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20 July 2007
9 July was the 9th day of the first month of the 2nd year of Canadian national consciousness rising to invincibility, as indicated by the following press reports:
9 July 2007
Canadian Press - Mining stocks send TSX to fresh record close (9 July 2007) A positive showing in mining stocks took the Toronto stock market to a fresh record high Monday. The TSX composite index gained 58.82 points to 14,177.52, beating the previous record close of 18 June. From a Reuters Canada report on this: The benchmark index has gained ground in six of the last eight sessions.
CBC News - Teen smoking rate drops: StatsCan (9 July 2007) Smoking rates among teenagers declined in 2006, Statistics Canada said Monday. The Canadian Tobacco Use Monitoring Survey, conducted from February through December, reported an estimated 15 per cent of teenagers smoked either occasionally or daily, compared to 18 per cent each year from 2003 to 2005. The drop in the overall smoking rate for that age group is largely because the number of female smokers fell from 18 per cent in 2005 to 14 per cent in 2006. Among male smokers, the rate dropped from 18 per cent in 2005 to 16 per cent last year. The number of daily teen smokers also went down, from 11 per cent in 2005 to nine per cent in 2006.
The Globe and Mail on the World Green Business Council Congress in Toronto (9 July 2007) International delegates have come to Toronto to see the region's greenest building technologies this week. Representatives from 30 countries will take part in the World Green Business Council Congress, which runs to Wednesday, with the focus on green initiatives. 'In the past year, we've seen a massive movement in Toronto towards more green development,' says Andrew Bowerbank, manager of sustainable development for the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority and acting executive director of the World Green Building Council. 'We see the private sector, municipal leaders, consultants and utility companies really all trying to work together on this.' Avi Friedman, developer of an award-winning green-building design, says there is a trend to shape up environmentally in Toronto. 'There has really been recognition that the hour has come.'
Canadian Press - New Air Quality Health Index launched in TO (9 July 2007) A new tool to measure the impact of bad air on public health, which Ottawa wants to roll out across the country, will help Canadians hold governments and businesses accountable when it comes to air pollution, says federal Environment Minister John Baird. The new Air Quality Health Index, launched in Toronto on Monday as an 18-month pilot project similar to those held in British Columbia and Nova Scotia, will advise city residents on health risks associated with the level of local air pollution. 'But it also gives them the chance to ask their government and industries to make better choices,' Baird said in French. The federal government says it will put C$30 million over four years towards establishing the new national index and expanding the air quality forecast programme to support it. From a CBC News report on this: 'This new index will provide timely and accurate information on air pollution health risks and how to minimize them,' Dr David McKeown, Toronto's medical officer of health, said. 'The index will be particularly useful to vulnerable individuals, such as seniors and those with asthma.' Toronto Mayor David Miller also hopes the index scores will encourage people to reduce emissions on days when air quality is poor.
Canadian Press - Financial position of Canadian pension plans reaches five year high, report says (9 July 2007) Canadian pension plans are in their best financial position in five years, according to a new report. A study by Watson Wyatt Worldwide suggested for a typical pension plan, the ratio of plan assets to plan liabilities has increased to 102 per cent at the end of the second quarter. That compared with 86 per cent at the start of 2006. 'This news provides a welcome respite from the last few years, when most pension plans had deficits,' said David Burke, retirement practice director of Watson Wyatt's Canadian offices. 'Now, plan sponsors not only expect next year's budgeted pension expenditures to be lower, but it looks likely that the markets will help the cash side of their business operations. We are now moving back towards a world of pension surpluses.'
The Vancouver Province - Vancouver touted as next Silicon Valley (6 July 2007) Microsoft said it will open its first Canadian software development centre in Greater Vancouver this fall. 'We have burgeoning high-tech and software industries and a globally envied quality of life and our cities represent exactly the kind of environment that leading information workers want to live in,' Microsoft Canada president Phil Sorgen said. 'I think it's great news for Vancouver and all the municipalities in the Lower Mainland,' said Mayor Sam Sullivan. Bernie Magnan, chief economist for the Vancouver Board of Trade, said that even without this latest boon to the industry, information technology jobs in Vancouver now outnumber forest products jobs.
The Calgary Sun on funding for Institute for Sustainable Energy, Environment and Economy at University of Calgary (9 July 2007) The University of Calgary is getting a C$260-million investment from the province that will see a new state-of-the-art facility built for the Institute for Sustainable Energy, Environment and Economy, as well as students enrolled in various energy- and environment-related programmes. The building will provide facilities for 650 undergraduate and 350 graduate students. The investment follows a previously provided C$1 million from the Alberta government for the planning of the facility, which will include classrooms, instructional laboratories, research labs and office space, all dedicated to sustainable energy and the environment.
The National Post - Programmes turning brain drain into gain: experts (7 July 2007) The country is now better positioned than ever to attract top talent and prosper in the global knowledge economy. A slew of new programmes to create opportunities for cutting-edge research and development, a thriving economy and a high standard of living have all helped stem the flow of departures, lure back expats and turn the brain drain into a brain gain. About C$3-billion has been invested in state-of-the-art research infrastructure, graduate scholarships have been created, granting councils' budgets have increased, efforts have been made to encourage students to pursue advanced-level degrees and in May the federal government announced a new science and technology strategy. 'If you look just at the foreign students who are admitted to Canada to study, just over 65% reported that they are intending to remain in Canada,' said Alison Hale, chief of survey development in the Centre for Education Statistics.
The National Post - King Abdullah of Jordan to tout two-state solution for Middle East peace process in Canada visit (9 July 2007) Jordan's King Abdullah II will pay a two-day visit to Ottawa starting Thursday to discuss the road to Middle East peace with Canadian political and business leaders, including Prime Minister Stephen Harper. 'During his first meeting with the Canadian prime minister, King Abdullah will discuss the situation in the Palestinian territories and opportunities for a revival of the peace process based on the objective of realizing a two-state solution,' said a statement from the Jordan News Agency. King Abdullah will also meet with Canadian business leaders, including the influential Canadian Council of Chief Executives, and will be focusing on ways to strengthen economic ties between his country and Canada. As one of the few Arab states to recognize Israel, Jordan has traditionally played a peacemaker role in the troubled region. In what will be a historic visit that will coincide with King Abdullah's visit to Canada, the Arab League, the coalition of nearly two dozen countries, plans to send a delegation to Israel this week to discuss peace initiatives. The foreign ministers of Jordan and Egypt are expected to play crucial roles in the visit to Israel.
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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