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28 March 2009
7 March was the 7th day of the ninth month of the 3rd year of Canadian national consciousness rising to invincibility.
7 March 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:
Canwest News Service - B.C. first province to regulate trans fats in restaurants (7 March 2009) British Columbia announced Saturday that it will become the first province in Canada to restrict artery-clogging trans fats in restaurant food. The regulation will restrict industrially produced trans fats to two per cent of total fat content for oils and spreadable margarines and to five per cent of total fat content for all other foods, and follows the recommendations of Health Canada's Trans Fat Task Force. Food-service establishments that require a permit to operate, including restaurants, delis, cafeterias, schools, health-care institutions, and bakeries, must comply with the new regulation by 30 Sept. 2009.
The Vancouver Province - Take that, trans fat: B.C. to ban artery-clogger from restaurants (7 March 2009) Trans fat increases a person's risk of coronary heart disease by raising levels of bad cholesterol and lowering levels of good cholesterol, leading to clogged arteries. The Heart and Stroke Foundation welcomed the new regulations. British Columbia Minister of Healthy Living and Sport Mary Polak, speaking to The Province, said plans to limit trans fat in restaurants will pay big dividends down the road in health-care savings. 'We have got to start changing our behaviour in what we eat,' said Polak. 'By the time we hold the Olympics in 2010, we want every British Columbian and every visitor to our province to know the food they order in restaurants or eat at schools is trans-fat-free,' she said.
From a Victoria Times Colonist report on this: Many Victoria restaurants have already made the switch to trans-fat free oils, said Michael Van Dyke, executive chef at Bard and Banker. The trans fat regulation is part of the new BC Public Health Act. Other initiatives the province has introduced are mandatory exercise for students, eliminating junk food sales in all elementary and middle schools, and banning smoking in public and workplaces.
The Victoria Times Colonist - Municipalities unanimous in urging tap, not bottled, water (7 March 2009) The Federation of Canadian Municipalities voted Saturday to adopt a resolution urging cities to phase out the selling of bottled water in civic buildings and at city events. 'We want to lead by example,' said Jean Perrault, federation president and mayor of Sherbrooke, Que.
From a Canadian Press report on this: Environmentalists applauded the move. Twenty-one Canadian universities and colleges have already created bottle-free zones.
From a Toronto Star report on this: Jean Perrault, president of the federation, said bottled water is more expensive than even a litre of gas. For the price of a single bottle of water, Perrault said he can fill 6,000 half-litre bottles with tap water. The resolution argues that bottling and shipping water consumes significant quantities of energy, and says that most water bottles end up in garbage dumps. It also says that tap water is safe, healthy, and highly regulated.
The Financial Post - Toronto rises to number 11 in the ranks of world financial centres (6 March 2009) Toronto's stock is rising in the world of international finance. The city moved up one place to 11th in the latest Global Financial Centres Index report, published twice a year by the City of London. The index uses surveys of market regulators to produce a rating for the 62 centres assessed. This time last year, the city was 15th, and Carol Wilding, the president of the Toronto Board of Trade, expects the upward trend to continue in the next few years. 'A top-10 ranking is within reach. The real question is how high within the top 10 can we go,' she said.
The Canadian Economic Press - Canada's debt reduced by nearly $10 billion in 2007-'08 (6 March 2009) Canada was able to reduce its debt by nearly C$10 billion in the fiscal year 2007-'08. Finance Minister Jim Flaherty tabled the government's Debt Management Report in Parliament on Friday, which showed the federal debt fell by C$9.7 billion in the fiscal year to C$457.6 billion. As a result, public debt charges fell by C$0.6 billion, or 1.8%, to C$33.3 billion a year. From its peak in 1996-97, the federal deficit has been reduced by C$105.2 billion.
The Canadian Economic Press on Montreal home prices continue to rise (5 March 2009) The median price of a single-family home in Montreal rose 2% in February compared to the same period a year ago, the Greater Montreal Real Estate Board reported. Condominium prices are 6% higher compared to a year ago.
