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16 December 2008
9 December 2008 was the 9th day of the sixth month of the 3rd year of Canadian national consciousness rising to invincibility, as indicated by the following press reports:
9 December 2008
CBC News - EU, Canada ink air travel deal (9 December 2008) Canada and the European Union have signed an agreement to ease restrictions on cross-Atlantic air travel. Antonio Tajani, the EU's vice-president responsible for transport, said the two sides inked a deal to end all rules governing, for instance, the number of flights, prices, and routes and airline investment between Canada and the 27 countries that constitute the EU. 'The new agreement makes the EU-Canada market one of the most open in the world and is a milestone for EU-Canada relations. . . . The agreement is an important sign in the current economic situation that EU and Canada want to significantly expand their relations,' Tajani said.
From a Financial Post report on this: The agreement opens the door to the possibility of allowing foreign investors to set up and control new airlines in each other's markets. The multiphase pact would immediately grant European and Canadian carriers unrestricted access to fly directly between two points in each others' market, followed by raising foreign ownership limits on each others' airlines to 49% of voting shares, up from the 25% cap currently on Canadian carriers. Air Canada, WestJet Airlines, and Air Transat all lauded the liberalizing of the air space between Canada and Europe, saying it would open up new opportunities in the European market.
Canwest News Service - Canadian companies least corrupt in world: Report (9 December 2008) Companies from Canada and Belgium are viewed as the least likely to engage in corrupt practices in their overseas business dealings, according to a new report. The two countries were tied for first in a survey by Berlin-based Transparency International (TI) of the perceived business activities of companies from the world's top 22 countries in terms of international trade and investment. TI international chair Huguette Labelle is former president of the Canadian International Development Agency and current chancellor of the University of Ottawa
The Canadian Press - Job forecast brighter, Manpower Canada says (9 December 2008) Manpower Canada says its latest survey of 1,800 employers shows 16 per cent expect to increase payrolls in the first quarter of 2009, while seventy-two per cent expect no change. After accounting for seasonal variations, Manpower said 18 per cent more employers plan to add workers than expect to cut back—four percentage points more than in the current quarter, 'indicating a hopeful hiring climate for the first quarter of 2009.' Said Lori Rogers, vice-president of operations for Manpower Canada: 'Despite the global slowdown, seasonally adjusted data reveals employers in Canada will continue to expand their payrolls and at a slightly stronger pace than in the previous quarters.'
St. John's Telegram - Surplus forecast more than doubles since last budget: Kennedy (9 December 2008) Newfoundland Finance Minister Jerome Kennedy announced a revised surplus forecast of C$1.27 billion for 2008-09, up from the previous surplus forecast of C$544 million the government made in its last budget in April. The revised number is a result of higher oil production (and prices for much of the year) and a number of other variances in revenues. Kennedy expects the province's net debt to be C$9.2 billion by 31 March 2009, down from C$11.5 billion in 2003 (and down from C$10 billion in its April estimate).
From a CBC News report on this: Kennedy said the government intends to use this year's surplus to retire debt.
Canwest News Service - Fewer young Canadians in prison (9 December 2008) The number of young people incarcerated in Canada has dropped a dramatic 36% in the past five years, Statistics Canada reported, driven mainly by changes to young offender laws that focus on rehabilitation rather than custody for all but the most serious crimes.
CBC Newsv - B.C. backs Science World with $10.5M (8 December 2008) The British Columbia government is giving Science World BC C$10.5 million for upgrades and a new outdoor science park, Economic Development Minister Ida Chong said. Science World, a non-profit organization which promotes science and technology through its Vancouver site and also through an outreach programme in BC, is planning a 7,803-square-metre park to explore science and sustainability, including ideas such as clean energy, earth science, and water stewardship. 'It's going to make learning about environmental sustainability exciting and meaningful for our visitors,' said Bryan Tisdall, president of Science World. It attracts more than 525,000 visitors annually, as well as reaching more than 180,000 children, educators, and parents a year through its outreach programme.
The Toronto Star - Solar tech conference draws record crowd (9 December 2008) A record 625 people gathered at the Canadian Solar Industries Association annual conference in Toronto, to get a glimpse of the latest in solar photovoltaic and thermal equipment from Canada and around the world. Attendance this year is up 65 per cent and the number of exhibitors has more than doubled, a sign the market for clean technologies remains a bright light. Ontario Energy and Infrastructure Minister George Smitherman told a lunchtime crowd the current economic turmoil creates an opportunity for Ontario to play a leading role in North America's emerging green-energy economy. 'There is no better time to blaze a new trail,' said Smitherman, adding that new legislation and programmes will be introduced 'very shortly' that streamline the rules and provide more certainty for project developers. 'I think you're going to be very happy with the approach we're going to take,' he said. Earlier in the day, Lisa Raitt, federal minister of natural resources, announced Ottawa will be supporting development of a national curriculum for designers and installers of solar-energy systems that will be shared with colleges and universities across the country.
CBC News - Solar-powered house is Ottawa's newest power plant (8 December 2008) A house in Orl�éans has become the first in Ottawa to sell power back to the local grid. Even in December, the rooftop solar panels on the Helmerson family's home can produce enough power on a sunny day to meet the family's needs—and a little more. The family had the C$12,000 system installed in October 2007. It cut their summer hydro bills in half. The family is planning to get a smart metre that will allow them to double the price they get for their power.
CTV News - P.E.I. households greenest in the country (9 December 2008) Prince Edward Islanders are the greenest in Canada, a new Statistics Canada study shows. A striking 92 per cent of Islanders compost regularly, compared to 71 and 38 per cent in the next-best composting provinces, Nova Scotia and Ontario. Fifty-five per cent of households in the province had replaced traditional showerheads with newer low-flow varieties at the time the data were collected in 2006. Ontario households showed the most initiative in this area—60 per cent had swapped their wasteful showerheads with better performing models. The StatsCan study rated Canadian households on six environmentally-friendly behaviours, including use of recycling, composting, compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs), reduced volume plumbing, low-flow showerheads, and tendency to lower thermostat temperatures. Households that practised four or more behaviours were considered very active, while those who engaged in two to three were moderately active. Households that adopted one or none of the behaviours were considered less active. Two-thirds of PEI households fell into the very environmentally active category, nearly twice the number of households in the worst-performing provinces. On the whole, almost half of Canadian homes were very active in 2006, with about 45 per cent engaging in four or more green initiatives.
CBC News - First Nations dictionary released this week (8 December 2008) First Nations communities in New Brunswick and Maine (USA) are celebrating the release this week of a Passamaquoddy-Maliseet dictionary. The dictionary is being presented to the First Nations communities after three decades of work. The dictionary will be released Friday in Woodstock, New Brunswick, next Tuesday at the Tobique First Nation, and next Wednesday at St. Mary's First Nation in Fredericton. A version is also available online at the University of New Brunswick electronic text centre. The project began in the 1970s when organizers of an education programme in Maine decided a dictionary was needed to keep the Maliseet language alive. Members of the First Nations communities on both sides of the international border contributed words and definitions. Robert Leavitt, who became involved as a professor at the University of New Brunswick in 1981, said the dictionary represents a great collaboration. 'We come today with a dictionary that's really based in the communities, and comes from the communities, and comes from sources that go back 125 years, really,' he said. 'It's so revealing of the culture and history and so many factors of Maliseet life.'
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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