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5 November 2008

23 October was the 23rd day of the fourth month of the 3rd year of Canadian national consciousness rising to invincibility, as indicated by the following press reports:

23 October 2008

The Canadian Press - National homicide rate dropped in 2007 (23 October 2008) Police reported 594 homicides in Canada in 2007, 12 fewer than in 2006. Statistics Canada says Canada's homicide rate has been on a general downward trend since the mid-1970s and last year it declined another 3 per cent. Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador continued to report the lowest rates. The rate of youth accused of homicide also dropped in 2007. There were 74 youth accused of homicide, 11 fewer than in 2006.

From the Statistics Canada report: British Columbia's homicide rate was the second lowest in that province since 1961, while Quebec's homicide rate was at its lowest point in over 40 years.

The National Post - What does a homicide squad do when there are no murders? (23 October 2008) York Regional Police beefed up its roster of homicide investigators two years ago, following a record-breaking streak of murders. Last year there were eight homicides, and 12 in 2006. The record year was 2004, when 15 people were killed. Now, there's another record in play—York has had one murder so far this year. So, what does a homicide squad do when there are no homicides? 'Right now, it's very slow,' acknowledged Detective Sergeant Kevin Torrie.

The Canadian Economic Press - Canada in good position to weather financial crisis, BOC Governor Carney says (23 October 2008) Canada is in a better position to weather the global economic crisis,` and Canada's economy is not expected to fall into recession, Bank of Canada Governor Mark Carney says. Canadians have a functioning banking system in which they can continue to get loans and mortgages on reasonable terms, Carney said. 'Newscasts overshoot just as markets overshoot and the sky is not falling,' he said. 'The sky is still there, the sun is coming up every day and the Canadian economy is still functioning. We started from a very strong starting point. Individual Canadians and businesses are going to go out and make decisions and see opportunity and take advantage of those opportunities.'

From a National Post report on this: Carney said that with employment growth still strong, it simply does not 'feel' like a recession to many. The Bank of Canada believes Canada is in much better shape than many other countries, with a stronger labour market, better household and corporate balance sheets and a much stronger financial system providing support. Carney added that the growth of household credit continues at a strong pace.

From a Toronto Star report on this: In general, Canada's financial system is in very good shape, Carney stressed. He said access to credit remains relatively good in Canada and has been improving in recent weeks.

From a Globe and Mail report on this: In addition, the Canadian economy should soon start feeling the beneficial effects of interest rate cuts the central bank initiated over the past year, Mr Carney stated.

From a Financial Post report on this: There is now the chance that measures governments and central banks have taken to restore liquidity and confidence will improve prospects more rapidly, the Bank of Canada said. It noted that it's not unusual by historical standards to see economies start to gain steam quickly once the worst of a crisis has past, the bank noted.

CBC News - Standard and Poor's maintains P.E.I.'s A rating (23 October 2008) In its first credit rating by Standard and Poor's since worldwide economic troubles began earlier this month, Prince Edward Island has retained its A rating. It's based on a basket of economic factors, including growth, employment numbers, and debt. 'What it means to Prince Edward Island is that we can continue to borrow money at the rates that we have been, and therefore being able to pay down our debt better than we would if the rating had dropped,' provincial Treasurer Wes Sheridan told CBC News. Sheridan credited real gross domestic product growth of two per cent and record high employment numbers last year. He said it will be an excellent signal to investors that PEI is in good financial shape.

Reuters Canada - Enbridge, FuelCell combine to open emission-free Toronto power plant (23 October 2008) Enbridge Inc. and FuelCell Energy have opened what they are calling the world's first power plant to pair fuel cells with an emission-free process that converts waste energy into electricity. The Toronto plant produces 2.2 megawatts of electricity, or enough to power about 1,700 homes. It combines fuel cell technology, which produces electricity through a chemical reaction, with a turbo expander, which harvests the pressure energy from natural gas distribution to generate power using a turbine (much like a wind or water turbine).

From a CBC News report on this: 'The new technology will offer the highest natural gas-to-electricity efficiency of any distributed generation technology, and since it operates without the combustion of fuel the power has near-zero air pollutants,' said Enbridge CEO Patrick Daniel. The plant is unique in that it converts about 60 per cent of the energy input into usable electricity, about double the efficiency of many distribution generation technologies.

From a FOXBusiness report on this: The plant is also the first multi-megawatt commercial fuel cell to operate in Canada.

The Edmonton Journal - Alberta builders applaud new construction recycling program (23 October 2008) Alberta's intention to eventually eliminate construction waste from landfills is strongly supported by the home builders' industry which went so far Thursday as to say the programme shouldn't be voluntary. By 2010, Alberta Environment intends to have a programme in place to begin recycling construction and demolition waste. The details are being worked out with the Alberta Construction Association and the Canadian Home Builders' Association-Alberta, which signed an agreement with the province, said Diana McQueen, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Environment. McQueen said the province wants to flip its ratio of 20 per cent of waste being recycled and 80 per cent going to landfill.

The Canadian Press - Students grade Canadian universities; want to be 'more than a number' (23 October 2008) More than 43,000 students from 55 universities took part in an annual online survey, grading their institutions of higher learning on a wide range of issues, including quality of teaching, course availability, class size, and even the food on campus. No matter what the size of the university, students all want to be thought of as more than a number, said Simon Beck, editor of the Canadian University Report, published in association with the Strategic Counsel and the Educational Policy Institute. It's the seventh year for the survey, and if there's one thing that's been consistent over the years, it's the less-than-enthusiastic reaction to the food offered on campus—mostly Cs and Ds. 'It seems to be the perennial complaint,' said Ian Boyko, campaigns co-ordinator for the Canadian Federation of Students. Beck said universities that set up little cafes with more wholesome food and organic options are the ones that get better marks.

The Globe and Mail - Lean green campus machines (23 October 2008) The trend now is that student leaders are sitting with administrators as equals to map a more sustainable future. The surge in student green power has attracted the attention of university officials, who see its potential to define institutions in ways that appeal to prospective freshmen and foster ties with alumni. 'It has changed the face of this university and the outlook of the university,' says Lloyd Axworthy, president of the University of Winnipeg. 'Students are very much the catalyst.' As soon as Dr Axworthy returned to his alma mater as president in May, 2004, he was approached by student leaders from Sustainable University Now, Sustainable Earth Tomorrow, who presented him with an environmental agenda for the school. That meeting led to a campus-wide debate about sustainability, and the concept was endorsed as a core value by the board of regents in 2005. Today, many things, including curriculum design and campus construction, are measured for their environmental impact. As well, the University of Winnipeg has committed to cut greenhouse-gas emissions by 790 tonnes by 2012, a 19% reduction from 2007. Meanwhile, at the University of Guelph, student leaders had been at loggerheads with administrators for years about what they saw as the slow pace of energy retrofits and other conservation efforts. But in 2007, a Student Executive Council-sponsored referendum asked students to contribute C$10 a semester, worth C$4.3 million over 12 years, to kick-start investments in energy conservation. Students agreed, by an astonishing vote of 63% to 39%, with the first funds put toward C$950,000 worth of lighting upgrades at the library that are expected to save C$200,000 a year. The university immediately agreed to match the funds and the project won support from faculty, staff, and alumni.

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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