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18 January 2009

12 January was the 12th day of the seventh month of the 3rd year of Canadian national consciousness rising to invincibility, as indicated by the following press reports:

12 January 2009

India, Canada to collaborate in agriculture (12 January 2009) India is set to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Canada for increased cooperation in the field of agriculture. The bilateral MoU aims to enhance knowledge sharing and agricultural marketing know-how between the two nations and to increase the bilateral exports between the two nations. Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar will sign the MoU along with Canadian Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz on Tuesday.

The Globe and Mail - Magna, Ford partner on battery-powered car (11 January 2009) Magna International is making a big leap into the electric vehicle age with a strategic alliance with Ford Motor Co. to supply key engine components for a new battery-powered vehicle. The Ford link-up with Magna comes after the Canadian auto parts giant took a Ford Focus and redeveloped it to run on battery power as way to showcase the breadth of its capabilities. In addition to simple parts, Magna designs and assembles modules as well as complete vehicles under contract to car companies. 'Magna took an initiative to build a demonstration vehicle, which for us at Ford said, they really get it,' said Barb Samardzich, Ford's vice-president of powertrain engineering. Ford plans to have the battery-powered compact cars on the road beginning in 2011. It will be a global vehicle that will be sold in the three key markets of North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific, Ms. Samardzich said. At the moment, the battery-powered Focus compact has a range of about 160 kilometres on a single charge, which Ford believes is more than sufficient for the average daily commute. It takes about eight hours to recharge.

From a Financial Post report on this: Magna will supply the electric traction motor for the new car as well as other key systems. 'It's our technology,' Don Walker, Magna's co-chief executive, said. (Walker says the vehicle will be affordable.) The partnership does not preclude Magna from doing similar development deals with other manufacturers. Magna founder Frank Stronach has said developing electric-car technology was one of the company's top priorities.

The Globe and Mail - Obama's visit gives Harper chance to highlight Canada's importance as economic partner (12 January 2009) Prime Minister Harper will urge greater economic co-operation to revive the North American economy when Barack Obama travels to Canada in his first foreign trip as US president. Mr Obama is expected to address Parliament when he visits Ottawa. The high-profile visit of the new president will give Mr Harper an opportunity to highlight Canada's importance to the United States as both a strategic and economic partner. Kory Teneycke, Harper's director of communications, said it is too early to have a specific agenda for the meeting, but economic co-operation will top the list.

CBC News - Prices for new homes creep up 0.7% in November: StatsCan (12 January 2009) Prices for new homes in Canada rose 0.7 per cent in November compared to a year ago, Statistics Canada reported. St. John's led the country with a yearly increase of 25.6 per cent. Regina followed with an increase of 21.7 per cent. St. John's also had the biggest monthly increase with a 3.4% jump.

From a Financial Post report on this: The results varied, with some markets still witnessing considerable price increases. Markets in Eastern Canada continued to rise. Compared with November 2007, prices were 4.3% higher in Ottawa and 2.0% higher in Toronto. In Qu�ébec, the 12-month growth rate was 5.4%, while in Montréal, prices increased 4.6%. No market east of Saskatchewan experienced a month-to-month decline in new home prices.

The Canadian Press - Flaherty seeks input from business leaders for these extraordinary times (12 January 2009) The federal government is not looking to cut spending as it prepares to table its budget on 27 Jan., but it is looking for creative ways to help Canadians through the global recession, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty said Monday prior to a budget consultation meeting in Victoria, British Columbia with about two dozen business and community leaders. 'We are in extraordinary times,' said Flaherty. 'It calls for some extraordinary thinking.'

Bloomberg News - Canadian banks may be alone in not needing bailouts, Clark says (8 January 2009) Canadian banks may stand alone among global lenders in not requiring government assistance to raise capital amid the credit crisis, Toronto-Dominion Bank Chief Executive Officer Edmund Clark said. 'Canada will emerge, as long as we don't do anything stupid, as the only country in the world where the banks didn't need government help,' Clark told a conference in Toronto.

