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1 January 2008
12 December was the 12th day of the sixth month of the second year of Canadian national consciousness rising to invincibility, as indicated by the following press reports:
12 December 2007
The Canadian Press - Quebec adopts California's stringent emissions controls at UN summit (12 December 2007) Quebec Environment Minister Line Beauchamp announced that Quebec will become the first Canadian province to adopt California's stringent auto-emissions standards. At least four other provinces are considering a similar plan and Quebec described its step as part of an historic march toward cleaner cars across North America. 'This is a movement,' Beauchamp said. 'And it is an inevitable movement - it's one that cannot be reversed.' Beauchamp said some cars on the road already meet the standard and the technology to cut emissions is readily available. Officials from her office said the negligible additional cost - about C$20 a car or less - will be more than offset by lower fuel costs for consumers. The move is being cast as a key part of Quebec's plan to reduce emissions by 14.6 megatonnes by 2012 and it says the auto announcement will shave off 1.7 megatonnes within that time.
From a CanWest News Service report on this: Environment Minister Line Beauchamp said the new standards will come into effect between 2010 and 2016. Manufacturers would have to ensure their cars meet the California standard to reduce emissions by 30 per cent. 'The citizens of Quebec will be the primary beneficiaries of this regulation since new vehicles sold will be more efficient and environmentally friendly,' Beauchamp said. 'Less gasoline will be required to travel the same distance, giving an undeniable advantage to Quebec consumers in the context of the growing increase in the price of fuel.' The announcement adds to Quebec's climate change plan, which aims to achieve Canada's Kyoto target of reducing emissions by six per cent below 1990 levels. 'This is a huge victory for North America,' said Emilie Moorhouse of the Sierra Club of Canada. 'It's Quebec taking a lead in North America for fuel standards.'
The Canadian Press on Calgary rated top city in Canada (12 December 2007) Calgary is the best city in Canada to live, a study by the Conference Board of Canada suggests. The report ranked Canada's 27 cities with a population over 100,000 along seven main categories, such as economy, housing and health, and 46 sub-categories, such as commuting time and crime. The top six cities were Calgary, Toronto, Vancouver, Edmonton, Victoria, and Ottawa-Gatineau.
From a Toronto Star report on this: Toronto was in the top four in six of seven health indicators and first in life expectancy. Toronto was also tops in the society category, thanks to diversity, public transit and a low crime rate.
From a CBC News report on this: Calgary's red-hot economy—best in the country—and its high placings in the other six categories were enough to place it first overall. Toronto came in second overall, boosted by top-rated scores in the health and society categories. Vancouver was third on strong ratings in the environment, health and economy categories. Edmonton came in fourth overall; Victoria, fifth; and Ottawa-Gatineau was sixth. The Ottawa-Gatineau area shone in innovation—the only city in Canada to earn a 'triple-A' rating in this category. The capital region also got top marks in education.
CBC News - Canada's trade surplus unexpectedly grows in October (12 December 2007) Canada's overall trade surplus rose to C$3.3 billion in October, up from an upwardly-revised C$2.8 billion in September. That growth came as a surprise to economists, who had been looking for the surplus to narrow to C$2.3 billion. Exports rose and imports fell with all of Canada's principal trading areas, except for Japan. Exports to countries other than the United States rose 5.6 per cent in October, continuing a strong trend seen throughout 2007.
From a Reuters Canada report on this: Statscan said that in constant dollar terms, volumes for imports rose 2.7 per cent as prices declined 4.6 per cent. Export volumes were up 1.9 per cent while prices fell 2.4 per cent in constant dollar terms, indicating that the strong Canadian dollar had not taken as big a bite out of exports as might have been expected.
From a Globe and Mail report on this: 'The trade surplus was surprisingly resilient in October even as the loonie rose to new highs,' BMO Capital Markets economist Benjamin Reitzes wrote. With import prices down 8.3 per cent on a year-over-year basis, Canadians are snatching up goods priced in foreign currency, which are now cheaper than ever.
The Canadian Press - Scotiabank predicts strong economy, loonie (12 December 2007) Scotiabank economists expect the loonie will remain above parity in 2008. Although the Canadian dollar may at some points dip to as low as 95 cents U.S., the longer term trend suggests it will remain strong for at least another year, says Warren Jestin, chief economist at Scotiabank. Reinforcing the dollar is a strong economy. The ongoing expansion of emerging markets will continue to make Canada attractive because of its plentiful commodities, Jestin said.
From another Canadian Press report on this: Scotiabank chief economist Warren Jestin told a conference outlining the bank's forecasts for 2008, that the currency is being driven by Canada's strong economic fundamentals. Canada is enjoying strong government infrastructure spending, net employment gains and a positive housing market. Inflation is expected to be lower next year, and end below the Bank of Canada's threshold of two per cent, he said. The equity markets should end the new year on a positive note, added Vincent Delisle, director of portfolio strategy. 'Year-end 2008 we still think equities will be up eight to 10 per cent from current levels... .'
The Canadian Press - Atlantic premiers want to accelerate Atlantic trade corridor (12 December 2007) The Atlantic premiers want to accelerate a plan to create an international trade corridor through the region. The premiers spent much of their annual meeting discussing the Atlantic Gateway concept. The premiers also directed their ministers of energy to come up with ways that the provinces can collaborate in promoting renewable energy development and energy conservation.
The National Post - Municipality votes to ban pesticides starting next year (12 December 2007) The city council of Vaughan, Ontario voted to ban pesticides as of March. 'I hope people will understand that this is an important health issue. It's all part of a larger package of becoming more environmentally friendly,' said councillor Alan Shefman, chair of the city's Greening Advisory Committee. Mr. Shefman said the city did everything they could to garner public opinion on the matter. 'I would say 99% of people agree with what we are doing,' he said.
The Globe and Mail - Tofino, local band set to sign landmark water pact (12 December 2007) A unique deal to share control over land and water will be signed between the district of Tofino and a local native band. The community is one of B.C.'s hottest resort spots, but success outstripped its infrastructure, to the point that Tofino ran out of tap water in the summer of 2006. Under the agreement, the district and the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations will create a joint sustainability plan. It means land-use planning and management of the water supply must respect traditional native values. It also ensures the band gets a piece of the economic action in future development. Although a municipal government can't negotiate land claims, the document recognizes the band's claim to title in its traditional territories and its right to self-government. 'This is about how best we can get along, and how we can all benefit from what we have out here,' Tofino Mayor John Fraser said. 'I don't think there's a lot of difference; our values are the same.' The agreement makes a commitment to uphold Nuu-chah-nulth tribal principles in development, including a promise to respect the rules of Hishuk ish tsawalk - 'that everything is one and all is interconnected.'
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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