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27 January 2009

17 January 2009 was the 17th day of the seventh month of the 3rd year of Canadian national consciousness rising to invincibility.

Dr William Overall, National Director of the Global Country of World Peace in Canada, presented highlights of news reports reflecting Canada's rising invincibility from Yogic Flying groups across Canada and the large Invincible America Assembly at Maharishi University of Management and Maharishi Vedic City, USA.

Extensive scientific research has documented the Maharishi Effect of rising coherence, harmony, and peace created in the collective consciousness of a nation by large groups of Yogic Flyers. The effect has been found to extend beyond national borders when the group is of sufficient size.

Following are press reports featured in Dr Overall's presentation:

15 January 2009

The Toronto Star - Editorial - Our leaders find common ground (17 January 2009) The premiers and Prime Minister Stephen Harper rose to the occasion yesterday. Instead of the usual federal-provincial bickering that marks a first ministers' meeting, they found common ground on a range of issues, including accelerated infrastructure projects and enhanced employment insurance benefits. These two initiatives would go a long way toward addressing the economic crisis facing Canada in 2009, and possibly beyond. . . . [Ontario Premier] McGuinty wrote his own headline for the meeting: 'Extraordinary challenge compels extraordinary co-operation.' . . . the atmosphere yesterday was, as Canadians have every right to expect, collaborative and constructive.

The Canadian Press on Prime Minister and Premiers reach broad agreement on stimulus measures in spirit of co-operation (16 January 2009) Emerging from a day-long pre-budget meeting with provincial and territorial leaders, Prime Minister Harper said first ministers are in broad agreement on the measures needed to boost the economy. And he said they all agree on the need to work co-operatively. British Columbia Premier Gordon Campbell stated: 'It is time for us all to put the politics aside and to think first about Canada and the people who live here and think of them as Canadians—not as Canadians who belong to a political party.' There was unanimous agreement that the top priority should be massive and immediate investment in infrastructure. First ministers appeared unanimous in wanting to cut the red tape that has delayed the start of such projects in the past.

From a Canwest News Service report on this: The country's senior levels of government have agreed to 'align' their 2009 budgets to stimulate the Canadian economy. The premiers also signed a new labour-mobility deal Friday (that will allow skilled Canadians to work in other provinces without having to recertify), calling it a historic step that will grease the wheels of the Canadian economy.

From a Toronto Star report on this: Newfoundland Premier Danny Williams said that there was a lot of goodwill in the conference room. 'This is a Canadian effort. This is not about partisan politics or any differences, whether petty or otherwise, between leaders. We're here to contribute,' said Williams, noting that the meeting between the first ministers and aboriginal leaders started the two-day summit off on the right foot.

The Canadian Press on Nova Scotia releases climate change plan for major emissions reductions (16 January 2009 Nova Scotia released its climate change plan to explain how it will reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 10 per cent below 1990 levels by 2020 (the equivalent of taking one million cars off the road). Environment Minister David Morse said the bulk of the reductions would come from caps on emissions by Nova Scotia Power, the province's major utility and its largest producer of greenhouse gas emissions (46 per cent). 'We've obviously been working on it and have been able to stabilize the level of CO2 emissions from our operations,' said Rob Bennett, the utility's CEO. 'We'll be able to begin the reductions of those CO2 emissions going forward.' Mr Morse said that by 2020 he wants at least 25 per cent of the province's electricity to come from renewable sources, such as wind, the sun and tidal power (currently under 10 per cent). Mr Morse also committed to introducing auto emissions standards by 2010.

From a Canadian Press report on this : The plan will place increasingly lower caps on Nova Scotia Power's emissions in 2010, 2015, and 2020. The government says it will have more specifics next month on the caps. About 25 per cent of the province's emissions come from transportation and the government says it will produce a new transportation strategy by next year that will include public transit.

From a CBC News report on this: Also in the plan: Wind turbines and other renewable devices up to 1,000 kilowatts will be allowed, up from a 100-kilowatt limit; the province to become 20 per cent more energy efficient by 2020.

