du Quebec. 'Overall, young people are giving the impression of being a lot wiser when it comes to drug consumption than they used to be.'

The Canadian Press - Feds create two huge new conservation areas in the North (21 November 2007) The federal government is moving to protect two huge areas of boreal forest and tundra in the Northwest Territories covering 10 million hectares. Environment Minister John Baird said the government is 'withdrawing massive areas from industrial development to protect some of the most impressive ecological and cultural wonders in the North for generations to come.' Environmental groups lauded the move, saying the sheer scale of the land protection makes it globally significant. 'All total, today's announcement by the federal government amounts to the largest land withdrawal for interim protection in Canadian history,' said Lorne Johnson of the World Wildlife Fund-Canada.

From a Globe and Mail report on this: 'These are very significant, culturally sensitive areas,' said Bill Erasmus, Assembly of First Nations NWT regional chief. They include the Ramparts, 15,000 square kilometres of wetlands and other habitat for birds, including peregrine falcons. It contains many archeological sites and is considered sacred ground.

From a National Post report on this: In addition, the East Arm of Great Slave Lake, which will be fast-tracked into becoming Canada's largest national park in consultation with First Nations in the area, will no longer be vulnerable to mining activity. The region boasts Christie Bay, which has the deepest water on the continent, and a spectacular array of peninsulas, canyons and waterfalls as the forests give way to northern tundra. It's also home to one of the largest caribou herds in the north. The government has also preserved two environmentally significant peninsulas on Great Bear Lake. 'Add all these moves together and we're getting into historic set asides on a North American scale,' said Harvey Locke, senior advisor to the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society. 'It's on the scale that science says we need to move at to preserve the boreal forest. I can't say anything that isn't good news on this.'

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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