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4 July 2008
13 June was the 13th day of the twelfth month of the 2nd year of Canadian national consciousness rising to invincibility, as indicated by the following press reports:
13 June 2008
Canwest News Service - Canada is in better shape than it looks: analyses (12 June 2008) CIBC World Markets said Canada's economy is healthier than it looks and Statistics Canada said grocery prices have risen only 1.2 per cent over the past year. Statistics Canada credits the strong [Canadian] dollar's dampening impact on imported food prices. Also, more than 70 per cent of the food on Canadian tables is produced domestically, it noted. CIBC World Markets said the weakness in sectors such as manufacturing mask the relatively healthy state of the economy. 'Despite some softer pockets, the national economy is still standing stronger than it looks,' said CIBC economist Avery Shenfeld. While the economy contracted in the first quarter, he said it can hardly be called a recession when personal disposable incomes rose at an after-inflation annual pace of 7.3 per cent and employment grew at an annual pace of 2 per cent. The surge in prices for resources is benefiting the provinces as a whole, CIBC said.
The Canadian Press - Stock markets make strong gains (13 June 2008) The Toronto stock market surged Friday in a broadbased advance led by financials. The TSX composite index gained 142.85 points to 14,745.44. All 10 sub-indexes were up. The financial sector rose 1.2 per cent. The base-metals sector improved 1.2 per cent. The tech sector climbed more than 2 per cent.
The Globe and Mail - Manufacturing shipments surged in April (13 June 2008) Manufacturing shipments surged by 2 per cent in April, making up for a decline in March and far surpassing economists' expectations (four times the 0.5 per cent rise expected). Increases were broadly based, Statistics Canada said, with 17 of 21 categories reporting increases. Machinery rose 5.7 per cent, rebounding on a number of large orders. Motor vehicle shipments rose 1.8 per cent. Along with gains in shipments because of rising prices, volumes rose too, up 1.3 per cent, the third increase in four months. Seven out of 10 provinces reported higher sales. (New Brunswick led with a 17.3 per cent rise.)
The Toronto Star - Apartment buildings to receive energy retrofit (12 June 2008) Toronto's greenhouse gas emissions will be cut by up to 5 per cent under a programme to give more than 1,000 ageing apartment buildings energy retrofits, Mayor David Miller says. 'They're terrible wasters of energy,' Mr Miller said. The project will also help revitalize needy communities. 'The best environmental solutions also bring social and economic benefits of job creation, local economic development, cleaner air, and better health,' he told 1,200 delegates at a conference hosted by the Canadian Green Building Council. The retrofit involves cladding them in an outer layer of insulation and updating their mechanical systems. The initiative will pay for itself in energy savings, Mr Miller said.
The Canadian Press on New Brunswick court upholds federal act protecting migratory birds (9 June 2008) Herons are protected under the federal Migratory Birds Convention Act. Lawyers for a New Brunswick forestry company charged with destroying eight blue heron nests while cutting a logging road, challenged the federal legislation, arguing the law is outdated and infringes on provincial jurisdiction. But in her decision, provincial court judge Patricia Cumming said the protection of migratory birds is an international matter that overlaps federal and provincial jurisdiction. 'The subject matter of the legislation is the protection of migratory birds that travel and are found internationally, requiring a single and unified approach to fulfil Canada's obligations under an international treaty.'
The Globe and Mail - Opposition to killing grizzlies for sport on the rise (10 June 2008) A growing number of people in British Columbia want to see the sport hunting of grizzly bears banned in the province. According to a new poll, 73 per cent of British Columbians support an end to the trophy hunting of grizzlies, a substantial increase from the 52 per cent who were opposed in 2001. Asked their reasons for supporting a hunting ban, 80 per cent said they did so because BC is 'one of the last places on earth where rapidly diminishing grizzly bear populations have a chance at protection'. And 79 per cent said trophy hunting of bears is unethical.
The Vancouver Sun on Aboriginal educators optimistic about change in B.C. (13 June 2008) Kathi Dickie began working with aboriginal students 25 years ago when she was employed as a home-school coordinator in Fort Nelson [British Columbia], tracking down truants. She knows from that experience about the troubled relations between aboriginal families and the public school system. She's also familiar with statistics that suggest aboriginal teenagers entering high school are just as likely to drop out as they are to graduate. Yet she has found reason for hope. 'I'm seeing a change,' said Dickie, who later became a teacher, pointing to a recent agreement giving BC First Nations more control over their children's education and gradual changes in provincial curriculum to recognize aboriginal history and culture.
The principal of aboriginal education in Surrey, Gayle Bedard, says schools have started reaching out to aboriginal families and trying to connect with the children in a way that will help them feel proud of who they are. 'A lot of positive changes have occurred,' she said.
Change has also touched the Prince George area, where trustees voted earlier this year to establish BC's only school of choice emphasizing First Nations culture, history, language, and philosophy. Nora Greenway, a First Nations elder and retired teacher, was recently involved in drafting the English 12 First Peoples curriculum, a course that's being celebrated as an early example of how the BC Education Ministry can work with First Nations. The ministry has traditionally controlled curriculum development, but in this case its officials worked with aboriginal educators to develop a course for students of all backgrounds that explores the written and oral traditions of First Nations. Its significance can not be overstated, according to Greenway. 'It's the voice of First Nations. It's not the voice of someone else speaking about us. I think it's going to be incredible for [aboriginal students] because they will relate so much to the subject area and it will give them a sense of pride.'
A landmark deal was signed in British Columbia in 2006 which recognizes the right of First Nations to control their own schools and gives them a stronger role in educating aboriginal students in public schools. Under the agreement, First Nations can opt out of Indian Act education provisions and join the BC First Nations Education Authority in setting standards for on-reserve schools, writing curriculum, and certifying teachers. In BC, many herald it as a new beginning. 'It's recognition, finally, that First Nations people can do it, and they need to do it for our own children,' said Dickie, who is working with the First Nations Education Steering Committee to help communities prepare for the change. So far, 62 First Nations have signed on and 13 are actively negotiating the transfer of jurisdiction.
The Toronto Star on Ontario votes to diversify prayers in legislature (12 June 2008) In the Ontario legislature, the Lord's Prayer has been read every day before the opening of business. 'It's time for us to ensure that we have a prayer that better reflects our diversity,' Premier Dalton McGuinty said on 13 February. All three parties voted unanimously on a motion introduced by Liberal house leader Michael Bryant. Speaker Steve Peters said the Lord's Prayer will continue to be read, but would be joined by a daily rotation of eight other prayers from major denominations plus a moment of silence. 'We have come together the Ontario way—recognizing our traditions and heritage while embracing and celebrating our diversity. The Legislature belongs to all of us and now its practices will reflect a modern Ontario that is home to many faiths and creeds, and anticipates a future every bit as open, and compassionate and respectful as the Ontario we have built together,' Premier McGuinty said.
From a Canadian Press report on this: Speaker Steve Peters will choose from a rotating list which includes prayers reflecting Aboriginal, Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim, Jewish, Baha'i and Sikh faiths, as well as a moment of silence. Members must ask the Speaker to have other prayers added to the list. Opposition parties praised the compromise as preserving the province's political traditions, while also embracing diverse faiths and cultures across the province.
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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