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1 October 2008

20 September was the 20th day of the third month of the 3rd year of Canadian national consciousness rising to invincibility, as indicated by the following press reports:

20 September 2008

The Globe and Mail on President Sarkozy's visit to herald a new era in France's relations with Quebec and Canada (20 September 2008) For the first time, a French President will speak before the Quebec National Assembly when Nicolas Sarkozy delivers an address next month heralding a new era in France's relations with Quebec and Canada. Mr Sarkozy's historic keynote address will be delivered on 17 October. It coincides with the opening of the summit of la Francophonie—a body comprising 55 French-speaking member states and governments—gathered in Quebec City. Mr Sarkozy, who holds the rotating presidency of the European Union, also plans to attend the three-day Canada-EU summit in Montreal, which also begins on the same day. The summit is expected to inaugurate transatlantic trade talks aimed at integrating Canada's economy with the 27 member countries of the European Community. For the past two years, Quebec Premier Jean Charest has been pursuing a free-trade agreement with Europe. In fact, during Mr Sarkozy's visit, Quebec expects to sign a precedent-setting manpower mobility agreement with France. The pact would allow qualified personnel from various professions working in France or Quebec to move freely between the two jurisdictions without having to pass required qualifying tests. For Mr Charest, the manpower mobility agreement with France could set the tone for launching talks on a Canada-EU trade agreement.

The Canadian Press - TSX volume tops one billion shares in second straight day of record trading (19 September 2008) Volume on the Toronto Stock Exchange topped one billion shares for the first time Friday as the market vaulted upward in a massive rally. More than 1.1 billion were traded, topping the previous session's record of 861.2 million Before that, the market's busiest day had been 711.4 million shares on 16 August 2007.

The Financial Post - Commentary - Crisis? What crisis? (18 September 2008) A columnist was struck by the 'stark disconnect' between the financial meltdown and the real economy, as evidenced by an 18 September release from StatsCan. 'Wholesale sales rose 2.3% in July to C$46.2 billion as increases across a number of sectors contributed to a fifth consecutive monthly gain.' . . . . The writer pointed out that the financial crisis 'is a current event' while the economic data report events from July and August. But the leading indicator is also contrarian. . . . .

The Globe and Mail - Housing foundations solid (20 September 2008) The essential facts of the Canadian housing market—consumer confidence, strong employment and affordable interest rates—will prevent the balancing of the housing market from being a rout. In Ontario prices are up, despite an increase in listings. Of the eight major Ontario housing markets, prices are up for the year in seven, by about 5 per cent in most markets.

Reuters Canada - Bank of Canada sees tame inflation, not too low (18 September 2008) The rate of underlying inflation in Canada is well below the Bank of Canada's 2 per cent target but not so low that it suggests economic weakness, Deputy Governor John Murray said on Thursday. To guide it in monetary policy, the bank closely watches core inflation, which excludes volatile items such as gasoline and is considered a more reliable measure of long-term price trends. Core inflation stood at 1.5 per cent in July.

The Canadian Economic Press - Canadian urban transit use continues to grow (19 September 2008) Commuters in Canada's biggest cities continued to increase their use of transit in July, according to figures by Statistics Canada. Ridership in the country's 10 largest urban transit systems was up 4.9% from the same month last year, at 108.5 million trips, compared with 103.5 million in July 2007 and 92.5 million in July 2006. The centres measured represent the country's largest metropolitan areas accounting for about 80% of total urban transit in Canada.

CBC News - Western School Board bans energy drinks from schools (19 September 2008) Students who attend school within the Western School Board in Prince Edward Island are no longer allowed to bring energy drinks onto school property. Members of the school board made the decision to ban the drinks because they are concerned the drinks contain too much caffeine and are unhealthy for students. 'There are issues concerning the use of energy drinks, the consumption basically leading to stimulated youngsters, followed shortly thereafter by periods of listlessness, tired, unable to concentrate, being inattentive,' Dale Sabean, superintendent for the Western School Board, told CBC News. The energy drinks vary in strength and may contain up to three times as much caffeine as a cup of coffee. One student named George said he no longer consumed the energy drinks because he wasn't able to remain still in class after drinking one. He said that later he would lose all of his energy and then go to sleep.

The Toronto Star - Helping green rise to the top (20 September 2008) Toronto is the country's leader in green roofs. The city claimed the top spot in 2007 for the most green roof space added in a year (more than 7,700 square-metres). Environment Canada's 2002 Green Roof report estimated that greening 6 per cent of Toronto's rooftops—about 6.5 million square metres or 1 per cent of the city's land area—would reduce the city's summer air temperatures by one to two degrees Celsius. Shortly after this report, the City of Toronto adopted green roofs as part of its strategy to fight pollution, reduce summer temperatures and minimize storm water runoff. More developers have now started to contemplate 'green roofs' for their new residential highrises.

The Globe and Mail on new eco-friendly paper product stores in Canada (19 September 2008) Heather Reisman, chief executive officer of Indigo Books & Music, says Indigo's next big venture is a chain named Pistachio selling environmentally friendly gift, paper, and beauty products. The first store is set to open 15 October, but Ms Reisman envisages 'a couple of hundred' outlets in Canada and the United States. She thinks there's a worldwide market for the stationery, journals, and paper plates being made in Canada on recycled and recyclable paper, using vegetable and soy inks. Industry observers familiar with Ms Reisman's plans credit her with having sought advice from top environmentalists, including David Suzuki, and doing her eco-homework. At Pistachio, many gifts and paper products will be priced at the same level as those at Indigo. But some of the eco-products may run 15 per cent higher as a result of smaller-scale production, organic and sustainable ingredients, and often local production.

The Globe and Mail on Canadians increasingly non-partisan and non-ideological (20 September 2008) The real seismic adjustment of the electorate is not from one ideological camp to another. Rather it's a drift to a rejection of all ideology and theoretical ideas of governance and society. Canadian voters over the past quarter-century have indicated to academic investigators that most of them can't define right or left or care about the distinction. They increasingly think of themselves as non-partisan and non-ideological. They have the weakest political-party affinity in the Western world. Frank Graves, president of Ekos Research Associates, which does in-depth polling in Canada, says in the late 1980s and early 1990s, 40 per cent of Canadians self-identified as small-l liberal, 25 per cent identified as small-c conservative and 35 per cent said they were neither. Today, he says, 28 per cent identify as conservative, 24 per cent as liberal and a whopping 48 per cent say they are neither. The 2000 Canadian National Election Study presents a similar picture. It says 18 per cent of Canadians identify themselves as being on the right, 13 per cent say they're on the left, 39 per cent say they're somewhere in the centre and 29 per cent don't know where they are, putting the non-ideological total at 68 per cent. Less than 15 per cent of the electorate consider themselves 'very strong' partisans. Canadians have seen a succession of left and right governments that have promised cure-alls for society's ailments but failed to deliver. Ideological fatigue has set in: Canadians have become tired of the left-right arguments. They have become pragmatic, eclectic, and interested only in what works.

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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