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15 October 2008
4 October was the 4th day of the fourth month of the 3rd year of Canadian national consciousness rising to invincibility, as indicated by the following press reports:
4 October 2008
Canwest News Service - Canadians confident, survey finds (4 October 2008) Despite turmoil in global financial markets, most Canadians are confident about this country's ability to weather the storm, according to a new poll. Almost three-quarters (73 per cent) of Canadians describe the economy as 'good' or 'very good', while just 25 per cent say it's on the rocks, finds the Ipsos Reid survey conducted for Canwest News Service and Global National. Job anxiety remains at one of its lowest points of the last 18 years, Ipsos reports, with just 14 per cent of Canadians saying they or a family member are worried about losing their jobs. Just two per cent of Canadians say they've had difficulty getting a loan recently because of the economy. 'The perspective among Canadians is that we are different,' says Darrell Bricker, CEO of Ipsos Reid Public Affairs. The poll of 1,009 Canadian adults was conducted 30 Sept. to 2 Oct., in the thick of the bad financial news from outside Canada this week, he says.
The Toronto Star on why Canada may dodge crisis (4 October 2008) Canada is in surprisingly good shape, all things considered. Tumbling commodity prices have figured into the TSX drop. Yet the wider economy is doing well. Employment is stable or growing in most sectors. The Canadian jobless rate for last month was 6.1 per cent, down from 7.5 per cent in 2002. The Canadian banking sector is conspicuously sound, having for the most part resisted the packages of subprime loans offered to them. Corporate balance sheets are relatively strong since companies opted in the boom years to finance expansion where possible from retained earnings rather than bank loans. Homeowners haven't lost their home equity. And as the only G-8 nation with successive federal budget surpluses over the past decade, Canada is much better equipped to provide fiscal stimulus if needed. On the other side of the current malaise is a likely resumption in rising global demand for Canadian commodities.
The National Post - Car sharing in condos (4 October 2008) Scott McLellan, senior vice-president of sales and marketing for Tribute Communities, says that parking—at least in Toronto's downtown buildings—isn't the must-have for condo buyers that it once was. In fact, with gas prices going up and the environmental costs of driving becoming better known, many condo buyers who live and work downtown are choosing not to own cars at all. To give buyers an alternative to having their own cars, many Toronto condo developers are partnering with car-sharing companies. 'There are a lot of new condos doing it. I get a call basically every day from a developer,' says Kevin McLaughlin, president of AutoShare, a Toronto-based car-sharing programme, with vehicles in more than 100 locations across the city. For residents, it means they have a vehicle on hand to use just when they need it; for developers, it can mean extra points toward Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification, as well as trade-offs with the city to include fewer parking spaces than otherwise required. Generally, developers are offered a 10-car parking reduction for every AutoShare car they introduce, for a major cost saving.
The National Post - Blue is the new green for developers (4 October 2008) The developers on the forefront of green design are turning to water-saving measures as the next big step toward true sustainability. Looking to stay ahead of the conservation curve—and to earn additional points toward LEED certification while they do—Toronto developers are finding ways to save water and change consumption habits. Minto's newest condominium, Minto-KingWest, will include a series of decorative pools beside the building. In addition to esthetic appeal, they will collect rainwater that will be stored and pumped to irrigate the landscaping. 'Blue is the new green,' says Andrew Pride, vice-president of Minto's Green Team. Toronto is becoming more and more concerned about potentially pollutant storm-water runoff. To reduce runoff, some developers are introducing initiatives such as green roofs, which help soak up rainwater, or, like Minto, building cisterns to collect rainwater for non-potable uses.
The Ottawa Citizen - Green on top (4 October 2008) Grass rooftops feed oxygen back into the atmosphere, bringing down the outside temperature. (They also insulate homes from summer heat.) Last year, Dave Cherry installed a green roof on his home in Hintonburg, Ontario. 'The primary benefit for me is that it can reduce the energy I use for cooling my house by 50 per cent,' says Cherry. Large-scale roof gardens can also be found on commercial buildings. Benefits include bio-diversity, energy efficiency, (roof) membrane durability, waste reduction, stormwater management, air purification, and reducing heat and noise in the urban core, says Steven Peck, president of the Toronto-based, non-profit, Green Roofs for Healthy Cities.
CBC News - Flooded coal mines explored as answer to high heating bill (3 October 2008) Health officials are looking to tap into the water in the coal mines below a Cape Breton hospital for a cheaper way to heat and cool the building. The Cape Breton District Health Authority hired a consultant to investigate the prospect of geothermal energy for the Glace Bay Health Care Facility. The entire district uses more than four million litres of oil, which diverts funds from health care, said health district vice-president Jim Merkley. 'Our concern is to . . . avoid a situation where we are taking money from patient care services and directing that to the cost of our oil budget. This would remove that threat from the Glace Bay hospital at least. Conceivably, it would remove our oil bill altogether.'
Canwest News Service - Air pollution on the decline in B.C., report shows (3 October 2008) Peak levels of two significant air pollutants have shown a downward trend in a number of Lower Mainland municipalities in British Columbia over recent years, according to a report by the BC Lung Association. The authors of the State of the Air 2008 report credit emissions reduction programmes and the closure of oil refineries for drops in high levels of nitrogen dioxide and sulphur dioxide in the air. 'We see some encouraging trends,' said Dr Ray Copes, a University of British Columbia professor and director of environmental health services at the BC Centre for Disease Control. Copes said further research is needed to determine whether overall air quality has improved. The report analyzed only levels of pollutants over one-hour periods on particularly bad days, rather than broader averages. Although these numbers look positive, Copes said further emission controls would help.
The Toronto Star - Global program makes a world of difference (4 October 2008) Phee Vania's 'business trip' to Davao City, Philippines involved communal townhouses and shared meals instead of five-star hotels and gourmet meals. Vania, a Global Program Manager at IBM in Toronto, spent the month helping to solve local business problems. She was teamed with other Canadian colleagues and IBM employees across the globe. Vania returned to Toronto with knowledge of a different culture, their business industry, and their needs. 'If you want to remain competitive, you're no longer dealing with physical neighbours. Business is involving the entire world so you have to understand international markets,' Vania observed. Vania's experience was exactly what IBM had hoped for when they launched their 'global citizens portfolio', a part of their corporate service corps initiative. IBM workers across the world were hand chosen to go to countries such as the Philippines, Vietnam, Ghana, Tanzania, Turkey, and Romania to help small businesses strengthen their strategies and use of technology. IBM worked with Digital Opportunity Trust, an Ottawa-based organization, who helped the company organize communal housing and cultural foods. 'We wanted a large part of this to be a cultural learning experience so employees weren't going there to eat North American style food,' said Dave Robitaille, IBM Canada's manager of corporate citizenship and corporate affairs.
The National Post on some physicists on creation (3 October 2008) Physics enthusiasts gathered this week at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Waterloo, Ont. for a lecture by Sir Roger Penrose, Emeritus Rouse Ball Professor of Mathematics at Oxford. 'The universe seems to go through cycles of some kind . . . . Our universe is what I call an aeon in an endless sequence of aeons,' Prof. Penrose said. And Perimeter physicist John W. Moffat just published a book, Reinventing Gravity: A Physicist Goes Beyond Einstein, in which he writes '. . . [my theory of the] universe is an eternal, dynamically evolving universe . . . .' The National Post writer commented that they seem to be describing something very close to the account in the Rig Veda of a cyclical universe.
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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