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11 January 2008

20 December was the 20th day of the sixth month of the 2nd year of Canadian national consciousness rising to invincibility, as indicated by the following press reports:

19 December 2007

The Globe and Mail from its year-end interview with Prime Minister Stephen Harper (20 December 2007) In an interview with The Globe and Mail, Prime Minister Harper said the government will be prudent and there will be no significant spending programmes or tax reductions in the spring budget and the government will continue to pay down the debt. But despite notes of caution, Mr Harper said the country enters 2008 on a solid footing. 'I think the country has had a very good year,' he said. 'The economy is strong. It is arguably its strongest in about three decades. Certainly unemployment is at its lowest level in three decades. The fundamentals are very strong.' He also said he felt the unity of the country is at its strongest since the centennial year of 1967.

From CanWest News Service: The government gave C$60 billion in tax breaks this fall to 'better position the economy as we move into the spring,' the Prime Minister said in an interview with CanWest News Service.

From the Toronto Star: Prime Minister Harper, in an interview with the Toronto Star, began with an overview, saying Canadians feel 'pretty good and secure' about the economy and national unity.

The Globe and Mail - Loonie named Time newsmaker of 2007 (20 December 2007) Time magazine named the loonie [popular name for the Canadian dollar] the Canadian Newsmaker of 2007, saying the dollar's rapid rise was a sure sign that 'something big was happening in Canada.' The Canadian economy boomed this year, Time said. The Canadian dollar made history on 20 September, hitting parity with the US dollar for the first time in 31 years, boosted by soaring commodity prices and strong economic expansion. The Canadian dollar was one of the year's star performers globally.

From a Reuters Canada report on this: Commodity prices remain elevated and data has shown that the Canadian economy has managed to weather the global credit crunch and effects of the stronger currency on manufacturing.

The Canadian Press - Scotia commodities index surges to record (20 December 2007) Bank of Nova Scotia says its commodity price index hit a record high in November. The index, which measures 32 of Canada's major exports, jumped by 4.5 per cent month-over-month in November, 3 per cent above the previous peak hit in May, 2007. The index has advanced by 141.4 per cent above the cyclical low in October, 2001, the second most powerful expansion since the Second World War and the sixth consecutive year of commodity price strength.

The Financial Post - Boomtown Toronto (20 December 2007) Toronto's booming housing market set two records this week, the Toronto Real Estate Board announced. The average price of a Toronto home is now C$404,707, 'the first time it has exceeded C$400,000', said Maureen O'Neill, the board's president. That represents a 19% increase over last year's average price. Ms O'Neill said the first two weeks of December continued the escalating upward trend that the board has reported all year, with 3% more homes selling during the first half of the month than in the same time last year. More importantly, it pushed the overall annual sales numbers to a new high. 'The 2,868 transactions recorded during the first two weeks of December have made this the first year that sales have exceeded 90,000,' she said. Meanwhile, new home transactions downtown are up 43% over last year's thanks largely to a boom in condominium sales.

The National Post - Duelling cranes compete for space (20 December 2007) Workers are streaming into Toronto from all over these days to join the local building boom. 'Downtown Toronto is unbelievable, the number of projects right now,' says Lea West, with Local 30 of the Sheet Metal Workers and Roofers union. According to the Building Industry and Land Development Association, builders sold 15,657 condos in the City of Toronto so far this year (representing more than three-quarters of the condos sold in the Greater Toronto Area), up from 12,247 units sold within city limits in all of last year. 'A lot of people want to live downtown,' Gary Wright, acting chief planner of Toronto, says. Meanwhile, the Ontario Construction Secretariat reports C$3.7 billion in industrial, commercial, and institutional building permits were issued in the Greater Toronto Area in the first nine months of this year, a 23% jump from the same period last year; that total excludes homes or condo towers.

CBC News - Manitoba to limit phosphorus in lawn fertilizers (20 December 2007) Manitoba will be the first province to restrict homeowners' use of lawn fertilizers containing phosphorus. The province will restrict the use of lawn fertilizers containing more than one per cent phosphorus on residential lawns, urban parks, and golf courses. Currently some products contain as much as 20 per cent phosphorus. The province hopes the fertilizer change will result in a one per cent reduction in the amount of phosphorus that ends up in Lake Winnipeg, where it feeds algae that cause problems with water quality. Another one per cent reduction is expected from a ban on phosphorus in household dishwashing detergents introduced in legislation two weeks ago. The province's water protection plan also includes a ban on applying fertilizers within three- to 30-metre buffer zones along waterways. Those rules, scheduled to take effect in 2009, apply to everyone, including homeowners, farmers, and golf courses.

CBC News - P.E.I. amends landholding rules for natural areas (20 December 2007) The Island Nature Trust is celebrating a decision by the Prince Edward Island government that will allow the group to hold more land. The province limits the amount of land that can be held by an individual to 1,000 acres (405 hectares), and 3,000 acres (1,214 hectares) for a corporation. There was growing concern at the Island Nature Trust, which acquires land to protect natural areas, that it was reaching the limits of its allowable landholding. 'It's wonderful news for the natural areas of Prince Edward Island,' said trust executive director Jackie Waddell. 'All lands designated under the Natural Areas Protection Act as natural areas, which is perpetual protection, are exempt from aggregate land holdings under the Lands Protection Act. And this is a very much more broad-based exemption than just excluding Island Nature Trust lands.'

CBC News - Ontario turns over Ipperwash park to First Nation (20 December 2007) Ontario turned over Ipperwash Provincial Park to the Chippewas of Kettle and Stony Point First Nation, settling a long-standing aboriginal grievance. The federal government promised to return the land after it was expropriated during the Second World War to build a military base, but that didn't happen. The First Nation claims the park contains an aboriginal burial ground. 'The community, First Nations and government will be put at the same table and they will determine the future of those lands,' Aboriginal Affairs Minister Michael Bryant said. 'And after the period of time, ownership of the lands will transfer to the Chippewas of Kettle and Stony Point First Nation.'

From a National Post report on this: 'Returning Ipperwash Park . . . is the clearest and most powerful expression of the intention of the McGuinty government to move forward in a concrete, practical and deliberate way to forge a stronger, more positive relationship with all Aboriginal Peoples in Ontario,' said Mr Bryant.

From a Canadian Press report on this: 'The historic and spiritual importance of that land to the Chippewas of Kettle and Stony Point First Nation cannot be understated,' Bryant said.

From a Globe and Mail report on this: 'This is a very good day for our community and our people,' said Chief Tom Bressette of Chippewas of Kettle and Stony Point First Nation.

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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