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4 February 2009

29 January 2009 was the 29th 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:

29 January 2009

The National Post - Comment - John Ivison: Bickering out of fashion in the new Ottawa (29 January 2009) A remarkable transformation has come over Ottawa. Previously, success in the House of Commons was judged by which party could cast the first stone, and any other rocks that happened to be lying around. Now, the importance of appearing earnest could not be greater—political points are scored by not playing politics. The barroom type exchanges and soccer chants that predominated before Christmas have given way to a much more sober tone and a sense that, at this juncture, it is politically expedient to give a legitimate inquiry a genuine response. The old government joke is that the hour is called Question Period not Answer Period but, in these troubled times, there is zero tolerance in the country for political theatre. For now at least, most of our MPs seem to be heeding the appeal made by the Governor-General in this week's Throne Speech to engage in 'dialogue in a spirit of open and non-partisan co-operation.'

The Globe and Mail - From Charest, a more conciliatory tone (29 January 2009) Quebec Premier Jean Charest applauded many elements of the federal budget, even though Ottawa failed to meet some of the province's key demands. Rather than challenge Prime Minister Harper on the issues, Mr Charest said he will wait and see how the federal stimulus package affects Quebec. Mr Charest argued that Quebec is willing to work closely with Mr Harper to get the economy back on track and the federal government should work with the province in a similar way on issues such as equalization payments. The Premier's tone appeared conciliatory in contrast to his more aggressive stand at the first ministers meeting in Ottawa this month.

The Globe and Mail - Harper and McGuinty on the same page - at last (29 January 2009) The federal budget goes a long way to meeting Ontario's long-standing complaint that it isn't treated fairly within Confederation. Indeed, Premier Dalton McGuinty on Wednesday dropped the usual dour face he shows when discussing federal-provincial relations and admitted that 'we are making some real progress.' Ontario officials estimate the province will receive as much as C$18 billion of the C$40 billion in federal spending over the next two years. Mr Flaherty promised, for example, to have equal per capita transfers for health care by 2010. This is four years earlier than the original plan that Ontario said shortchanged it of C$773 million a year. It's a remarkable shift in tone and substance.

Canwest News Service - Income tax savings to reach $20-billion (27 January 2009) Tax relief was included in this week's federal budget. Canadians will receive C$20 billion in personal income-tax relief over the next five years, including: Basic personal amount will increase in 2009 to C$10,320 from C$9,600 in 2008; the upper limit for the first income-tax bracket (15%) will increase to C$40,726 from C$37,885, allowing more income to be taxed at 15%; the upper limit for the second tax bracket (22%) will increase to C$81,452 from C$75,769; low-income families can earn an extra C$1,894 and still receive the maximum National Child Benefit supplement, providing additional benefits up to C$436 annually.

The Canadian Press - Average earnings up in November (28 January 2009) The average weekly earnings of employees increased 0.4 per cent from October to $804.58 in November. That's 2.7 per cent more than a year earlier. Statistics Canada reports the strongest year-over-year earnings growth was reported in Alberta, at 5.8 per cent, Saskatchewan at 4.2 per cent, and Newfoundland and Labrador at 4.0 per cent.

The National Post - Ontario aims to counter drug firm sales pitches (29 January 2009) Hoping to counter the influence of pharmaceutical company representatives and their sales pitches, the Ontario government is joining a growing national movement to offer physicians one-on-one drug briefings that leave out the commercial bias. Research suggests that visits by pharmaceutical reps, the heart of a multi-million-dollar marketing system, can inordinately skew doctors' prescribing habits. The province is planning to fund independent experts to visit medical offices and offer a balanced, evidence-based take on drug treatment. The advice from the proposed service should lead to more appropriate treatments being prescribed to patients, the Ministry of Health says. It is also hoped to lower costs for the government drug plan. The company emissaries often promote their employers' newest products, which tend to be the most expensive, may have little advantage over older drugs, and lack the fullest safety evidence.

