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5 May 2008

16 April was the 16th day of the tenth month of the 2nd year of Canadian national consciousness rising to invincibility, as indicated by the following press reports:

16 April 2008

CBC News - TSX at 5-month high (16 April 2008) Broad-based gains in resource and financial stocks powered the TSX to its highest close since November on Wednesday as a month-long rally continued. The TSX composite index surged 249 points, 1.8%, to a close of 14,100, with eight of its 10 main sectors in upward momentum. The materials sector, which includes gold companies and other commodity producers, soared four per cent. Financials had another good day—the sub-index that tracks banks, insurance companies, and other financial firms rose 1.3 per cent. Since the close of trading on March 19, the TSX composite index has risen by almost 1,400 points, or 11 per cent.

The Canadian Economic Press - February Rally for Canadian Manufacturing Sales (16 April 2008) Canadian manufacturing sales staged a larger-than-expected rebound in February, increasing 1.6% to C$50.1 billion, Statistics Canada reported. The February advance was led by the automotive sector, where manufacturing sales jumped 11.7% to C$4.3 billion following a 3.9% increase the previous month. Production of aerospace products and parts surged 11.6% to C$1.5 billion in February, contributing to a 2.6% month-over-month increase to C$26.2 billion in manufacturing sales of big-ticket durable goods. Thirteen of 21 industries, accounting for 84% of total sales, posted better results in February than the month before. Ontario reported the biggest dollar value increase in manufacturing sales, up C$562 million or 2.4% from the previous month to C$23.5 billion.

From a Globe and Mail report on this: By region, monthly sales saw the strongest growth in New Brunswick, rising 10 per cent. The volume of goods manufactured rose at a healthy rate in February, up 2.7 per cent once inflation is factored out. That follows a 2.2 per cent increase in January.

From the Statistics Canada report: Manufacturing sales increased in seven provinces during February, with Ontario, New Brunswick, and Quebec accounting for the bulk of the rise.

From a Canadian Press report on this: Manufacturers continued to show surprising resilience in February. Manufactured goods rose 1.6 per cent in February after gaining 1.3 per cent the previous month, two solid bounce-back months. 'The continued rebound in manufacturing sales in February adds to earlier reports pointing to a decent month for growth for Canada's economy after January's strong 0.6 per cent gain,' said RBC economist Dawn Desjardins.

The Toronto Star - Miller basks in glow of Chinese welcome (16 April 2008) As his flight began its descent into the heart of China yesterday, Air China issued a personal welcome to Toronto Mayor David Miller over its inflight public address system. On landing, a plush red carpet awaited him. And down on the tarmac, an official delegation was there to greet him. Toronto's mayor met for more than an hour with Bo Xilai, China's former commerce secretary, current Communist Party chief in Chongqing and a member of the central government's politburo. The meeting with Bo, and its length, are clear indicators that the Chinese are taking Toronto's week-long trade mission seriously. Miller described his meeting with Bo as 'extremely cordial'. JNMC Jinchuan Group, a player in China's mining industry, announced it will soon open an office in Toronto on Bay Street. Miller said the 'positive and important' announcement demonstrated Toronto's status as world leader in mineral exploration financing.

The Globe and Mail - Employers get the fitness bug (16 April 2008) More and more companies are putting employee fitness and wellness higher on their agendas in an effort to cut health-care costs, increase productivity, reduce absenteeism, and offer more incentives to attract and retain talent. Forty per cent of more than 6,200 respondents to a Globe and Mail on-line survey last week said that their employers encourage or promote wellness and fitness among employees.

Companies increasingly are giving employees subsidies for gym memberships or exercise programs, such as yoga, pilates, or personal training. 'And a big change in the past year or so is that companies are saying the [fitness club] membership is a core component of their wellness plan for employees at all levels, and not just senior executives,' says Nancy Sawler, director of corporate health programs at Cambridge Group of Clubs. That's been the case for McCarthy Tetrault LLP, which subsidizes fitness activities for all employees, but in the past two years has broadened the definition. 'Not all of the staff like the gym idea and so we also cover participation in yoga classes or sports programs, such as squash, tennis or skiing,' says Kirby Chown, Ontario regional managing partner. Staff surveys show employees are pleased with the results. 'They say they sleep better and feel better and have seen an improvement in their ability to avoid getting sick,' Ms Chown says.

Canwest News Service - Young people hail two official languages (16 April 2008) Young Canadians overwhelmingly agree that having two official languages enriches the country and helps to define Canada. The findings come from a national survey of 2,015 Canadians aged 12 to 30 conducted by Ipsos Reid for the Department of Canadian Heritage. According to the survey, nearly nine in 10 young Canadians think having two official languages enriches the country. About two-thirds say bilingualism helps define what it means to be a Canadian. There is near-unanimous agreement among both young Anglophones and young Francophones that the federal government should continue to fund exchange programmes to promote learning and understanding among young Canadians. A total of 69 per cent have an interest in participating in a bilingual exchange themselves.

The Globe and Mail - Canadian stores race to purge bisphenol A products (16 April 2008) Major retailers across the country began clearing their shelves of products made with a compound that Health Canada is expected to declare a potentially dangerous chemical. In reaction to a Globe and Mail report that Health Canada is poised to take action on bisphenol A, or BPA, Forzani Group, one of Canada's largest sporting goods retailers, said it has replaced all water bottles containing BPA in its stores with alternatives that do not contain the substance. Canadian Tire Corp. announced that it too will remove plastic water bottles and food-storage containers that are known to contain BPA from all its stores.

From a Canwest News Service report on this: One of Canada's largest retailers, the Hudson's Bay Company, has decided to pre-empt Health Canada with an urgent national recall of plastic baby bottles, cups, and toys containing the synthetic chemical compound from its stores. 'Pending the government announcement, the company will immediately move to clear all 94 Bay stores and 280 Zellers stores of BPA baby products, and effective immediately, HBC will no longer sell any baby feeding products that are not BPA-free at any of its stores,' the company 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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