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22 June 2008

4 June was the 4th day of the twelfth month of the 2nd year of Canadian national consciousness rising to invincibility, as indicated by the following press reports:

4 June 2008

Bloomberg News - Canada's economy will avoid a recession this year on employment, OECD says (4 June 2008) Canada's economy will avoid a recession this year as employment growth buoys consumer spending, the Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) said. The OECD projects growth of 1.2 per cent this year, expanding to 2 per cent in 2009.

From a Canadian Press report on this: Finance Minister Jim Flaherty said it's the general drift of the report that is encouraging for Canadians. '[The OECD] predicts Canada's gross national product will lead the G7 countries in 2009 [and] compliments Canada on going into this period of economic slowdown having reduced taxes, provided that stimulus and having strong economic fundamentals,' Flaherty said.

The Globe and Mail - Sales soar as investors 'confident' in market (4 June 2008) Canadian investors stashed about C$2.45-billion into mutual funds in May as the surging domestic stock market jolted many from the sidelines. Sales were up sharply from C$560.8-million in April, according to preliminary figures from the Investment Funds Institute of Canada. Money market funds represented about 64 per cent of net sales. In the first quarter, money market funds represented all net sales. 'As soon as investors feel confident about the markets like they did in May, that is going to lead them back into equities,' said Peter Loach, managing director of fund research at BMO Nesbitt Burns. In May, the TSX composite index hit record highs and rose 5.6 per cent for the month.

The Canadian Press - Feds to move to limit power consumed by electronics in standby mode (3 June 2008) Canadians are wasting too much energy, Natural Resources Minister Gary Lunn said as the government moved to set limits on power use. The federal government introduced amendments to the Energy Efficiency Act to give Ottawa sweeping regulatory authority over energy use. 'I've said that this energy source, the energy we waste, that's larger than the oilsands,' Lunn said. Under the current law, the government has to regulate product-by-product The amendments would let Ottawa regulate everything that uses energy or affects power consumption in one fell swoop. That applies to consumer electronics that use energy even when they're turned off, and to products like toilets and thermostats that don't themselves consume power but still affect power consumption. The government first announced proposed standards last year to limit power used by consumer electronics while turned off or in standby mode. It said standby power accounts for up to 10 per cent of an average household's yearly electricity consumption.

The Canadian Press - Ottawa commits $92M to rid roads of clunkers (4 June 2008) The federal government has announced a long-delayed programme to give drivers incentives to get older, polluting vehicles off the roads. Environment Minister John Baird said the government will give the Toronto-based Clean Air Foundation C$92 million over four years to run a national vehicle 'scrappage' programme. The programme will offer incentives including rebates on new vehicles, free transit passes, bicycles, memberships in ride-sharing programmes, and C$300 cash. The clunkers will then be turned over to scrapyards to crush and recycle them. The government estimates five million vehicles from 1995 or earlier were on the roads last year. These older vehicles make up just a fraction of the estimated 18 million vehicles in Canada, but they account for up to two-thirds of the pollution that causes smog.

From a Globe and Mail report on this: Older vehicles were not subject to today's more stringent regulations, particularly for smog-forming emissions such as nitrogen oxides and volatile organic compounds.

The Toronto Star - Thermal to supply mill with waste-heat energy (4 June 2008) Thermal Energy International, an Ottawa-based renewable energy company, has struck a deal with a major North American integrated paper company to develop and sell green energy worth more than US$20 million, using recovered waste heat at one of its mills in the northeastern United States. This project, Thermal's largest to date, would use multiple heat recovery systems to capture waste heat produced by the mill and incorporate it into operations to offset the use of fossil fuels. The mill would then buy the recovered waste heat from Thermal Energy at a discount to current energy prices, resulting in more than US$40 million in total fuel oil savings over the life of the eight-year contract.

The National Post - Royal York's beehives with a view (4 June 2008) The flagship Fairmont Royal York Hotel in Toronto has installed three beehives, hoping to make desserts and dressings with honey produced on its rooftop. 'They'll fly over to the Toronto Island, spend their sunny days there, and then come back to their suite atop the Royal York,' said Melanie Coates, regional director of public relations. 'It's sort of a natural extension to the herb garden we've had on our roof for many years,' said executive chef David Garcelon.

From a Toronto Star report on this: The Honey Moon Suite—one of three new beehives in the hotel's rooftop garden—is now home to more than 10,000 buzzing bugs. The total bee population could reach a peak of about 150,000 by midsummer. Executive chef David Garcelon, a local food advocate, reached out to the Toronto Beekeepers Cooperative last year. 'We're all about helping the bee population thrive in the city,' says co-op spokesperson Cathy Kozma The beekeepers expect the Royal York's colonies to thrive. The three hives could yield as much as 320 kilograms—that's about 1,400 small jars—of honey by the end of this year's autumn harvest.

The Vancouver Sun - BC aims to cut water use (4 June 2008) British Columbians are being asked to get serious about water use in the face of population growth and climate change, and to help meet a provincial target of improving water efficiency by one-third by 2020. The Living Water Smart plan unveiled by the province sets a wide range of goals that include the expansion of municipal water meters and the need for greater efficiency through improved farming practices such as irrigation. The water plan even includes a requirement that school students get to know a local stream and assess its health as a way of connecting youths with the natural—and not just technological—world. The blueprint for dealing with water issues includes fast-tracking green developments requiring provincial environmental approvals and a Green Building Code requiring water conservation plumbing fixtures such as low-flow toilets. Other highlights include requiring that 50 per cent of new municipal water needs be acquired through conservation by 2020 and developing a water-efficiency labelling system for consumers.

From another Vancouver Sun report on this: By conserving water, we can reduce environmental impacts, demands on water supplies, water and wastewater treatment, and save money for ourselves and our communities, Environment Minister Barry Penner said. Key actions include establishing flow requirements in legislation for ecosystems and species and looking to safeguard and learn from First Nations' traditional and cultural water uses.

The Globe and Mail - Toronto mayor to head international climate group (4 June 2008) Toronto Mayor David Miller has been elected chairman of the C40 group, an international coalition of large cities committed to tackling climate change. Mr Miller learned of his election to the prestigious role Wednesday morning. The position has no fixed term, but will likely last about two years. 'We need international and national action, but where nations fail to lead, cities must lead and are leading,' Mr Miller said. 'We're not going to wait for nations to agree. We're just going to do it. 'The cities of the C40 represent a population of several hundred million. We're the equivalent of a large country. It's the equivalent of the USA, and we are taking very significant action,' Mr Miller said. 'Our goal is to ensure the changes that are needed, happen. People want to see this planet preserved. They want to live in places that are green.'

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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