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15 January 2009

10 January was the 10th day of the seventh month of the 3rd year of Canadian national consciousness rising to invincibility, as indicated by the following press reports:

10 January 2009

Canwest News Service - Canada 'moving in the right track': Poll (9 January 2009) With a recession-fighting budget in the offing, most Canadians say they believe Canada is 'moving in the right track,' according to a new Ipsos Reid poll. Results of the poll, conducted Tuesday through Thursday, found that 55 per cent of those surveyed said they think the country is headed in the right direction, while 37 per cent said they believe Canada is 'headed in the wrong direction,' a decrease of two points since the last time the question was asked in May.

The Canadian Press - Barack Obama's first international visit as president will be to Canada (10 January 2009) Barack Obama will head to Canada for his first international visit. Prime Minister Harper's office said the president-elect has accepted his invitation to come to Canada soon after his inauguration. 'It's good news, a sign of the importance of this relationship to both countries. We look forward to hosting the new president,' Kory Teneycke, Harper's communications director, said. 'The fact remains that our two countries are very important trading partners to one another, that we are friends and allies . . . . although there are differences, there's a great deal more that we share in common when it comes to perspective and values.' Many Canadians were jubilant when Obama won the 4 Nov. election and according to the Canadian Press, it's sure to be a trip that will make any other presidential visit in recent memory 'seem like an exercise in watching paint dry'.

The Globe and Mail - Good time to accentuate the positive (10 January 2009) The balance sheet blues . . . or not: The balance sheet of Corporate Canada is in decent shape. The mid-decade credit boom encouraged many companies to lock in low rates on long-term loans; for others, near-record profit margins gave them the money to repay debt. As a result, Canadian companies outside the financial sector have far less debt for every dollar of equity than they had going into the last recession, says CIBC World Markets. Stimulus? It's there: 'Look at the stimulus package we've already got,' says Donald Coxe, a former BMO Nesbitt Burns strategist who recently left to open his own shop, Coxe Advisors. 'Interest rates on mortgages have fallen. Gasoline prices are down more than 50 per cent. In other words . . . the cost of living has fallen dramatically.'

The Canadian Economic Press - little change in December Canadian housing starts (9 January 2009) The pace of new housing starts in Canada slowed only marginally in December to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 177,300, down just 700 units from 178,000 starts in November, the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) reported. With the December results, CMHC chief economist Bob Dugan said work began on an estimated 212,366 homes in 2008, topping the 200,000 unit mark for a seventh consecutive year. From a Financial Post report on this: Multiple-dwellings, such as apartments and condominiums, increased 3.2% to 87,400 units in December.

From the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation report: British Columbia urban starts rose 9.9 per cent to 19,900 units and Ontario urban starts climbed 8.6 per cent to 60,300 units.

The Canadian Press - Green energy firms upbeat about prospects despite economic woes (10 January 2009) It's easier being green these days than one might think, say renewable energy companies. 'We're in the middle of the largest construction build in the history of our company,' said Kent Brown, chief financial officer of Canadian Hydro Developers. The Calgary-based company currently has seven wind plants, 12 hydroelectric plants and a biomass plant, with several more projects in the pipeline. 'We're in the process of doubling the size of our company within the space of a year. Anything you can think of, it's doubling,' said Brown. The silver lining of the downturn, at least for the green technology sector, is that it will likely prompt governments in both the United States and Canada to spend large amounts on infrastructure. 'You really hit a home run if governments are looking for this on all fronts. It's electricity, it's infrastructure, it's jobs, it's investment and it's green,' said Brown. Ottawa-based firm Plasco Energy Group converts solid municipal, industrial, and commercial waste into energy. 'The level of interest from communities in getting optimum value from their waste is at least as high, perhaps somewhat higher than it was prior to the September financial markets crash,' CEO Rod Bryden said. And Toronto-based start-up Morgan Solar, which is working on cheaper, more efficient solar panels, plans on hiring between 40 and 50 people by the end of the year.

