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22 June 2007

11 June was the 11th day of the twelfth month of Canadian national consciousness rising to invincibility, as indicated by the following press reports:

11 June 2007

Bloomberg News - Canadian Stocks Gain on Profit Optimism, Bullion Prices; Barrick Advances (11 June 2007) Canadian stocks rose for a second day, extending their rebound. The TSX Composite Index gained 34.32 to 13,832.82. A gauge of financial companies added 0.4 per cent, while a gauge of computer-related shares rose 1.2 per cent. 'We see a continually improving landscape,' said George Vasic, Canadian market strategist of UBS Securities Canada. 'The overall picture for earnings is very encouraging. It's not just a rose-colored view of commodities.' Vasic said UBS analysts increased their 2008 profit forecasts for the 277 members of the Canadian benchmark by 3.2 percent, raising estimates for seven of 10 industry groups in the index, including financial shares. Vasic has a year-end forecast for the TSX of 15,000. That implies a gain of about 8.1 per cent from today.

The National Post - New home prices surprise on the upside (11 June 2007) Statistics Canada reported Monday that the cost of new housing rose substantially -- 0.8 per cent -- in April from the previous month, outstripping most analysts' predictions of about 0.3 per cent. Compared to 12 months ago, contractors' selling prices were up 8.9 per cent. Edmonton led the way at 4.4 per cent, followed by Regina (2.2 per cent), Saskatoon (2.1 per cent) and Calgary (2.0 per cent). Noteworthy gains were also observed in Halifax, Greater Sudbury and Thunder Bay and Vancouver. Edmonton (up 40.5 per cent) posted the largest 12-month increase, followed by Calgary (27.4 per cent), Saskatoon (24.9 per cent), Regina (17.3 per cent) and Winnipeg (6.9 per cent). From a Reuters Canada report on this: New housing prices jumped 0.8 per cent in April from March, the biggest monthly gain since August] 2006.

The Toronto Star - Factories busier in hot economy (11 June 2007) Canadian industries ran at 83.0 per cent capacity in the first quarter, the first increase after four quarterly declines, Statistics Canada said Monday. The manufacturing sector was unchanged from the fourth quarter of 2006, following three straight declines. However, Statscan said 14 of the 21 industry groups within the manufacturing sector raised capacity use in the first quarter. Statscan also said domestic manufacturers were optimistic in their production outlooks and noted that the April 2007 Business Conditions Survey showed they plan to increase production in the second quarter.

The Toronto Star - Strikes at all-time lows (11 June 2007) Labour unrest in Canada has dropped to its lowest level since the federal government began keeping data 30 years ago. The number of lost person days because of strikes and lockouts plunged to 813,336 in 2006 from 4.1 million days in 2005, according to recent statistics from Human Resources and Development Canada. The 2006 figure is also more than 45 per cent below the lowest previous mark of 1.5 million days in 1993. Despite fluctuations in the number of lost work days over the years, Payette and Frank Reid, director of the industrial relations centre at the University of Toronto, said there is a clear trend to less labour unrest in Canada.

Canadian Press - Ottawa to press provinces on labour mobility (6 June 2007) The federal government is poised to tell the provinces that they must drop barriers to labour mobility. Industry Minister Maxime Bernier will tell his provincial counterparts that the ability to work anywhere in Canada without restrictions should be a right of citizenship. The proposal calls on all provinces and territories to mutually recognize a worker's occupational qualifications by default if they can't reconcile differences by April 1, 2009.

The Globe and Mail - Atlantica proponents look south for new chairman (11 June 2007) The Atlantic Provinces Chamber of Commerce is about to name an American businessman, Jonathan Daniels, as chairman of the Eastern Canadian business lobby. His appointment highlights the chamber's determination to develop Atlantica, a trade area with the Northeast US, which would harmonize the economies and open borders among the four Atlantic provinces, eastern Quebec and five northern New England states. The chamber decided to make Atlantica one of its priorities, thinking that the region of 6 million people in nine jurisdictions suffered from a patchwork of regulation and a tangle of trade barriers, and more co-ordination was needed to construct a larger, more productive market. Mr. Daniels said his background in ports will help with one of the key Atlantic Canadian goals, the creation of the Atlantic Gateway, a transport strategy that includes a new container terminal at the Strait of Canso.

Canadian Press - Big majority wants Afghan mission to end in 2009: poll (11 June 2007) A new poll suggests the vast majority of Canadians want the country's military mission in Afghanistan to end as scheduled in 2009. A survey by Decima Research found that only 26 per cent of respondents believed the military mission should be extended 'if that is necessary to complete our goals there.' Two thirds, or 67 per cent, said Canadian troops should do their best but must stick to the deadline and leave in February 2009. The majority sentiment, according to Decima, held true in every region of Canada, among men and women, all age and income groups and among both urban and rural residents.

The Ottawa Citizen - Poll shows more Canadians understand crime rates falling (10 June 2007) A poll conducted June 5-7 shows the portion of Canadians who perceive an increase in crime in their communities has plunged to 46 per cent from 70 per cent in a 1994 poll. At both times, overall crime rates were declining. 'Generally speaking, the crime rates in Canada are decreasing and the data show that Canadians are less inclined to say that there are increases in crime,' said the pollster's commentary.

Canadian Press - More Canadian companies striving to become good, green corporate citizens (10 June 2007) Canadian companies are increasingly going green. In the last week alone, a Canadian bank, a national car repair company, and a consulting firm all unveiled new environmental policies. At the International Air Transport Association's annual conference in Vancouver, the world's airlines mused about cutting all emissions by 2050. The Toronto Dominion Bank claims to be the only Canadian bank to have developed an official policy to measure, report on and lessen its environmental impacts. Jacques Whitford, a Saint John, N.B.-based environmental science and engineering consulting firm, just announced that it aims to go carbon neutral in an effort to be a good corporate citizen. Marty Janowitz, the company's first vice president of sustainability, said it's clear the business community has bought into the idea that environmental policies must be enacted now. Maaco Systems Canada announced last week that Maaco's 36 auto body shops across the country will cut their annual emissions by 64 per cent. '(We) believe it makes good business sense to be environmentally friendly and we are acutely aware of the need to do our part to make a difference - not only for the environment but for our health as well,' said president Gary Dohring. 'It's what our customers want and it's the socially responsible thing to do.'

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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