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19 June 2008

2 June 2008 was the 2nd day of the twelfth month of the 2nd year of Canadian national consciousness rising to invincibility, as indicated by the following press reports:

2 June 2008

The Globe and Mail - Quebec, Ontario sign historic climate pact (2 June 2008) The Ontario and Quebec governments have signed an accord on fighting global warming after a historic joint cabinet meeting Monday. 'We believe that working together on behalf of two-thirds of Canadians, we can reach higher, we can go faster, and we can go further than the options that are present at this time,' Ontario Premier McGuinty said. The meeting ushers in a new era of co-operation between the country's two most populous provinces. Mr McGuinty and Quebec Premier Charest signed an agreement Monday that would limit the amount of greenhouse gases individual polluters could emit. Companies that exceed their limits would pay a fee to those that come in under those limits.

From a Toronto Star report on this: There could hardly have been a more historic setting for the first ever joint meeting of the two provincial cabinets Monday. The night before, at a dinner at Quebec's Ch√Ęteau Frontenac attended by 28 ministers from the two cabinets, Mr McGuinty presented a plaque on behalf of Ontarians to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Quebec City. Mr Charest said the two premiers were suggesting that inter-provincial relationships should be looked at 'differently as of today'. The two cabinets gathered harmoniously in a single meeting room, under two premiers whose provinces account for 75 per cent of Canada's manufacturing, two-thirds of its 33-million population, 60 per cent of Commons seats and close to 58 per cent of GDP. The combined economies of Quebec and Ontario represent the fourth largest in North America. 'It represents an extraordinary potential for the future,' Mr Charest said.

From a CBC News report on this: Charest called tackling the issue of climate change a 'tremendous challenge for humanity'. The aim is to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide to 1990 levels, near the Kyoto Protocol target.

From a Canwest News Service report on this: Mr McGuinty said any time provinces agree to something it should be a good thing because that is how to build a national consensus. 'It seems to me that each time that the premiers of Quebec and Ontario get together to respond to the needs of their populations, it should be a cause to celebrate on Parliament Hill. . . .'

The Canadian Press on Quebec and Ontario join forces on trade and environment (2 June 2008) Canada's two biggest provinces signed a series of agreements Monday on international trade and the environment. The premiers of Quebec and Ontario pledged to work together to cut greenhouse gases. By using 1990 as a baseline year for emission levels and opting for absolute rather than relative emission cuts, the climate pact echoes core elements of the Kyoto Protocol. They also agreed to work toward creating a 'common economic space in Central Canada' by removing trade barriers and increasing labour mobility. 'We've got a lot in common and it's time for us to recognize that,' Ontario Premier McGuinty told reporters. Though the agreement on trade barriers deals largely with easing the flow of goods and services across the provincial border, it was described as essential to Canada's efforts to secure international trade deals. The premiers signed a declaration calling for the federal government to push for closer economic ties between Canada and the European Union.

From a Windsor Star report on this: Ontario is Quebec's largest trading partner, while Quebec is Ontario's second-largest trading partner after Michigan.

The Globe and Mail - Crime rates down, Vancouver mayor says (2 June 2008) Crime rates are down sharply so far this year in Vancouver, says Mayor Sam Sullivan. In an update, he said violent crime has dropped by 16 per cent compared to the same period of 2006, while property crime is down 17 per cent, according to numbers from the Vancouver Police Department. Home invasions have fallen 76 per cent, robberies have fallen 18 per cent and thefts from automobiles are down 27 per cent. Crime rates also declined from 2007 to 2008.

The Globe and Mail - Canadians keen to protect boreal forests (2 June 2008) Canadians overwhelmingly want more of their boreal forest protected, a new survey indicates. A series of government announcements protecting Canadian lakes and forests have been well received. But when Canadians are asked what percentage of Canada's remaining boreal forest should be protected, the mean response from survey respondents was 67 per cent. The survey of 1,007 Canadians by McAllister opinion research was conducted 29 April to 9 May. 'We're seeing that Canadians are becoming aware of it, a majority of Canadians have heard of it and are demanding action from their government to protect it,' said Larry Innes, executive director of the Canadian Boreal Initiative, which commissioned the study. 'Canadians can speak now, in some ways, of their Amazon because this forest is truly of that sort of significance on a global scale.'

The Globe and Mail - Nutritious, tasty food equals productive workers (31 May 2008) Wouldn't it be great if your employer offered healthy food on-site? Intuit Canada does. So do even small firms such as Mcfarlane Green & Biggar Architecture and Design in Vancouver. Quality food doesn't only make people happy, it also keeps them industrious. Poor diet on the job costs countries around the world up to 20 per cent in lost productivity in both developing and industrialized economies, indicates a study by the International Labour Office in the US. Christopher Wanjek, who authored the study, says good nutrition translates into high morale, low accident rates, and lower health costs. 'We now use food as a way to bring people together and participate in an overall philosophy of wellness,' says Steve McFarlane, principal at Mcfarlane Green & Biggar Architecture and Design. Some companies are going one step further. For instance, Nature's Path Foods in Richmond, British Columbia, boasts an employee-run organic garden.

The Globe and Mail on Winnipeg's Richardson family to build new canola plant (31 May 2008) The Winnipeg (Manitoba)-based Richardson family is bolstering Canada's presence in the surging global canola market. James Richardson International (JRI) said that it will start immediate construction of a large, state-of-the-art canola processing plant in Saskatchewan. JRI's production of canola oil, which is an alternative to the trans fat-laden hydrogenated oils that have fallen out of favour with the increasingly health-conscious food industry, will triple. 'Canola is really enjoying its day in the sun, and that's going to continue for some time,' said Hartley Richardson, JRI's chairman and president of the family holding company—the fifth-generation standard-bearer of the 150-year-old Richardson dynasty. JRI already operates Canbra Foods in Lethbridge, Alberta, the country's largest fully integrated canola crushing, processing, and packaging plant, which turns out canola oil for other food companies—including Asian markets—as well as for the company's own Canola Harvest label. Mr Richardson said the new plant, like Canbra, will be dedicated to food-related activity and not to biodiesel activity.

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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