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8 July 2007
30 June was the 30th day of the twelfth month of Canadian national consciousness rising to invincibility, as indicated by the following press reports:
30 June 2007
The National Post - Canada's day (30 June 2007) Canada isn't the Constitution or the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, as vital as those documents are. It isn't Parliament or the Supreme Court, the prime minister or the opposition. Nor is it our flag, our Queen or her representative, the governor-general. And it certainly is not our national social programmes, such as health care or fiscal federalism, even though we are frequently informed those give us our unique national identity. Critical though our institutions and laws are to preserving our heritage of democracy and freedom, they are not what makes this a great country. It's we Canadians ourselves who do that.
The Globe and Mail - TSX soars above RIM (29 June 2007) The Toronto stock market finished on a triple-digit gain on Friday, ahead of the Canada Day weekend. The TSX composite index closed up 190.90 points to 13,906.57, headed by enthusiasm from billion-dollar earnings for BlackBerry maker Research In Motion (RIM). The market's information-technology sector rose 6.1 per cent. From a Bloomberg News report on this: The Toronto Stock Exchange Composite Index gained for the fourth-straight quarter. From a Reuters Canada report on this: All of the 10 main groups of the index finished higher. It was the last trading session of the second quarter of the year. The index is up about 6.1 per cent since the end of March.
Canadian Press reports on Bank of Canada business survey (29 June 2007) Canadian businesses are optimistic about the economy and their future, the Bank of Canada says in its summer business survey. The bank says expectations about sales growth remain substantially unchanged from the optimistic outlook in the last survey released in April. The survey of about 100 firms conducted between 9 May and 8 June continues the recent trend of generally rosy economic prospects.
The Toronto Star - Canadian car factories still most productive (29 June 2007) Canadian vehicle assembly plants remain the most productive in North America, a Bank of Nova Scotia report says. Scotiabank economist Carlos Gomes also said the federal government's rebate of up to C$2,000 for fuel-efficient vehicles has accelerated Canadian car sales since it was introduced in March. From a CanWest News Service report on this: Given the impact of these rebates, we have raised our 2007 Canadian vehicle sales forecast to 1.65 million units, up from last year's 1.61 million and an average of 1.59 million from 2000-2005. Canadian passenger vehicle sales posted a 10-per-cent year-over-year gain in May, the report said.
Canadian Press - 2006 retailers' busiest year in almost a decade, StatsCan says (27 June 2007) Canada's retailers had their busiest year in nearly a decade in 2006. Statistics Canada says retailers sold C$389.6 billion worth of goods and services in 2006, the highest rate of growth in nine years and up 6.4 per cent from 2005 The study showed that retail trade increased Canada-wide in 2006. Double-digit growth rates were posted by four of the 18 retail trade groups last year, with home-furnishing stores leading the pack at a rate of 13.9 per cent.
The Globe and Mail, Report on Business Magazine - Headed straight up (22 June 2007) Canada's 1,000 largest publicly-listed corporations made a record C$109.9 billion in earnings in 2006, accounting for a record 13.7% of national income. That boom, coupled with low interest rates and other benign domestic conditions, has enabled the Canadian economy to steam along at close to capacity without triggering a rise in inflation. 'In many ways, it has been an ideal world for corporate earnings,' says Douglas Porter, deputy chief economist at BMO Capital Markets. Corporations enjoy terrific cash flow, low borrowing rates, and the strongest Canadian dollar in three decades. Balance sheets are sounder than they have been in years.
The Regina Leader-Post - Growth highest since 1980s (9 June 2007) Saskatchewan's population numbers grew in the first quarter of this year by levels not seen in decades. The province grew from 987,939 people on 1 January to 990,212 on 1 April, the largest growth in one quarter since 1985. Much of the growth comes as Saskatchewan gained more people from other provinces than it lost, for the second quarter in a row. Those were the first periods to see positive interprovincial immigration numbers for Saskatchewan since 1997 and the first consecutive quarters to see net gains since 1984. The latest increase is also the highest first quarter interprovincial growth since 1976. 'Natural growth is strong, interprovincial migration is good and the number of immigrants seems to be going up . . . the overall picture is changing,' Hubert Denis, a senior analyst with Statistics Canada, said. Finance Minister Pat Atkinson credited the population growth to the strong economy.
