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30 July 2008
8 July was the 8th day of the first month of the 3rd year of Canadian national consciousness rising to invincibility, as indicated by the following press reports:
8 July 2008
The Canadian Press - Canadians want climate action now, poll suggests (8 July 2008) Most Canadians still want aggressive government action to fight climate change in spite of skyrocketing fuel costs, a new Canadian Press Harris-Decima poll suggests. Harris-Decima asked respondents to choose which of two statements most closely represented their views: 1.) 'Some people say that the high cost of oil and gasoline is a reason why we should take a slower, more cautious approach to dealing with environmental issues such as climate change, so that we don't drive up the cost of fuel and the cost of living even further.' 2.) 'Others say that the rising price of fossil fuels is a reason we must move even more aggressively to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and find alternative sources of energy that are also less damaging to the environment.' Sixty-one per cent said an aggressive approach was more logical, while just 27 per cent said governments should move more slowly. The survey of 1,000 Canadians conducted 3-6 July found that majority support for more aggressive environmental action spanned all regions, income groups, ages, and genders.
United Press International - Canadian government funds wind power (8 July 2008) The Canadian government will help fund a new wind-power project in the province of Alberta. Gary Lunn, Minister of Natural Resources, announced that the Chin Chute Wind Power Project, located southwest of Taber, will receive up to C$9.2 million in funding over 10 years under the ecoENERGY for Renewable Power initiative. The project qualified for the 1 cent per kilowatt-hour incentive under the ecoENERGY for Renewable Power initiative. The wind farm's 20 turbines are capable of generating up to 30 megawatts of clean, renewable power, enough to power nearly 11,000 homes.
The Globe and Mail - Use wood to tackle climate change, forestry group urges (8 July 2008) Ric Slaco, chairman of the British Columbia forestry climate change working group, said production of forest products requires less energy, and generates fewer greenhouse gases and less air pollution and solid waste compared with steel or concrete. Forests, he added, also act as a carbon sink, an important role as the province pushes toward zero net deforestation by 2015. Premier Campbell said BC's forests are 'one of our strongest allies' in fighting climate change.
The Financial Post Business Magazine - Giant Steps (7 July 2008) Among the key features of Wal-Mart Canada's sustainability initiative are hard targets for reductions in its carbon footprint and energy consumption at its stores, a commitment to being Canada's largest consumer of renewable energy, and a sustained programme to offer more environmentally efficient products. At new stores, where additional roof insulation has been added to the design, energy costs are down a full 25%. In February 2007, about 2,000 of Wal-Mart Canada's executives and store managers gathered for their annual conference. The keynote speaker was none other than David Suzuki, Canada's pre-eminent environmental activist. 'Wal-Mart's commitment to sustainability acts as an inspiration and incentive to other corporations to follow suit,' Suzuki said. It was an extraordinary moment. For nearly 40 years, Suzuki has been imprinting his passion and vision for the environment onto the Canadian consciousness. Now he was endorsing the company that many of his supporters considered the antithesis of his goals and values. But even he couldn't ignore the changes that Wal-Mart was making. Peter Robinson, chief executive of the David Suzuki Foundation, says that Suzuki's remarks are indicative of a new direction the environmental movement is taking. Instead of throwing stones from on high, Robinson says that groups are starting to engage with corporations, and even praise the good work that's being done. Wal-Mart Canada has just unveiled what it calls its 'personal sustainability project', wherein each of its 75,000 employees in Canada is encouraged to make voluntary changes in their lives that will have a positive environmental impact, such as riding a bike to work or switching to compact fluorescent lights. John Williams, president and founder of retail consultancy J. C. Williams Group, says part of Wal-Mart's motivation comes from a genuine concern for the environment. 'We're all citizens,' he says. 'We all have families.'
The Canadian Press - Ottawa identifies eight chemicals toxic to humans (5 July 2008) Eight chemicals have been deemed 'toxic to human health' following months of assessment, Environment Minister John Baird and Health Minister Tony Clement announced. The list also includes one chemical, CHPD (Yellow Dye), evaluated as toxic to the environment. One of the chemicals, known as Catechol, appears in solutions used to develop photos and has been used in the past as an oxidizing agent in hair dyes. Catechol has been on Health Canada's Cosmetic Ingredients Hotlist prohibiting its use in cosmetic products since 2007. The chemicals were among 15 identified as top priority in the government's plan to test the toxicity of chemicals in consumer and industrial products.
Reuters Canada - Bank of Canada backs off as credit tensions ease (8 July 2008) Tensions in Canada's money markets have eased enough to prompt the Bank of Canada to suspend operations to get short-term lending back on track. This marks the withdrawal of all of the bank's extraordinary help to once-stressed markets. 'The Bank of Canada is, as far as I know, the first of the G7 central banks that is in the process of unwinding its extraordinary liquidity measures,' said David Wolf, chief economist at Merrill Lynch Canada.
From a Bloomberg News report on this: Bank of Canada Governor Mark Carney said June 19 that three months of normal credit conditions may indicate a lasting recovery. 'Conditions in Canadian markets have improved since the end of April, including funding conditions out to three months,' the central bank said on Tuesday.
From a Reuters Canada report on this: The bank said several indicators have pointed to bank funding costs remaining stable in recent weeks and remaining well below those of other major currencies.
Reuters Canada - Turn off TV during meals or kids may get fat: study (8 July 2008) Studying childhood obesity, University of Toronto nutritionist Harvey Anderson found that kids who watched TV while eating lunch took in 228 extra calories than those who ate without the television on. 'One of Anderson's conclusions is that eating while watching television overrides our ability to know when to stop eating,' the Canadian Institutes for Health Research, which funded the study, said. 'In effect, mindless television watching produces mindless eating. . . . Anderson has some immediate advice for parents—turn the television off during mealtime.'
CBC News - Labrador Inuit struggle to save language (8 July 2008) Nunatsiavut, the governing body of the Labrador Inuit, will begin work on a 50-year plan to save its vanishing language. Nunatsiavut officials will look at expanding programmes, such as the Language Nest founded in 2001 in Hopedale, to expose babies to the Inuktitut language. According to Canadian Heritage, in all Inuit coastal communities, the Inuktitut language is in serious decline. Among more than 2,000 people of Inuit ancestry, just under 500 claim Inuktitut as their sole mother tongue. Doris Boas and her son Cole, 2, used the small classroom in the Nunatsiavut Health Centre for the Language Nest to learn Inuktitut together from a computer programme. 'My parents were fluent and I wasn't taught,' Boas said. 'It's sad because in the past, it was just natural for it to be said; my parents grew up knowing just Inuktitut, and for it to come this far, to almost losing it, it's sad,' Boas said. Agnes Able, who teaches at the Language Nest, said she's heard a lot of first words in Inuktitut from the babies.
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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