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31 December 2007

11 December was the 11th day of the sixth month of the 2nd year of Canadian national consciousness rising to invincibility, as indicated by the following press reports:

11 December 2007

Reuters Canada - Canadian employers upbeat going into '08: survey (11 December 2007) Canadian employers expect the job market to continue to power forward in the first quarter of 2008, a new survey shows. Sixteen per cent of more than 1,700 employers surveyed by Manpower Inc said they plan to increase their payrolls in the January to March period. With 10 per cent anticipating cutbacks, the net employment outlook for the quarter is a solid 6 per cent, Manpower said. Of those polled, 72 per cent expect no changes. Eliminating seasonal variations, the net employment outlook of 21 per cent is two percentage points above the previous quarter, indicating hiring intentions should continue to be strong into 2008. 'Employers are telling us that, over the next three months, they will continue adding to their payrolls at a slightly better rate than in the previous quarter, which is good news for job seekers across the country,' said Lori Rogers, vice-president of operations for Manpower Canada.

The Financial Post - TSX ready to make run to 16,000 and beyond: Rubin (11 December 2007) CIBC World Markets chief economist Jeff Rubin is predicting the TSX Composite Index to jump to 16,000 and beyond by the end of next year, far surpassing its record high of 14,625. He also said that despite consensus expectations in the last month for 2007 and 2008 earnings growth being cut by 1.3% and 0.8% respectively, the expected increases of 11% and 13% remain well above the average 8% growth of the last 25 years.

The Vancouver Province - Numbers give B.C. homebuilders reason for holiday cheer (11 December 2007) Housing starts in Greater Vancouver will surpass 18,000 units this year for the fourth year in a row; and November, with 2,704 starts, was the second-busiest month on record. Year-to-date starts of single-detached and multiples hit 19,491 at the end of November, up 12 per cent over the same period in 2006. 'With a month to go this year, homebuilding has already edged above the most recent annual starts peak of 2004,' said Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. analyst Robyn Adamache. Year-to-date starts were up 46 per cent in North Vancouver, 37 per cent in Surrey and 29 per cent in the Tri-Cities. Around British Columbia, starts were up 240 per cent in Nanaimo and 66 per cent in Vernon.

From a Vancouver Sun report on this: Builders in Metro Vancouver began hammering up more homes in November than during any month in the past 30 years. Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp.'s economist for B.C., Carol Frketich, pointed to B.C.'s strong labour market, with the employment rate in November an all-time high of 63.9 per cent. 'There's growth in income, growth in jobs, and this all contributes to an active housing market,' Frketich said.

The Toronto Star on Ontario housing starts beat forecasts (11 December 2007) Ontario home starts were up by a solid 12.7 per cent in November from a month earlier. The seasonally adjusted annual rate of starts hit 70,200 units, up from 62,300 units in October. Strong home resales are also stimulating the new home market; the Toronto Real Estate Board expects this year to be the best ever, and the first to surpass 90,000 in sales. 'Despite earlier concerns about the impact of the financial market storm on Canadian housing demand, home building remains a pillar of strength in the Canadian economy,' BMO Capital Markets senior economist Robert Hogue said.

From a Canadian Press report on this: Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. says the detached home segment led the increase. There were 40,400 detached home starts in Ontario last month, a jump of 29.5 per cent over October.

The Toronto Star on Toronto building boom (9 December 2007) A massive building boom continues apace in Toronto. The numbers are staggering. Through the first 10 months of this year, the construction value of all building permits issued in the city was just under C$11 billion, nearly as much as all of last year. This will mark the sixth consecutive year that permits have topped C$10 billion.

The National Post - Branding green: LEED (8 December 2007) The Canadian Green Building Council (CaGBC) is the sole licence holder in this country of 'LEED', which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, adapting the building standards to Canadian conditions. The high standards have four levels—certified, silver, gold, and platinum—in six areas: site development, water and energy efficiency, material selection, indoor air quality, and design innovation. Canadian architects and builders have bonded with the brand. As of this week, there were 613 projects registered under the plan, with more than 80 of those completed and certified. Ontario and Brirish Columbia are leading in LEED, with Toronto (68 registered) and Vancouver (65 registered) as the top venues for the green initiative, followed by Calgary (36), Montreal (26), and Edmonton (21). Some industry leaders claim to be able to deliver high-performance green buildings at no premium, says Nancy Grenier, of CaGBC. If there is an extra cost, consumers seem willing to pay it. The Canadian Office Tenant Survey, released in September, found that 63% of tenants said they would pay a premium for leasing green office space.

The Canadian Press - Deal inked for two stops on 'hydrogen highway' (11 December 2007) The B.C. government is two more stops along the road to its so-called 'hydrogen highway' with a deal that will see the construction of two fuelling stations for a fleet of hydrogen-powered buses. The first fuel-cell buses will be tested in Victoria next summer, and when all the vehicles are ready to go they'll be based in Whistler as part of public transportation for the 2010 Olympic Games.

CanWest News Service - Canada's boreal forest locks up twice the carbon of a tropical rainforest (10 December 2007) A new series of maps shows how Canada's boreal forest manages to lock up almost twice as much carbon as the same area of tropical forest. The three maps show where permafrost, peatlands, and soil with organic carbon are located within the boreal forest that covers much of the country. Each is adept at storing the carbon that would otherwise contribute to the planet's climate change. 'The maps document where and how these vital carbon reserves are distributed across Canada,' said Jeff Wells, a senior scientist with the International Boreal Conservation Campaign. Canada's boreal forest stores an estimated 186 billion tons of carbon in its widespread forest and peatland ecosystems—the equivalent of 27 years' worth of global carbon emissions from the burning of fossil fuels.

The Globe and Mail on poll of Canadians on international affairs (11 December 2007) A new poll carried out 6-9 December for The Globe and Mail and CTV suggests that Canadians are as attached as ever to the ideal of solving international problems through peaceful diplomacy, not force or war. Asked to name the biggest threat to the world today, 36 per cent chose climate change, making it far and away the greatest concern. It was followed by the rich-poor gap (14 per cent). Terrorism was deemed the greatest threat by 11 per cent and weapons of mass destruction by just 4 per cent. The most striking evidence of Canadians' views on war and peace came when they were asked to name Canada's greatest achievement in foreign policy. Fully 33 per cent chose Ottawa's decision to say no to joining in the Iraq war. The runners-up were two other 'soft power' moments: spearheading the drive to ban land mines (15 per cent) and signing the Kyoto accord on global warming (13 per cent).

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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