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26 January 2009
24 January was the 24th day of the seventh month of the 3rd year of Canadian national consciousness rising to invincibility, as indicated by the following press reports:
24 January 2009
The Toronto Star - PM sees 'fresh start' with U.S. (24 January 2009) Prime Minister Harper is predicting that this week's inauguration of U.S. President Barack Obama marks a 'fresh start' for relations between the two countries. When Obama called on Friday, Harper congratulated him on his inauguration and the two leaders discussed planning for their first meeting, expected next month. The White House said Obama thanked Harper for the congratulations. 'He reiterated his appreciation for Canada's friendship and his commitment to travel to Canada as his first foreign visit as president. Harper said Obama's presidency is a 'real opportunity' to move forward. ' ... I think this is an opportunity to start fresh and think [of the] much bigger picture.'
The Canadian Press - Canadian bank lending rose in December (23 January 2009) Friday's weekly report from the Bank of Canada tallied C$47.6 billion in personal loans in December, up by a negligible C$27 million from November but almost nine per cent more than in December 2007. And personal lines of credit averaged C$170.4 billion during December, an increase of 1.5 per cent on the month and 20 per cent year-over-year. 'The reality is that credit is flowing in Canada,' TD Bank economist Craig Alexander said. On the business side, bank loans to Canadian residents for commercial purposes rose one per cent during December to C$191.8 billion, up 4.7 per cent on the year. The banks' residential mortgages stood at C$452.5 billion, off by 0.7 per cent from November, but non-residential mortgages increased slightly in December to C$24.8 billion. 'The thing I'm scratching my head a little bit about is just how strong the mortgage growth continues to be,' Alexander said.
The Toronto Star - New wind farms will whip up investment, jobs, extra electricity (24 January 2009) Ontario's power authority has signed long-term power purchase contracts that will see six more wind farms built in the province and the creation of 2,200 jobs. The five wind developers that have been awarded the contracts are expected to invest C$1.32 billion in the province and, when done, will contribute nearly 500 megawatts of renewable power, enough to power the equivalent of 120,000 homes. 'We are determined to maximize the development of the province's green energy sources so we can not only clean up our air, but kick-start our economy, bringing new jobs and fresh sources of revenue to local communities,' said Energy and Infrastructure Minister George Smitherman.
From a Financial Post report on this: Canada's total installed capacity sits at 2,369 MW—Ontario is currently the wind technology leader in the country, accounting for roughly one-third of that number.
The Calgary Sun - Library revival afoot (24 January 2009) Last year, customers borrowed 15.4 million books, CDs, and DVDs from the Calgary Public Library, up 1.1 million from 2007, making it one of the busiest libraries in North America behind only Toronto, Los Angeles, and New York. 'With e-mail and Internet access, Wi-Fi web browsing, online resources, and free programs for adults and children, you get a sense of the importance of the library to the vitality of our community . . . .,' says Gerry Meek, director of the library.
