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28 September 2008

17 September was the 17th day of the third month of the 3rd year of Canadian national consciousness rising to invincibility, as indicated by the following press reports:

17 September 2008

The Vancouver Sun - Tech sector salaries highest in B.C. (17 September 2008) Salaries in British Columbia's tech sector saw the highest increase of anywhere in North America this year, according to the 2008 tech salary survey by the Human Resources Technology Group. Tech specialists—covering careers ranging from software engineers to animators to marketers—enjoyed an average increase of 4.5 per cent in their paycheques, a jump that topped the Canadian average by almost a full percentage point. BC's sought-after tech workers also topped the average increase in US tech sector wages of 3.7 per cent over the same period. The survey found a growing talent shortage in the industry here, with an anticipated 10,000 new jobs expected to be added this year. The talent shortage is translating into even higher increases in key demand areas. Among those are intermediate level manufacturing engineers who saw their pay climb 8.3 per cent in 2008 to reach an average of C$72,000.

The Financial Post - Quebec allows sale of Zenn electric cars (17 September 2008) Effective 4 October, Quebec will allow Toronto-based Zenn Motor Co. (ZMC) to sell its low-speed electric vehicles. Quebec therefore becomes the first Canadian jurisdiction to permit the Canadian-made cars for sale in Canada. Until now, Zenn has only been sold in the US. The two-seater cars, which travel up to 40 km/h and have a range of 50 to 80 km per charge, are built in Saint-Jerome, Que. The cars retail for C$16,900 and cost less than 2ยข per km to operate.

From another Financial Post report on this: 'This represents an exciting milestone for ZMC as this is the first time we can actively market our vehicle at home where the car is produced,' Ian Clifford, Zenn's chief executive, said. Quebec announced a three-year pilot project in July that allows the use of low-speed vehicles. Interest in cars powered by alternative fuels has grown amid a 34% climb in average gasoline prices in Canada over the past year.

The Globe and Mail - Condo boom helps drop curtain on the age of sprawl (16 September 2008) For the first time in generations, developers are now building as much housing inside Toronto city limits as they are in outlying suburbs. One thing is certain: There is no end to high-rise construction in the central city. Record sales from 2007 have turned into record construction this year, with 11,200 new units started in the first seven months of 2008—more than the total number of housing starts in all 2007. 'We're forecasting record levels of high-rise starts for 2008 and very high levels for 2009,' said Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation analyst Jason Mercer. Despite a decline in suburban, low-rise construction over the first seven months of 2008, he noted, regional housing starts are up 32 per cent over the same period this year. The stage for this year's dramatic construction boom was set last year when sales of new high-rise apartments outstripped sales of front-door housing for the first time ever. The result today is more high-rise construction in Toronto than virtually anywhere else on the continent. There are 99 high-rise buildings under construction in Toronto, according to, a website that tracks buildings worldwide, which ranks it second among North American cities to New York City, with 179. On a per capita basis, however, there is currently twice as much high-rise construction in Toronto as there is in New York.

The Canadian Economic Press on Canadians favour green home renovations and energy (17 September 2008) Canadians are becoming increasingly interested in reducing the environmental impact of their homes, a new poll has found. RBC's 5th Annual Renovation Study, based on a poll conducted by Ipsos Reid, found 60% of those surveyed say they will include 'green options' when renovating their homes. The survey also found that of those planning eco-friendly renovations, 30% say improved energy efficiency is among the primary reasons for their renovation plans. That marks an increase in those looking for energy savings compared to last year, when only 14% said energy efficiency was a goal. 'Seventy-six per cent said they believe ecological improvements would increase the value of their home. Interestingly, of those who did, 61% said installing solar panels would increase the value of their homes the most,' the RBC study said. Some 51% of respondents said that they would consider living 'off the grid', and 66% said they would consider green options to enable their homes to produce as much energy as they use. Some 56% felt it would be possible to make their homes produce as much energy as they use in the next five years, while 71% felt it would be possible in the next 10 years. The RBC study was based on an online survey, conducted between 13 and 18 August, of a randomly selected representative sample of 3,733 adult Canadian homeowners.

Canwest News Service on advanced solar community in Alberta (16 September 2008) Residents of Drake Landing in Okotoks, Alberta obtain more than 90% of the power to heat the 52 energy-efficient houses in the demonstration project from the sun. 'This is the first solar project of its kind in North America,' says Keith Paget, the head of special projects for the builder, Sterling Homes, citing the long-term underground storage system that retains the heat collected from the sun in the summer months for distribution to the homes during the winter months. The 800 collectors of the thermal energy are solar panels mounted on garage roofs. 'Drake Landing is also the first project in the world to aim for 90% efficiency in space heating through solar energy,' he adds. Projects in Europe using solar energy as their main heat source have set 50% to 60% as their goal, supplemented through other power sources. 'Early performance monitoring indicates that we are doing better than expected, coming in well over the 90%,' says Doug McClenahan, manager of research and development for active solar with Natural Resources Canada. NRCan is the federal government department leading the long-term solar storage development and is about to set up a second solar project 'more than five times the size' of Drake Landing. The private development in Okotoks is supported by C$7 million from the federal and provincial governments and Federation of Municipalities.

CBC News - Saint John looks at geothermal energy for city buildings (17 September 2008) A Nova Scotia company that specializes in geothermal technology wants to take over the heating and cooling systems in five municipal buildings in Saint John (NB). The system proposed by High Performance Energy Systems of Halifax would pump cold ocean water into underground holes where it would be stored and then used to cool buildings. It would also capture heat from sewage to warm buildings. William Edwards, commissioner of buildings and inspection services for the city, said the system helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and reduces costs to Saint John. 'We intend to reduce our energy consumption for city-owned facilities by 30 per cent. And we intend, in the immediate future, to reduce the rest of the community non-owned city facilities by a minimum of six per cent—which is a substantial decrease,' Edwards said. If Saint John agrees to buy the system, it could be in place by 2010. The city of Halifax is already using a similar set-up to cool five municipal buildings and Mayor Peter Kelly is happy with the system. 'For us, it has worked well and we are looking to expand it. It will be the way of the future in terms of reducing the environmental footprint, reducing the cost and helping the environment for the long term,' Kelly said. Halifax had projected it would save up to 95 per cent of its cooling costs in those buildings for a saving of C$100,000 per year.

CBC News - Aboriginal conference focuses on self-reliance (16 September 2008) Aboriginal people from around the country are gathered in Charlottetown this week, sharing ideas about how to grow their communities without government help. Their future looks bright, says Jason Googoo of Membertou First Nation in Nova Scotia, manager of Membertou Geomatics, an information-technology company that in five years has created hundreds of jobs on the reserve. 'Growing up, I just remember we never had the jobs and opportunities that we have now,' Googoo told CBC News. Lennox Island Chief Darlene Bernard of Prince Edward Island is developing her band's links with private-sector interests and is working with a company to develop wind energy. 'We need to be able to generate our own source of revenue so that we will be sustainable into the future and be able to look after our members,' said Bernard. National Chief Phil Fontaine said there are real opportunities for change now.

The Toronto Star - Strike liquid gold with Ontario's honey harvest (17 September 2008) Yes, mother nature's unadorned sweetener does have a season—a cycle that rushes in with the honeybee's starter source of food—spring blooms and blossoms—then ploughs through summer's heat and finally dwindles with a long, last supper as flowers begin to fade. Fresh honey is abundant now at farmers' markets across Toronto. And the Royal York Hotel's rooftop beehives, known as the Honey Moon Sweet, are ready for gathering, reports chef David Garcelon.

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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