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16 June 2008
28 May was the 28th day of the eleventh month of the 2nd year of Canadian national consciousness rising to invincibility, as indicated by the following press reports:
28 May 2008
The Toronto Star - Yushchenko seeks to build closer ties with Canada (27 May 2008) Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko thanked Canada for its help and hospitality over the past century and urged closer ties between the two countries. In an address to Parliament Monday that kicked off his three-day state visit to Canada, the Ukrainian President said he was 'filled with tender feelings' when he touched down in Canada, which is home to 1.2 million Ukrainian-Canadians. 'For me, as for millions of Ukrainians, this country, and this land is sacred,' he told MPs, senators and diplomats gathered in the House of Commons for the address. The reverence was reciprocated, with several standing ovations. In bilateral talks, Prime Minister Harper and his visitor discussed ways Canada can help Ukraine, including technical assistance on agricultural issues, health care, and local governance; eliminating visa requirements for Ukrainian visitors to Canada; and boosting travel with more flights between the two countries.
The Globe and Mail - Canadian auto sales poised for strong year (28 May 2008) Canadian auto sales accelerated by 6 per cent year-over-year in the first four months of 2008. 'The strength reflects improved vehicle affordability, as auto makers have lowered new vehicle prices to bring them more in line with US prices, as well as ongoing employment gains,' Scotia economist and auto industry specialist Carlos Gomes said. 'As a result, we have raised our full-year 2008 forecast to 1.69 million units, the second-highest level on record, from our previous estimate of 1.61 million,' he said. 'The surprise is really the fact that Canada has so far been very resilient and the slowdown that everyone generally expected hasn't really shown up because of strong domestic demand.'
The Canadian Press - Net farm income rebounded in 2007 after two straight drops: StatsCan (26 May 2008) Statistics Canada says net farm income rebounded in 2007 after two straight annual drops. It says realized net income, basically the difference between a farmer's cash receipts and operating expenses, minus depreciation, rose to C$1.7 billion in 2007 from C$771 million in 2006.
Statistics Canada - Farm cash receipts (26 May 2008) Market cash receipts for farmers hit a record high in the first quarter of 2008, boosted primarily by a surge in grain and oilseed prices. Cash receipts from crop sales reached C$5.4 billion, up 38.5% over the first quarter of 2007 and 59.1% higher than the previous five-year average between 2003 and 2007.
Reuters Canada - TransAlta To expand Alberta wind farm (28 May 2008) TransAlta Corp. will spend C$123 million expanding an Alberta wind farm to boost its generating capacity from the renewable source 21% by 2010. The Alberta power company said it will add 66 megawatts of capacity to the Summerview wind farm in the province's breezy south. That will lift the field's capacity to 136 MW, enough to power about 55,000 average homes, and increase the company's Canadawide wind power output to 380 MW.
From a Bloomberg News report on this: The planned expansion of Summerview will offset 257,000 tonnes of carbon-dioxide emissions, the company said in a statement. TransAlta said it also may develop another 500 megawatts of wind generation in southern Alberta in the next five years. The company, the largest publicly traded power producer in Canada, currently derives about 62 per cent of its net generation capacity from coal plants.
CBC News - Trans Canada Trail grows in New Brunswick (27 May 2008) Three new sections of the Trans Canada Trail were officially opened in New Brunswick Tuesday. The first water-based trail route in Atlantic Canada was opened along the St John River in Grand Bay-Westfield, just outside Saint John. It's now part of the nationwide trail, which stretches 21,000 kilometres. Also officially opened was the Trans Canada Trail Pavilion in Rockwood Park in Saint John. The Harbour Passage trail in Saint John was also designated part of the national trail. 'When I think here that you can be on a canoe in this river and it connects as part of the Trans Canada Trail system with the Confederation Trail [in Prince Edward Island], with La Route Vert [in Quebec], it all links together,' said Valerie Pringle, chairwoman of the Trans Canada Trail and former CBC broadcaster. 'It's part of one route, and whether you just use it as a little community thing to walk your dog on every day or whether you ever endeavor to see Canada that way, it's unbeatable.' The Trans Canada Trail, when completed, will be the world's longest recreational trail, stretching from the Atlantic to the Pacific to the Arctic oceans.
The Financial Post - UBC and HKU forge law school alliance (28 May 2008) Earlier this month the University of British Columbia (UBC) and the University of Hong Kong (HKU) established a new joint legal education programme. The Faculties of Law at UBC and HKU will each accept up to five students per year, starting in 2009. All students enrolled in the program will be able to earn the law degrees required for law practice in both jurisdictions. The joint legal education programme adds an extra year of study to the local requirements UBC. President Stephen Toope explains, 'This program will equip students with the cross-cultural legal knowledge and professional contacts to foster even greater exchange between Canada and Asia.' This new legal education programme follows on the heels of the Simon K.Y. Lee HKU-UBC House, a international student residence and cultural centre for UBC's Vancouver campus. The centre was made possible by a C$4 million gift from Hong Kong-based philanthropist Simon K.Y. Lee, and will accommodate up to 100 HKU students and the same number of UBC students, with an emphasis on creating an environment of diversity and academic excellence.
The Canadian Press - B.C. accepts Chinese offer to fund Mandarin courses (28 May 2008) British Columbia has accepted an offer from the Chinese government to fund high-school-level Mandarin courses in BC schools. Premier Gordon Campbell signed a memorandum of agreement to provide the free online courses in BC during a recent visit to China. Education Minister Shirley Bond said the funding is a gift from one Olympic Games host to another. The courses are an effort to forge stronger ties between two trading and cultural partners, she said.
Canwest News Service - Harper warns of species loss (28 May 2008) On a three-day tour of Europe, Prime Minister Harper told the United Nations Conference on Biological Diversity in Bonn, Germany that more must be done to prevent some species of plants and animals from forever disappearing. 'We must do more if we are to achieve our 2010 objectives of a significant reduction in the rate of worldwide biodiversity loss,' Harper said in his speech. 'As heirs to this natural endowment, we understand that it is merely on loan, passed on to us from previous generations to safeguard for ones to come.' Harper said his government has set aside vast tracts of Canadian wilderness in order to preserve unique Canadian species. It has, for example, greatly expanded the Nahanni National Park, announced the creation of a new national park in the Northwest Territories, and established the Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area, the world's largest freshwater protected area.
From another Canwest News Service report on this: Protecting against the loss of biodiversity is one of the few areas that some environmental activists say privately Harper has done a decent job.
From a Canadian Press report on this: Harper said Canada was the first industrialized country to ratify a biodiversity treaty in 1992. 'Canada is working hard to build and expand its network of protected areas,' he said. 'To date, 10 per cent Canada's territory—an area larger than France and Germany combined—and three million hectares of ocean are protected by federal, provincial and territorial governments.'
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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