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27 March 2009

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

9 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:

The Globe and Mail - Canada among the top innovators (9 March 2009) Canada ranks 14th in a field of 110 countries when it comes to innovation in the manufacturing sector, a new report says. The study, compiled by international consulting firm Boston Consulting Group, judged countries partly based on government support for innovation—through tax and education policies, and the quality of infrastructure. But it also looked at the performance of innovative companies, measured by factors such as high-tech exports, the amount of intellectual property generated, and employment growth. Canada was in the top tier, ahead of some traditionally strong innovators. Singapore was rated highest, followed by South Korea and Switzerland. The results are a strong showing for Canada, said James Andrew, a Boston Consulting partner who heads its innovation practice. '[Canada's] score was far above a number of other countries that people would typically think of as innovative,' he said.

The Canadian Press - Tories say they agree with Obama stance on Taliban talks (9 March 2009) The Canadian government says its policies are line with those of Barack Obama on talking with the Taliban. The US president told the New York Times he supports negotiating with moderate elements of the Taliban in Afghanistan with a view to bringing peace to the country. Defence Minister Peter MacKay says the Canadian government welcomes talks between the Afghan government and those members of the Taliban who have renounced violence.

The Montreal Gazette - Canada-EU trade deal would be feather in caps of Charest, Harper (8 March 2009) If there's one thing Stephen Harper and Jean Charest can agree on, it's the launch of free-trade talks between Canada and the European Union. International trade is an exclusive federal jurisdiction, but merchandise trade often covers provincial procurement, and trade in services includes recognition of professions, which is within provincial constitutional competence. With Harper's blessing, Charest has taken the lead on both files, with France on Quebec and France recognizing each other's professional credentials, and on the larger Canada-EU file with French President Nicolas Sarkozy during his six-month turn as chair of the EU last year. A Canada-EU impact study estimates a trade agreement would increase bilateral trade by about C$12 billion in terms of Canadian output. Every billion dollars of trade creates at least 10,000 new jobs. This is one policy on which Harper and Charest have gone out of their way to get along.

The Canadian Press - Some companies still hiring despite recession (8 March 2009) In February alone, 31,000 jobs were added to the health care and social services sectors. These so-called 'recession-proof jobs' in education, health care, and the public service are considered essential services in any economy. Engineering and construction jobs are also seen to be safer in the economic downturn thanks largely to government stimulus spending on roads and bridges and other infrastructure projects. As well, job growth is still expected this year in some regions of the country such as Saskatchewan. Patrick Sullivan, former president of job-search website Workopolis, said while the company's job postings are down about 25 per cent from early last fall, 'there are lot of people hiring'. For instance, he points to recent postings at Toyota in Canada, despite its cuts in other countries. Scotiabank economist Adrienne Warren says professional services jobs, including everyone from lawyers and accountants to auditors and engineers, will likely come out of the recession relatively unscathed. 'I think a lot of those high-quality jobs are likely to be in strong demand in the coming year, and in the coming decade,' Warren said.

The Toronto Star - Ontario's high school graduation rate grows (9 March 2009) Ontario's high school graduation rate keeps climbing, with 115,500 students—or 77 per cent —earning their diploma last year (the highest level ever), according to figures from the education ministry. That's up from 75 per cent in the 2006-07 school year, and 68 per cent in 2003, when dropouts were at a record level. The government's goal is to increase the graduation rate further, using a number of new programmes to keep students interested in school.

Canwest News Service - Precycle to save money and the planet (7 March 2009) There's a new trend called precycling. The idea is to reduce waste by making a conscious effort not to buy it in the first place; for example purchasing in bulk to reduce packaging, or choosing products that can be recycled as opposed to those that can't—like Styrofoam. According to Annie Leonard, an expert in international sustainability, it takes 70 cans of garbage to make the junk that goes into just one can of trash. It's that detrimental impact that concerns students at Lord Elgin elementary school in London, Ont., who embarked on a programme called litterless lunches. No plastic wrap, foil, plastic bags, single-serving containers, or pre-packaged foods. The students have now reduced waste by half. Joe Sheik, principal of Lord Elgin says: 'We looked at your typical lunch with a lot of waste products in it and maybe not as healthy, and then we looked at a litterless lunch and it is actually way healthier and way cheaper.'

