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30 January 2008
12 January was the 12th day of the seventh month of the 2nd year of Canadian national consciousness rising to invincibility, as indicated by the following press reports:
12 January 2008
The Canadian Press on unemployment rate steady at 5.9 per cent (11 January 2008) Canada shed 18,700 jobs in December after seven months of rising employment. The overall unemployment rate held steady at 5.9 per cent, leading many to speculate that the retraction was only a blip. 'The unemployment rate is still at its 33-year low,' said Dawn Desjardins of the Royal Bank, adding that the overall picture looks good. 'It's still very strong growth for the year as a whole and a lot of those jobs were full-time,' said Desjardins. For all of 2007, the number of jobs grew by 370,000 or 2.2 per cent, similar to the 2.1 per cent gain recorded in 2006. Despite the December dropoff, Canada's economic fundamentals remain strong, with unemployment 'the lowest in a generation,' Finance Minister Jim Flaherty said. 'Employment is up in every province, all provinces, and Ottawa have surpluses.' Garth White of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business said the small drop in jobs in December is no reason to hit the panic button. 'When we surveyed our members, who are 60 per cent of total employment, 31 per cent of them said they were going to increase full-time employment in 2008, 60 per cent said they were going to maintain their jobs,' he said. 'That's a positive sign.' Alberta led the way in job creation for 2007, with employment up 4.3 per cent. Quebec showed strength in 2007. Jobs grew by 2.4 per cent, above the national average and the province's best showing in five years. New Brunswick recorded gains of 3.6 per cent for all of 2007, the second-best record among the provinces.
From a Globe and Mail report on this: Annual wage increases were the highest on record in December, at 4.9 per cent, suggesting the labour market remains tight.
Reuters Canada - Exports surge in November, surplus widens (11 January 2008) Canadian exports staged a comeback in November despite the currency's spike that month, widening the trade balance to C$3.70 billion from C$3.13 billion in October, Statistics Canada said. Exports gained 3.1 per cent to C$37.91 billion, outpacing import growth of 1.7 per cent to C$34.21 billion. Exports to Canada's top trading partner, the United States, rose 2.1 per cent. In volume terms, exports rose 2.5 per cent and imports grew 1.0 per cent, Statscan said.
From a CBC News report on this: Despite the lofty loonie [popular name for the Canadian dollar], Canada's trade surplus with the United States widened in November for the first time since last August to C$6.4 billion. Exports to the United States grew almost twice as quickly as imports, increasing for the first time since July.
From a Canadian Press report on this: Canada's trade surplus expanded for the second straight month as merchandise exports rose in November. Exports have grown since early 2006. On a year-to-date basis, both exports and imports stood at higher levels in the first 11 months of the year compared with the same period in 2006.
The National Post - Tourism spending continues to rise (11 January 2008) Tourism spending in Canada was up for the 17th-straight quarter in last year's third quarter, Statistics Canada said. Spending by travellers amounted to a seasonally adjusted rate of C$16.6 billion in the third quarter, up one per cent from the second quarter. International visitors spent 0.2 per cent more in the third quarter. While gain was 'modest,' Statistics Canada said it was the first back-to-back increase in this category since the fourth quarter of 2004. Spending by Canadian tourists in their own country increased 1.3 per cent in 2007's third quarter, Statistics Canada said. That was the 13th-straight quarterly increase.
From the Statistics Canada report: Gains in tourism domestic spending were recorded across all the major categories of spending except transportation. Spending by resident and non-resident visitors on accommodation was up 2.1% during the third quarter of 2007, the fastest pace in nearly two years. Tourism gross domestic product (GDP) increased 1.0% in the third quarter of 2007, outpacing the 0.7% growth of the Canadian economy overall.
The Canadian Press - Shoppers willing to pay more for ethical products, study shows (12 January 2008) When given the choice of whether to help the environment or save money, more consumers are siding with the planet. Researchers at the Richard Ivey School of Business say consumers use corporate social responsibility in evaluating their willingness to pay for a product. 'The ethicality of a company's behaviour is an important consideration for consumers and influences how much they are willing to pay for a company's products,' the school says. The research shows companies are rewarded for acting socially responsible. 'The era of self-interested companies trying to maximize wealth at any cost appears to have been supplanted by an era of corporate social responsibility,' they say.
The Globe and Mail - Emerson opts not to 'lecture' on rights to Chinese (11 January 2008) International Trade Minister David Emerson, who gave a major speech to a business group in Beijing with a Chinese cabinet minister in attendance, says he omitted any mention of human rights because he didn't want to 'lecture' his audience. A year ago, he took a different approach speaking to a similar audience of business leaders. This time, Mr Emerson opted for a quieter approach.
The Canadian Press - Astronomers get best look yet at dark matter surrounding galaxies (11 January 2008) Astronomers have looked 2.6 billion light years away to create one of the most detailed maps yet of the mysterious dark matter that fills most of the universe. A University of British Columbia expert believes the research helps to understand how our universe is put together. Canadian astronomer Catherine Heymans explains that the dark matter halos that are found around every galaxy seems to act like a type of glue that holds the galaxies together. Heymans and her partner, Megan Gray of Halifax, convinced NASA to focus the Hubble Space Telescope 2.6 billion light years away on a region of space 16 million light years across, Heymans explained in an interview from Austin, Texas, where she and Gray presented their findings at a meeting of the American Astronomical Society. The Hubble data pinpointed four main areas in the supercluster the team looked at where dark matter pooled in dense clumps, equal in size to about 10 trillion times the mass of the Sun. Heymans said gravity of visible matter in space appears to distort as it goes around dark matter. There's a lot of that dark matter. In the 2,000 galaxies they mapped, only three per cent of the area was visible matter, 10 per cent was hot gas and the remaining part was dark matter. Heymans said dark matter seems to bind galaxies together, including our Milky Way. 'If we didn't have that huge dark matter halo, then all of the stars in our Milky Way galaxy would fly apart,' she said.
From a Science Daily report on this: Dark matter is an invisible form of matter that accounts for most of the Universe's mass.
From a CTV News report on this: Dark matter is a cosmic mystery—though it has detectable mass, that mass doesn't emit any light, so it's as dark as a black hole. But there is so much of it in the universe that its gravitational effects play a huge role in how things in space move, acting like an invisible web that houses galaxies.
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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