The Financial Post - Canada close to Central American trade deal (16 January 2009) Peter Kent, Canada's minister of state of foreign affairs for the Americas, said Friday that free trade negotiations with the Central American Four (CA4)—El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua—were progressing very well and could be finanlized by February. Canada and the CA4 agreed to meet 23-27 Feb. at the last round of negotiations in December. The minister also announced a six-year C$10-million rural development in Guatemala.

Canwest News Service - Most Canadians expect to weather recession: Survey (16 January 2009) Most Canadians are confident they will weather the storm without having to dip into their retirement savings, according to a December survey of 1,522 Canadians released by a BMO Financial Group. Nearly 70 per cent are confident that they will not need to withdraw from their current RRSP savings in order make ends meet, while 60 per cent say they will contribute as much to their RRSP this year as they have in the past. The survey also found that most Canadians plan to stay the course with their saving and investing strategies.

The Hamilton Spectator on Wal-Mart opening showcase green superstore in Ontario (16 January 2009) Wal-Mart Canada's new Burlington, Ont. supercentre will be a living environmental laboratory for the company's 316 Canadian stores. Wal-Mart Canada President and CEO David Cheesewright calls the environmental demonstration store—open to the public 21 Jan.—a marquee project (the second in a line of marquee projects after the September launch of its new zero-waste head-office outside Toronto). He said the store is the first large-scale Canadian retail development to incorporate geothermal heating and cooling—a system that uses 15 kilometres of plastic pipe under the parking lot to draw heat from the earth in winter and pump it back in summertime. The Burlington store will be 60 per cent more energy efficient than the company's typical superstores. Skylights in the roof are another feature. Sensors measure natural light entering the store and dim the fluorescents accordingly. Kevin Groh, director of corporate affairs, said Wal-Mart's goal is to rely fully on renewable energy. To that end, the Burlington store buys all its electricity from Bullfrog Power, supplied by emissions-free sources such as wind and water. Other green features include: LED lights in glass-doored freezers and fridges that turn on when shoppers approach and off when the aisle is empty. LEDs also give off less heat than fluorescents, reducing the refrigeration load; low-wattage parking lot lights and LED signs; a recycling system that will divert 85 per cent of waste from landfill; low-flow plumbing; and a white roof to reflect summer heat and reduce peak power demand.

From a report on this: Other interesting features include the refrigeration system, which uses non-traditional refrigerants that are 90% more environmentally friendly. Waste heat from refrigeration is also reclaimed and used to heat the rest of the store. Customers will notice the green products, including 800 organic food items, green cleaning products, CFL bulbs for all parts of the home, and leaner product packaging.

Canwest News Service - Calgary development targets carbon footprint (16 January 2009) The carbon footprint is a measurement of all greenhouse gases we individually produce in our day-to-day lives through burning fossil fuels for electricity, heating, transportation and the like, calculated in tonnes (or kilograms) of carbon dioxide equivalent. It can be reduced. One group of developers, which has 809 hectares in the north-central sector of Calgary, aims to do just that. GWL Realty Advisors, Homburg-Centron Teamworks, Carefree Communities, and Acera Developments have teamed up on a planned community, tentatively called North Stoney Greens. The IBI Group is working with the development group, 'looking at the plan to integrate a series of sustainable initiatives that will focus on reducing the carbon footprint,' says Steve Shawcross, a director with IBI Group. The master-planned community will include a commuter rail station within the development; and the road network will have separate bicycle lanes. Some of the other innovations include: Employment nodes: 'Thirty per cent of the land is dedicated to employment,' Shawcross says. 'But everything is integrated to the community. . . . The level of landscaping and esthetics, and the services for those working there are high. Live/work is in close proximity.' Food production: A series of communal gardens will be set up, so people can grow a lot of their own food near where they live. 'We have 20 initiatives altogether to set the community apart,' Shawcross noted. The developer has been able to calculate the reduction in the carbon footprint that should be attainable. 'It is decreased by 62 per cent—which exceeds the Kyoto accord expectations—and that's not counting everything, just the things we could measure already. 'This is a new day. We have to change; we can't afford to continue with developing as we do now.'

These are a few of the news reports reflecting Canada's rising invincibility through the Invincible America Assembly as well as Yogic Flying groups in Canada.

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