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28 February 2009
13 February was the 13th day of the eighth month of the 3rd year of Canadian national consciousness rising to invincibility.
13 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 Canadian Press - Cities across Canada help kick off one-year countdown to 2010 Olympics (12 February 2009) The one-year countdown to the 2010 Winter Games began with parties across Canada on Thursday. Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Gov. Gen. Michaelle Jean, and an array of Olympic heroes took part in a cross-country celebration. The bells chimed on Parliament Hill as a burst of blue light illuminated the Peace Tower with the Games logo Thursday evening. The famous five-ringed Olympic flag was hoisted near Parliament's main entrance, where it will fly for the year. Olympic organizers asked Canadians everywhere to make some noise at 6 p.m. in honour of the one-year milestone. In Newfoundland, musicians played a symphony from the boats in St. John's harbour.
From another Canadian Press report on this: After a day of celebration from coast to coast, Jacques Rogge, president of the International Olympic Committee, issued his official call to athletes around the world in a sunset ceremony at the speedskating oval. The Games are expected to attract 350,000 spectators, 5,500 athletes and officials, and 10,000 journalists. Rogge said the Games will truly benefit all Canadians. 'In the true spirit of the Olympic Games, the people of Vancouver look far beyond the accomplishments of sport, art, and culture,' he said. 'They accepted the honour of hosting the Games because they believe that people and nations want to meet in peace through sport.'
The Canadian Press - Provinces in good shape despite crisis: Moody's (12 February 2009) The provincial governments are still in relatively good shape, credit-rating agency Moody's said in a new report. Moody's attributed the provinces' ability to withstand the declining revenues and higher expenses caused by the downturn to their having reduced debt over the past few years. Alberta and British Columbia get Moody's highest rating of triple-A. The other provinces are rated double-A-1 or double-A-2, which are also near the top of the agency's rating scale.
The Toronto Star - Board zaps project delays (13 February 2009) Ontario dairy farmer Paul Klaesi built a biogas system on his farm that turns cow manure into electricity, but when he sought approval to connect it to the power grid he was told by Hydro One to wait in line. And wait. And wait. And wait. New rules introduced Thursday by Ontario's energy regulator will now let operators of small-scale renewable energy systems skip the line altogether, a change that's expected to fast-track the approval of community and farm projects that generate electricity from the sun, water and biomass. Micro-generation projects below 10 kilowatts, such as a solar power system on a residential rooftop, have always been exempt. The Ontario Energy Board determined that the exemption should be extended to projects up to 250 kilowatts, and under certain circumstances up to 500 kilowatts. 'These changes will support the development of smaller, local generation by allowing pending projects to move forward immediately, and by simplifying the process to connect new smaller generation projects,' the energy board said. For Hydro One and other local utilities, the writing is on the wall. Premier Dalton McGuinty has made clear in recent days that he plans to streamline regulations so it's easier to get greener electricity into the provincial power mix. Later this month the government is expected to table a Green Energy Act that aims to support that goal.
Canwest News Service - National standards for organics unveiled by federal government (13 February 2009) The federal government on Friday unveiled new mandatory standards for organic foods. The mandatory regulation and certification of organic products were immediately praised by the industry. 'It's a consumer's dream. When they see an organic claim out in the marketplace, it has a very strict definition, the government is behind it, and everybody is meeting the same standards,' said Matthew Holmes, managing director of the Organic Trade Association in Canada, representing players in the entire supply chain from producers to retailers. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency also unveiled a new logo that will be the new face of the 'Canada Organic Regime'. The standards took more than a decade to develop, during which time the popularity of organic foods in Canada grew about 20 per cent annually as health and environmentally conscious consumers sought out healthier and greener options. Ann Clark, professor of plant agriculture and specialist in organic farming at the University of Guelph, said the process was painstaking but worthwhile. As of 30 June, only products with organic content greater than 95 per cent may be labelled as organic and can carry the new logo. Multi-ingredient products with at least 70 per cent organic content may say they are 'organic products' and declare the percentage, but they cannot use the logo. The national programme will apply to products that move inter-provincially and internationally, but organic products sold within the province of origin are subject to provincial organic regulations. Quebec and British Columbia have organic certification systems.
The Canadian Press - New space institute to help boost Canada's profile on space missions: scientists (13 February 2009) The University of Calgary and the University of Lethbridge announced that they are forming Canada's first Institute for Space Imaging Science. Russ Taylor, head of physics and astronomy at the University of Calgary, said the new institute will combine their expertise on space research and develop new imaging tools to be used on space equipment such as satellites. That will help researchers study a wide range of space phenomena. 'I see major new opportunities for Canada to be involved in space missions, to put satellites up in space to observe the solar system, the Earth's environment and the universe,' said Taylor. While the universities have each worked on other international space projects, this will be the first time they've agreed to collaborate. Each university has already made strides on its own. For example, Alan Hildebrand, who holds the Canada planetary science research chair at the University of Calgary's geoscience department, is working with other universities around the world in developing the largest radio telescope ever built. Chris Nicol, dean of arts and science at the University of Lethbridge, said scientists there will watch one of their creations blast into space in April. The European Space Agency is launching the Herschel Space Observatory, a space telescope that some say will surpass the ability of the Hubble telescope. The infrared sensors it will carry will help the telescope probe some of the most distant places in the universe. 'This is one of the most significant space science missions in the past 15 to 20 years, and Canada has been involved in it from the start,' Nicol said. 'Space imaging is incredibly important,' said Sara Poirier, a researcher in astronomy and space sciences with the Ontario Science Centre. Unlike hundreds of years ago, when telescopes were first developed, scientists today can look at light from across the electromagnetic spectrum and see images that they could never see before, Poirier explained. Images of the Earth gathered from space can also help to monitor environmental problems and climate change. And when Canada partners on big space projects such as the space observatory, Canadian scientists get time on the telescopes to collect date for their own research, Poirier pointed out.
The Calgary Herald - Canadian scientists plan telescope to probe universe's origins (12 February 2009) They're the questions scientists have been asking since Galileo first pointed a lens at the heavens four hundred years ago. Where did the universe come from? How did it start? They don't have the answers—yet—but researchers at the University of Calgary say they may know how to get them. 'The answer was, we needed a really big telescope,' said Russell Taylor, head of physics and astronomy at the university. University astrophysicists and engineers have signed on with institutions in 20 other countries to create the world's largest telescope, the Square Kilometre Array. It will be 100 times larger and 10,000 times more powerful than the current largest radio telescope—the Very Large Array radio telescope in New Mexico. Ten thousand antennas with a combined dish surface of one square kilometre will fan out in a pinwheel pattern extending to a distance of 3,000 kilometres. That will give the telescope a greater sensitivity than any in existence, allowing it to pick up radio waves from the furthest reaches of space and the very beginning of time. The radio signals collected by the array will be digitized and interpreted by sophisticated computers, hopefully allowing astrophysicists to answer questions about the early history of the cosmos. Len Bruton, an expert in signal processing at the Schulich School of Engineering at the university, said that the sensitivity of the telescope might be able to pick up radio signals from distant worlds. The array needs to be in a very remote area and organizers are looking at the South African desert and the Australian Outback. 'But it will be a true world observatory,' said Gregory Fahlman, director general of the Hertzberg Institute of Astrophysics. 'It's the ultimate radio telescope.' Taylor said the telescope will extend the reach of human knowledge to the edge of existence. 'It'll mean a lot for human beings to answer those questions. It is transformational for civilization.'
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