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6 October 2008
27 September was the 27th day of the third month of the 3rd year of Canadian national consciousness rising to invincibility, as indicated by the following press reports:
27 September 2008
The Canadian Press - Ottawa already tops yearly budget surplus projections after four months (26 September 2008) The federal government is on track to amass another impressive surplus this year, perhaps larger than anyone thought possible amid a slowing economy. The Finance Department reported the government took in C$1.7 billion more than it spent in July, bringing the surplus for the first four months of this fiscal year to C$2.9 billion. That is already above the C$2.3 billion Finance Minister Jim Flaherty had projected for the entire fiscal year that ends next 31 March. The April-May surplus was achieved at a time when government revenues were being shaved by the one-point reduction in the GST and new personal and corporate tax reductions announced last fall. But the first half of 2008 also saw prices for commodities rise to record levels, bringing wealth into the country, spurring job growth, and pumping up corporate profits. The July surplus was driven by continuing higher tax receipts from individuals, likely reflecting the growing labour force during the period and rising salaries. In addition, the government saved C$500 million in the cost of servicing the national debt in the April-July period.
From a Bloomberg News report on this: Canada's budget surplus widened 48 per cent in July from a year earlier. The C$1.69 billion surplus compares with a C$1.14 billion cushion in July 2007.
The Canadian Economic Press on Quebec GDP grows in second quarter (26 September 2008) The real gross domestic product of Quebec grew 0.2% in the second quarter of 2008 compared to the first three months of the year, the Institut de la statistique du Qu�ébec reported. Annualized, the growth for the second quarter clocked in at 0.9%. Residential investment rose dramatically 13.1%. Consumer spending grew by 2.8% compared to the previous quarter. Desjardins senior economist H�élène B�égin said the positive GDP results 'led to a sigh of relief'.
The National Post on strong year for new-vehicle sales (25 September 2008) Richard Cooper—Vice president, JD Power & Associates Canada (leading auto consultants): 'This looks like it will be a very strong year for new-vehicle sales in Canada. We anticipate that total retail sales will be just under the 1.7 million mark—close to a record year.'
The Toronto Star - Smitherman sees green future in Ontario (27 September 2008) George Smitherman's appointment as Ontario Minister of Energy and Infrastructure in June and clear enthusiasm for renewable energy and conservation, comes at a crossroads for the province. We've just scratched the surface on our commitment to solar power, he says, adding that the price of solar is expected to drop significantly over the next few years. He says Ontario hasn't maximized onshore and offshore wind, or given a serious enough look at hydroelectric pump storage, or enough weight to biomass and biogas as part of distributed energy systems. 'Every day you get closer in one form or another to pricing carbon into fuels, the gap narrows, and the competitiveness of renewables is enhanced,' he says. Smitherman heaped praise on Premier McGuinty for making the commitment to phase out coal. 'Now we have the opportunity on a bunch of these emerging technologies to actually get there before other people, to be part of designing them, and reap the economic and environmental rewards.' Smitherman told McGuinty that key ministries had to work more closely, rather than in silos, if the province was to be a leader in the green economy. So McGuinty is creating a green cabinet committee, bringing ministers in charge of energy, environment, natural resources, northern development, and research and innovation to the same table. 'Creating clusters of collaboration amongst government ministries is absolutely necessary if we're going to stoke the flames of green-collar jobs as vigorously as we want,' Smitherman says. He stresses, 'Nobody should associate me with the status quo.'
The Toronto Star - A dose of green for health care (27 September 2008) Within Toronto's hospitals, toxic chemicals, biohazardous waste, and used materials are disposed of every day, creating an environmental nightmare. 'Greening is a long-term endeavour, but hospitals have short-term economical thinking,' said Jean Zigby, vice-president of the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment. But showing the institutions the financial benefit of greening strategies is starting to work, said Kady Cowan, energy officer at the University Health Network and member of the Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care. Major hospitals in Toronto have started to focus on environmental programmes. The availability of products on the market is also encouraging hospitals to go green, said Cowan. This week at an annual trade show of interior and architectural design products in Toronto, US-based architects Anshen and Allen unveiled a green patient room. The room incorporates environmentally safe products and organic materials, with the idea of bringing natural light and nature into a patient room. The paradigm is slowly beginning to shift as the medical world starts to realize that what is released into the environment will inevitably impact the health of the community they are trying to care for, Cowan said. 'Our business has always been providing health services, and cures, but we haven't looked much at prevention,' said Cowan.
CBC News - Ban cosmetic pesticides in B.C., municipal leaders demand (26 September 2008) Cosmetic pesticides should be banned from use on private land everywhere in British Columbia, according to delegates attending the Union of British Columbia Municipalities convention in Penticton. The delegates called on the provincial government to ban the use and sale of pesticides for cosmetic use provincewide. 'The research has shown the application of cosmetic pesticides is harmful to our kids,' said Penticton city councillor Gary Litke.
The Globe and Mail - Vancouver gives green light to electric cars (27 September 2008) Vancouver is about to become the first major Canadian city that allows manufactured electric cars on its streets. 'Absolutely this is going to result in people buying and driving these cars here,' says Don Chandler, president of the Vancouver Electric Vehicle Association. 'Vancouver has been very active on this issue and the grassroots swell of interest here is amazing.' Vancouver is set to approve a bylaw next week that says the cars can be used on any street where the speed limit is 50 kilometres an hour or lower. That means, for all practical purposes, they can be driven on every street in Vancouver. The city has recently started requiring all new single-family homes to have electric-car plug-ins built in. City staff are also looking at a similar requirement for new multi-family housing and at providing 'opportunity charge points' around the city, in parking lots and on the street. City council members are eager to approve the staff recommendation when it comes to council next week. Mayor Sam Sullivan said he believes it's a smart move for the city to start investing in infrastructure that supports electric cars.
Canwest News Service on leader of Ismaili Muslims praises Canada for its pluralism (27 September 2008) Canada has done a superlative job in bringing peoples of disparate race, ethnicity, and religion together, the Aga Khan, leader of millions of Ismaili Muslims around the world, writes in his latest book 'Where Hope Takes Root: Democracy and Pluralism in an Interdependent World'. Most of the world's current problems, he believes, stem from the absence of pluralism. The Aga Khan is establishing two important institutions in Ottawa. He is setting up the Global Centre for Pluralism, which will study how emerging nations can set up successful societies. He is also building the Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat. The Delegation will hold both the offices of the Aga Khan Foundation Canada and the world headquarters of the Aga Khan Development Network, a group of development agencies that work to improve developing societies around the world. The Aga Khan says peace, material progress, and social unity are worth the effort.
The National Post - An om a day invites calm to stay (27 September 2008) Patricia Lewis likes to start her mornings with meditation. 'If you meditate every day before you do anything, your life goes so well,' she says. Ms. Lewis, 66, uses a spare room she and her husband, Eldon, designated for meditation when they built their home. Ms Lewis is among people discovering the benefits of having spaces in their homes set aside for meditation. Jeannie Patrick, 58, uses part of the living room of her 1,000-square-foot home for meditation. Ms Patrick meditates twice a day and says her small space works just fine. Dick and Pat Wolk, however, have much more space. They erected a 10x12-foot [3x3.6-metre] meditation house in their backyard. 'It's a silent space,' Ms Wolk says.
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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