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11 March 2009
25 February was the 25th day of the eighth month of the 3rd year of Canadian national consciousness rising to invincibility.
25 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 Saskatoon StarPhoenix - AFN wants say on Native education (25 February 2009) Government representatives from across Canada are gathering in Saskatoon this week to discuss the state of aboriginal education. A welcoming press conference for the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC) summit on aboriginal education was held Tuesday with aboriginal leaders and government officials from across Canada. The press conference launched two days of closed-door meetings in which Phil Fontaine, chief of the Assembly of First Nations, said he will participate. Fontaine believes there should be a greater emphasis on local 'control and authority' of First Nations governments over education. 'We've demonstrated very clearly that the kinds of successes that we've been able to achieve in the last number of years have been through locally controlled education programs and systems,' he said. Kelly Lamrock, New Brunswick's education minister and chair of the CMEC, said part of the goal of the conference is to start a 'national conversation involving First Nations people and their leadership.' He says the input will help define what needs to be done for students. The aboriginal population is rapidly increasing. Aboriginal students are expected to represent more than 25 per cent of the elementary school population in some provinces and territories within 20 years. The summit attracted about 200 delegates, including education ministers from every province except British Columbia, some ministers of aboriginal affairs, and representatives from regional and national aboriginal organizations.
CBC News - Former PM Martin launches educational program in Winnipeg (24 February 2009) Former prime minister Paul Martin was in Winnipeg Tuesday to officially launch an aboriginal programme. Children of the Earth School has been chosen for the Martin Aboriginal Initiative, an educational programme started in Thunder Bay, Ont. two years ago and aimed at encouraging aboriginal youth to complete high school and pursue careers in accounting. 'What's going to happen as a result of all of this is we'll understand how, in fact, we can relate to the students here who are largely Cree and Oji-Cree,' he said. 'Then what we'll be able to do is, on the basis of that, take it to the other schools [with large aboriginal populations] in Manitoba. That is our ultimate intention.' Students will learn the usual high school skills of math and other subjects, but also accounting, marketing, communication and leadership, Martin explained.
Canwest News Service - 'Global is local' becomes new business mantra (25 February 2009) Financial institutions are responding to the changing face of Canada's population by modernizing their recruitment practices. Ruth Todd, for one, sees evidence of the country's increasing diversity every day in her role as an associate partner with accounting and professional services firm KPMG Enterprise in Hamilton, Ont. 'The recruits we're seeing now, compared to 20 years ago, include lots of diverse cultures coming off of the campuses,' says Ms. Todd. Ms. Todd understands there are bottom-line benefits to fostering a diverse workplace, but feels there are many other important reasons for pursuing diversity strategies in recruiting and retention programs. Ms. Todd is taking part in a mentoring programme set up through the Paul Martin Aboriginal Initiative, where she mentors aboriginal high-school students from the nearby Six Nations reserve in the merits of pursuing higher education related to financial services. 'It's time well spent,' she says. KPMG joins a growing list of financial services firms working hard to ensure their workforce mirrors the communities they serve. Working with young students from many backgrounds is just one way KPMG strives to be a top diversity employer. The company has several diversity networks. These connections help KPMG reach out to community groups to attract and retain the best and brightest in the field. 'We don't sell a product . . . we just have thought leadership, so our people are our priority,' says Michael Bach, director of diversity, equity, and inclusion for KPMG. 'That means people need to feel comfortable and safe celebrating their diversity at work, which enhances employee engagement.' He cites one example where the company's UK office had an Islamic society network that led to a significant new contract. Norma Tombari, director of global diversity for the Royal Bank of Canada, says diversity is just part of the new global reality. 'You have people coming from various parts of the world. We like to say global is local,' she says. If a company wants to grow and prosper in this environment, integrating diversity becomes especially important. 'It's also the way to build stronger communities, to build social cohesion and just to make vibrant communities,' says Ms. Tombari. It's all part of an ongoing effort to make sure diversity becomes ingrained into the culture of the organization, which includes internship programs for new immigrants and aboriginals. RBC's diversity leadership council helps ensure the company regularly meets its goals.
The Toronto Star - End green 'dithering,' utilities told (25 February 2009) Energy and Infrastructure Minister George Smitherman says a major cultural shift across Ontario's power-system agencies is needed if the province is to become a North American leader in renewable-energy development. Smitherman said his goal is to get organizations such as Hydro One to be more proactive when it comes to accommodating green-energy projects on the grid. He plans to issue a 'strong directive' to such agencies to drive that message home.
The Canadian Press - B.C. environmental groups welcome orca protection (25 February 2009) Almost 300 endangered or threatened killer whales that ply the waters of the Pacific Northwest have improved habitat protection with a new federal government regulation. The protection, under the Species At Risk Act (SARA), covers the habitat of Northern and Southern resident killer whales, said Lara Tessaro of Ecojustice. Southern resident orcas are endangered and number about 85, and the northern orcas are considered a threatened species and have a population of about 200. 'What it means is that it is now an offence to destroy the critical habitat of resident killer whales,' said Tessaro. The declines are due to threats to their habitat, including dredging, pollution, trawling, tanker traffic, military sonar tests and seismic testing, she said. Resident killer whales don't migrate long distances but range over specific areas off the British Columbia coast and Washington State coast and around Vancouver Island.
From a Vancouver Sun report on this: Environmentalists declared victory. 'It is precedent setting,' said Gwen Barlee of the Western Canada Wilderness Committee. '[It is] The first time the federal government under the Species at Risk Act has issued an order to protect habitat.' The order sets out the legal boundaries of the whales' critical habitat off the BC coast. ' . . . whales need clean water, and they also need quiet,' Barlee said. 'That's part of critical habitat. We need a comprehensive approach.' The federal order is not the only good news. After losing seven members last year, the southern resident population of killer whales gained two new calves this year.
The Edmonton Journal - New solar-panel technology 'more than oilsands': Researcher (25 February 2009) Researchers at the National Institute for Nanotechnology at the University of Alberta have developed a method that increases the efficiency in plastic photovoltaic cells by 30 per cent, a breakthrough they say may someday help make cheap, clean solar power available to the masses. 'I think this is kind of important to get out for Alberta,' said Jillian Buriak, a Canada Research Chair in chemistry who helped lead the project. Buriak and the rest of the team, an interdisciplinary group that includes engineers, chemists, and physicists, made their advancement by developing a compound to spread between two layers of the plastic cell. Just one billionth of a metre thick, the compound helps energy jump from one level to another on its way to becoming usable electricity. 'This is our first big result that we're really happy to talk about,' said Buriak. 'By simply changing one of these layers, we've had a dramatic effect on performance.' The Edmonton team is one of many trying to find a cheap replacement for the super-high-grade silicon currently used in most commercial solar panels. The silicon works at a highly efficient rate, but its price virtually rules out mass commercialization. The alternatives, though, come with their own problems—most notably, efficiency. The Alberta researchers have been working on plastic cells, which, while cheaper to produce, just don't work as well as the silicon. To help the electricity on its way, the team developed the compound, which helps the electricity jump from the cell to the electrode. 'We're trying to come up with something that works and that's cheap,' said Michael Brett, an engineering professor at the University of Alberta who also helped lead the project. The potential payoffs are huge. 'Take the oilsands. You've got 1.6 billion barrels there, of which 25 per cent are recoverable, or 400 million barrels of oil. All that energy is the same amount of energy as the sun puts on the earth in three hours,' Brett said. 'So three hours of sunlight on the earth is the same amount of energy as the entire oilsands recoverable supply.'
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