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27 October 2008

16 October was the 16th day of the fourth month of the 3rd year of Canadian national consciousness rising to invincibility, as indicated by the following press reports:

16 October 2008

Canwest News Service - Summit will give Canada-EU trade pact big push: Sarkozy (16 October 2008) French President Nicolas Sarkozy, declaring his love for Canada and touting his use of the Canadian model as an inspiration to reform France, says Friday's Quebec City summit with Prime Minister Harper will result in a 'decisive impetus' toward an 'ambitious' economic partnership agreement between Canada and the European Union. His comments came as both Canada and the EU made public a joint study Thursday which predicts that an accord could create C$32 billion in new wealth annually by 2014—with C$13 billion of that total enjoyed by the much-smaller Canada (a much higher percentage of Canadian GDP).

Sarkozy had a wide-ranging written exchange with Canwest News Service. 'Indeed, I love your country,' wrote Sarkozy, the current EU president, who meets Friday with Harper and European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso. Sarkozy will then address the Quebec National Assembly before speaking at the summit of the Francophonie, the 55-member organization of governments with significant French-speaking populations. 'I also greatly admire your country and its values, its ability to encompass modernity and change and its ability to turn its tremendous diversity into an asset,' he told Canwest. 'It is not a coincidence that Canada is the only country mentioned in the engagement letter that I sent after my election to all ministers of the government to guide their actions, namely in the area of government reform.' Sarkozy has made numerous private visits to Canada after befriending Canadian billionaire Paul Desmarais in 1995. 'I want to emphasize the following statement: this unique, brotherly relationship that exists between France and Quebec in no way excludes the strong friendship that ties France and Canada,' Sarkozy wrote. 'We have lived too long with the idea that a choice must be made between one or the other; that to honour one is to betray the other. It is just the opposite! The special bond that unites France and Quebec is an opportunity, a wonderful asset for the Franco-Canadian friendship as well.'

The Financial Post - Canada-EU trade deal in making (16 October 2008) Business leaders say the stars are aligned for Canada and the European Union to begin talks on an 'ambitious' trade liberalization deal. Until now, Prime Minister Harper has provided mostly low-profile support for the initiative. On Wednesday, however, Mr Harper cited 'strengthening' the Canada-EU partnership as one of six immediate steps the re-elected government would undertake to protect the country's position in the face of the current credit crisis.

Statistics Canada - Travel between Canada and other countries (16 October 2008) Just over 40,000 travellers arrived from France (in August), up 4.6% from July and the highest level since November 1999. During the first eight months of 2008, travel from France rose 13.3% compared with the same period in 2007. More specifically, in July and August alone, the number of travellers from France who arrived in Quebec rose 26.6% from the same period last year. The city of Qu�ébec is celebrating its 400th anniversary this year.

The Canadian Economic Press - Canadian small business confidence edges up as gov'ts address financial crisis (16 October 2008) As governments around the world move to restore confidence in the banking system, Canadian small business confidence improved slightly, said the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) in its most recent weekly update to its Business Barometer Index. 'Coordinated actions by governments around the world to backstop the banking system appear to be having a modest positive effect on Canadian small business owners' outlooks this week. Preliminary results show the Business Barometer index rising to 94.4 during the week of 14 October, regaining some of the confidence lost since early September,' the CFIB update said. The CFIB also noted that this week, fewer respondents than last week reported they expect full-time employment at their firms to decrease. Some 13% of respondents expect reduced employment at their business in the next 12 months, compared to 17% last week. There was no change in the percentage of businesses expecting larger staffing. Just like last week, a quarter of respondents expect more people to be working at their firms in the next 12 months. Five per cent of respondents expect business to be much stronger in the next 12 months, 29% expect business to be somewhat stronger (up from 23% in the previous survey), while 32% are expecting things to stay about the same. The survey was conducted 14-15 Oct.

The Canadian Press - Atlantic provinces embracing climate change agenda; APEC report (16 October 2008) The Atlantic Provinces Economic Council's September Report Card says climate change has quickly become a key policy issue for governments in the Atlantic provinces, which are embracing many aspects of a climate change agenda.

CBC News - Alberta delivers good news for midwives, expectant mothers (16 October 2008) The Alberta government announced it will cover the costs for expectant mothers who choose to deliver their babies using a midwife. Starting 1 April 2009, midwifery will be added to the maternity services covered by the public health system in Alberta. The province is allocating C$4 million to implement midwifery services in the 2009-2010 fiscal year with the help of the Alberta Association of Midwives. 'This decision will provide better access and more choice for expectant women and will relieve pressure on doctors, nurses, and hospitals,' said Alberta Health and Wellness Minister Ron Liepert. 'Expanding the use of midwifery services will also help address the pressures on family physicians and obstetricians.' Expectant mothers can use midwives in hospitals, community birthing centres, or their own homes. British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario. and Quebec already have midwifery legislation.

From a Calgary Herald report on this: Previously, Alberta women who wanted to have a baby with the assistance of a midwife had to pay a C$3,500 fee. Midwifery groups welcomed the announcement. 'It's going to make midwifery services available now to any woman who wants it regardless of whether or not she can afford it,' said Diane Rach, chair of the Alberta Midwifery Health Disciplines Committee.

The Toronto Star - Ministry calls on students for advice (16 October 2008) Ontario Education Minister Kathleen Wynne announced three new measures to get students engaged in public education, a project called 'Student Voice'. Among the moves is establishing a 60-student council to get tweens and teens talking to her about everything from cyber-bullying to course offerings. 'We want to get advice, input and ideas directly from students,' Wynne said in a speech Wednesday to the Student Success Leaders Symposium held in Toronto. The Minister's Student Advisory Council will have representatives from Grades 7 to 12, from across the province, who will meet with her twice a year. The ministry also plans to hold regional forums around Ontario. 'These forums will be one-day consultations with other students from across the region,' Wynne said. The ministry is also accepting applications for grants of up to C$1,500 for student-led projects, such as a programme to help new students feel welcome.

CBC News - Canadian researchers uncover tool for hunting dark matter (16 October 2008) Researchers at the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory (Ontario) say they have developed a new technique in the search for dark matter. The Picasso group, made up of researchers from Canada, the United States, and Czech Republic, said the new method will clear out background noise from other particles to give detectors a better shot at finding dark matter signals. Researchers from the University of Montreal, University of Alberta, Laurentian University, and Queens University all contributed to the research. Scientists believe dark matter makes up about 23 per cent of the stuff of the universe, with visible matter like stars and planets making up just four per cent. The rest of the universe is made up of the even more mysterious dark energy, which is responsible for the expansion of the universe. Because it does not absorb or emit light it is undetectable through direct means. Maps of dark matter have been produced, however, using its gravitational influence on light from distant stars to infer its presence.

Researchers hope to detect dark matter particles, using a bubble chamber at the bottom of an old mine shaft in the underground facility in Sudbury, Ont. The deep underground location helps isolate the facility from larger particles from space like cosmic rays, while the chamber itself contains a sensitive super-heated liquid that, when particles particles pass through it, records the passage as acoustic signals. Unfortunately, the detector also finds alpha particles, the relatively common byproduct of radioactive decay. That stumbling block may have been overcome, the researchers wrote in the New Journal of Physics, with the discovery of a subtle difference in the acoustic signals between alpha particles and other signals. This could give the researchers a better chance at detecting any particles that might be associated with dark matter.

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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