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14 April 2008

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

20 March 2008

The National Post - Vancouver, Montreal and Toronto best-branded Canadian cities, survey says (20 March 2008) Three Canadian cities are among the top 11 in a new survey of global cities with the best 'brands'. The 2007 Anholt City Brand Index placed Vancouver 8th, Montreal 10th, and Toronto 11th. Simon Anholt, who created the index, said the strong showing of Canadian cities has more to do with international fondness for Canada. 'The fact is that Canada has an extremely good brand image . . . ,' Mr. Anholt said.

From another National Post report on this: Based on Internet questionnaires completed last December by 10,306 participants in 20 countries, the index uses six criteria to measure the strength of a city's brand: presence, place, pulse, prerequisites, people, and potential. Toronto performed well on questions about its suitability as a place to live, study, or do business. For example, Toronto ranked fifth among cities respondents picked as places to find good jobs, study abroad and locate a new business. It won fourth-place billing as a city where newcomers are likely to find others who speak their language or share their culture.

The Financial Post - Flaherty stands by budget's growth forecasts (18 March 2008) Finance Minister Jim Flaherty said on Tuesday that Canada's economic fundamentals are strong and that he is comfortable with the growth forecasts the government put forward in the federal budget on 26 February. The federal government said it sees economic growth of 1.7% in 2008, rebounding to 2.4% in 2009.

The Regina Leader-Post - Green is the colour (20 March 2008) With provincial coffers overflowing, the Saskatchewan government plans to rain cash on roads, schools, and hospitals in its provincial budget released Wednesday. The centrepiece of the budget is the C$1 billion 'Ready for Growth' fund for infrastructure. Finance Minister Rod Gantefoer said it was the biggest infrastructure investment in Saskatchewan history, made possible by the province's booming economy and surging finances.

From a Reuters Canada report on this: Saskatchewan's government projected a C$250 million budget surplus for 2008-09 despite higher spending. The government said it will use its surplus for debt reduction.

From a Canadian Press report on this: Overall, government revenue is up 19 per cent over last year to C$9.37 billion. The government says it will put 50 per cent of any future surplus toward debt relief.

The Globe and Mail - Grain farmer claims moral victory in seed battle (20 March 2008) Percy Schmeiser, the Saskatchewan farmer and his wife, Louise, became international folk heroes for their legal struggle with agribusiness giant Monsanto Canada, after the company sued them for violating its patent on genetically engineered canola seeds in 1997. The Schmeisers denied using the Monsanto seeds, arguing that the seeds blew onto their property from a nearby road or neighbouring farms. In 2004, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in favour of Monsanto. The following year, more of the genetically modified canola appeared on the Schmeisers' farm. They pulled it out themselves and sent Monsanto a bill for C$660. Yesterday, Monsanto agreed to pay the Schmeisers C$660 to settle a small-claims court case they brought against the company for costs associated with removing the canola from their field in 2005. 'I really feel that if a farmer is now contaminated, he has a right to go after Monsanto for liability and to clean up the contamination. By settling out of court, Monsanto now realizes the seriousness of the liability issue,' Mr Schmeiser said. Mr Schmeiser has been invited to speak at universities and parliaments all over the world. 'This is a great victory for farmers all over the world,' he said. 'Now they have at least an opportunity to have some recourse on a corporation when they are contaminated.'

The Canadian Press - Ontario, Quebec chambers meet about trade (19 March 2008) Ontario and Quebec businesses are teaming up to break down trade barriers between the two provinces that prevent the free flow of goods and professions. The Ontario Chamber of Commerce and its Quebec counterpart are announcing a new partnership to help the provinces identify those barriers and regulatory hurdles that companies are facing. Ontario chamber president Len Crispino says the work done by the two groups together will support efforts made by the provinces to reduce trade barriers. 'It's a natural for the two provinces to work together, in this case, at the business level,' Crispino said. Last December, the Ontario government appointed former federal minister Jim Peterson as the province's chief negotiator in the Quebec-Ontario trade, investment, and labour mobility talks. 'We think this is a win for everybody, so that we're all in sync—governments, business,' he said.

The Financial Post - Calgarians to test making own electricity (20 March 2008) In the next year or so, Calgary residents will be offered the opportunity to become small producers of clean energy in their own homes. The initiative is coming from the city's electric utility, Enmax Corp., which is in the final stages of launching micro-generation, a model unique in Canada. It will likely involve encouraging homeowners to produce their own power by leasing them hardware, whether solar panels for those with homes, small wind turbines for those who own farms and acreages, or co-generation units that can make hot water and electricity from waste heat. While solar panels are already in use in many houses in Canada, Enmax's programme involves a large-scale effort to convert homeowners to make their own power. 'Ultimately, when we get people making electricity in their houses, then in the middle of the night when it's 20 below they can plug in their hybrid car, and juice the car all night long, so they can go to work the next day, all on the electricity they created,' CEO Gary Holden said.

The Toronto Star - Businesses switching to eco-conscious conventions (20 March 2008)There is a growing movement to make business conventions greener. Many companies are realizing that a greener conference is a leaner conference and that they can save money while saving the planet. An increasing number of businesses are demanding green meetings and events, says Michelle White, director of environmental affairs for Toronto-based Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, whose flagship is the Royal York Hotel. Fairmont's eco-meet programme includes 'disposable-free' food and beverage catering, a menu that includes local, organic, seasonal, and vegetarian cuisine, and paperless services such as a TV channel that offers info updates to meeting delegates. Planners can choose how 'green they want to go', says White. Fairmont even offers a completely carbon neutral event through the purchase of renewable energy certificates.

The Canadian Press - Ottawa urged to put $1-billion into official languages (20 March 2008) The federal government should pump at least C$1 billion over five years into promoting Canada's two official languages, the head of a federal bilingualism panel says. It was among a variety of recommendations made in a report by former New Brunswick premier Bernard Lord. Heritage Minister Jos´┐Żé Verner has said Lord's work will serve as the foundation for the government's next action plan on official languages. After a round of public consultations, Mr Lord said he believes most Canadians support official bilingualism. It adds to the country's cultural wealth, as well as its international business and political opportunities, he said. 'These consultations were evidence of the support for linguistic duality and bilingualism across the country,' Mr Lord wrote in the report. '(It) adds to the richness of Canadian identity, and is a sign of respect for the important place of French and English in Canada's history.'

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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