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22 May 2008
5 May was the 5th day of the eleventh month of the 2nd year of Canadian national consciousness rising to invincibility, as indicated by the following press reports:
5 May 2008
Reuters Life - Canadian students break out in song for Music Monday (5 May 2008) Hundreds of thousands of Canadian students broke out in song at the same time across the country on Monday during the fourth annual Music Monday. The event, started by the Coalition for Music Education in Canada, aims to promote the importance of music education for children and to protect music programmes in schools. More than 650,000 students from 1,500 schools and communities from coast to coast sang in the afternoon event. Music teachers took their pupils into the community for the simultaneous concert to sing 'Our Song', which was written by Canadian female music duo Dala. After the song, communities incorporated their own musical activities to celebrate the day.
The event began in 2005, focussing on students in schools, but has since grown to include community ensembles, choirs, orchestras, and professional symphonies. Music Monday, which is always celebrated on the first Monday of May, launched this year in the United States, and has also been adopted by schools in Australia, which hold their event in August. An estimated two million-plus students and music makers have taken part in the event since its launch.
Reuters Canada - Rain, snow spell relief for Great Lakes (3 May 2008) Twice as much autumn rain and early ice helped Lake Superior, the largest of the Great Lakes, bounce back from record low water levels last year. The largest freshwater body of water in the world (by surface area) rose about 31cm in seven months. The turnaround in the uppermost lake could trickle down to the lower ones. Last summer, some of the shallows and riverbeds used by fish for spawning dried up. That appears to have reversed over the last half year.
CBC News - Quebec OK's wind-power proposals (5 May 2008) Hydro-Qu�ébec has accepted 15 bids to provide a total of 2,004 megawatts of wind-generated electricity, which will come on stream between 2011 and 2015 following environmental impact assessments. The bids arose from a call for tenders issued in 2005 seeking Quebec-generated wind power. The 66 bids totalled more than 7724 MW, about four times what the province was seeking. The government utility said the average price is 10.5 cents per kilowatt-hour and the projects involve estimated capital outlays spending totalling C$5.5 billion. The outcome 'ensures a supply of renewable energy at a highly competitive cost for wind power', stated Hydro-Qu�ébec CEO Thierry Vandal.
The Associated Press - Smarter electric grid could be key to saving power (3 May 2008) A test by the local electricity retailer with 200 households in Milton, near Toronto, reveals what will be possible. A few times this summer, when millions of air conditioners strain the region's power grid, the glowing dot on a light switch in the entryway of George Tsapoitis' house will blink. It will be asking Tsapoitis to turn the switch off—unless he's already programmed his house to make that move for him. These days the environmental consequences and unfriendly economics of energy appear unsustainable. As a result, power providers are making the electric grid smarter. Power companies will be able to cue consumers, as with the light in Tsapoitis' house, to make choices about when and how they consume power. Most likely, they will have their computers and appliances carry out those decisions for them.
Tsapoitis now uses his computer to visit an online control panel that configures his home's energy consumption. He chooses its temperature and which lights should be on or off at certain times of the day or on different days. The family can override those changes manually, but the system guards against waste. Tsapoitis says their 2,400-square-foot (233-square-metre) home has lower energy bills than a friend's 1,800-square-footer. This should save consumers money in the long run as well, by reducing the need for new power plants, which consumers pay off in their monthly electric bills. There are other 'smart home' controls. The big change here is the combination of these controls with that blinking light—where the grid 'talks back'.
The Globe and Mail - Students savour more green content (5 May 2008) Peter Topalovic spent an extra year at McMaster University in Ontario so he could graduate from 'computer engineering and society', a combined programme that allowed him to develop technical skills and explore the social aspects of engineering. 'We looked at the implications of technology at the design stage, including how design affects the environment, and how engineering can be used to prevent environmental problems,' says Mr Topalovic. 'There is a trend towards more responsible engineering.' About 10 per cent of McMaster's engineering students are enrolled in five-year programmes that include environmental courses and components.
The school is training 'the renaissance engineer', says Brian Baetz, director of the five-year Engineering and Society programme. However, students don't have be part of a five-year programme to take courses that address green issues. Undergrad engineering programmes are starting to include environmental courses, 'but the more pervasive invasion is green topics in many existing courses and in extracurricular activities,' says Bruce Dunwoody, associate dean, engineering programmes at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver. Engineering student clubs and extracurricular activities often focus on green initiatives, such as the international Supermileage competition, in which engineering and technology students design and build a single-person, fuel-efficient vehicle. Last year, UBC's Supermileage Team placed first (for the fourth year in a row), beating 40 teams from Canada, the United States, and other countries.
Canwest News Service - Governor General to tour France this week (4 May 2008) France sees Canada as a multicultural role model, Governor General Michaelle Jean said in advance of her state visit there this week. 'They look at Canada and see us managing our diversity in such a harmonious way,' she said. President Nicolas Sarkozy invited Jean, a Haiti-born descendant of French-owned African slaves, to help France mark three major historical events—the 8 May celebrations marking the end of the Second World War, Quebec City's 400th anniversary, and France's abolition of slavery. Two years ago France named 10 May the official day to commemorate the country's abolition of slavery in 1848. Jean's stay will include a visit to the port city of La Rochelle for a series of events celebrating the 400th anniversary of the founding of Quebec City by French explorer Samuel de Champlain [who sailed from La Rochelle for Quebec with other French settlers in the 17th century].
From a Canadian Press report on this: Prime Minister Harper called 2008 a 'significant year' for bilateral relations between the two countries. Canada is to host the international francophone summit later this year, as well as the Canada-European Union Summit. A statement issued by the Governor General's office said the visit will serve to reinforce the 'historic ties between Canada and France', as well as the common values they share.
The Canadian Press - Breastfeeding appears to boost kids' IQ and school performance: study (5 May 2008) Prolonged, exclusive breastfeeding appears to give children a cognitive advantage over formula-fed kids, increasing IQ and boosting later academic performance, a Canadian study suggests. Lead investigator Dr Michael Kramer, a professor of pediatrics and epidemiology at McGill University in Montreal, and his team evaluated about 14,000 children in 31 hospitals and clinics in Belarus starting in 1996. By the time children reached an average age of 6 1/2, those in the breastfeeding group scored higher on tests measuring verbal intelligence, non-verbal intelligence and overall intelligence. Breastfed children also performed significantly higher academically than formula-fed children, found the study, published in the journal Archives of General Psychiatry.
From a CTV News report on this: 'Our results, based on the largest randomized trial ever conducted in the area of human lactation, strongly suggest that prolonged and exclusive breastfeeding improves cognitive development as measured by IQ and teachers' academic ratings at age 6.5 years,' the authors conclude in their study.
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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