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12 August 2008
31 July was the 31st day of the first month of the 3rd year of Canadian national consciousness rising to invincibility, as indicated by the following press reports:
31 July 2008
The Globe and Mail - Ottawa drafts new deal for provinces (30 July 2008) The Harper government is prepared to let Quebec negotiate a unilateral labour-mobility deal with France, and is willing to provide each province with similar autonomy on economic issues, the Prime Minister's Quebec lieutenant, Lawrence Cannon, announced. In the clearest indication to date that the Conservatives are willing to offer exclusive arrangements for each province, Mr Cannon signalled the national government is prepared to shift the way it works with its provincial counterparts. Mr Cannon said it is time to deal individually with each province's needs. 'Autonomy is a way to give the partners in the federation, according to their specific and timely needs, the powers, and accommodations . . . that will allow them to move forward to meet their economic goals,' Mr Cannon said. The strategy could lead to a restructuring of powers between the federal and the provincial governments.
The Globe and Mail - Provinces enthusiastic to being granted more autonomy (30 July 2008) Premiers and provincial ministers contemplated their own new international deals and praised the federal government's stated willingness to give them more independence on the world economic stage. 'This is, without a doubt, the most significant policy change in the federal government in at least 25 years,' said Premier Ed Stelmach of Alberta. 'We've always advocated, as the province of Alberta, to be involved in those negotiations that have an impact on our province, and the Prime Minister has heard us very clearly and reflected that position in this latest policy change.' Ontario Finance Minister Dwight Duncan said he welcomes any attempt by the Harper government to deal with the provinces individually. 'Strengthening partnerships between governments is absolutely essential to maximizing our economic advantage,' Mr Duncan said. Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall said Mr. Harper's new approach makes sense. 'This is a big country and each province has different economic interests to be pursued internationally,' Mr. Wall said. 'I think recognizing that flexibility and supporting and using the strengths of the provinces, who understand their economies perhaps better than any federal government could . . . that's just wise. It's good policy and it's good for the country.'
The Globe and Mail - A new vision for the country? (31 July 2008) Something has been taking shape . . . more autonomy is on the way for one and all. After 141 years, is there not a new sense of trust and maturity in the land? The old parts were fragile, in need of nurturing, in need of national and protectionist policies. But now there is more wealth and more equality. . . . 'Little guys' like Newfoundland and Saskatchewan, with their newfound riches, are no longer 'little guys' . Give them space and they'll be more inclined to be part of the whole. Noteworthy is that while in more recent times Canadians have seen a trend away from centralized powers, unity is now well intact. Many would argue the country is more unified today than at any time since 1967.
The Canadian Press on Toronto stock market logs biggest rally Wednesday since March (30 July 2008) The TSX composite index closed up 340.66 points, or 2.55%, to 13,683.21 Wednesday, as the energy sector led broader gains across every major category. It was the biggest rally on the index since March 25.
The Financial Post - New Brunswick rising (30 July 2008) Most Canadians are unlikely aware of a quiet tax revolution that is now taking place in New Brunswick. In June, the provincial government issued a discussion paper with a rather brave set of tax reforms that are intended to make the province 'self-sufficient'. New Brunswick would no longer need equalization payments from the federal government by becoming a 'have' province. The aim of the tax package is to reduce high taxes on investment, savings, and work that hinder economic growth—in favour of less growth-inhibiting taxes that apply to consumption. The proposals include flatter and lower personal income tax rates, a significant cut to corporate tax rates, and reformed property taxes. These would make New Brunswick much more attractive for skilled workers and boost business investment. Canada has not seen a tax reform this impressive for many years.
The Toronto Star - Solar's future looking brighter (28 July 2008) A new rooftop solar-energy system installed recently in Beijing Olympic Village came from the Toronto area. The system is a hybrid design that can generate both heat and electricity for the building. Conserval Engineering has been making a solar heating product called SolarWall. More recently, the company has added power-producing solar photovoltaic panels to the system so customers can get both heat and electricity. On their own, solar PV panels absorb a lot of heat from the sun that ends up being wasted. SolarWall, when placed underneath the PV panels, absorbs heat from the panel and distributes it through building ventilation. If you don't need the heat, such as in the summer, it can also be used to heat water. A solar PV panel, depending on the type of cells that are used, is 6 per cent to 20 per cent efficient at converting sunlight into electricity. With SolarWall underneath, energy conversion efficiency climbs closer to 50 per cent. Times are changing, says John Hollick, president of Conserval Engineering. New green building standards have architects and builders rushing to try out new solar products and consumer interest is growing.
The Globe and Mail - Two solitudes break their isolation together (31 July 2008) Commentary - Phil Fontaine is national chief, Assembly of First Nations (AFN). Rabbi Reuven Bulka and Sylvain Abitbol are co-presidents of the Canadian Jewish Congress (CJC).
Much has been made about the solitudes that characterize Canada. To a large extent, the relationship between its first nations and its Jewish community fit very much into that pattern. . . . For too long, the nature of the relationship between our communities betrayed an almost complete lack of awareness of what made the other tick. . . . Ironically, it took the anti-Semitic ranting of David Ahenakew and first nations' unflinching condemnation of this aboriginal leader to sharpen the focus of both communities and create a new paradigm of understanding, friendship and solidarity. Out of this ugly situation came something quite beautiful: an unhesitating commitment by the Jewish and first nation communities to walk the journey of peace and reconciliation together. Once embarked on this road of mutual respect and good will, the myriad of community commonalities came into sharper relief. . . . We acknowledged our shared connection of ancient ties to ancestral lands. We took stock of the ageless value in our traditions of heritage languages and culture and how we transmit them to successive generations. We compared notes on our spiritual connections to our creator. . . . At the same time, it became clear that both communities needed to take concrete steps to educate the other on the unique and specific ways our commonalities actually played out—both in our histories and in our contemporary daily lives. In this way, we would learn essential information about each other that would be useful for its own sake but indispensable in underpinning the new vision of co-operative interaction. The starting place for this new journey was Israel: the ancient homeland of the Jews and a 21st-century multicultural, multifaith, scientifically advanced state. CJC and the AFN jointly led a group of 20 first nations chiefs to Israel . . . They saw with their own eyes the possibilities for the rebirth of an ancient people, with its indigenous language, in this case Hebrew, reborn. . . . They observed useful models of retention and intergenerational transmission of ancestral culture and traditions. . . . As first nations leaders have chosen to stand on the heritage homeland of the Jewish people, Canadian Jewish community leaders must stand on first nations land and acknowledge our responsibility to work with first nations as they strive to reclaim their past and develop their future. . . . Together, the insights gleaned in the Israel missions and the reserve visits in Canada will forge a greater level of understanding between the two communities. . . . In this way, we will intensify the emerging relationship of trust and reconciliation that we yearn for and cherish, and that will contribute to a Canada in which solitudes will be replaced by harmonies.
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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