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9 October 2008

30 September was the 30th day of the third month of the 3rd year of Canadian national consciousness rising to invincibility, as indicated by the following press reports:

30 September 2008

CBC News - Calgary team shows how to scrub CO2 from the air (30 September 2008) University of Calgary climate change researchers say they are close to figuring out how to commercialize the capture of carbon dioxide directly from the air with a simple system that could be set up anywhere in the world. If they can make it work, it would allow greenhouse gas to be removed from ambient air and reduce the effect of emissions from transportation sources such as cars and airplanes. 'That's the excitement about it. It's a tool for dealing with diffuse CO2 emissions from transportation that account for roughly half of emissions,' said physicist and climate change scientist David Keith, leader of the research team. Over the summer, Keith and his team conducted an outdoor test of its seven-metre CO2 capture tower. Keith believes his team has surmounted one of the biggest obstacles to CO2 capture. For the system to be effective, it must remove more carbon dioxide from the air than it emits as a byproduct of the energy used to run the scrubber. This summer's experiment showed that can be done, said Keith. He estimates that if the electricity used to run the ambient air scrubber were to come from a coal-fired power plant—a heavy emitter of CO2—he could capture 10 times more CO2 than the coal plant emitted. The University of Calgary's scrubber tower experiment will be featured in January on an episode of Discovery Channel's new Project Earth series.

From a Sun Media report on this: The experiment showed the prototype tower was able to capture the equivalent of about 20 tonnes per year of CO2 per year on a single square metre of scrubbing material, which adds up to about the average amount of emissions produced by a North American over the same period.

The Globe and Mail - Canadian economy booms in July (30 September 2008) Canada's economy boomed in July, growing 0.7 per cent, Statistics Canada says. It's the fastest pace of growth since March 2004. Economists had been expecting a 0.2 per cent expansion. The energy sector accounted for about half of the July expansion of Canada's real gross domestic product, rising 3.1 per cent. The heightened activity in the energy sector is a reversal from the downward trend in output noted over the last four quarters. Manufacturing and wholesale activity also added to the economy in July. Manufacturing output rose 1.3 per cent, and the increase was broadly based (with 17 of the 21 major industry groups recording increases). Similarly, wholesale production rose 1.9 per cent, and the gains were widespread. Economists said the July boom bodes well for a relatively healthy third quarter.

From a CBC News report on this: The stellar month was a marked contrast to May-to-June period. Perhaps surprisingly, the manufacturing sector, an economic drag for most of the year, posted a decent production gain.

From a Bloomberg News report on this: Canada's economy expanded at its fastest pace in more than four years in July, signaling the country is recovering from a slowdown earlier this year. The report indicates the world's eighth-biggest economy may be rebounding from the first half of this year. Gross domestic product expanded at a 0.3 per cent annualized rate in the second quarter, after contracting 0.8 per cent in the first quarter. 'Given that GDP was so strong in July, we're probably looking at a reasonably decent third quarter,' said Charmaine Buskas, an economist at TD Securities in Toronto. 'We do think there is a little bit of a resilience in the economy.'

CBC News - Decline in new listings brings balance to real estate market: CREA (30 September 2008) The number of homes listed for sale across Canada fell in August, indicating the real estate market has reached a comfortable balance, figures from the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) show. In August, there were 74,993 new listings nationally, compared with 80,147 in July. That represents a monthly drop of 5.4 per cent, and a 3.4-per cent decline year over year. 'Things are not as bad as some would have us believe. They're not bad at all,' Gregory Klump, CREA's chief economist, said. Downward pressure on housing prices occurs when the number of listings rises while the number of sales fall. Seeing that the number of listings fell is actually a good thing, he said. 'As our analysis shows, the Canadian housing market is stable and home sellers are not under pressure to sell,' said Klump. Close to 70 per cent of real estate boards in Canada reported year-over-year average price gains in August.

The National Post - Bullfrog marches to green drummer (30 September 2008) Established around 100 years ago, Altoba Haven farm near Ottawa is now entirely powered by green electricity from alternative energy provider Bullfrog Power. Altoba is one of almost 7,000 homes and more than 700 businesses in Ontario and Alberta now leaving a smaller, amphibian-shaped carbon footprint. Bullfrog Power only uses electricity from sources that meet or exceed the federal government's Environmental Choice Program EcoLogo standard for renewable energy. In Ontario, green electricity comes from wind and low-impact hydro that doesn't harm the ecosystem. In Alberta, where the Toronto company launched last year, that means 100% wind power. In just one year, 1,000 Alberta homes and businesses, including Wal-Mart, BMO Financial, RBC, lululemon athletica and TD Bank Financial Group, have all signed on.

CBC News - Moncton landfill plans to convert methane gas into power (30 September 2008) Westmorland Albert Solid Waste Corporation, that collects garbage and recyclables in Riverview, Moncton, and Dieppe, New Brunswick, plans to turn methane gas produced by decomposing garbage in the Moncton landfill into electrical power by next year. This would be a first for the province, corporation head Bill Slater said. The electricity would be sold to NB Power. The methane generator would pay for itself within three years, Slater said.

The National Post on hydrogen powered buses in British Columbia (30 September 2008) The rubber just hit the road on British Columbia's 'hydrogen highway'. The first of a fleet of buses powered by hydrogen fuel cells—part of a multi-million-dollar industry-government partnership—was road-tested in Victoria this month. The fleet of 20 buses will be showcased at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games. 'This will be the largest fleet of fuel-cell buses in the world,' says John Tak, president and CEO of Hydrogen & Fuel Cells Canada, the Vancouver-based, national industry association for Canada's hydrogen and fuel cell industry. 'We have made a lot of technical progress in the last few years in reducing costs, improving durability and performance in fuel-cell technology and hydrogen technology to the point that we are now seeing some early commercialization.' This is primarily in the industrial market including forklifts, stationary backup-power systems, and residential co-generation systems powered by hydrogen fuel cells. 'In fuel-cell transportation, we can do the fleet application before fuel cell cars, because we don't need hydrogen fuelling stations everywhere,' Tak said.

The National Post - Saving the world one seed at a time (30 September 2008) From his home on British Columbia's Saltspring Island, Dan Jason, owner of Salt Spring Seeds, oversees his booming organic seed company. Canadians worried about the long-term impact of genetically modified (GMO) products apparently can't get enough of them. Jason also oversees the Seed and Plant Sanctuary for Canada, a charitable organization dedicated to preserving open-pollinated, non-genetically modified organic seeds from all food and medicinal plants grown in Canada. 'It's incredible what's been happening across the country this year,' he says. 'Communities are realizing that food security equates with seed security. People are realizing that their food source will come down to local production . . . .' In eastern Canada, the Toronto-based charity Seeds of Diversity is a living gene bank carrying 1,900 varieties of public domain, non-hybrid vegetable, fruit, grain, flower, and herb seeds. Brewster Kneen, an Ottawa-based food policy critic, says there is also the threat of terminator seeds, which cause sterility in second generation plants or underproduction in first generation seeds untreated with specific biochemicals. In addition, some critics believe that reliance on the relatively few varieties sold commercially by seed production companies is actually causing the loss of thousands of open-pollinated plants that normally would exist through traditional seed-saving practices. 'Three corporations control most of the seeds . . . ,' says Kneen, who will launch a proposed national seed policy at the Food Secure Canada meeting in Ottawa in November. For Mr Jason, the solution is simple: learn to garden.

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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