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7 December 2008

27 November was the 27th day of the fifth month of the 3rd year of Canadian national consciousness rising to invincibility, as indicated by the following press reports:

27 November 2008

Canwest News Service - Stephen Hawking named to Canadian research post (27 November 2008) World-renowned scientist Stephen Hawking has been appointed a distinguished research chair at Waterloo, Ont.'s Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics. 'The appointment marks a new phase in our recruitment that will see leading scientists from around the world establish a second research home at Perimeter Institute,' said the institute's director Dr Neil Turok. The institute—founded by the owners of Blackberry-maker Research in Motion—provides a multi-disciplinary environment to foster scientific collaboration in research areas of cosmology, particle physics, quantum foundations, quantum gravity, quantum information, superstring theory, and related disciplines.

From a CBC News report on this: Hawking is coming to do what theoretical physicists do, 'which is to try to come up with new concepts about space and time and quantum theory and the laws of physics, and try to reconcile all the laws of physics within a unified mathematical framework and try to figure out how to test those ideas experimentally and observationally,' Dr Turok said. 'Stephen is coming to share his ideas and we'll be sharing our ideas, so hopefully new ideas will emerge from the discussions.' The Perimeter institute has become internationally renowned in the world of theoretical physics as a meeting place for the top minds in the field.

The Globe and Mail - Measuring the good global citizen (26 November 2008) The old concept of being a good corporate citizen has grown into the all-encompassing notion of corporate social responsibility (CSR), with businesses aiming to be socially aware, eco-friendly global citizens. 'Today companies need legitimacy, a social license to operate,' says Chris Coulter, vice-president of GlobeScan, a Toronto-based research company that publishes an annual CSR Monitor report. The route to such legitimacy lies in measurable activities and transparent reporting. That's where the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) has come into the picture, offering what this international network calls 'the world's most widely used sustainability reporting framework'. The GRI, launched in 1997, is made up of thousands of experts, in dozens of countries worldwide, who take part in working groups and governance bodies to develop a detailed set of guidelines to measure and disclose corporate behaviour. The guidelines cover economic, environmental, social, labour practices, product responsibility (with increasing focus on supply chains), and governance. A recently released KPMG* survey found that 70 per cent of reporting companies worldwide use the GRI guidelines, and that CSR reporting in general is growing. The largest 100 companies, by revenue, in 22 countries found 'overall uptake of sustainability reporting was 45 per cent,' the survey says. Canada stood at 80 per cent. (*KPMG is a large international business firm.)

The Globe and Mail - Plan targets area around Pearson airport as unique eco-business zone (26 November 2008) Eric Lange is proving that green business is good business. And not just for his company, Lange Transportation & Storage. His 70,000-square-foot [6,503 square metre] facility has become a showplace and practical teaching aid for the 12,500 businesses that make their home near Toronto's Pearson International Airport. Lange Transportation is at the heart of an innovative approach to corporate social responsibility and protection of the environment, called Partners in Project Green. The Greater Toronto Airports Authority has partnered with the Toronto Region Conservation Authority, 20 local companies and five separate governments, to turn 12,000 hectares surrounding Pearson into a new green economic zone and showplace for environmentally sensitive business operations. 'We want to re-brand the entire area around Pearson as North America's largest eco-business zone,' says Chris Rickett, project manager for Partners in Project Green. 'It is already becoming an incubator for green technology and eco-friendly operations.' For Mr Lange, going green has meant slashing a C$60,000-a-year natural-gas bill to zero by tapping into geothermal heat under his driveway. He has also used a combination of solar power, energy efficient lighting, and new double-pane windows to drastically reduce the company's monthly electricity bill to just C$1,859 last month, from C$3,500 a month in August 2007. The project has a number of innovative programmes under way. One, in partnership with the Clinton Foundation, is investigating the creation of a 'green products co-operative' where companies could buy green products in bulk.

