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12 May 2008

26 April was the 26th day of the tenth month of the 2nd year of Canadian national consciousness rising to invincibility, as indicated by the following press reports:

26 April 2008

CBC News - Ottawa moves to limit smog-causing chemical in paints, cleaners (26 April 2008) Ottawa announced a plan to crack down on additives in products such as paint and cleaners that contribute to smog. The new regulations will limit the concentrations of chemicals known as volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Identified by their strong smell, the chemicals are found in paints, varnishes, adhesives, vehicle repair cleaners, hairspray, perfume, and nail polish. When VOCs are released into the atmosphere, they combine with other air pollutants to form ground level ozone and particulate matter—the main ingredients of smog. The government's proposed regulations, which will take effect in 2010, would limit the VOCs in three areas: consumer products, including personal products, adhesives, and caulking; architectural coatings, including paints, stains, and varnishes; and automotive refinishing products, including coatings and surface cleaners used in vehicle refinishing or repairs.

From a Canwest News Service report on this: 'It's a particularly toxic substance. Volatile organic compounds are particularly dangerous for humans,' Environment Minister John Baird said. Vehicles emissions are the largest contributors to smog, which Baird said the government is also looking to reduce through mandatory standards which will begin to take effect in 2011.

The Guardian (P.E.I.) - Ottawa, province announce two P.E.I. wind energy investments (25 April 2008) The federal government in Ottawa announced it intends to continue supporting wind-energy research at the Wind Energy Institute of Canada (WEICan) through a C$2 million investment over three years. The government of Prince Edward Island is investing C$855,000 over three years in the Institute. They also unveiled plans to establish a Wind Turbine Service Technician training programme at Holland College that will increase the number of qualified turbine technicians available to meet the growing needs of the industry. Peter MacKay, Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, was joined by Richard Brown, PEI's Minister of Innovation and Advanced Learning. 'Supporting energy-efficient and renewable-energy technologies is an integral part of our government's action on climate change,' said MacKay. 'Our province is very interested in seeing development of renewable energies like wind—as an environmentally friendly power source and as an economic opportunity based around the Island's favourable wind resource,' said Brown. The Wind Energy Institute of Canada, established in 2005, is Canada's leading testing and research institute for wind-energy systems.

The Ottawa Citizen - Savings could power New Brunswick (24 April 2008) When shut off, all electronic products with clocks, timers, remote controls, or external power supplies draw standby power. Many Canadian homes contain 20 or more devices that constantly draw standby power. Clicking the remote doesn't actually turn off a TV's standby power—in fact, the only way to stop devices from drawing standby power is to unplug them or shut off their power source. Forty per cent of all electricity used to power consumer electronics is used when the products have been turned off and are in standby mode. An unreleased Natural Resources Canada study, which is in the final review stage and will be released later this year, estimates that residential devices in standby mode use between 4.86 and 6.41 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity annually in Canada—3.2 to 4.3 per cent of total residential electricity consumption.

Last summer, the federal government announced plans to regulate the amount of standby power some products are allowed to use. The regulations will focus on consumer electronics such as compact audio products, televisions, DVD players and recorders, and digital television adaptors, as well as dishwashers and furnaces. According to the Natural Resources study, enacting a one-watt standby mode regulation would cut consumption by 75 per cent—roughly the equivalent of residential electricity consumption in New Brunswick.

The Globe and Mail - Canada praised for adopting new standards (26 April 2008) The world's chief accountant praised Canada yesterday for its decision to adopt global accounting standards by 2011, saying the decision has been a key show of support for the effort to develop a single set of global standards. 'I'm delighted that Canada is shifting to international standards,' Sir David Tweedie said. 'It's had a subliminal effect throughout the world.' Sir David, chairman of the International Accounting Standards Board, is leading the push to persuade countries to abandon their national accounting standards and embrace a single, global standard known as International Financial Reporting Standards. So far, 110 countries have agreed to the change, including Canada.

The Globe and Mail - Managing Alberta's overflowing coffers (26 April 2008) Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach's new budget showed a C$4 billion surplus for fiscal 2007-08, almost double projections. The budget detailed how it would spend a record-high $37 billion next year, injecting billions into infrastructure and health care. Meanwhile, the biggest long-term challenge facing Alberta's economy, greenhouse gas emissions, received $237 million in new money. Climate change initiatives now total $574 million over three years.

The Toronto Star - City wants to pay citizens for green concepts (26 April 2008)The City of Toronto plans to pay its citizens to go green. Starting next month, staff with the Live Green Toronto programme—which will receive C$20 million in city funding over five years—will begin meeting with residents to discuss carbon-saving projects it will help subsidize. The city has an initial target of a 6 per cent decrease in carbon emissions by 2012, and wants to lower carbon emissions 30 per cent by 2020 and 80 per cent by 2050. 'We won't meet our ambitious targets if we don't have the support of every Torontonian and every Toronto-based business,' Mayor David Miller said. Lawson Oates, director of the Toronto Environment Office, said one example would be an inventory of neighbourhood trees, with the goal of planting more on private property and public parks. Grants for the idea development stage will run from C$1,000 to $25,000. Subsidies for capital projects range from $25,000 to $250,000.

The Globe and Mail - LEEDer of the condo pack (26 April 2008) Is Enlightenment the next must-have condo amenity? That's the question considered during a recent chat with Mazyar Mortazavi, principal of TAS DesignBuild, who speaks about his role as a Toronto developer with the same integrity and vision as a philosopher prince. He is happy to share his philosophies and plans. 'Being an innovator doesn't mean hoarding ideas. Being an innovator means being able to bring change en masse,' Mr Mortazavi said. Just yesterday, Mr Mortazavi announced his commitment to power all new buildings using Bullfrog, the increasingly ubiquitous supplier of green electricity. M5V is his proposed new 34-storey tower that will rise downtown and include a laundry list of green features. Every condo that is purchased automatically provides a scholarship to Room to Read, the education outreach programme founded by former Microsoft exec John Wood. 'We're fortunate to be economically successful, but it is not the driver of everything we do,' he says. 'We believe in investment. Going green is an investment to the future, high design is an investment to the city and Room to Read is an investment to society.'

The Toronto Star - Education 'key to green future' (24 April 2008) 'As developers, we make a significant impact on the environment and as a company, we have made a commitment to sustainability,' Mazyar Mortazavi says. TAS DesignBuild is the lead construction industry sponsor at the Green Living Show in Toronto this weekend and is sponsoring Robert F Kennedy Jr's talk, Sustainability: The Challenge, the Opportunity, and a Global Call for Action. 'We believe that being a leader and an innovator isn't enough,' Mortazavi says. 'We have to educate the consumer on what we all have to do to live green.' Mortazavi says his designs and use of environmentally safe materials are in perfect step with a changing public sensibility. 'It's top of mind,' he says.

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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