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10 October 2008

2 October was the 2nd day of the fourth month of the 3rd year of Canadian national consciousness rising to invincibility, as indicated by the following press reports:

2 October 2008

Reuters Canada - NATO can't be in Afghanistan forever: Harper (2 October 2008) Prime Minister Harper had initially said Canada would not leave Afghanistan until the country was able to cope for itself, but, earlier this year, agreed to bring the troops back in 2011. 'I think that's wise. One of the things I disagree with some other Western leaders is that our plan can be somehow to stay in Afghanistan militarily indefinitely,' Harper said Thursday. 'If we are to truly pacify that country and see its evolution, we have to train the Afghan army and police so that they are credibly able to take greater responsibility for their own security . . . we won't achieve such a target unless we actually set a deadline and work to meet it. If we never leave, will the job ever get done?'

Reuters Canada - Canadian vehicle sales nudge higher in September (1 October 2008) Canadians bought more vehicles in September for a sales increase of 1.7 per cent year-over-year. Import brands, which have focussed on smaller, more fuel efficient vehicles, saw sales rise a collective 7.8 per cent in the month. Toyota Canada, ranked No. 2 in Canada by sales, recorded its ninth-consecutive month of record sales, up 14.9 per cent from a year earlier.

From a Bloomberg News report on this: Total sales of cars and light trucks climbed to 134,131 in September from 131,827 a year earlier. The increase, the second in five months, was buoyed by car sales, which climbed 5.1 per cent.

Canwest News Service - Canadians park the SUV: kilometres driven at decade-low (1 October 2008) Statistics Canada reported the number of kilometres driven on average during the first quarter of the year was down 3.4% from a year earlier. Light vehicles travelled an average of 3,407 kilometres during the first quarter, the lowest average distance recorded since Statistics Canada began its Canadian Vehicle Survey in the fourth quarter of 1999. The use of large passenger style vehicles, such as vans, sport-utility vehicles, and pickup trucks, dropped by 14.8% in the first quarter of this year from a year earlier, while the use of smaller-style cars and station wagons rose 8.1%. The Federation of Canadian Municipalities and Canadian Urban Transit Association last month released survey results suggesting 20% of city-dwelling Canadians who now drive a car want to switch to the bus, subway, streetcar, and light rail, while another 23% say they will drive less, and 13% claim they're going to start cycling or walking.

CBC News - Electric cars legalized in Vancouver (1 October 2008) The Vancouver city council voted Tuesday to give a green light to low-speed electric vehicles. They will now be able to travel on Vancouver streets which have a posted speed limit of 50 km per hour, meaning they will be able to travel on most city streets. The small light cars are already allowed under British Columbia law to travel on roads with a speed limit of 40 km per hour, but are only allowed on roads with faster speed limits when municipalities vote to permit them.

The Globe and Mail - Newfoundland population up for first time in 16 years (2 October 2008) The number of people in Newfoundland and Labrador has edged up, the first growth in the province's population in 16 years. 'It's very important because I think we were characterized by out-migration,' Finance Minister Tom Marshall said. The trend reversed and by this summer the population had grown by 0.3 per cent to 507,895. The increase was fuelled largely by interprovincial migration. That is expected to continue as Newfoundland and Labrador courts workers in other provinces. 'We're creating more jobs than we have people entering the work force,' Mr Marshall noted. 'We are optimistic that we will see continued population growth in the years to come,' Mr Marshall said.

CBC News - Despite surge in home prices, St. John's still affordable: CMHC (2 October 2008) Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) says prices for homes in the St John's area have jumped more than 30 per cent so far this year. Nonetheless, a CMHC survey ranked Newfoundland and Labrador's capital as the third-most affordable of Canada's major cities, behind only Thunder Bay and London, Ont. The survey took into account not only home prices, but average household incomes and the ability to afford local housing. CMHC is not expecting the St John's market to cool down soon. To the contrary, the federal agency expects housing prices in the metro area to climb by 15 per cent over each of the next two years.

