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21 January 2008

28 December was the 28th day of the sixth month of the 2nd year of Canadian national consciousness rising to invincibility, as indicated by the following press reports:

27 December 2007

CanWest News Service - Canadian home resales hit new record (28 December 2007) The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) said that listed sales of existing homes, counting year-to-date to November, have already surpassed last year's total, which was previously the record. The association said 496,890 homes had been sold through the Multiple Listing Service in 2007 as of the end of November. That's up 2.7 per cent from last year's total and 8.2 per cent from at the same time a year earlier. New annual sales records were established in November in every province except British Columbia and Alberta. CREA also reported a seasonally adjusted rate of 42,576 homes sold in November, up 1.6 per cent from October, reflecting gains in Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Ontario, and Newfoundland and Labrador, the last of which saw its highest monthly total ever. On an unadjusted basis, November sales were up 6.1 per cent from a year earlier. The average sales price last month was up 11.7 per cent from a year before. That marked the seventh-straight month with a gain of 10 per cent or more.

From a Financial Post report on this: The Canadian Real Estate Association is expecting interest rates will continue to edge slightly lower while household incomes will continue to rise in 2008. So even if the total number of sales declines, Gregory Klump, CREA's chief economist, said the CREA still expects 2008 to produce the second-highest level of sales on record.

The Canadian Press - TSX ends with a flourish (28 December 2007) The Toronto stock market racked up a solid gain of more than 100 points Friday, the second-last trading day of the year, with almost all sectors positive in a broad-based advance. The TSX Composite Index closed up 145.77 points to 13,821.34. The TSX financial sector gained 0.94 per cent. The gold sector was ahead 3.47 per cent. Investors can take satisfaction in another positive year on the Toronto market. The TSX is up about seven per cent for the year The Canadian dollar was higher for a ninth straight session, up 0.22 of a cent to 101.99 cents US—its highest close since mid November.

The Canadian Press - Retail Council says Canadians spent five per cent more over holidays (28 December 2007) It's too soon for official data on 2007's holiday retail sales, but analysts estimate overall Canadian holiday spending was up five per cent over last year. Two surveys this month had suggested Canada's strong dollar and robust economy would lead to higher holiday spending. Anecdotally, retailers and analysts say stockings were overflowing with home 'nesting' items such as flat-screen televisions, computers, home entertainment systems, and other gadgets. Canada's booming housing market may have partly driven holiday sales of around-the-home items, retail analyst John Winter said.

From a Toronto Star report on this: It's the second year in a row Canadians' Christmas spending has jumped up. Statistics Canada said recently that last December shoppers spent close to C$28.7 billion in retail stores. Another five per cent on top of that would push the seasonal total over C$30 billion, well past a Visa Canada forecast of C$23 billion.

The National Post - The new boom towns (26 December 2007) Something big is going on in Saskatchewan's small towns. Property is a hot commodity. 'I don't remember another time like this,' said Ken Engel, executive director of the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities (SARM). 'It's a common story across the province: We haven't got any lots left anymore. It's made for a sense of optimism all around that hasn't been for a long time.' The rate of population growth in the province is the fastest in the country. Another factor in the turnaround is the improved economy province-wide. 'You can safely say this is one of the best years ever, if not the best, and it's going to continue—if these communities can find lots to build on,' said Darryl Senecal, SARM's director for Division 6, comprised of 48 rural municipalities in the province's northwest.

The Canadian Press - Nova Scotia budget surplus larger than expected (28 December 2007) Nova Scotia is forecasting a higher than expected surplus for the 2007-08 budget, in its latest forecast. The total surplus is now forecast to be C$139 million, up by C$20.6 million from the spring budget. An additional C$68.4 million will be applied to the debt, putting the total amount allocated to pay down the debt at C$136.6 million. The province's debt stands at C$12.4 billion. 'We are very firm about meeting our commitment to reducing the debt this year,' Finance Minister Michael Baker said. The province says there will be a C$72.4-million rise in revenues, bringing the total amount of revenue to about C$8.1 billion.

The Toronto Star on land conservation project (22 December 2007) A pilot project in Norfolk County, Ontario with merit written all over it, is dotting every 'i' and crossing every 't' in an effort to win federal and provincial approval for a Canada-wide programme. The pilot project, called Alternative Land Use Services (ALUS), pays farmers to restrict use of up to 20 per cent of their lands so they can be turned over to environmental conservation. Manitoba also has an ALUS pilot project, and in Prince Edward Island, the government has hired a co-ordinator to develop a pilot. In Norfolk County, the lead organizations directing the project are the Norfolk Federation of Agriculture and the Norfolk Land Stewardship Council. They are offering a glimpse of a future robust with plant life and more sustainable rural communities. The most interesting part of the project has been the planting of eight acres of prairie tall grass, which has been almost completely wiped out in southwestern Ontario.

Reuters Canada - Toronto takes on London, New York in diversity game (27 December 2007) Toronto may be pushing past New York and London as the world's most diverse city, with half its residents born outside of Canada, new census figures show. Toronto has about a third the population of either London or New York, but beats both of them in terms of the percentage of foreign-born residents. 'Certainly there's no doubt Toronto is one of the world's most multicultural cities,' said Michael Doucet, geography professor at Ryerson University in Toronto.

The National Post - Montreal schools devoid of culture clashes: board (28 November 2007) If the 'reasonable accommodation' of religious minorities was a crisis in Quebec, one would expect the Commission scolaire de Montreal to be rife with tension. Nearly one-quarter of the students within the province's largest school board are foreign-born, coming from 193 countries and practising a multitude of religions. Almost half its students have a mother tongue other than French. But the school board's president told hearings that discussion and compromise have defused potential problems. 'Inter-cultural relations are not an important source of conflict in our schools,' Diane De Courcy told the government commission studying the accommodation of minority religious and cultural practices. 'It's a media crisis. It's not a crisis in our board,' Reginald Fleury, the school board's pedagogical adviser in intercultural relations, said. 'People are learning to work with each other and to live with each other.'

The National Post - Quebec City closing in on a year without murder (28 December 2007) Quebec City is poised to turn the calendar on a murder-free year. It has already actually been more than a year since the last homicide was reported on 31 October 2006. Previously, an average six or seven people were murdered in Quebec City each year. 'We can't precisely explain why there has been no murder so far this year,' Jean-Sebastien Roy of the Quebec municipal police said. The city has always been known for its low crime rate and had the lowest homicide rate in the country in prior years, Statistics Canada said. As the city prepares for the upcoming 400th anniversary celebrations—which will last more than 10 months starting 31 Dec—officials can boast that it's a safe destination.

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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