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26 January 2008

3 January was the 3rd day of the seventh month of the 2nd year of Canadian national consciousness rising to invincibility, as indicated by the following press reports:

3 January 2008

Bloomberg News on Canadian stocks rise to two-month high (3 January 2008) The TSX Composite Index climbed 51.44 to 13,978.20 on Thursday, the highest since 8 November. The benchmark has advanced eight of the last nine days. A measures of raw-materials advanced 2.1 per cent. Barrick Gold, the world's biggest bullion miner, had its best two-day gain in more than eight years.

Bloomberg News - Canada dollar rises on record commodity prices, export outlook (3 January 2008) The Canadian dollar rose on Thursday as record commodity prices boosted prospects for the nation's exports. One Canadian dollar bought US$1.0098 at closing. The Reuters/Jefferies CRB Index of 19 raw materials rose 0.6 per cent to a record 369.14 Thursday before closing at 368.61. 'The economy is better buffered with commodity prices at an all-time high,'' said Firas Askari, head of currency trading at BMO Capital Markets in Toronto.

Reuters Canada - Canadians buy up to C$3.3 bln mutual funds in Dec (3 January 2008) Canadians bought between C$2.8 billion and C$3.3 billion worth of mutual funds in December, according to preliminary figures. 'December sales helped cap a noteworthy year for the fund industry,' said Pat Dunwoody, vice-president of communications at the Investment Funds Institute of Canada. Dunwoody said total long-term fund sales are estimated to be the highest since 1998.

The Financial Post on 2007 second best year on record for Canadian auto sales (3 January 2008) Automakers selling in Canada tallied their second best year on record in 2007 as bullish buyers here drove off with new vehicles in droves. Carmakers collectively sold 1.65 million new vehicles in Canada last year, a slight gain over the 1.61 million sold in 2006 and just shy of the all-time record of 1.7 million cars and trucks in 2002.

From another Financial Post report on this: The strong numbers for 2007 have defied analyst predictions. But hot housing and job markets in many parts of the country have fuelled vehicle buying. And that will likely prove true again this year, said Chrysler Canada chief executive Reid Bigland. 'The population is growing. Canadians' wealth with the strength of the dollar is growing. Residential real estate has appreciated,' Bigland said.

The Toronto Star - Toronto's hot market for luxury (2 January 2008) Paul Miklas is a developer to the ultra-rich—those with the kind of wealth that's 'off the charts and wasn't there 10 years ago' says the president of Valleymede Building AMA Corp in Toronto. 'The wealth out there is incredible, and Canadians are willing to spend it in a way they haven't before,' Miklas said. In the Toronto Star's annual look at the most expensive properties listed in central Toronto, valuations are loftier than ever. A home in Forest Hill sold for C$15.8 million earlier this year—a record for resale homes at the time, but one slated not to last. A still-to-be-built condominium downtown has already been sold for C$25 million. According to ReMax Ontario Atlantic Canada, luxury home sales in the Toronto area jumped 37 per cent in the first 10 months of 2007. And ReMax had to change the definition of 'luxury home' to C$1.5 million and over, since million-dollar city homes are no longer the mark of distinction they once were. In Toronto, you'd have to be in a home worth at least C$5 million to make the top 10 list at the beginning of December, when the survey was taken.

CanWest News Service - Assessed value of BC's privately owned real estate up 16 per cent in 2007 (2 January 2008) The assessed value of all privately owned real estate in British Columbia increased by 16 per cent in 2007 to top C$940 billion. A new record for new construction value of C$21.6 billion accounted for some of the change, as did the addition of new properties. However, the vast majority, some C$110.4 billion represented increasing property values in BC's hot markets.

From a Vancouver Sun report: Seven neighbourhoods in Metro Vancouver have passed the C$1-million threshold for a typical home. British Columbia now boasts 49,729 million-dollar-plus homes, compared with 38,027 last year.

The Toronto Star - Troop pullout favoured, poll finds (1 January 2008) A survey of 1,052 Canadians by Angus Reid Strategies, conducted 19 and 20 December, shows 53 per cent of those polled believe Canada's troops should be withdrawn before the February 2009 deadline. Sixty-one per cent reject any suggestions of extending the mission beyond the deadline.

CBC News - Massive survey examining health, toxic chemical levels of Canadians to begin (3 January 2008) A groundbreaking national health survey to discover what kinds of toxic chemicals are in Canadians' bodies, as well as examining other health issues such as obesity and disease, is set to begin in British Columbia in the coming days. Nearly 700 residents in the province will be surveyed. By the end of 2008, more than 5,000 Canadians between the ages of 6 and 79 will have been tested. The results will become the first-ever comprehensive health study that directly measures things like obesity, lung function, chronic disease, and levels of toxic chemicals in the blood. Jeanine Bustros, the director of the physical health measures division of Statistics Canada, says the survey could have major significance for health policy. 'We don't know what the levels for the Canadian population are for lead, mercury, cadmium or any type of pthalate or pesticides,' she told CBC News.

The National Post - Cashing in on local crops (3 January 2008) The best-selling book 'The 100-Mile Diet: A Year of Local Eating', in which the authors, Alisa Smith and J.B. MacKinnon, detail their quest to eat food grown near their Vancouver apartment, has fuelled much of the growing local food movement. Mr MacKinnon said he attempts to adhere to general principles—eating locally, seasonally, and organically. People are trying it in droves. Farmers' markets are springing up catering to crowds hungry for local produce. Advertising campaigns for local vegetables are front and centre. Small grocers and restaurant menus are advising shoppers on not only the origin of their products, but in some cases even specific farms. Plenty of research supports the local food movement. A 2005 study prepared by the public health department of Waterloo, found that producing 58 common foods locally rather than importing them—an average of 4,497 kilometres each—would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by the equivalent of taking more than 16,000 cars off the road. And then there is the economic benefit for local farmers. A report issued by Iowa's Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture last year found that if the state's residents ate five servings of local fruit and vegetables each day for three months, their diet would inject an additional US$302-million and add 4,000 jobs to the local economy.

The Toronto Star - Yoga for life (1 January 2008) Yoga originated about 5,000 years ago in India and has been growing ever since. Today, yoga's allure is spreading and putting down roots in schools, gyms, hospitals, offices and family rooms, becoming a part of Western culture. Recent studies have shown that yoga in the workplace can reduce employee absenteeism and improve productivity. Proving to be a good thing for the bottom line, corporations are inviting yoga teachers into their boardrooms. Yoga is also now a common activity in public and private schools. Elite athletes are using it, too. The NHL's Toronto Maple Leafs strength and conditioning trainer Matt Nichols says team members practise twice a week at a yoga studio during the off season. Meanwhile, at the University of Calgary, a five-year study has shown that cancer survivors who do weekly yoga classes fare better than survivors who do not, according to both qualitative and quantitative measures.

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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