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10 November 2008
3 November was the 3rd day of the fifth month of the 3rd year of Canadian national consciousness rising to invincibility, as indicated by the following press reports:
3 November 2008
The Canadian Press - Harper, Indian PM discuss global financial crisis (3 November 2008) Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his Indian counterpart, Manmohan Singh, discussed the global financial crisis during a telephone call Monday. The two leaders also discussed the world economy and the meeting of G20 leaders and heads of the UN, IMF [International Monetary Fund], and World Bank scheduled for 14-15 Nov. in Washington. Harper's spokesman said the pair underscored the need for dialogue and unity among the G20 nations in order to send a strong signal to the global market. Harper and Singh also discussed bilateral matters, noting the 'great depth and breadth of the long-standing relations' between Canada and India.
The Toronto Star - Federal-provincial peace breaks out (3 November 2008) As finance ministers from across Canada gather Monday in Toronto to put heads together on the economy, hostilities have certainly eased since the recent federal election, so far as Ontario and the federal government are concerned. Last week, federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty seemed much less an adherent of ideology, with a pragmatic focus in a speech in Toronto. When it comes to relations between levels of government, Ontario Finance Minister Dwight Duncan was all harmony last week in announcing a new financial agreement with Ontario municipalities. In fact, he described 'building partnerships' as the very key to the province's economic strategy. And Ontario ministers went out of their way to congratulate federal counterparts on cabinet reappointments. In addition, sympathetic feelings were expressed at the provincial level for federal counterparts similarly burdened with responsibility in trying times. 'We are quite amenable to working with the federal government,' said Duncan, 'recognizing that they are faced with challenges as well right now.'
CBC News - Treasurer optimistic following national meeting (3 November 2008) With the news that Ottawa will be increasing transfer payments to the provinces, Prince Edward Island Treasurer Wes Sheridan is optimistic about PEI's ability to weather a world financial crisis. Sheridan attended a meeting with provincial financial ministers and federal finance minister Jim Flaherty. Some ministers feared Flaherty would bring a message of cuts. But instead Flaherty is promising hikes in both health transfers and social transfers for all provinces.
Canwest News Service - Canadian businesses score big in China (3 November 2008) Four provincial premiers leading a trade mission of 100-plus business people to China signed more than a score of deals and agreements with Chinese companies Monday, worth over C$110 million. Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty, New Brunswick Premier Shawn Graham, Manitoba Premier Gary Doer, PEI Premier Robert Ghiz, and Pierre Marc Johnson in lieu of Premier Jean Charest who went on election footing last week, met with the vice-governors of the Chinese provinces of Hebei, Henan, Hunan, and Shandong, representing 350 million Chinese. The people in the delegation are from several sectors, including education, environment, agri-food, and transportation. The Canada-China Business Council is hosting the mission. The premiers and businessmen move on to the mega-city of Chongqing Tuesday to meet with more politicians and companies and end their mission in Shanghai on Thursday.
The Globe and Mail - Hiring still strong in pockets of Canadian job market (3 November 2008) Pockets of the Canadian corporate world are still hiring. KPMG is one example. When the accounting firm decided to shift bits of marketing, finance, and technology businesses from London, it could have chosen any of 20 global cities on its shortlist. It selected Toronto, where the firm plans to create at least 200 high-end jobs over the next year. The city's educated population, the quality of life, and the cost compared with pricier cities were behind the decision. It's a bright light in the current economic climate. Canada remains better placed to weather the storm than most industrialized nations. Its financial system is sounder. It still has natural resources the world wants and now, a less-expensive currency. All of which should translate into a healthier employment picture. Companies are still posting plenty of Canadian job ads. 'It's held up well to this point,' said Patrick Sullivan, president of Workopolis.com, Canada's largest online job board. In the past few weeks, he's still seen postings for jobs related to health care, government, and infrastructure. Engineers and accountants are still in high demand, a trend he sees continuing for years to come.
