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18 December 2007

29 November was the 29th day of the fifth month of the 2nd year of Canadian national consciousness rising to invincibility, as indicated by the following press reports:

29 November 2007

CBC News on Saskatchewan budget surplus (29 November 2007) The Saskatchewan government, in its mid-year financial report, says the province expects to take in an extra C$1.2 billion in revenues this year than it budgeted for. The province is currently running a surplus of about C$527 million. The plan is to put half into the province's 'rainy day' fund and the other half towards debt reduction.

Reuters Canada on TD Bank profit beats expectations (29 November 2007) Toronto-Dominion Bank, Canada's third-biggest bank by assets, posted a better-than-expected 44 per cent jump in fourth-quarter profit due to strong results in its wealth-management and retail banking businesses. TD said it earned C$1.09 billion in the three months to October 31, up from C$762 million in the same period a year earlier. Earnings at TD's Canadian retail banking unit rose 14 per cent, while profit in wealth management jumped 31 per cent.

From another Reuters Canada report on this: Each of the bank's businesses grew at a double-digit pace year over year. 'A strong fourth-quarter financial performance wrapped up a tremendous 2007,' TD president Ed Clark said.

The Canadian Press - Spending on travel abroad jumps (28 November 2007) Statistics Canada reported record spending in the third quarter of 2007 by Canadian residents abroad, especially in the U.S. as the loonie [popular name for the Canadian dollar] made significant gains. Canadian travellers spent C$6.7 billion outside the country in the third quarter, 4.9 per cent more than in the second quarter. Meanwhile, foreigners visiting Canada spent C$4.2 billion in the third quarter, 0.8 per cent more than the second quarter and the highest amount in two and a half years.

CBC News - Canada's billionaires getting richer (29 November 2007) Canada's richest citizens have significantly added to their net worth in the last year, according to the latest survey of the country's wealthy set. More than half of the 100 richest—54 to be exact—are billionaires, according to the latest issue of Canadian Business magazine. That's up from 46 billionaires who made the top 100 list last year. Collectively, the top 10 have a net worth of a total of more than C$72 billion, up C$10 billion from last year.

Bloomberg News - Canada and Russia vow to respect international law in Arctic disputes (29 November 2007) Canada and Russia vowed to use international law to resolve any dispute over their respective territorial claims in the Arctic. The countries issued a joint statement in Ottawa saying, 'Canada and Russia, respecting the rights of each other, reiterate their commitment to international law, including the orderly and legally-established process outlined within' the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.

CBC News on New Brunswick improving on climate change (28 November 2007) An environmental watchdog has given New Brunswick an improved grade on its efforts to combat climate change. The province scored a B in a report card issued by the Conservation Council of New Brunswick. It is an improvement over last year's C-minus rating. 'It brought in a pretty good climate action plan, the first real one we've had that set reasonable targets for cutting the pollution that causes global warming,' said David Coon, policy director for the council. The province has also shortened the timeframe NB Power has to generate 10 per cent of its electricity from new sources of renewable energy, Coon said.

The Toronto Star on Ontario vows to improve education, reduce emissions and better relations with natives (29 November 2007) The Ontario Throne Speech vows to fight poverty, improve education, and develop a greener economy as the government embarks on a second term. The speech reiterated a pledge for a C$45 million dental care plan for low-income families. It also reaffirmed a promise to ban trans fats from school cafeterias. New promises include a plan to increase education spending by C$3.1 billion a year to C$15.5 billion by 2011 and to give college and university students a C$300 grant each year for books and technology; a pledge to broaden home care services for seniors and introduce a caregiver grant for those caring for elderly family members; and a new C$165-million Ontario venture capital fund to support innovation. The government is also promising to reduce climate-change emissions to six per cent below 1990 levels by 2014, legislation to reduce toxins in the environment, and a ban on the cosmetic use of pesticides.

From a CanWest News Service report on this: The Throne speech promised to make Ontario greener by doubling renewable energy production and conservation to replace coal generation.

From another Toronto Star report on this: 'To truly succeed as an economy, and as a society, we need everyone at his or her best,' said Lieutenant-Governor David Onley, who delivered the speech in the Legislature. 'That's what opportunity for all is all about. It does not mean more prosperity for some and more poverty for others,' he said.

From another Toronto Star report on this: 'The government seeks to forge a stronger, more positive relationship with Ontario's First Nations,' said the speech. 'They do not constitute the largest group or the most powerful,' the speech says. 'They are, however, and profoundly, the first people to call this place home.' The government promised it would work with the federal government 'to accelerate the settlement of land claims' and 'to improve the quality of life and expand economic opportunities for all aboriginal peoples in our province, both on- and off-reserve.' There are about 220,000 aboriginal people in Ontario, most of them living off-reserve. Dalton McGuinty is the first Ontario Premier to appoint a full-time minister of aboriginal affairs—Michael Bryant, an activist politician who can be counted on to tackle the issue with enthusiasm and dexterity. Bryant is determined to bypass the lawyers and seek pragmatic solutions—such as financing off-reserve employment programmes. Another Bryant goal is the improvement of health and education programmes on reserves.

From a Canadian Press report on this: 'Of all the people in Ontario, you have perhaps the deepest sense of our history,' said Lieutenant-Governor David Onley, reading from almost two pages devoted to aboriginal issues.

The Toronto Star - Cultural oasis nurtures students (29 November 2007) Michael Lewis is visiting his daughter's school in downtown Toronto. Here in First Nations Public School, the 5-year-old girl will be taught Ojibwe and will learn that bullying goes against the sacred 'seven grandfathers' teachings.' Open to all, with both aboriginal and non-native teachers on staff and a handful of non-native students, this cultural oasis wraps the Ontario curriculum in a First Nations blanket. At First Nations, the principal is a veteran Ojibwe educator and three of six teachers are aboriginal. Lighting a dish of sage, culture teacher Marie Gaudet starts a traditional 'smudge ceremony' to cleanse the soul. First Nations is believed to be the only elementary school in Ontario with an official aboriginal focus, but alternative native high schools are run jointly by school boards and local native friendship centres in Sudbury, Ottawa, London, Fort Erie, Sault Ste. Marie, Hamilton, Kenora, and Fort Frances, as well as a native programme in Toronto run jointly by Native Child and Family Services and Jarvis Collegiate. All have waiting lists. Sylvia Maracle, executive director of the Ontario Federation of Indian Friendship Centres, says, 'It might be in the literature they read; it might be in the elders who come to tell stories; it might be in a math problem that counts geese leaving Moosonee instead of trains leaving the station that helps them be more successful.'

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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