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24 April 2008

2 April was the 2nd day of the tenth month of the 2nd year of Canadian national consciousness rising to invincibility, as indicated by the following press reports:

2 April 2008

Reuters Canada - Canadian population gets even more diverse: census (2 April 2008) Visible minorities now make up more than 16 per cent of Canada's population, according to 2006 census data, with South Asians becoming the largest such group for the first time. Immigration helped increase the number of visible minorities from an estimated 13.4 per cent of the population in 2001. Canada, which prides itself on its multicultural makeup, continued to diversify, with more than 200 different ethnic origins identified in the 2006 survey.

From the Statistics Canada report: By 2006, 11 ethnic origins had passed the 1 million population mark.

From a Globe and Mail report on this: Nearly 1.3 million people—a 38 per cent increase over 2001—identified themselves in 2006 as South Asian, which includes Canadians who hail from such countries as India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Nepal.

From a CanWest News Service report on this: Henry Beh, executive director of the Richmond Chinese Community Society in British Columbia, praises Canada for embracing newcomers. 'You can come from Holland, you can come from Africa or South Asia, and you can keep your own traditions and language,' he says.

From a CTV News report on this: Immigration lawyer Ravi Jain told CTV's Canada AM he's not surprised that the number of South Asian immigrants is on the rise, with the highest number coming from India.

CBC News - B.C. is nation's most ethnically diverse province: StatsCan (2 April 2008) The face of Canada is changing and British Columbia continues to lead the way. The 2006 census figures show that in BC, 25 per cent of the population is part of a visible minority, the highest proportion in the country by province.

CBC News - Commuters still love cars but bikes, buses gaining favour: StatsCan (2 April 2008) In 2006, 11 per cent of workers used public transit to get to work, as compared to 10.5 per cent in 2001, according to Statistics Canada. More Canadians are also carpooling, with 7.7 per cent of workers reporting they travelled to work as a passenger in a car in 2006—up from 6.9 per cent in 2001. The census showed that 1.3 per cent of workers reported taking their bikes to work, up from 1.2 per cent in 2001.

From a Canadian Press report on this: Young Canadians are more likely to go green and cycle, walk, or take public transit to work. More than 60 per cent of people who said they used a sustainable mode of transportation to get around were between the ages of 15 and 34.

The Toronto Star on Canadians feeling more prosperous (1 April 2008) Canadians are feeling more prosperous, and it's not an illusion. Canada's natural resources are fetching higher prices, and the Canadian dollar has strengthened. Incomes are rising and everything from imported shirts to foreign travel and Florida real estate seems more affordable. Economist Ted Carmichael of JP Morgan Securities Canada notes, ' . . . Canada has outperformed pretty well all of the Group of Seven countries in terms of the recent growth of our consumption per capita, and the man on the street would identify far more with consumption than they would with real gross domestic product.'

CBC News - Overall crime rate drops in Ottawa (1 April 2008) The overall crime rate decreased by six per cent in Ottawa last year, according to a new police report. There were 25,047 property crimes in 2007, a seven per cent decrease over 2006. 'Without a doubt, Ottawa remains one of the safest cities in Canada,' said Chief Vern White.

CanWest News Service - Toronto considers partial homework ban (1 April 2008) Canada's largest school board is considering banishing homework on holidays and long weekends, the centrepiece of a proposed policy that is sparking calls for other boards to review their practices and counter a growing backlash against a 'culture of homework'. The policy also calls for the elimination of homework for kindergarteners. The Toronto District School Board's draft policy is believed to be the first of its kind in Canada to instruct schools to lighten the load. Chris Bolton, a trustee, said parents and students have complained that they were being overloaded with hours of homework daily, cutting into family vacations and forcing children to stay up too late to complete assignments.

From a Canadian Press report on this: 'I definitely think it is at what we would call a tipping point,' said Lee Bartel, a professor at Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, who co-wrote a recent study concluding that too much homework can be counterproductive, particularly in the early grades. 'Just because something is a good thing for university entrance doesn't mean it should be happening in kindergarten. We should not be building walking resumes. . . . There is more to life than schooling. There is more to learning than schooling.' Ontario Education Minister Kathleen Wynne said these decisions are made by local school boards, but urged them all to follow the Toronto board's lead.

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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