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17 April 2009
19 March was the 19th day of the ninth month of the 3rd year of Canadian national consciousness rising to invincibility.
19 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 Toronto Star - 'Big win' for Canada in border meetings (19 March 2009) Canada has scored 'a big win' in talks aimed at unclogging choked border crossings, Public Safety Minister Peter Van Loan said following a series of trade and security meetings with his counterparts in Washington. Hailing the Obama administration's willingness to explore innovative solutions to congested trade arteries, Van Loan said they agreed on a formal system of regular high-level meetings to monitor progress on all border issues. Van Loan will now meet twice yearly with U.S. Homeland Secretary Janet Napolitano to focus entirely on border issues. 'This is a very significant and positive development for Canada—a regular, high-level mechanism on border issues that has been absent to date. And that, for Canada, is a big win.' Van Loan said Napolitano also agreed to 'look in a new light' at the concept of pre-clearing U.S.-bound Canadian trade goods at offsite locations in order to facilitate quick passage at land borders.
The Financial Post - Investors starting to look on the bright side (18 March 2009) One week into a pleasant bear market rally and you can feel it in the air: A sea change appears to be underway when it comes to investor confidence. Longer term, Barclay's Capital strategist Sreekala Kochugovindan thinks the outlook has improved dramatically. She thinks most of the bad economic news is already priced in. She also thinks the collapse in US inventories will magnify any rise in demand, which in turn could spur an equity rebound over the next six months.
The Regina Leader-Post - Saskatchewan springs a flush, optimistic budget (19 March 2009) Spring is set to arrive in Saskatchewan with a record property tax cut, C$1 billion in new infrastructure spending, and millions more for cities and towns, health, and education. Saskatchewan will do it all with a balanced budget. Finance Minister Rod Gantefoer says Saskatchewan is forecast to lead the nation in growth this year and there are jobs waiting to be filled. The government's task is to keep the momentum going, he said. To that end, the government is boosting infrastructure spending on hospitals, roads, schools, and other projects by C$1 billion, bringing total infrastructure spending to C$2.5 billion in 2008-09. The budget contains millions in other spending initiatives, particularly on health and education.
From a Globe and Mail report on this: Finance Minister Rod Gantefoer forecast a C$425-million surplus for the coming year, even while the economy absorbs a 12 per cent spending increase.
From another Regina Leader-Post report on this: 'We are optimistic in this province, but I think it's fair to say that we are also very cautious. We are better positioned than most provinces,' Gantefoer said.
From a Saskatoon Star Phoenix report on this: Calling it 'the largest property tax reduction in provincial history', the government is cutting education property taxes by C$103 million (14 per cent) this year, with plans for a further C$53-million reduction next year. With the province increasing direct funding to school divisions by C$241 million, to a record C$990 million, the government will fund 63 per cent of the operating costs for education as compared to 51 per cent in 2008-09.
From a CBC News report on this: The other big item is a new system for sharing provincial government revenues with cities, towns, and rural municipalities. Local governments have long lamented that revenue-sharing has been an ad hoc affair. But starting this year, municipalities will be getting a guaranteed slice of the provincial sales tax. Saskatchewan's PST is five per cent, and municipalities will get one of those percentage points, phased in over two years. It translates into a hefty increase. This year, municipalities will get C$167 million in revenue sharing, under the new formula, up C$32 million from last year. Allan Earle, president of the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association, is delighted with the news.
The Canadian Press - Manitoba headed for $316-M surplus, government says (18 March 2009) Manitoba says it is heading for a higher-than-expected surplus, thanks to strong performances by Crown corporations and a resilient economy. The government's third-quarter fiscal update says revenues are C$490 million above last spring's budget forecast. Overall, the government is headed for a C$316 million surplus—C$220 million higher than expected.
The Globe and Mail - Alberta's plan to end misery (19 March 2009) Alberta's new plan to end homelessness by 2019 is innovative. Of the C$3.3 billion in projected new spending on homelessness over the next decade, C$1.26 billion will go to building 8,000 new housing units. The rest, C$2.06 billion, is for support services, based on the 'housing first' philosophy espoused by the Montreal-bred psychologist Sam Tsemberis, now of New York, which seeks to put homeless people not in shelters but in homes, supported around the clock by a doctor, a social worker, and others. The biggest portion of the money is for the smallest group: the 3,000 chronically homeless, out of an estimated 11,000 or so homeless Albertans, whose social supports will cost C$1.02 billion, or C$34,000 each year per person. The government plan argues that it will save C$3 billion or so in the costs of managing homelessness—in shelters, hospitals, courts, and jails.
