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5 June 2008

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

17 May 2008

Canwest News Service - Ottawa prepared to slap toxic label on widely used chemicals (16 May 2008) To protect the health of its citizens, and on the basis of an unprecedented review of chemicals, the federal government announced it intends to label 11 chemicals used in everyday products, from chewing gum to cosmetics, as toxic because they are either harmful to human health or the environment. Six of the 11 chemicals are flagged as toxic to human health. The health toxins are: Vinyl acetate, a carcinogen used in the base of chewing gum and in food additives, paints, sealants, and plastics; C.I. Pigment Yellow 34 and Red 103, a colourant used in paints, dyes, inks, and plastics; Thiourea, used in electronic products, insecticides, and textiles; isoprene, used in rubber and plastic manufacturing; and Oxirane, used in paints, coatings, and adhesives. In the case of the synthetic chemicals belonging to the Cyclohexasiloxane family—D4, D5, and D6—the government concludes these synthetic chemicals should be declared toxic to the environment and is proposing an additional step to ensure their virtual elimination from the environment. In addition to being found in silicone fluids, these synthetic chemicals are found in cleaning compounds, cosmetics, and personal care products, including shampoos, creams, and lotions.

The government is also proposing to list Acid Blue 80, a colourant used in cosmetics and glass cleaner, as toxic to the environment. If industry fails to offer new information within 60 days to reverse course, Ottawa will classify these chemicals as toxic and start a process that could lead to a ban in certain products, as with bisphenol A in baby bottles. The announcement comes after a lengthy review of the chemicals under the government's Chemicals Management Plan involving about 200 substances. It is the most comprehensive chemical review currently being undertaken in the world.

Canwest News Service - Ontario coal plants to cut emissions by two-thirds (17 May 2008) The Ontario government announced that the province's five coal power plants would reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by two thirds below 2003 levels by 2011. The plants, including the Nanticoke generating station, the largest coal-powered facility in North America, are set to close by 2014 as part of the provincial government's strategy for combatting climate change. Ontario Power Generation (OPG), the crown corporation responsible for the sale of 70 per cent of the province's electricity, will have to reduce the plants' combined emissions from 34.5 megatonnes to 11.5 megatonnes as per a directive from the provincial government. Two of the five plants operate outside of Thunder Bay and produce relatively small amounts of greenhouse gas. The three plants in southern Ontario, however, are among the country's largest polluters.

A 2005 report prepared for Environment Canada indicated that the Nanticoke station was the single-largest greenhouse gas-producing installation in the country. The Lambton generating station, near Sarnia, Ont., was fifth. The same study reported Ontario Power Generation as the biggest producer of greenhouse gases of all companies in Canada. 'We're phasing out coal and that means less pollution in the air we breathe,' said Environment Minister John Gerretsen. 'Ontario is using more renewable sources of energy to tackle climate change, and consumers can help by using electricity wisely.'

From a Toronto Starreport on this: 'We have to figure out how to use our coal plants less,' said OPG spokesperson Ted Gruetzner. The utility has until November to file a plan for achieving the goal, which requires reductions to begin next year. Jack Gibbons of the Ontario Clean Air Alliance called the planned cut in emissions 'a fantastic step forward'.

The Canadian Economic Press - New motor vehicle sales gain strongest since 1998 (16 May 2008) The first quarter of 2008 saw the strongest gain in new motor vehicle sales since 1998, Statistics Canada reported. New passenger car sales drove the first quarter sales increase with a 17.8% jump, the largest increase since 1976.

The Globe and Mail - Smashing global warming with greener design (17 May 2008) Eric Karjaluoto, creative director of Vancouver design firm smashLAB, is hoping to use design to address one of the biggest issues of our time: climate change. Karjaluoto is attracting a lot of attention with his non-profit initiative, called Design Can Change. It recently made Time Magazine's Design 100 issue, which counted off the people and ideas behind today's most influential design. 'The campaign,' he explains, 'is intended to encourage designers to take on more sustainable practices.' More specifically, it is asking the world's graphic design community to address global warming by altering its personal and professional practices. Since the programme was launched in April of last year, more than 1,800 designers from 77 countries have taken a pledge at the Design Can Change website to pursue a sustainable work style.

Designers, Karjaluoto says, have a lot of power and influence when it comes to purchasing patterns. They also exert great sway over the materials used in design and marketing. By making design more sustainable, the theory behind Design Can Change goes, there will be a positive trickle-down effect that reaches and influences consumers and industry. 'Designers are a small enough group to mobilize globally,' Karjaluoto explains. Designer Kaytlyn Sanders, a principal at Beneficial Design in Seattle, says Design Can Change inspired her to suggest a host of green ideas to her clients. Graham Saul, executive director of Climate Action Network Canada, is impressed with Design Can Change. 'It's a great example of people taking an issue into their own hands,' he says.

Canwest News Service - Organic cotton starting to turn heads in fashion (13 May 2008) Cotton may come from the earth, but the large amount of pesticides, fertilizers, and other chemicals used to grow and process it can make conventional cotton fabrics an unfriendly environmental choice. As a result, many companies have sought out alternatives, creating a growing number of clothes made from sustainable fabrics including organic cotton. Organic cotton is grown without pesticides or fertilizers and is processed without chemicals such as formaldehyde, which is used to prevent wrinkles. Organic cotton looks and feels no different than non-organic cotton, says Jessica Kennedy, owner of Nokomis, an Edmonton store that carries a number of sustainable fabric lines.

The Globe and Mail on drop in youth custody since 2003 (16 May 2008) Agnes Samler, Ontario's Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth, said youth-crime rates have actually fallen since 2003, when the Youth Criminal Justice Act was created to promote non-custodial measures over the use of detention and punitive sanctions. Ms. Samler said the number of young offenders sentenced to secure custody in Ontario dropped to 2,758 in 2004 from 6,958 in 2000. Nationally since 2003, 'We have gone from being the worst country in the Western world in terms of keeping youth in custody to being one of the best—a 33-per-cent decrease—without seeing any increase in crime,' said Bernard Richard, a senior official with New Brunswick's Child and Youth Advocate.

From a Victoria Times Colonist report: According to a Statistics Canada report, property-crime rates among youth dropped to their lowest point in a decade in 2006. The two most common property offences—break and enters and minor theft—were down 47 per cent and 33 per cent, respectively. The report found that the rate of youth formally charged dipped one per cent from 2005 and dropped 27 per cent from 2002, one year before the Youth Criminal Justice Act came into effect. One of the main objectives of the act, which replaced the Young Offenders Act, is to divert minor youth crime away from the formal court system toward more informal warnings and community programmes.

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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