The Toronto Star - Province seeks 'green' czar (29 January 2009) Ontario's energy ministry is on the hunt for an assistant deputy minister whose prime duty will be to champion renewable energy and ensure projects don't get stuck in multiple layers of red tape. The posting is the latest sign Energy and Infrastructure Minister George Smitherman is serious about expanding and speeding the deployment of renewable-energy projects that will add more 'green' power to Ontario's electricity mix. The government is expected this spring to reveal details of a green energy bill aimed at streamlining approvals for projects and giving renewables priority access to the grid. Executive search firm Ray & Berndtson has been hired to find the most qualified person for the new position, who will also be responsible for creating a new Renewables Facilitation Office—a 'one-stop shop' for entrepreneurs and community groups seeking approval of their projects. The new assistant deputy minister will act as 'renewables facilitation officer' and will 'proactively generate interest in, and expedite government approval of, new renewable energy projects,' according to a government brief. Keith Stewart, an energy researcher at environmental group WWF-Canada, said having a high-ranking government insider as a champion of renewables would overcome the 'immense inertia of the status quo'.

Canwest News Service on national wildlife area in Alberta protected from drilling (29 January 2009) A joint federal-provincial review panel report released this week will likely prevent EnCana Corp. from drilling for natural gas in a 458 square kilometre national wildlife area in Alberta for at least two years—and it suggests a rare songbird's homelands should never be compromised with wells and pipelines. The panel said that 'the environmental setting in which the project would occur is a nationally and internationally recognized area of national significance.' The report cites concerns about five species at risk: Ord's kangaroo rat, the Sprague's pipit [the rare songbird], and three rare plant species. Environmental groups are relieved the oil and gas giant's immediate application has been prevented and hope it will be daunted about reapplying in the future by the number of demanding requirements set out by the panel.

CBC News on Nunavut language minister named new education minister as well (29 January 2009) Louis Tapardjuk is now education minister, on top of his existing roles as government house leader and minister of culture, language, elders, and youth, Nunavut Premier Eva Aariak announced. Tapardjuk also remains in charge of Nunavut's newly created languages ministry. Aariak said she's counting on him to ensure the education system incorporates language legislation passed last year, making Inuit languages more prominent in the territory's schools.

The Toronto Star - Bridging a cultural divide (26 January 2009) Canada's largest school board has created the first Africentric curriculum to be used at schools across the city, some as early as this week. The lessons are designed for kindergarten through Grade 8. 'I want this to be in every single school, to be part of the curriculum for all of our students,' said Gerry Connelly, education director at the Toronto District School Board, at a recent all-day training session for about 120 teachers and principals—twice as many as expected. An Africentric lesson could mean teaching about the tradition of oral storytelling in West Africa, to where much of the black Canadian community can trace its roots. In one of the Africentric social studies units, kindergarten pupils will learn about special men and women in Ghana called griots who had the job of remembering important events and folklore.

The Canadian Press - Alberta sun temple has 5,000-year-old calendar (29 January 2009) An academic is claiming an archeological site in southern Alberta is a vast, open-air sun temple with a precise 5,000-year-old calendar. A new book by retired University of Alberta professor Gordon Freeman says the rock-encircled cairn is the centre of a 26-square-kilometre stone 'lacework' that marks the changing seasons and the phases of the moon with greater accuracy than our current calendar. 'Genius existed on the prairies 5,000 years ago,' says Freeman, the widely published former head of the university's physical and theoretical chemistry department. In August 1980, Freeman visited the cairn about 70 kilometres east of Calgary, that had been partially excavated in 1971 and dated at about 5,000 years old. Freeman spent the next 28 years photographing the site in summer and winter and observing the alignment of rocks and how they coincided with the recurring patterns of sun, moon, and stars. Freeman found the rocks mark the progression of the year with uncanny accuracy.

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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