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29 July 2008

7 July was the 7th day of the first month of the 3rd year of Canadian national consciousness rising to invincibility, as indicated by the following press reports:

7 July 2008

Canwest News Service - Building permits rose unexpectedly in May: StatsCan (7 July 2008) The value of Canadian building permits rose unexpectedly in May—the second consecutive monthly gain. Permits issued by municipalities rose 1.1 per cent to C$6.6 billion during the month, the highest level since October 2007. 'It was the first back-to-back increase in construction intentions since November 2006, and could point to busy construction sites in the coming months,' Statistics Canada said. 'The value of building permits has followed an upward trend since the beginning of the year.' Many analysts had expected a decline of as much as six per cent in permits in May.

From a Canadian Economic Press report on this: Non-residential permits jumped 12.8% to C$2.9 billion in May. Non-residential permits showed particular strength in industrial and institutional sectors although all three components, including commercial, posted gains. The trend in non-residential permits has edged upward in the last six months due to growth in commercial intentions. Commercial permits gained 2.1% to total C$1.7 billion, for a fifth increase in six months to its highest level in a year.

From a Reuters Canada report on this: The value of permits for multiple-family units fell 15.5 per cent (after rising 31.4% in April), while single-family buildings gained 0.5 per cent after two months of declines.

From the Statistics Canada report: Ontario permits increased by 3.1% to C$2.5 billion, due to a 26.4% jump in the value of construction intentions for non-residential buildings. The non-residential sector reached its fourth highest value since January 1989. Also posting gains were British Columbia (up 5.7%) and New Brunswick (up 67.1%). New Brunswick reached an all-time high with permit values of C$122 million.

Business First (Buffalo, N.Y.) - Construction climbs in Niagara Region (7 July 2008) Construction activity is on the upswing in Ontario's Niagara Region, mirroring the trend across Canada. Statistics Canada reported that C$33.3 million in building permits were filed in the St. Catharines-Niagara metropolitan area in May. That was up 5.3 per cent from C$31.6 million in April. The St. Catharines-Niagara metro roughly follows the boundaries of the Niagara Region. It includes St. Catharines, Niagara Falls, Fort Erie, Thorold, and Welland.

The Canadian Press - Businesses positive about growth, jobs (7 July 2008) Canadian businesses remain surprisingly optimistic about their ability to grow sales and hire more workers in the next year, says a Bank of Canada survey. Companies in the survey's relatively strong outlook were slightly more positive in the summer survey than they had been in the spring, with 37 per cent predicting sales volumes would pick up in the next 12 months, against 33 per cent expecting slowing sales. As for workforce expectations, 44 per cent of the companies surveyed plan to hire more workers in the next 12 months while only 11 per cent expect to downsize. The big change from the spring survey is in business intentions to invest in machinery and equipment. Following a flat number in the spring, 40 per cent of firms said they plan to spend more on upgrading operations as opposed to only 16 per cent planning to spend less.

Reuters Canada - Canada dollar rallies after Bank of Canada survey (7 July 2008) The Bank of Canada Business Outlook Survey sparked a rally in the Canadian currency Monday. The Bank of Canada said businesses surveyed in the second quarter were relatively upbeat on their sales outlooks and investment plans compared with the first quarter. 'This was as strong a piece of economic data and as big a surprise as you're ever going to get,' said Eric Lascelles, chief economics and rates strategist at TD Securities.

Canwest News Servic - Foreign grads give an A to easing of work permit rules (6 July 2008) The federal government ended a longstanding requirement that foreign students get a job in their field of study within 90 days of graduating or leave the country. The new rules allow foreign students to get post-graduate permits to work in Canada for up to three years—depending on how long they studied in Canada—without first having to get a job. Also gone is the requirement that the job be in the student's field of study. The change, announced in late April, was big news in the international student community. Darcy Rollins, director of international education for the Manitoba government, said providing foreign graduate students with an expanded opportunity to work and immigrate will make Canada a more attractive destination for them. There are currently more than 64,000 international students in Canada.

The Globe and Mail - Electric ride powering a transportation revolution (7 July 2008) The Vancouver Electric Vehicle Association was able to persuade the City of Vancouver to recently change its building codes and bylaws to bring more plug-ins to residential parking spaces and ensure future buildings are equipped to handle electric cars. Newly approved green building bylaws require new homes and apartment buildings to include infrastructure for electric car plug-ins. Calgary is doing the same thing. Canadians drive an average of 50 km a week. And their average commute to work is 7.2 km. 'So 95 per cent of the time they don't need a car that can go 700 km on a tank of gas as cars do today,' says Don Chandler, president of the Vancouver Electric Vehicle Association. 'An electric car that can go 150 km on a single charge is more than enough for most people.'

CBC News on support for keeping troops in Afghanistan through 2011 down in latest poll (7 July 2008) An online poll done last week suggests only 36 per cent of Canadians agree with the decision to extend Canada's military mission in Afghanistan through 2011, polling firm Angus Reid Strategies says. That is down from 41 per cent in a similar poll done in May. In the latest poll, 58 per cent disagreed with the decision, up from 54 per cent in May.

The Globe and Mail - First Nations on China mission (7 July 2008) Chinese business leaders will be treated to a rare sight in Beijing: a Canadian Aboriginal ceremony with a transformation mask that has never been taken outside its remote British Columbia community. The mask, normally used in potlatch ceremonies, was brought to Beijing this weekend as BC Aboriginal leaders launch their historic first trade mission to China. The carved wooden mask is a symbol of transformation and opening to new opportunities. The First Nations leaders are aiming to win Chinese investment and markets for their forestry and mineral resources. BC Aboriginal communities have 155 timber tenures with an annual allowable cut of 5.6 million cubic metres. Many forestry licences in Aboriginal communities are sitting dormant for lack of a market for the timber. So the Aboriginal leaders are looking to China, where the demand for wood products is booming. They have found strong interest from Chinese businesses so far. Chinese mining companies have also indicated interest in the Aboriginal trade mission. High mineral prices are sparking a wave of exploration activities in Canada's Aboriginal territories. 'We see China's booming economy and we feel that we need to stand up for ourselves in China and not let others speak for us,' said Grand Chief Edward John of the First Nations Summit, one of the leaders of the trade mission.

Canwest News Service - Politicians and faithful open Canada's largest mosque (5 July 2008) Canada's largest mosque, the spiritual home of Calgary's Ahmadiyya Muslim community, was officially dedicated Saturday by an estimated crowd of 5,000 people that included religious leaders, Canada's two top politicians and throngs of faithful. Roman Catholic Bishop Fred Henry said, Calgary Muslims and Christians share a common spiritual journey in their worship of God. 'My Muslim brothers and sisters, we also have a common concern for promoting moral values and addressing ethical concerns in our city through our ongoing dialogue and our work together,' said Bishop Henry.

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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