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15 May 2008

30 April 2008 was the 30th day of the tenth month of the 2nd year of Canadian national consciousness rising to invincibility, as indicated by the following press reports:

30 April 2008

The Canadian Press - Housing prices remain strong, survey finds (30 April 2008) In its 2008 Spring National House Price Survey, real estate company Century 21 looked at typical homes in 198 neighbourhoods within 66 cities across Canada. It found that prices over the past year increased in 167 neighbourhoods and held steady in nine neighbourhoods. The results, said Don Lawby, Century 21 president, 'reflect the solid foundations of Canada's housing markets versus the boom-bust excesses [elsewhere].' The strong, stable housing prices, Lawby said in an interview, are being underpinned by 'strong' consumer spending across Canada.

From a Canwest News Service report on this: 'The economy has performed very well . . . it may go down a bit, but it's not going to go down to where it's going to affect the real estate market in a significant fashion,' said Lawby.

Reuters Canada - Domestic demand key strength: Carney (30 April 2008) Speaking to a parliamentary committee in Ottawa, Bank of Canada Governor Mark Carney emphasized the strengths of the Canadian economy. Strong employment and domestic demand in Canada will help motor the economy through a slowdown, he said.

From another Reuters Canada report on this: 'Because the employment picture is quite healthy, there is a circularity here. That is one of the reasons we see some strong momentum in domestic demand,' Mr Carney told legislators.

The Globe and Mail - Banks bank on 'healthy' Canadian consumer (30 April 2008) 'The Canadian consumer is extremely healthy right now,' Dave McKay, the new head of domestic banking at Royal Bank of Canada, said at a presentation for analysts in Toronto. 'We're seeing record employment levels still,' he said. Consumers have disposable income and will benefit as lower interest rates improve housing affordability, he added.

The Canadian Press - Canada to give additional $45 million in aid to UN World Food Programme (30 April 2008) Canada is giving C$45 million in additional aid to the UN World Food Programme in the face of a global crisis caused by soaring food costs. It is also providing $5 million more to the Canadian Food Grains Bank, bringing Ottawa's total commitments to food-aid programmes to $230 million this year. Before the announcement, Ottawa had provided $84 million to the World Food Programme so far this year. The commitments come after the United Nations issued an urgent worldwide plea for extra funding for food aid. Last year, Canada provided $161 million in aid to the World Food Programme, making it the programme's second-largest donor, behind the United States

From a CBC News report on this: Beverley Oda, the minister in charge of the Canadian International Development Agency, also announced that Canada will 'untie' aid, meaning the donated food will no longer have to be purchased in Canada. Earlier in the decade, 90 per cent of food had to be purchased in Canada, which was reduced to 50 per cent in 2005. Starting this year, all food aid will be untied, she said.

From a Globe and Mail report on this: The 'tying' of food donations has been discredited by economists as inefficient and self-serving because it prevents humanitarian organizations from buying grain and other goods at the lowest cost, increases transportation costs, and diverts money to farmers in richer countries when it could be used to buy goods from local producers.

From a Reuters Canada report on this: Oda said Ottawa would put a special emphasis on buying food in developing countries.

The Canadian Press on Ontario introduces bill to ban smoking in cars with kids 30 April 2008) Ontario drivers caught lighting up in a car with children in it will soon face a fine of up to C$250 once a widely supported government-backed ban on the practice is passed. Ontario has already banned smoking in workplaces and public areas, such as restaurants. But under the legislation introduced Wednesday, Ontario will join Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, British Columbia, and the Yukon in banning smoking in cars where children under the age of 16 are present. Premier Dalton McGuinty said the ban is about protecting children from the dangers of second-hand smoke. 'We've got to take a side,' he said. 'And we're taking the side here of children who are defenceless and who count on us to make responsible decisions that serve their health interests.' Opposition leaders threw their support behind the legislation.

The Globe and Mail on British Columbia's distance-learning programme (30 April 2008) Logging onto the computer at home is now the preferred method of education for thousands of British Columbian students. The LearnNowBC programme has almost tripled its online student body since it began less than three years ago, says Barry Anderson, executive director of the Virtual School Society, the non-profit agency that promotes the programme for the Ministry of Education. About 17,000 students signed up for Kindergarten to Grade 12 distance-learning courses when the provincial government initiated them for the 2005-06 school year; the next academic year, 33,000 signed up. This year, the projected enrolment is 48,000, Mr Anderson said.

'There are now 2,500 public school courses for K-12 being offered at 51 distance-learning schools,' he said. Prospective students can browse courses and enroll at the LearnNowBC website. 'We're at the tipping point. Next year, one out of every five students in high school will be taking a course like this,' said Kevin White, vice-principal of the South Island Distance Education School, based in Saanich, which currently has 3,000 students. The programme appeals to families who home school their children or travel for extended periods, students who want to take a course that is not offered at their local schools, adults who want to complete their secondary school education or upgrade qualifications, and young people who are either not succeeding at their local schools or are not challenged by the curriculum, Mr Anderson said.

The Canadian Press - B.C. tables legislation tying future tailpipe emissions to California standard (29 April 2008) British Columbia introduced legislation reducing vehicle tailpipe emissions, meant to save consumers money while curbing damage to the environment. Overall reductions will be based on a fleet average, allowing car makers to sell higher emission vehicles, as long as they are offset by specific numbers of low and even zero-emission vehicles. 'They have a responsibility to report the types of vehicles that they're selling here in British Columbia and they have a responsibility to make sure that, on average, the tailpipe emissions are dropping every year up to 2016,' Environment Minister Barry Penner said.

The new standards will apply to cars, SUVs, minivans, and small trucks, resulting in more-efficient vehicles that will deliver fuel cost savings to consumers. The environment ministry predicts average savings of C$3,600 in fuel costs over the life of a new vehicle, based on fuel at $1.00 per litre. The new standards are aimed at cutting by nearly one-third the amount of greenhouse gases being exhausted by current vehicles in BC and should result in an annual reduction of 600,000 tonnes of harmful emissions by 2016, Penner said. 'Twelve out of Canada's 13 provinces and territories have indicated support for the tailpipe greenhouse gas standards, with Quebec now in the process of making final revisions to its draft regulations,' Penner told the legislature.

From a BC Local News report on this: The regulations won't restrict consumers or even dealerships, but will instead force manufacturers to meet increasingly strict 'fleet average' emissions between now and 2016. British Columbia is the first province to translate its pledge of support for the stricter emission rules into legislation, as part of a climate change package aimed at eliminating a third of human-generated greenhouse gas emissions by 2020.

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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