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26 May 2008
11 May was the 11th day of the eleventh month of the 2nd year of Canadian national consciousness rising to invincibility, as indicated by the following press reports:
11 May 2008
The Globe and Mail on survey finds high level of employee satisfaction ( 9 May 2008) Eighty-two per cent of Canadian employees were positive about the overall job done by top management, according to an analysis of opinions of more than one million employees in both Canada and the US The high management approval rating is striking because, worldwide, satisfaction ratings seldom average higher than 60 per cent, says Douglas Klein, president of employee attitude polling company Sirota Survey Intelligence. Eighty-one per cent of Canadian workers also said they feel they are treated with dignity and respect. The analysis found that 70 per cent of Canadian workers are satisfied with the general level of co-operation and teamwork in their workplace. The study also found that 75 per cent of Canadians believe their work makes good use of their skills, and 73 per cent said they are satisfied with the training they are getting to enable them to do a quality job.
Business News Network - April housing starts down but solid (8 May 2008) Housing starts in April dropped to 213,900, reports the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), though the numbers are still good. The first quarter of 2008 produced solid numbers—multiple starts had reached their highest levels in 30 years. Bob Dugan, chief economist at CMHC, told Business News Network, 'This is boom-level activity.'
From a Canwest News Service report on this: 'Most of the decrease reflected a drop in multiple starts, which in March and February had reached their second and third-highest levels since March of 1978, respectively,' Dugan said.
From a Globe and Mail report on this: Paul Ferley, assistant chief economist at Royal Bank of Canada, noted that the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corp. believes that housing starts above the 200,000-level indicate robust activity; despite the dip, April's housing starts were comfortably above that level, at 213,900.
The Ottawa Citizen - Capital region housing sector bounces back (9 May 2008) The national capital housing market surged in April as existing property sales rebounded and new housing construction accelerated. April saw existing housing sales of 1,561 units in Ottawa compared to 1,555 a year earlier and a big jump from 1,086 in March. The average sale price was 6.5 per cent higher than a year earlier and 2.5 per cent higher than March. Meanwhile, new housing construction jumped 66 per cent in April.
The Toronto Star - Science fair projects go 'greener' (10 May 2008) Grade 11 student, Roopa Suppiah, from Deep River, Ont., is one of 16 Canadian high school students in Atlanta, Georgia, USA this weekend to participate in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, where about 1,500 students from 40 countries put their projects and science smarts on display. Suppiah's entry—a method to control carbon dioxide emissions and convert them into useful organic materials that could be used to fuel a car. For Suppiah, the environment and global warming are compelling subjects and she wanted to do something to help make the world a 'greener' place. 'Wherever there is a power plant or a factory, they're emitting carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and we know that the environment is such a big issue right now and we need to control carbon dioxide emissions,' she explained. 'So what this reactor is doing is taking that carbon dioxide and converting it into useful materials like ethanol.' And ethanol, of course, can be used to fuel cars, she pointed out jubilantly.
Meanwhile, Grade 9 student, Llew Falla, created a microbial fuel cell that controls the pH of dairy cow manure. The cell basically produces hydrogen ions and lowers the pH in manure, Falla said. Then those hydrogen ions are put inside a chamber and they react with oxygen and form water, he said, ultimately producing electricity. Falla, also very keen on the need for renewable resources and a greener planet, believes there's a very practical application for his experiment—on a larger scale it could generate enough electricity to heat a home. It would take the manure of 99 cows to provide enough electricity to heat a 1,500-square-foot home daily, he said. The students representing Canada at the international fair were selected from about 25,000 participants in regional science fairs across the country and 1,000 national finalists.
The Globe and Mail - Cambridge scientist takes Canada to cutting edge of physics theory (9 May 2008) Research in Motion co-founder Mike Lazaridis has wooed a high-profile professor to lead his Perimeter Institute. Neil Turok, a native of South Africa who is director of Cambridge's Centre for Theoretical Cosmology and Chair of Mathematical Physics, was named executive director of the institute in Waterloo, Ontario, a research powerhouse set up in 1999 with a C$100-million gift from the man whose firm developed the BlackBerry. 'Our main goal is to support the effort of theoretical physics on a world scale. This is a coup for all of theoretical physics in the world,' Mr Lazaridis said. Dr Turok said the decision to move to Canada was fairly easy. 'There is nowhere else in the world with its commitment to pure theoretical physics and to attacking the hardest and most fundamental questions in the field,' Dr Turok said in Cape Town, where he has established an institute to promote postgraduate studies in math and science across Africa. Before moving to Cambridge, he was a professor of physics at Princeton University.
Dr Turok said the Perimeter Institute has what he described as a 'freewheeling spirit' that gives researchers the opportunity to pursue breakthrough discoveries. This provides Canada with the opportunity to stand out as a 'centre of enlightenment', he said. Dr Turok said he hopes to soon establish a kind of hothouse programme from promising young scientists that will 'jump people to the cutting edge of theoretical physics as quickly as possible'. Melanie Campbell, a physics professor at the University of Waterloo, said the work of the Perimeter Institute, which includes monthly public lectures that fill a 500-seat auditorium and outreach programmes to high-school students, has raised interest in physics and all sciences.
Canwest News Service on Canada's multiculturalism (11 May 2008) Governor General Michaelle Jean continued to receive praise in France Sunday following a five-day official visit that drew widespread attention here to Canada's approach to multiculturalism. In an interview in the Paris-based newspaper Le Figaro, Jean said, 'We continue to celebrate the diversity that founded our society, but we affirm more strongly what we have in common.'
The National Post - Back to baby basics (10 May 2008) Whether it is called hyper-parenting or over-parenting, the micromanaged child or the over-scheduled child, it means the same thing: a generation of children embarked on a scheduled life from babyhood. That is changing. Parks filled with children playing idly. Homework within limits and prohibited on holidays so as not to be overbearing. Mothers less inclined to shuttle their children to an endless roster of programmes. There is evidence that the end is near for the pattern of modern parenting that has in recent years dictated highly scheduled lives for children. 'The parks are really full now, and they weren't so much before. And when I'm arranging after-school play-dates, people are available,' says Jen Lawrence, a keen chronicler of modern mothering, who founded the online newsletter BlissNotes.com. She remembers how not so long ago such arrangements involved serious maternal day-timer consultations to work around a child's over-scheduled existence. Small things, yet significant indicators of change.
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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