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25 January 2009

15 January was the 15th day of the seventh month of the 3rd year of Canadian national consciousness rising to invincibility, as indicated by the following press reports:

15 January 2009

Canwest News Service - Provinces reach labour accord on eve of summit (15 January 2009) The country's premiers came to a key labour mobility agreement Thursday that, once implemented, will let those with skills that have been accredited in one province work in another without going through a recertification process. 'Labour mobility has been the No. 1 obstacle in terms of internal trade in Canada,' said Quebec Premier Jean Charest. 'This is the most significant agreement in terms of the day-to-day lives of everyday Canadians.'

From a Canadian Economic Press report on this: 'I am very pleased and the premiers and territorial leaders are to be commended for their leadership in taking action to ensure all Canadian workers have the freedom to be able to work in their fields anywhere in Canada,' Prime Minister Harper said. 'Today's amendments pave the way for further strengthening our economic union.'

Canwest News Service on Canada, EU looking to launch negotiations on extensive trade and economic pact in May (15 January 2009) Canada and the European Union hope to launch full-scale negotiations on an ambitious trade liberalization agreement in May, International Trade Minister Stockwell Day said. Canadian and EU officials have been engaged since autumn in a 'scoping' exercise launched by Prime Minister Harper and French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who held the EU presidency at the time. 'The economic relationship between the EU and Canada has great development potential because the European market is greater than that of the United States,' Sarkozy told Canwest News Service in October. Sarkozy said the deal would have to include provisions to improve bilateral investment, labour mobility, technological co-operation, intellectual property protection, and government procurement. Day said both parties hope to hold the annual Canada-EU summit this May, with the launch of negotiations being the key announcement.

The Canadian Economic Press - Non-residential construction in Canada shows Q4 jump (15 January 2009) Canada's non-residential construction sector stayed busy in the final quarter of 2008, with investors spending C$11 billion in the quarter, up 1.7% from the previous three-month period, Statistics Canada reported. Investors spent C$6.8 billion on commercial projects, up 1.5% from the third quarter, while investment in the institutional component rose 3.7% to C$2.8 billion. All provinces recorded increased spending on non-residential construction in the fourth quarter. The largest per centage increase among provinces occurred in Newfoundland and Labrador, where investment rose 29.1% from the previous quarter to C$99 million. Non-residential construction spending in Ontario was up 0.9% quarter-over-quarter to just over C$4 billion, the highest total in the country, and Alberta increased 0.7% to C$2.7 billion. Investment rose in 27 of 34 census metropolitan areas. The largest increase occurred in Edmonton, where significant increases in the institutional and commercial components resulted in a 7% advance to C$614 million in the fourth quarter.

Canwest News Service - Automakers press for stronger Canadian fuel regulations (15 January 2009) A group of automakers in Canada is pressing the federal government to tighten fuel regulations as a means of cutting down on the greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change. The Association of International Automobile Manufacturers of Canada (AIAMC), which represents more than a dozen companies including Toyota, Honda, and Porsche, says improved fuel standards can also save on driving costs. A study released by the group notes that a car sold in Canada can end up using more gas than the very same vehicle sold in Europe, a result of tougher fuel standards overseas.

From a Canadian Economic Press report on this: Fuel quality directly impacts the performance of the vehicles currently on the road and delivery of clean vehicle technologies, the report argues. Lean-burn engine technologies could result in fuel economy improvements of up to 15%, the report says, 'but currently gasoline contains too much sulphur and Canadians are not experiencing the economic and environmental benefits of these technologies.'

The Toronto Star - Ontario, U.S. firm team up on electric car project (15 January 2009) Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty says he's committed to making the province a model for the introduction of electric cars in Canada. The government announced a partnership with Better Place, a high-tech company based in Palo Alto, Calif., that wants to build a network of battery recharge and 'swap' stations around the Greater Toronto Area to support the introduction of electric vehicles. Better Place's vision is to set up regional Electric Recharge Grid Operators that would sell energy to electric-car drivers as part of a monthly subscription. (Bullfrog Power, a green electricity retailer in Ontario and Alberta, will power the network.)

