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16 February 2007
14 February was the 14th day of the eighth month of Canadian national consciousness rising to invincibility, as indicated by the following press reports:
14 February 2007
The Globe and Mail - A plan to make British Columbia the continent's greenest spot (14 February 2007) BC Premier Gordon Campbell promised a greener legislative agenda in the Speech from the Throne, and he delivered.
The BC government's plan goes further than California's groundbreaking environmental-action plan of last year, making it a new North American benchmark. By 2020, the provincial government plans to reduce BC's greenhouse-gas emissions by at least 33 per cent below current levels and 10 per cent below 1990 levels. It's really quite astonishing and shows just how seriously politicians are listening to the public on climate change.
Mr Campbell announced that, effective immediately, BC will become the first jurisdiction in North America, and possibly the world, to require 100 per cent carbon sequestration (keeping all carbon below ground) for any coal-fired project. 'This means no greenhouse-gas emissions will be permitted for coal-fired electricity projects anywhere in British Columbia.' And new tailpipe emission standards for all new vehicles sold in BC will be phased in between 2009 and 2016 to reduce carbon-dioxide emissions from automobiles by 30 per cent.
'The science is clear,' he said. 'It leaves no room for procrastination. Global warming is real. We will act to stem its growth and minimize the impacts already unleashed. The more timid our response is, the harsher the consequences will be.'
The Globe and Mail - Campbell goes green in Throne Speech (14 February 2007) British Columbia is vowing to lead the country, and perhaps the continent, in combatting global warming with a breathtakingly bold program to slash greenhouse-gas emissions. Interim emission targets for the government's commitment to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions in the province will be set for 2012 and 2016.
These targets are to be determined by a proposed climate action team comprised of environmentalists, scientists, industrialists and aboriginal representatives. The government's programme also targets automobiles—the first Canadian jurisdiction to do so. Other green measures include establishing a hydrogen highway to run from Whistler to San Diego by 2010. 'The goals are there to be accomplished, and we can do it,' the Premier said.
From a Canadian Press report on this: The BC government plans to work with Schwarzenegger and other west coast governments to tackle global warming. Those plans include working with California to address the impacts of climate change on ocean resources and taking steps to ensure clean ports. The province is preparing to invite the Pacific coast governors and their cabinet members to British Columbia to forge a joint environmental team that extends from Alaska to California.
From a Reuters Canada report on this: The Pacific coast province's growing oil and gas industry will also be required to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions back to the levels it had in 2000 by 2016 and enact zero-flaring requirements. 'If we fail to act aggressively and shoulder our responsibility, we know what our children can expect—shrinking glaciers and snow packs, drying lakes and streams, and changes in the ocean's chemistry,' the government said in the Throne Speech.
From a Vancouver Sun report on this: The BC government is promising to be the first 'carbon-neutral' administration in North America by 2010 through such measures as making all government vehicles hybrid. The sudden and aggressive move on global warming is a surprise coming from Campbell, who had been less than enthused about the Kyoto accord. 'I think 2006 is a time where frankly the world woke up to the challenges that are created by climate change,' said Campbell.
From a National Post report on this: Also in BC's Green Plan:
• Build 'a sensible, efficient system for registering, trading and purchasing carbon offsets and carbon credits' in co-operation with the federal government and the US states of California, Oregon, Alaska, and Washington.
• Offer assistance to homeowners to carry out 'energy audits', to find out how they can save energy.
• Offer incentives to retrofit old homes, to make them more energy efficient.
• Extend a $2,000 sales tax exemption to anyone who buys a hybrid vehicle.
Canadian Press - Ministers announce $36M to encourage consumers to buy green vehicles (14 February 2007) The federal government announced it will provide up to $36 million to help consumers choose more environmentally friendly vehicles.
The funding includes $21 million to encourage consumers to invest in green vehicles on the market by providing information on fuel consumption. It also includes up to $15 million for buying, testing, and showcasing a range of fuel-efficient technologies, such as hydrogen, electric, hybrid, and fuel-cell vehicles.
Prime Minister Harper has said tougher regulations on Canadian vehicles are coming as part of the government's accelerated drive to reduce the gases that cause climate change. The government plans to work with the industry to achieve the 5.3-megatonne reduction target for greenhouse gas emissions in Canada. The industry has agreed to pursue that target voluntarily until 2010, after which new fuel consumption regulations will come into effect for the 2011 model year.
The Toronto Star - Commodities help TSX to triple-digit gain (13 February 2007) The Toronto stock market ended the day with a triple-digit gain after commodities led a broad-based increase, which was also boosted by strong earnings in the financial sector and takeover rumours about Alcoa Inc. The TSX composite index rose 131.22 to 13,171.76.
From a Bloomberg News report on this: Canadian stocks rose the most in three weeks, led by Alcan Inc., on speculation the aluminium maker may become the latest takeover target. The value of mergers and acquisitions involving Canadian companies was $296.5 billion in 2006, almost double the $151.3 billion in 2005. The benchmark index rebounded to gain the most since 23 January to 0.1 per cent below its record close set last week.
The Globe and Mail - Alberta will pay millions to pick the world's brains (14 February 2007) Alberta is using its financial clout to scour the globe for scientific 'superstars' who will be offered $20 million each to conduct research in the province for the next decade.
'We're looking for the very best of international-calibre investigators,' said Kevin Keough, head of the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research, which is spearheading the richest award of its kind in Canada, dubbed the Polaris Awards after one of the brightest directional stars. 'Awards like this allow us to attract some of the best minds out there,' said Harvey Weingarten, president of the University of Calgary.
Broad areas of research that will be considered include maternal, fetal, and child health; mental health; system sustainability and technology; remote and rural care; injury and disease prevention; infectious diseases; and food.
The National Post - McGuinty hopes to improve ties to India (14 February 2007) Premier Dalton McGuinty touted Ontario's growing business ties to India last night at an Indo-Canadian Chamber of Commerce dinner in honour of his recent trade mission to India.
'In this day and age, you cannot claim to have an intelligent economic strategy for the 21st century if you do not have an India strategy....we made it clear to India's political and business elite that we want to take our relationship to the next level,' Mr McGuinty said. He also thanked Ontario's 500,000-strong Indo-Canadian community 'for the work you do, for the risks you take and for the jobs you create. But most of all, thank you for making it possible for me, as Premier, to market our strengths to the world because, of all the places in the world, you and your families chose Ontario.'
These are a few of the news reports reflecting Canada's rising invincibility from the growing Yogic Flying groups across Canada and the Invincible America Assembly at Maharishi University of Management and Maharishi Vedic City, USA.
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