The National Post on efforts to revitalize Canada's indigenous languages (24 January 2009) At the Moraviantown Reserve seniors' centre, Velma Noah waits to see if any of the few remaining speakers of the Lunaape language can remember the word for 'beet.' Five elderly women and a man stare ahead of them, silently searching for a word they may not have heard since they were children, when nearly everyone on this small reserve could speak the language. Ms Noah frets the cover of an English-Delaware dictionary, which might hold a clue. But if the word for beet isn't in the book and she can't tease it out of the minds of the three women most likely to know, one more piece of the language could be gone. Alma Burgoon is 80, Retta Huff, 86, and her cousin Mattie Huff, 90. Along with one or two other women on the reserve, 'they're the last known speakers. They're all over the age of 70,' says Ms Noah, a 36-year-old mother of four. Suddenly someone remembers: maxkeetkweek. For Ms Noah, reviving Lunaape isn't simply a matter of remembering vocabulary and syntax; it is a mission to restore traditional culture, and thus identity. Without it, she says, Moraviantown will continue to struggle with problems such as drug addiction and high secondary school dropout rates. 'It's not the social workers that'll help, it's the language. If you know your language, you know who you are,' she says. Ms Noah will only be satisfied if her grandchildren speak the language every day, just as her grandparents did. Europeans gave this language the name Delaware (or Munsee Delaware), but its advocates today are reclaiming the name Lunaape or Lenape. The Munsee-Delaware Nation—also known as Moraviantown—is near London, Ont. with a population of about 200. Canada's indigenous languages are in a state of crisis. Unless the knowledge is transferred to a new generation, dozens of traditional tongues will breathe their last. One of the most dramatic options is school immersion programs such as the one in place near Brantford, Ont. on the Six Nations reserve. With a resident population of 11,297 and an 18,000-hectare territory, Six Nations of the Grand River is the largest Indian reserve in the country. The nationalities that make up the Six Nations are Oneida, Tuscarora, Seneca, Onondaga, Mohawk, and Cayuga. Yet English is the language of everyday interactions here. The 100 or so remaining fluent speakers of Cayuga represent a minority who speak a language surviving in critical but stable condition. It certainly doesn't sound that way in the halls of I. L. Thomas Elementary School. More than a third of the school's 308 kindergarten to Grade 8 students are enrolled in half-or full-day Cayuga immersion. In Tom Deer's classroom there are 16 students who range from Grade 4 to 6. 'They can pretty much understand everything that's said to them and they can pretty much say whatever they want to say,' says Mr Deer. The language is worked into a broader curriculum about traditional culture. The Shuswap immersion programme run by the Adams Lake Indian Band in British Columbia has likewise 'successfully been producing new fluent Shuswap speakers,' says University of British Columbia linguist William Poser. Much language revitalization depends on grassroots efforts by such advocates as Ms Noah in Moraviantown, or Mr Key at Six Nations. At 55, Amos Key, Jr., director of the First Nations languages programme at Six Nations' Woodland Cultural Centre, is one of the youngest speakers of Cayuga. During his career, he has helped set up a radio station with programming in traditional languages; created Mohawk and Cayuga immersion programs at I. L. Thomas, and Kawenniio/Gaweni:yo; banked recordings of ceremonial language for longhouse keepers; and spearheaded a language nest programme that helps endangered languages cling to life by joining elders and small children in preschool settings. Mr Key is now working with York University to establish an MA and PhD programme in indigenous thought, which will allow students to submit work in native languages. 'I don't want to take the 'woe is me' approach,' Mr Key says. 'My question has always been, How can we stand up?'
The National Post - PhD thesis written in Mi'kmaq breaks ground (24 January 2009) His PhD work is deeply rooted in old traditions and ancient customs, but on the desk where Fred Metallic's ideas meet the page are three computers—two laptops and a desktop—at his home on a Mi'kmaq reserve in Listigouche, Que., where he is completing the multimedia thesis he is preparing entirely in the Mi'kmaq language, one of the first scholars to complete a PhD dissertation in a Canadian aboriginal language. Like most Canadians, Mr Metallic grew up learning subjects such as history, politics, and science in English. In 2002, while completing his Master's degree at Trent University, he sought to change that, successfully challenging the university's administrators to allow him to write his MA thesis in the Mi'kmaq language. After receiving his Master's from Trent in 2002, Mr Metallic began a PhD program at York, and found considerable support. 'We think that the preservation of culture and language are intimately related,' said Barbara Rahder, the dean of Mr Metallic's faculty. 'The knowledge is often in the language itself.' Mr Metallic emphasises: 'It's at a point where if we don't take serious action to protect and revitalize it, the [Mi'kmaq] language will disappear.' At home, he and his wife have taught their language to their children, and are bolstered by the school in their First Nations' community. 'They are teaching subject matter in the [Mi'kmaq] language, instead of just teaching kids how to say certain words and phrases,' he said. 'So, we're making progress.' Improving the opportunities for higher learning is another avenue that should help keep the language alive, which is part of Mr Metallic's aim. Though he believes his work on Mi'kmaq governance will have practical applications when it comes to settling land claims in much of Eastern Canada, the educational and cultural impact of his academic career could be much greater, if his pursuit of Mi'kmaq studies helps preserve the dying language the way many people hope. 'Today, I assume my kids will go to university and have an opportunity to study in their language,' Mr. Metallic said.
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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