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2 February 2009
26 January was the 26th day of the seventh month of the 3rd year of Canadian national consciousness rising to invincibility.
Dr William Overall, National Director of the Global Country of World Peace in Canada, presented highlights of news reports reflecting Canada's rising invincibility from Yogic Flying groups across Canada and the large Invincible America Assembly at Maharishi University of Management and Maharishi Vedic City, USA.
Extensive scientific research has documented the Maharishi Effect of rising coherence, harmony, and peace created in the collective consciousness of a nation by large groups of Yogic Flyers. The effect has been found to extend beyond national borders when the group is of sufficient size.
Following are press reports featured in Dr Overall's presentation:
26 January 2009
The Globe and Mail - Harper's words carry a softer tone (26 January 2009) Stephen Harper's government opened the new Parliament with an atypical tone of contrition, in a Throne Speech that spoke of compromise and consultation. It was a brief address notable for its lack of confrontation. By tradition, the Throne Speech, drafted by the Prime Minister's Office but read by the Governor-General, sets a broad outline for the government's priorities for the parliamentary session. Monday's address stressed a promise to co-operate.
From a CTV News report on this: The speech comes just a day before the government unveils its budget. Following the throne speech, Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff told reporters he will not make a snap decision after Tuesday's budget is revealed. He said he will consult with his caucus and won't announce a decision about supporting it until Wednesday. Ignatieff noted an 'extraordinary contrast' in the language of this throne speech compared with one the government delivered several months back. While he called the autumn statement 'partisan and divisive', he said Monday's speech talked about 'reaching across the divide and finding non-partisan solutions'.
The Globe and Mail - Transcript of the Throne Speech (26 January 2009) In these uncertain times it is imperative that we work together, that we stand beside one another and that we strive for greater solidarity. Our Government has reached out to Canadians in all regions, in all communities and from all walks of life. Our Government approached the dialogue in a spirit of open and non-partisan cooperation. There is no monopoly on good ideas because we face this crisis together. There can be no pride of authorship—only the satisfaction of identifying solutions that will work for all Canadians. What will sustain us today will be the same strengths of character that have pulled Canada through critical times before: unity, determination, and constancy of purpose. Honourable Members of the Senate, Members of the House of Commons: As you unite in common effort and in common cause, may Divine Providence be your guide and inspiration.
CBC News - Consumer confidence inches higher in January (26 January 2009) Canadian consumer confidence edged up slightly in January, the Conference Board of Canada said. The research group said its index of consumer confidence rose 2.5 points to 70.2. The group's survey is based on 2,000 telephone interviews conducted 8-16 Jan. The board said people were slightly more optimistic about their current financial situation: 13.3 per cent of respondents said they were better off today than six months ago, up 0.8 percentage points from a month earlier. Respondents' outlook on their future economic situation also brightened somewhat, with 22.2 per cent expecting their family financial situation will improve over the next six months, up 0.8 percentage points from December. Fifty-one per cent of respondents said they expected no change over the next half year.
From a Canwest News Service report on this: Nearly 60 per cent said their financial situation was unchanged, which 'indicates that the majority believe they have been largely unaffected by the economic turmoil in Canada', the Conference Board said. Meanwhile, those saying now is a good time to make a major purchase, such as a car, increased for the fourth straight month, rising 1.8 points to 28.5 per cent.
The Globe and Mail - Canada moves up in global MBA leagues (26 January 2009) University of British Columbia's Sauder School of Business made dramatic strides in the global MBA leagues this year, rising 21 places to the 71st spot in the Financial Times ranking of the top 100 programmes. The Sauder School built on its research prowess to tie for 15th in the world in the research category. Another rising western business school, the University of Alberta's, jumped to the 77th spot from 88th. The annual Financial Times ranking, the most closely watched MBA survey, is widely used by prospective students, often international candidates. Five Canadian schools made the top 100, and all five placed within the top 35 in the world for research. The other top Canadian schools overall are University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management and University of Western Ontario's Ivey School of Business, which tied for 47th. Just behind, in a tie for 49th, is York University's Schulich School of Business.
