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24 February 2009

9 February was the 9th day of the eighth month of the 3rd year of Canadian national consciousness rising to invincibility.

9 February 2009

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:

The Toronto Star - Manufacturers look to future (9 February 2009) Across the province of Ontario struggling manufacturers, from the smallest tool and die shops to big electronics manufacturers, are looking at retooling equipment, modifying assembly lines and retraining an already skilled workforce to take advantage of booming demand for wind turbines, solar modules, electric-car batteries, and the parts and services to support them. National Steel Car in Hamilton, after having laid off 168 workers in November, is looking to convert idle production capacity—designed to make freight cars—into production lines for wind turbines. The wind energy market in Canada is expected to attract C$1 trillion in investments between now and 2020. Markham-based Woodbine Tool & Die, which built its business on providing parts and assembly to major automakers, has dedicated floor space to making solar-energy systems. On 17 Feb., or soon after, the government is expected to table a Green Energy Act that will provide incentives to spur the large-scale deployment of wind, solar, and other forms of renewable and clean energy systems, and supporting infrastructure, across Ontario. Andrew Meikle, founder and president of Meikle Automation in Kitchener, says making the transition is not up for debate: 'We have no choice.' In 2005, about 90 per cent of Meikle's automation systems business came from the automotive sector. Three years ago, the company decided to pursue the development of high-precision robotic assembly systems for making solar photovoltaic modules. It paid off. 'We are dealing with the very top names in the solar industry today. We're building machines that have been installed in Germany, Israel, the U.S., China and India; machines that make solar cells every second,' says Meikle, adding that three-quarters of his business now comes from the solar industry. It has offset the collapse of his auto-related sales. He concedes the recession has still caused his business to slow, but it's a different, more manageable kind of impact than what his competitors are facing. 'The solar industry was doubling year-over-year and this year it's not growing as fast—but it's still growing,' he explains. The idea of introducing legislation to support the creation of a green-energy market in Ontario makes sense, says Meikle, who's convinced that any upfront costs to the province will be worth it in the long run. He points to Germany and other countries that have already taken such bold steps—countries where Meikle's robotic systems are being shipped. 'These government plans have an initial cost but the payback can be less than two years,' says Meikle, explaining that subsidy and incentive programmes are offset by increases to the tax base through foreign investment and job creation. It's a direction supported by the United Steelworkers in Canada. 'We've been pushing the government to embrace that philosophy, so we can start producing some of these products in our own back yard,' says Ken Neumann, national director.

The Globe and Mail - Majority would limit industry's right to challenge environmental policies (9 February 2009) A poll of Americans and Canadians conducted in January and February for the Council of Canadians has found more than 70 per cent of respondents want restrictions on the ability of energy companies to use the North American free-trade agreement to sue governments over their environmental-protection polices. The issue was in the spotlight last fall when Dow AgroSciences said it was considering challenging the federal government over Quebec's decision to ban the use of pesticides on residential lawns. The poll also found overwhelming support among Canadians for a green-jobs programme of investments in wind and solar energy and energy efficiency, with more than nine out of 10 in favour.

CBC News - Saskatchewan schools getting $142M sooner than expected (9 February 2009) Saskatchewan's schools are getting a C$142-million injection from the provincial government. New schools will be built in Regina, Prince Albert, Humboldt, Oxbow, and Porcupine Plain on an accelerated timetable, the government announced. There will also be major renovations to schools in a number of communities. In all, 102 schools in 63 communities are getting cash for capital projects. The money is part of the government's announcement last week that it would be putting an extra C$500 million into infrastructure earlier than planned, as an economic stimulus. The government had originally said the money would be spent over the next two years. The C$142 million is in addition to C$117 million already announced for pre-kindergarten-to-Grade-12 education capital spending, the government said. Education Minister Ken Krawetz said construction on some projects should be able to start within a few weeks.

From a Saskatoon StarPhoenix report: The Saskatchewan government is accelerating infrastructure spending to provide a C$500-million 'booster shot' for the provincial economy, Premier Brad Wall said last week to the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) convention. There was immediate enthusiasm from the province's mayors. 'This is the best news we've had in many, many months and certainly years,' SUMA president Allan Earle said.

CBC News on Saskatchewan appears as bright spot in job numbers (6 February 2009) Saskatchewan offers a flicker of good news in the employment numbers. According to Statistics Canada's monthly labour force report, Saskatchewan was the only province where the unemployment rate fell last month. On a seasonally adjusted basis, Saskatchewan's unemployment rate fell to 4.1 per cent in January, compared with 4.2 per cent in December. The drop means Saskatchewan now has the lowest unemployment rate in Canada.

From another CBC News report on this: Alberta gained 3,300 jobs in January. With an unemployment rate of only 4.4 per cent, the jobs market in the province remains among the best in North America,' says an analysis by ATB Financial economists Todd Hirsch and Dan Sumner. Saskatchewan and Nova Scotia also saw job growth last month.

The Financial Post - Canadian banks share of global total hits 6.2% (6 February 2009) Canadian banks continue to outperform their global peers. The share of Canadian banks in the market capitalization of all the world's banks hit a 22-year high of 6.2% in January, according to National Bank Financial. 'In our view, solvency standings coupled with high potential for domestic market share gains still argue for a continued overweight position in Canadian banks,' National Bank's chief economist and strategist St�éfane Marion told clients.

The Canadian Press - Bankruptcies down in December compared with November (9 February 2009) A federal monitoring agency says the number of individuals and businesses going bust dropped in December compared with November. The Office of the Superintendent of Bankruptcy says 8,299 individuals and businesses went bankrupt in December, down 4.3 per cent from the 8,669 who filed in November. Individual bankruptcies totalled 7,821, down 4.2 per cent from November, while business bankruptcies totalled 478, down 5.5 per cent from November.

The Toronto Star - Package offers some nice 'goodies' for home owners (7 February 2009) There's going to be a C$3 billion home renovation bonanza in 2009 as home owners take advantage of the new Home Renovation Tax Credit in the federal budget. Perhaps the best news of all is that one can claim energy-efficient retrofits under the existing federal and Ontario energy efficiency retrofit incentive programmes, to a maximum of C$5,000 per level of government, C$10,000 total, over and above the home renovation tax credit. The Home Renovation Tax Credit and ecoEnergy initiatives should have the desired effect of stimulating some immediate spending, not to mention a secondary boost when home owners get their tax refunds in spring 2010.

The Canadian Press on quotes of U.S. Presidents on relations with Canada (8 February 2009) Canadians like to think it's a tradition that a newly elected president of the United States comes to Ottawa for their first foreign trip. President Barack Obama is to visit on 19 Feb. Some quotes from American presidents made during visits to Canada: 'On both sides of the line, we are so accustomed to an undefended boundary three thousand miles long that we are inclined perhaps to minimize its vast importance, not only to our own continuing relations but also to the example which it sets to the other nations of the world.'—Franklin Delano Roosevelt, visit to Quebec, 1936. 'It is still a fact that our common frontier grows stronger every year, defended only by friendship.'—Dwight Eisenhower, speech to Parliament, 1953. 'Ours is the world's most remarkable relationship—the prime minister said, whether we like it or not. I can tell you that on most days I like it very, very much. We're neighbours by the grace of nature. We are allies and friends by choice.'—Bill Clinton, speech to Parliament, 1995.

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