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4 August 2008
17 July was the 17th day of the first month of the 3rd year of Canadian national consciousness rising to invincibility, as indicated by the following press reports:
17 July 2008
The Globe and Mail - Crime rate hits 30-year low, Statscan says (17 July 2008) With national crime rates at a 30-year low, Canada might feel like a safer place to live, experts say. A drop in property offences such as break-ins and motor-vehicle thefts last year helped fuel the downward trend, according to 2007 data released by Statistics Canada. But the violent crime rate for offences such as homicide, assault, and robbery also fell three per cent, hitting its lowest point since 1989. Homicide rates were down for the second year in a row, dropping by three per cent in 2007. The seven-per-cent overall decline in crime rates last year makes 2007 the third straight year of decreasing offences reported to police. The youth crime rate declined two per cent in 2007. Canadians can take heart at the increasingly rosy picture, said University of Ottawa criminologist Ron Melchers.
From a CBC News report on this: Robberies declined five per cent last year from 2006, while the number of robberies committed with a firearm declined 12 per cent from the previous year to its lowest point in more than 30 years. Serious assaults, including those with a weapon, basically stayed unchanged in 2007 after rising in each of the previous seven years.
From the Statistics Canada report: The rate of residential break-ins fell 9% in 2007, and break-ins to businesses dropped 8%. . . . The rate of motor vehicle theft has been declining since its peak in 1996, including a 9% drop in 2007.
From a Canwest News Service report on this: Crime rates were down in all provinces but one. For the fourth year in a row, the lowest provincial crime rates were found in Ontario and Quebec. Meanwhile, the homicide rate in British Columbia last year was at its lowest in more than four decades. Crime was down in most major cities last year. Kitchener, Ont., Montreal, and Winnipeg reported the biggest declines. Canada's largest city, Toronto, reported the second-lowest overall crime rate among all 27 census metropolitan areas. Meanwhile, Quebec City reported no homicides, making it the only metropolitan area able to make that claim last year.
The National Post - Premiers reach deal on full Canadian labour mobility (17 July 2008) Premiers and territorial leaders reached a deal on trade and labour mobility across Canada Thursday. They inked a deal to remove labour mobility barriers across Canada beginning next year. The agreement means workers trained in one province will be able to do their job in any other province. The provinces also agreed to amend the Agreement on Internal Trade by 1 January 2009. Also on the trade front, Quebec Premier Jean Charest stressed that the premiers fully support the conclusion of a Canada-European transatlantic Accord that will be discussed between Prime Minister Stephen Harper and French president Nicolas Sarkozy this fall.
From a CBC News report on this: 'No matter where a Canadian lives in this great country, they can move to a different province, take their skills with them, their profession, and be able to work within the country of Canada without any barriers,' Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach said at a news conference following the signing the agreement.
From a Toronto Star report on this: Premier Charest emphasized that history has been made at the Council of the Federation meeting, building on a provisional plan first unveiled last summer in Moncton, New Brunswick.
The Canadian Press - House prices forecast to rise (17 July 2008) Average house prices will increase 3.5 per cent this year, according to Royal LePage Real Estate Services, the country's largest real estate company. Royal LePage said the April-June quarter was 'solid', with higher prices in most of the country. Their survey of 17 cities across the country found that, in the second quarter, the average price of detached bungalows rose by 5.6 per cent from a year earlier and two-storey properties increased 5.2 per cent.
From a Reuters Canada report on this: 'Our research indicates that all markets will continue to perform well, albeit at a tempered pace,' said Phil Soper, president and chief executive officer of Royal LePage Real Estate Services. Doug Porter, deputy chief economist at BMO Capital Markets, agrees there will likely be a modest rise in house prices, but noted there are still 'pockets of very real strength'.
Bloomberg News - Foreigners bought most Canadian securities in May since November 2006 (17 July 2008) Foreigners increased their holdings of Canadian securities in May by more than three times the expected amount, providing more evidence that overseas investors remain confident in the world's eighth-biggest economy. International investors bought a net C$10.7 billion, the most since November 2006, Statistics Canada said. Foreigners bought C$7.7 billion of bonds, the most since March 2007. Foreigners also bought C$2.5 billion of the country's stocks (the fourth straight month of equity investment). So far this year, non-residents have bought a net C$30.4 billion of Canadian securities, compared with C$6.5 billion for the same period last year.
CBC News - Economy still 'robust,' Bank of Canada governor says (17 July 2008) The Bank of Canada sees the economy rebounding from its first-quarter contraction. 'The Canadian economy remains robust,' governor Mark Carney told a news conference Thursday, after the bank released an update. The central bank projects annualized second-quarter growth of 0.8 per cent. The bank's latest outlook for the April-June quarter was better than the 0.3 per cent growth rate it projected in April.
The Globe and Mail on economic growth to pick up, central bank says (17 July 2008) 'Growth in Canada is going to pick up through the rest of this year, accelerate in 2009, and into 2010,' Bank of Canada Governor Mark Carney told reporters after releasing the bank's outlook. 'Core inflation is projected to remain well contained and broadly in line with earlier expectations,' the bank said in its surprisingly sanguine update. Annualized growth will steadily pick up speed over the next two years, the bank forecast. It expects a 1.3 per cent pace in the third quarter, a 1.8 per cent pace in the fourth quarter, followed by 2.8 per cent in the first half of 2009, and 3.2 per cent in the second half of 2009. Canada will gain momentum in the second half of 2008 because the domestic economy is benefiting from a massive injection of money coming from high commodities, the bank suggests. Mr Carney stated that the Canadian banking sector is the most transparent in the world, is well-regulated, and well capitalized.
From a Canadian Economic Press report on this: 'Underlying domestic demand and consumption remains quite solid,' Mr Carney said, adding that an assumption of 4% growth in consumption in 2008 underlies the bank's forecast. 'We do see real strength in the service sector including construction and financial services in Central Canada which is in part a result of the activity which is springing from this (commodity price) move.'
From a Financial Post report on this: 'Final domestic demand is projected to be the key driver of economic growth in Canada over the projection horizon,' the bank said in its update. 'Recent increases in commodity prices lead to higher wages and salaries, higher government revenues, higher corporate profits and equity valuations and stronger investment growth . . . .'
The Canadian Press - Natural and organic personal care products putting the green into grooming (17 July 2008) From buying local or organic to using reusable totes to bag goods, the shift toward eco-conscious consumption continues to gain momentum. Will transitioning from the produce department to the beauty aisle be the next move for consumers seeking to become more environmentally friendly? Producers of natural and organic personal care products are infusing green into grooming. Bob MacLeod, a native of Fredericton and co-founder of a natural body care company, said there has been a surge in interest recently in natural personal care products. 'I don't know if it's Al Gore . . . , but the last two or three years have just seen this huge spike.'
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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