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20 June 2008

3 June was the 3rd day of the twelfth month of the 2nd year of Canadian national consciousness rising to invincibility, as indicated by the following press reports:

3 June 2008

The Globe and Mail on historic roots of Quebec and Ontario (3 June 2008) Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty and Quebec Premier Jean Charest used their first joint cabinet meeting to write their own chapter of Canadian history. The two premiers said they were following in the footsteps of the Fathers of Confederation by working together to make progress on a number of fronts. Mr Charest said Canada was founded back in 1867 on the idea of creating a common market, an idea that has largely been forgotten in recent years. He said he wants Canadians to remember the joint cabinet meeting as the day Upper and Lower Canada returned to their historic roots. 'We see this as the beginning of the recognition of a shared destiny,' Mr McGuinty said.

The Globe and Mail - Environmentally friendly buildings get new lease (3 June 2008) A new type of lease, designed to facilitate and protect green office buildings, is being released by the Real Property Association of Canada. While a strict set of standards exists for environmentally sustainable construction, until now there has been no lease agreement that commits owners and renters to keeping their buildings green over the long term, said Michael Brooks, chief executive officer of the Real Property Association (REALpac), which spearheaded the project. 'One of the things the green lease will do is help to make sure that if the building is built green, it stays green,' said Mr. Brooks, whose firm represents the interests of Canadian commercial property owners. For example, a tenant who brings in toxic carpeting or keeps the lights and computers on all night can ruin the environmental goals of an entire building, Mr Brooks said. The National Standard Green Office Lease is a legal document committing both landlord and tenant to specific objectives including reduced water and energy use. Though the lease is voluntary, environmentally conscious corporations will likely start demanding such leases, Mr Brooks said.

CBC News - Another strong month for auto sales in Canada (3 June 2008) Canadian consumers bought 184,467 cars and light trucks in May according to figures from DesRosiers Automotive Consultants. That's only about a thousand less than the record for the month set in 2007.

From a Canwest News Service report on this: Vehicle sales in Canada have posted their second-best month of May and are on track to perhaps their best year ever, says auto analyst Dennis Desrosiers, president of DesRosiers Automotive Consulting. Year-to-date, Canadian auto sales are up 4.3%, totalling 723,478 units. Sales were led by passenger cars, up 9.6% to 397,844 units. In May, sales of passenger cars rose 6.1% to 109,459 units.

From a Reuters Canada report on this: 'I honestly sit back each month and hold my breath in anticipation of this bubble bursting, but alas there is still no sign of Canada letting up,' said Dennis DesRosiers.

Canwest News Service - Tailpipe pollutants reducing in new cars, but not CO2: Study (3 June 2008) Auto manufacturers are getting better at reducing tailpipe pollutants, according to a new study by the British Columbia Automobile Association (BCAA). BCAA and AirCare, which tests emissions in the Lower Mainland, tested five brand new vehicles whose models have been around for years. They found 'dramatic' reductions in the amount of carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons, and nitrous oxides being produced by those vehicles, compared to cars of the same model produced 10 years ago. But the tests also showed no change in the amount of greenhouse gases—carbon dioxide—produced by those vehicles. BCAA and AirCare say the reductions are largely a result of government efforts to reduce smog-forming pollutants, and manufacturers' efforts to develop better fuel injection technology and advanced computer controls.

The Toronto Star - We've cut electricity use 4.6% (3 June 2008) Electricity consumption in Ontario is dropping faster than at any previous time and the province is ahead of the conservation target it set three years ago, Peter Love, chief energy conservation officer with the Ontario Power Authority, said. From 2005 to 2007, Ontario's total consumption fell by 2.6 per cent and the average for each person dropped by 4.6 per cent. In addition, last year's peak demand—on a hot day when air conditioners were cranked up—was 1,462 megawatts below the amount forecast a couple of years ago by the provincial agency that controls the flow of electricity. That beat the province's first-stage goal—a reduction of 1,350 megawatts—for the first three years of its plan to cut peak demand by 6,300 megawatts by 2025. The power authority has launched 26 conservation programmes, ranging from an incentive to encourage homeowners to rid their homes of old refrigerators to technical help for major industries.

The Financial Post on Canadian students successful entrepreneurs (2 June 2008) Among other things, the 86 members of the chapter of Advancing Canadian Entrepreneurship (ACE) at Memorial University in St John's, Newfoundland, spent their last semester operating Canada's only student-run business incubation centre. They also devised an 'ethical leadership' programme for the whole university. The Memorial students have lots of company in advancing entrepreneurship. ACE members at Calgary's Mount Royal College provide solar-powered lights to Cameroon entrepreneurs to create new businesses; and members at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario developed a marketing plan for a fair-trade coffee co-operative in Mexico. Last month, each of the top five ACE teams from across Canada presented success stories at a national competition with more than 40 judges. The prize: the Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) Canadian championship, and a chance to compete in SIFE's global event in Singapore this October. The 2008 winner: Memorial University. It was their third straight national championship. Last year, Memorial finished second at the SIFE world championships.

CBC News - Aglukark to mentor aboriginal students at University of Alberta (3 June 2008) Singer-songwriter Susan Aglukark has been appointed as a distinguished scholar in residence at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. Ms Aglukark, an Inuit folk-pop singer known for hits such as O Siem, will spend three days a month at the university to mentor students of Inuvialuit, Inuit and First Nations and M�étis background. She will also help create a new native studies and community health programme. 'I have long had an interest in encouraging my people to advance themselves by pursuing education, particularly post-secondary education,' Ms Aglukark said. 'My position with the University of Alberta will give me direct access to the ways and means to continue doing this.' Part of the role involves using her status to lobby for funding for aboriginal students to earn degrees in applied traditional healing, programmes for indigenous languages, and business programmes in leadership, governance, and partnerships.

The Globe and Mail - Native band travels to New York to repatriate remains of ancestors (3 June 2008) More than four dozen members of a Vancouver Island first nation are heading to New York to bring back the remains of 55 of their ancestors currently stored at the American Museum of Natural History. Tseycum Chief Vern Jacks and his wife, Cora, are spearheading the delegation. The Tseycum, which in their traditional Sencoten language means 'land of clay', live on 29 hectares of reserve land on Greater Victoria's Saanich Peninsula. The remains will be handed over in a traditional ceremony on June 11, with burial in traditional territory on June 13. 'It means a lot,' said Mr. Jacks. 'It's part of the healing process for our people.' Ms Jacks said the effort is particularly important for the young people, who have been greatly affected by the learning about their past.

The remains were unearthed in the late 1800s by American archeologist Harlan Ingersoll Smith, and sold to museums for as little as US$5; some date back 2,000 years. The trip is being funded because of a unique partnership. The Tseycum people have received help from 14 people outside the band, all non-aboriginal, who formed a fundraising committee. The small group—made up of academics, students, and a lawyer—raised more than C$50,000, which the Tseycum matched from their own resources. Ms Jacks said she has taken inspiration from those helping the campaign. 'They believe in the spirituality of bringing our ancestors home.'

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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