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30 November 2008
17 November was the 17th day of the fifth month of the 3rd year of Canadian national consciousness rising to invincibility, as indicated by the following press reports:
17 November 2008
The Canadian Press - MPs preach peace train as Parliament opens (17 November 2008) The peace train will roll on to Parliament Hill as MPs return to work Tuesday preaching peace and goodwill. 'On our teams' part, we certainly want to see a new tone. We intend to do what we can,' said Jay Hill, the Conservative House leader. Harper named the personable Hill as his new manager in the Commons, and Hill in turn has conferred with the other party House leaders. Partisan rancour has fallen out of favour. 'There seems to be a consensus that we want to be very serious in how we approach everything that flows from the economic instability facing our nation and indeed facing the planet right now,' said Hill. He noted that October's record-low voter turnout of 59.1 per cent in the federal election may have reflected Canadians 'tuning out' the parliamentary name-calling.
From a Globe and Mail report on this: The newly elected Conservative government will push potentially divisive issues to the back of the legislative agenda when Parliament opens today and will focus instead on finding common ground to fix the faltering economy. Members on all sides have said they hope the session is less conflict-ridden than the previous one. The restrained tenor was taken up by the government's new House Leader, Jay Hill, who went so far as to describe the new Parliament as one in which Conservatives and the opposition would 'govern collectively' for Canadians.
The Canadian Press on Harper consulting with premiers on economic measures (17 November 2008) Prime Minister Harper has been consulting extensively with the premiers on the global economic crisis, a senior official in the Prime Minister's Office said. He met last week with the premiers and intends to hold another, more formally structured conference early in the new year. Moreover, Harper held a conference call Monday to debrief premiers on last weekend's G20 leaders' summit. British Columbia Premier Gordon Campbell said the prime minister also indicated that he'll be writing premiers shortly with 'a broad outline of a national framework for action'. He praised Harper for keeping premiers in the loop and working together with them. 'I think that the dialogue that the prime minister has initiated is very important for the country,' Campbell told The Canadian Press. 'The prime minister said that all countries are now looking at economic stimulus measures to bolster domestic demand,' Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall said of the conference call. The Harper government has not yet concluded what form that stimulus will take in Canada, but Wall said Harper hinted that he prefers investments in infrastructure projects. The premiers were united at last week's meeting in calling for accelerated disbursement of billions in already budgeted infrastructure funding.
The Globe and Mail on Premiers all smiles after get-together (17 November 2008) At last week's first ministers meeting, British Columbia Premier Gordon Campbell garnered positive media coverage for a line not often heard when provincial premiers descend on Ottawa: 'This is a time of all times that Canada act as one country—not as 10 provinces and one federal government, but as one country that is working together to make sure that people get through this.'
The Financial Post - Canada signs R&D deal with Brazil (17 November 2008) Canada and Brazil have signed a research and development agreement designed to boost scientific collaboration between the two countries. The two will cooperate in areas such as aerospace, agriculture, nanotechnology, information, and communications technology, and renewable energy development. The Canada-Brazil Framework Agreement for Cooperation on Science, Technology and Innovation was signed by Stockwell Day, Canada's International Trade Minister, and Sergio Machado Rezende, Brazil's Science and Technology Minister. 'We are pleased to sign this agreement with Brazil, which will forge vital, commercially rewarding alliances and partnerships with one of the largest and most diversified economies in the Americas,' said Mr Day. Over the next two years, Canada will support up to half of the cost of R&D between Canadian and Brazilian companies, governments, academia, and science and research institutes. Brazil was the 10th-largest destination for Canadian direct investment in 2007 at C$8.8 billion, and the seventh-largest source of foreign direct investment in Canada at C$12.8 billion.
Canwest News Service - Smile, there's good news out there (14 November 2008) • National average gasoline price this week: 88.7¢ per litre. Gasoline price five months ago: C$1.30 per litre. • Canada is one of the least likely countries in the world to default on its debt, courtesy of prudent fiscal management and healthy banks. And that debt is being serviced by reduced interest rates, saving hundreds of millions of dollars. • The 80-something-cent loonie [popular name for the Canadian dollar] is actually a godsend for export-driven industries in Canada. • Hourly wages were 4.3% higher last month from the year before. • Canada's labour market is still holding up. • Two thirds of real estate boards reported year-over-year average price gains in September. • The Santa shopping season arrives with a slight rebound in consumer confidence.
The Globe and Mail on former PM announces native student mentoring program in accounting and business (17 November 2008) An accountant sitting on an airplane next to Paul Martin, the former prime minister now devoted to the cause of Canada's aboriginal peoples, told him that Canada's accounting firms have trouble recruiting aboriginal candidates, who seem more inclined toward law or social work. Mr Martin called Kevin Dancey, head of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants (CICA) and, in a way only a former prime minister can, within weeks had the CEOs of the country's biggest accounting firms around a table. They instantly agreed to take action. Mr Martin announced, in conjunction with CICA and high schools in Brantford and Fort Frances, Ont., a pilot project to mentor young aboriginal students in business and accounting, with mentors from the major accounting firms BDO Dunwoody in Fort Frances and KPMG in Brantford. The hope is that the students will pursue careers in accounting and business. Mr Dancey said he hopes the pilot project will eventually expand across the country. 'You look down the road in Canada, where the growth is going to come from, this is our fastest growing demographic. In terms of staffing the firms and resources down the road, this is a key piece. Also, the firms often have either the bands as a client, or firms doing business with the bands. So clearly it's a need to be fulfilled.'
The Financial Post - How can diversity help business? (17 November 2008) The number of new immigrants is growing and accounts for most of the country's population growth. 'So if businesses want to be successful in selling locally, they need to understand how to tailor their offerings to the culturally diverse communities they are selling to,' says Kevin McLellan of the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council. The best way to understand how to do this is through employees who are part of the local communities and understand the language and the nuances of the culture. They can play a pivotal role in helping a business expand its market base locally or beyond. 'By having employees with different and diverse perspectives, you're going to have better results in problem-solving than if you bring into a room a group of people who've all gone to the same schools, all had the same experiences growing up,' says Jane Allen, chief diversity officer at Deloitte, a corporate partner in a new federal government initiative designed to help employers integrate skilled new Canadians into the workforce. Most immigrants are highly skilled and educated—far more so than the majority of the Canadian population. With the increasing difficulties businesses are facing in attracting top talent, companies that create a workplace that is welcoming to people from different cultures will have a competitive advantage today—and tomorrow, when it is projected that new immigrants will be the largest source of workforce growth in the country. 'If you have a culture that really embraces diversity, you can attract top talent from culturally diverse communities and keep them,' Ms Allen says.
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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