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5 October 2008
26 was the 26th day of the third month of the 3rd year of Canadian national consciousness rising to invincibility, as indicated by the following press reports:
26 September 2008
The Canadian Press - Canadian average weekly earnings up (26 September 2008) The average weekly earnings of Canadian employees increased by 0.3 per cent during July, up by 2.6 per cent from a year earlier, Statistics Canada reports. July's 2.6 per cent year-over-year rise in pay was up from 2.5 per cent in June. The number of employees increased by 42,900 or 0.3 per cent in July over June, and was higher by 257,700 or 1.8 per cent compared with July 2007.
The Canadian Press on Canadian provinces and U.S. states release proposal to lower greenhouse gas emissions (23 September 2008) A coalition of seven US states and four Canadian provinces released a cross-border proposal to lower emissions from power plants, manufacturers, and vehicles. The Western Climate Initiative (WCI) would establish a regional market to trade carbon emissions in an effort to lower greenhouse gases 15 per cent below 2005 levels by 2020. The premiers and governors will now review the plan before signing on to it. 'This is an important road map for what will be the most comprehensive climate program in North America,' California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger said. The WCI includes British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec, Manitoba, Arizona, California, Montana, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, and Washington. Emissions from the six main greenhouse gases—carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, hydrofluorocarbons, perfluorocarbons, and sulphur hexafluoride—fall under the plan.
From a Bloomberg New report on this: The plan is the first that will cap emissions from all major sources of greenhouse gases. 'It's a more expansive design than anybody has done around the world so far,' said Judi Greenwald, director of innovative solutions for the Pew Center on Global Climate Change in Virginia. An economic analysis said the plan would be a net benefit to participants because of reduced energy use among residential and commercial users.
From a Vancouver Sun report on this: It's estimated that close to 90 per cent of participants' greenhouse-gas emissions will be covered by the cap when the programme is fully implemented in 2015. British Columbia Environment Minister Barry Penner noted that the participants encompass 20 per cent of the US economy and 73 per cent of Canada's economy—and 50 per cent of all Canadian greenhouse-gas emissions.
The Canadian Press - Ontario looks to alternate fuel sources, won't increase ethanol targets (26 September 2008) Ontario no longer plans to boost the ethanol content in gasoline and is seeking a broader range of fuel alternatives as it works to aggressively reduce its carbon footprint. George Smitherman, Minister of Energy and Infrastructure, said the province will instead focus on an agreement signed with California last June to reduce the carbon footprint related to all vehicles by 10 per cent by 2020. 'In the whole world of renewable energy . . . technologies are evolving at an extraordinarily rapid rate,' Smitherman said. Cellulosic ethanol—a biofuel produced from wood, grasses, or the non-edible parts of plants—is being looked at to try to find green fuels that don't put stress on the food supply, he said.
The Globe and Mail on Ontario university sets sights on creating hydrogen future (26 September 2008) At the University of Ontario Institute of Technology—a five-year-old university of 5,500 undergraduates and 100 graduate students in Oshawa—it seems there's a visionary behind every office door. Greg Naterer, the Canada Research Chair in Advanced Energy Systems, dreams of the day that Oshawa will become a centre for the production of hydrogen, a clean fuel, in a hydrogen-reliant economy of the future. 'We have a dream and a vision to eventually build the world's first and largest demonstration plant for sustainable hydrogen production,' says Dr Naterer. While the world's hydrogen market is now C$300 billion a year, Dr. Naterer expects it to reach several trillion dollars a year as early as 2020. The school also sees itself as part of the salvation of car manufacturing in the region, as car makers invest billions of dollars in hydrogen vehicles. The school is building a C$120-million facility, financed by General Motors Canada and the Ontario government, that will, among other things, provide for the full-scale testing of hydrogen vehicles. The greatest problem facing humanity is climate change caused by greenhouse gases, says Dr Richard Marceau, the school's provost. The school's hydrogen research is 'a step toward changing the world'.
The Globe and Mail - Young [developers] driving enviro-condo push (26 September 2008) At the end of July, there were 36 buildings in the Greater Toronto Area—24 of them currently under construction—registered under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification program. Two major developers—Tridel and Minto—have pledged to construct all future projects according to LEED guidelines. It is developers that are driving the move to LEED, and the leaders seem to be family owned companies in which the younger generation is now taking over the reins. 'The next step is to create health-conscious buildings and suites,' says Andrea Kantelberg, whose company, Kantelberg Design, specializes in interior design that is environmentally sensitive and health-enhancing. 'Health issues are fast rising on everyone's priority list. It just makes sense that once LEED is entrenched, the focus will shift to healthy design.'
The Toronto Star - Asian kids born in Canada shine at earning a degree (26 September 2008) Children whose parents immigrated to Canada from Asian or South Asian countries are twice as likely as children of Canadian-born parents to finish university, a Statistics Canada study found. The gap is far more vast than expected. Children who spoke Chinese at home academically outstripped second-generation Chinese who just spoke English or French. The same was true for children with parents from India.
Canwest News Service on Innu Nation and Newfoundland reach New Dawn agreement on mega hydroelectric project (26 September 2008) The Newfoundland government and the Innu Nation reached an agreement in principle that gives the band rights on various Labrador lands totaling 70,000 square kilometres and an ownership stake in the proposed Lower Churchill River hydroelectric project. The Tshash Petapen, or New Dawn agreement, also gives the band compensation for land lost from flooding when the existing Upper Churchill hydro project was constructed in central Labrador in the 1960s. Premier Danny Williams and Mark Nui, Grand Chief of the Innu Nation, announced the deal, which paves the way for development of the 2,800-megawatt Lower Churchill hydroelectric project (enough energy for about 1.5 million households). 'We called this agreement Tshash Petapen because it means new dawn,' Nui said. Negotiations will continue, to reach a formal agreement for ratification by the Innu in early 2009. Williams said the 'agreement will bring tremendous new benefits and opportunities to the Innu people of Labrador, and signals a new era of partnership and co-operation between their people and our government.' Among tracts of land on which the Innu will have various rights under the deal, they will have legal title to 13,000 square kilometres of land, with jurisdiction to make laws on certain specified matters, shared royalties on resources, and an impacts and benefits agreement on developments.
From a Canadian Press report on this: The redress on the Upper Churchill project gives the 2,000-member Innu Nation compensation of C$2 million a year until 2041, when a contract with Quebec expires. After that, the Innu will get a royalty stake in the project. The agreement also includes an impact benefit agreement on Lower Churchill that provides the Innu with payments of C$5 million a year from the time Lower Churchill is sanctioned until it begins producing commercial power. Once it produces power, the Innu would receive a five per cent royalty on net revenues from Lower Churchill for the life of the project. The province wants to develop the multibillion-dollar Lower Churchill project to transmit power to the Maritimes and US. Two generating facilities would be constructed in Labrador with a combined capacity that is enough to supply the energy needs of nearly every home and business in New Brunswick. Lower Churchill has been hailed as one of the most promising sources of untapped, clean, renewable energy in North America. Deputy Grand Chief Peter Penashue said the agreement means 'we will be able to turn our focus, energy and resources to . . . building a safe, healthy and productive future for future generations.'
From a CBC News report on this: 'This agreement signals the beginning of a new era of co-operation and understanding between our governments,' said Innu Nation Grand Chief Mark Nui.
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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