Canwest News Service - Electric car revolution coming (27 November 2008) One in every 20 new cars sold in Canada should be electrically powered within a decade, say members of a task force that is delivering a progress report to the federal government about the future of plug-in vehicles. The group was set up by the government last winter to design Canada's Electric Vehicle and Technology Road Map for shifting the transportation industry away from fossil fuels. 'It's going to be an electric vehicle revolution,' said Michael Elwood, chairperson of the task force and vice-president of marketing at Azure Dynamics, which specializes in electric and hybrid electric drive technology. 'Hybrid electric, plug-in hybrid electric and electric vehicles are all part of the equation,' he said. The group includes a wide range of stakeholders, including automakers Ford and General Motors, as well as the Canadian Auto Workers union, academic institutions such as the University of Manitoba, and utility companies Hydro Quebec and Manitoba Hydro. It's expected to submit its final recommendations next February. 'Anything is possible and everything is being worked on and the sooner we dedicate resources to the advancement of this [industry], the better,' Elwood said. 'The industry is almost in the midst of the biggest revolutionary technology turnaround in its history,' said Mark Nantais, president of the Canadian Vehicle Manufacturing Association.

The Vancouver Province - Gov't to convert 34 hybrids to electric (27 November 2008) The British Columbia government is converting 34 hybrid and gas vehicles from its fleet into plug-in electric vehicles at a cost of C$400,000. The plug-ins are like current hybrids, but have an added lithium battery that can be fully charged through any electrical socket within five hours. The car can drive 20 kilometres of city driving, just on the electric battery. For highway driving, the gas motor kicks in. Environment Minister Barry Penner said eventually most people will be able to commute to work and back on one electrical charge. A government official who test-drove the plug-in hybrid for two weeks said she got 1,000 kilometres on a single tank of gas. BC has 600 hybrid vehicles in the government fleet, the largest number in North America. BC Hydro spokesman Ted Olynyk said that up to 60 per cent of new vehicles on provincial roads by 2025 could be plug-in, hybrid, or fully-electric vehicles. 'What we learn over the next two years could revolutionize transportation in this province, and give British Columbians more options for a greener lifestyle,' Olynyk said. The vehicles will drive around BC for the next two years, and be measured for performance and electricity consumption. Among those cities getting plug-ins are Vancouver, Penticton, Kelowna, and Dawson Creek. (The initiative is part of BC's promise to cut greenhouse gas emissions by one-third by 2020.)

Canwest News Service - TSX up for 5th straight day (27 November 2008) Canada's benchmark extended its winning streak to five days Thursday, its longest string of gains since April. The TSX composite index rose 110.25 points, or 1.28 per cent, to 8,753.77. Over the five days, it has climbed 13 per cent.

The Canadian Economic Press on Quebec housing market expected to grow in 2009 (25 November 2008) According to a monthly housing report by financial group Desjardins, resale home prices in Quebec are expected to rise by 1.7% province-wide next year. So far this year the industry has continued to perform well with housing starts increasing in October to an annualized rate of 48,400 from 46,500 in September.

Canwest News Service - Canadian farm receipts surge 13.6% (25 November 2008) Last year's strong rebound in revenue for most crop farmers continued through the first nine months of this year, according to Statistics Canada. For the first nine months of the year, overall market receipts of Canadian farmers, which measure gross revenue and do not take into account expenses, totalled C$30.5 billion, surging 13.6% from the first nine months of 2007. Receipts for crop producers surged 28.9 per cent to C$16.8 billion.

The Globe and Mail - What we can all learn from Nunavut (27 November 2008) Canada's new Health Minister, Leona Aglukkaq, has some fascinating things in her record as Minister of Health and Social Services in Nunavut. 'I know that, in addition to caring for people when they are ill, it is just as important to develop policies, programs and services which keep people from becoming ill,' Ms Aglukkaq wrote in the preface to Nunavut's public health strategy—Developing Healthy Communities. As political leaders mull over how to stimulate the economy with new approaches, the Globe and Mail encourages Ms Aglukkaq to remind them that new thinking is in order in the health field, too. It's not enough to have a C$172-billion-a-year repair shop; Canada needs to invest in creating healthy populations.

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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