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31 October 2008

19 October was the 19th day of the fourth month of the 3rd year of Canadian national consciousness rising to invincibility, as indicated by the following press reports:

19 October 2008

The Canadian Press - Harper calls on world to keep trade routes open during crisis (19 October 2008) Prime Minister Stephen Harper voiced the need Sunday for the world to keep trade routes open and fight protectionism as the planet spins through a financial slowdown. Developing countries in particular need access to trade opportunities, Harper told the closing news conference at the Francophonie summit of French-speaking nations in Quebec City. 'We have to remember that the countries of the south are certainly not responsible and not the source of this particular crisis in any way, shape or form,' Harper said of the global economic downturn. Harper said there are two things the world should not be doing during the slowdown. 'One is allowing an unregulated banking system to spiral into collapse, but the other is to make sure we don't start slamming our doors to trade,' he said. 'It's essential for all the countries of the world, but particularly developing countries, to have access to markets and to have access to opportunity. 'If we start slamming our doors on anybody—on each other or on the developing countries—we will all pay a very big price for that.'

Quebec Premier Jean Charest said the timing of the summit allowed the leaders of developing countries to express their economic concerns. 'In the end, the interests of the whole planet will be taken into account, and not just the interest of richer countries,' Charest said. Francophonie secretary-general Abdou Diouf said the summit conferences hit on all the 'hot topics'. 'Everything was examined, weighed, and very clear, coherent decisions were undertaken each time,' he said. 'We have the impression that here in Quebec City, we realized miracle after miracle,' he told reporters. 'I can't give you the details of all those miracles, but I can assure you that there were moments where I asked ''How did we come up with this suggestion?'' '

The Toronto Star - Harper vows $100M to fight climate change (19 October 2008) Prime Minister Harper announced C$100 million to help poor countries deal with the pressing environmental issue of climate change. Harper made the announcement during the closing press conference of the Francophonie summit. The money will be distributed this fiscal year primarily through international development organizations, Harper said. 'Those monies are to be distributed almost exclusively to countries that aren't major contributors to climate change, or major sources of greenhouse gas emissions,' Harper said, 'but nonetheless will be affected' by climate change. Targeted regions include the poorest countries in Africa, the Caribbean, and the south Pacific, to minimize the impact of climate change. (The Francophonie is the French equivalent of the Commonwealth and a summit is held every two years.)

From a Canadian Press report on this: Harper also said leaders at the summit agreed to work closely together to limit the effects of the international economic crisis on emerging economies and developing countries.

The Canadian Press on Canada the first country in the world to limit the use of toxic chemical (18 October 2008) Canada became the first country in the world to limit the use of bisphenol A on Saturday when it formally declared the chemical a toxic substance. The federal government will now move to ban the importation, sale, and advertising of polycarbonate baby bottles containing BPA, as the substance is known. BPA is commonly found in plastic baby bottles, reusable water bottles, food-can linings and dental sealants. Environmental Defence praised the government's move. 'The federal government has delivered on its promise to ban bisphenol A in baby bottles and deserves congratulations today. With this step, Canada leads the world,' said Dr Rick Smith, the group's executive director.

From a Globe and Mail report on this: Placing BPA on the list of toxic substances gives the government the authority to make regulations to cut exposures. BPA is used on the inside linings of almost all food and pop cans and can seep into contents. Bisphenol A can mimic estrogen, prompting fears that it can disrupt biological processes. Health Canada tested 21 cans of liquid formula and detected BPA in every sample. The concentrations were around a thousand times higher than natural levels of estrogen in people.

From a Canwest News Service report on this: The latest research, the first large BPA study in humans published last month by the prestigious Journal of the American Medical Association, found a 'significant relationship' between exposure to the ubiquitous estrogenic chemical and heart disease, diabetes, and liver problems.

From another Globe and Mail report on this: Environmentalists are hailing the decision. 'The Canadian government remains the only national government in the world to take decisive action against bisphenol A. That's been noticed around the world,' said Rick Smith, executive director of Environmental Defence, an advocacy group that has lobbied for removal of the chemical from all food and beverage packaging. When news of the government's intention to work towards this formal declaration was made last spring, many retailers quickly pulled polycarbonate water and baby bottles from their shelves, replacing them with glass or other plastics that do not contain the chemical.

The Financial Post on S&P finds Canadian banks healthy and well capitalized (17 October 2008) Standard & Poor's has combed over Canada's top six Canadian banks, and it appears to like what it sees. Lidia Pareniuk, S&P's primary credit analyst, was quick to recognize the significant strength in their domestic retail and commercial banking businesses, saying retail franchises will continue to be the backbone to their overall financial performance. Canadian banks also benefit from healthy capital positions and stronger and more conservative balance sheets than their counterparts, the analyst added, which has resulted in superior credit quality to many global banks. That, in turn, should provide stability despite the downturn, she said. (Standard and Poor's is one of the top companies providing financial research and analysis on stocks and bonds.)

The Toronto Star - Bill proposes energy ratings when homes sold (17 October 2008) Ontario legislators expressed support for a private members' bill that, if passed, would require anyone selling a house or low-rise building to disclose the results of a home-energy audit and energy-efficiency ratings to prospective buyers. 'I think we've got all-party support for this,' said MPP Phil McNeely, who introduced the bill. McNeely said efficiency ratings will spur greater demand for new and resale homes that use less energy, increasing their property value compared with less-efficient homes and impelling home builders to go beyond the minimum standards in the building code. Ken Elsey, president of the Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance, called it 'the most significant piece of legislation in years' because it will propel sellers to do efficiency upgrades before they put their property on the market. The requirement would apply to all new homes in 2010, resale homes in 2011, and leased residences in 2012.

The Toronto Star - High school to let pupils have extra hour of sleep (18 October 2008) In a unique pilot project, one Toronto collegiate—Eastern Commerce—will next fall start classes at 10 a.m., about one hour later than other secondary schools in the city, and close at 4:13 p.m. It's giving a nod to the latest research. 'There are two main points to this, the first being the adolescent brain and the second, optimal learning time, which is late morning,' says Principal Sam Miceli. 'We are being responsive to the best research on how students learn,' said local Trustee Cathy Dandy. Teens need roughly nine hours of sleep per night, although almost three-quarters of them don't get nearly that much. Wayne Erdman, the school's math department head, said at first he opposed the late start, but was convinced once he saw the research on teens and sleep. If successful, the model could be expanded to other schools. There's one bonus: With classes slightly longer Monday to Thursday, students will be dismissed at 2:31 p.m. on Fridays. The shortened day gives Muslim students, who comprise one-third of the school's population, time to attend Friday prayers without having to miss classes.

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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