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22 February 2008

20 January 2008 was the 20th day of the seventh month of the 2nd year of Canadian national consciousness rising to invincibility, as indicated by the following press reports:

Reuters Canada - November factory sales, orders surge (18 January 2008) Canadian manufacturing sales rose more than expected in November, for a 1.1 per cent gain, Statistics Canada said. Analysts in a Reuters poll had forecast, on average, a 0.5 per cent rise. The report showed signs of strength in manufacturing. The value of new orders jumped by 8.1 per cent, the biggest monthly percentage gain since July 1997 and bringing orders back to levels not seen since last July. Sales of non-durable goods gained for the second straight month, up 1.6 per cent, while durable goods rose for the first time in three months. Motor vehicle manufacturers saw a 2.0 per cent gain.

From a Bloomberg News report on this: The 1.1 per cent increase to C$50.6 billion was the fastest since July and just the third time in 2007 that monthly sales increased by more than one per cent.

From a Canadian Press report on this: Industries representing two-thirds of total manufacturing had increased sales in November.

From a Toronto Star report on this: The report indicates that growing demand in Asia for Canadian commodities and commodity-related products is offsetting the impact of the lofty loonie [popular name for the Canadian dollar].

From another Canadian Press report: 'The more instructive thing is to point out that over the past year, the volume of manufacturing shipments have actually managed to rise,' said Doug Porter, deputy chief economist with BMO Capital Markets. 'Given where the Canadian dollar was . . . I think that that's actually a pleasant surprise.' David Wolf, an economist at Merrill Lynch Canada, noted, 'The domestic environment actually looks reasonably good.'

Statistics Canada - Monthly Survey of Manufacturing (18 January 2008) Manufacturers reported a 4.9% jump in unfilled orders in November, after back-to-back decreases in September and October. The backlog of orders surged to C$56.2 billion, a record high. Unfilled orders are considered an indicator of future strength of manufacturing sales. Other than the decrease in September and October, unfilled orders have increased in 13 of the past 15 months.

The Globe and Mail on contribution of non-residential construction to the economy (18 January 2008) A record C$40-billion was invested in non-residential building construction in Canada in 2007. Low office vacancy rates and a slew of continuing building projects should make the sector a major contributor to the economy again this year, said Bank of Nova Scotia economist Adrienne Warren. According to data released Thursday by Cushman & Wakefield LePage, the national office vacancy rate in major cities was 4.7 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2007. This appears to be the lowest level since 1984. Ms Warren said she expects the commercial real estate market to continue making a 'massive contribution' to the Canadian economy and labour market for the next couple of years.

The Ottawa Citizen - An environmental wave (18 January 2008) A green tide is washing over Ottawa housing sites as builders clamour to hop on the environmental band wagon, earning sales with energy-miser homes. Next week, Tartan Homes will be riding the crest of the green wave, honoured by EnerQuality Corporation in Toronto for enrolling the 10,000th home in the wildly successful Energy Star programme launched three years ago across Ontario. Energy Star homes use 30 per cent less energy. 'We are building homes that meet our customers' desires. The homes also have a multiple effect, which can become quite significant and a measurable force in reducing our carbon footprint,' says Bruce Nicol, vice-president of Tartan Homes. Between 2006 and 2007, there was a 1,200-per-cent increase in the production of Energy Star homes, says Michelle Coté, account manager for EnerQuality which registers all Energy Star homes. 'And there will be another doubling this year.' Meanwhile, crews are framing one of the biggest energy-miser homes in the Ottawa area, Minto's Net Zero demonstration home in Manotick. Net Zero will produce as much energy as it pulls off the grid, says Minto architect Bill Ritcey.

The Globe and Mail - Going green can attract and keep employees (19 January 2008) According to a recent poll from, a website for students and entry-level candidates, 92 per cent of young professionals say they would be more inclined to work for an environmentally friendly company. Companies have taken notice of this shift and now tout their eco-friendly policies while on campus recruiting. Dave Scott, campus programmes manager for IBM Canada in Markham, Ontario, says he's noticed a sizable shift in environmental consciousness, particularly within the past six months. Students want to know specifically how IBM is addressing environmental issues. In the recent Colliers International 2007 Canadian Office Tenant Survey, ninety-one per cent of commercial tenants surveyed said they would prefer to work in a green building. A healthy, bright office close to public transportation helps retain employees too, the survey found.

The Globe and Mail - Green studies in big demand at Ontario's universities (19 January 2008) Environmental studies are drawing increasing interest from Ontario high-school students. 'We are seeing huge demand,' said Nancy Weiner, associate registrar at the University of Waterloo where first-year applications for the faculty of environmental studies are up 62 per cent from last year. With issues such as global warming on the minds of many young adults, interest in environmental studies is up across the province. Close to 50 per cent more students picked these programmes as their first choice for a major.

The Montreal Gazette - People of Nunavut fight to save Inuktitut language (20 January 2008) As executive director of the Qikiqtani Inuit Association, representing Inuit in the Baffin region, Terry Audla is hoping that new language legislation will give Nunavut the power to establish Inuktitut-language education throughout the territory. Nunavut is in the process of writing its own official languages act, one that could give the Inuit language—which includes its regional dialects—equal status with English and French. And that could have huge implications for the people and government in the northern territory. At present, Inuktitut is one of the strongest aboriginal languages in Canada. Its uvular sounds and ringing Gs are heard daily in Iqaluit—at hockey games, in grocery stores, at the post office and at meetings that are part of daily life here. Most children in Nunavut are schooled in Inuktitut until Grade 3, CBC North broadcasts 11 hours of Inuktitut programming daily, and about half of the debates in Nunavut's legislature take place in the language. The Nunavut government intends to make Inuktitut its working language by 2020. But the number of proficient Inuktitut speakers is declining and Inuit leaders fear that, without legislation, the language could be lost in only a few generations. Two language bills would require government bodies to offer services in Inuktitut, English, and French. They would also require private companies and organizations to offer services in Inuktitut. The bills have received first and second reading in the legislature. The people of Nunavut are not sitting idly by waiting for their language to fade. Last year, Nakasuk Elementary School launched a new programme: Inuktitut immersion for preschool and kindergarten students destined to start Grade 1 entirely in their mother tongue. This, said principal Carol Horn, is the best way to make sure Inuktitut remains a vital language in Nunavut.

Saanich News (Victoria, BC) - Parents seek alternatives (18 January 2008) This year parents of more than 4,000 children will choose to shell out thousands of dollars for schooling in one of Greater Victoria's 20 independent schools. That's about a 500-student increase since 2002-03. The same trend is playing out across BC Ginny Lovick started the Victoria School for Ideal Education 20 years ago after quitting a teaching job in the public system. Its guiding philosophy is the Transcendental Meditation Technique. 'It's a very simple, natural effortless technique that really does help the children to be connected to their own inner self and helps them to be more focused,' she said.

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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