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7 June 2007
31 May was the 31st day of the eleventh month of Canadian national consciousness rising to invincibility, as indicated by the following press reports:
31 May 2007
The Associated Press - Canada among world's most peaceful nations (31 May 2007) Canada was in the top 10 most peaceful in the Economist magazine's assessment of 121 countries. Some two-dozen indicators were used, including wars fought in the past five years, arms sales, prison populations and incidence of crime. Norway was rated as the country most at peace, followed by New Zealand, Denmark, Ireland and Japan. Canada placed eighth, behind Finland and Sweden. Western Europe was rated the world's most peaceful region.
Bloomberg News - Canadian Economic Growth in First Quarter Surpassed Central Bank Estimate (31 May 2007) Canada's economy grew at the fastest pace since the third quarter of 2005 between January and March. Growth in the world's eighth-biggest economy quickened to an annualized 3.7 per cent rate between January and March, more than double the fourth quarter's revised 1.5 per cent pace. 'It's a great performance for the Canadian economy,' Sal Guatieri, an economist with BMO Capital Markets in Toronto, said. 'We are a bit surprised by the strength in exports and manufacturing,' Guatieri said. Consumer spending on goods and services, which makes up almost 60 per cent of GDP, advanced at an annualized 3.9 per cent rate between January and March, up from 3.7 per cent in the fourth quarter. Canadian employers added 158,000 new jobs in the first quarter of this year, stimulating consumer demand. Non-residential construction rose 5.3 per cent, while residential construction advanced 7.5 per cent. From a Globe and Mail report on this: Canada's first quarter growth surpassed already elevated expectations. Gains in construction and wholesale trade contributed. The services side also boosted gains, led by retail sales and the finance and real estate sector, Statistics Canada said.
Bloomberg News - Canada's dollar strengthens to 30-year high as growth exceeds forecasts (31 May 2007) The Canadian dollar reached a 30-year high after a report showed the economy grew in the first quarter at its fastest pace in almost two years. The currency rose to 93.53 US cents at 4:07 p.m. from 93.09 US cents yesterday. It touched 93.76 US cents, the highest since July 28, 1977. 'The strength of the economy suggests that it's still a buy-Canada scenario,'' Jack Spitz, director of foreign exchange trading at the National Bank of Canada in Toronto.
Reuters Canada - Canada says economy, factories strong despite dollar (30 May 2007) Canada's economy is strong and its manufacturers resilient in the face of the 'dramatic' increase in the Canadian dollar, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty said on Wednesday.
Canadian Press - California's Schwarzenegger, BC sign agreement to reduce greenhouse gases (31 May 2007) California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and BC Premier Gordon Campbell have signed a memorandum of understanding between their two jurisdictions to fight global warming. Schwarzenegger says green initiatives will both protect the environment and fuel the economy. He says British Columbia and California can experience a new gold rush as technologies are developed to protect the environment. From a Globe and Mail report on this: California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger touted First Nations as 'the first original environmentalists' as he was welcomed by dancers from three Vancouver-area bands at a Pacific Business summit in Vancouver Thursday, which drew hundreds of business leaders. Mr Schwarzenegger and Premier Campbell signed an agreement between British Columbia and California that sets out joint action on climate change and Pacific Ocean conservation. The Memorandum of Understanding on Pacific Coast Collaboration to Protect our Shared Climate and Ocean commits BC and California to work together to cap and significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions and collaborate on the innovation and implementation of clean technologies. It also commits to join with other jurisdictions to build a hydrogen highway from British Columbia to Baja California.
Canadian Press - Bill to protect Great Lakes water passes final vote in Ontario legislature (31 May 2007) A bill to protect Great Lakes water from being sold or shipped across the continent passed its final vote in the Ontario legislature today. The legislation is a step toward implementing a deal with Quebec and eight US states to institute stronger protections for Great Lakes water. The international agreement bans transfers of water outside the Great Lakes basin to protect against other jurisdictions trying to access the resource. Lake Ontario Waterkeeper president, Mark Mattson, applauded the government for listening to the concerns of advocacy groups and amending the bill to reflect their ideas. 'And I think it's a pretty good agreement.'
The Toronto Star - Vaughan a hub for green builders (31 May 2007) Vaughan has just won the right to house the World Green Building Council international secretariat, which will operate out of a building on the Living City Campus, home to several of the area's greenest buildings. The country is doing well in terms of constructing green buildings, newly appointed WGBC executive director, Andrew Bowerbank, said. The LEED system is well accepted here and more developers than ever are trying to meet its requirements. 'The WGBC will help advance market transformation,' says Brent Gilmour, project manager at the Canadian Urban Institute. 'It will also offer an opportunity for Ontario to provide global leadership and highlight the successes that are occurring in the Toronto region. It can serve as a living lab and demonstrate some of the new green technologies we are developing here.'
CanWest News Service - Calgary has best metro economy: report (31 May 2007) Calgary is the metropolitan area with the most economic momentum in Canada, according to a report by CIBC Worlds Markets. CIBC says Calgary topped the list of 24 of the most populated areas for the second time in a row, based on indicators such as employment, housing and bankruptcy rates. Edmonton, was a close second. The report says Edmonton is 'closing the performance gap with Calgary.' Among other things, Edmonton had the fastest rising residential property values in the country. Rounding out the top five spots were Canada's three largest cities, Vancouver, Montreal and Toronto, in that order in terms of economic momentum. Saskatchewan's two biggest cities were listed high, with Saskatoon at No. 6 and Regina at No. 7. Saskatoon was cited as having the best job market and resale-housing market in the country.
CBC News - Alberta Tories to ban smoking at public and work sites (31 May 2007) Smoking will be banned in all public places and work sites in Alberta, members of the province's governing party decided Thursday. They also agreed to ban tobacco sales in pharmacies and on post-secondary campuses, as well as to outlaw promotional and so-called 'power wall' cigarette displays in retail stores. 'The act will bring forward legislation which will make it more difficult for young people to be attracted to smoking and for young people to get cigarettes. And I think that's a major step forward in the health promotion agenda,' Health Minister Dave Hancock said after the meeting. Premier Ed Stelmach said he is pleased caucus members approved of the ban.
The Toronto Star - Discovery raises hopes for levitating trains (31 May 2007) Canadian physicists have cracked a mystery surrounding metals that carry electricity without resistance. Details of the breakthrough are published today in the research journal Nature. Using uniquely pure crystals created at the University of British Columbia, researchers from the University of Sherbrooke detected an elusive signature of electrons within a high-temperature superconductor, after being hit with a magnetic field a million times more powerful than the Earth's natural magnetism, a feat that has eluded scientists since the exotic materials were first discovered in 1986. Research team leader Louis Taillefer predicted the discovery would lead to room-temperature superconductors within 10 years. One of the most promising applications for such superconducting metals is in magnetic levitation trains. Other possible superconducting applications include shrinking MRI machines to the size of laptops and building quantum computers, machines so powerful they would make today's supercomputers resemble mere pocket calculators. The Canadian discovery of the so-called quantum oscillation signature gives physicists the key to figuring out what causes electrons in some special metals to switch to superconducting behaviour. With that insight, they expect to be able to tweak the structure to trigger superconducting behaviour at room temperatures. From a National Post report on this: A superconductor that works at room temperature would also allow for the transmission of electricity across vast distances with literally no wasted energy. The science journal Nature praises the 'beautiful study' that provides 'smoking gun evidence' and 'strongly suggests that entirely new physics is in play'. The research was partly funded by the Canadian Institute of Advanced Research.
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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