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7 January 2008
16 December 2007 was the 16th day of the sixth month of the 2nd year of Canadian national consciousness rising to invincibility, as indicated by the following press reports:
16 December 2007
The Vancouver Province - Canada accepts 'Bali road map' (16 December 2007) Canada, at the UN's climate-change summit, accepted the 'Bali road map' toward a new comprehensive deal on preventing global warming. The new framework was hailed by Yvo de Boer, the UN's top climate-change official, as an 'ambitious, transparent, and flexible solution' for drawing up a comprehensive treaty in 2009. The aim is an agreement that would come into force after the end of the Kyoto Protocol's first commitment period in 2012. The countries that are members of the Kyoto protocol, including Canada, declared that developed countries should collectively strive to deepen their post-2012 targets in the range of a 25- to 40-per-cent reduction below 1990 levels by 2020 In the end, the Bali road map consists of a framework for emissions cuts, the transfer of clean technology to developing countries, reducing deforestation, and adaptation aid for developing countries Bali Deal's Key Points: —A successor pact to Kyoto will be agreed to at a meeting in Copenhagen in late 2009. The new negotiations will seek to bind all countries to emission curbs from 2013.—The U.S. joined the world in agreeing that developing countries should be compensated for pushing ahead to cut their greenhouse-gas emissions, a major demand of developing economic giants... —Canada and the U.S. also agreed to participate in plans to cut emissions driving climate change by more than half by 2050 - Developing nations that are fast cutting their tropical forests ... got a new program that will encourage richer nations to pay them to protect their forests.
From a Toronto Star report on this: In what's considered one of the key shifts at Bali, discussions are to 'address' the need for every country—developed and developing alike—to take 'measurable, reportable and verifiable nationally appropriate' steps to reduce their emissions. The discussions will also explore measures to provide emissions-cutting technologies to developing countries, compensate tropical nations that don't chop down their rainforests, and help poor nations cope with drought, flooding, soil losses, drinking water shortages, and other climate change impacts.
From a Reuters Canada report on this: 'All the 188 countries have recognised that this is the defining agenda for all humanity, for all planet Earth,' U.N. Secretary-General Ban said. 'There is only one planet. Together, developed and developing countries can reach success,' said EU Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso. 'Here in Bali we reached a consensus, global consensus for all countries,' said Hassan Wirajuda, foreign minister of Indonesia.
The Globe and Mail on third-quarter corporate profits (14 December 2007) Third-quarter Canadian corporate profits this year were on a par with that of last year. Profits of the 316 companies surveyed in the latest period came in just a shade under C$24-billion, compared with C$23.8-billion in the corresponding period last year. Offsetting declines was a surprisingly robust performance by the 58-member manufacturing sector and a solid showing by the 26-member merchandising group. The survey, compiled by Globeinvestor.com, incorporates results for companies included in the TSX composite index that reported quarterly results for the period ending in July, August, September or October. Also included are other selected companies and income trusts whose latest quarterly revenue was more than C$50-million or whose latest annual revenue was greater than C$200-million. Solid gains reported by department stores and specialty stores boosted the merchandising group, giving it a year-over-year profit increase of more than 31 per cent. But surprisingly, it was manufacturing that basically saved the day for Canadian corporate profits in the third quarter, despite the strong Canadian dollar.
Statistics Canada - National balance sheet accounts (14 December 2007) National net worth reached C$5.4 trillion by the end of the third quarter of 2007, or C$163,700 per capita ... an increase of 1.2% over the second quarter... The strong saving position of the government and the corporate sectors, coupled with continuing gains in the real estate market and a resilient stock market, contributed to the sustained growth of national net worth in the third quarter. Total government net debt maintained its downward trend for a 14th consecutive quarter, propelled by a further surplus and reflected in the sustained reduction of Government of Canada short-term paper obligations and net retirement of Government of Canada bonds. Consequently, the ratio of net debt to gross domestic product (GDP) continued its decline, with net debt in the third quarter less than half of GDP, compared with almost 90% a decade ago.
The National Post - Record-breaking month, as sales up 16% for November (15 December 2007) Last month became the best November on record with 7,313 resale home transactions in the Greater Toronto Area, reports the Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB). 'Even more astonishing, though, is that eight of the 11 months so far this year set new monthly records,' says TREB president Maureen O'Neill. Sales were up 16% in November compared with the same time frame last year. November's average price increased 11%, as compared with a year ago.
The Canadian Press - Panel to probe hours, daycare to make politics more family-friendly (16 December 2007) Ontario provincial politician, Conservative Lisa MacLeod, 32, said she expected the legislature to be more family-friendly. Now, she's trying to change that. All parties have agreed to create a non-partisan panel that will look at cutting hours by reducing evening sittings and setting up a legislature daycare. 'Politics shouldn't be done that way anymore,' she said. That feeling seems to be shared across party lines. Liberal house leader Michael Bryan said it's high time the legislature made some changes to the way politicians do business. The fact that all three parties put politics aside and agreed to form a non-partisan panel shows the desire to bring the legislature into the 21st century, he said.
The Canadian Press - Scientists optimistic as whooping cranes sighted in record numbers (16 December 2007) One of the most majestic and endangered birds on the continent appears to be making a slow flight to recovery, say experts who see whooping cranes returning to their Texas wintering grounds in record numbers this year. 'The comeback is what makes them really a symbol of conservation in North America,' said Tom Stehn, whooping crane co-ordinator for the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. Since 1982, Stehn has been counting whooping cranes as they complete the 4,000-kilometre, four-to-six-week journey from their nesting grounds in the Northwest Territories, inside Wood Buffalo National Park, Canada's largest national park. Brian Johns, wildlife biologist and whooping crane co-ordinator with the Canadian Wildlife Service, counted 73 pairs that produced 80 offspring this year. Of those, 40 survived until migration and 39 made it from Wood Buffalo Park to Texas last week.
The Canadian Press - Ceremony, replanting mark rebirth of Stanley Park (16 December 2007) Politicians planted trees symbolizing the restoration of Vancouver's jewel, Stanley Park. It was a year ago Saturday that gale-force winds mowed down 10,000 trees and created landslides over the park's famed seawall. A few weeks ago the seawall reopened for those who want to walk all the way around the area of the park along the water. The city plans to plant 15,000 to 16,000 new trees in the park, with 3,000 in the ground so far and the rest expected to be planted by February. The devastation generated an outpouring of volunteerism and C$9.5 million in donations from government and the public. Federal Natural Resources Minister Gary Lunn spent many hours in the park as a child and always thought of the park as a magical place. 'We have an obligation, a duty to do everything to protect these incredibly majestic places,' he said.
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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