CanWest News Service - Canadians fuel tourism spending at home (29 June 2007) Canadians are spending their vacation budgets at home as they enjoy healthy gains in disposable income, low unemployment, and low interest rates, Statistics Canada reported. Tourism spending in Canada increased 1.2 per cent during the first three months of 2007, the 15th consecutive quarterly increase. Spending by Canadians on tourism in Canada was up 1.8 per cent in the first quarter. Canadians accounted for 76.5 per cent of the C$17.3 billion in tourism spending in the quarter. Meanwhile, the number of visitors from countries other the US, who stay longer and spend more on average, was up 3.3 per cent for the quarter. Economic indicators remain positive for the tourism industry. 'According to the latest results from the business conditions survey for the traveller accommodation industries, the outlook of Canadian hoteliers for the second quarter is much better than in the first,' Statistics Canada said.
CBC News - Montreal's air quality improved greatly, city says (28 June 2007) The City of Montreal says air quality improved significantly in 2006. Montreal had 47 bad air quality days in 2006, down from previous years when there were anywhere from 65 to 75. Air quality indicators including fine particle pollutants and ground level ozone were also down in 2006, compared to other years. Alan DeSousa, the city's executive committee member responsible for the environment, said new rules to control pollution, such as the anti-idling bylaw, have had a big effect. 'When we measure air quality on days such as car-free day, many of the pollutants take a nosedive, and as a result it shows us that when there are less cars on the road, there's a very direct link to the air quality,' he said. DeSousa predicted Montreal's new transportation plan, which includes measures to increase public transit use and build more bicycle paths, will continue to improve air quality.
Canadian Press - Quebec to open 4,000-kilometre bike route (23 June 2007) A 4,000-kilometre bicycle route through 320 Quebec municipalities is being inaugurated this summer, with officials calling the Route Verte 'the longest network of bicycle paths in the Americas'.
The Vancouver Sun - Chinese Vancouver: A decade of change (30 June 2007) Vancouver has grown into Canada's—and North America's—most Asian metropolis, from one of the most significant—and wealthiest—immigration waves to ever hit Canada: the Hong Kong Chinese. 'It changed Vancouver for the better, it's made us more global, . . .' said Henry Yu, a history professor at the University of British Columbia. Real estate prices skyrocketed. Homeowners liked that consequence of the new Asian money. Now about one in three of the city's residents are of Asian descent. Our mayor speaks Cantonese. The new police chief is of Chinese descent. Some of the city's most impressive amenities are from these rich new residents, who have had an enormous impact on the landscape of charitable giving and philanthropy. 'We are now the most integrated Asian city in North America,' says Yu. 'In a lot of cities Chinese are in certain areas only. But in Vancouver, you can't go to a neighbourhood now where Chinese aren't living in significant numbers. It's incredible.' Vancouver has become an international educational hub, with SFU, UBC, and a host of community colleges that attract students from all around the Asia Pacific.
The Globe and Mail - Hopeful tone resonates in native relations (30 June 2007) '. . . there is a kind of sense of hope that something can happen here,' says Doug MacArthur, a public policy professor at Simon Fraser University with a special interest in aboriginal issues. He points out that Premier Campbell rarely gives a speech on any issue without acknowledging the native community on whose land he is speaking and has embraced a new relationship. 'He's speaking a language of reconciliation and accommodation and a language of wanting to solve these problems,' Proffessor MacArthur says. 'It provides a sense that this is the first step in reconciliation, this is the first step in trying to get to work things out, to have a commitment made by the leaders, and made sincerely, and raised frequently to try to communicate it not only to first nations people and leaders but to the larger community.' Native leaders give Mr Campbell good marks, noting he has adopted a helpful tone, but that unity among first nations has been more relevant. Shawn Atleo, BC regional chief for the Assembly of First Nations, said 'our people have always wanted peaceful negotiations' to deal with their concerns.
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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