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20 November 2008

13 November was the 13th day of the fifth month of the 3rd year of Canadian national consciousness rising to invincibility, as indicated by the following press reports:

13 November 2008

The Toronto Star - It's never too late to grow your brain (13 November 2008) Until quite recently, medical science held that the brain, when fully developed, was a finished deal. However, ' . . . . the brain is not a fixed, limited system,' says Dr Donald Stuss, a leading neuroscientist at Baycrest's Rotman Research Institute in Ontario, where he is director of research. 'The brain can potentially grow new cells and make new connections.' This knowledge—gained through imaging technologies that allow viewing different regions of the brain light up—has revolutionized scientists' approach to the brain and transformed medical education. One can't enjoy old age if one lacks the healthy brain to go with it. The future of neuroscience lies in the exploration of brain regeneration. Thanks to the revolution in brain imaging, modern neuroscience is poised to penetrate the ultimate mysteries of the brain: how memory functions and how brain deterioration can be prevented. The Brain Research Centre at University of British Columbia has received upwards of C$37 million since 2007 from government and private sources, enough to recruit some of the finest minds in the world. 'Health is more than the absence of disease,' says Dr Max Cynader, director of the centre. There is a profound shift underway: from studying advanced brain failure, scientists are turning their attention to preventing dysfunction, to supporting brain health.

The Canadian Press - Canadians capture images of planets around star outside our solar system (13 November 2008) An international team of astronomers, led by astronomer Christian Marois of the National Research Council Canada/Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics in Victoria, British Columbia, has captured images of three planets outside our solar system, orbiting a distant star. The star, barely visible to the naked eye, lies 130 light years from Earth in the constellation Pegasus. (Pegasus is also the constellation where the first planet outside our solar system was discovered, though not seen, in 1995.) The images were captured by the Gemini North and Keck telescopes at the Mauna Kea Observatories in Hawaii. David Lafreniere, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Toronto and member of the discovery team, said the pioneering work of Marois and colleagues in exoplanet imaging over the last couple of years has finally paid off. 'This is truly an amazing discovery,' he said. Bruce Macintosh, a scientist at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California and a project collaborator, added: 'It's amazing to have a picture showing not one but three planets.'

More than 200 planets in other solar systems have been detected in the last decade through indirect studies of their gravitational tug on their parent star. This indirect technique only measures the mass and orbit of the planet. 'By making an image that shows the planet directly, we can study its properties in detail, measure its temperature and composition, and try to understand its atmospheric structure,' said Macintosh. The other Canadian on the team, which also included US and British astronomers, was Rene Doyon of the Departement de Physique and Observatoire du Mont Megantic, Universite de Montreal. Completely separately, a US team using the Hubble Space Telescope captured the image of another planet orbiting a star in another constellation. It's somewhere between the size of Neptune and three times bigger than Jupiter. It circles the star Fomalhaut, 25 light years from Earth in the constellation Piscis Austrinus. Both studies on the first planets ever actually seen around another star were published Thursday by Science, an international research journal.

From a Toronto Star report on this: Marois needed a new way to observe the skies that would separate the brightness of the stars from the puny, planetary glow. That problem was solved by a software programme he himself developed as a PhD candidate at the University of Montreal, which allowed planetary bodies to come out from their sun's bright shadow far more readily than ever before (by a factor of 10 to 100).

From a CBC News report on this: The discovery is monumental for astronomers, who consider this 'the Holy Grail', said Andrew Fazekas, president of the Montreal branch of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada.

Canwest News Service - Victoria leads Canada in green transport (13 November 2008) Victoria has once again been ranked the greenest city to get around in Canada. The British Columbia city is followed by Vancouver, Ottawa-Gatineau, Montreal, and Toronto on the 2nd annual national ranking of environmentally friendly transportation. 'As a whole, the country is slowly starting to improve,' says Barry Appleton, director of the Appleton Charitable Foundation, which sponsors the survey, conducted by researchers at the University of British Columbia's Sauder School of Business. The report grades 27 cities on 17 criteria such as the number of vehicles on their roads; the percentage of people who walk, bike, or ride transit to work; and how many buses and taxis use hybrid power or alternate fuel. Many of Victoria's municipal and transit vehicles use alternative fuels, and it has excellent air quality. It even improved on its grade from last year. Winnipeg has free transit in its downtown core, affordable system-wide transit passes, and a taxi fleet with 44 per cent hybrid cars, propelling it into sixth place. The largest proportion of citizens who get to work without driving is found in Montreal (29 per cent), Ottawa, and Toronto (both 28 per cent).

The Toronto Star - Ontario, First Nations agree on meetings format (13 November 2008) A permanent round-table discussion has been established to promote peaceful dialogue between the Ontario government and Anishinabek Nation. The Anishinabek Table will be a formal place for the two sides to come together, provincial Aboriginal Affairs Minister Brad Duguid announced this week at the Anishinabek Nation special chiefs assembly. The Anishinabek Nation represents 42 of the more than 100 First Nations in Ontario, but Anishinabek Grand Council Chief John Beaucage said the table is 'important to us all'. Some of the key issues Beaucage sees coming forward are discussions of benefit sharing of natural resources, self-government, and health and treaty implementation. All meetings will be between the minister and the grand council chief, along with their respective staffs, twice a year. 'It does set up the process to have a very positive relationship with the government of Ontario,' Beaucage said, something that is important with the move toward self-government. 'We are hoping this process will set the stage for all three levels of government to be at the table to talk comprehensive self-government.'

The Globe and Mail - Native group forging China link (13 November 2008) Canada's aboriginal leaders emerged from a historic two-week trade mission in China convinced that the great Chinese tiger was about to be unleashed on the resource-rich native Canadian land mass to generate new wealth for aboriginal communities across the country. Some of China's most powerful corporate and political leaders were on hand at Beijing's prestigious Government State House Thursday to sign several memorandums of understanding that could open the door to concrete business partnerships. Potential partnerships aren't limited to natural resources. One initiative included a letter of intent between the Squamish Nation and the province of Shaanxi to examine potential exports by Terrasphere Systems, a Boston-based company that has operations in Vancouver and makes agricultural technology to mass-produce organic fruit and vegetables. Such deals would lead not only to greater autonomy for aboriginal communities but more wealth for the entire country, delegation head Calvin Helin said. The Chinese showed particular interest in Tlicho Investment Corp. in the Northwest Territories, owned by the Tlicho First Nation, which has control over an important resource-rich land mass covering 39,000 square kilometres. 'Canadian aboriginals own or control about a third of the Canadian land mass,' Mr Helin explained. 'The Chinese need the natural resources and other assets that we have in Canada and the aboriginal population needs their capital investment and expertise. It makes good sense to co-operate and work together.'

The Canadian Press - Society should consider restorative justice: Oppal (13 November 2008) British Columbia Attorney-General Wally Oppal said that society's gut reaction to crime calling for punishment must sometimes be reconsidered to include the newly emerging principles of restorative justice. 'Longer jail terms, in and of themselves, do not translate into safer communities,' Mr Oppal said at a forum Wednesday.

The Globe and Mail - Harper warns Tories to avoid 'ideological' governing (13 November 2008) Prime Minister Harper warned a Conservative Party of Canada convention that the Tories must avoid an ideological approach to governing. 'We will have to be both tough and pragmatic, not unrealistic or ideological in dealing with the complex economic challenges before us,' Mr Harper told more than 1,500 delegates in Winnipeg. 'We must listen to all voices, whether they supported us or not.'

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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