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19 August 2007
11 August was the 11th day of the second month of the 2nd year of Canadian national consciousness rising to invincibility, as indicated by the following press reports
11 August 2007
The Toronto Star - 'Leap forward' taken on internal trade agreement (11 August 2007) At their recent annual conference, the premiers of Canada's provinces came to an agreement on an important topic: internal trade. 'You would have to make the assessment that this is the single biggest leap forward we've ever made under this thing,' Ontario's Dalton McGuinty said after the conference. 'We went a lot further today than we ever have before,' concurred Manitoba's premier, Gary Doer. In 1994, the provinces signed a pact called the Agreement on Internal Trade in an attempt to break down interprovincial trade barriers, but it has never been effective because it lacks enforcement 'teeth'. Alberta and British Columbia last year signed a bilateral agreement. The other provinces agreed yesterday to develop 'an effective enforcement mechanism' for the 1994 agreement. 'When you get a consensus among Liberal, Conservative, and NDP premiers that this serves everyone's interest, I think that makes it pretty clear that this is about doing something that will strengthen all our economies,' McGuinty said yesterday.
The Whitehorse Daily Star - Premiers commit to green energy strategies (10 August 2007) At the premiers' conference, provincial and territorial leaders made real progress on global warming by vowing to support alternative energy production and emissions reduction measures, Yukon Premier Dennis Fentie said. 'The climate change issue was dealt with very constructively here and we've come to agreement on a number of measures that will result in real reductions of emissions in southern Canada,' Fentie said. 'We all recognize and will be focusing on further renewable energy. The commitment there, throughout this country, is to produce an additional 25,000 megawatts of renewable energy by 2020 through hydro, wind, solar and tidal alternative sources.'
From an Ottawa Citizen report on this: Other measures announced yesterday include a decision to incorporate climate change in school curricula and a commitment to recapture methane gas from large landfills. Twelve of thirteen leaders agreed to enact tough California automobile emission standards. The annual meeting of premiers and territorial leaders, established in 2003 to boost harmony between the governments, will reconvene in Quebec City next July.
Canadian Press on green announcements in Ontario (10 August 2007) The Ontario government promised C$6.6 million over four years for environmental groups to educate the public about climate change. It was the latest in a series of recent green announcements. On Wednesday, a new green 'eco-licence' plate was announced for drivers of lower-emission vehicles. Those drivers would get special perks, which could include free parking or access to car-pool lanes. The following day, the government unveiled plans to harness methane produced at landfill sites for use as renewable energy. 'Climate change isn't about making one announcement and following one specific strategy,' Finance Minister Greg Sorbara said. 'It's about the public transit plan . . . it's about reducing greenhouse gases, it's about getting out of coal, it's about incenting people to purchase products that have less of an environmental impact and it's about changing the way in which we do our work here.'
The Edmonton Journal - Renewal plans envision green oasis in derelict core (11 August 2007) Edmonton's derelict downtown east side could become one of Canada's greenest communities under a preliminary plan to guide redevelopment of the 16-block area. Proposals for the area, known as The Quarters, include geothermal heating, reusing waste and storm water for plumbing or irrigation, and possibly apartments where residents share cars, says lead designer Ernst von Meijenfeldt. 'We want to have that small-scale feeling that people love on holidays in Europe', Von Meijenfeldt said. Environmental enhancements should make homes easier to resell in the future and reduce the cost of expanding pipes carrying sewage, gas, and water, he said. 'Green urban sustainable design' is at the heart of his approach, Von Meijenfeldt said. 'You have to start investing in something that's environmentally sound. You don't do it with your heart, at least do it with your wallet, because that's probably the best investment you will make.' One company already wants to put up a a 16-storey commercial, retail, and residential tower in the neighbourhood. 'The Quarters is like a hidden jewel in the city. It's derelict, but it has such amazing potential.'
The Toronto Star - Committee's local initiatives take us down green energy path (11 August 2007) As the green movement gains momentum on a global scale, so are the initiatives by the Building Industry and Land Development (BILD) Association. BILD's new green committee has received presentations from some of Canada's top 'green' organizations. Among them are the Canada Green Building Council and the Toronto Atmospheric Fund, established by the Toronto City Council to combat global warming and improve air quality. BILD's plan is to move forward with the mandate of promoting sustainable development and green building practices, and to educate its members. 'We have found an almost insatiable thirst for green building knowledge,' BILD's chief executive officer Stephen Dupuis said. Many companies have already raised the bar on green initiatives. Tridel (in the highrise sector) and Mason Homes (in the low-rise sector) were the inaugural winners of BILD's newly established Green Builder of the Year awards.
The National Post - Condo boom, record digits (11 August 2007) Urbanation just wrapped up its second-quarter Condominium Market Survey for the Toronto Census Metropolitan Area (CMA). Sales in the second quarter surged ahead as 6,997 new condominiums sold and 4,615 resale condominiums sold—setting new record highs in both sectors. More than 30,000 units were also under construction during that period, and 26,000 of those units were already sold. To say the quarter was the busiest in the history of Toronto's condominium market is not an overstatement. There were also a record number of project launches. Thirty-six new condominium developments opened for business and about 30 projects are scheduled to open in the next few months, bringing nearly 8,000 more units to market. Averages prices rose 6.6% from the first quarter of 2007 to the second quarter. The year-over-year price increase was also significant at 12.4% — levels the new condominium market has only witnessed three other times in the past two decades. Urbanation is now forecasting a record sales year for the CMA in 2007 with 17,000 new condominium sales and 14,000 condominium resales.
The National Post - Sizzling summer for new-home starts in the GTA (11 August 2007) It's a hot market for new-home starts in Toronto this summer. Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. reports that starts reached a seasonally-adjusted 38,100 in July, up from 28,300 in June. Low-rise unadjusted starts are up 6% year to date over last year, mainly driven by semis and townhouses; single-detached starts are up by 3.5%. For Ontario, CMHC reports total July starts of 59,100 units, up from June's 56,500.
From a National Post report on housing: 'Looking ahead, the future for the Canadian housing sector remains good, with the sustained economic boom and favourable demographic factors contributing to the buoyant outlook,' said Millan Mulraine, economics strategist at TD Securities.
Canadian Press - Housing starts on Island increase 63 per cent (10 August 2007) Canada Mortgage and Housing reports construction began on more than 400 new homes on Vancouver Island in July, a 63-per-cent increase over the same period last year.
CBC News - Ottawa to ban cigarette makers from labelling product 'light' and 'mild' (11 August 2007) Ottawa wants to ban cigarette companies from using the words 'light' and 'mild' on their products, Health Minister Tony Clement said. 'These proposed regulations would put in place a mandatory—and permanent—ban on these deceptive terms,' he said. The ban would stop all tobacco manufacturers—including importers—from using the words on the packaging of cigarettes and other tobacco products sold in Canada. Clement said more than half of all current smokers say they smoke products labelled 'light', 'mild', or 'ultralight'. He said those words prevent some smokers from quitting because they don't think the light or mild cigarettes are as harmful as others. 'Smoking any variety of cigarette poses a health risk,' Clement said, adding that the proposed regulations are 'an important step to help protect Canadians from misleading information regarding their health and safety'.
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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