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24 December 2007

4 December was the 4th day of the sixth month of the 2nd year of Canadian national consciousness rising to invincibility, as indicated by the following press reports: 4 December 2007

Reuters Canada - Consumer confidence rises (3 December 2007) Consumer confidence has risen heading into the holiday shopping season, as consumers were more optimistic about future financial positions in November, the Conference Board of Canada said. The board's index of consumer confidence rose 2 points in November to 100.2, according to the monthly survey. Heading into the holiday shopping season, 53.3 per cent of consumers said it was a good time to make a major purchase, up from 51.4 in October. That's also up from a year ago, when only 50.1 per cent of respondents felt it was the right time to buy a big-ticket item. The survey showed that 24.7 per cent of Canadians felt their family was in a better financial position than it was six months ago, up from 23.8 per cent in October. Looking forward, 31.9 per cent of respondents saw their income improving in six months' time. That's up from 29.2 per cent in October. Also, 22.7 per cent of Canadians think there will be more jobs in six months, up from 20.4 per cent in the previous month. The survey was conducted between November 1 and November 7.

The Toronto Star on positive outlook for holiday spending (3 December 2007) Canadians plan to spend on average C$724 on gifts this year, a survey by Maritz Research shows. 'Holiday spending is one of the best economic indicators,' said Robert Daniel, president of Maritz Research - Canada. Even in Ontario, where a higher dollar has hurt manufacturers, consumers are planning to spend more than the national average, he noted. 'This is going to be a good holiday shopping year,' Daniel said.

From another Toronto Star report on this: Daniel said it appears consumer spending this holiday season will be in good shape. A separate report by the Conference Board of Canada suggested that 'consumers appear ready to spend.'

The Toronto Star - Residential construction investment hits record (4 December 2007) Residential construction investment hit an all-time quarterly record at C$24.3 billion, according to a report by Statistics Canada. The figure represents a 9 per cent increase from the third quarter of 2006. 'The residential sector is still in very good shape,' Statistics Canada economist √Čtienne Sainte-Pierre said. 'This is an all-time high for one quarter.' All provinces and territories reported increases. Renovation spending also grew by 8.4 per cent to C$9.8 billion. 'The demand for housing continued to be supported by the encouraging employment situation, growing disposable incomes, appealing financing possibilities and Western Canada's dynamic economy,' said Statistics Canada.

From the Statistics Canada report: Single-family home investment made the most significant contribution to the growth in this component, increasing 10.9% to C$7.9 billion. Apartment/condominium construction increased by 6.2% to C$2.6 billion. The total value of residential construction investments for the first three quarters of 2007 was C$65.4 billion, up 7.5% over the same period in 2006.

The Edmonton Journal - Local economy nation's hottest (4 December 2007) CIBC World Markets reported that Edmonton has the hottest local economy in Canada. Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver also rank high in economic activity, according to CIBC's economic activity index. 'For the first time on record, the city of Edmonton tops our city ranking in terms of economic momentum,' it said, crediting strong population growth, impressive employment gains, the low unemployment rate, and below-average personal and corporate insolvency rates. Calgary took second spot, while Saskatoon was third, propelled by strong job and population growth, and the country's hottest housing market. 'Interestingly, Montreal is currently enjoying some renewed momentum,' the report said, noting that Montreal's fourth-place score indicated improvement in labour and housing market activity.

The Toronto Star - TTC rockets toward green (4 December 2007) The Toronto Transit Commission's (TTC) proposed environmental plan would make the TTC the greenest transit system in North America by 2020. Moving toward greener buildings, fuel, and vehicles will pay off in a cleaner city and lower operating costs, the TTC says. 'It's something Torontonians expect. They've been asking for the city to meet commitments to reduce our environmental footprint. This plan does that,' said TTC chair Adam Giambrone. 'We will exceed by far any other standard in North America,' he said. '(The green procurement plan) requires us to look at each and every product we buy, figure out how to source it from an environmentally sustainable and friendly perspective . . . ,' Giambrone said. The plan also includes 45% hybrid buses in TTC's fleet by 2010. 'Torontonians should be proud of the TTC,' said Franz Hartmann, executive director of the Toronto Environmental Alliance.

From a Globe and Mail report on this: The TTC says it plans to work with Toronto Hydro to get a quarter of its power from green sources, such as wind or solar, by 2012.

The Canadian Press - Ontario to ban trans fats from all school cafeterias: McGuinty(4 December 2007) The Ontario government will introduce legislation Wednesday that will see it join the ranks of Canadian provinces that are banning trans-fatty foods from school cafeterias and vending machines. Trans fats, often found in french fries and other fast-food cafeteria staples, are being targeted around the world by advocates of healthy eating, who say the processed oil contributes to a host of health problems, including childhood obesity. Chocolate bars, potato chips, and soft drinks have already been banned from Ontario's elementary schools, but the legislation will enshrine that policy in law and eventually expand the junk food ban to include high schools. 'A very powerful contributor to healthy children is healthy schools, and we're going to do that,' Premier McGuinty vowed. 'We owe a special responsibility to our kids—they're still in their developing years—to make sure that their school environment is, in fact, healthy.'

CBC News - P.E.I. natives sign agreement with Ottawa, province (3 December 2007) The leaders of two Prince Edward Island Mi'kmaq bands are describing a partnership signed with the federal and provincial governments over the weekend as historic. It establishes concrete ways in which the various levels of government can work with the bands in areas of mutual interest such as education, health, child and family services, justice, and economic development. 'This new agreement represents a new relationship with the federal and provincial governments that is built upon respect, good faith, and partnership, which should lead to a positive future for Island Mi'kmaq,' said Darlene Bernard, chief of the Lennox Island First Nation. Abegweit First Nation Chief Brian Francis also called the signing historic, saying the agreement would help First Nations governments and their communities reach their full potential. P.E.I. Premier Robert Ghiz said he's looking forward to strengthened relationships with the Island's two bands.

From a Canadian Press report on this: The federal government signed an agreement officially recognizing the Mi'kmaq Confederacy of Prince Edward Island, which represents the Abegweit and Lennox Island First Nations.

CBC News on Canadian 15-year-olds among world's best science, reading, and math students (4 December 2007) The Programme for International Student Assessment tested 400,000 15-year-old students in 57 countries on science, math, and reading comprehension. Canadian 15-year-olds students placed third on the science test, behind Finland and Hong Kong-China. In reading, Canadian teens came fourth, behind South Korea, Finland, and Hong Kong-China. Taiwan, Finland, and Hong Kong-China led the top scores in math, with Canada placing seventh.

From a Statistics Canada report on this: In Canada, about 22,000 15-year-old students from about 1,000 schools participated.

From a Council of Ministers of Education, Canada announcement: 'In three core subjects%@6mdash;science, mathematics, and reading—students in Canada are among the best in the world,' noted the Honourable Kelly Lamrock, New Brunswick's Minister of Education and Chair of the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada.

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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