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9 May 2008

22 April was the 22nd day of the tenth month of the 2nd year of Canadian national consciousness rising to invincibility, as indicated by the following press reports:

22 April 2008

The Globe and Mail - Ontario bans lawn and garden pesticides (22 April 2008) Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty announced a ban on the sale and use of lawn and garden pesticides on Tuesday. 'Our generation has taken to the cosmetic use of pesticides and I think, perhaps unwittingly, not fully understanding the dangers it represents to ourselves and, most importantly, to our children,' he said. 'It's the right of kids to play in the grass . . . without compromising their health.' The new law, which is expected to come into effect next spring, would prohibit use of 80 chemicals and 300 products that experts say pose a potential health risk. The Premier said the provincial law goes further by banning the sale of pesticides. 'It will be the new standard,' he said. 'No one will be able to have standards lower than ours.' The ban was welcomed by Hirotaka Yamashiro, chair of the Ontario Medical Association pediatrics section. Quebec earlier enacted a similar ban, as have about 140 communities across Canada.

From other Globe and Mail reports on this: Home Depot, one of Canada's largest retailers, says it will voluntarily stop selling traditional pesticides and herbicides by year end. Canadian Tire, the country's largest garden supplier, also said it would pull pest control products from its Ontario stores by the end of the summer and phase out sales elsewhere in the country where they are not banned. Public health advocates say the twin moves—by the country's most populous province and by major retailers—hold out a strong likelihood that Canada has reached a kind of tipping point on pesticides, and will eventually become a nation of organic gardeners. 'We're pretty happy about it,' said Gideon Forman, executive director of the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment. The decision to ban weed and insect killers in residential areas and public places is likely to increase the pressure on other provinces to follow suit.

The Globe and Mail on upbeat outlook for first quarter earnings (22 April 2008) According to Thomson Reuters, the first quarter earnings outlook in Canada is bright. Profits at TSX 60 companies are poised to soar 15.1 per cent in the first quarter. Some of the sectors expecting double-digit gains are technology (up 150 per cent), health care (39 per cent), materials (29 per cent) and consumer discretionary (19 per cent). That earnings optimism helps explain why the TSX composite index has been on a tear (rising quickly).

The Globe and Mail on Canada fourth best place in the world to conduct business (22 April 2008) Canada now ranks fourth among the best places on the planet in which to conduct business during the next five years. That's the word from the Economist Intelligence Unit, part of the company that publishes The Economist, which ranks 82 countries based on an analysis of such typical areas of interest to business as the political and economic environment, taxes, labour, market potential, and trade and investment policies. In the survey, Canada scored 8.71 on a 10-point scale covering the forecast period to 2012, up from 8.64 in the previous five years. Denmark, Finland, and Singapore hold the top three spots. In elevating Canada a notch to fourth place from fifth in the previous five-year period, the Economist analysts cited the quality of the country's infrastructure, market opportunities, moderate taxes, and lack of restrictions on trade and foreign exchange.

Canwest News Service - Going Green: Tide runs high for harnessing ocean power (22 April 2008) In January, the Nova Scotia government became the first jurisdiction in Canada to approve commercial development of tidal energy. The British Columbia government is considering sites around Vancouver Island, while in Manitoba, researchers are considering if ocean tidal technology can be used to capture the power of strong river currents. If it can, it may provide a new energy source for remote and northern communities. 'Tides are better the farther you are from the equator, so Canada is in a good position,' says Glen Darou, president and CEO of Clean Current Power Systems, which operates, in partnership with Pearson College, the Race Rocks tidal power research centre off the coast of Vancouver Island.

An average turbine can produce about two megawatts of power—equivalent to one wind turbine. Proponents envision tidal energy farms beneath the water silently converting the energy in the tides into electricity. 'In terms of tidal, three-quarters of the Canadian resources are in the Arctic,' Chris Campbell, executive director of Oceans Renewable Energy Group, an industry association, says, describing the results of a National Research Council (NRC) analysis that mapped Canada's potential tidal resources. The NRC estimates there are about 42,000 megawatts of tidal power in Canadian waters. Just over 30,000 megawatts are located in Nunavut along the Hudson Strait.

The Globe and Mail - An 'oasis' of 20,000 intrigues under the sea (22 April 2008) A volcanic island off the West Coast has been added to Canada's growing network of marine protected areas. The Bowie Seamount, which has been called an 'oceanic oasis' because of its rich marine life, lies 24 metres below the surface of the Pacific, 180 kilometres west of British Columbia's Queen Charlotte Islands. Greg Savard, director of ocean programmes for the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, said it took 10 years to designate the area because consensus had to be reached with provincial and federal governments, the Haida First Nation, and environmental groups. Vince Collison, a spokesman for the Haida, said he was thrilled that the Bowie Seamount has become Canada's seventh marine protected area. 'It's a very exciting day for the Haida Nation,' he said. 'Any time there's a partnership like this and it's taken as long as this . . . it's a very monumental event.'

The Globe and Mail - Feeling positive about Mother Earth (22 April 2008) To mark Earth Day, The Globe and Mail asked people either working in or connected to environmental issues to answer this question: What one thing or factor gives you reason to be positive about the future of Earth's environment? 'We see a huge and genuine interest on the part of corporate and government leaders to take meaningful actions'—Ron Dembo, Founder and CEO, Zerofootprint, Toronto. 'The widespread concern I encounter all across Canada when I meet folks on the street. The impact of environmental degradation, especially on climate, is now undeniable and people are concerned about the future for their children. What I really find encouraging is the number of companies and individuals who are getting on with doing something'—David Suzuki, Environmentalist, author, broadcaster.

CBC News - Governments commit to improving First Nations education in N.B. (22 April 2008) The New Brunswick Education Department will use 50 per cent of tuition payments it receives to cover the costs of educating aboriginal students in the public school system to improve First Nations programming. Federal Indian Affairs and Northern Development Minister Chuck Strahl signed the memorandum of understanding with First Nations leaders and the province on Tuesday. First Nations in the province pay about C$7,000 per student each year for their youth to attend public school. The Education Department has agreed to set aside half of that amount each year to be used for aboriginal programming. The deal is worth up to C$40 million over five years.

The funds will help improve the educational outcomes of aboriginal children in public schools, said Pabineau First Nation Chief David Peter-Paul. First Nations and school district representatives will collaboratively decide how to best use the funds. It is expected the money will be put toward improving programmes and services in education for First Nations people and providing additional training in native languages. Ensuring First Nations youth are educated in their culture and heritage is important, said Madawaska Maliseet Chief Joanna Bernard. 'We only have maybe one person on the whole reserve who speaks Maliseet so we've lost our culture, we've lost our language and it's important to get it back,' Bernard 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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