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26 July 2008
3 July was the 3rd day of the first month of the 3rd year of Canadian national consciousness rising to invincibility, as indicated by the following press reports:
3 July 2008
The Canadian Press - Canadian cities join Quebec City's 400th birthday celebrations (3 July 2008) Belfries across Canada shook in unison Thursday to ring in the 400th birthday of historic Quebec City. From the Peace Tower to churches, bells rang out at 11 a.m. ET. Organizers of the celebratory events in Quebec City have maintained the anniversary is not just for Quebec City, or the province, but for the whole country.
From a Montreal Gazette report on this: From single bongs to a rousing rendition of Alouette on a 23-bell carillon, more than 600 parishes, municipalities, and other organizations signed on. For the most part, the bell-ringing will take the form of 11 distinct bongs followed by 400 seconds of joyous pealing. In St. John's, Newfoundland, Canadian Coast Guard vessels, container ships, and other boats in port will blow their horns, performing a symphony.
From a Fredericton Daily Gleaner report on this: Fourteen Canadian capitals, including the nation's capital, Ottawa, will unite together to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the founding of Quebec City. Councillor Marilyn Kerton, the city's representative to the Canadian Capital Cities Association, said dozens of bell towers in capital regions will ring in unison with more than 500 bell towers across the country. 'Using bells to bring people together in commemoration of the festivities is a meaningful way of uniting all Canadians in a common purpose,' Kerton said. 'This national tie will create a unique moment in time during which all of Canada will celebrate together.'
Canwest News Service - Dignitaries celebrate Quebec City's birthday (3 July 2008) Prime Minister Stephen Harper and other dignitaries wished Quebec City a happy 400th birthday Thursday and hailed the resilience of the francophone culture and the vitality of the French language. 'This day has gone down in history as the founding of a city, a city that was going to become the very cradle of our nation,' said Premier Jean Charest. Gov. Gen. Michaelle Jean kicked off the ceremony by saying this is more than simply a birthday. Ms Jean said that the anniversary is also an opportunity to reflect on Canada's roots and the first encounters between Canada's aboriginal people and European explorers. 'Let's remember that our country was built on the generosity of those people, who saw their rich universe change dramatically,' Ms Jean said. 'Quebec City is giving us an opportunity to explore the beginning of all of these encounters, and all the mixing that came about between French, English, Irish (and) Aboriginal people, and 400 years later, Canada contains the entire globe and it is this whole voyage that we will never forget,' she added.
The National Post - Editorial - The first city of Canada (3 July 2008) We even take our words 'Canada' and 'Quebec' from Samuel de Champlain's outpost on the St Lawrence River. Quebec comes from kebec, the Aboriginal name for the site of the present day city, for 'where the river narrows'. Meanwhile, Canada is derived from the Huron-Iroquois word kanata or village.
The Montreal Gazette on American delegation presents gift to Quebec City (3 July 2008) On Tuesday, Premier Jean Charest and Quebec City Mayor R�égis Labeaume joined with United States Consul General David Fetter, Vermont Governor James Douglas, and Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy in unveiling three stone monuments given to the city. One is from the United States government, the second from Vermont, and the third is from Franco Americans, the descendants of the estimated 5 million Quebecers who migrated to New England in the 19th and 20th centuries. 'We remember who we are and where we came from,' said Claire Quintal, speaking for Franco Americans. Quintal, Fetter, Douglas, and Leahy, whose wife, Marcelle Pomerleau, is from Quebec, spoke in French at the ceremony unveiling the stone monuments.
The Canadian Press - Harper, French PM discuss EU free-trade deal (2 July 2008) Prime Minister Harper met with French Prime Minister Francois Fillon on Wednesday, with a potential free-trade agreement between Canada and the European Union among the topics of discussion. Harper and Fillon also discussed the upcoming G8 Summit, October's Francophonie Summit in Quebec City and the Canadian-European Union Summit to be held in Canada this fall. It is during the fall meeting that the federal government hopes to begin negotiating a free-trade pact with the European Union. Fillon is in Canada for Quebec City's 400th anniversary celebrations.
From a CTV News report on this: Prime Minister Harper praised the shared values of Canada and France, on the eve of celebrations marking the 400th anniversary of Quebec City. The occasion is 'an opportunity to underscore the historic links and common values between France and Canada,' Harper told reporters.
The Canadian Press - Canada's economy to rebound from surprise first quarter contraction: RBC report (3 July 2008) The latest Royal Bank of Canada forecast calls for a bounceback of 1.5 per cent growth in the second quarter of this year, which ended June 30, and three per cent in the third quarter. This will take growth for the year to an average of 1.4 per cent. While it is well below the growth of the Canadian economy in recent years, it is a comparatively robust performance. 'Growth prospects for the remainder of the year are brighter,' says chief economist Craig Wright. One economic area that remains strong is jobs. The economy has created an average of 26,000 jobs per month so far in 2008. And higher commodities prices have been largely responsible for boosting wealth among Canadians.
From a CBC News report on this: The Royal Bank of Canada calls for real growth of 1.4 per cent this year, dismissing the first-quarter shrinkage as a surprise in Canada's 'vibrant' economy.
From another Canadian Press report on this: The report notes that Canadian commodities continue to experience solid demand from emerging markets, and booming resource prices will sustain 'unprecedented prosperity' in the West.
From a Bloomberg News report on this: Economic growth will accelerate to 2.5 per cent in 2009, faster than the bank's April forecast of 2.3 per cent. The economy is rebounding, the report said. Tax cuts announced last year and high prices for the commodities that make up 45 per cent of Canada's exports will lift consumer spending and business investment, the authors said.
The Calgary Herald - Cutting emissions at home (3 July 2008) A program to cut greenhouse gases by making buildings more environmentally friendly is going residential. The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design programme, better known as LEED, which has been certifying commercial, industrial, and institutional projects in Canada, is to include homes by next spring. The Canada Green Building Council, which administers the program in Canada, hopes LEED for Homes will become the first significant step in reaching a goal members set in 2006: To have 100,000 buildings and one million homes in Canada cut their energy and water usage by half by 2015. 'If you look at consumer history in the last few years, first it was alternative health products and medicines, then it's organic food,' says council president Thomas Mueller. 'Then you see the rise of things like yoga and alternative health practices, and now you're seeing it with efficient automobiles. The home is a logical next step. 'People realize that climate change is happening, so people will look for energy-efficient homes.'
Reuters - And the world's happiest country is . . . (1 July 2008) Denmark is the happiest country in the world, according to the World Values Survey conducted by a global network of social scientists. Puerto Rico and Colombia also rank highly, along with Northern Ireland, Iceland, Switzerland, Ireland, the Netherlands, Canada, and Sweden. 'I strongly suspect that there is a strong correlation between peace and happiness,' said Ronald Inglehart, a political scientist at the University of Michigan's Institute for Social Research, who directed the study. The survey was first done in 1981. Overall, the world is becoming happier, say the scientists.
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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