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9 September 2008
24 August was the 24th day of the second month of the 3rd year of Canadian national consciousness rising to invincibility, as indicated by the following press reports:
24 August 2008
The Canadian Press - Giant atom-smashing experiment could alter our understanding of the universe (23 August 2008) Canadian scientists are at the forefront of the world's largest science experiment. In experiments beginning next month, the $10 billion Large Hadron Collider, a giant atom-smasher deep under European soil, will re-create what happened in the split second after the Big Bang, mind-bending science that may shatter existing theories of physics and prompt the discovery of new particles and unknown dimensions. Nigel Lockyer, director of Canada's TRIUMF national particle and nuclear physics laboratory at the University of British Columbia, said the endeavour could shed light on the existence of dark energy and dark matter. 'We're on the edge of a major breakthrough in understanding the universe,' Lockyer said at TRIUMF's sprawling compound. The world's largest scientific instrument, ATLAS, will analyze the aftermath of the particle collisions and also send data to 10 labs worldwide, including TRIUMF, for analysis. Five universities—the University of Victoria, Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, B.C., the University of Toronto, the University of Alberta in Edmonton and McGill University in Montreal—will crunch the data produced by TRIUMF.
The Globe and Mail - Back to school on the company tab (23 August 2008) For those thinking about heading back to school to update skills or make a big career leap, there's a very good chance their company will pick up the tab. A July 2008, survey from The Institute for Corporate Productivity in Seattle [Washington state, USA] found that 81 per cent of participants offered employee tuition reimbursement programmes. Of the major corporations with more than 10,000 employees, a full 92.5 per cent said they pay for schooling. Many human resources managers claim that supporting their schooling helps recruit and retain employees and makes for a more educated, motivated work force. At international consultancy KPMG last year, a full 11 per cent of employees took advantage of the programme, says Geri Markvoort, HR director of Total Rewards at KPMG in Toronto. Ms Markvoort says her company pays 100 per cent of the tuition's cost if it is relevant to the current position and 75 per cent if it could be used in another job someday.
Canadian Business - Condo sales reach new heights in July (22 August 2008) There were more new condos sold in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) in July than in any month so far this year. and condos climbed to the highest monthly market share ever witnessed in the GTA, Michael Moldenhauer, president of the Building Industry & Land Development Association, revealed. There were 3,135 new homes and condos sold in the GTA in July, bringing total new home sales (January-July) to over 20,000 units. Nearly three out of every four units sold in July were high-rise condo suites. 'We thought it was remarkable when monthly condo market share reached into the high 50 per cent range last year so this new high is particularly noteworthy,' said Moldenhauer.
The Toronto Star - High expectations for condo craze (23 August 2008) While there is a slowdown in real estate in many markets, at the top end, records are still being broken. The most expensive condo in Canada is the C$25 million penthouse at One Bloor in Toronto, sold to a Hong Kong buyer. In Toronto there are far more luxury projects than ever before. The good news for Toronto is that prices did not get as carried away as in many other big cities during the boom. 'Toronto's luxury condominium market is a bargain compared to other international cities, even though the quality of the product is comparable,' says Jeanhy Shim, president of ThinkBUILD Consulting. Toronto is considered the most active condominium market in North America, with 290 projects tracked in the second quarter of 2008, according to research firm Urbanation. That compares with 247 projects last year. A need to be in the city core, close to financial districts has turned condominiums into a lavish statement for the ultra wealthy. Forbes magazine this month rated Toronto as the 10th most economically powerful city in the world.
The Canadian Press - Localizing food production would decrease disease outbreaks: B.C. doctor (23 August 2008) Vancouver Island Health Authority's medical health officer says people might not be dying from consuming mass-produced food items if food was grown and eaten locally. And, says Dr Lorna Medd, that applies not only to Canada but also to the rest of the world. She says localizing food systems would decrease the scope of disease outbreaks that have been seen in recent years.
The Financial Post - B.C. a magnet for wind-energy consultants (23 August 2008) British Columbia is luring a growing number of renewable energy consulting companies eager to get in on one of the hottest areas for wind power development in Canada. Scottish firm SgurrEnergy is the latest to hang its shingle in Vancouver, where a growing number of developers have come to tap a wind energy potential estimated at 5,200 megawatts, enough to power a million homes. 'Wind is now the closest technology, in terms of price, to fossil fuels and therefore has sparked a lot of investment,' said Eric Walker, who plans to open Sgurr's BC office next month. 'And in Canada you're looking at 20 times growth potential for wind.' A number of major on- and offshore projects have been proposed by companies. That has created a demand for experts who can evaluate wind resources, both for developers and financiers. In addition to Canadian firms, other overseas players are also being drawn in. United Kingdom-based Garrad Hassan and Partners, which calls itself the world's leading renewable energy consultancy, opened a Vancouver office in May. It all spells good news for those working to deliver the first wind electricity onto the BC grid.
The Canadian Press - B.C. Hydro's call for clean energy could field up to 200 proposals, say experts (24 August 2008) Experts suggest as many as 200 proposals could result from a call for clean energy projects issued last June by BC Hydro (British Columbia). The Crown corporation will announce its choices in June 2009. BC Hydro said it made 5,000 gigawatts of power available for the clean energy projects, enough energy to power 500,000 homes. Hydro uses up to 54,000 gigawatts annually, but has its sights set on getting 90 per cent of its power from clean and renewable sources and being energy self-sufficient by 2016. Wind power and run-of-the-river, where constantly flowing water keeps turbines moving, are expected to make up the majority of the clean-power proposals. Some solar proposals are also expected. Energy expert David Austin said the clean power call has the potential to do more than just provide clean, renewable energy. It can also help control rising energy costs. 'It's exciting that people are interested, because the more people who are interested, the lower the prices are going to be because the greater the competition will be,' he said. Austin noted that British Columbia's rugged, remote, and vast landscape provides energy entrepreneurs with numerous opportunities to develop clean energy. The BC government has embarked on a clean energy initiative to cut greenhouse gases by one third by 2020. 'All new electricity-generating projects are going [to] have to have zero net greenhouse gas emissions,' said BC Hydro spokesman Dag Sharman.
The Canadian Press - Ottawa opens Canada's first whale sanctuary in the North (22 August 2008) Canada's first sanctuary for bowhead whales has been created in the eastern Arctic waters frequented by the bus-sized mammals. Environment Minister John Baird announced the establishment of a whale habitat around the northeast coast of Baffin Island, along with the creation of two wildlife and bird sanctuaries. More than 336,000 hectares of Isabella Bay will now be protected as the Niginganiq National Wildlife Area. Named for their enormous bow-shaped skulls, bowhead whales were hunted voraciously in the 17th and 18th centuries. By the early 20th century, the whales were near extinction. Environmental groups welcomed the announcement. 'Protecting the bowhead whales of Niginganiq has been a 26-year marathon effort,' Mike Russill of WWF Canada said. The deal also set aside the 77,400-hectare Akpait and 39,800-hectare Qaqulluit national wildlife areas. These areas are home to large flocks of sea birds, including Canada's largest colonies of thick-billed murres and northern fulmars. Walruses, seals, and polar bears also frequent the region.
From a Reuters Canada report on this: The federal government and a number of Inuit groups unveiled a pact that will shelter the habitat of polar bears, bowhead whales, and other animals in Nunavut, a territory the size of Western Europe. It will also help protect seals, walruses, and various migratory bird species. Ottawa will spend C$8.3 million on the pact, which will create three new national wildlife areas on and around Baffin Island, Canada's largest island.
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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