The Canadian Economic Press - Canadian light vehicle sales rise despite economic turmoil, auto consultant says (3 November 2008) Sale of light vehicles in Canada rose 1.5% in October compared to the same period a year before, according to preliminary figures by DesRosiers Automotive Consultants. Import sales were up 8.8% in October 2008 compared to a year ago (paced by a 68% jump at Audi). 'Mercedes Benz . . . just look at them . . . they are on fire with sales up 32.% . . . ,' company president Dennis DesRosiers said. 'Subaru, Suzuki, BMW, Audi, and VW all were up by at least 20% and some even stronger. (Volkswagen) up 37.7%, for instance, is an incredible performance.'
From a Reuters Canada report on this: Toyota Canada recorded its tenth consecutive month of record sales, up 9.4 per cent from a year earlier to 15,843 vehicles. The company said it has already surpassed 2007's record-setting 201,326 vehicles sold, with two months still to go in the year. Sales at the automaker's Toyota division increased 8.8 per cent to 14,539, while its luxury Lexus division sold 1,351 vehicles for a 37.6 per cent rise.
From a Toronto Star report on this: The Canadian auto industry cruised to another stunning sales gain in October despite the economic storm. It was the industry's best performance for the month since 2002. 'Last month's results confirmed our view that price cuts have enabled the Canadian market to remain an oasis of calm in the turbulent seas of the global auto market,' Carlos Gomes, an auto specialist at Scotiabank, said.
From a Bloomberg News report on this: 'When you lower prices consumers take advantage of the deals and buy more,' Dennis DesRosiers said. 'But I must say that I am absolutely completely surprised by the Canadian performance.'
The Toronto Star - Planet Organic offers food for thought (3 November 2008) A new Planet Organic market opened two weeks ago in Markham, Ont. With the organic food and supplement craze hitting even the mainstream grocers, it's no wonder Planet Organic has become a star in Canada's retail universe since its humble beginnings as a lone Alberta store 15 years ago. There are now 10 Planet stores across Canada from Victoria to Halifax, including three in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). Planet Organic plans to have a total of six stores in the GTA within three years, including at least one in downtown Toronto. Organics 'are the fastest growing segment of the food industry,' says analyst Robert Gibson of Octagon Capital Corp.
The Saskatoon StarPhoenix - Land claim deal of historic proportions (3 November 2008) Three Saskatchewan First Nations are about to receive a land claim settlement of nearly C$80 million, one of the largest of its kind in Saskatchewan history. The Cote, Key, and Keeseekoose First Nations located in east-central Saskatchewan, will together receive a total of C$78.2 million for the 12,800 acres known as the Pelly Haylands, which were taken from them in 1899 and 1905. The bulk of the settlement will be put toward land purchase and other economic development. 'I feel the settlement was fair. This will go a long ways,' said Cote Chief Norman Whitehawk. 'It means a better future for our people.'
CBC News on Quebec leads Canada in reducing greenhouse gas emissions (3 November 2008) Quebec continues to lead the country in lowering greenhouse gas emissions. The Quebec Environment Ministry released its annual inventory of greenhouse gas emissions, which compared 2006 levels to those measured in 1990. Quebec's overall emissions have risen 1.6 per cent since 1990. Household emissions have dropped by 30 per cent since 1990. Quebec's industrial sector has shown a slight decrease in greenhouse gases in the past three years.
From a Montreal Gazette report on this: For the fourth year in a row, Quebec has lowered its total greenhouse gas emissions, reducing the amount of polluting gases that contribute to climate change even as the province's economy and population have grown. Nationally, greenhouse gas emissions have climbed 21.8 per cent since 1990, the base year for international climate-change calculations. In Quebec, the rate has risen 1.6 per cent since 1990, but growth seems to have peaked in 2003. Since then, greenhouse gas emissions have continued to drop. In 2006, they were down 5.5 per cent compared with 2003. 'I was absolutely astounded to see the record of this province since 1990,' environmentalist David Suzuki said. 'It's an astounding achievement.' Environment Minister Line Beauchamp said the province is on track to meet its targets under the Kyoto Protocol, which calls for a six-per-cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from 1990 levels by 2012. Quebec will have to work at it, but can achieve its goal, Beauchamp said. 'We could be the only jurisdiction in North America able to say that we met the Kyoto targets in 2012.'
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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