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19 July 2008

21 June was the 21st day of the twelfth month of the 2nd year of Canadian national consciousness rising to invincibility, as indicated by the following press reports:

21 June 2008

Canwest News Service - Canadian consumers get shopping bug back (20 June 2008) Canadian consumers are in the stores again. Statistics Canada said that retail sales bounced back in April, rising 0.6 per cent to C$35.6 billion. 'This sales gain followed a pause in March that could largely be attributed to adverse weather conditions,' the federal agency said.

From a Bloomberg News report on this: Canadian retail sales rose for the fifth time in seven months in April, indicating that consumer spending remains buoyant.

From another Canwest News Service report on this: Retail sales were up 4.2 per cent from a year earlier. Some analysts said the rebound in sales suggests there was still wind in the sails of Canadian consumers at the start of spring.

The Canadian Economic Press - Economists say Canadian retail sales growth could help boost GDP (20 June 2008) April's retail sales increase was broad based with six of eight sectors advancing. Quebec led the way, with retail sales rising 3.4%. 'Those promising sales numbers will be a positive for April GDP . . . ,' said CIBC (Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce) economist Krishen Rangasamy. BMO deputy chief economist Doug Porter said that combined with strong manufacturing sales and wholesale trade in the month, 'it looks like April GDP rebounded with a gain of about 0.4% following declines in the two prior months.' RBC (Royal Bank of Canada) assistant chief economist Paul Ferley said the level of retail sales on a volumes basis was up an annualized 2% relative to the first quarter. 'Such strength early in the quarter augurs well for consumer spending in the second quarter coming close to matching the first quarter's 3.2% gain,' Ferley said.

From a Canadian Press report on this: Canada's gross domestic product decreased by 0.3 per cent in the first quarter. But early indicators suggest the second quarter will be better. The retail sales hike adds to an earlier positive indicator of growth—a 1.4 per cent increase in wholesale trade in April that doubled March's advance. BMO's Doug Porter said he now expects second quarter growth will reach 0.9 per cent.

The Canadian Press - Tai Wind consortium launches 'green-collar' manufacturing initiative (19 June 2008) Trillium Power Wind Corporation, a Toronto-based alternative energy equipment developer, is helping lead the way in forming a 'green collar' Canadian economy with the launch of a consortium to build offshore wind-power turbines in Ontario, says CEO John Kourtoff. The Tai Wind Consortium will back Trillium Power's proposed 750-megawatt project in Lake Ontario. The C$2.5-billion project, well out in the lake where it can't be seen from shore, would power as many as 300,000 Ontario homes, reducing carbon dioxide emissions by three million tonnes a year compared with coal generation. Kourtoff said the turbines would not imperil birds as they would be not be located in wildlife flyways.

The Toronto Star - Niagara sets bar for waste disposal (21 June 2008) The Regional Municipality of Niagara had commissioned a report to compare the 'true cost' of different ways of dealing with food and leaf-and-yard wastes. In addition to capital and operating costs, it wanted to put a price on health and environmental impacts. The report looked at four competing technologies: composting, landfills that flare the resulting methane gas, landfills that use the methane for generating electricity, and incineration or gasification techniques. Environmental impacts were examined according to their potential for global warming, lakes and rivers becoming enriched in nutrients, such as phosphates, that stimulate growth of aquatic plant life resulting in oxygen depletion, and acid rain. Health impacts were examined according to their potential to produce particulate emissions ('microscopic solids or liquid droplets so small they can get deep into lungs and cause serious health problems') and toxic chemicals. The report found that composting far and away had the least impact. It added that finished compost will be used as a substitute for synthetic fertilizers and pesticides. Based on the report, Niagara has decided to go with composting.

The Toronto Star - Seeing green (21 June 2008) At last week's Shifting into the Mainstream summit in Toronto, mainstream builders and developers talked up the pressing need to build green cities. Officials with Tridel, Minto, Cadillac Fairview, and other big developers made it clear just how and why they are greening their firms. Jim Ritchie, senior vice-president, sales and marketing for Tridel, urged delegates at the wrap-up session to 'do the right thing. It's that simple.' British Columbia developer Joe Van Bellegham told the same session to 'connect with your values and you will get the right economic outcome'. That was the summit's core message: The construction industry has a key part to play in cleaning up the planet, but doing it doesn't have to hurt their bottom line. Indeed, building green can only help business. 'But now we know it's really the way of the future,' Lyle Scott, director of Green Communities for Minto Urban Communities, said.

The conference brought together 1,300 delegates, 40 industry speakers and 150 exhibitors in what was billed as Canada's largest green building summit. Thomas Mueller, president and CEO of the host organization, the Canada Green Building Council, said that with much of Canada's greenhouse-gas emissions coming from buildings, developers will play a key role in controlling climate change. 'To reach our goal of seeing carbon-neutral buildings and communities by 2030, we will need a massive scaling up of green building in Canada,' Mueller said. 'But we're seeing a growing commitment from the industry; the entire sector appears to be moving in this new direction.'

The Globe and Mail - Scientists get their own Hippocratic oath (20 June 2008) Unlike doctors, scientists don't have an ancient moral code like the Hippocratic oath. But graduate students beginning their careers in medical research at the University of Toronto now have their own solemn ceremony in which they pledge to conduct themselves in an ethical fashion. Karen Davis, graduate co-ordinator at the Institute of Medical Science, says the new vow stems, in part, from the growing recognition of the potential for academic misconduct, which includes fraud, plagiarism, and the shaping of experiments and research papers in ways that help pharmaceutical companies sell more drugs. 'I promise never to allow financial gain, competitiveness or ambition cloud my judgment in the conduct of ethical research and scholarship,' reads the oath, which was recited for the first time last September by graduate students at the Institute of Medical Science. 'I will pursue knowledge and create knowledge for the greater good, but never to the detriment of colleagues, supervisors, research subjects or the international community of scholars of which I am now a member.' In a letter published Friday in the journal Science, Dr Davis and her colleagues argue that a student oath should be a standard requirement of graduate programmes in life sciences.

The Canadian Press - National Aboriginal Day marked in ceremonies across Canada (21 June 2008) Celebrations are taking place across the country Saturday to mark National Aboriginal Day. It's a day to celebrate and honour the culture and contributions of First Nation, Inuit, and Metis people. National Aboriginal Day is always held on 21 June because of the cultural significance of the first day of summer and longest day of the year—the rebirth of Mother Earth.

Message From Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaelle Jean, Governor General of Canada, on the occasion of National Aboriginal Day (20 June 2008) Throughout my travels, I have seen the many faces of Canada's Aboriginal people. They are the faces of ancient wisdom, resourcefulness, empowerment, self-confidence and hope in the future. I have witnessed traditions being passed from one generation to the next, and felt the deep-rooted unity the First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples share with this land. . . . I have been caught up in the enthusiasm and far-reaching vision of Aboriginal youth . . . . I encourage all Canadians to look to our Aboriginal peoples as a vast resource of knowledge, beauty and spirit. For it is through them that we find our roots, and with them that we will discover our future.

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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