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14 August 2008

5 August was the 5th day of the second month of the 3rd year of Canadian national consciousness rising to invincibility, as indicated by the following press reports:

5 August 2008

The Globe and Mail - Ties with China stronger, Emerson says (4 August 2008) Foreign Affairs Minister David Emerson says Canada's relationship with China is improving. 'We've got some momentum going . . . particularly since the Prime Minister met with President Hu [Jintao] at the G8 in Japan,' Mr Emerson told CTV's Question Period. Mr Harper attended the Group of Eight summit in Japan last month, where he met with the Chinese leader. 'We've got a trajectory of diplomatic and other kinds of activities that we are laying out in front of us, and I look forward to starting to put that together,' Mr Emerson said in his first lengthy television interview since taking over as Foreign Affairs Minister. Mr Emerson is known to be a proponent of a strong relationship with China. Wenran Jiang of the University of Alberta's China Institute said Mr Emerson's appointment is 'enormously important'. He said the Emerson statements show a positive trend toward bettering the relationship, calling it a 'good signal'.

The Canadian Press - Nova Scotia reports record-high surplus (5 August 2008) Nova Scotia's government is reporting a record-high surplus of C$419 million for fiscal 2007-08. Finance Minister Michael Baker said the surplus is the highest since the government committed to balanced budgets in 2002. The surplus figure is C$301 million higher than budgeted and C$236 million more than recorded in 2006-07. The province reduced its net direct debt by C$242 million to C$12.1 billion.

The Globe and Mail - Academics, with a cultural twist (2 August 2008) Elijah Smith Elementary School in Whitehorse, Yukon, draws from the nearby community of the Kwanlin Dun First Nation. Of the 18 teachers, half are aboriginal. Principal John Wright and vice-principal Jill Mason, aboriginal herself, explained that in one of the classrooms, teacher Stephen Reid, who goes by his native name, Kawsha, offers a course in Southern Tutchone, the language of the Kwanlin Dun. All but five of the pupils eligible to take languages (which are optional) at the school last year enrolled in Kawsha's class. Of the 320 children at Elijah Smith, half are not aboriginal. At first, many parents of non-aboriginal children didn't want their children in a school so focused on first nations' culture. But eventually word spread that Elijah Smith was much more than that—that it was about new experiences, about other cultures, but also about getting a good education, period. Suddenly, everyone wanted to go to Elijah Smith. While the school has to teach a certain set curriculum that is constant throughout Yukon, Mr Wright realized that for many aboriginal pupils (and most students), traditional 'chalk and talk' methods of teaching were not going to meet with much success. So Elijah Smith pupils get into the environment as much as possible. In one science course, for instance, the children spend the first semester going into the bush with a local elder to learn about the local flora. They learn to classify the different plants, trees, and bushes. They learn the native names for the plants. Academically, achievement test scores at Elijah Smith have been improving.

The Globe and Mail - Going for the gold in green (5 August 2008) Organizers of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver are focusing on green as they strive to make the Vancouver Games the most sustainable yet. All of the facilities and venues have been designed for LEED standards to reduce the environmental impact not only of the Games themselves, but in future years after the facilities have been turned over to the community. The cost of developing green buildings is typically between 2 and 7 per cent more than conventional construction. But Vancouver Organizing Committee projections suggest that the premium will be recovered within five years through lower operating expenses. A district energy system that captures heat from the local waste water treatment plant will supply about 80 per cent of the heat for the athletes' village. In addition, smaller venues are being constructed than in past Olympics, with no parking. The lower capacity means fewer people will come to the community and the Games-related traffic that does take place will be aboard a fleet of 130 buses—20 of which will be hydrogen-powered. 'We've effectively reduced the footprint by about 75 per cent, which is about a quarter of the footprint of past comparable Games in terms of downsizing the venues and reducing the number of buses we need to transport all those people from Vancouver,' Whistler Mayor Ken Melamed said.

The Victoria Times Colonist - B.C. is 'jewel of the Pacific,' PM says (4 August 2008) Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Premier Gordon Campbell helped celebrated British Columbia's 150th birthday Monday, praising the province's history, diversity, and strong First Nations peoples. Mr Harper called BC the 'jewel of the Pacific' and praised BC's strong economy and multiculturalism. The province boasts one of Canada's highest qualities of life, Mr Harper said, speaking both in French and English. 'If BC was a country, it would have the highest life expectancy in the world,' Mr Campbell said. An official birthday cake was wheeled onto a stage on the steps of the BC legislature. Mr Harper and Mr Campbell cut the dessert, with the prime minister smiling as he took a bite.

From a Canadian Press report on this: Prime Minister Harper called the province a shining light that is helping guide the future of Canada. 'As our Pacific gateway, to the unbridled economic opportunities of the 21st century, Canada's future is inextricably linked to the future of BC,' Mr Harper said to rousing applause. Premier Campbell said British Columbia is a diverse province that blossomed from its early gold rush frontier days to a modern, free-thinking jurisdiction that cherishes its aboriginal peoples, its pioneering history, and its willingness to explore new experiences. 'What we've done in this vast, vast land of mountains and valleys is create one of the truly diverse populations in the world,' said Campbell. 'Not just over 200 First Nations, but people from every corner of this world have come over the last 150 years to make British Columbia their home.'

From another Canadian Press report on this: The province has invested in arts and culture projects commemorating its anniversary, with a particular focus on the First Nations who were there before history began to be written down.

From a Vancouver Sun report: This is a year of anniversaries galore in the province as communities, industries, institutions, and families mark the passage of time across what's really—in human terms, at least—a timeless landscape. Newspaper editors, the writers they marshal, and the vast audiences of readers seem equally mesmerized by anniversary dates that end in zero. And in 2008, there will be enough commemorative zeros to keep almost everyone in British Columbia happy. Human occupation here reaches back to the last ice age, perhaps beyond, maybe even to a time before the very idea of time as humans conceive it. So, while those in British Columbia celebrate a brief century of this or half century of that, some say it is wise to keep in mind the pedigree of the story before theirs; the story from time immemorial that still plays out during winter ceremonies in longhouses far from the mainstream media.

The National Post - Doctors learn healing qualities of an apology (5 August 2008) A new approach by Winnipeg health officials—billed as the first of its kind in Canada—involves acknowledging mistakes openly, telling injured patients they are sorry, and having the authority pay for errors when appropriate. Across Canada, hospitals and regional health organizations are slowly abandoning the age-old tendency to 'circle the wagons' and remain silent when blunders occur. They hope the new approach will expose hidden problems, help prevent similar troubles in future, and ensure patients have all the facts. Underlying the new policies is a recognition that something must be done to alter stark statistics on medical error. A landmark Canadian study in 2004 estimated that preventable adverse events in a system meant to heal people cause 9,000 to 24,000 deaths a year. Calgary's policy requires staff to apologize to patients who have been hurt by the hospital—whether or not anyone was to blame—and to explain how it plans to avoid similar problems in future. 'This is a profoundly shifting arena,' said Phil Hassen, head of the Canadian Patient Safety Institute.

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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