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22 July 2008

26 June was the 26th day of the twelfth month of the 2nd year of Canadian national consciousness rising to invincibility, as indicated by the following press reports:

26 June 2008

CBC News on poll finds Niagara Falls the defining place in Canada (26 June 2008) A recent Ipsos-Reid poll asked Canadians what best defines their country. Respondents were asked five open-ended questions: What is Canada's defining person, event, place, symbol and accomplishment? After tallying the results of the survey, Niagara Falls was revealed to be the defining place in Canada. The poll also found that Canada Day is seen as the defining Canadian event. The poll sampled 3,114 adult Canadians between 31 March and 22 April.

Canwest News Service - Canadian governments continue to post $20-billion-plus surpluses (25 June 2008) The combined surplus for all Canadian governments exceeded C$20 billion in fiscal 2008 for the fourth consecutive year, Statistics Canada said. Federal, provincial/territorial, and local governments—as well as the Canada/Quebec Pension Plans—together posted a surplus of C$28.1 billion in the fiscal year ended 31 March 2008. That was just below the record surplus of $28.6 billion in 2001. 'The consolidated government surplus was driven by large, continuing surpluses for the federal government and the Canada/Quebec pension plans, both of which hit record highs in fiscal year ending 2008,' StatsCan said.

Canwest News Service on leading Canadian climate scientists urge more action on climate change (24 June 2008) More than 100 leading Canadian climate scientists are urging Canadian politicians to accelerate efforts to crack down on activity linked to global warming. In an open letter sent to the prime minister, opposition leaders, and provincial premiers, the scientists state that new research suggests greenhouse gas emissions could do more damage to the earth than was previously predicted in the last international assessment of climate change science from 2007. 'In less than 18 months, the global community will convene in Copenhagen to put in place a new agreement to address climate change,' said the letter, signed by 130 Canadian climate science leaders from the academic, public, and private sectors. 'We sincerely hope that, based on the compelling science at hand, our political leaders display the urgency and determination that we believe is required.'

The Canadian Press - B.C. premier unveils fine print of climate action plan (26 June 2008) The British Columbia government has unveiled a big part of its plan to meet its target of cutting greenhouse gas emissions by a third by 2020. The 126-page Climate Action Plan is supposed to take the province 73 per cent of the way to that goal. Premier Gordon Campbell calls it the most aggressive environmental plan in North America. 'The plan outlines a road map to a new, prosperous green economy for British Columbia, with a wide range of specific actions which will make the province more efficient, competitive, and productive while reducing greenhouse gases,' Premier Campbell said.

From a Vancouver Sun report on this: Last year, Premier Campbell's government enshrined into law a commitment to reduce province-wide emissions 33 per cent by 2020. Since that time, the government has introduced measures aimed at reducing emissions and meeting the long-range target. On Thursday, the long-awaited climate action plan offered the first comprehensive accounting of the efficacy of plans the government has already announced. In it a private firm estimated that with the plans already in place, the province will get to within 73 per cent of its stated goal for 2020. A team of experts called the climate action team has been charged with the task of providing recommendations how to best achieve the final 27 per cent of reductions for 2020, as well as to determine interim targets for 2012 and 2016. A Nobel Prize-winning scientist and member of the province's climate action team added that solutions to be proposed next month will almost certainly help British Columbia reach its target in full. 'The climate action team is going to provide enough to get you over the top,' said Andrew Weaver, a University of Victoria climatologist. The team is expected to present findings by the end of next month. 'I think it's a big step forward. It's a very good plan,' said Ian Bruce, a climate change specialist with the David Suzuki Foundation.

From a Victoria Times Colonist report on this: 'The challenge we face is enormous but, with decisive action, it can be met,' Premier Campbell says in the introduction to the plan. 'It must be met if we want to sustain the quality of life we enjoy today for our children and our grandchildren. So let's work together and let's make them proud.'

The Calgary Herald - Calgary phasing out weed killers (26 June 2008) Calgary (Alberta) took the first step Wednesday in restricting the use of lawn and garden chemicals—including herbicides, insecticides, and fungicides. The details are still to be worked out, but starting in three years Calgarians will likely no longer be allowed to use chemicals to make their lawns look better. After a full day of impassioned pleas to reduce the amount of chemicals allowed on lawns and gardens, the utilities and environment committee approved a series of recommendations that will do just that. The recommendations will go to the city council next month and, if passed, would require the city to restrict the use of cosmetic pesticides on public land by 2010, while private lawns would be affected in 2011. With municipal restrictions in place, local retailers would be unlikely to sell the products in question. About 135 communities around Canada have pesticide-free bylaws.

From a CBC News report on this: Many homeowners and gardeners are already choosing more environmentally conscious paths. Barbara Letkeman, who lives in the community of Pennbrooke, said she uses natural fertilizers to choke out weeds, and also pulls some by hand. 'Our yard is just filled with birds, trees, and you can't use pesticides. It's going to kill the earthworms,' she said. 'You can't do that.'

The Toronto Star on thermal energy storage can be used by both commercial buildings and homes (26 June 2008) Furniture magnate Gerrit de Boer hopes to have his huge Idomo furniture store in Toronto off the energy grids over time by using two sources of unlimited energy—the earth and sun. Drillers have been boring holes more than 165 metres deep to build a geothermal field of water-filled pipes outside the store to extract heat from the bedrock in winter and store heat there in the summer. He also plans to install a huge array of solar panels on the store roof. De Boer is so confident about the C$1 million-plus project that he's removing 26 huge rooftop gas and electric units that now supply energy to his store. He thinks the project will end up paying for itself within eight years. It's something he says can be used by commercial buildings and ordinary homes alike to beat the rising cost of heating and cooling. He said some cities in Sweden already fuel 25 per cent of their homes with similar installations. Engineer Brian Beatty said he installed a larger version of the geothermal project at Oshawa's University of Ontario Institute of Technology, where they've already realized savings. 'It's all free energy under our feet,' Beatty said.

The Canadian Press - Rideau Canal festival celebrates World Heritage status, aims for 'zero footprint' (24 June 2008) A World Heritage flotilla of decorated boats parading between the Ontario cities of Kingston and Ottawa will be among the attractions at the inaugural edition of the Rideau Canal Festival, which runs 1-4 August. The vessels will represent World Heritage sites around the world. The Rideau Canal is Canada's most recent UNESCO World Heritage Site. (The 202-kilometre waterway connecting Lake Ontario and the Ottawa River was opened in 1832 and is the oldest continuously operated canal in North America.) The Rideau Canal Festival aims to be the first 'zero footprint' festival in Canada, with initiatives to reduce and offset greenhouse gas emissions during the four days to zero.

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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