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24 June 2008

5 June was the 5th day of the twelfth month of the 2nd year of Canadian national consciousness rising to invincibility, as indicated by the following press reports:

5 June 2008

The Globe and Mail - Construction booming across country (5 June 2008) Building permits in Canada soared in April, rising 14.5 per cent from March because of widespread residential and non-residential activity in all provinces, Statistics Canada said. The jump means contractors took out C$6.4 billion worth of permits, the highest level since last October. 'Canadian builder permits were on a tear in April,' Stewart Hall, market strategist for HSBC Canada, said. The gain greatly surpassed economists' expectations. They had been expecting a 0.5 per cent increase. Residential permits rose 13.4 per cent from a month earlier, mainly because of growth in multi-family units. In the non-residential sector, the value of permits rose 16.5 per cent from a month earlier, because of strong commercial intentions. Indeed, commercial permits rose 20.2 per cent, as interest in building hotels and retail outlets surged. Industrial permits rose 6.7 per cent, while institutional building permits rose 13 per cent.

From a Reuters Canada report on this: 'From an economic standpoint, it appears that the builder sector is lining up to deliver its fair share of GDP growth,' said Stewart Hall at HSBC Canada.

From a Canadian Press report on this: The value of residential building permits increased 13.4 per cent to C$4 billion, the most in six months. Municipalities issued C$1.9 billion worth of permits for multi-family housing, up 39.9 per cent from March and the highest level since December 2005.

From the Statistics Canada report: The value of building permits increased in all provinces in April, especially in Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta, and Quebec, which all posted double-digit gains. The most significant increase (in dollars) occurred in Ontario (up 12.5% to C$2.4 billion) in the wake of a 50.3% advance in the value of construction intentions for multi-family dwellings. These intentions reached their second highest level on record. The value of permits in Saskatchewan hit a record high of C$229 million in April, fuelled by strong results in both components. A record high was also set in the value of residential permits in Prince Edward Island. Municipalities approved 3,716 units in Toronto in April, the highest number in four months. Just over three-quarters of these were multi-family dwellings and their value was the second highest since December 2005.

Reuters Canada - Ivey index rises more than expected (5 June 2008) Canadian business purchasing activity increased more than expected in May and at a faster pace than the previous month. The Ivey Purchasing Managers Index rose to 62.5 in May from 57.6 in April. That was better than market expectations for a reading of 59. A reading of more than 50 points indicates an increase in activity. The Ivey employment index rose to 59.3 from 54.3 in the previous month.

CBC News - Calgary achieves gold for greenest building (5 June 2008) The City of Calgary has opened the doors to its largest green building. The Water Centre is almost completely lit by daylight and saves taxpayers 40 per cent in operating costs, compared to a standard building. The C$43 million building is expected to help pay for itself in 15 years and operate for another 35 years with minimal maintenance. Its efficiencies: 95 per cent daylit; 72 per cent reduction in waste water; 59 per cent reduction in water; 58 per cent savings in annual energy consumption. The 183,000 square foot [17,001 square metre] building is the first in Alberta to meet the standards for a gold LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) designation by the Green Building Council of Canada.

Canwest News Service - New Quebec bill to protect water (5 June 2008) Sustainable Development and Environment Minister Line Beauchamp tabled a bill in the Quebec legislature which, if adopted, will provide a legal framework on the use of all the province's surface and groundwater by enshrining in law the fact that the province's water belongs collectively to the people of Quebec. Beauchamp stressed that the move does not amount to the nationalization of water, because that implies the state would own it—when, in fact, the government's philosophy is that it belongs to all seven million Quebecers.

Officials said the draft law entrenches for the first time not only the government's right to require permits for water use by big consumers, but allows the government to sue firms which compromise the quality of a water source by polluting it or altering the environment. With the exception of individuals, the law applies to everyone using water, including companies bottling water, industry, and the agricultural sector. With 4,500 rivers, 500,000 lakes, an uncalculated number of underground springs, and 3,790 km of the St Lawrence River, Quebec has about three per cent of the world's total freshwater supply.

The Canadian Press - Nunavut passes act to make Inuktitut official language (5 June 2008) The Nunavut government has passed legislation to officially recognize the Inuit language along with English and French. Culture Minister Louis Tapardjuk says the move ensures survival of Inuktitut and will help strengthen Inuit culture. The legislation means the Inuit will have the right to receive government, court, and other public services in their own language.

The Toronto Star on BlackBerry pioneer donates $50M to Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics (5 June 2008) BlackBerry pioneer Mike Lazaridis is donating a further C$50 million to boost Canadian prospects for world breakthroughs in theoretical physics. The donation comes on top of the record C$100 million that Lazaridis gave in 2000 to set up the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Waterloo, Ontario. Lazaridis said he made the extra donation now to speed up the Institute's rise to the top of world centres that probe fundamental topics such as quantum gravity, a theory that would unite forces at the sub-atomic and cosmic scales. The co-founder of Research in Motion also previously donated C$50 million to found the Institute for Quantum Computing at the University of Waterloo. His C$200 million donation total is by far the most funds given to higher education in Canada by an individual.

Neil Turok, a top British cosmologist who takes over as Perimeter's executive director in October, said the institute seeks to produce fundamental scientific breakthroughs by creating the ideal conditions. 'How do you bring the most brilliant people together and create an environment . . . to discover the secrets of the universe?' These include a deeper understanding of quantum theory, which explains interactions at the smallest scale, and integrating it with gravity, which explains the largest scale. Another breakthrough sought by the institute is fulfilling Einstein's dream of developing a Theory of Everything to unify all the fundamental forces of nature in one set of equations. Turok said the C$50 million would go a long way because the main requirement of theoretical physics is brainpower.

From a Globe and Mail report on this: Mike Lazaridis often spends time at the Perimeter Institute visiting with brilliant young minds. 'These are exciting times in science and we have the good fortune to propel new ideas right here in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada,' he said. 'It is an important mission I feel passionate about and wish to support.' The C$50 million will further accelerate research with a focus on attracting more researchers and developing outreach programmes with high schools and universities that encourage students to pursue physics. The Perimeter Institute has skyrocketed to international fame in the theoretical physics world since Mr. Lazaridis founded it.

From a CBC News report on this: Perimeter spokesperson John Matlock said there have been discussions with Stephen Hawking, a close colleague of Neil Turok, about visiting the institute for a few months. Stanford University string theorist Lenny Susskind joined the institute in a similar role as an associate professor last year, said Mr Matlock. 'There has been an invitation extended to be here, and he and other top physicists are always welcome,' said Matlock The Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics has gained an international reputation for its diverse and leading-edge thinking in cosmology, quantum physics, particle physics, and superstring theory.

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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