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3 October 2008
23 September was the 23rd day of the third month of the 3rd year of Canadian national consciousness rising to invincibility, as indicated by the following press reports:
23 September 2008
Canwest News Service on Canada ranked one of least corrupt countries in the world (23 September 2008) Canada is the least corrupt country in the Americas and ranks as the cleanest of the G8 industrialized countries, according to the 2008 index by watchdog Transparency International. Overall, Canada was tied for ninth place among 180 countries. Denmark, Sweden, and New Zealand were tied for the top spot. 'Canada, the high scorer in the region, maintains its place among the 10 countries with the lowest perceived levels of corruption, and therefore serves as a benchmark and inspiration for the Americas,' the organization said.
The Regina Leader-Post - Saskatchewan sets record with retail sales (22 September 2008) Saskatchewan set a record for retail sales in July; Saskatchewan and Newfoundland and Labrador posted the highest year-over-year increase in sales among the provinces, at 13.7 per cent between July 2007 and July 2008. Enterprise and Innovation Minister Lyle Stewart said that the province's strong economy and job growth have increased consumer confidence, and hence consumer spending.
The Toronto Star on $50B transit plan announced for Toronto area (23 September 2008) A C$50 billion plan released today to build new rail, busways, streetcars, and cycling amenities in the Toronto area is being called the most ambitious of our lifetime. There are about 100 projects in the plan, including a network of fast, frequent light rail lines, and an integrated cycling and walking network with more than 7,000 kilometres of dedicated cycling lanes.
From a Canadian Business report on this: 'The Big Move: Transforming Transportation in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area' details the largest expansion of public transit in the region in more than half a century, including 1,150 km of new rapid transit lines and other measures that will more than double the number of trips taken on transit every year.
The Toronto Star on tapping the full benefits of green power in Ontario (22 September 2008) Last Thursday, Energy and Infrastructure Minister George Smitherman directed Ontario's power authority to review and 'fine tune' its 20-year power system plan through attempts to add more renewables—wind, solar, biomass, geothermal—to the mix. Part of this review will look at 'improvement of transmission capacity' in parts of Ontario where grid infrastructure is holding back development of renewable-energy projects. Smitherman, speaking to a crowd of energy-industry officials in Niagara Falls, Ont., made it clear that Canada has to do things differently to tap the full benefits of green power. 'Make no mistake. We are in the midst of an energy renaissance,' he said. 'We aren't just overhauling the infrastructure of our energy system, but the very philosophy of how we will power our homes, our businesses, our communities, indeed our cars, for decades to come.'
The Globe and Mail - A new tilt on an old technology (22 September 2008) John Douglas, who sold his wind power business last year, is back with a new company, Riverbank Power Corp., that intends to build giant underground hydro power generators. Each of the 1,000-megawatt power plants planned will cost as much as C$2 billion. Essentially, Riverbank plans to build hydroelectric generating stations underground. Water from a river, lake, ocean, or flooded quarry would fall down 600 metres of shafts, turn the electric generating turbines, then be stored in huge underground caverns. Power would be generated during the day, when demand is at its peak. At night, the system would buy cheap off-peak power available from other sources to pump the water back up to the surface, where it would be ready to run through the turbines again the next day. If the nighttime power is bought from renewable sources, such as wind farms, the whole cycle becomes 'green', an increasingly important factor for power buyers. Because each plant could deliver flexible power on demand at peak-demand periods, it would be particularly helpful when combined with intermittent sources such as wind power. 'We're almost like a battery for wind,' Mr. Douglas said. And because most of the operations are underground, the environmental footprint is much smaller than that of a traditional hydroelectric plant, he added.
The Canadian Press - N.S. organic delivery service providing healthy foods, helping local growers (22 September 2008) Geordie Ouchterlony's customers can never be sure what they'll be cooking. It usually depends on what he packs in the boxes of locally grown, seasonal, organic food that get dropped off at their door every Saturday. The owner of Halifax (Nova Scotia)-based Home Grown Organic Foods says introducing them to new and healthier items is all part of the fun. Home Grown Organic Foods makes about 300 deliveries a week. Ouchterlony sources his produce and dairy products from organic farmers' co-operatives, distributors and individual farmers, primarily in Nova Scotia. He has a few in Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick as well.
WebMD Health News - Humble honey kills bacteria (22 September 2008) Honey was revered in many early cultures and was considered sacred during the time of Buddha. Now a new study from the University of Ottawa shows honey to be effective in killing bacteria that cause chronic sinusitis, in which the mucous membranes in the sinus cavities become inflamed, causing headaches, stuffy nose, and difficulty breathing. University of Ottawa researchers, led by Tala Alandejani, MD, tested two honeys (diluted with water), manuka and sidr. Manuka honey comes from the manuka bush, also known as the tea tree bush, in New Zealand. Sidr honey comes from the sidr tree in Yemen, an ancient and sacred tree mentioned in spiritual texts. The researchers singled out three particularly nasty bacteria: two strains of staph bacteria, MSSA (methicillin-susceptible Staphylococcus aureus) and MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) and one called Pseudomonas aeriginosa (PA). The two types of honey were effective in killing the bacteria. Even bacteria growing in a biofilm, a thin, slimy layer formed by bacteria that affords resistance to antibiotics, were susceptible to honey. The researchers also found that the two types of honey worked significantly better than an antibiotic against MSSA and MRSA, according to past research. Sidr honey was 63% effective in killing MSSA, 73% effective in killing MRSA and 91% effective in killing PA. Manuka honey was 82% effective in killing MSSA, 63% effective in killing MRSA and 91% effective in killing PA. The study is being presented at the 2008 annual meeting of the American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery.
From a Canwest News Service report on this: Antibiotics tested on the same biofilms didn't kill as many bacteria as the honey. One type, rifampin, killed just 18 per cent of the biofilm samples, and seven more types (including vancomycin) all failed to kill any. Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a 'superbug' that is highly resistant to antibiotics and is a particular problem in hospitals.
From a Canadian Press report on this: 'Honeys differ in their antibacterial properties, not even from country to country but in the same province, and probably even the same farm,' Dr Alandejani noted. 'It doesn't cause side-effects.'
CBC News - Made-in-Nunavut senior high curriculum meets university standards (23 September 2008) Nunavut education officials have worked out a new high school curriculum that not only meets university entrance standards in southern Canada, but also teaches youth about Inuit values, healthy relationships, and personal wellness. The Aulajaaqtut curriculum for Grade 10, 11, and 12 courses replaces an Alberta-based curriculum that Nunavut high school students have had to complete in order to graduate. 'We've sent it to 25 universities in the south and they've accepted it . . . as meeting their entry requirements,' said Cathy McGregor, director of curriculum and school services with the territorial Education Department. The department will continue to develop more curricula for lower grades, she added. Education Minister Ed Picco said the Aulajaaqtut—an Inuktitut word for a formation of flying geese—courses will be taught by educators who are Inuit. Ms McGregor said young people's struggles with self-identity have prompted the department to make that the focus of the curriculum. 'So what are the principles and values that they can take from their ancestors, that are still relevant to life today? And then, how do they live today in the community, in Nunavut, and in the world?' Ms McGregor said the Aulajaaqtut curriculum is a significant step toward the creation of an education system that's wholly made in Nunavut.
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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