Canwest News Service - New B.C. law to ban smoking in cars with kids (18 March 2009) Children under 16 in British Columbia will breathe easier next month as the province prepares to ban smoking in vehicles with children present. The new legislation comes into effect on 7 April—World Health Day—and is aimed at protecting children from second-hand smoke by attaching a C$109 fine to any offences. 'Any level of second-hand smoke has harmful effects on a child's health, so it's important that we protect vulnerable children who are confined in a vehicle,' said Mary Polak, B.C.'s Healthy Living and Sport minister. 'By making vehicles smoke-free for children under 16, we can help them get the best and healthiest start in life.' Offenders who fail to pay the fine could have driver's licence and insurance requests turned away. Existing laws prevent people from smoking in B.C.'s indoor public areas, and retailers are restricted in the way they display and promote tobacco. At 14.4 per cent, B.C. has the lowest provincial smoking rate in Canada.
From a News1130 Radio (Vancouver) report on this: Police will start enforcing a ban. 'I don't think we're going to have a huge issue with enforcement because that cultural shift is taking place and people no longer want to expose their children to that even if they are choosing to smoke themselves,' Healthy Living and Sport Minister Mary Polak says. B.C. becomes the fourth province or territory to implement the law, following the lead of Nova Scotia, Ontario, and the Yukon.
The Toronto Star - Solar energy giants discovering Ontario (19 March 2009) A coming green-energy law and the promise of long-term incentives for producers of renewable power have put Ontario on the radar of some big-name solar companies looking for certainty in a volatile marketplace. This month alone, Tempe, Ariz.-based First Solar Inc., one of the world's leading suppliers of next-generation solar modules, and solar power supplier Recurrent Energy Inc. of San Francisco have acquired and plan to develop multi-megawatt solar projects in Ontario. Meanwhile, San Jose, Calif.-based Nanosolar Inc. tells the Toronto Star that it is seriously eyeing Ontario as the location of a regional assembly plant for its thin-film solar modules. Nanosolar is also working with French energy giant EDF Energies Nouvelles to map out project potential in the province. 'The Ontario policies are very promising and we are now actively tracking this,' said Nanosolar founder and chief executive Martin Roscheisen. The new prices the province is willing to pay for solar power, he said, 'could tip the balance in favour of investment in Ontario'. A feed-in tariff, said Roscheisen, 'makes the market predictable and thus investible for the kinds of long-term, fundamental technology improvements and investments that will ultimately make solar a mainstream energy source. 'We congratulate Ontario for its forward-looking thinking,' he said. It's the early response the McGuinty government was hoping to get when it tabled its Green Energy Act last month and, more recently, announced a new renewable-power purchase programme that offers a generous premium for green power—electrons that flow from solar panels, wind turbines, hydro facilities, and biomass systems.
The Toronto Star - Religious heads to hold own summit during G8 (19 March 2009) When the world's most powerful government leaders gather in Ontario's cottage country next year to discuss how to get the global economy back on track, religious leaders from around the world will be on hand to push them to remember the poor and the environment. 'How can the G8 ignore it if all these voices are speaking together,' asks Rev. Karen Hamilton, general secretary of the Canadian Council of Churches. The council is organizing what promises to be the biggest ever such gathering of religious leaders from around the world in a counter-conference to coincide with the annual G8 political leaders' conference planned for the Deerhurst Resort near Huntsville in Muskoka. Hamilton says there will be top representatives from all the world's major faiths at the conference, including South Africa's Desmond Tutu and the Aga Khan. She has also been told the Dalai Lama hopes to attend. The religious counter-summit will be held at the University of Winnipeg, where school president Lloyd Axworthy, a former federal Liberal cabinet member, has donated the use of his campus. Rev. Hamilton is expecting more than 100 religious leaders to attend—the largest ever such event.
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