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18 August 2008

12 August was the 12th day of the second month of the 3rd year of Canadian national consciousness rising to invincibility, as indicated by the following press reports:

12 August 2008

The Canadian Press - Canada's trade surplus expands (12 August 2008) Canada's trade surplus with the world expanded to C$5.8 billion in June from C$5.2 billion in May. Statistics Canada reports companies exported merchandise worth C$43.2 billion in June, up 3.1 per cent from the previous month. Exports to the United States rose 5.3 per cent from May to C$32.8 billion (11.6% higher than in June 2007). Imports also increased, but to a lesser extent, yielding a trade surplus with the U.S. of C$9.6 billion, up from C$8.1 ,billion.

From a Canadian Economic Press report on this: Total exports in June soared to a new monthly high of nearly C$43.2 billion, up C$1.3 billion from the previous record of C$41.9 billion set a month earlier. Total imports also established a new monthly mark of C$37.4 billion, erasing the previous month's record of C$36.7 billion. HSBC Canada economist Stewart Hall said the real surprise was found in the auto sector. 'Despite strike related activity at one of the big three domestic manufacturers, the export of automotive products jumped 7.7% with passenger autos posting the largest gain.' Hall said the stronger trade surplus for the month 'opens the door on a pick up for June GDP.'

The Financial Post - Value of new homes edges up (12 August 2008) The national new-home price index grew at an annual rate of 3.5% in June, Statistics Canada figures showed. Regina continued to experience the largest annual gains nation-wide.

From a Canadian Economic Press report on this: In June of this year, four cities posted double-digit increases in new housing prices on an annual basis. Prices jumped 28.5% in Regina and 22.2% in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador. Prices in Saskatoon increased 16.3% and were up 11.5% in Winnipeg. Meanwhile, new house prices rose 3.8% in Toronto, 5.6% in Montreal, and 7.2 per cent in Halifax.

The Globe and Mail - B.C. green report pushes for carbon-neutral construction (12 August 2008) British Columbia is escalating its war on greenhouse gases, examining a measure that will require some new buildings to be carbon neutral as early as 2016—and every new building to have no carbon footprint by 2020. The proposal is part of the report from the B.C. Climate Action Team released last week. The move to carbon-neutral housing would cause a revolution in how housing stock will be built. In its purest form, it would see housing constructed with built-in power supplies—either solar panels, wind turbines or geothermal sources. New designs that limit energy requirements and energy-efficient appliances are part of the equation. The proposal to the province also urges the government to build some flexibility into the carbon-neutral requirement by allowing communities to build green energy sources to power individual residences. The goal is to wean households off fossil fuels for home heating and prevent a mass shift to wasteful baseboard units that use power from the electricity grid. Instead, locally produced, renewable energy will provide that power. 'That's a huge shift. Huge,' a senior government official said.

The Canadian Press - Manitoba and B.C. score top marks for energy efficiency (12 August 2008) Manitoba and British Columbia score highest in a new report card grading federal, provincial, and territorial governments on energy efficiency. The Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance, an industry group, said the two provinces received an A-plus grade because they have the most stringent policies on conserving power. Ontario and Quebec both scored an A, followed by B-plus grades for Saskatchewan, the Northwest Territories and Nova Scotia.

The Globe and Mail- Whistler's 'BioBlitz' unearths creatures from all walks of life (11 August 2008) Forty-eight scientists descended on Whistler, British Columbia on the weekend to find and count as much flora and fauna as possible in 24 hours during the second annual BioBlitz. Part of the Whistler Biodiversity Project (WBP), BioBlitz brought the biologists together to scour the lakes, wetlands, forests, and alpine areas for signs of life. By noon Sunday, Mr Brett, a Whistler-based biologist, said species the scientists had located included around 30 invertebrates that had never been catalogued in Whistler before, and around 20 other species. The WBP is a long-term effort to create an inventory of living creatures in the region. When the formal count was started in 2004, it was thought Whistler had 502 different species. By 2007's BioBlitz count, this number had rocketed to over more than 1,800 species, including over more than 1,000 previously unknown species in the area. Mr Brett said that identifying important species and critical wildlife habitats could do much to protect them. 'We're adding to it every year. Some are species like lichen and mushrooms which are interesting to specialists, though maybe not the general public, but then we found the red-legged frog last year for the first time and that's a species at risk and that can lead to [conservation] action,' said Mr. Brett.

The St. John Telegraph-Journal - Province putting $1.5M into land protection (12 August 2008) A C$1.5 million investment by the province will help acquire land which needs environmental protection in New Brunswick. The Nature Conservancy of Canada said it will also match the C$1.5 million contribution through private-sector contributions. Premier Shawn Graham rolled out the financial dedication Monday at a conservancy interpretive centre in Johnson's Mills. Funds will go directly to securing land with the highest biodiversity that is in most need of protection. Lands in the Acadian Peninsula, along the lower Bay of Fundy, Chignecto Bay, the Northumberland Strait and Restigouche are targetted. Johnson's Mills is one of the conservatory's success stories. The conservancy has secured 126 hectares (316 acres) of land at Johnson's Mills. 'This is a site of international importance in the migration of hundreds of thousands of shore birds,' said Denise Roy, manager of the Johnson's Mills interpretative centre. 'This is the birds' last refuelling stop before flying 4,300 kilometres non-stop over the ocean to South America,' Roy said. 'The protection of precious habitat across the entire province is our natural legacy to the future generations.'

From a Fredericton Times & Transcript report on this: As hundreds of thousands of shorebirds conducted an aerial ballet at the Nature Conservancy of Canada's Johnson Mill's site, it was clear Premier Graham couldn't have chosen a better backdrop to announce an investment into preserving some of the province's most beautiful sites. Graham said this investment will help preserve many of the province's 'natural treasures.'

CBC News - Sask. First Nation announces wind power project (12 August 2008) A Saskatchewan First Nation is getting into the wind power business. Beardy's and Okemasis First Nation, about 90 kilometres northeast of Saskatoon, plans to develop a 100-megawatt wind farm in the rural municipality of Big Quill. The First Nation is partnering on the project with SkyPower, a Toronto wind power company. Beardy's and Ogemais Chief Rick Gamble said the project will provide local benefits, including job training programmes and employment for locals. It will also have a positive impact on local tourism, he said. 'The proposed development will be an important driver of local economic development for years to come,' Gamble said. The partners said that the project will be built on 12,000 acres of land and when completed, will generate clean energy sufficient to power more than 30,000 homes.

CBC News - Threat to Arctic indigenous languages sparks international meeting (12 August 2008) Arctic aboriginal leaders plan to meet in Norway to discuss the circumpolar world's indigenous languages, many of which have shrinking numbers of speakers. More than 40 delegates, representing 30 to 40 different languages, will meet for the Arctic Indigenous Languages Symposium on 20-21 October. The symposium is being organized by the Inuit Circumpolar Council Canada and the Saami Council of northern Scandinavia. Duane Smith, president of Inuit Circumpolar Council Canada, said many in his own generation of Inuvialuit people do not know their mother tongue enough to use it. Similar scenarios are unfolding in other areas of the circumpolar world, he said. 'It's to get the circumpolar indigenous groups together to discuss the status of their languages, to try and come up with ideas in regards to revitaliz[ing] it.'

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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