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11 April 2008

17 March 2008 was the 17th day of the ninth month of the 2nd year of Canadian national consciousness rising to invincibility, as indicated by the following press reports:

17 March 2008

CanWest News Service on manufacturing sales rebound in January (17 March 2008) Manufacturing shipments rebounded more than expected by 1.3 per cent to C$49.3 billion in January on rising car sales, Statistics Canada reported. Overall, 16 of 21 industries posted gains on the month, with motor vehicles advancing 4.5 per cent to C$3.9 billion. Machinery sales rose 5.8 per cent to C$2.7 billion, while food manufacturing was up 1.3 per cent to C$6.1 billion. Ontario and Quebec, Canada's manufacturing heartland, both posted advances, with Ontario up two per cent and Quebec ahead 1.2 per cent. Their combined sales gains of C$633 million accounted for almost 97 per cent of the total national figures. '. . . . The increase in real shipments in January means that manufacturing activity will add favourably to economic output,' said TD Securities economics strategist Millan Mulraine

From a Canadian Press report on this: Manufacturing sales increased in seven provinces in January, as the gains were widespread.

From the Statistics Canada report: The level of new orders made up some ground in January, rising 2.9% to C$51.4 billion. Led by aerospace, manufacturers posted yet another strong increase in unfilled orders. In January, the backlog of orders rose 3.6% to C$59.5 billion, following impressive gains in November (up 4.8%) and December (up 2.3%).

The Canadian Press - New motor vehicle sales record strongest growth in 30 months (17 March 2008) Sales of new motor vehicles began 2008 with the strongest month-to-month growth in 2 1/2 years. Statistics Canada reports that 153,231 new vehicles were sold in January, up 8.2 per cent from December and the largest monthly growth since June 2005. January's rise in new-vehicle sales comes on the heels of a 5.1 per cent increase in December and marks a turnaround after six drops in seven months.

From a CanWest News Service report on this: The rise in January's figures was almost entirely the result of a surge in sales of passenger cars. There were 80,754 new passenger cars sold in January, up 16.2 per cent from December. The monthly increase was the largest for passenger cars since February 1998. The report had some good news for North American manufacturers with 53,049 of the passenger cars sold being North American-built, a surge of 21.9 per cent from December. This increase was the biggest single monthly rise of North American-built passenger-car sales since January 1991.

Bloomberg News - Canadian Banks Are 'Solid,' Finance Department Says (17 March 2008) Canadian banks are sufficiently funded and the country's economy is in good shape, a finance department spokesman said. 'Canada's financial system is solid and banks and other financial institutions are sound and well capitalized,' David Gamble, a department spokesman, said.

The Toronto Star - Smart Meters may mean lower bills (15 March 2008) The Ontario government is rolling out a province-wide energy conservation initiative that includes Smart Meters. The meters are designed to encourage people to alter their lifestyles to reduce electricity consumption during daytime hours when businesses increase the demand on the system and rates are higher. Savings can be significant for those who are able to turn air conditioners off during the day when they're at work, for instance. And renters are just as eager as anyone to do what they can to save the environment. After installing the Smart Meter programme at 2,500 rental apartments across the Greater Toronto area, Ontario's Chief Energy Conservation Officer Peter Love declared last fall the project to be a 'win-win' for tenants and landlords. In the first few months following the transition, most residents in the units used between 15 and 40 per cent less electricity.

CBC News - B.C. house prices forecast to keep rising (17 March 2008) A report by the Credit Union Central of British Columbia (CUCBC) predicts housing prices will continue to rise by as much as 10 per cent this year. Lower mortgage rates, a tight labour market, high income growth, and rising in-migration all point to continued high sales volumes and price rises, according the CUCBC's chief economist Helmut Pastrick. The report says the current boom is unlike previous cycles that ended with a large oversupply of homes, causing a sharp drop in prices. In the current market, sales have reached a plateau and the supply of houses is only gradually catching up with demand. And with the recent drop in mortgage rates, the CUCBC expects the number of sales will pick up again. The report says while Vancouver and Victoria set the tone for the BC market, prices in areas such as Kamloops, the Kootenay, the Okanagan, and Vancouver Island are forecast to rise as much as 15 per cent.

The Canadian Press - Vancouver company to partner with U.S. group to generate energy from waste (16 March 2008) Green Island Energy says it will partner with US-based Covanta Holding Corporation on a project to convert municipal waste into power at Gold River on Vancouver Island. The Vancouver-based company says the thermal project will generate approximately 90 megawatts of electricity. A 40-year power purchase contract with BC Hydro will enable the project to begin commercial operation in 2010. Covanta's principle subsidiary is Covanta Energy Corporation, which owns and operates 37 energy-from-waste facilities that convert 15 million tonnes of waste into more than 8 million megawatt hours of clean, renewable energy, enough to provide a million homes with electricity each year.

From another Canadian Press report on this: Green Island Energy said it will negotiate deals with British Columbia municipalities, including Vancouver, for a supply of municipal solid waste as fuel to produce power from the plant. 'Using refuse derived fuel to generate electricity makes sense. This will help make us more economically self-sufficient and allow us to generate our own energy. Not only will we be able to power our own homes, it will also help us reduce imports of electricity on the Island while minimizing our dependency on landfills and the need to transfer waste across territorial borders,' said David Kingston, CEO of Green Island Energy.

The Globe and Mail - Green-technology exporter wins kudos (17 March 2008) British Columbia-based BioteQ Environmental Technologies Inc. won an industry award from the not-for-profit Globe Foundation, a private business organization that issued a half-dozen Awards for Environmental Excellence at the close of its Globe 2008 conference and trade fair last week in Vancouver. BioteQ was honoured for the water-treatment plants it designs and operates at mines around the world, using a proprietary system that removes acid and heavy metals from runoff water leeching from mine sites—a major environmental headache for mining companies for decades.

The method most mining companies still use to stop acid water from leeching into the ecosystem involves catching the tainted water with lime, resulting in a toxic sludge that must be carefully stored. The expense is considerable—as is the waste. In the BioteQ system, a mixture of sulphur-loving bacteria neutralizes the acid in the water, leaving behind the heavy metals that come away in the mining process, such as copper, zinc, nickel, cobalt, and selenium. These metals can then be sold on the market.

'[The companies] outsource the whole water-treatment issue to us, we manage the water, we build the plant and run it, and generally we create a financially sustainable treatment process, in that the sale of metals from the process sustains the treatment plant . . . ,' says Brad Marchant, BioteQ's president. The previously poisoned water ends up clean and safe enough for use in industrial and agricultural projects. The amount of cleaned water runs to billions of litres. For example, BioTeq cleaned 920 million litres of acid-waste water from Xstrata's Raglan nickel-copper mine in northern Quebec last year. Mr Marchant says the processed water was safe enough to be used in the sensitive arctic ecosystem of Nunavik—something unthinkable in the past.

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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