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8 June 2008

21 May 2008 was the 21st day of the eleventh month of the 2nd year of Canadian national consciousness rising to invincibility, as indicated by the following press reports:

21 May 2008

Canwest News Service - Canada's score rising on lifelong learning index (21 May 2008) Improvements in Quebec and Atlantic Canada helped drive up Canada's overall score on an index that measures lifelong learning, the Canadian Council on Learning (CCL) said. According to this year's Composite Learning Index, Canada's national average was 77—an increase of one point from 2007 and up from 73 in 2006. The report found job-related training is on the rise and more Canadians are participating in cultural activities. Dr Paul Cappon, president and CEO of the CCL, said the number of young Canadians attending post-secondary institutions is worthy of pride.

From a Canadian Press report on this: The survey is the world's only statistical index of lifelong learning. It uses 17 statistical indicators that reflect learning in school, in the home, at work, and within the community. The Composite Learning Index indicators are based on four pillars identified by UNESCO: Learning to know, or the development of skills and knowledge such as literacy, numeracy, and critical thinking; Learning to do, or the acquisition of applied skills, closely tied to occupational success, such as workplace training; Learning to live together, or the cultivation of respect and concern for others, such as through involvement in clubs and organizations; Learning to be, or areas of learning that are related to creativity, personal development, and health in the physical, social, and spiritual senses.

The Canadian Press - Seven of 10 components advance as composite leading indicator rises in April (21 May 2008) Canada's composite leading indicator rose 0.1 per cent in April after no change in March. Statistics Canada reports only three of 10 components declined, the fewest since the turmoil erupted in global financial markets last summer. The stock market posted the largest turnaround, rebounding in April and hitting a new record high this month. Stock prices were buoyed by surging commodity prices and strength in the information-technology sector. Also, Canadian manufacturers recorded their first back-to-back gains in new orders since June 2007.

From a Reuters Canada report on this: Leading economic indicators rose, helped by a stock market turnaround and robust consumer spending. Retail sales of durable goods jumped 1.3 per cent, a sign of strong household demand.

From a Bloomberg News report on this: The index of leading indicators, that paints a picture of the economy in the months ahead, had its first increase since January and broadest advance since global financial turmoil started last year.

CBC News - Canadian magazine makes history using special paper (21 May 2008) Canadian Geographic is publishing its annual environment issue on paper made from wheat, a first for a North American magazine. The issue is being printed on sheets made with wheat straw—what's left of wheat after the grain harvest. Adding agricultural waste to pulp from trees could cut the demand for pulp from boreal forests. 'Canada's forests are disappearing at an alarming rate and if we just look at newsprint, for example, 100 million trees are logged every year in Canada just to make newsprint,' said Nicole Rycroft, who works for Markets Initiative, a Canadian environmental group devoted to the protection of the boreal forest. According to Canadian Geographic, Canadian farmers annually produce an estimated 21 million tonnes of wheat straw, which could be turned into eight million tonnes of pulp and enough paper for 20 million magazines. That straw could be a new source of revenue for farmers.

The Calgary Herald - Reasons to eat organic (21 May 2008) It can be scary when you think about what's in our grocery stores: genetically modified foods, foods that contain synthetic hormones, pesticides and antibiotics, as well as foods exposed to irradiation (a form of radiation used to kill bacteria). To reduce our exposure to all this, many of us happily pay premium prices for all foods 'organic.' The organic industry is the fastest growing sector in agriculture as sales have leaped 20 to 25 per cent annually in the past few years. Production is not able to keep up with consumer demand. As a result, governments are finally supporting organic farmers. Organic farming promotes biodiversity and maintains good soil health. Plus eating fruits and vegetables in season is an excellent way to reduce food costs, and get the best-quality nutrients. Produce picked in season contains higher nutrient levels than items picked green to survive transportation. Finding organic, locally grown food supports both the community and the environment. Scientific studies have demonstrated that organic farming can improve the efficiency of our food system, reduce soil erosion, and reduce water pollution. We have entered the organic age.

The Globe and Mail - Growing against the grain (21 May 2008) Nelson, BC resident and West Kootenay Eco Society member, Matt Lowe, had signed up to eat local for the month of August last summer. But Mr Lowe noticed there was no grain produced within the requisite 100 miles. 'I thought about it,' Mr Lowe recalls, 'and realized that if we could re-establish grain growing in the area, we could dramatically reduce our dependency on fossil fuels. Grain is a staple—we eat a lot of it. If we had our own supply it would automatically address issues around climate change, peak oil, and food security for us.' He discovered he wasn't alone in his concern. Suddenly he had farmers, millers, and bakers all champing at the bit to get their hands on a local product—as well as a long line of potential customers. 'The biggest surprise was the response from the farmers,' he says. 'They said, 'Get us a hundred names and we'll grow the crops.' ' It was decided that shares in the community supported agriculture project would be sold at C$100 and each shareholder would receive 100 pounds of grain. In April, the decision was made to go with five different grains: three wheats, spelt, and oats. Vancouver Island's Sharon Rempel, an expert on heritage wheat, says people are no longer prepared simply to accept the food that's on the supermarket shelves.

The Toronto Star - Sharing the wealth from Ontario farmland (21 May 2008) Along with about 500 other people, I am now the proud owner of a share in Plan B Organic Farm, a 50-acre operation in Millgrove, Ontario. Beginning in June and continuing until October, every Thursday I will pick up my box of eight to 10 in-season vegetables (a half share, which cost C$450) at a depot near my house. There are many reasons to do it. First and foremost, food tastes better when it has just come out of the ground. It only has to travel 75 kilometres from the farm to the city. And it is all certified organic. The farm uses no herbicides, pesticides, fungicides, synthetic fertilizers or genetically modified organisms. The community-shared agriculture (CSA) farm also benefits from this arrangement. It covers its expenses upfront, eliminating the need for costly bank loans. CSA farms mean profits go to the farmer and the local economy, not to some multinational food conglomerate. Finally it gives the farmer some control over the food system. 'We build our market, then grow for it,' says one of the owners, Alvaro Venturelli.

The Toronto Star - Where teachers learn diversity (21 May 2008) Student teacher Iman Abamoussa, part of the Urban Diversity programme at Toronto's York University that grooms future teachers for diverse schools, decided to turn a Grade 4 class on quadrilaterals into a lesson on the mosaics of Morocco—her heritage—that happen to be made from four-sided tiles. Students cut quadrilateral shapes out of coloured paper to make mosaics and then she taught the students to sign their names in Arabic script. 'The children who speak Arabic were excited to be able to read the names,' said Abamoussa. The simple geometry class ended up weaving in culture and respect for diversity. All 1,700 students in York's various teaching programmes are trained in diversity and multiculturalism, said education dean Paul Axelrod. The Urban Diversity programme sharpens that focus. The sensitivity the Urban Diversity programme has fostered since 1994 is becoming timely in a province with soaring diversity.

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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