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27 June 2008

9 June was the 9th day of the twelfth month of the 2nd year of Canadian national consciousness rising to invincibility, as indicated by the following press reports:

9 June 2008

The Globe and Mail - Housing construction strong in May (9 June 2008) Housing starts in Canada surpassed expectations in May, rising to 221,300 at a seasonally adjusted annual rate, an increase from 213,900 in April, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) said. The level of housing activity remains above the 200,000-mark that CMHC characterizes as indicative of robust housing market activity.

From the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation release on this: 'Housing starts in May moved up from the strong level posted in April. Most of the increase reflected a rise in single starts . . . ,' said Bob Dugan, Chief Economist at CMHC's Market Analysis Centre. Seasonally adjusted annual rates are monthly figures adjusted to remove normal seasonal variation and multiplied by 12 to reflect annual levels.

Reuters Canada - Canadian house starts solid, seen staying that way (9 June 2008) Canadian housing starts rose 3.5 per cent in May, as demand for new homes remained strong across the country. Nationally, urban single family dwellings rose 7.3 per cent from April to 76,700, while urban multiples climbed 1.9 per cent to 116,100. Urban starts in the Atlantic region rose almost 19 per cent, Quebec had a 17 per cent rise, the Prairie region had 14 per cent growth, and British Columbia was up 1.4 per cent.

From a Canadian Press report on this: CMHC is forecasting around 214,000 to 215,000 starts for 2008, as rising incomes, low unemployment, and low mortgage rates boost home ownership.

Canwest News Service - Earth's energy tapped for condo project (7 June 2008) Many people assume that geothermal heating, in which pipes are sunk into the ground, is an option only outside of cities, but Peter Mauro, president of the New Casa Company, is demonstrating it's just as applicable for the inner city. Mauro is using it in his new four-condo development in Calgary. 'The building is 9,400 square feet, and we're projecting C$450 to C$500 in costs per month—including heating, hot water and air conditioning—for the whole building.'

The Canadian Press on Feds mulling regulations on water-wasting plumbing fixtures (8 June 2008) Limits on the water flowing through plumbing fixtures including shower heads and dishwashers are being studied by Natural Resources Canada. Environment Canada says the average Canadian uses more than 300 litres of water each day. Some fixtures account for a third of household water use. Canada has a fifth of the world's supply of fresh water, but only seven per cent of it is renewable. The rest comes from ice age glaciers and underground aquifers.

The Financial Post - Top 100 list reveals healthy economy (9 June 2008) This year's Profit 100, a ranking of Canada's fastest-growing companies published every June by Profit magazine, ranks Canadian companies, public and private, based on five-year revenue growth. In 1990, only 40% of the companies were exporters, and exports accounted for 11.5% of their revenue. This year, 75% of the companies export, and offshore sales are 69% of total revenues. Proof positive the new generation of Canadian entrepreneurs are competing—and winning—in world markets. At least five businesses on this year's growth list are involved in organic foods, herbal remedies, or natural health products, compared with zero in 1990.

Canwest News Service - University 'holodeck' a room with a view (8 June 2008) A holographic imaging system called the 'Data Cave' at Saint Mary's University in Halifax, Nova Scotia is giving scientists a peek at astronomical phenomena millions of light years away. Bob Deupree, director of the Institute for Computational Astrophysics and a professor of astronomy and physics, dons a large pair of specialized goggles as a pattern of light emerges on the screen in front of him. With the goggles on, the light pattern turns into a coloured ball of light suspended in space in front of the viewer. The ball represents the interior of a star, the patterns inside the ball depict what Deupree imagines would be the effect of massive explosions radiating towards the sun's outer edge. A super computer makes the calculations necessary to visualize the explosions and allows scientists to walk inside the picture for a close-up look.

When Deupree first entered astrophysics, computer calculations were completed on reams of paper. With the Data Cave, scientists can now see what their calculations represent. The images projected through a series of high-tech mirrors can be startlingly realistic. While the Data Cave will likely be used mainly for physics and astronomical research, the C$1-million imaging system, part of a consortium of nine Atlantic Canadian universities, has other applications as well. Geologists have already booked time to give them a picture of subterranean structures deep below the seabed near Sable Island, off the coast of Nova Scotia. Deupree said the computer and imaging system can be used for anything from looking at the inner workings of stars to molecular structures.

The Globe and Mail - Vancouver and Montreal among 25 most livable cities (9 June 2008) On a new list of the world's 25 most livable cities published by London-based Monocle magazine, Vancouver placed eighth—higher than any other North American city—while Montreal finished 16th. Monocle lauded Vancouver for its role in fighting climate change. The west coast city jumped seven spots after placing 15th in 2007. The magazine called Montreal 'Canada's cultural capital' and credited the city for its strong arts community. A similar livability study published by The Economist last summer awarded Vancouver first place, while Toronto placed fifth out of 123 cities worldwide.

The Toronto Star - Nova Scotia may add years to your life (8 June 2008) The South Shore of Nova Scotia has pockets of extreme longevity and more centenarians than elsewhere in the country. Across Canada, centenarians average 14.6 per 100,000; in Nova Scotia it's 21 per 100,000. Preliminary studies have shown the rate is higher in places like Lunenburg and Yarmouth—as many as 50 per 100,000, according to one researcher.

Canwest News Service - Hospital food under doctors' microscope (9 June 2008) A group of cardiologists, nurse practitioners, and dietitians from Nova Scotia has begun a national search they hope will convince hospitals to purge their cafeterias of junk food. Their vehicle is an online survey that anyone who eats in hospital cafeterias is invited to complete. The survey asks respondents whether their hospital cafeteria uses deep-fat fryers and sells such unhealthy foods as chips, pop, doughnuts, pastries, and pepperoni pizzas. It also asks if cafeterias use whole grain bread for sandwiches and wraps, whether they make soups from scratch and offer an abundant selection of fresh fruits and vegetables.

The group was formed after Rob Stevenson, a cardiologist who leads the group, wrote an article for the Halifax Chronicle-Herald in March. He submitted the article after medical staff at the Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre in Halifax noticed that students from nearby Citadel High School were lunching at the hospital cafeteria because junk food was no longer sold in their own cafeteria. Once the article appeared, 'people came out of the woodwork'. The group hopes to have the survey results by September, after which members will visit highly rated hospital cafeterias to learn what they're doing right. 'Then we can help other administrations make progress in those areas. . . . We think health-care institutions really need to lead by healthy example,' Mr. Stevenson said.

The Toronto Star - Active students fit for better grades (9 June 2008) A landmark study of 33 Ontario schools that are part of a health drive called Living Schools—where students exercise each day, play extra sports, and are discouraged from eating junk food—saw overall scores climb by 18 per cent over two years in reading, writing, and math, compared to about 4 per cent for similar schools not in the provincially funded program. 'I got more A's on my report card as soon as I switched to this school where we do physical activity every day and eat apples instead of junk food,' said Gurwinder Sagoo, a grade 8 student at Markham's Greensborough Public School.

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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