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28 April 2008

4 April was the 4th day of the tenth month of the 2nd year of Canadian national consciousness rising to invincibility, as indicated by the following press reports:

4 April 2008

The Globe and Mail - Economy continues to create jobs (4 April 2008) The Canadian economy created 15,000 jobs in March, Statistics Canada said. The unemployment rate edged up from a 33-year low in spite of the job creation because of a surge of new job-hunters, pushing Canada's rate of participation in the labour market to a new record high of 68 per cent. Wages rose strongly, with average hourly wages climbing 4.7 per cent in March from a year earlier—far above the 1.8 per cent pace of inflation. The number of part-time jobs in Canada rose 34,000 in March—the largest increase in part-time work since November, 2006.

Private sector hiring was much stronger in March than public sector hiring—bucking a trend from last year, when public sector jobs dominated. In March, companies created 20,300 positions, while governments positions rose by 2,900. For the first quarter of 2008, private sector hiring rose 1.2 per cent, while public sector employment rose 0.3 per cent. Alberta and British Columbia showed significant strength in their job markets in March. 'Overall, the Canadian labour market is still in good shape,' said economist Jacqui Douglas at TD Securities.

From a Bloomberg News report on this: Wages are rising more than twice as fast as consumer price inflation, suggesting consumers have money to spend.

From a CBC News report on this: 'Canada can fortunately rely on a strong domestic economy with the tight labour market continuing to fuel wage growth and support consumer spending,' CIBC World Markets deputy chief economist Avery Shenfeld said.

United Press International - Canadian employment reaches record high (4 April 2008) Canada's employment rate hit a record 68 per cent in March. Records were also set in Alberta, where the employment rate reached a high of 74.7 per cent, and British Columbia, where it hit 64 per cent. During the past 12 months employment grew by an estimated 325,000 jobs, or 1.9 per cent.

The Financial Post - Canada still creating jobs in March—analysts comment (4 April 2008) DOUGLAS PORTER, BMO CAPITAL MARKETS: Canadian employment is still holding up well, with no obvious signs of stress outside of the beleaguered manufacturing sector. The bounce in the unemployment rate is as much a reflection of the tidal wave of people pouring into the workforce as a sign of weakness in the job market—after all, employment is still up 1.9% from a year ago, which would normally be seen as a solid increase.

STEFANE MARION, NATIONAL BANK OF CANADA: A very decent report which remains supportive for the domestic economy. For sure, full-time jobs were down markedly in March, but this followed the creation of 114,000 positions in the previous two months. With the more representative three-month moving average still showing growth of 31,000, one should not get too alarmed by the March number. From our standpoint, the fact that private payrolls continued to grow at a decent clip of 20,000 in March (3-month moving average of 42,600) is a confirmation of the underlying strength of the Canadian labour markets and corporate Canada.

CBC News on Canadian stock rally continues (4 April 2008) The TSX Composite Index gained 117 points on Friday to close at 13,668, its highest level in five weeks, which brings the rally to almost 1,000 points, or 7.5 per cent, since 19 March. While Canadian bank stocks were down slightly Friday, the financials sector has gained about eight per cent since this recent rally began on 20 March, as investors appeared to think that the worst of the credit-related writedowns in the banking sector are behind them.

From a Reuters Canada report on this: The Toronto Stock Exchange's main index ended the week on a strong winning note on Friday, lifted by materials issues. The materials group was up 2.5 per cent. The benchmark was up 3.3 per cent for the week, in which it closed every session higher.

From a Vancouver Sun, report on this: Canadian stocks climbed for the 10th session in 11 as commodity prices moved higher and the Canadian economy added jobs in March. The benchmark TSX rose over 400 points this week.

From a Toronto Star report on this: Sal Masionis, a stockbroker at Brant Securities, said the psychology of the market is beginning to change.

CBC News - Farm-share program launching in Moncton (4 April 2008) A new farm-share or 'community-supported agriculture' programme in Moncton will allow area residents to get fresh local produce while supporting farmers. Rowena Hopkins launched the program at her farm in eastern New Brunswick. Under the programme, customers pay in advance for a share of the harvest from her Amarosia Organic Garden from June to October. The produce will be different each week depending on the growing season. 'This kind of program really builds a stronger connect between the consumer and the grower,' Hopkins said. 'The consumer as a member of a program like this can really feel secure in a safe, quality product and that you can trust the people who grew it.'

The Vancouver Sun - B.C. students' health and well-being improving, report finds (4 April 2008) The health and well-being of British Columbia students is improving, with fewer young people smoking, drinking alcohol, or using drugs, the provincial health officer, Dr Perry Kendall, reported. Even so, he calls on schools to develop a more comprehensive approach to promoting health. 'Healthy students are better learners and those with a better education are healthier,' Kendall says in a news release about the report. 'It's vital for students to be healthy if they are to achieve their full potential, which is why BC schools are passionate about ActNow BC, Action Schools! BC and our Healthy Schools Network,' Education Minister Shirley Bond added, referring to a variety of initiatives funded by the provincial government. 'We know there are still areas where we can improve, and this report gives us an opportunity to examine how we might do that.'

The Globe and Mail - How to save a rain forest (4 April 2008) Saltspring Island's Creekside Rainforest, a 10-minute drive from Ganges and one of the very few rain forests on the Gulf Islands, is cool, moist, lush and much greener than the surrounding area. On 31 March, a deal was sealed between a local numbered company that had planned to develop and log the 19-hectare rain forest and its new owners, a group of concerned citizens of Saltspring working in partnership with the Land Conservancy of British Columbia. The coalition did not hold protests or appeal to government to preserve the rain forest. They pooled their resources to buy the land from the developer. Maureen Moore, an island grandmother, organized a campaign that raised the C$1 million asking price largely from donations from the island's residents. Elementary pupils from the Saltspring Centre School collected C$2,000 by selling handmade cards and birdhouses, and challenging their parents to donate. 'They gave me a huge pickle jar of money,' said Ms Moore, adding that she also received envelopes marked 'from my allowance'.

The coalition asked scientists to do a biodiversity assessment. Ms Moore said she had always known that the area was a special place, but biologist Kathy Dunster and biogeographer Briony Penn confirmed it scientifically. To have a rain forest in the normally dry Gulf Islands area is unique, Ms Dunster said of Saltspring, one of the largest of BC's Gulf Islands between Vancouver and Victoria. 'The whole area is ecologically exciting and extremely valuable.' The combination of big maples and old growth cedars is also unusual, she said, and the forest is home to several at-risk species. Former owners, James and Patty Macadam, said they fantasized about donating the land if they had enough money and are pleased it's becoming a nature reserve. 'It's the best possible outcome for that beautiful and magical land.'

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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