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12 June 2008

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

22 May 2008

The Canadian Press - Canada to confirm commitment to co-operation, diplomacy at Arctic conference (22 May 2008) Canada will push for continued international co-operation on Arctic issues at a ground-breaking diplomatic conference in Greenland this weekend. 'Our government's objectives at this conference are to address new Arctic challenges, to reaffirm Canada's commitment to (the Law of the Sea treaty) and to focus on continued security and scientific co-operation in the Arctic region,' said a spokeswoman for Natural Resources Canada. Representatives from Canada, Denmark, Russia, Norway, and the United States will gather in Ilulissat, Greenland, to discuss issues from climate change to growing resource exploitation.

Danish Foreign Minister Per Stig Moller said the purpose of the meeting is to enhance co-operation between countries with land on the Arctic Ocean. 'He's saying, ''Let's send a signal to the rest of the world that we intend to work within the (United Nations) Law of the Sea Convention,'' ' said Michael Byers, professor of international law at the University of British Columbia. All the attendees to this weekend's conference have signed the convention, with the exception of the United States—and many observers feel it will soon do the same.

Reuters Canada - Ottawa tightens 'Product of Canada' labeling rules (21 May 2008) If a food item says 'Product of Canada,' all the ingredients and the processing will soon have to be Canadian under new rules announced by Prime Minister Harper. Harper said the government wanted to avoid a situation in which shoppers would not know that apple juice saying 'Product of Canada' might be made from apples from other countries, for example. Current rules state that a label can say 'Made in Canada' or 'Product of Canada' if 51 per cent of the production costs are Canadian and the last substantial transformation of the product took place in Canada. Under the proposed rules, 'Product of Canada' will refer to a product that is all or virtually all Canadian. A qualified label would be applied to food containing foreign products, for example 'Made in Canada from imported ingredients'.

From a CBC News report on this,: Raymond Loo, past president of the Prince Edward Island Certified Organic Producers Co-op, said Canadians are making more of an effort to buy Canadian-grown food, and the change would make it easier.

From a Toronto Star report on this: Consumer surveys show people would prefer to buy locally grown food because of concerns about the safety of some imports and the environmental impact of flying food halfway around the world.

Canwest News Service - Consumers keep Cdn. economy out of recession: BMO (22 May 2008) Statistics Canada reported that retail sales in March edged ahead by 0.1 per cent. BMO Capital Markets economist Sal Guatieri noted that the fundamentals that drive spending—employment, income, wealth, and interest rates—remain sound. The report understates the real strength of sales, as some of the weakness is reflected lower prices. Sales volumes rose by 0.5 per cent in March and at an annual five-per-cent pace in the quarter. 'On the inflation front, we remain encouraged by the fact that retail-price inflation remains extremely subdued,' said National Bank of Canada economist Stefane Marion. 'Despite the tough winter, consumers remained resilient, as retailers registered an impressive 6.5 per cent gain in profits, which hit C$4.7 billion in the first quarter,' Statistics Canada noted.

From a Reuters Canada report on this: Strong consumer spending has so far buoyed Canada's economy. A strong performance in January pushed first-quarter retail sales growth up by 1.8 per cent, Statscan said. In fact, quarterly sales of new vehicles grew at their fastest pace in a decade.

From a Bloomberg News report on this: Canadian retail sales rose 0.1 per cent in March and advanced five times as much in volume terms, signs of buoyant consumer spending. Household spending will be the main contributor to economic growth this year, the Bank of Canada has said.

CBC News - Alberta attempts to balance growth, conservation in new land-use policy (21 May 2008) Alberta will be divided into six land-use regions, Sustainable Resource Development Minister Ted Morton announced. Under the plan, each region would be responsible to develop their own policies for housing, farming, resource development, and recreation, complying with government-set, region-specific targets for environmental issues such as emissions and water use. A new cabinet committee will be responsible for overseeing the development of the regional plans by consulting with 10- to 12-member regional advisory councils to be established in each region. The advisory councils will include representatives from government, industry, aboriginal groups, and other planning bodies within the region. The draft also calls for a strategy to better manage recreation on public land and private incentives to encourage conservation on private and public lands.

The Edmonton Journal - Province's land plan lauded (22 May 2008) Don Johnson, president of the Alberta Association of Municipal Districts and Counties, said most rural politicians accept the need to act together for Alberta's long-term interests. Steve Kennett, a senior policy analyst with the Pembina Institute, said the framework could be the major change in direction that's needed if it manages to shift Alberta's fixation with economic growth to a more balanced focus on overall quality of life. 'It's a good-news day,' said opposition legislator David Swann. 'It's critically important that we go forward quickly and responsibly to protect the land and water that the minister is obviously committed to trying to do.'

From a CBC News report on this: The policy was called a 'first step' toward better management of the land. 'They've recognized that the way that we have been doing land-use planning up to now has been insufficient and they've taken the first step in setting a new direction and a better direction for us,' David Poulton, with the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, said.

The Canadian Press on hopes high following approval to create Afrocentric school in Toronto (22 May 2008) Toronto's public school board voted to open its first Afrocentric alternative school in hopes of lowering the high dropout rate among Toronto's black teens. While the school will be open to all students, the aim is to have black teachers and a curriculum that engages black children when it takes in its first junior kindergarten to Grade 5 students in September 2009. Marcus Tabachnick, president of the Canadian School Boards Association, said boards across the country will be keeping an eye on the Toronto experiment. 'I'm sure that what we're going to see over the next number of years are some very creative and new efforts to combat drop-out problems.'

The Ontario Public School Boards Association plans to monitor how the new school plays out to see what practices might be of use elsewhere, said president Colleen Schenk Meanwhile, Prince George, British Columbia has plans for the province's first aboriginal-centred public school, which hopes to address even higher dropout rates for First Nations and Metis students. 'The general population understands that we have to do something differently,' Lois Boone, vice-chairwoman of the district's board of education, said. 'They're willing to look at anything (because) they know that what we've done so far hasn't worked.'

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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