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18 June 2008

31 May was the 31st day of the eleventh month of the 2nd year of Canadian national consciousness rising to invincibility, as indicated by the following press reports:

31 May 2008

The Globe and Mail - Premiers vow to help bring boom to the Arctic (31 May 2008) As the Western Premiers' Conference wrapped up Friday in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, it became clear that the North was in. The premiers of Canada's western provinces threw their considerable weight behind the northern territories, pledging to lobby Ottawa for better infrastructure in order to bring the economic boom of the West to the Arctic. At the same time, the premiers said they support increased research and development in alternative energy sources such as hydro and cold-climate wind power, in an attempt to cut the considerable costs associated with conventional energy sources in the North.

'This is a very important issue going forward in terms of realizing the economic potential of the area,' Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall told reporters. The three northern territories also voiced their concerns about climate change and how reductions to greenhouse-gas emissions could best be achieved. The premiers emerged united in their call for a national strategy on carbon capture and storage, something they will propose to all provincial leaders when they meet this summer in Quebec City.

From a Calgary Herald report on this: Environmental groups lauded the premiers for their commitment to reducing emissions through carbon capture, although they also insisted it's only one of a series of measures that need to be implemented.

Canwest News Service - Municipal politicians take aim at climate change (31 May 2008) Fighting the effects of climate change took centre stage as Canada's municipal politicians gathered in Quebec City for their annual Federation of Canadian Municipalities meeting. Edmonton, Alberta, Mayor Stephen Mandel said his city is planning the launch of new software which will track greenhouse gas emissions and help local governments to comply with the International Local Government Greenhouse Gas Protocol. 'The big city mayors are supporting a new international protocol to use as a measuring stick for all of our cities, so we can put everybody on an even plane and then from there begin to evaluate what we need to do to reduce the greenhouse gases in cities and towns across the country,' Mandel said. 'Fifty per cent of all greenhouse gases come from cities, so transit's a big issue . . . less driving, less CO2 gases.'

The Toronto Star on buildings and greenhouse gas emissions (31 May 2008) By the federal government's own admission, the residential [building] sector has already met the Kyoto Protocol for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. According to Environment Canada's Greenhouse Gas Inventory, in 2006 emissions from the residential sector were 8.5 per cent below the level released in 1990 and 2.5 per cent below the Kyoto target. Meanwhile, the country as a whole was 28 per cent above the target with sectors like commercial and institutional buildings and transportation 37 and 38 per cent above target, respectively. 'While it's great to be in the leading sector, the national shortfall means we can't rest on their laurels, and we have no intention of doing so,' said Michael Moldenhauer, president of the Building Industry and Land Development Association.

The Globe and Mail - Small-town students powered by clean-energy project (29 May 2008) Hardhats and safety harnesses are the latest in spring fashion wear at Elliot Lake Secondary School in Northern Ontario. Students don the gear while climbing the school roof, where 12 solar panels and a vertical wind turbine are being installed. The project, which will generate 5.5 kW of renewable energy, was made possible with a C$50,000 grant from the Ontario Ministry of Energy's Community Conservation Initiative (CCI). It's a hands-on learning opportunity in clean energy for the students. Renewable energy is just one way students at this northern school are making a difference. The Environmental Issues Club and the communications class are putting together an environmentally focused podcast that will be available from the school's website. Access to green technologies and computer-assisted communications is inspiring a quiet revolution among young people.

Today's students are equipped with what at times seems a preternatural understanding of new technology and its potential to address environmental issues. 'Think of how far our technology has come in 100 years, from the locomotive to where we are, and how far we can go with green technology,' says Paul Hauguth, a twelfth grade student who participated in the project. Ripples from the project have already spread throughout the region. Social Science teacher Lindsay Killen, who got the ball rolling with an application for funding to the CCI, says four other high schools in Northern Ontario have contacted him on how they can offset some of their lighting and heating costs while providing a valuable teaching opportunity for their students.

The Canadian Press - Canadian wholesale trade up for fourth year (29 May 2008) Wholesale sales totalled C$517.8 billion in 2007, up 5.5 per cent from 2006 for their fourth straight year of growth. It was also the fourth year in a row that the rate of growth surpassed five per cent. Sales in Saskatchewan were up 19.6 per cent, the best performance among the provinces and the fastest growth rate since Statistics Canada started tracking wholesale trade in 1993.

The Canadian Press - Canadian weekly earnings rise in March (29 May 2008) The average weekly earnings of employees stood at C$788.71 in March, up 0.3 per cent from February and 3.2 per cent from a year earlier. Nationally, the number of occupied payroll jobs edged up 6,900 (0.05 per cent) from February to March 2008, to 14,497,000. Overall, payroll employment has grown by 260,400 (1.8 per cent) since March 2007. The average hourly earnings for hourly paid employees increased 0.8 per cent to C$19.83 in March.

The Canadian Press - Canadians want organic produce to be local and tested, survey finds (30 May 2008) Canadian consumers want their fresh produce to be grown locally and tested regularly for chemicals before it's classified as organic, a new survey suggests—two conditions that won't be part of new federal regulations set to take effect later this year. John Cranfield, the University of Guelph researcher who conducted the study, said the federal regulations will simply establish minimum standards. 'Firms might be able to seize the opportunity and go beyond those publicly mandated standards,' Cranfield said. Organic products remain a rapidly growing industry in Canada. The number of organic farms increased nearly 60 per cent in the last five years.

The Edmonton Journal - Goodbye oil and gas, hello ecotourism (31 May 2008) Dene Tha' Chief James Ahnassay dreams of the day when the oil and gas wells that dot the 486-square kilometre Hay-Zama Lakes Wildland Park will disappear and ecotourism will diversify the economy of his people. He yearns to see nature lovers, birdwatchers, and environmentalists from around the world visit this remote birdland paradise, bringing jobs and tourism dollars to his First Nation community of 1,400, just southeast of the park. Energy producers in this remote corner of northwestern Alberta agreed in 1999 to literally pull up stakes by 2017 and leave this internationally recognized wetlands to the ducks, geese and rare trumpeter swans. The deal reached through long discussions between industry, environmental groups, and Dene has held over time and is being touted as a model for others to follow.

The Hay-Zama is one of 1,675 global sites designated in 1982 as a wetland of international significance under the Ramsar Convention on wetlands. The area is on three of four major North American bird migration routes and the lowland's marshes, freshwater lakes, swamps, deltas, and meadows make it one of the most extensive sedge grass wetlands on the west side of the continent. Although the area was named a wildland park in 1999, it was only officially dedicated this week in a colourful ceremony in Chateh that featured ceremonial Dene singing, drumming, and dancing, and a visit from representatives of a sister reserve in China's Inner Mongolia—the Dalai Lake National Reserve.

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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