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12 December 2008

5 December was the 5th day of the sixth month of the 3rd year of Canadian national consciousness rising to invincibility, as indicated by the following press reports:

5 December 2008

The Canadian Press - New deal allows labour mobility across Canada (5 December 2008) The country's trade ministers announced an agreement that ensures labour mobility across the country in the new year. A committee of federal, provincial, and territorial governments signed the agreement in Ottawa Friday that permits workers from any province or territory to fill jobs anywhere in Canada beginning in April. British Columbia's Trade Minister Ida Chong, chairwoman of the internal trade committee, said the deal is good for Canada because it reduces labour barriers and signals that other cross-country regulations that restrict trade and investment could also fall. 'That will be of great benefit to our Canadian citizens in all the provinces and territories so that people who are qualified to work in one part of the country, when they move to another part of the country, will be qualified to work in that same profession or occupation,' Chong said.

The Canadian Press - Rising financials give TSX late session gain (5 December 2008) The Toronto stock market staged a late day recovery Friday to close higher as financials largely turned positive. A turnaround in financials on the New York markets came after Hartford Financial Services Group said its capital position is strong and hiked its earnings forecast for the year. Its shares surged 102.36 per cent. The Toronto financial sector also got a boost from the news, ending the day up 2.6 per cent

From a Bloomberg News report on this: Manulife, Canada's biggest insurance company, rose 6.8 per cent. Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce added 7.7 per cent, climbing for the third day after reporting better-than-estimated earnings. 'The Canadian banks are in much better shape than their U.S. counterparts,' said John Stephenson, who helps to oversee about C$1.5 billion at First Asset Investment Management in Toronto. 'When an insurer like Hartford raises the forecast that's a pretty encouraging sign.'

From another Bloomberg News report: The company's operating businesses are 'performing well, particularly in light of the challenging markets', Hartford Chief Executive Officer Ramani Ayer* said.

Statistics Canada on November employment in Canada (5 December 2008) In November, year-over-year growth in the average hourly wage was 4.6%, well above the most recent increase in the Consumer Price Index ( 2.6%). [Wage growth in October rose at a pace of 4.3 per cent from October 2007.]

The Financial Post - Saskatchewan sees strong job growth (5 December 2008) The latest job numbers from Statistics Canada indicated there were 520,700 people employed in Saskatchewan in November, a 14,800 increase compared to November of last year. The seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate in Saskatchewan dropped to 3.7 per cent in November, from 4.0 per cent both in November of last year and in October of this year. 'We are pleased to enter the holiday season with continuing growth in our employment rate,' Advanced Education, Employment Labour Minister Rob Norris commented. 'We can celebrate our strong work force and stable economy as we move into the new year.'

The Toronto Star - Record canola, wheat harvests as prices slide (5 December 2008) Canada produced a record canola crop this year and raised wheat output by nearly 43 per cent, Statistics Canada said.

From the Statistics Canada report: . . . Prairie farmers harvested a record 12.5 million tonnes of canola and a record 3.6 million tonnes of dry field peas. . . . The previous record for canola was 9.4 million tonnes grown in 2007.

CBC News - Calgarians still paying to deck halls, roofs with Christmas cheer (1 December 2008) A number of Calgarians are still willing to pay companies thousands of dollars to have their homes decorated for Christmas. Despite concerns about a worldwide economic slowdown, those who can afford this little bit of holiday luxury in Calgary don't seem to be cutting back. 'Business is booming,' said Light Kings owner Julie Warthe. An Angus-Reid survey, released last week, concluded that Albertans were the most upbeat in the country about Canada's economy, with 67 per cent of respondents giving a good rating to the national economy.

From another CBC News report on this: Calgary's Chinook Centre is getting as many shoppers as last year—and possibly even more—said Peggy Lim, a spokeswoman for the shopping mall. 'People are still optimistically confident.'

