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11 May 2008
24 April 2008 was the 24th day of the tenth month of the 2nd year of Canadian national consciousness rising to invincibility, as indicated by the following press reports:
24 April 2008
Reuters Canada on Bank of Canada economic outlook (24 April 2008) Bank of Canada Governor Mark Carney suggested on Thursday he now may be in less of a hurry to cut interest rates because consumer spending is proving resilient. Declining exports to the US will drive down economic growth in the second quarter, but strong consumer confidence and spending will help fuel a recovery beginning in the second half, the Bank of Canada said in a report. A drop in net exports will drag down growth this year by 2.4 per cent but Carney said that was 'more than counterbalanced' by domestic demand, which should add 3.9 per cent to growth.
From a CBC News report on this: The central bank sees growth of 1.8 per cent for the last six months of this year. 'Consumer confidence is quite strong at present,' Carney said.
The Globe and Mail on extensive environmental survey (24 April 2008) A survey of environmental attitudes, one of the most extensive undertaken in the country, has revealed a profound shift in public opinion. The survey, conducted by Harris/Decima and involving about 10,000 people, found the most frequently cited factors for causing environmental problems were wasteful behaviour by consumers and companies alike. When asked if they view the task of protecting the environment as being mostly up to industry, individual Canadians, or both equally, 82% said both equally. 'People now take a much greater sense of personal responsibility for the fact that the planet is under pressure,' said Bruce Anderson, president of Harris/Decima. The respondents, when asked if the environment 'is a bit of a flavour of the month' and will die down as a major issue, overwhelmingly rejected that view. More than 75 per cent said it will be a 'dominant issue' for years to come. And when asked if the current focus on environment is going too far, or not far enough, 74% said not far enough. The survey was conducted at two different times, the first group of 5,000 last August and the second in February and March of this year.
CBC News - Alberta town moves to ban Styrofoam (22 April 2008) Turner Valley, located 60 kilometres south of Calgary, will be the first municipality in Canada to ban Styrofoam. The town council unanimously agreed to ban local food establishments from using disposable foam cups and plates and local shippers from using Styrofoam 'popcorn'. The foam cannot be recycled and sits for centuries in landfills. Mayor Dona Fluter said there are many suitable alternatives, and making the switch is important for being green.
Reuters Canada - Canadian province bans uranium exploration (24 April 2008) British Columbia shut the door on exploring for radioactive minerals on Thursday, even when the mineral is found when looking for other resources. British Columbia said it has revised its mining rules to prohibit companies from staking claims for uranium and thorium even when it is discovered as part of a broader project. The province has already prohibited the building of nuclear power plants.
The Globe and Mail - McGuinty vows changes for natives in mining law (24 April 2008) Native leaders in Ontario have been pushing the government to change the province's mining laws to better protect their interests when companies explore for minerals on their traditional lands. Yesterday, they got their wish 'We've got a problem with the mining act,' Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty told reporters. 'I don't think it's in keeping with our values and expectations at the beginning of the 21st century.'
The Toronto Star - Board bans sale of bottled water at its schools (24 April 2008) The Waterloo Region District School Board has banned the sale of plastic bottles of water in its schools starting next year, a move that is expected to spur others across the province into action. The new rules don't forbid students from bringing bottled water from their homes. Colleen Schenk, president of the Ontario Public School Boards' Association, said Waterloo is the first board in the province to ban the sale of plastic bottles of water. 'I think you may see more boards going down this route,' she said. Environmentalist Josh Matlow, who is also a trustee for the Toronto District School Board, called the Waterloo initiative a 'fantastic idea . . . and something we could do system-wide' in Toronto. A few Toronto schools, including Claude Watson School for the Arts, are already taking steps to curb the use of bottled water. Last fall, the school teamed with a local store to sell stainless steel bottles at a discount, and sold 300—equal to its population. 'We were concerned about the volume of plastic bottles' as well as the health worries over bisphenol A—an industrial chemical used in the production of plastic bottles—said teacher Alan Gotlib.
The Canadian Press - Canadian students among millions leading record-breaking lesson on education (23 April 2008) On Wednesday, school kids from Bangladesh to Norway were universally linked by a common cause: the right to education for all. Thousands of Canadian students joined an estimated five million of their peers around the globe, teaching peers, educators, and politicians about quality education as a right for children worldwide. Globally, about 72 million children and 226 million adolescents are currently not in school. Karen Mundy, chair of the Canadian campaign, will meet with parliamentarians in Ottawa on the issue during an event organized by the Canadian Teachers' Federation, one of the more than 20 organizations associated with the Canadian Global Campaign for Education. Organizers said some 11,000 Canadians in 289 locations participated. In an Ottawa classroom, Grade 3 students expressed concern to their MP that children around the world are missing an education due to war and conflict.
The Canadian Press - International peace summit in Windsor, Ont., to focus on environment (24 April 2008) The Rotary World Peace Summit in Windsor, Ontario, begins Friday. The three-day summit will focus largely on the environment and feature speakers such as renowned environmentalist Robert F. Kennedy Jr., said Wilf Wilkinson, Rotary International president. The link between global warming and global instability is more direct than people think, says the man behind the international peace summit. The environment affects everybody's lives, Wilkinson said. 'We have the ability to solve these problems, provided we work together,' he said. Holding the summit in Windsor, directly across the river from Detroit, celebrates the 'fact that between Canada and the US, we've been able to live in peace despite our long, long border and our differences on many issues all these years,' said Wilkinson.
The Montreal Gazette - Mother's touch has the power to heal: study (24 April 2008) Every child believes that a mother's hug and kiss has healing properties that can make pain go away faster. Now a Montreal study discovered that under certain cisumstances, a cuddle truly does lessen babies' sufferings. And, it works even on the extremely premature, infants born from 28 to 31 weeks of gestation. Published in BMC Pediatrics, the study looked at how quickly infants recovered from pain during normal blood tests done by pricking the heel. Scientists found babies showed fewer grimaces, had a lower heart rate and better oxygen levels, and they recovered faster. The shorter recovery time helps maintain the baby's health, said Celeste Johnston, associate director of research at the McGill School of Nursing. The study shows that there is a way to decrease babies' pain without drugs, she said.
From a Canadian Press report on this: 'It's kind of a natural way to go. It doesn't cost anything. (And) the mothers feel much better about doing it,' said lead author Celeste Johnston.
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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