From a Canwest News Service report: Bank of Canada Deputy Governor Pierre Duguay said Canadian banks have capital buffers in excess of both Canadian and international regulations. 'There is definitely room to expand credit.'

CBC News - Edmonton Economic Development Corp. predicts strong 2009 (12 January 2009) The president of the Edmonton Economic Development Corporation believes the local economy this year will actually outperform last year's growth. 'The forecasts that we're looking at right now are actually projecting that 2009 will actually be stronger than 2008 in terms of the rate of growth,' Ron Gilbertson said. The major banks are forecasting anywhere from 1 per cent to 3 per cent growth in 2009 for the Edmonton-area economy, he said. 'I would be surprised if you'll find many cities in North America or any cities in North America whose economy outperforms Edmonton in the next 12 months.'

The Times & Transcript (N.B.) - Are plastic shopping bags becoming extinct? (10 January 2009) A push to keep plastic bags out of landfills is gaining steam in New Brunswick. Sobey's grocery stores offer reusable bags for 99 cents. 'We offer a Green Bag for Life, which is what we call our reusable bag option,' said spokesperson Jill Thomas Myrick. 'It is guaranteed for life, and if it wears out they can bring in their old bags to be replaced.' Sobey's is also among retailers who have introduced reusable thermal bags that keep cold foods cold and warm foods warm.

Canwest News Service - Current young offenders laws working: Analysis (11 January 2009) Canada's revamped young offender laws have been a clear success in keeping adolescents out of court and custody without increasing youth crime, concludes a new academic analysis. The paper's three authors argue that toughening the Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA) won't enhance public safety, but will cost provincial governments significantly more money to punish young people by incarcerating them. The paper, co-authored by Nick Bala, a Queen's University law professor; Peter Carrington, a University of Waterloo sociologist; and Julian Roberts, a leading Canadian criminologist who teaches at Oxford University in England, will be published this year in the Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice. The YCJA, enacted almost six years ago to replace the young offenders act, promotes rehabilitation for young people aged 12 to 17, while reserving incarceration for violent crimes. When the act was adopted in 2003, Canada had one of the highest youth incarceration rates in the world. Those numbers have dropped a dramatic 36 per cent in the last five years. Not only are fewer adolescents being incarcerated, there also has been a dramatic drop in the number being charged by police as they seek alternative rehabilitative measures such as community programs, counselling, apologies to the victim, and other 'extra-judicial' measures.

The Canadian Press - N.B. natives, educators hail release of Passamaquoddy-Maliseet dictionary (11 January 2009) Imelda Perley, who teaches at the Mi'kmaq-Maliseet Institute at the University of New Brunswick (UNB), estimates that less than two per cent of the 5,000 Passamaquoddy-Maliseet people living in communities in New Brunswick, Maine, and Quebec are fluent in their native tongue. But her ongoing struggle to preserve and restore the language to common use has been given a major boost with the release of a Passamaquoddy-Maliseet dictionary. Authored by David A. Francis, a former tribal governor from Maine, and Robert A. Leavitt, a former member of UNB's faculty of education, the book represents 30 years of collaboration between native speakers, educators, and linguists. Its more than 18,000 entries contain remarkable detail about the physical, spiritual, social and emotional environments of the Passamaquoddy and Maliseet peoples, who called most of the region home before the arrival of European settlers. The entries in the hardcover book are enhanced with example sentences from everyday conversations and from oral tradition. Leavitt, who was director of the Mi'kmaq-Maliseet Institute for 14 years, hopes the book will become more than a resource and inspire young people to take up where their elders left off. Perley says the release has generated a great deal of interest and excitement and sees the dictionary as another step toward realizing a long-held hope for the reclamation of her culture. Perley ran into an elderly woman over the holidays and offered her traditional Maliseet well wishes for the New Year. 'The words in Maliseet are actually a request for forgiveness for all the past wrongs you may have done to the person you are greeting so that you may begin anew,' she says. 'The woman I was greeting got quite emotional because she had not heard that greeting spoken in Maliseet in such a long time.'

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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