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3 April 2007
28 March was the 28th day of the ninth month of Canadian national consciousness rising to invincibility, as indicated by the following press reports:
28 March 2007
Bloomberg News - Canadian Small-Business Confidence Rises as Orders Rebound (28 March 2007) Canadian small-business confidence rose this month as customer orders rebounded, an industry survey showed. The Canadian Federation of Independent Business barometer increased to a two-year high of 108.7 in March. Fifty-one percent of managers said their businesses will do better over the next 12 months, up from 47 per cent in December. Thirty-five per cent of managers said customer demand was a 'major' factor in their improved performance.
The economy is probably growing at a 'sustainable' annualized rate of between 2.5 and 3 per cent, the group said. 'The industrial profile across the country does not reveal any clearly lagging sectors—a sign of broad-based stability,' said Ted Mallett, the group's chief economist. The business group surveyed 1,920 members from 6-17 March. The organization represents 105,000 small- and mid-sized businesses that account for 45 per cent of Canada's $1.1 trillion gross domestic product (GDP).
The Globe and Mail - Child-obesity epidemic spurs call for trans-fat ban (28 March 2007) Shocked by an obesity epidemic, a Commons committee wants a ban on trans fats, new nutrition labels for the front of food packages, beginning with foods advertised primarily to children, and a major public awareness campaign that promotes physical activity and healthful food choices. 'We've got to do a paradigm shift and it's going to take a concerted effort by every Canadian,' said MP Rob Merrifield, chairman of the Committee on Health.
(Note: Trans fat is made when manufacturers add hydrogen to vegetable oil—a process called hydrogenation. Hydrogenation increases the shelf life and flavor stability of foods containing these fats. Trans fat has been found to raise low-density lipoprotein (LDL), or 'bad cholesterol,' levels, which increases the risk of coronary heart disease.)
CBC News - Calgary continues push for trans fat ban (28 March 2007) The Calgary Health Region may require city eateries to eliminate trans fats from their menus in order to get an operating permit. Health officials in Calgary are pushing ahead with a plan to ban the artery-clogging fats in restaurants by October 2008, a move that would be a first in Canada. Mark Von Schellwitz, a spokesman with the Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association, said he supports moves for a national trans fat ban in 2010.
The Winnipeg Sun - Plastic bag ban a first (27 March 2007) The northern Manitoba town of Leaf Rapids is becoming Canada's first plastic-shopping-bag-free zone. When the municipal bylaw comes into effect Monday, retailers will no longer be allowed to give away or sell plastic bags intended for single use. Town administrator Bond Ryan says the law will help the environment by keeping the bags out of the landfill. The municipal council of the southeastern BC town of Rossland has said it will look at a similar bylaw.
Canadian Press - National auto emission standards needed to curb greenhouse gases: Ont. premier (28 March 2007) Premier Dalton McGuinty says Ontario needs to start building big 'green' cars if it wants to stay a leader in the auto industry. At the same time, McGuinty says there should be national auto emission standards to curb harmful greenhouse gases produced by cars and trucks. McGuinty met with automakers and auto workers Monday to talk about the state of the industry in light of a new federal rebate for fuel-efficient cars and a levy on gas guzzlers.
The Globe and Mail - Support grows for smoke-free apartments (27 March 2007) The Ontario Tobacco-Free Network, a coalition of the Canadian Cancer Society, Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario, and the Lung Association, says a poll it had conducted shows that 57 per cent of those living in multi-unit dwellings would support a ban on smoking inside their own buildings. The poll detected widespread annoyance over second-hand smoke, with half of those surveyed saying they've had tobacco smoke odour enter their units from elsewhere in their buildings, and 70 per cent of those saying they're bothered by it. The poll, conducted by Ipso Reid, surveyed 1,800 people across the province who live in multi-unit residences.
From a CBC News report on this: The poll also shows 64 per cent of multi-unit dwellers would likely choose a smoke-free building over one where smoking is permitted. One of the biggest landlords in Western Canada has a waiting list for smoke-free buildings it began offering last fall in Manitoba. And in Vancouver, a new condominium project being marketed as smoke-free is meeting with strong demand.
The Globe and Mail - Grads take on a chic shade of green (28 March 2007) It's a shift being felt in MBA programs across the country—the need to think 'green'. As public awareness of environmental issues builds, the next generation of business leaders is learning the value of sustainability as more schools launch specializations in the field. 'It's something that all [MBA programmes] feel is required from an educational standpoint, desirable from a social standpoint, and profitable for students,' said Dale Griffin, associate dean of academics at the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia, which launched its Sustainability and Business programme in January.
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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