The National Post - Quebec scores sweet victory in junk food wars (26 January 2009) Saputo Inc., makers of Vachon snack cakes, pleaded guilty to 22 charges under a Quebec law—unique in Canada—that prohibits advertising directed at children younger than 13. The company was fined C$44,000 for a 2007 campaign that involved distributing Igor cakes and merchandise in daycare centres. The court decision is a signal that Quebec intends to use the law to advance the fight against childhood obesity. 'This is a victory for children, considering the impact of junk food on child health,' said Suzie Pellerin, director of an anti-obesity group called Coalition Poids. 'The World Health Organization has identified junk-food advertising as one of top five causes of the current obesity epidemic.'
The Toronto Star - New push to make boards match colour of the city (26 January 2009) When bank presidents, lawyers, and politicians sit down for lunch Monday at the Fairmont Royal York hotel, it won't be the typical Canadian Club crowd. That's because the sea of 600 faces attending will represent the ethnic makeup of Toronto, as business and community leaders throw their support behind DiverseCity—an initiative to ensure boardrooms reflect the region's population, of which nearly 40 per cent are members of visible minorities. 'The tickets are just flying out the door,' said Noella Milne, a commercial real estate lawyer and past president of the Canadian Club. 'There is such a buzz around this.' Milne, an Indian woman who came to Canada at 17, was recently named to the governing board of the Ontario Science Centre where one of her priorities is to ensure that children who ordinarily could not afford the admission fee can visit and perhaps be inspired. 'The science centre, like education, can level the playing field for all kids,' she said. The science centre's 16-member governing board has been changing. Of six recent appointments, four are from visible minorities. The centre is planning an exhibit for February called Sultans of Science: 1,000 Years of Science Rediscovered, which focuses on science from the golden age of Islam. 'Let's say if you are a child who has come from Iran, and all the pictures you see in textbooks of scientists are of European people, it doesn't help you if you want to aspire to be a scientist,' said Lesley Lewis, CEO of the Science Centre. 'Now, children will have an opportunity to see scientists who look like them.'
The Globe and Mail on celebrating and valuing corporate diversity (26 January 2009) It wasn't what you'd expect a staff member to be doing at the corporate offices of Bayer Canada. Wearing a traditional Chinese costume from her native Hong Kong, Suzanne Wan was performing a fan dance. The audience consisted of colleagues, mostly immigrants to Canada like herself, watching as Ms. Wan unfurled the brightly coloured fans, making them look like birds in flight. This was more than a show. As a participant in Diversity Day, a company initiative meant to showcase the various cultures within Bayer, Ms. Wan used the occasion to underscore her value as an employee within the global organization—her ethnicity. 'Different cultures bring different perspectives,' says Ms. Wan, who has worked at Bayer in Human Resources for the past 27 years, first in Hong Kong and, after immigrating in 1988, continuing at the company's HealthCare and MaterialSciences division in Mississauga, Ont. 'In business today, there are no absolute right or wrong ways of doing things. It's about being open to different opinions and ideas that might come from different backgrounds and cultures, and celebrating them.' To Helen Sraka, Bayer's head of Talent Management, focusing on diversity just makes good business sense. 'Canada has a lot of immigrants, and in that pool of newcomers is a lot of talent,' says Ms. Sraka, a Croatian by heritage who joined Bayer in 1984. 'You need to be able to look at that diversity across the board because a company is only as good as its strength in diversity. A diverse environment drives a business forward because there is naturally an abundance of different opinions and ideas that spark creativity and help set an organization apart from its competitors.' By diversity, Ms. Sraka goes beyond a narrow definition of racial and ethnic differences. New mothers, for instance, are allowed flex time to accommodate the demands of their offspring. Immigrants bring to the workplace more than just a willingness to work hard. 'We bring something fresh to the table,' Ms. Wan says. 'We open people's eyes to an idea of diversity as a state of mind.'
These are a few of the news reports reflecting Canada's rising invincibility through the Invincible America Assembly as well as Yogic Flying groups in Canada.
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