The Canadian Press - Same-sex schools make it easier for boys to be academics and athletes: expert (9 January 2009) When Colin Williams was a co-ed student, he remembers a time where suiting up was a bigger priority than hitting the books. 'The girls, you would always think they get better marks and stuff and the guys . . . we would play sports,' recalled the 13-year-old. Times have changed since Williams followed in the footsteps of his two older brothers to attend Crescent School, a prestigious all-boys private school in Toronto, where he describes himself as a 'pretty good' student and athlete. A leading expert on boys' learning said he doesn't find it surprising that boys may feel inhibited or indifferent to participating in a co-ed classroom. 'What happens in co-ed schools, or what can happen, is that the boys say, 'Well, learning is a girl's thing,' said consultant and psychologist Michael Thompson. In all-boys schools, students can be both athlete and academic and it's not a contradiction, said Thompson.

The Globe and Mail - From Galileo to a glimpse at the dawn of time (10 January 2009) Stargazing is as old as the human race, but the practice of astronomy changed forever when Galileo, in 1609, became the first to turn a telescope toward the heavens. Special events across Canada and around the world over the next few days kick off the 400th anniversary of Galileo's monumental achievement in what the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization has declared the International Year of Astronomy. Meanwhile, scientists and technicians are busy creating a telescope so powerful that it can see almost to the dawn of the time. The US$3.5-billion James Webb Space Telescope, named after a key figure in the Apollo moon programme, is being designed to see the first stars that formed in the universe; peer into cosmic dust clouds to observe the creation of planets; and gain new insights into the mysterious dark matter that is driving the movement of the galaxies. At a cost of C$130 million, the Canadian Space Agency is contributing two key pieces of hardware—a tunable filter imager, which can take pictures in specific wavelengths of light, and the all-important fine guidance sensor camera, which will keep the US telescope on target as it takes pictures of the sky. The Webb, which is set to launch in 2013, is expected to far surpass the discoveries made by the famed Hubble telescope, which has provided breathtaking snapshots of the universe. The new telescope's massive light-gathering mirror (6.6 metres in diameter, compared with the Hubble's 2.4-metre mirror) will allow it to see objects 10 to 100 times farther away than the Hubble can see. What's more, the Webb's instruments are designed to analyze light in the infrared portion of the electromagnetic spectrum. The Hubble, by contrast, takes pictures only in the part of the spectrum visible to the human eye. The reason for focusing on the infrared is linked to the ongoing expansion of the universe. As galaxies, with their millions of stars, fly farther and farther apart, the wavelengths of light travelling between them stretch out—a phenomenon known as redshift because visible light gets 'shifted' into the infrared part of the spectrum. As the pace of separation was faster when the universe was younger, it's virtually impossible to see the first stars without viewing them in the infrared. The telescope will be positioned 1.5 million kilometres from Earth—four times farther out than the moon (the Hubble is just 600 kilometres above the planet). In a solar orbit that will follow the Earth in its annual path around the sun—a position in space known as a Lagrangian Point—the telescope will need minimal fuel-consuming course corrections because of the stabilizing gravitational forces of the Earth and sun. But being so far away rules out the possibility of astronauts performing service and repair calls. That puts enormous pressure on the Webb scientists and engineers to get it right the first time around—including the Canadians behind the tunable filter imager and fine guidance sensor camera. 'It's a huge responsibility,' says Dr John Hutchings at the National Research Council's Herzberg Institute in Victoria, British Columbia, the scientist in charge of Canada's contribution to the telescope. Canadian astronomers will be guaranteed at least 5 per cent of the observing time on the telescope. Over the life of the telescope, 'it amounts to hundreds of hours of observations—and that is precious stuff,' Hutchings says. Initially dubbed the 'first light' telescope, the Webb might be able to see the first stars to burn in the universe. 'It's guaranteed that we will find things we never dreamed of. And some of them will change our thinking of the universe forever,' says Dr Hutchings.

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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