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16 August 2008

6 August was the 6th day of the second month of the 3rd year of Canadian national consciousness rising to invincibility, as indicated by the following press reports:

6 August 2008

CBC News - Manitoba and Sask. to lead Canada in growth (6 August 2008) Manitoba and Saskatchewan should post the highest gross domestic product growth rates in Canada this year, the Conference Board of Canada predicted in its latest economic forecast. Saskatchewan will grow at a 4.2 per cent rate, while Manitoba's economy will expand by 3.6 per cent in 2008, the Ottawa-based business think tank estimated. It forecasts that Alberta will expand its economy by 2.6 per cent in 2008 and British Columbia by 2.2 per cent. Meanwhile, the economies of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island will all post expansions in the two per cent range this year, according to the board. Overall, they say Canada's economy will expand by 1.7 per cent in 2008, improving to 2.7 per cent next year.

From a Globe and Mail report on this: Saskatchewan has enjoyed robust growth because of high commodity prices and strong global demand for its products, the board said. 'The economy is firing on all cylinders,' Conference Board chief economist Glen Hodgson said. Manitoba's economy is also expected to grow steadily for the balance of the year. 'A diversified manufacturing sector, large multi-year capital investment projects, an effervescent housing market, and strong commodity prices will propel real GDP growth to 3.6 per cent in 2008,' Hodgson said.

Reuters Canada - Canada's July Ivey index tops expectations (6 August 2008) The Ivey Purchasing Managers Index shows purchasing activity rose more than expected in July. The index, the joint project of the Purchasing Management Association of Canada and the Richard Ivey School of Business, was 65.5 in July, compared with 69.6 in June. That exceeded market expectations for a reading of 59.5. A reading of 50.0 indicates that activity remained flat from the preceding month, while a higher reading indicates an increase and a lower reading reflects a slowing or decrease. 'The overall headline number has shown some moderation from June, but generally remains strong,' said Charmaine Buskas, senior economics strategist at TD Securities.

The National Post - Forbes report lauds Toronto as economic powerhouse (5 August 2008) Toronto is one of the best places for companies to establish themselves, according to a recent ranking by The Greater Toronto Area (GTA), with a population of 5.213 million, is ranked 10th on a list of the 'World's Most Economically Powerful Cities,' which weighs everything from population and rate of growth to the quality of life in order to determine which cities have the strongest present and future for corporate growth. According to, the GTA's gross domestic product (GDP) value is expected to reach C$327 billion by 2020, still below the other top 10 cities. But its 3% economic growth rate ranks among the highest. According to the report, 'Toronto is still the economic heart of one of the world's wealthiest countries, and it's projected to keep humming through 2020.' The figures are intended to pinpoint long-term powerhouses, based on a comparison of the cities' expected GDP growth from 2005 to 2020, their economic stability, livability, and the ease of doing business, as well as estimated living expenses and earnings for the average worker.

Canwest News Service - Workplaces getting greener (4 August 2008) Experts say the environment has already altered our workplace lives and is poised to overhaul them completely. The idea of compressed four-day workweeks to reduce commutes and conserve energy was floated last week by Nova Scotia's provincial government—just one of many initiatives employers are considering that will change how we work. Office architects are starting to recommend on-site showers and bike lockers for pedal-powered commuters and a few large industrial employers are bringing back the company bus to shuttle employees to work and replace a lot full of cars. 'Businesses are now beginning to take stock of their environmental impacts and account for them, just as they do with their cash flow and all the rest of it,' says Shamus Finnegan of Vancouver-based Green Workplace, which assesses a company's environmental footprint and potential for shrinking it.

Reuters Canada - Canada OKs electric truck use in controlled areas (6 August 2008) Canada has taken a small step to promote the use of low-speed electric vehicles as fuel prices surge and the public grows ever more concerned about greenhouse gas emissions, but it will be up to the individual provinces to decide whether they will be allowed on public roads. Lawrence Cannon, the federal minister of transport, said that Ottawa would allow low-speed trucks that operate only on electric power to be sold across Canada. But he said their use should be limited to areas such as campuses, parks, or retirement communities. However, the provincial governments are responsible for licensing and regulating which vehicles can use their public roads.

From a CBC News report on this: Quebec and British Columbia have launched pilot programmes to test the vehicles on city streets.

The Globe and Mail - Quebec to allow raw-milk cheeses (31 July 2008) Quebec has modified regulations to allow the production and sale of raw-milk cheeses that have been aged for less than 60 days. Producers in Quebec, which leads the country in raw-milk cheese consumption, believe such raw-milk cheese is healthy and point out that Europeans have been consuming such products with no ill effects. Quebec Agriculture Minister Laurent Lessard hailed his new regulations as a North American first.

Canwest News Service - Eco-friendly tugboat makes waves at P.E.I. firm (6 August 2008) Get ready for the latest advance in hybrid vehicles, a tugboat dubbed the Eco-Tug. A Prince Edward Island company, Xero Point Green Technology, is developing the power system for the tugboat for American firm Foss Maritime Company, the largest operator of tugboats in the US. The ultra-clean tug will have a battery bank that will take over from its diesel engines when idling. This will cut emissions by 20 to 30 per cent and allow for fuel savings in the range of 35 per cent. John Stratton, a project manger with Xero Point, said there is Canadian and international interest in the vessel.

From a CBC News report on this: Tugs need enormous engines to push container ships around, but they need that power less than 10 per cent of the time. Operating those engines continuously not only takes a lot of fuel, but requires expensive maintenance. Rick McKenna of Foss believes there could be a huge market for the hybrid. 'It should be really substantial, not just in the United States and Canada but in Europe and China, South America. Any place with a port,' he said. 'If you can get something for a little extra cost, [that] provides your return financially from fuel and maintenance, and cleans the environment. It's just positive, positive. Why wouldn't you do it?'

Canwest News Service - Halifax harbour cleans up (1 August 2008) A year ago Halifax, Nova Scotia's harbour was one of the filthiest places imaginable. However, Halifax is the first off the mark in Canada in upgrading its sewage treatment plants and is showing other Canadian cities that it's possible to clean up even the most disreputable looking harbours. It's the first time in at least 30 years the water is safe for swimming.

From a Canadian Press report on this: The re-opening of the beach comes nine months after the first of three waste water treatment facilities began operating as part of a C$333-million project to clean up the harbour.

From a CBC News report on this: James Campbell, communications manager of the project, said bacteria counts have plummeted. 'Well, the first plant in Halifax came online in November, and the results were dramatic,' he said. Now, lifeguard chairs are back for the first time in three decades. Halifax Mayor Peter Kelly took his third dip in recent days.

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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