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4 December 2008

23 November 2008 was the 23rd day of the fifth month of the 3rd year of Canadian national consciousness rising to invincibility, as indicated by the following press reports:

23 November 2008

The Edmonton Journal - Leaders back Harper stance (23 November 2008) Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum leaders agreed not to raise any new trade barriers in the next year, a key goal of Prime Minister Harper in his discussions here and with other world leaders over the last several weeks. In a Saturday speech to about 1,000 chief executives of companies from the 20 Pacific Rim countries that make up APEC, Harper called on governments to increase spending, maintain open trading relationships, and support financial institutions and struggling industry sectors. 'Now is the time for opening doors, not erecting walls,' Harper said. Harper said that the Great Depression was caused by governments around the world letting banks fail, allowing deflation to run rampant and trying to balance their books at all costs, even if it meant raising taxes and slashing public spending. 'These are mistakes the government of Canada will not make,' Harper said. 'The colossal crisis facing the world today is an opportunity to recommit ourselves to the principles of co-operation and openness in the international economy,' he said. Harper held up Canada's free-trade agreement with Colombia as an example of the kind of lowered trade barriers that could spur economic growth and investment. At a news conference, Harper promised his government would take 'unprecedented fiscal actions if they are necessary' to stimulate economic growth and ease tightened credit conditions. APEC members include Canada, the United States, China, and Japan. Collectively, the twenty APEC members account for more than half of the world's economic activity.

The Canadian Press on Prime Minister Harper on free-trade (22 November 2008) 'Notwithstanding our current difficulties, the prosperity generated around the world in the last part of the 20th century, and the beginning of the 21st century, has been unprecedented in history,' Prime Minister Harper said in an address to chief executives of companies from APEC countries. 'Removing protectionist barriers and easing trade restrictions was a big factor in ushering in this extraordinary era.' Harper pledged Canada will remain open to international trade. The APEC national leaders vowed to move ahead with global free-trade talks known as the Doha Round. The negotiations have been stalled by disputes between developed and developing countries.

Canwest News Service on Scotiabank CEO says banks need a new approach (23 November 2008) The world's emerging markets will never be more important than they will be in the next two years, Bank of Nova Scotia CEO Rick Waugh said in a speech to a business audience at the APEC forum. 'We need the growth. And where, in the next two years, do we see the growth coming from? Largely from APEC. Largely from emerging markets,' Waugh said. He was among business leaders who gathered to engage in discussions on the fiscal and economic crisis. Waugh has been involved in that process as well through the Institute of International Finance (IIF), an association of the world's financial institutions. Waugh and Deutsche Bank AG chairman Josef Ackerman chaired an IIF committee which wrote a report, released in July, on best market practices for the world's banks. Canadian bankers have heightened credibility nowadays on the international stage. Unlike many of their international peers, Canadian banks have not sought government subsidies, nor has any Canadian bank been forced through a recapitalization. 'Crises will end. This one will,' Waugh said. 'All of this, once we do get through it, has to lead to fundamental change.'

The Globe and Mail - We've survived the global slowdown, so far (22 November 2008) Statistics Canada points out that, beyond the stock market, Canada's economy has done fairly well for itself lately. Sure, economic output contracted 0.3 per cent in August, but 'there are few signs that the August dip . . . was anything but a temporary setback after July's large advance,' the statistical agency says in its latest analysis of current economic conditions. Employment is rising, housing starts are up, existing home sales rebounded in September, and household assets have grown faster than liabilities. Operating profits in the third quarter rose 7.6 per cent from the second quarter. Auto sales rose again in October, as did wholesale trade.

The Globe and Mail - Do-gooders do better (21 November 2008) According to a study out of Edelman's consultancy, seven out of 10 Canadians say they will remain loyal to a brand in grim economic times if the brand supports a good cause. 'One of the key insights from this survey is that Canadian consumers want marketers to connect their brand to social purpose,' says Lisa Kimmel, senior vice-president at Edelman Canada. 'Meaning is important. . . . It makes them feel good knowing that the brand is also doing good.'

Canwest News Service - Torch relay to visit iconic Canadian sites (21 November 2008) The Olympic torch relay will stop at such iconic landmarks as the Anne of Green Gables house in Cavendish, Prince Edward Island, and the Canadian Pacific Railroad's Last Spike at Craigellachie, British Columbia. It's scheduled to hit 1,020 communities Canada-wide (Huntsville, Ont. on December 30), including 115 aboriginal centres. 'You will see the number of people who are supporters and want to celebrate and bring out their languages and their culture,' Tewanee Joseph, director of the Four Host First Nations Secretariat, said. 'This is a celebration of peace and sport and the Olympic ideals,' John Furlong, CEO of the organizing committee, said. 'Our view is it's going to have a unifying effect on the country.'

The Vancouver Sun - A new age mayor (22 November 2008) It's perhaps not unusual that the founder of the Happy Planet organic juice company has environmentally and socially conscious friends, but it is intriguing that Vancouver's new mayor-elect received strong international support, in part because he believes the future must be a planet-friendly one and that new business ventures must be ecologically sustainable. Some were inspired through the Social Venture Network, a 500-member San Francisco-based association for socially conscious and environment-focused entrepreneurs. Others believe that, as in the US presidential election, the public was looking for younger, innovative problem solvers. The new mayor 'had quite a bit of support from those kinds of sectors who are interested in how the world can change for the positive, and aren't convinced that the conventional system has been serving them well,' said the director of a US foundation that funds environmental issues. Renowned Vancouver children's singer Raffi Cavoukian said, 'It's the same reason why people in Canada cared about the [US presidential election], because there are no borders in our world when it comes to what we need to do together . . . to move forward the healthy, healing themes that we all need to embrace,' he said. 'Vancouver is a world-class city that can have a breakthrough with a visionary mayor, and we can become a city that leads.'

The Toronto Star - Peaceful revolution beginning across Muslim-Jewish divide (23 November 2008) There has been a sea change. In Israel, there's broad acceptance of a two-state solution. Israelis differ only on the details. At the United Nations last week, Israeli President Shimon Peres, the country's most respected public figure, praised the 2002 Saudi peace plan of King Abdullah. This is the same plan that Israelis had earlier ignored. The Jewish Diaspora in North America, traditionally more hardline than the Israelis, this time seems in sync with Israeli thinking. There has been praise for Abdullah's peace plan, and also for the king's recent multi-faith outreach. The latter fits in with the twinning of 50 synagogues and 50 mosques in North America, including eight in the Toronto area, this weekend. This is a historic development. Congregants are attending each other's services, exploring sacred commonalities and sharing meals. There are other instances of co-operation across the religious divide. The Canadian Jewish Congress and the Canadian Somali Congress have started a mentorship programme to match young Somalis with accountants, engineers, lawyers, etc. Another independent inter-faith initiative took place last Sunday, at the Anglican Church of the Transfiguration in Toronto. With Reverend Michael Burgess presiding, the 100 or so congregants sang or heard the hymns, listened to a sermon by Rabbi Baruch Frydman-Kohl of Beth Tzedec Congregation, and prayed with Hamid Slimi of the Canadian Council of Imams. At the end of the service, the 20 or so Jews moved to a side alcove for Ma'ariv, their sunset service. The dozen or so Muslims went into a side room to say Maghrib, their sunset prayers. Both groups then joined the others for a kosher meal. In Toronto, peace is breaking out on many Arab-Israeli—and, more broadly, Muslim-Jewish—fronts.

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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