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18 April 2008

27 March was the 27th day of the ninth month of the 2nd year of Canadian national consciousness rising to invincibility, as indicated by the following press reports:

26 March 2008

Bloomberg News on Canadian stocks have longest win streak in 5 months (27 March 2008) Canada's main stock index advanced for a fifth day on Thursday. The TSX Composite Index added 13.92 to 13,405.78 in Toronto. The benchmark last climbed for five consecutive sessions in October. Finance shares rose 1 per cent, taking a rally since 18 March to 9.2 per cent. Financial shares extended the rally on speculation that the worst of the credit crisis may have passed.

From a Canadian Press report on this: The base-metals sector moved up 2.2 per cent. Specialty metals producer Timminco jumped 23 per cent after it signed a deal to supply solar grade silicon to Q-Cells AG, the world's largest manufacturer of solar cells. 'It's good to see that there is some stability in the marketplace. . . ,' said Jennifer Dowty, portfolio manager at MFC Global Management. The run of advances has sent the TSX up almost 5.5 per cent.

The Financial Post - Canada takes G7 lead as place to do business (27 March 2008) The high Canadian dollar has not trumped Canada from its place as the world's second most cost-competitive country to do business in, with tax cuts just enough to offset some of the impact of the rising currency, a study by international consultancy KPMG found. Canada ranked only behind Mexico. Of the G7 group of countries, Canada now leads the way. The study, done every two years, compares business costs in 10 countries in North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific. 'With the Canadian dollar at par, Canada is challenged to maintain the competitive edge it once held,' said Mark MacDonald, global director, competitive alternatives at KPMG. 'One example of this is the federal government's recent cuts to corporate income tax rates, which are among the lowest for a wide range of operations among countries surveyed.'

From a Canadian Press report on this: The study says Canada retains a strong position in so-called non-cost components of business-location decisions, which 'may be equally or more significant than cost factors'. It found Canada ranks first in education outcome, based on international testing of high school science skills.

From a Globe and Mail report on this: Canada fared well on the 'corruption perception index', ranking second, after the Netherlands, as an ethical place to do business.

The Financial Post on strength of economy (27 March 2008) Douglas Porter, deputy chief economist at BMO Capital Markets, questions whether the Bank of Canada is being a little hasty in cutting interest rates, considering continued strong housing, labour markets, and credit creation in Canada. Mr Porter notes there is no convincing evidence that the credit crunch is taking a bite out of the economy. Household credit growth has risen at a 12.1% annual rate over the six months to January—capturing the period since the global credit crisis began in earnest last August—precisely the same pace as in the prior six months.

The Globe and Mail - Ottawa, Ontario find 'common ground,' cool war of words (27 March/ 2008) In a joint news release of Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty announcing Ontario's C$358 million share of the C$1 billion federal economic aid package, the emphasis is on working together. 'Our government is committed to the federalism of openness, an approach to federal-provincial relations that relies on respect for jurisdiction and productive collaboration to get things done for Canadians,' Mr Harper said. Ontario will use its share of the funding for the skills-training initiatives outlined in this week's provincial budget to help unemployed workers upgrade their skills. The new spirit of co-operation even extends to one of federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty's pet projects—train service from Toronto to Peterborough, Ont. The Ontario government has agreed to use some of its funding for a joint study to look at building the train line. 'I want to congratulate Premier McGuinty and his government for developing programs that will use these federal funds to strengthen the Ontario economy,' Mr Harper said. Ontario Finance Minister Dwight Duncan told reporters that he was 'delighted' with the agreement. 'When the federal and provincial governments work together, we can make things better for Ontarians.' Mr McGuinty was equally effusive. 'I think he's acting with the best of intentions, and I think our shared responsibility, as I say, is to find some common ground.'

The Saskatoon StarPhoenix - Where are we going? Higher; Sask. population keeps growing (27 March 2008) According to Statistics Canada, Saskatchewan's population grew by 1.7 per cent in 2007, well ahead of the national average of 1.1 per cent. It's also the biggest one-year jump in Saskatchewan's population since 1952. In the fourth quarter of 2007, Saskatchewan's population grew by 0.33 per cent—the largest percentage increase of any province in Canada. Premier Brad Wall said the huge jump is terrific news. 'More and more people are discovering that Saskatchewan is not only a great place to make a living, it's a great place to make a life,' Wall said.

CBC News - Most Manitobans support extended smoking bans: survey (27 March 2008) Nearly 80 per cent of those surveyed said they would support a ban on lighting up in vehicles when a passenger under 18 is present, a survey commissioned by the Manitoba Tobacco Reduction Alliance shows. Another 67 per cent supported a ban on smoking in people's homes when children are present. Dr Darcy Johnson, president of the Manitoba Medical Association, said that shows attitudes towards smoking are changing. 'I think one of the strengths of [the] survey was that the attitudes amongst smokers and non-smokers were the same. So even the smokers know that they have to butt out,' he said. Nova Scotia will become the first province to implement such a ban on 1 April.

The Globe and Mail - Canadians embrace Earth Hour (27 March 2008) More than 55,000 Canadians, thousands of businesses across the country, and more than 150 cities and towns have signed up to participate and will shut off their lights at 8 p.m. local time on Saturday. Earth Hour is spearheaded by World Wildlife Fund-Canada (WWF). Toronto will host a free concert by pop star Nelly Furtado, while the city shuts off lights at key landmarks, including the CN Tower and City Hall. WWF spokeswoman Melissa Tupper said countless other community groups are finding their own ways to celebrate. Twenty major cities from Bangkok to Dubai have officially pledged to turn out their lights from 8 to 9 p.m. local time on Saturday to promote energy conservation.

From Toronto Star reports on this: The objective of Earth Hour is simple: to raise awareness of climate change. In less than three months, Earth Hour has gone from being an event that virtually no one in Canada had heard about, to a nationwide celebration. In the Greater Toronto Area, more than 1 million residents are expected to participate, either by turning off some lights in their homes or by attending one of hundreds of events ranging from a city hall concert to candlelight neighbourhood walks. Worldwide, more than 4 million people have signed up with Facebook sites. As one of the original sponsors of Earth Hour, the Toronto Star has developed a classroom educational kit that is being used in more than 1,500 classrooms in the Greater Toronto Area, the highest number ever to sign up for such a project. According to an Angus Reid online poll conducted last week, 70 per cent of Canadians plan to take part. developed world.'

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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