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9 July 2008

19 June was the 19th day of the twelfth month of the 2nd year of Canadian national consciousness rising to invincibility, as indicated by the following press reports:

19 June 2008

The Canadian Press - Canadian wholesale sales up again in April (19 June 2008) Wholesale sales rose for the second straight month in April, largely on increased demand for personal and household goods, machinery, and electronic equipment. Wholesalers sold C$43.4 billion worth of goods and services in April, up a greater-than-expected 1.4 per cent after a 0.7 per cent increase in March (revised up from 0.6 per cent). Five of the seven wholesale sectors reported higher sales. Sales in constant dollars, which remove the impact of price changes to provide an indicator of volume sales, increased by 1.9 per cent in April. Increases in wholesale sales were spread throughout the country. British Columbia posted its largest increase since June 2007, rising 3.1 per cent.

From the Statistics Canada report: In Nova Scotia, an increase in demand in the automotive and the building materials sectors was mostly behind the 2.4% increase in April.

The National Post - Urban apartments for the green lifestyle (19 June 2008) Canada's major cities are sprouting towers that are increasingly green. One of the most interesting environmentally friendly developments in the country is Vancouver's 37-storey Jameson House building. The 380-foot tower will boast 25 floors of condos on the top of retail and office space. Residential units will all feature in-floor, liquid heating and cooling coils. It will also be one of the few buildings on the continent with a fully automated parking system in which cars are mechanically stacked and can be retrieved automatically in about 90 seconds. In Montreal, the 28-storey Louis Boheme condo tower is one of the largest such projects downtown at 300 units. '. . . We have tried to introduce as many green features as we can', says Peter Smale, the project director with developer Sacresa Canada. That includes a large rooftop garden that forms a second-storey courtyard garden and a dedicated garbage chute for recyclables, which Mr Smale believes is a first for Montreal. As well, the builder is using sustainable woods treated with natural oils for flooring and programmable thermostats.

In Toronto, TAS DesignBuild is developing two downtown towers that have a host of green features. The firm's 34-storey M5V tower has low-flow faucets and other green plumbing features, motion sensor-controlled lighting in common areas, and individual air-quality management units. Other green touches include zero-emission paints, rooftop rainwater collection, and water recycling. At its Giraffe project, TAS expects to instal allotment gardens for owners to grow their own gardens. And like M5V, Giraffe will be '100% Bullfrog Powered'. A green power supplier, Bullfrog Power commits to buying its electrical power from renewable sources.

The Globe and Mail - 'This is not a trend, it is a paradigm shift' (19 June 2008) Tanya Racz, president of the Canadian Business Travellers Association (CBTA), says she has seen a marked increase in interest by firms of all sizes in cutting down on business travel pollution, particularly in the past two years. 'We are only at the beginning of what I can say is a new way of carrying out business travel,' she says. At the CBTA's annual conference in April, a survey of delegates found 88 per cent of corporate travel buyers said the environment is a company priority. And almost half said they now investigate the environmental programmes of suppliers when making travel decisions on behalf of their firms. 'This is only going to grow as it becomes the mandate of more companies to be sustainable,' said Ms Racz. This sentiment is echoed by Michelle White, director of environmental affairs for the Fairmont Hotel chain. She says many organizations' requests for proposals for business travel agreements now include questions about what the chain is doing to mitigate its carbon footprint. 'This is not a trend, it is a paradigm shift,' says Ms White.

The Toronto Star - Ontario pioneers fluorescent recycling (19 June 2008) Each year, Ontario businesses, factories, and institutions discard 30 million fluorescent tubes, but now a greener solution exists for those mercury-laden lights than the landfill. Take Back the Light, launched Wednesday, is North America's first comprehensive fluorescent tube recycling programme for the industrial, commercial, and institutional sector, said Jo-Anne St Godard, executive director of the Recycling Council of Ontario.

The Toronto Star - Ontario eyed for wind turbine factory (19 June 2008) Multibrid, a German maker of offshore wind turbines, is targeting southern Ontario as the location for its first North American manufacturing plant, a venture that would create thousands of local jobs and inject hundreds of millions of dollars into the province's economy. Multibrid made the announcement with Trillium Power Wind Corp., a local renewable-energy developer that plans to build a massive C$2.5 billion wind farm in Lake Ontario, about 15 kilometres offshore. John Kourtoff, president and chief executive of Trillium, said that Multibrid's interest in locating in Ontario makes it more than just a green power play. 'We're saying this is the first step to developing a sustainable, long-term green manufacturing economy.' Trillium has established a wind-turbine buying consortium called Tai Wind committed to placing orders with a manufacturer that locates in Ontario that, so far, represents potential orders for more than 300 offshore wind turbines.

The Great Lakes have strong winds, but unlike ocean projects the lake beds are shallower and the water is less turbulent, making for easier construction. Helimax Energy Inc., in a report recently prepared for the Ontario Power Authority, estimated there are 64 offshore wind sites on the Ontario side of the Great Lakes representing 35,000 megawatts—enough to power all businesses, homes, and industry in the province when the wind blows. Trillium aims to be the first to develop on the Great Lakes. Its 150 turbine project would be the largest wind project in North America and one of the largest offshore projects in the world.

From another Toronto Star report on this: 'Without a doubt, I would be very supportive of the government looking at how we could establish the manufacturing of these turbines here in Ontario,' Donna Cansfield, minister of natural resources, said. 'The location is perfect, the timing is perfect, and it fits our renewable agenda,' she said, adding it's a matter of working with the power authority to develop a plan.

Canwest News Service - Ontario cottage country 'ideal' for 2010 G8 summit: Harper (19 June 2008) Prime Minister Harper announced that the 2010 summit of eight leading industrialized nations will be held in the Ontario town of Huntsville. Canada will host its fifth G8 summit at the Deerhurst Resort, Harper said while visiting the 320-hectare resort in the Muskoka region near Algonquin Park. Harper said Huntsville, located about 220 kilometres north of Toronto, is an 'ideal location' for the leaders of Canada, France, the United States, the United Kingdom, Russia, Germany, Japan, and Italy to meet. 'Our international guests will be charmed by the uniquely Canadian beauty of the region and by the warm hospitality of Muskokans,' Harper said.

The Toronto Star - Scarborough math wizards fly to the top (19 June 2008) 'It just comes to me, the answers just come to my head,' said Shourav Saha, a Grade 5 student of St Margaret's Public School in the Toronto district of Scarborough. The answers came blazing when he sat for the online competition of World Math Day, capturing first place in Canada and 20th in the world—44,000 correct answers in two days, 76 in a minute. Two of his friends and classmates, Derek Hawkins and Sanan Mujadidi, followed closely, with Hawkins placing second in Canada and 24th in the world and Mujadidi sixth in Canada and 76th in the world. Their success was marked by a celebration at the school. World Math Day, held on 4 and 5 March, sees 1 million students from 164 countries compete to answer questions that appear in rapid succession on a computer screen. Six Canadian students—including the three from St Margaret's—were among the top 100 scorers. 'This is an inner-city school and if this school can do it, then every school can do it,' said Wayne Copp, a former vice-principal at St Margaret's, who started the school's math league a decade ago with Vimaladevi Vijeyacumar, a teacher at the school.

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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