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22 November 2008

15 November was the 15th day of the fifth month of the 3rd year of Canadian national consciousness rising to invincibility, as indicated by the following press reports:

15 November 2008

The National Post - World leaders agree on plan to fight recession (15 November 2008) World leaders laid out proposals for restructuring the global financial system at an historic summit in Washington. Meeting with the leaders of the major powers at a summit for the first time, emerging giants such as China, Brazil, and India joined the United States, Canada, Britain, and others to outline 'common principles' for financial market reforms. Canadian Prime Minister Harper said the summit was 'without precedent'. The action plan creates working groups that have 100 days to develop detailed proposals before a second summit of G20 leaders convenes on 30 April. It includes measures to strengthen global regulations, transparency, and accountability, as well as actions to reinforce international cooperation. Specifically, the declaration states that by 31 March a 'college of supervisors' should be established that would bring together financial regulators from a number of countries as part of efforts to strengthen the surveillance of cross-border financial institutions. All G20 members also committed to undertake a Financial Sector Assessment, where countries submit to a 'peer review' of their financial sectors by the International Monetary Fund and World Bank. This idea was pursued vigorously by Mr Harper who said Canada, the first country to undergo an assessment, benefitted greatly from the process.

From a Canwest News Service report on this: The world leaders vowed to reshape international financial institutions, such as the International Monetary Fund and World Bank, and to give more influence to rapidly growing economic powers such as China, India, and Brazil. 'We will implement reforms that will strengthen financial markets and regulatory regimes so as to avoid further crises,' the leaders said in the summit's final statement. If undertaken, the reforms could be the most sweeping overhaul of the international financial system since the Second World War.

The Canadian Press - Harper says Canadians can breathe a bit easier after G20 agrees on plan of attack (15 November 2008) Canadians can breathe a bit easier about the global economic meltdown after the world's most powerful countries agreed on a series of measures to help ease the crisis, Prime Minister Harper said Saturday. 'We will respond in a way that will minimize Canadians' exposure to these problems and maximize our ability to come out of this in a strong position,' Harper said at a news conference at the end of the G20 summit. Harper and 19 other world leaders emerged from the meeting to say they'd taken important first steps to deal with the financial meltdown and prevent any future crisis while reviving the global economy. The leaders left Washington with a series of reforms to put in motion by the end of March. The countries at the summit were the United States, Canada, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Britain, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, and Turkey. These countries and the European Union make up the G20. (The Netherlands and Spain were also represented, as were the International Monetary Fund, World Bank, Financial Stability Forum, and United Nations.)

From CTV News reports on this: Prime Minister Harper is optimistic that members of the G20 have made a plan of attack for the struggling global economy that will give 'hope' to people worldwide. Despite the great diversity of national leaders meeting in Washington, Harper said there was 'a nearly unanimous accord' on the major subjects and that all nations will have to work together.

The Canadian Press - Charest touts hydro development (15 November 2008) Quebec Premier Jean Charest announced an ambitious plan to boost the capacity of Hydro-Qu�ébec by 3,500 megawatts, enough to power 600,000 homes. The projects would begin in 2015. About 20 per cent of the increased power would come from alternative sources such as the wind and the sun and would reduce greenhouse gas emissions. 'With these commitments, Quebec is positioned more as a Canadian leader in the fight against climate change,' Charest said. (Hydro-Qu�ébec is the world's largest producer of hydroelectric power.)

Canwest News Service - Quebec City latest to move to ban billboards (14 November 2008) Quebec City said it is moving ahead with a plan to ban all billboards across the 400-year-old city. Quebec City wants to preserve the charm and historic feel of the city and take down signs often seen as urban blights. Quebec is the latest Canadian city to move to restrict billboards. Vancouver has banned large signs on rooftops while some Ottawa city councillors are asking for the power to veto billboards in their wards.

The Canadian Economic Press - Quebec retailers expect strong holiday sales despite economic turmoil (12 November 2008) A study conducted by the Retail Council of Quebec (RCQ) revealed that 71% of Quebec consumers will spend as much as last year over the holiday season. This study, which surveyed 1,002 respondents, was conducted between 21 Oct. and 2 Nov. 'Quebecers . . . are fairly secure in their jobs and their capacity to earn revenue, and a period of high energy costs, which affects their daily lives, is dissolving,' RCQ president Gaston Lafleur said.

The Toronto Star - Taking green to next level in Burlington (15 November 2008) Strata condominium built by Molinaro Group is on track to be the first condominium in downtown Burlington, Ont. to register for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. The 25-storey Strata will also be one of the first condos to use a geothermal system for heating and cooling—a system that not only reduces energy costs for its residents, but also produces no greenhouse gas emissions. 'This takes the green building concept to a new level. People want to help protect the environment, so we felt it was very important to build a highly advanced green building. Residents know that green buildings are healthier for their families, good for the environment and economical because of lower energy costs,' says Vince Molinaro, president of the Molinaro Group. Residents also get green features in their suites, such as energy-efficient lighting and appliances, plumbing systems that use less water, and eco-friendly materials. Residents will also be able to participate in a car-sharing programme. 'While car-share programs are appearing in Toronto, this will be a first for Burlington residents,' Molinaro says. The building will also have a 3,000-square-foot, ground-level, high-security bicycle storage room. Sophie Buzelli, sales representative for the site, says a lifestyle approach has been taken to designing the features and amenities. 'Strata will have a 24-hour concierge, rooftop indoor swimming pool, guest suite and fully equipped gym with a yoga and Pilates studio,' she says. 'On the 10th floor there will be a 5,600-square-foot meditation garden with lush green plants.'

The Canadian Press - Mining Act overhaul delayed to give First Nations more time to respond (15 November 2008) Proposed legislation to update Ontario's antiquated Mining Act will be put off until next year to allow First Nations communities more time to respond. The Ministry of Northern Development and Mines said discussions will now conclude 15 Jan. instead of this month. Michael Gravelle, minister of northern development and mines, said the extension is important because it ensures the concerns of First Nations will be adequately addressed. While the mining companies would rather move ahead as fast as possible, they too were on board if it meant coming to an agreement everyone would be happy with. The government had sent information packages on 11 Aug. asking for feedback, a move many First Nations supported. But they complained the government wasn't giving them enough time to talk with their communities. The Chiefs of Ontario, a group representing 133 First Nations communities in the province, said they welcomed the extension. The extension 'is a demonstration that the government of Ontario is heading in the right direction,' said Ontario Regional Chief Angus Toulouse.

The Saskatoon StarPhoenix - Nutana considers axing failing grades (15 November 2008) Saskatoon, Saskatchewan high school, Nutana Collegiate, is considering no longer issuing failing grades. Students would still technically fail courses, but instead of grades below 50 per cent they would receive 'incomplete' or 'no mark' on their report card and transcript. 'We don't need to degrade the student by giving them a number,' said Nutana principal Shirley Figley. If the school implements the proposal, Figley believes Nutana will be the first high school in the country to do away with failing marks on a school-wide basis. A percentage grade below 50 per cent is detrimental for reasons ranging from its effect on a student's motivation to the permanent scar it carries with it on a student's transcript, Figley said. Right now, a failing mark stays on a transcript even if the student completes the class later and receives a higher grade, she said. 'That number stays forever even though (a student) may have changed dramatically since it was given.' Hugh Kurz, a superintendent with the school division, said the idea is compelling and could be implemented system-wide if it proves successful. Mark Wilderman, the collegiate renewal facilitator, said he also supports Nutana's proposal. The proposal is part of a fundamental philosophical shift happening at the city's public schools under the division's collegiate renewal initiative, which promotes innovative teaching methods.

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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