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3 August 2007

17 July was the 17th day of the first month of the 2nd year of Canadian national consciousness rising to invincibility, as indicated by the following press reports:

17 July 2007

Reuters Canada - Canadian growth seen at 2.5 pct in 2007, rates headed up (17 July 2007) The Canadian economy should grow moderately in 2007 helped by improved optimism about the health of the U.S. economy, a Reuters poll showed. Growth should average 2.5 per cent this year, according to the median forecast of 28 analysts polled last week, a touch above the 2.4 per cent in a poll in April. Indeed, growth should accelerate further to 2.8 per cent in 2008 as the U.S. housing slump is expected to ease and be less of a drag on the Canadian economy, which relies heavily on exports to the United States. 'We think the domestic economy will remain very robust and driven by both the strong labor markets as well as some fiscal stimulus,' said Stefane Marion, assistant chief economist at National Bank Financial in Montreal. Estimates for growth in 2007 ranged from 2.3 per cent to 3.1 per cent.

Reuters Canada - Toronto stocks push higher on telecoms, techs (17 July 2007) The TSX composite index closed up 43.76 points on Wednesday at 14,382.01, the fourth advance in five days. All but one of the index's 10 main groups advanced. The heavyweight financial sector gained 0.4 per cent. The telecom sector jumped 1.6 per cent, pushing the sector to a record high. The TSX information technology group also hit a record high, up 1.6 per cent.

Canadian Press - Harper touts 'third option' during major foreign policy speech (17 July 2007) Prime Minister Stephen Harper is signalling his government will take a far more robust engagement in Latin America and forge new trade and political partners all around, in what was billed as a major foreign policy address in Chile. The speech followed the signing of an agreement to increase economic, political, and social links with Chile. But he said for Canada to play this role, it needs partners and according to the article 'he assured his Chilean audience that it is not in Canada's past, nor within its power, to conquer or dominate'. He said that as the first South American country to sign a free-trade deal with Canada—in 1997—Chile is an ideal starting point for more engagement.

From a Globe and Mail report on this: Mr Harper was speaking to a business lunch marking the tenth anniversary of the Canada-Chile Free Trade Agreement. He said that some countries in the region, such as Chile, have had 'phenomenal success' in political, economic, and social development. Mr Harper said earlier after a meeting with Chilean President Michele Bachelet that the two nations will broaden their free trade pact to form a broader partnership.

From a Toronto Star report on this: 'That is why I'm pleased to commit to you today that we are here for the long haul—as people who share common political values, as economic business partners, as neighbours,' the Prime Minister said in his speech. He said the bilateral relations with Chile were a model for what Canada would like to see with countries such as Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua.

The Toronto Star - Harper takes softer stance (17 July 2007) Speaking after a meeting with Colombian President Alvaro Uribe in Bogota, Prime Minister Harper and Uribe said that talks toward a trilateral free-trade agreement between their two countries and Peru had begun in Lima. Harper said he is satisfied with the progress and reforms that Uribe's government has tried to bring about, and that those efforts are deserving of Canada's support, as well as that of the international community. 'If we want to encourage the political, social, economic and human rights objectives, we must have an integrated approach. We have to encourage economic development,' he said. 'There is not in this world a country with peace and security that does not have economic development.' Uribe was optimistic, adding his hope that the more than C$1 billion in current annual trade between the two countries could rise beyond C$3 billion. Harper's visit is the first official trip to Colombia by a sitting Canadian prime minister.

The Toronto Star - Climate change plan backed (17 July 2007) One of the most ambitious climate change plans in North America has been adopted unanimously by the Toronto City Council. Councillors voted 37-0 last night in favour of a plan that aims to cut greenhouse gases in the city by 6 per cent by 2012, 30 per cent by 2020 and by a full 80 per cent by 2050. 'It's an amazing vote,' said deputy mayor Joe Pantalone. 'We're going beyond the Kyoto Accord targets and we're going to look at everything from energy retrofits for buildings in the city to installing geothermal energy at Exhibition Place.' Pantalone said the city will also promote the use of hybrid vehicles as taxis, and create incentives for green roofs and solar power cooperatives in neighbourhoods. Pantalone said the vote shows how far the environmental movement has come in Canada. 'Everyone from councillors on the right to members on the left said this is a fight worth having,' he told the Star. Councillor Doug Holyday, a notorious penny-pincher, said he voted for the city's climate change plan in part because spending on such things as building retrofits would be recaptured through energy savings.

The Globe and Mail - Landlords wake up and smell the green (17 July 2007) Canada's commercial real estate industry, like many other business sectors, is embracing change to make sure its environmental footprint is more eco-friendly. The industry is now in the thick of efforts to broaden its 'green' efforts beyond merely decreasing energy consumption in the vast stock of office buildings across the country that contribute 30 per cent of greenhouse gases. Cheryl Gray, senior vice-president for national real estate services at property manager Bentall Capital LP, says managing energy costs has been a key focus for decades, but with concerns over environmental issues now top of mind, 'it has taken on a much more sophisticated context.' Some building owners and tenants are taking a more 'holistic' approach to environmental issues, she added. Environmentally positive changes can include massive retrofits. One of the side benefits of retrofitting space so it's more green: Owners may have an easier time attracting tenants, and those tenants will be better able to attract staff, who now sometimes take environmental issues into account when deciding who they want to work for. Buildings can now get recognition from Canada's Building Owners and Managers Association, which has created the 'Go Green' programme to certify properties that meet 10 environmental best practices.

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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