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6 November 2008
27 October was the 27th day of the fourth month of the 3rd year of Canadian national consciousness rising to invincibility, as indicated by the following press reports:
27 October 2008
The Toronto Star - How 3 investors are coping with chaos (25 October 2008) Whether doing yoga, taking walks or tuning out the media, investors have different ways of staying composed during the stock market volatility. Among a few people interviewed who are living on their investments after leaving the world of work, retiree Murray Soupcoff used to be an active investor, checking stock markets all day. Today, he's weaning himself from the business news and trying to relieve the stress. Twice a day, he practises Transcendental Meditation for 20 to 25 minutes at a time. 'Meditating keeps me calm,' he says. 'When you're feeling fear, the primitive side of the brain—the fight-or-flight reflex—is activated. I'm trying to get back to the rational side.'
The Toronto Star - Practising the Tao of Dalton (27 October 2008) Maybe it's the long-shot talk of his possible candidacy as a federal Liberal leader that has Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty's thoughts drifting lately to a higher spiritual plane. Or perhaps it is the considerable time he has spent recently in China—where he is again this week—and his exposure to philosophies of the East, maybe Taoism and the doctrine of wu wei—'non-doing' or 'non-action'. Whatever it is, the premier appeared to be practising the Tao of Dalton last week in the legislature, his answers to those hounding him on Ontario's faltering economy frequently freighted with religious allusion and Confucian inscrutability. No one has a monopoly on good ideas, he intoned.
Canwest News Service on Premier McGuinty leads Ontario companies on mission to China (27 October 2008) Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty was in China on Monday leading 30 companies from the province's growing environmental sector. McGuinty's name and office were the magnet for the 300 or so Shanghai business people and government officials who attended Monday's opening session. McGuinty highlighted Ontario expertise in environmental technologies while at the same time warmly praising the Chinese and underlining Ontario's long-standing friendship and ties with China. Later Monday, the premier looked on as three China-Ontario agreements were signed, two promoting green technology and one with Tempo International Group that will bring 175 full-time jobs to Ontario's auto parts sector. 'The agreements signed today are significant. It's just the start of what Ontario and China can do together,' the premier said.
The Globe and Mail - Adapting to an eco-friendly itinerary (24 October 2008) On the plus side, the current economic slowdown is proving an ally. Both Nick Vournakis, vice-president and general manager of Carlson Wagonlit Travel Canada, and Lyell Farquharson, vice-president and general manager of American Express Canada, point out that all their customers are looking for ways to trim budgets and replace some forms of business travel with technological equivalents such as video and teleconferencing. Telus Corp., for example, is looking to reduce air travel by at least 10 per cent this year not only to trim operating costs but also to reflect its commitment to environmental issues, says Andrea Goertz, Calgary-based vice-president of strategic initiatives and enterprise solutions. It is not just about money, she says. 'For many years now we have had a triple bottom line: the financials, social responsibility, and environmental issues,' she says. 'Everything we do has to meet those three tests.'
The Globe and Mail - Renewable power firms weather the storm (27 October 2008) The global clean-tech sector has also seen its share prices drop. Still, many investors remain optimistic that the renewable energy sector will continue its long-term growth path, driven by public concerns about climate change, and by oil and natural gas prices that are expected to climb again when the economic recovery takes hold. The Canadian market offers clear advantages to renewable-power companies. That's because most provincial utilities sign long-term power purchase agreements with developers. The guarantee of cash flow from a financially solid government agency makes financing easier for companies. Industry executives attending the Canadian Wind Energy Association meeting in Vancouver last week remain positive about the longer-term prospects for the wind industry. Provincial governments—spurred by commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions—are accelerating the expansion of renewable power supply. At the Vancouver meeting, energy ministers from Ontario, British Columbia, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island re-affirmed their commitments to renewable power—including wind, small-scale hydro, and biomass.
The Canadian Press on B.C. set for wind power (25 October 2008) When the 50-turbine wind farm just outside the small British Columbia town of Chetwynd is up and running next year, it will be BC's first commercial wind power project. Robert Hornung, president of the Canadian Wind Energy Association, says unlike other provinces that have been looking for alternative energy to combat rising coal and oil prices, BC has long had access to relatively inexpensive hydroelectricity. But he says that's changing as wind technology becomes cheaper and there are fewer places to set up low-cost run-of-the-river hydroelectric stations. And recent interest in BC has also been driven by the province's public energy utility, BC Hydro, which will be accepting proposals next month for a total of 5,000 gigawatt hours per year of clean energy, a significant portion of which is expected to include wind projects.
The Canadian Press - SFU, first nation interactive website collaboration honoured by UNESCO (26 October 2008) A website collaboration between Simon Fraser University (SFU) and the Fraser Valley's Xa:ytem Longhouse Interpretive Centre is being honoured by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The interactive website—Journey into Time Immemorial—has been awarded UNESCO's Grand Prix award. The site was one of many being considered from a number of countries for the UN prize. The project is a collaboration between the SFU Museum of Archeology and Ethnology and the Xa:ytem Centre in Mission. The site (http://www.sfu.museum/time/) has generated well over a million hits since it was launched last spring. It's based on First Nations' traditional knowledge and oral history and provides a picture of life in BC's Fraser Valley as it was hundreds of years ago.
The Saskatoon StarPhoenix - Ceremony links First Nations, police (27 October 2008) More than a dozen Saskatoon police officers marched with a large group of First Nations veterans into the middle of the floor following an historic ceremony Sunday afternoon. Just in front of them heading the grand entry was Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (FSIN) Chief Lawrence Joseph, Saskatoon Police Service Chief Clive Weighill, Mayor Don Atchison and Red Pheasant First Nation Chief Sheldon Wuttunee. They were ringed by hundreds of dancers in full regalia while dozens of drummers and singers performed on the outer edge of the floor area. First Nations elders and officials had just blessed an eagle staff that will be housed at the police station. In First Nations culture, the eagle staff is given as a high honour to groups deemed guardians or protectors of their people. This eagle staff dedication ceremony was one of the highlights of the annual three-day FSIN powwow, which wrapped up Sunday. 'It symbolizes the relationships between the aboriginal community and the Saskatoon Police Service. We all have to work together,' said Atchison, who is also chair of Saskatoon's board of police commissioners. 'We all want the same things—safe streets, safe parks, and a safe place to live.' Joseph said the eagle staff dedication is important because it connects the police service with First Nations traditions.
The Montreal Gazette - Mayors for Peace push for nuke ban (26 October 2008) Hiroshima Mayor Tadatoshi Akiba visited Montreal this week to promote a plan to ban all nuclear weapons by 2020. Akiba is president of Mayors for Peace, a group of 2,422 sitting mayors, including Montreal's, from 131 countries. Mayors for Peace has proposed what is called the Hiroshima-Nagasaki Protocol, which would force all nations, with nuclear weapons or not, to forsake them. Akiba is hoping the campaign for the ban proposal will be adopted by the United Nations in 2010. 'We should really cut the chain of violence, hatred, and retaliation to create a world in which (there is) cooperation and partnership—which are really seen among cities, but not among nations,' he said. While Mayors for Peace opposes other forms of violence, like chemical weapons, its biggest focus remains nuclear weapons. Montreal and Hiroshima have been twin cities for 10 years, and Akiba's visit included the Montreal Botanical Gardens, where he and Montreal Mayor Gerald Tremblay planted a Sakura tree. Canada could play a crucial role in proposing the ban with other nations, Akiba said. 'Canada (promoting the ban) would make it a star around the world.'
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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