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5 January 2009

26 December was the 26th day of the sixth month of the 3rd year of Canadian national consciousness rising to invincibility, as indicated by the following press reports:

26 December 2008

Canwest News Service - Look to 2009 with optimism: PM (24 December 2008) Prime Minister Stephen Harper is urging Canadians to look forward to 2009 'with optimism.' In his annual holiday message on Wednesday, the prime minister said the Christmas season is a time of year when Canadians pause and are thankful for the blessings in their lives. He said Canadians should be proud of the country's diversity and its 'unique heritage.' Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff also had a holiday message for Canadians. 'As we come together in celebration, let us also commit ourselves to a new year of kindness and compassion towards others,' Ignatieff said.

From a Canadian Press report on this: In his televised address to the nation, the Prime Minister focused on historic celebrations that took place in Canada this year, including the 400th anniversary of the founding of Quebec City and British Columbia's 150th birthday. 'These historic milestones remind us of how fortunate we are to live in Canada,' Harper said. ' . . . always remember that ours is perhaps the most peaceful and prosperous society on Earth.'

Canwest News Service on economic news better than expected (24 December 2008) The good thing about the latest economic news is that it could have been worse, as some expected it would be. The economy contracted in October by the smallest margin possible, just 0.1 per cent from September, while analysts had expected a 0.3 per cent decline. In the US, Canada's main export market, personal income contracted 0.2 per cent in November while personal spending shrank by 0.6 per cent, though once the impact of falling prices is taken into account there were increases in both after-inflation incomes and spending. 'Personal spending—the bellwether on which the economy turns—when adjusted for the fact that prices are falling sharply, actually gained 0.6 per cent—the first positive number since May, and the largest monthly gain in almost two years,' noted TD Securities economist Eric Lascelles. And US mortgage applications surged to five-year highs on record low interest rates.

The Toronto Star - No longer just the place to be from (26 December 2008) there's a remarkable sight in Saskatchewan: new homes being built in small towns where no construction has taken place in three decades. Until a year or two ago, Saskatchewan was known as the place to be from. 'There's been tremendous optimism in oil and gas, in farming, in mining,' says Larry Hiles of the Regina Regional Economic Development Authority. 'No one has ever seen this situation where we've had everything banging on all cylinders.'

The Globe and Mail - H&R finds financing for massive Calgary tower (26 December 2008) The future of the C$1.4-billion skyscraper that will transform Calgary's skyline is looking more secure. The developer, H&R Real Estate Investment Trust, said it sold debt worth C$200-million in a private financing to insurer Fairfax Financial Holdings. The Bow will be a 58-storey two-million-square-foot landmark building that will be 100-per-cent leased as the new headquarters for EnCana Corp. H&R REIT must still secure other sources of financing to complete the project. In a bid to conserve capital, the trust said it would cut its distributions to unitholders by half. 'We are highly confident that with Fairfax's financial endorsement and the capital retained from reduced distributions, we will be able to secure construction financing for The Bow by the end of the first quarter of 2009,' said H&R REIT chief executive officer Tom Hofstedter. When completed in late 2011, The Bow will dwarf both the city's existing office buildings and the iconic Calgary Tower—as well as every other Canadian building west of Toronto—and is seen by some Calgarians as providing a new architectural symbol of the city's wealth and progress to the world.

CBC News - High-speed internet coverage for all of rural N.B. in 18 months: Byrne (24 December 2008) Business New Brunswick Minister Greg Byrne announced that the government has chosen a company that will connect high-speed internet service to the 10 per cent of New Brunswickers who currently don't have it.