The Canadian Press on Toyota Canada sets sales record, Ford Canada gains ground (2 December 2008) For the first 11 months of this year, Toyota Canada has sold 214,406 vehicles, well ahead of its previous best full year in 2007, when it sold 201,326. This includes 12,792 sold last month, up by 1.9 per cent over November 2007. Meanwhile, Ford Canada showed some life last month, selling 16,109 vehicles in November, up 1.3 per cent from the same month of 2007. Toyota Canada said nearly half of its November sales were of vehicles built in Ontario. The four Canadian-built models are: Toyota Corolla (3,229 sold in November, up 61.5 per cent); Toyota Matrix (1,440 sold, up 30.3 per cent), Toyota RAV4 (1,614 sold, up 37.6 per cent) and Lexus RX 350 (423 sold, up 57.8 per cent.)

The Toronto Star - City police hail gun amnesty success story (4 December 2008) The 40-day gun amnesty programme in Toronto, Pixels for Pistols, finished on Monday, with more than 1,400 guns collected in exchange for digital cameras. Because of its success, the end date was changed from 23 Nov. to 1 Dec. after police saw so many guns being turned in. 'We never imagined we'd get the response that we did,' said Det. Sgt. Chris Boddy, co-ordinator of the programme for the Toronto police.

The Toronto Star - Council approves toxic chemicals bylaw (4 December 2008) The Toronto city council has overwhelmingly endorsed a sweeping new bylaw requiring small and medium businesses to disclose annually their emissions of 25 toxic substances. The 'right-to-know' bylaw will go into effect 1 Jan. 2010. It will be phased in over several years to give facilities time to find ways to track and reduce their emissions. The collected data will be put on the Internet, where residents will be able to search for the presence of pollutants in their neighbourhoods. Mayor David Miller promoted the bylaw, arguing that residents should know about what chemicals are being emitted. Toronto's bylaw is more stringent than current federal rules. Federal rules require reporting only by companies that spew large amounts of chemicals. Toronto's bylaw will affect about 7,000 small- and medium-sized businesses. Among the 25 substances are benzene, cadmium, lead, mercury, and volatile organic compounds.

The Canadian Press - Ontario passes private member's bill to outlaw candy-flavoured cigarillos (4 December 2008) The Ontario legislature moved Thursday to outlaw the sale of candy-flavoured cigarillos that politicians said are clearly aimed at getting children hooked on tobacco, by unanimously passing the third and final reading of a private member's bill introduced just over a week ago. The legislation, which was co-sponsored by Liberal Dave Levac and New Democrat France Gelinas, was approved in near record time, especially considering that private members' bills rarely become law in Ontario. Government sources said the ban is exactly the type of bipartisan co-operation that Premier Dalton McGuinty was hoping for when the government changed the legislature's rules to allow for co-sponsoring of private members' bills. 'Anything that prevents kids from lighting up in the first place is a good thing,' Health Promotion Minister Margarett Best said.

Canwest News Service - Canada signs treaty banning cluster bombs (3 December 2008) Canada on Wednesday became part of the first global treaty banning cluster bombs at a signing ceremony in Oslo, Norway. Announcing at the last minute it would join the group was Afghanistan. With Afghanistan's decision to sign, the number of countries inking the treaty was 108. Cluster munitions contain dozens to hundreds of small, explosive sub-munitions and have a devastating impact on civilians, who account for 98 per cent of all recorded casualties. 'This convention is a significant achievement. Over time, it will save the lives of many thousands of people around the world and will help to end the use of a weapon that has devastating effects on civilians,' Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon said. The Convention on Cluster Munitions, which prohibits the use, development, production, stockpiling, and transfer of cluster weapons, is the first international treaty to ban an entire category of conventional arms. Cannon pledged that Canada would work to have the convention accepted universally. 'Canada looks forward to working closely with like-minded states, UN agencies, the International Committee of the Red Cross and civil society organizations to fully implement the convention, rid the world of cluster munitions, and as far as possible repair the shattered lives of people who have suffered because of them,' Cannon said.

* Mr Ayer is a Trustee of Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa, USA, and founder of a national scholarship programme to fund the Transcendental Meditation in education.

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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