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1 August 2008
11 July was the 11th day of the first month of the 3rd year of Canadian national consciousness rising to invincibility, as indicated by the following press reports:
11 July 2008
The Globe and Mail - Canada's trade surplus expands to $5.5-billion (11 July 2008) 'Canadian trade continues to confound expectations,' Toronto-Dominion Bank economist Charmaine Buskas said after Statistics Canada reported that Canada's trade surplus expanded to C$5.5 billion in May, from C$4.8 billion in April. Over all, exports rose for the fifth consecutive month, increasing 5.4 per cent to C$42.1 billion, as both volumes and prices increased. Imports increased 3.9 per cent to C$36.6 billion, their largest increase since July 2007, with volumes rising but prices declining. Exports to countries other than the US surged 15.1 per cent, surpassing C$10 billion—'their highest level ever', Statistics Canada reported. Exports to the United States increased for the fifth consecutive month, reaching C$31.3 billion, their highest level since December 2006. But imports grew by almost the same dollar value as exports, leaving the trade surplus with the US virtually unchanged at C$8.1 billion. Statscan noted that the trade deficit with countries other than the US is narrowing. 'Since the growth in exports was twice as large as the rise in imports, the trade deficit narrowed to C$2.5-billion from C$3.3-billion,' Statscan said.
From a Canwest News Service report on this: 'This is, without question, a strong report,' TD's Charmaine Buskas said, noting that they weren't just price inflated gains as both the volume and price of exports rose.
The Globe and Mail on new house prices up in May from a year earlier (11 July 2008) New house prices in Canada rose 4.1 per cent in May from a year earlier, Statistics Canada said. Saskatchewan saw the biggest increases. New home prices rose 30.4 per cent in Regina from a year ago and 30.2 per cent in Saskatoon.
From a CBC News report on this: In Winnipeg, prices increased 16.1 per cent in yearly comparisons. In St. John's, Newfoundland, prices increased to record levels, rising 18.8 per cent between May 2007 and May 2008. Meanwhile, prices in Montreal increased to their highest point in three years, rising 5.7 per cent in yearly comparisons.
United Press International - Canadian unemployment stable in June (11 July 2008) Canada's monthly unemployment rate edged up 0.1 per cent in June to 6.2 per cent, yet remained one of the lowest levels in 30 years, Statistics Canada reported. Despite marginal increases in May and June, overall employment in Canada has grown by 1.7 per cent or 290,000 jobs in the past 12 months.
From a Globe and Mail report on this: Average hourly wages, which have been climbing substantially, were up 4.4 per cent from a year earlier to C$21.15. This is double the most recent rise in the consumer price index.
From a Bloomberg News report on this: Some industries remain buoyant. Payrolls for professional, scientific, and technical services rose by 37,100 employees. The trade sector added 12,900 jobs, while the information, culture, and recreation sector gained 10,100 workers.
From a Canadian Economic Press report on this: Canadian employment was virtually unchanged between June and May with 5,000 fewer jobs, as part-time job gains mostly offset full-time job losses.
From the Statistics Canada report: Employment was unchanged in June for the second consecutive month. . . . Alberta saw employment increases of 10,000 in June. These gains pushed the employment rate in the province up to 72.2%, a new record high. Employment growth over the past 12 months has been the fastest of the provinces at 3.1%, largely driven by gains in professional, scientific, and technical services; trade; agriculture; and finance, insurance, real estate, and leasing. Nova Scotia also experienced a new record-high employment rate of 59.3%, pushed by monthly gains of 6,200. Over the past 12 months, employment in the province has grown by 2.2%.
The Calgary Herald on Alberta's broadening prosperity (11 July 2008) The spinoffs from oil and natural gas prices having doubled over the last 12 months are filtering to Alberta's broader economy, said Statistics Canada economist Vincent Ferrao. 'All industries are contributing to the growth, whereas when the trend started a few years ago we saw the big increases in natural resources and mining,' Ferrao said. 'As the province attracts more people, they need services, they needs houses, schools, etc.'
The Windsor Star on University of Windsor signs partnership with Rwanda university (10 July 2008) During a visit to Rwanda, Dr Murty Madugula, head of the University of Windsor's civil and environmental engineering department, was concerned to see children bringing home plastic containers filled with lake water—potentially laden with bacteria disease—for use as drinking water. Using solar pasteurization by filling a plastic bag with lake water and leaving it out in the Rwandan sun for two hours is enough to kill bacteria and diseases, Madugula said. It's these kinds of ideas he's hoping to share with Rwandans, following the signing in June of a memorandum of understanding between the University of Windsor and the National University of Rwanda on sharing technological research and sending Canadian expertise to benefit the rebuilding of Rwanda. Madugula is looking into three main areas: low-tech, sustainable solar water pasteurizers to clean water, heat storage for solar cookers, and solar electricity generation.
The Globe and Mail on B.C. Premier's collaborative approach to working with other provinces (11 July 2008) 'The question for me is what do we have in common and where can we make progress, and let's get on with that,' British Columbia Premier Gordon Campbell said of next week's annual gathering of Canada's 13 provincial and territorial leaders in Quebec City. Mr Campbell said premiers have a responsibility not only to lead their provinces but to think about what's in the best interests of the country. Mr Campbell has demonstrated that he can ignore sharp policy differences with his colleagues by working together. He and Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach are at odds on how to address climate change. Nonetheless, the two premiers struck an accord in 2006 that has removed internal barriers to trade and labour mobility between their provinces, and they routinely hold joint cabinet meetings. Mr Campbell's No. 1 priority for next week's meeting is getting as many other provinces as possible to emulate the accord between BC and Alberta. Mr Campbell said it is critical for the country's economic future to allow Canadians to work in any province, regardless of where they live. 'Frankly, if we can't find unanimity in the country, we're going to take down barriers in British Columbia for Canadian workers regardless,' he said. Next, he would like to see the premiers make more progress on their promise to improve living conditions for Aboriginal communities.
The Globe and Mail - Native cultural centre opens in Whistler (11 July 2008) British Columbia Premier Gordon Campbell was literally beating the drum for a world-class native cultural centre that opened Thursday in the resort town of Whistler that will host the 2010 Winter Olympics. He joined Squamish Chief Gibby Jacob and Lil'wat Chief Leonard Andrew on stage to perform a traditional song to celebrate the Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre's opening. Already, the 30,400-square-foot centre has received up to 300 visitors a day since its unofficial opening on 21 June. Mr Campbell told 300 guests, including Vancouver (Olympic) Organizing Committee chairman Jack Poole, that the centre is 'a gift from the Squamish and Lil'wat people to the people of Canada . . . and the world,' referring to the Olympics. Visitors tour the centre with an Aboriginal guide from one of the two host communities. Each community has a different language, art tradition, and history, but both are tied to the region around Whistler and are equally represented in galleries and multimedia shows. Nearly lost Squamish traditions such as wool weaving are to be re-taught at the centre. 'Whistler is now the world's premier resort and [has been] here for less than 50 years,' Mr Poole told the audience. 'The Lil'wat and Squamish peoples have been here for thousands of years.' Lil'wat elder Priscilla Ritchie called the centre awe-inspiring. 'It upholds who we are', she said.
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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