The Canadian Economic Press on mid-harvest outlook outpacing summer forecasts (2 October 2008) A Statistics Canada mid-harvest survey in September found that farmers expect to bring in 27.3 metric tonnes of wheat this fall, up 36% from last year. Canola farmers, meanwhile, now expect to harvest 10.9 million tonnes this crop year, breaking last year's record of 9.5 million tonnes. The anticipated production is 14.1% higher than last year and nearly half a million tonnes better than the July estimate. Ontario and Quebec produce 90% of the country's soybean crop. In Ontario, soybean production is forecast to increase 16.3% from last year. Quebec's production is expected to increase 30.5% from last year to 615,000 tonnes, breaking the old record of 535,000 tonnes established in 2006.

The Globe and Mail - For many workers, school bells beckon (1 October 2008) An overwhelming majority of Canadians would go back to school to learn new skills, according to a poll. Of the 1,144 Canadians responding to an online survey by job site, 87 per cent said they would hit the books if they had the opportunity. The finding shows it is clear people realize that they must keep learning to move ahead in a changing world, said Peter Gilfillan, general manager of Monster Canada.

The Vancouver Sun - Videos in English, Punjabi and Cantonese teach seniors healthy lifestyle tips (1 October 2008) Older British Columbia adults will be able to tune into the Knowledge Network to learn about healthy lifestyle tips, the British Columbia government said in a press release. Ten short videos will be broadcast to encourage older adults to eat healthy foods, get regular physical activity, and make simple, healthy choices that can have a tremendous impact on their overall health, the release said. There are also six videos in Cantonese and six in Punjabi available on DVD and online.

The Globe and Mail - University of Ottawa to host Ontario's first Metis studies research chair (1 October 2008) The University of Ottawa will host the first Ontario research chair in Metis studies. The announcement was made Tuesday by Metis Nations of Ontario president Gary Lipinski, Ontario Aboriginal Affairs Minister Brad Duguid, and Training, Colleges and Universities Minister John Milloy. Creation of the chair was announced last year, and the provincial government provided an initial C$2-million endowment to the Council of Universities in support. The province pledged another C$1 million this year that was matched by the University of Ottawa. The goal is to create a greater common understanding of the Metis in Ontario as well as support the province's aboriginal education strategy.

The Toronto Star - Canadian technology spots snow on Mars (30 September 2008) 'Nothing like this view has ever been seen on Mars,' said Prof. Jim Whiteway of York University, lead scientist for the Canadian-supplied Meteorological Station on NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander. 'The measurement of clouds and precipitation on Mars was done with a lidar. This is technology that was developed in Canada over the last 40 years,' Whiteway said. 'There's never been an instrument like the lidar. So this is the first time we've ever been able to see this,' said Whiteway, one of the Phoenix project team members making the announcement at NASA headquarters. 'It's a major breakthrough,' Dr Alain Berinstain, director of planetary exploration and space astronomy at the Canadian Space Agency, said. 'Dr Whiteway and his team were invited by the US team to participate in this mission because they're the best in the world . . . at these specialized measurements in the atmosphere,' Berinstain said.

The Vancouver Sun - Religious people more generous, UBC psychologist finds (2 October 2008) Religious people tend to be more helpful and generous than others, University of British Columbia (UBC) psychologist Ara Norenzayan said. The prestigious journal, Science, published an article Thursday by Norenzayan and his assistant Azim Shariff that surveys 30 years of wide-ranging research into the relationship between religion and moral behaviour. Psychology experiments, some conducted by Norenzayan, have shown that belief in God reduces cheating and selfish behaviour. And economic studies have shown religiosity increases trust. Norenzayan said religiously-motivated virtuous behavior has played a vital role throughout history in societies that have generally been strongly religious, by encouraging cooperation among large groups of genetically unrelated people. Norenzayen said he is grateful that the global scientific community has become much more open to researching religious behavior.

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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