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18 October 2008

6 October was the 6th day of the fourth month of the 3rd year of Canadian national consciousness rising to invincibility, as indicated by the following press reports:

6 October 2008

The Canadian Economic Press on survey shows Canadian consumer confidence was up in September (6 October 2008) Consumer confidence in Canada was on the way to recovery in September prior to the latest chapter in the global financial crisis, a new poll indicates. The Conference Board of Canada (CBOC) reported that consumer confidence increased for a third straight month in September according to a poll conducted 4 September to 10 September.

Canadian consumer confidence rose 2.6 points from its August mark to hit 85.7. In June, consumer confidence hit a 2008 low of 79.6. 'Respondents indicated they were feeling much more optimistic about future job conditions in their communities and showed improving sentiment toward their current and future financial conditions,' the report said. Slightly more consumers, 21.3%, said they were better off financially than they were six months ago for an increase of 0.8% over August's level. But optimism was really evident when consumers were asked about the next six months. Some 27.3% of consumers expect things to look up, an increase of 1.8 per centage points over August, and the largest jump in 2008.

Furthermore, the number of people expecting things to get worse dropped 2.3 percentage points to 12.9%. Consumers were also less pessimistic concerning employment prospects, with 16.8% indicating they expect more jobs in their communities—an increase of 3.8 per centage points. When asked whether now is a good time to make major purchases, 36.8% of those polled said yes, an increase of 0.5 points over August.

Reuters Canada - Purchasing activity quickens in September (6 October 2008) Purchasing activity in the Canadian economy expanded in September, and at a faster pace than the previous month, according to the Ivey Purchasing Managers Index. The index, a joint project of the Purchasing Management Association of Canada and the Richard Ivey School of Business, rose to 61.0 in September from 51.5 in August. A reading higher than 50.0 indicates an increase in purchasing activity, while a lower reading reflects a decrease.

From a Canadian Economic Press report on this: The Canadian Ivey Purchasing Managers Index rocketed up to 61 in September, beating the consensus estimate of 51.

The Canadian Economic Press - Canadian small business sector expected to remain buoyant over next five years (6 October 2008) Small and medium-sized businesses in Canada have fared better than larger companies during the current economic slowdown, and should continue to lead the way in growth over the next five years, CIBC economist Benjamin Tal said in a report released Monday. Tal said the Canadian economy saw the start-up of 33,000 new companies in the small and medium-size enterprise market in 2007. 'We expect that over the coming five years the average annual growth in the number of small and mid-size businesses formed will exceed 2%, leading to the creation of no less than 260,000 new businesses by 2013,' Tal said.

Reuters Canada - Government says economy can avoid recession (6 October 2008) Canada's government maintained Monday the economy can still avoid a recession. 'I remain fundamentally optimistic about the Canadian economy. . . ,' Prime Minister Harper said. Canada's major banks have so far avoided the dire credit problems that have hit their counterparts in some other countries. Finance Minister Jim Flaherty issued his own statement saying Canadian banks remain well-capitalized and able to withstand big shocks.

Reuters Canada - Canada does not have banking crisis: Harper (6 October 2008) Prime Minister Harper said that the Canadian banking sector is not in crisis and vowed to help other countries cope with their financial difficulties. The prime minister called for a coordinated effort to tackle the slumping global economy.

The Toronto Star - Clearing the air on smoke-free buildings (4 October 2008) It's not surprising that smoke-free apartment buildings are in demand. Surveys, including the 2007 Canadian Tobacco Use Monitoring Survey conducted by StatsCan and Health Canada, show that about 75 per cent of all Canadian households, including smokers who reside in those households, no longer smoke inside the homes. 'It's not a huge shift to formalize what most people are already doing,' says Pippa Beck, a policy analyst with the Non-Smokers' Rights Association.

Smoke-free buildings are increasing in number. Smoke-free new-construction buildings have popped up in Vancouver, Victoria, and Winnipeg, with the condo units sold out quickly. In a 2006 survey conducted by Ipsos Reid, 46 per cent of Ontario's apartment dwellers said second-hand smoke seeps into their homes. The poll also showed that 64 per cent of multi-unit dwellers would likely choose a smoke-free building over one where smoking is permitted.

The Toronto Star - Sweet taste of success (6 October 2008) While specialty candy maker Pure Fun Confections' organic candy has been available in natural food and specialty stores here for years, the Scarborough, Ontario-based company's sweet treats are just now hitting the shelves of major Canadian retailers including Loblaws stores after meeting recently introduced Canadian labelling requirements. Founder and president Luna Roth attributes Pure Fun's success to its range of organic, kosher, and vegan products.

Organic production requires everything—from processing to the land it was grown on—be certified organic. Equipment is sanitized using all-natural solutions to maintain purity. Even the packaging equipment is checked by the certifying agency to insure the integrity of the product. There is no tolerance for pesticides, insecticides, preservatives, synthetic colours or flavours. For example, beets may be used for colour. Roth was inspired to start the company after her daughter, Amanda, pointed out the candies Roth handed out to her grandchildren could be harmful. Roth turned to the Internet and was surprised by the list of additives and chemicals the sweets contained.

The Canadian Press - Harper says talks with Taliban up to Afghanistan (6 October 2008) Prime Minister Harper says it's up to the government of Afghanistan to decide if it wants to embark on a negotiated peace with the Taliban. Mr Harper says Afghan President Hamid Karzai's government has been willing to talk to the Taliban under certain conditions. Last week, Karzai said he has repeatedly asked Saudi Arabia's king to facilitate peace talks with the Taliban.

Canwest News Service - Ending Afghan insurgency not realistic: Harper (6 October 2008) Prime Minister Harper, on Monday, echoed the top British commander in charge of Britain's 7,000 troops in Helmand province in Afghanistan, who said Sunday western forces could not defeat the Taliban. 'I don't think that's a realistic objective. The realistic objective is to build up the Afghan forces so they can manage their own security situation,' Harper said. British Brigadier Mark Carleton-Smith's remarks in The Sunday Times of London also advocated negotiation with the Taliban. Carleton-Smith said only a political settlement could end the continuing carnage in Afghanistan.

'We want to change the nature of the debate from one where disputes are settled through the barrel of a gun to one where it is done through negotiations,' Carleton-Smith said. 'If the Taliban were prepared to sit on the other side of the table and talk about a political settlement, then that's precisely the sort of progress that concludes insurgencies like this. That shouldn't make people uncomfortable.' John Manley, a former Liberal Foreign Affairs minister who headed Canada's independent panel into the mission, agreed that negotiating with the Taliban would have to take place.

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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