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28 November 2007

15 November was the 15th day of the fifth month of the 2nd year of Canadian national consciousness rising to invincibility, as indicated by the following press reports:

15 November 2007

The National Post - Existing home sales climb to October record (15 November 2007) Sales of existing homes in Canada's major cities reversed two months of declines in October, clocking in with the largest ever figure for that month, according to the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA). Seasonally adjusted national sales rebounded 1.3 per cent from September and up 7.6 per cent from the same month a year earlier. 'The thing that surprised me most was the fact the rebound occurred in markets across the country,' said Gregory Klump, chief economist at CREA. 'It just shows the strength of resale housing markets across Canada.' Average prices hit record levels in Regina, Saskatoon, Toronto, and Montreal.

From another National Post report on this: The housing market is poised to set a new record for activity in 2007. With only 10 months of data, almost a quarter of the country's top 25 markets have already shattered their 2006 totals. Halifax, Kitchener-Waterloo, Regina, Saskatoon, Saint John, and St. John's needed only 10 months to eclipse last year's total, and CREA says Toronto and Victoria will do the same by the end of this month. Prices across Canada continue to rise, with the average price of a home sold in October reaching a new record of C$333,544, a 10.6% increase from a year ago. It was the sixth straight month of year-over-year double digit increases.

From a CanWest News Service report on this: 'Strong economic factors are continuing to support the market. Consumers are still enthusiastic about making major purchases,' said Gregory Klump, CREA's chief economist.

From a CBC News report on this: CREA forecasts that average prices in 2008 will set new records in every province.

The Toronto Star - Condo sales booming (15 November 2007) The Toronto area has 249 projects currently being marketed or in the construction stage, representing 58,000 units, making the city the largest condo site in North America. And this year is a watershed year: for the first time, condos will likely outsell low-rise homes with a greater than 50 per cent market share. In September alone, six of every 10 new homes sold in the Toronto area were condominiums, on track for an all-time sales record in 2007. From January to the end of September 38,982 condos had sold. The upper end of the market continues to thrive. Some of that is credited to the strength in Bay Street [the centre of the financial district in Toronto].

The Canadian Press - Mutual fund sales strong in October: $2.41B, up from $1.67B a year ago (15 November 2007) Canadian mutual fund operators enjoyed a strong October—a month often viewed with trepidation by investors—with net sales of C$2.41 billion, up from C$993.8 million in September and from C$1.67 billion in October 2006, according to the Investment Funds Institute of Canada (IFIC). Pat Dunwoody, vice-president of the institute, noted that capital markets 'performed well in October'—the TSX composite index rose 3.7 per cent, and the fund industry ended the month with total assets of C$709.82 billion, up 1.2 per cent from September and 12.6 per cent from a year earlier.

From a CBC News report on this: Four of the top five selling fund categories were domestic. 'The rapid rise in the Canadian dollar against most currencies in October likely contributed to this result,' the IFIC said.

The Associated Press on Manitoba and 5 U.S. states sign renewable energy and climate agreement (15 November 2007) The governors of the US states of Iowa, Wisconsin, Minnesota, South Dakota, and Michigan, and premier Gary Doer of the Canadian province of Manitoba, signed an agreement to work together to reduce energy consumption, focus more on renewable energy, and limit greenhouse gas emissions. The plan calls for a reduction in carbon emissions of between 60 per cent and 80 per cent. In the next 12 months, the group will establish emission reduction targets and a plan for the system. It will include caps for businesses. The agreement calls for a number of other changes by 2015, including reducing energy consumption by 2 per cent, with a 2 per cent reduction each year after that, and generating 10 per cent of the region's electricity from renewable resources. By 2030, that portion should be 30 per cent. 'If we continue on with the status quo, we are in serious, serious danger in terms of quality of life,' Doer said.

The Vancouver Province - Canadians want governments to lead the charge (15 November 2007) Canadians say senior and local governments should take the lead in combatting climate change, according to a survey released by the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation. In a poll of 2,006 Canadians conducted 4-11 October, 50 per cent of respondents said government regulation is the most essential ingredient in tackling climate change. A majority of respondents said Canada should demonstrate leadership internationally in addressing the challenge of climate change and set an example for other countries to follow. Asked to name the biggest contributors to greenhouse-gas emissions, respondents were as likely to blame themselves as industry and business.

The Vancouver Province - B.C. boosts global-warming targets (15 November 2007) The British Columbia government is setting a much higher target for reducing greenhouse gases than previously announced. Graham Whitmarsh, who heads the province's climate-change secretariat, told a Vancouver conference that legislation will be introduced next week setting a 2050 goal for a cut in greenhouse gases of about 50 per cent. The government previously indicated it will bring in legislation next week to reduce greenhouse gases by 33 per cent by 2020. 'While this is a long-term target, in terms of being 13 years from now, it's really a way-point on a journey that's going to take us much further down, in terms of reductions,' Whitmarsh said. The reductions will come from fewer emissions from vehicles, green building, and methane capture at landfills. The legislation will also set targets to make the B.C. government carbon-neutral, with a zero impact on emissions. Whitmarsh said a new Citizens' Conservation Council will educate the public on how to reduce emissions. More legislation next spring will focus on tailpipe-emission and low-carbon fuel standards.

The Edmonton Journal - Class helps new Canadians fit in—without losing out (15 November 2007) The story gets read aloud to the class first in English and then again in Somali. The reader is Mulki Ali, who was trained as a teacher in Somalia, her homeland. Her listeners are children, ages three and four, from Somalia, Sudan, Iraq, Iran, and Turkey. In a bold new experiment at Balwin School in north Edmonton, partly funded by a private donor, educators are reshaping the way children of recent immigrants and refugees begin their school years. Teacher Lyndsey McDougall shares her cheery teaching space with three 'home language facilitators'. All of the children are encouraged to use their home languages as much as they want. 'We really want to preserve the native tongues of these children, so they don't lose their native tongues at home,' McDougall says.

Balwin principal Dean Michailides says the project is an attempt to change how educators, teachers, parents, and children think about learning. 'The purpose is to have them learn about learning, and that will be through their native language, and through listening to all of the other languages,' says Michailides. 'The kids will learn English, but we don't want them to lose their mother tongue.' Parents are invited to bring their education, experience and values to school. Saida Khalif, originally from Somalia, likes to spend time in the class with her daughter, Mariam Nur. 'To retain her mother language will help her realize her identity, and also realize how valuable her language and her culture is,' Khalif says.

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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