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30 January 2008

8 January 2008 was the eighth day of the seventh month of the second year of Canadian national consciousness rising to invincibility, as indicated by the following press reports:

8 January 2008

The Canadian Press - Canada's real estate market booming (8 January 2008) Canada's real estate market posted solid gains in the fourth quarter of 2007 and is showing little sign of the traditional seasonal slowdown. Royal LePage Real Estate Services says the average price of a detached bungalow in Canada rose 11.6 per cent in the fourth quarter, compared with a year earlier. Regina and Saskatoon led the country, with the price of detached bungalows rising more than 50 per cent. Prices rose more than 43 per cent in Saint John, N.B., and almost 21 per cent in Winnipeg while double-digit gains were also recorded in Edmonton, Vancouver, and Victoria. Royal LePage says positive economic fundamentals, high employment rates, and confidence in the future stability of jobs are the main forces behind the housing surge. Overall, Royal LePage President Phil Soper said, 'Canadian buyers and sellers can expect healthy, balanced conditions in 2008.'

From another Canadian Press report on this: 'The fourth quarter 2007 was surprisingly strong, with unseasonably high price increases and unwavering demand,' stated Royal LePage president Phil Soper. Nationally, the average price of standard two-storey properties rose 11.3 per cent year-over-year and standard condominiums gained 11.7 per cent. Vancouver's prices, by far the highest in the country, continued rising strongly as the city's population and job market kept surging in advance of the 2010 Olympics. A two-storey house in Vancouver saw an increase of 11 per cent from a year earlier. A two-storey house in Toronto on average was up eight per cent in the fourth quarter from a year ago. In Montreal they saw a 7.2 per cent price rise. In Atlantic Canada, two-storey house prices were up 25 per cent in Saint John, N.B., 16 per cent in Halifax and 11.5 per cent in St. John's, N.L.

The Globe and Mail - Inflated values, but without the bubble (8 January 2008) Ask Tom Farley, president of Brookfield Properties Canadian operations, what he thinks 2008 holds for the office market and his words resound with confidence: 'In my 30 years' experience, I have never seen the fundamentals as strong as they are now.' It is an opinion shared with almost every mover and shaker in the industry. Wayne Barwise, senior vice-president of office development for Cadillac Fairview, says that if you need a sign of the times, just look at the office construction under way or in the planning stages. That happy combination of low vacancy rates and high demand means that landlords can now get enough in rent to justify building once more. 'The exciting part is the new projects are all 21st century technology. They are almost all LEED-certified, green buildings,' Barwise says. 'They may cost 5 to 7 per cent more to build, but they deliver 30 to 50 per cent savings on things like energy use.' Perhaps most important for landlords, brokers, agents, and investors is that there is rock solid confidence in Canada's commercial real estate markets, says Paul Morse, head of Cushman Wakefield LePage's national office leasing.

The Toronto Star - Toronto Community Housing leads green push (6 January 2008) The Toronto Community Housing building seems an unlikely leader in Toronto's fight against climate change. But the manager points out all the green fixtures: low-flow toilets and shower heads in all 215 apartments; energy-efficient fridges, stoves, and washers; compact fluorescent light bulbs in every socket; and four new efficient boilers. It's not just this Toronto Community Housing building. The green revolution is hitting virtually every one of the non-profit corporation's 2,000 buildings across the city. Toronto's social housing has almost doubled its pledge to cut its greenhouse gases by 40 per cent by 2020 (using 2000 as the base year.) So far, the housing corporation has spent around C$90 million on energy retrofits and thus cut its annual greenhouse gas emissions by 19,000 tonnes—the equivalent of taking about 10,000 cars off the road every year. A third of the non-profit corporation's operating budget was gobbled up by electricity and water bills. 'We started looking at this as a purely economic equation,' says Derek Ballantyne, the corporation's CEO. 'Then we got religious about this stuff.' All new buildings will generate their own electricity or heat, including the Regent Park redevelopment, where a C$50-million 'community energy system' will heat and cool units partly using solar energy. Plans are afoot to install wind turbines on some buildings near the lake. And Toronto Community Housing has introduced a green procurement policy. It's chucking all toxic cleaning products and paint, opting for natural products instead.

The Canadian Press - N.S. hopes to become leader in tidal energy research with new test centre (8 January 2008) Nova Scotia is hoping to become a world leader in tidal energy expertise with the development of a multi-million dollar test centre on the shores of the Minas Basin. The province has chosen three companies to test their turbines on platforms on the bottom of the Minas Channel in the Bay of Fundy. The area is home to some of the fastest moving tidal flows in the world.

From a Halifax Chronicle Herald report on this: A commercial project with 200 turbines generating 300,000 megawatts could power 100,000 homes. 'That's one-quarter of the homes in this province that would get their power from this made-in-Nova-Scotia green energy source,' Premier Rodney MacDonald said, adding such a project would go a long way to help the province meet and possibly surpass its goal of getting 20 per cent of its electricity from renewable energy sources by 2013. Energy Minister Richard Hurlburt said a commercial operation of that magnitude in the Bay of Fundy 'would mean that one million tonnes of greenhouse gases (would be) displaced from our air each year.' The potential for growth in Nova Scotia's economy is enormous if the province can establish itself as a centre for research, design and manufacturing of in-stream tidal power generation, he said.

From a CBC News report on this: 'Tidal power has great potential,' Premier MacDonald said. 'We could see upwards of 15 per cent of Nova Scotia's power generated through the highest tides in the world in the Bay of Fundy.'

CBC News - No more fries with that for Quebec students (7 January 2008) The first phase of a strict junk food policy for Quebec schools came into effect Monday. Deep fryers and soft drinks are now banned from high school cafeterias, and lunches must contain at least one vegetable under Quebec's new school food regulations the government hopes will encourage healthier eating habits. The rules also ban soft drinks, including diet products and sugary beverages, from high school grounds. 'That's a great first step,' said Lori Nikkel, chair of the Canadian Council for Student Nutrition. The Nova Scotia government has also introduced a nutrition policy, which took effect this January, that eliminates junk foods from schools. In December, Ontario introduced legislation to ban trans-fats from school cafeterias. In Manitoba, the province pledged to ban the sale of foods containing trans fats. And Edmonton's public school board voted last November to ban the sale of junk food in all schools.

The Associated Press - Bernier heading to Middle East with peace message (6 January 2008) Foreign Affairs Minister Maxime Bernier is heading to the Middle East with a peace message from Canada. The message is that Canada supports efforts that will 'lead to a peaceful and comprehensive resolution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.'' Bernier says that includes the creation of a Palestinian state that exists in peace and security with Israel. He'll be meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah and with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert in Tel Aviv. The minister's trip will take him to Israel, the West Bank and Saudi Arabia, as well as India.

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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