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2 October 2008

22 September was the 22nd day of the third month of the 3rd year of Canadian national consciousness rising to invincibility, as indicated by the following press reports:

22 September 2008

Reuters Canada - G7 countries pledge to safeguard financial system (22 September 2008) 'We pledge to enhance international co-operation and to address the ongoing challenges in the global economy and world markets and maintain heightened close co-operation between finance ministries, central banks and regulators,' Group of Seven finance ministers and central bank governors said in a statement. 'We are ready to take whatever actions may be necessary, individually and collectively, to ensure the stability of the international financial system. While the G7 welcomed the US$700 billion United States asset purchase plan, the G7 countries apart from the United States—Canada, Britain, France, Germany, Italy, and Japan—do not plan any measures comparable to the US package to support the banking sector. Prime Minister Harper said Monday that Canada's banking and housing sectors remain strong. 'Canada has been an island of stability throughout this period,' he said.

The Canadian Economic Press on retail sales in July up for fifth month (22 September 2008) Canadian sales in the retail sector rose 0.1% in July from the previous month, to C$36 billion, Statistics Canada reported. Excluding autos, retail sales in July were 0.4% higher on stronger results in five of seven reporting sectors. Home furnishing and electronics stores saw the biggest percentage jump in sales during July, up 1.8% (and 7.2 per cent July-over-July). Building and outdoor home supply stores saw a 1.2% increase, and pharmacies and personal care sales grew 1%. On an annual basis, total retail sales in Canada were 5.2% higher in July than in the same month of 2007, and excluding autos, were up 7.7% year-over-year.

From a Toronto Star report on this: Canadian retail sales rose for a fifth straight month in July, led by gains of 2 per cent for furniture stores, 2.2 per cent at appliance retailers and 2.8 per cent for computer outlets. The report indicates many Canadian consumers haven't had to cut back to cover a jump in energy costs because of higher wages, tax cuts, and low interest rates.

From a Globe and Mail report on this: New Brunswick had the strongest monthly gain in retail sales, up 3 per cent in July (the fourth straight increase). Sales were also strong in Nova Scotia, up 1.1 per cent, and in Newfoundland and Labrador, up 2.2 per cent. The 0.7 per cent sales increase in Quebec was the fourth advance in as many months.

From a CBC News report on this: BMO Capital Markets forecasts overall retail sales growth in Canada of two per cent for both the third and fourth quarters of the year.

From another Canadian Economic Press report on this: 'With the earlier-reported 2% surge in real manufacturing shipments for July following a 0.4% rise in June, this recent data augurs well for overall GDP growth in the month to strengthen to a 0.2% gain compared to a 0.1% rise in June and a 0.1% drop in May,' RBC assistant chief economist Paul Ferley said.

From a Canadian Press report on this: RBC still projects overall economic growth of 2.5 per cent on an annualized basis in the third quarter just ending.

The Financial Post - Abu Dhabi airline seeks Open Skies with Canada (19 September 2008) Abu Dhabi-based airline Etihad Airways wants an Open Skies agreement with Canada. 'We're very keen to be able to expand our services out of Toronto,' chief executive James Hogan told the Financial Post. He is visiting to meet with government officials about getting increased access to Toronto's Pearson International Airport. Regulations in Canada limit the amount of flights to the UAE to six per week. Dubai-based Emirates Air and Etihad each fly three times a week. Etihad is one of the world's fastest-growing airlines. This summer it placed one of the largest aviation orders in commercial history: 205 planes for US$43 billion. Etihad eventually wants to fly out of cities like Vancouver or Calgary, but not until it can secure daily flights out of Toronto, Mr Hogan said. '[In the UAE] we have an open skies environment and we would love to see a Canadian airline fly anywhere within the UAE every day,' he said.

The Globe and Mail - Montreal rolls out bike-sharing plan (22 September 2008) As of today, Montreal will start to showcase its bike-sharing program—the Bixi—that the city hopes will help re-brand Montreal into one of North America's most bicycle-friendly cities. Use a membership-acquired 'smart' key or credit card to unlock a bike at a docking station. Ride. Return the bike to a station at any location. The bikes are the emblems of a growing international movement to promote bicycle-sharing in an era of greenhouse-gas consciousness and rising fuel prices. About 100 cities worldwide, most in Europe, have embraced bike-sharing programmes, and a number of Canadian cities, including Toronto, are examining the idea. Washington, DC, became the first city in North America to unveil its own programme with 120 bikes this summer. Those familiar with North American schemes say Montreal's is the most ambitious. 'It's probably going to be the largest bike-sharing program in North America,' said Paul DeMaio, a bike-sharing consultant in the Washington, DC, area. 'I think Montreal's is going to be one of the best.' Montreal's programme—40 bikes will be on demonstration for free for the next six weeks—will get its official rollout in the spring, with 2,400 bicycles available at 300 solar-powered stations across the city. Mayor G�érald Tremblay says the Bixi fits into Montreal's attempt to promote alternative modes of urban transit. 'It's a change of culture,' he said.

The Globe and Mail - Boys and girls, separate but equal (22 September 2008) Today's same-gender schools are creating new traditions based on burgeoning research into neurocognitive development. As parents learn more about how brain development differs in their sons and daughters, it is fuelling a heightened interest in same-gender education. 'Outside of smaller faith-based schools, we haven't seen much growth in terms of new schools, but in the last 10 years there's been a real resurgence of interest in gender and upward enrolment, especially in girls schools,' says Jim Christopher, executive director of the Canadian Association of Independent Schools. His organization's 79 members include 18 all-girls and seven all-boys schools, representing more than 13,000 students, which he estimates is 85 per cent of the same-gender private school population in Canada, excluding religious schools. Toronto's all-boys Upper Canada College (UCC), has 1,120 students from kindergarten to university entrance. Mary Gauthier, director of UCC's centre for learning, says her role in helping boys succeed is rooted in research that maps the brain development of boys, how it differs from that of girls, and what that means in terms of education.

The Canadian Press - StatsCan: children of Asian, Indian immigrants have highest rate of university education (22 September 2008) A Statistics Canada study found that the children of Chinese and Indian immigrants have the highest rate of university education in Canada at 65 per cent, compared to about 28 per cent of the children of Canadian-born parents.

From a CBC News report on this: 'Family values of immigrants tend to emphasize education and because of that, their children have high aspirations,' said Feng Hou, a Statistics Canada analyst.

The Canadian Press - Education Ministers launch new effort to attract foreign students (22 September 2008) Provincial education ministers are banding together in a bid to attract more foreign students to study and possibly stay in Canada, it was revealed Monday at a meeting of education ministers in Fredericton, New Brunswick. 'The Canadian brand is strong because people know Canada as a country for welcoming people of diverse backgrounds,' New Brunswick Education Minister Kelly Lamrock said. 'They also know Canada as . . . a place of high quality education.' He told reporters that attracting more foreign students will also improve the learning environment for Canadian students. 'Making sure that our schools and places of learning are as diverse as the world where graduates will enter is important,' said Lamrock. 'Every campus that welcomes international students becomes itself a place where more ideas, more opinions, more diverse thoughts can be heard and understood by others, and teaches all of us about the world around us.'

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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