The Ottawa Business Journal - Building permit values rise in Ottawa-Gatineau (5 March 2009) The value of January's building permits in Ottawa rose more than 61 per cent from December's numbers, according to Statistics Canada. This upward trend in the National Capital Region was in keeping with Ontario's positive numbers overall, after the province recorded a 13.1-per-cent increase across the board. Statistics Canada said much of Ontario's positive numbers could be attributed to a mass of institutional and commercial permits in the province.
The Toronto Star - New green homes program LEEDs the way (7 March 2009) LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Canada for Homes was officially launched this week. New homes must be more than energy-efficient to be certified under the LEED programme—they also have to earn points in seven other categories: water efficiency; innovation and design; indoor air quality; location; materials and resource use; site sustainability; awareness and education. There are several levels of LEED, ranging from basic to platinum certification. LEED for commercial and highrise buildings has existed in Canada for several years. 'We're very excited about LEED Canada for Homes . . . the market wants it and there's huge demand,' said Andrew Pride, vice-president of builder Minto's Green Team and chair of the LEED Homes committee. Pride said even in the current soft market, 'green' homes are holding their value. Pride said it will take education to sell the label's benefits as the houses will cost more upfront, but will be considerably cheaper to operate. Pride noted that the LEED programme is designed to complement existing programmes such as Energy Star and GreenHouse.
The Toronto Star - New green label added to lowrise mix (7 March 2009) With the introduction of the new LEED Canada for Homes label, homebuyers now have a full continuum of choice ranging from Energy Star to GreenHouse to LEED. By way of overview, the Energy Star label is focused exclusively on the energy consumption in a home. A typical Energy Star home will reduce energy consumption and utility costs by approximately 30 per cent, reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 2 to 3 tonnes in the process. The GreenHouse programme and label goes beyond energy conservation into the areas of water and resource conservation and indoor air quality. The new LEED label goes beyond the four areas covered by GreenHouse into four additional areas including the location itself (more points are awarded for being close to transit), the design process, site sustainability considerations like outdoor water management, and awareness and education.
Canwest News Service - 4 chemicals used in consumer products slapped with toxic label (6 March 2009) The federal government on Friday declared four chemicals widely used in paints, varnishes, stains, and industrial cleaners as toxic to human health. They can also be used in nail polish, printing inks, artist materials, and grout products. One of the chemicals is used in some hairsprays, skin creams, and as a fragrance ingredient, according to Health Canada. Another chemical is not used in cosmetics, but may be present as an impurity in some consumer products, such as nail polish remover and hair products, the department said. The chemicals are reproductive or developmental toxins for the most part and one is a carcinogen. The government is now required to draft a plan to manage each chemical to protect the health of Canadians. The most dramatic option is a ban. A spokesman for Environment Defence, which lobbied the government to declare the chemicals as health toxins, praised the announcement.
The Toronto Star - Research centre to study workplace carcinogens (6 March 2009) A new research centre dedicated to identifying and eliminating exposure to cancer-causing substances in the workplace opened in Toronto Thursday. More than 25 chemicals used in workplaces are known to cause cancer, there is strong evidence another 100 are carcinogenic, and there is suspicion about hundreds of other substances. 'This [centre] is a major step in identifying carcinogens at workplaces and initiating preventive actions,' said Dr. Aaron Blair, interim director of the new Occupational Cancer Research Centre. The centre is a joint venture of Cancer Care Ontario, the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board, the Canadian Cancer Society, and the United Steelworkers. Blue-collar workers are more likely to develop workplace-related cancers as they generally have more carcinogen exposures at work, said Loraine Marrett, a senior scientist with Cancer Care Ontario. That exposure is mostly preventable, she said.
The Toronto Star on healthy offices make for healthy, happy workers (7 March 2009) 'Greening your lifestyle and your workplace isn't just a trend. It's here to stay and it offers significant change,' said Sandra Lester of HOK in Toronto. Their building is the first gold certified LEED office in Ontario and is known for its green interior, which is a healthy, productive place to work. Employees are generally happier and less likely to be sick in a green environment and studies show employees who are happy are likely to work harder and more efficiently.
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