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15 April 2008

24 March was the 24th day of the ninth month of the 2nd year of Canadian national consciousness rising to invincibility, as indicated by the following press reports:

24 March 2008

Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada - Meditation may lower blood pressure (24 March 2008) People may want to try adding meditation to their healthy eating and activity plan to get an extra heart-healthy boost. According to a review study from the American Journal of Hypertension, meditation may help people lower their blood pressure. Researchers reviewed nine studies to see how blood pressure levels were affected by Transcendental Meditation . . . . In all of the studies, people with high or high-normal blood pressure who practiced Transcendental Meditation were able to lower their blood pressure compared to people who didn't meditate. The average drop was 4.7 mm Hg systolic and 3.2 mm Hg diastolic pressure. Lowering blood pressure can reduce the risk of stroke, arteriosclerosis (narrowed arteries), and heart damage.

Reuters Canada - Soaring bank issues boost Toronto stocks (24 March 2008) Rallying financial issues helped pull Toronto stocks strongly higher on Monday amid increased confidence in the value of bank stocks. Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce was up 4 per cent, while Bank of Montreal added 5.1 per cent. The financial sector as a whole gained 3 per cent after JP Morgan in New York raised its Bear Stearns bid to US$10 a share from US$2 a share. Elvis Picardo, investment strategist at Northern Securities in Vancouver, said the move was a positive step for the banking sector and helped ease concerns that financial stocks on both sides of the border were overvalued. The TSX Composite Index closed up 244.08 points, or 1.91 per cent, at 13,019.72 with all of its 10 main sectors higher. The tech sector climbed 4.2 per cent, supported by Research In Motion, as the BlackBerry maker rose 6.6 per cent to C$114.10, the highest this year. Stronger resource issues also helped lift the benchmark.

From a Bloomberg News report on this: Raw-materials companies rose after sales of existing homes in the US unexpectedly rose 2.9 per cent in February for the first gain in seven months. The data helped ease concern that demand will decline in the US, which buys about three-quarters of Canada's exports.

The Toronto Star - Most homeowners plan to reduce mortgage debt (20 March 2008) Canadian homeowners remain fundamentally conservative when it comes to their mortgages. About one-third of respondents in an annual survey by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. (CMHC) said they had made a lump-sum payment at some point to try and pay their mortgage earlier. More than half said they were making weekly or biweekly payments to shorten the amortization period. And 18 per cent of first-time buyers said they had made some extra payments in the past year. More than half the respondents also said they would use extra money to pay down the principal on their mortgage whenever possible.

From an All-Headline News report on this: Pierre Serre, CMHC's vice-president of insurance products and development, attributed the healthy state of Canada's home mortgage industry to Canadian's conservative attitude towards debt.

The Financial Post - Canadian car prices see biggest drop in 52 years (19 March 2008) While it is no secret car prices are falling in Canada, even those paid to track such data were taken aback to learn that the last time conditions were so good to buy a car, it likely had 'tailfins' on it [auto design popular in the 1950s and early 1960s]. 'It's pretty dramatic,' said Vic Singh, chief economist at the Canadian Auto Dealers Association. Auto prices recorded their steepest decline since 1956. The average price to purchase or lease a vehicle fell 6.8% in February from last year, the largest drop in 52 years.

The Toronto Star - Would you pay to buy green? (22 March 2008) Several recent polls have suggested that people interested in buying or renovating a home, and products for it, also want their choices to be good for the planet. A TD Canada Trust Green Building Poll conducted last fall found that 73 per cent of Canadian homeowners, or those considering buying a home, would be willing to pay a premium for environmentally friendly features. More people show interest in green homes and products if they think they can provide good, long-term economic return and energy savings, realtors say. Others may also be interested in a healthier home environment and one that will have better resale value as regulations inevitably 'go green'. Green features are also important when it comes to home electronics. A new Nanos poll found 48 per cent of Canadians rated environmental sustainability as very important in their choice of consumer electronics. The change in our eco-mindset became clear, many say, when, in a 2006 Dominion Institute national poll, Canadians staked out global warming, the environment, pollution, and new energy technologies as the projected leading concerns in the year 2020.

The Canadian Press - Tech companies working to try to eliminate the digital divide at school (19 March 2008) Scott McNealy, co-founder and chairman of California-based Sun Microsystems, and Mike Zafirovski, CEO of Canada's Nortel Networks, are looking to promote online learning and bridge what they call the digital and educational divides. Nortel is a Toronto-based global telecommunications equipment maker and Sun Microsystems is a server and software maker. Nortel's educational website LearniT and curriculum-based Curriki, originally founded by Sun Microsystems and now an independent non-profit organization, announced they are partnering to coordinate their websites into what they say will be one of the world's largest, free online sources of educational materials for teachers and students.

CanWest News Service - Giving money away makes you happier, study finds (20 March 2008) University of British Columbia (UBC) psychologist Elizabeth Dunn and her colleagues—UBC graduate student Lara Aknin and Harvard researcher Michael Norton—designed and conducted a series of three surveys and experiments on money, happiness, and giving. They found greater happiness among people who give money to charity and buy gifts for friends, regardless of income. In one of the three surveys and experiments, the researchers measured the happiness of middle-income employees at a Boston-area health industry firm before and after the employees received profit-sharing bonuses of US$3,000 to US$8,000. People were happier after spending their windfall, but only if they spent it on others, lead author Ms. Dunn said. 'It was a remarkably strong effect,' said Ms. Dunn. 'So strong that we had other people analyze the data again just to make sure.' The study appears in the prestigious journal Science. 'Money is a great tool for making the world a better place. So hopefully this will impact the way people spend money and they can be happier as a result,' Ms. Aknin 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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