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26 October 2008

15 October was the 15th day of the fourth month of the 3rd year of Canadian national consciousness rising to invincibility, as indicated by the following press reports:

15 October 2008

Canwest News Service - Let's work together: Harper (15 October 2008)

During his speech Tuesday night on being returned to power, Prime Minister Harper called on all parties to work with his minority government to focus on the economy. 'This is a time for us all to put aside political difference and partisan considerations and to work co-operatively for the benefit of Canada,' Harper said.

The Canadian Press - Economy comes first: Harper (15 October 2008) Prime Minister Harper indicated he will push some of his more controversial ideas towards the back burner as he works with opposition parties on the economy. The prime minister seemed to offer an olive branch to the opposition, striking a different tone from his first mandate. Instead of threatening to press hard on Senate reform and crime legislation—as he did in the last Parliament—he described them as less urgent priorities. And he suggested he'll be less likely to threaten a new election over legislation. 'The last thing I want to talk about today is another election,' Harper told a news conference. A conciliatory tone pervaded his news conference. He did not sound like a man expecting to get his way on every issue and repeatedly spoke of his desire to work with others. 'My commitment to the opposition leaders is to try and find some common ground to move the Parliament forward more productively,' Harper said.

Reuters Canada - Leader of Bloc Quebecois call for unity to tackle crisis (15 October 2008) The leader of the Bloc Quebecois said on Wednesday that Canada's parliament should return quickly so all political parties can cooperate on the economy. 'The first thing to do is reconvene the House [of Commons] as quickly as possible so we can work together to sustain and stimulate the economy,' Gilles Duceppe told a news conference in Montreal.

The National Post - The voters have spoken: Play nice or else (15 October 2008) Prime Minister Harper announced that all party leaders will be summoned to a meeting before the Commons resumes next month to attempt to unblock the dysfunctional Parliament. And a first minister's meeting on the economy will be held next month, the first official gathering of premiers under Prime Minister Harper. This was an election that humbled every party leader. But principled lessons have been learned and the art of compromise apparently embraced.

Canwest News Service on no recession for Canada, says Conference Board (15 October 2008) Canada will not slip into recession, the Conference Board of Canada said in its relatively upbeat Canadian economic outlook. The income from the recent resources boom still provides plenty of domestic momentum, which has been reflected in strong after-tax incomes and profits over the first half of this year, it said. It forecasts growth of 0.8% in 2008, rebounding to 2.2 per cent next year. 'Still, the domestic economy has enough momentum to keep Canada out of a recession,' said board chief economist Glen Hodgson.

From a Canadian Economic Press report on this: 'In many ways Canada will come away relatively unscathed . . . Canada's really just getting sideswiped here,' Paul Darby, Conference Board deputy chief economist, said.

The Financial Post - Bank moves bearing fruit, analysts say (15 October 2008) Early results suggest moves by the Bank of Canada and its foreign peers to free up credit are bearing fruit, with Canadian interbank lending rates dropping nearly a quarter from their peak last week. Despite the easing, the Bank of Canada introduced additional measures Tuesday that analysts described as 'significant' in terms of thawing credit markets. 'It shows the Bank of Canada is very serious about providing liquidity in the broad banking system,' said Michael Gregory, senior economist at BMO Capital Markets. Derek Holt, vice-president of economics at Scotia Capital, said moves to date are working. The Bank of Canada said its actions are consistent with the G7 plan to unlock credit.

Reuters Canada on existing home sales rose in September (15 October 2008) Existing home sales in major markets rose 3 per cent in September from August, the Canadian Real Estate Association said. Further, seventeen of the 25 major markets in the report recorded year-over-year gains in average prices.

Canwest News Service - Gas prices down for fourth-straight week (14 October 2008) Gasoline prices in Canada are down for a fourth-straight week, according to a report released Tuesday, with some locations showing average prices of less than C$1 a litre. The average price for regular gasoline across the country is C$1.079 a litre, down 5.7 cents from last week. Since this current decline streak began, it has dropped almost 30 cents from C$1.377 a litre on 16 Sept.

The Toronto Star - Sun rises on new energy deal (15 October 2008) Toronto has become the first major city in North America to purchase large amounts of solar heat. And local taxpayers won't have to pay any extra money. The city has selected two companies to install, own, and operate solar-thermal equipment at 20 municipal sites, which are expected to include community centres, water treatment facilities, shelters, and seniors' residences across town. The city has signed a 20-year contract to purchase the heat energy from those sites at a fixed price competitive to current natural gas rates. Heat captured from the sun will produce hot water for showers, swimming pools, and some industrial processes. Mondial Energy and CC Solar, both of Toronto, are among a new breed of service providers called 'solar utilities', which sell energy—heat or electricity—rather than technology and equipment to customers. Alex Winch, founder and president of Mondial, said the contract with Toronto sets a precedent that other municipalities are watching as part of efforts to reduce greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change. 'We've already been contacted by other cities,' said Winch, adding that cash-strapped municipalities like the idea of purchasing clean energy without having to purchase the equipment that produces it. 'Toronto has cast the die, made the mould, so that other municipalities will follow in the same footsteps.'

The Toronto Star - Organic co-op markets cottage country produce (15 October 2008) Kawartha Ecological Growers (KEG) co-operative, which represents 15 small-scale farms in the Kawartha region of Ontario, supplies restaurants, farmers' markets, and Community-Supported Agriculture shareholders. KEG is one of a handful of vendors that launched a new winter farmers' market at the University of Toronto last week, hoping to attract students. 'We're hoping to make good foods more accessible,' says Kelly Lettner, market manager for the co-op.

The Financial Post - Indigo CEO opens eco-gift store, Pistachio (15 October 2008) Heather Reisman, chief executive of the Indigo Books and Music chain, launched her eco-gift store, Pistachio, in a tony north Toronto neighbourhood on Tuesday and plans to roll it out nationally. 'The [target consumers] are the people who shop at Whole Foods and are getting on Bullfrog Power,' she said. Ms Reisman admitted that she was urged by her children to start eating organic food and realized it was still a relatively untapped market for gifts, beauty products, and stationery. The target consumer cited by Pistachio is the so-called LOHAS (lifestyles of health and sustainability) demographic, a fairly well-educated, middle-class and upward segment willing to pay more for sustainable products, energy-efficient appliances, and organic goods. 'There has been a change in consumer buying habits in the last 18 to 24 months,' said retail consultant Wendy Evans, president of Toronto-based Evans & Company Consultants. 'A core group is willing to go out of their way to buy green. This would not have worked two years ago, but the chances are pretty good now.'

The Globe and Mail - Powerful microscope gives school edge in nanotechnology (15 October 2008) McMaster University in Hamilton, Ont. is the first postsecondary institution in the world to get a powerful new C$15-million electron microscope that will allow Canadian researchers to see atoms in far sharper detail than ever before 'It is safe to say this is the best microscope at any university in the world,' said Gianluigi Botton, director of the Canadian Centre for Electron Microscopy at McMaster. The new machine offers scientists a vastly improved view of the structure of matter. 'The difference is quite dramatic,' Dr Botton said. McMaster's vice-president of research, Mo Elbestawi, said the microscope will be used to study how hundreds of everyday products work at the nano level. A nanometre is one-millionth of a millimetre, or about 50,000 times smaller than the diameter of a human hair. There are already more than 6,000 nanotechnology-based consumer products on the market, including sunscreens and stain-resistant fabrics. But little is known about how nanoparticles affect living organisms. 'There is concern these materials might be dangerous to health and we can provide answers for why this may be the case,' Dr Botton said.

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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