CBC News - P.E.I. banning cosmetic pesticides (9 March 2009) Prince Edward Island intends to ban the sale of cosmetic pesticides starting in 2010. Environment Minister Richard Brown told CBC News that regulations are being drawn up, and they will be straightforward. 'A ban is a ban. Those products will not be allowed to be sold on P.E.I.,' said Brown. Katherine Dewar of the P.E.I. Environmental Health Co-operative, one of the groups that's been pushing for a ban, welcomed the news.

From a Canwest News Service report on this: Ontario's cosmetic pesticide ban starts 22 April. Quebec is currently the only other province with a cosmetic pesticide ban. Pesticide bans also exist at the municipal level across the country.

The Toronto Star on Premier McGuinty upbeat on Ontario green plan (9 March 2009) A clean-technology conference in San Francisco two weeks ago was abuzz about Ontario's Green Energy Act. The Star sat down with Premier Dalton McGuinty to discuss the Green Energy Act and what it means for Ontario. Star: What motivated you to propose such comprehensive green-energy legislation? McGuinty: There are some tremendous opportunities to be found in building a green economy. . . . I do know over time, though, that the price of solar, wind and biomass will come down with economies of scale and the evolution of technology. I also know that by investing in those areas we can create jobs, sooner rather than later. We can also generate clean electricity and we can assume a greater responsibility in the fight against climate change.

The Globe and Mail - B.C. aims to increase timber-cutting rights for native communities (9 March 2009) British Columbia is prepared to almost double the volume of timber-cutting rights for aboriginal communities as part of a plan to remake its forest sector. The plan emerged from a report on the future of the forest industry produced by a roundtable on forestry that was established to examine the industry. The report contains 29 recommendations—all of them endorsed by the provincial government. Pat Bell, Minister of Forests, said the changes would make aboriginal governments 'full partners' in the sector by giving them control, over time, of almost 20 per cent of the annual allowable cut in BC. Unlike the majority of contracts that currently grant harvesting rights to native bands, the new tenures will be large and long-term, he promised. 'We've been collaborating with first nations to try to develop new forms of tenure to really move forward, to ensure they have the security of supply that's necessary,' Mr Bell told reporters at a news conference. Dave Porter, an influential aboriginal leader who helped draft the forestry report, was one of the participants at the news conference. Mr Porter said he was pleased the government had acknowledged that the current system of tenure for native communities was 'deficient' because they are too limited for bands to invest in the required tools to use the timber. 'You couldn't take a five-year [harvesting] licence and interest any banker in putting money on the table,' Mr Porter said. 'Those recommendations will go a long way toward the objective of ensuring first nations are full partners in a future revitalized forest industry.'

The Vancouver Sun - B.C. prepares for electric car boom (9 March 2009) BC Hydro took the first step Monday toward creation of an electric car grid in British Columbia. The Crown corporation announced it has commissioned a study for development of electric car infrastructure—specifically, the wires and plugs needed to allow drivers to charge up their vehicles at home, work, the mall or anywhere else that would lend itself to plug-in charging. 'As British Columbia moves towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions by one-third by 2020, electric vehicles will be part of the solution,' BC Energy Minister Blair Lekstrom said. Sustainable Energy Association president Guy Dauncey applauded the initiative. 'There is a huge pent-up demand for electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles in B.C., and it is essential that we prepare our electrical infrastructure in advance, as they are doing in California and other jurisdictions,' Dauncey said.

From a Vancouver Province report on this: Car companies have already promised electric cars this year, with up to 60 per cent of new cars going electric by 2025.

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