The Globe and Mail on healthier food in Montreal hockey rinks (25 December 2008) A young hockey player peruses the new menu at his local arena. Salad. Sandwiches. Soup. The ban on junk food taking over school cafeterias across Canada is moving into Montreal rinks. Beginning Jan. 1, several arenas, along with other city-run institutions, will permanently close greasy snack stands serving burgers, hot dogs and poutine. Some will be replaced by vending machines offering healthier choices such as sandwiches and vegetables with dip. At the Raymond-Bourque arena, a warm meal can still be ordered, such as vegetarian pizza. Officials say they are simply following the irresistible logic of healthy living. 'We're trying to send a consistent message to kids,' said Alan DeSousa, the mayor of St-Laurent, who proudly raised a glass of fruit juice to toast the opening of the local rink's new healthy snack bar earlier this season. 'You have to support a healthy-eating lifestyle. If you're training athletes, you want them to know how to eat right, whether they be hockey players, figure skaters or ringette players.'

The Vancouver Sun - Winter wonderland has its practical, green side (26 December 2008) It's a winter wonderland in British Columbia. It's worth remembering that, beauty aside, snow is also environmental capital. Snow drives our C$2-billion resort tourism industry. Whistler, for example, generates the second highest room revenue in the province. BC snow attracts more than 30 per cent of Canada's ski visits, an estimated 20 million or more since 2004. But snow is also critical to a C$10-billion forestry sector, a C$1-billion agricultural sector and to thousands of communities including Metro Vancouver that rely on surface runoff to replenish water supplies for residential and industrial users. The snow pack that accumulates during BC's winter serves as an immense ecological bank. Winter precipitation is deposited for withdrawal during dry months. In BC, snow pack runoff replenishes the great reservoirs for hydroelectric generation—BC Hydro had revenues of C$4.1 billion in 2007. Snow irrigates field crops. A tonne of alfalfa requires about 900,000 litres of water and almost all water used in agricultural production across Western Canada comes from melting snow. On the Prairies, snow provides about 80 per cent of the water that flows through streams and accumulates in sloughs and lakes.

The Canadian Press - Online reading club helps connect teen book lovers across Canada (25 December 2008) Fifteen-year-old Christina Wutzke and her younger sister, Sarah, 13, are among thousands of teens who have signed up for an online reading club that connects book fans from coast to coast. The Wutzkes, in addition to taking part in online chats with authors, have also written and posted reviews. TeenSRC is run with support from the British Columbia Library Association, the Public Library Service Branch of BC's Ministry of Education, the Greater Victoria Public Library and sponsors. The club is co-ordinated by a team of volunteer librarians and teens across Canada who help moderate online chats, forums, and reviews. TeenSRC has more than 3,000 registered members who can surf the site to share and hear views from peers. Details such as members full names and hometowns are kept private. 'It's totally an unstressful way to participate in literature and reading and other people's opinions,' said Jen Caldwell, a librarian with the Vancouver Public Library. Derksen, a first-year University of British Columbia student, said that, in addition to online forums, the site offers book clubs that include contemporary fare as well as classics. The popularity of books that have been adapted to the big screen help attract some teens who may not traditionally be avid readers. The site also aims to engage teens in a broad range of discussion beyond books, including world issues.

The Globe and Mail on mayor and premier are foes turned friends(26 December 2008) Mayor Gregor Robertson was recently cheerfully seeking and taking advice from British Columbia Premier Gordon Campbell. It would have been unthinkable earlier this year. Back then, Mr Robertson was a member of the legislature, in sync with his party's anti-government view of things. Mr Campbell held the mayor's job for three terms before entering provincial politics. So the Premier and Mr Robertson have something to chat about in a way they might not have imagined when they were on opposite sides of the BC Legislature. After Mr Robertson was elected mayor last month, he and the Premier had a talk about their past. 'There was a frank exchange about putting the past behind and focusing on building a relationship of trust and working together for Vancouver,' Mr Robertson said. 'I look to building a relationship that's based on getting things done together and co-operating wherever possible and not dwelling on personality or partisan issues.' Mr Campbell 'fessed up to 'a very good conversation' with the new mayor. In a year-end interview Mr Campbell said: 'My message to him is: 'I want to help you do what you're doing.' '

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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