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25 January 2008
5 January was the 5th day of the seventh month of the 2nd year of Canadian national consciousness rising to invincibility, as indicated by the following press reports:
5 January 2008
The Canadian Press - Canadian financial firms offer investors role in global microfinance lending (3 January 2008) The Vancity Credit Union and Citizens Bank of Canada offer investors a chance to support international microfinance programs and earn a return. Money invested in the term deposits at the financial institutions, is protected under the Canada Deposit Insurance Corp. and is RRSP eligible. At an annual interest rate of 3.7 per cent for a one-year term deposit, the return trails a conventional non-redeemable term deposit which would pay 4.35 per cent, but Elisabeth Geller, manager of community leadership at Vancity, said investors have not been put off. The money is used to fund small businesses in the developing world like small farms and fair trade projects.
The Montreal Gazette - Loonie cushions Canadians at grocery checkout counter (5 January 2008) Rising food prices globally have been offset in Canada by a strong loonie. And food prices are expected to remain relatively stable, according to the Conference Board of Canada. 'If you look at the Consumer Price Index for food purchased in grocery stores on a yearly basis, it is only rising 0.6 per cent,' said Michael Burt, principal economist for the Conference Board. 'Broadly speaking, inflation is very modest for food.' Each year, the Canadian Federation of Agriculture (CFA) calculates the date on which the average Canadian has earned enough income to pay their individual grocery bill for the year. In the past six years, the date has been between Feb. 7 and Feb. 9. This year, it will be Feb. 3. The CFA attributed the earlier date to an increase in the average Canadian income not matched by an equal rise in food costs or expenditures.
The National Post - A leap in technology (4 January 2008) In a major step, a team of Canadian and Australian researchers has completed the first quantum calculation, though quantum computers may be years away. Quantum refers to the idea that subatomic particles can have two locations or energies at once. Everyday physics works under Newtonian laws. (If you drop a piano out a window, it falls to the ground.) At the subatomic level, things are governed by the laws of quantum mechanics. (The piano would be simultaneously a piano and a wave of energy.) These laws are what make the proposed computers so incredibly powerful, said Daniel James, a researcher at the University of Toronto and lead Canadian. 'The quantum computer allows you to process all available outcomes of a problem at once,' Dr. James said. 'It's mind-boggling what we'll be able to do,' said Dr. Raymond Laflamme, director of the University of Waterloo's Institute for Quantum Computing.
CanWest News Service - Singing helps keep you young, study finds (5 January 2008) According to Victoria Meredith, a University of Western Ontario professor who used the school's adult choirs as a 'live research lab,' participation in choral music leads to increased respiratory function, improved overall health, a heightened immune system and improved brain function. Meredith also concludes that performing in a choir 'can keep you younger and healthier for longer,' pointing to similar studies that found people who sing on a regular basis require fewer doctors' visits, don't need as much medication, and are less likely to be depressed. Meredith's research with four choirs, whose members varied in age from 18 to 84, spanned the last two years. Researchers have discovered compelling evidence for physical advantages. The disease-fighting protein (sIg A), for example, was found to increase by 150 per cent during choir rehearsals and 240 per cent during performances.
The Edmonton Journal - Filling a gap in valley trail system (5 January 2008) The City of Edmonton has bought 70 hectares of river valley land and plans to turn it into a major new park. The land is aimed at bridging a gap in the city's ribbon-of-green trail system. 'I think it's one of the last (private valley sites) of this size that still has old-growth forest on it,' parks planning director Rob Marchak said. The area is covered by large poplars and open meadow. A C$20.4-million project to build a footbridge to the property from Fort Edmonton Park and trails on surrounding land is scheduled to start this spring. 'I think that parcel is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. It represents the most significant natural-area acquisition in our living history,' West-End Councillor Linda Sloan said. Last summer, city council endorsed the River Valley Alliance's C$605-million plan to establish one of the world's largest metropolitan parks along the river, stretching 88 kilometres from Fort Saskatchewan to Devon.
The Globe and Mail - A critical shield against global warming (4 January 2008) The boreal forest occupies nearly half of Canada's land mass. As one of the last great intact forests on Earth, the boreal is considered one of the world's largest carbon storage systems. The trees and soil form a critical shield against global warming, storing a volume of carbon equal to 27 times the world's annual greenhouse-gas emissions. 'In a world where so many natural ecosystems are under threat, the boreal stands out as one of those places where we might actually be able to turn the corner and strike the right balance between maintaining intact ecosystems, maintaining opportunities for local aboriginal [populations], while also benefiting from its tremendous natural-resource wealth,' said Larry Innes, director of the Canadian Boreal Initiative. His group's Boreal Framework, endorsed by 1,500 scientists, calls for half the forest's 560 million hectares to be protected from development. So far more than 40 million hectares have been put aside. In a major announcement last month, the federal government removed more than 4 million hectares of land from development in the Northwest Territories. The boreal serves as the nesting ground for three billion songbirds and waterfowl. Its more than a million lakes and waterways form the world's largest freshwater reserve.
The Globe and Mail - The big 4-0-0 (4 January 2008) Quebec City's 400th birthday will include about 130 events in Canada's oldest city over the year-long celebrations. It has been almost 400 years since French navigator Samuel de Champlain decided to build a settlement here Champlain befriended the local Montagnais and Huron peoples and with their help was able to establish a secure centre to develop trade and in no time ensure the rapid growth of a settlement that thrived. For culture, nothing will rival The Louvre in Quebec: The Arts and Life, an exhibit of more than 250 pieces of art from the Paris institution, running from June 5 to Oct. 26 at the Quebec Museum of Fine Arts. The objects, ranging from paintings to sculptures and from Islamic arts and Egyptian antiquities to graphic arts, will reflect the celebration's theme of meetings and encounters. When the city was officially founded on July 3, 1608, the Huron-Wendat First Nation played an important role in helping the French settlers adapt. The Huron-Wendats have been named 'host nation' of the celebrations and the indigenous peoples' contributions to the history of Quebec City will be acknowledged through special participations throughout the year. The famed Cirque du Soleil, which began near Quebec City, is preparing a show, embracing the diversity of cultures, on Oct. 19 for the closing ceremonies of the anniversary, which will coincide with the meeting of la Francophonie. The high-profile gathering of the organization of 55 French-speaking states and governments is an appropriate finale to an anniversary that will have spent almost a year celebrating meetings and encounters.
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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