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23 July 2008
27 June was the 27th day of the twelfth month of the 2nd year of Canadian national consciousness rising to invincibility, as indicated by the following press reports:
27 June 2008
Canwest News Service on national poll highlights our common ties (27 June 2008) A recent poll by Ipsos Reid —the largest of its kind ever undertaken—found that although there are distinct differences in the way Canadians define Canada, they ultimately still identify with the same things. 'When you look at the overall numbers, you find out that there's two stories that come out,' said Marc Chalifoux, executive director of the Dominion Institute, who commissioned the poll alongside Citizenship and Immigration. 'One that ties Canadians together regardless of where they are from and one that's more closely associated—regionally and provincially.' Every region 'brings its bias to the table' when transmitting identity, says Halifax teacher Barrett Khan. 'But our traditional narrative, our traditional symbols and icons, they are there to stay . . . . These things have a deeply etched place in our society.'
CBC News - Alberta tobacco reduction strategy working: anti-smoking groups (27 June 2008) Alberta's moves to discourage smoking are paying off with decreased tobacco sales in the province, anti-smoking lobbyists said. Figures released by Alberta Finance show sales of tobacco products dropped by three per cent in the fiscal year that ended 31 March, compared to the year earlier. It's the first time in five years that sales have dropped, despite an increase in the province's population, said the groups. In January, Alberta imposed a provincewide ban on smoking in public places. The groups are expecting a further slide in sales starting Tuesday, when stores in the province are required to cover up their so-called huge displays of cigarettes known as 'powerwalls'.
Statistics Canada - Payroll employment, earnings and hours (27 June 2008) The average weekly earnings of employees stood at C$789.99 in April, up 0.3% from March. Compared with a year earlier, average weekly earnings were up 3.2%. Nationally, the number of occupied payroll jobs edged up by 13,300 to 14,521,400 in April compared with March. Overall, payroll employment has grown by 282,900 (up 2.0%) since April 2007.
Investor's Business Daily - Edmonton to be site of world's first industrial scale municipal waste-to-ethanol facility (26 June 2008) Edmonton will be home to the world's first industrial scale facility to produce biofuels from municipal solid waste. The city signed a 25-year agreement with Ontario-based GreenField Ethanol, Canada's largest ethanol producer and Montreal-based Enerkem, a biofuels technology company. The C$70 million biofuels facility will initially produce 36 million litres of biofuels per year and reduce Alberta's carbon dioxide (CO2) footprint by more than 6 million tonnes over the next 25 years—the equivalent of removing 12,000 cars off the road every year. 'It will enable us to make a noted contribution to reducing greenhouse gases and become the first major city in North America to achieve 90 per cent residential waste diversion from landfill,' said Edmonton Mayor, Stephen Mandel. The City of Edmonton and the Government of Alberta are contributing C$20 million to the facility.
From a Canwest News Service report on this: Those behind the initiative are calling it a huge step towards sustainable, environmentally friendly energy. Producing ethanol this way has a number of benefits: it produces lower greenhouse-gas emissions than allowing the waste to decompose in a landfill; it doesn't use valuable agricultural land as plant-based ethanol does; and it will cut down on landfill space in the city.
The Calgary Herald - Hybrid taxis create huge savings (27 June 2008) A pilot project on hybrid taxis in Alberta has concluded the vehicles—including larger SUVs—pay for themselves in fuel savings within 14 to 18 months. The Hail a Hybrid programme, which was run by Climate Change Central, a public-private partnership formed to help Albertans reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and paid for by the Alberta government, tracked five hybrid taxis in Calgary and Edmonton to determine the cost of operating the vehicles compared to a typical cab. Cab driver John Tait said driving the hybrid SUV has cut his gas bill by more than half—to C$25 on a busy day from about C$60 a day when he drove a regular taxi. Overall fuel costs for the hybrids—based on driving the same distance—were much lower than for conventional Alberta taxis and there were two to three times less greenhouse gas emissions, depending on the make of vehicle.
The Victoria Times Colonist - 'Carbon calculator' weighs footprint (27 June 2008) Saanich, British Columbia, has a new 'carbon calculator' on its municipal website to help you figure out your carbon footprint, and even make a donation to the municipality's carbon-neutral fund if you're so moved. It's believed to be the first site in Canada—and possibly North America—where people can donate directly to a dedicated fund to be used in their own community, said Mark Boysen, Saanich's climate action co-ordinator. 'Anybody can use it,' Boysen said. You plug in things like how many kilometres you drive your vehicle in a year, how much electricity, natural gas or oil heat you use and how much you travel by air, and up comes your estimated annual tonnes of carbon dioxide. If you want to figure out what impact you can have by driving less, put in a lower number and take a look. Saanich will use its fund for things such as solar hot water, solar power, geo-exchange systems, and other forms of electrical generation.
The Vancouver Sun - Chinese school to build 'Vancouver resort' (27 June 2008) A British Columbia-certified high school in China is creating a 'Vancouver' resort on a lake near Shanghai. The Sino-Canada High School says its upscale resort will include an international education park, lakeside apartments and Canadian-style wooden cottages. But the main drawing card is the elite school, which offers the BC curriculum taught by BC teachers to students of wealthy families who want their kids to graduate with BC certificates. 'Choosing Sino-Canada High School is an express way to experience the authentic Canadian education; one step closer to the University of British Columbia,' say ads on the school's website. It describes Vancouver as the 'city of heaven' with beaches, lakes, forests, and a mild climate that make it the first choice for holidays and immigration. Sino-Canada High School has been a BC-certified offshore school since 2003 and is owned by a Chinese national with real estate interests. It is one of 14 BC-certified schools offshore—most of which are in China—and one of 80 such schools in China with links to Canadian provinces. The website does not list tuition fees, but University of British Columbia professor Hans Schuetze, who recently completed a report on BC offshore schools, said the three he studied charged between C$5,000 and C$7,000 a year, with associated expenses pushing the total annual bill to C$12,000 to C$15,000. Demand for these offshore schools outstrips supply and is expected to continue growing.
The Globe and Mail - N.B. rolls out $90-million education plan (27 June 2008) New Brunswick unveiled its long-awaited plan to 'transform' postsecondary education. It lays out several ambitious goals, including the creation of 11,000 college spaces, 2,570 apprenticeships in five years, and 855 graduate positions in just three years time. It also envisions a new transfer system that will allow students to take their first two years of university instruction at community college campuses throughout the province. This represents a major change in system design and is an attempt to make the college and university system work more seamlessly for students. It will maintain the tuition freeze at universities and colleges for next year, along with the C$2,000 grant for all first-time university students and a C$10,000 tuition rebate for graduates who stay in the province.
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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