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21 November 2008

14 November was the 14th day of the fifth month of the 3rd year of Canadian national consciousness rising to invincibility, as indicated by the following press reports:

14 November 2008

The Financial Post - Canadians glad to give (14 November 2008) When it comes to charitable giving, Canadians are among the world's leaders. And the amounts contributed to non-profits are only expected to grow because of recent tax changes and the coming retirement of the Baby Boomers. 'Certainly our gifts have been steadily increasing each year,' says Jo-Anne Ryan, vice-president, philanthropic advisory services, with TD Waterhouse. Michael Nilsen, a spokesman with the Association of Fundraising Professionals, says that despite the gloomy economic news of late, the Boomers and the generation before them have enjoyed unrivalled prosperity and economic growth. 'So much wealth has been created, and there is so much more of a public spotlight now on giving and how important it is to give, [that] major gifts have become the most important part of charitable operations every day.'

From a Canwest News Service report: Companies are providing more employee giving programmes, according to a report by Imagine Canada, a non-profit that works to advance the charitable sector. Eighty per cent of the corporations surveyed allow employees to adjust their work schedule to volunteer, and 71 per cent provide payroll deductions programmes for employee giving. Many companies also provide matching grants for employee contributions.

The Financial Post on consumer confidence edges up (13 November 2008) Consumers have regained some degree of holiday cheer as all-important Christmastime shopping ramps up, a new survey of 1,015 Canadians shows. After falling dramatically at the beginning of October, consumer confidence rebounded in early November, Ottawa-based market research firm TNS Global said, as its monthly index improved to 95.6 from last month's 88.9.

Reuters Canada - Economy solid before crisis hit, data show (14 November 2008) Statistics Canada said that manufacturing sales inched up 0.1 per cent in September, defying expectations for a 1.5 per cent decline, suggesting the third quarter may have brought a respite from the weaker economic growth of the first half of the year. The economy now appears to have been on stronger footing than thought in the period. The factory data follows stronger-than-expected numbers on housing in September and employment in October. 'It's correct to say the numbers of late haven't been as bad as feared,' said Mark Chandler, fixed income strategist at RBC Capital Markets. The third quarter is on track for growth of about 1 per cent—a pickup from the 0.3 per cent growth in the second quarter and the 0.8 per cent contraction in the first quarter. In the current environment, the rise in manufacturing sales is a 'veritable boomlet', said Stewart Hall, markets strategist at HSBC Canada.

From a Canadian Press report on this: Measured in constant dollars, which takes price fluctuations into account and provides a more accurate measure of sales volume, manufacturing sales rose 0.7 per cent compared with August. StatsCan reported that 13 of 21 manufacturing industries increased in September. The transportation equipment industry reported the largest gain in September, rising 1.1 per cent, its fourth increase in five months. Shipments of aerospace products and parts grew by a robust 4.8 per cent from August. (Earlier in the week, Export Development Canada highlighted the aerospace sector as an industry that will lead the country's export performance in 2009.)

From the Statistics Canada report: Quebec manufacturers saw sales increase 1.6% in September. Sales have been trending steadily higher over the past year and now stand 7.8% above September 2007. The transportation equipment industry, led by aerospace products and parts manufacturers, accounted for much of September's gains. Sales in the transportation industry rebounded by 14.7% after three consecutive monthly decreases.

From a CBC News report on this: 'The upside surprise came after a hefty 3.7 per cent drop in August, but a very strong growth period from April through July, when sales posted increases that marked the strongest four-month string since late 1998,' said RBC Economics.

The Canadian Economic Press - Canadian new auto sales climb 2.5% in September (14 November 2008) Auto dealers sold 141,574 vehicles in September for a 2.5% increase in sales in Canada over the previous month, Statistics Canada reported. Year-over-year, new auto sales were up 2.2%. Passenger car sales expanded 2.3% in the month. Seasonally adjusted sales of North American cars were up 1.4% in September, while foreign automaker sales gained 3.8%. The monthly sales increase was ahead of economists' consensus call for a 1% bump up in sales. New truck sales were also up in September, rising 2.8%. Sales were up in nine provinces with the largest gain in Prince Edward Island.

The Globe and Mail - The greening of the jobscape (14 November 2008) About 530,000 Canadian workers, about 3 per cent of the labour force, are employed in an environmentally related job, according to a report from the Environmental Careers Organization of Canada (ECO). Energy and environmental conservation as an economic driver is being felt in every part of the country and in all industries, from developers who build ultra-green, self-sustaining homes to big companies that switch to alternative fuels and cleaner technologies. Many types of work—such as consultants who assess your home for energy rebates, or companies that measure your carbon footprint—didn't even exist a generation ago. Grant Trump, president of ECO Canada, says there's no question that environmental and energy concerns are translating into jobs—and new kinds of jobs. Mr Trump says hot careers include environmental engineers, environmental technician and technologists, conservation biologists, environmental communications officers, and geographic information system analysts (people who use digital mapping techniques to measure such things as air and water quality or logging rates).

The Edmonton Journal - Alberta to ban weed-and-feed for lawns (13 November 2008) Alberta will ban the sale of lawn-care products that combine herbicide and fertilizer, the province's environment minister announced. The ban, which will go into effect on 1 Jan. 2010 (the same day a Calgary pesticide ban would come into effect), is meant to help protect the quality of water downstream of cities and towns. 'This is a simple measure that Albertans can take to curb the amount of chemicals entering our water,' Environment Minister Rob Renner said. Most of these 'weed-and-feed' style products are used on homeowner lawns. Environment officials said that a chemical in these combo products is 'very mobile' and regularly turns up in water downstream from urban areas.

From a CBC News report on this: Mr Renner added that more than 10 times the required amount of pesticide can be applied to lawns when weed and feed is used.

The Calgary Herald - Lawn chemical ban wins praise (14 November 2008) 'We've known for a long, long time that combination products are the most inappropriate, overused method of putting down pesticide that there is,' said Alderman Brian Pincott, who helped lead efforts to ban pesticide use in the city. 'The fact that they are finally getting around to banning them is a great thing,' he said. The Coalition for a Healthy Calgary led the charge for the city's ban and was pleased with the announcement. Amongst those praising the move were officials with the Canadian Cancer Society. 'We are hearing from Canadians more than ever they are concerned about the food they eat and the environment they live in,' said Dawn Binns, one of the society's senior executives.

The Canadian Press - Young Leaders Forum aims to help youth promote inclusion, embrace diversity (14 November 2008) It's daunting enough being the new kid in school, but, at 11, Saeid Chavoshi emigrated with his family from Iran to Canada, facing the added challenge of moving to a country where he didn't speak the language. And if that wasn't tough enough, the comments directed his way from some fellow students didn't make things easier, recalled Chavoshi, who would later recount his experience as a newcomer in his high-school valedictory address. Now 19, Chavoshi is again speaking. The University of Toronto student will be part of a panel of young people sharing their experiences Wednesday at a Young Leaders Forum organized by the Canadian Centre for Diversity. 'We need to learn to sort of open up so that we can connect with other people and step into their shoes and understand . . . that we're all very different, and we need to acknowledge that difference, and really acknowledge the fact we're all the same and being hurt in that way hurts everyone across the board,' Carla Wittes, vice-president of programmes for the organization, said. Chavoshi credits meditation as a way to prevent him from being affected from outside negativity.

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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