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30 January 2009

21 January was the 21st 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: 21 January 2009

The Globe and Mail - Canada and India vow to deepen ties (21 January 2009) Canada and India have agreed to launch talks aimed at negotiating a free-trade agreement as the two countries seek to warm up bilateral relations. International Trade Minister Stockwell Day met in New Delhi Tuesday with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Trade Minister Kamal Nath, and they agreed to bolster trade and investment flows between the two countries. The Canadian Trade Minister said the two governments are ready to embark on a new era of co-operation, including broadening economic ties. 'We now have agreement with the Minister of Commerce and Trade that we will instruct our officials to begin discussions on what a broader and more comprehensive economic relationship will look like,' he said. 'There's a clear focus on looking at freer trade between our two countries and seeing how far that takes us.' Mr Day added that Canada and India share 'common values.'

From a Reuters Canada report on this: Mr Day said Canada would keep in mind the sensitivities of India while framing the free trade pact, referring to a wide range of farm products that India may keep off the table to protect farmers.

From a Financial Post report on this: In 2007, two-way merchandise trade increased 4% to an all-time high of C$3.74 billion. 'We are committed to taking our economic partnership to the next level,' said Kamal Nath, India's commerce and industry minister, in a joint press release with the Canadian government. Mr Day said he and Mr Nath had agreed that officials should begin talks on the 'possible parameters of a comprehensive trade agreement.'

Canwest News Service - Four ex-PMs push for green budget (21 January 2009) Four former prime ministers are urging the Harper government to use a 'green stimulus' to help jump-start the economy. 'It is time to vault Canada into the green economy,' says a statement signed by former Conservative leaders Joe Clark and Kim Campbell, and former Liberal leaders Paul Martin and John Turner released on Wednesday. The statement says an infusion of spending on green initiatives would create jobs quickly and boost the economy. 'In one stroke, green stimulus provides solutions to our biggest problems,' says the statement calling for energy retrofits of homes and buildings, acceleration of renewable energy production and spending on public transit and 'low-carbon' infrastructure. The statement comes on the heels of a call from a coalition of leading environmental, union and forest groups urging the federal government to inject billions of dollars into a Green Economy Action Fund to 'supercharge growth in the green economy'. The groups want the upcoming federal budget to include a C$41-billion stimulus package over five years to make Canadian homes and buildings more energy efficient, ramp up renewable energy, expand public transit, and support clean technologies. The Canadian organizations pushing for the green stimulus package have more than 850,000 members. The groups say some of the money needed could be raised through 'green bonds', which they say have proved popular in Europe and 'provides a safe investment vehicle in times of financial distress, demonstrates government leadership on climate change, and provides a clear, popular policy announcement'.

The Toronto Star - Consumers cautiously keen about green (20 January 2009) Demand for 'green' products and services remains remarkably high. Dave Hatherton, founder and chief executive of Elmira, Ont.-based NextEnergy, a supplier of ground-source geothermal systems that can cost more than C$25,000 to purchase and instal, said it helps that provincial and federal rebates combined add up to C$7,000, before factoring in energy savings. 'These may look like very trying times but I am still confident for a number of reason,' said Hatherton. 'Conventional energy is still dirty, expensive, and non-renewable compared to geothermal and other renewables. And we are still only at the cusp of awareness. There are literally millions of homes to ''fix''. NextEnergy saw sales of geothermal systems to existing homes grow 75 per cent and sales to the new housing market jump 45 per cent in 2008. Hatherton said his dealers are optimistic. 'Our recent poll has shown they are expecting 30 per cent growth in 2009.' Over at Toronto-based Bullfrog Power, it's a similar story. Bullfrog, which reinvests a substantial portion of its revenues into wind and small hydroelectric generation, doubled its business last year. Company president Tom Heintzman said those who sign up—and pay about 50 per cent more for electricity—are making a statement against nuclear and coal-fired power. 'The vast majority of people don't change their values in times of economic downturn, so we expect we'll still have strong growth in 2009, though less than 2008,' he said. 'Economic doldrums have done little to affect home energy retrofits, said Peter Hwang, chief executive of home energy services provider EnWise Power Solutions. If an energy retrofit is financed, energy savings combined with government rebates can often cover a substantial portion of a homeowner's monthly payment, said Hwang. There's no sign applications for government home-energy rebates are slowing down, said Ann Smith, from the Ontario Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure. 'Over the last two or three months we have not seen any change . . . and there's been no drop off to date.'

The Canadian Press - Philanthropy on the rise (19 January 2009) Canadians already are a philanthropic people, giving some C$8.5 billion a year to their favourite charities and non-profit organizations. But philanthropic giving is expected to rise in the future, thanks in part to the ageing of the Baby Boom generation. Canada's non-profit and voluntary sector is the second largest in the world next to the Netherlands.

Canwest News Service - Ont. ban on smoking in cars with kids takes effect (20 January 2009) A new Ontario law comes into effect Wednesday that makes it illegal to smoke in a motor vehicle in the presence of a child under age 16. 'This new law will protect children and youth, who are more vulnerable to the effects of second-hand smoke,' said Dr Elizabeth Richardson, medical officer of health for the City of Hamilton. 'Second-hand smoke particle concentrations in a vehicle can be up to 27 times greater than in a smoker's home.' According to the organization Smoke-free Calgary, laws prohibiting smoking in vehicles carrying children have already been adopted in Nova Scotia, British Columbia and Yukon and Prince Edward Island and Manitoba are moving forward with legislation.

The Canadian Press - B.C. health authority to include Aboriginal beliefs to improve health outcomes (21 January 2009) A new programme in several British Columbia communities hopes to improve the health of First Nations patients by including culturally appropriate practices and beliefs. The Aboriginal Patient Navigator Program will include three staff members who will provide various services such as enabling patients to access a spiritual leader. The Vancouver Coastal Health Authority, which administers the programme, says patients can be referred to a navigator by their family doctor. The federally funded programme is available in various regions including Richmond, North and West Vancouver, the Sunshine Coast, Whistler, Pemberton, and Bella Bella.

Reuters Canada - Canada opposition boss seeks to cool budget rancor (20 January 2009) The leader of Canada's main opposition party said on Tuesday he is trying to cool tempers ahead of next week's federal budget. Ignatieff took over as Liberal leader on 10 December and since then has toned down his party's combative line, stressing Canadians want action on the financial crisis. Harper has also sounded more conciliatory of late. 'I believe—and I think the country has responded well to this—that we needed to lower the temperature, we just needed to calm down. Canadians were really angry before Christmas,' Ignatieff told Reuters. 'You can't make good judgments when you're angry.'

The Canadian Press - 'Symbolic meaning on global scale:' Canada tips hat to Obama (20 January 2009) A series of congratulations Tuesday from Canadian officials stressed the worldwide impact of Obama's inauguration. Prime Minister Harper offered 'heartfelt congratulations' to Obama from all Canadians. 'We also send our warmest wishes to our American neighbours as they celebrate this historic day with their friends around the world,' Harper said. Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon said, 'I think Canadians as well as a lot of other people around the globe are looking to a renewal, and the Americans are offering it through President Obama.' It was Michaelle Jean, Canada's first black Governor General, who was most lyrical. 'A new page in the history of civilizations is being written before our very eyes, fulfilling the wishes of so many youths, women and men, from every background and every creed, to see our world become more just and more human. . . . let us all rejoice in the wave of hope that is filling our hearts.'

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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