CBC News - Grand plan for electric cars takes shape in Ontario (15 January 2009) Better Place is planning a network of stations where consumers could recharge electric cars. The charging spots enable drivers to top up their power so they can drive 160 kilometres. (Most driving is done within about 65 kilometres of home, the company said.) They would be located in parking lots near where people work, live, shop, and dine to ease recharging. Battery-switching stations are needed for longer trips. In Better Place's plan, 'stations are completely automated, and the driver's subscription takes care of everything. The driver pulls in, and the depleted battery is quickly replaced with a fresh one, without anyone having to leave the vehicle. The process takes less time than it does to fill a tank of liquid fuel.' Better Place said its Ontario plan is backed by the Canadian arm of Australian bank Macquarie Group. Better Place's backers also include Esarbee Investments Ltd. of Montreal, headed by Stephen R. Bronfman, whose father, Charles R. Bronfman, founded the Montreal Expos baseball team.

The Globe and Mail - Ontario studying electric-car incentives (15 January 2009) Consumers in Ontario could receive financial incentives to buy electric cars as part of the government's ambition to be in the vanguard of the next generation vehicle. Premier Dalton McGuinty announced on Thursday that his government will release a study in May that will look at speeding up the introduction of battery powered cars on Ontario's roads and highways. The study will consider financial incentives, giving electric cars the same preferred access as carpoolers and buses to high-occupancy vehicle lanes and replacing his government's fleet of cars with electric ones. 'I think one of the most important things we can do is demonstrate that we are truly an electric-car-friendly jurisdiction,' McGuinty stated. 'I think it's fitting that we're looking at the next phase in the history of the car right here in Ontario,' McGuinty said of the partnership with Better Place, which will also create new green jobs in Ontario.

Canwest News Service on Assembly of First Nations stimulus proposal for federal budget (15 January 2009) A C$3-billion stimulus package for on-reserve aboriginals would help First Nations communities address chronic problems such as crumbling schools and high dropout rates while providing a potential boost to the Canadian economy, Assembly of First Nations chief Phil Fontaine said Thursday. Fontaine's comments came as aboriginal leaders prepared to meet with Prime Minister Harper and the provincial leaders in advance of the 27 Jan. federal budget. In a letter this week to Harper, Fontaine called for C$3 billion in federal funding over three to five years, including C$2.4 billion for infrastructure projects such as housing and water-treatment facilities, as well as C$600 million to build new schools (some 40 communities have no schools). The Assembly of First Nations has also requested a C$1-billion fund under which First Nations would receive loans to invest in natural-resources projects. Harper and the premiers will meet with the leaders of the five main aboriginal organizations: the Assembly of First Nations, the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples, the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, the Metis National Council and the Native Women's Association of Canada.

The Canadian Press on native leaders hopeful following meeting with Prime Minister and premiers (15 January 2009) Canada's five aboriginal leaders emerged from their two-hour meeting with the prime minister and premiers Thursday night citing hopeful signs that Prime Minister Harper has had a change of heart when it comes to native issues. 'He talked about the apology [Harper delivered in the House of Commons on 11 June] and what [it] meant to many Canadians, including himself,' said Phil Fontaine, head of the national Assembly of First Nations. Fontaine described a warm, generous tone in Harper that suggests the events of last spring added up to 'a special moment in time for the country. And it can be seen as a staging point for a number of important transformative changes that have to take place . . . to ensure that we can reclaim our rightful place in Canada—this, our homeland. 'I'm leaving here this evening quite hopeful that there will be fairness in the budget' that could lead to real change for aboriginal people, he said.

From a Toronto Star report on this: After the meeting, aboriginal leaders were optimistic, crediting Harper with 'a significant shift' in his thinking.

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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