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14 February 2009

3 February was the 3rd day of the eighth month of the 3rd year of Canadian national consciousness rising to invincibility.

3 February 2009

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:

The Globe and Mail - The bad economy is no match for a good cause (3 February 2009) When organizers of the Bill Brooks Prostate Cancer Benefit held an annual gala at a hotel in Calgary recently, they fretted that the economic downturn would mean a slide in donations. Instead, they raised a record C$535,000 and boasted a fundraising jump of 34 per cent compared with the year before. It's not just a 'blip' for one good cause in Alberta. Across the country, several charities are counting impressive increases in donations and reporting record fundraising drives for 2008. While big gifts have dropped, many charities say small donations are still pouring in. 'People don't perceive their charity as a luxury commodity, so it's not something they pull back on quickly when they're experiencing other financial kinds of choices,' said Nicholas Offord, president of the Offord Group, a Toronto-based charity consulting firm. An ongoing study of Canadian donor attitudes by Offord Group and Innovative Research found that most Canadians plan to give the same amount or more to charity this year. The percentage of those who said they plan to give less fell to 18 per cent in January, 2009, from 24 per cent in October, 2008.

The Canadian Press - Fewer Canadians suffering from high blood pressure: study (3 February 2009) A new study on the treatment of high blood pressure shows that cardiovascular death and hospitalization rates have declined in Canada. Dr. Norm Campbell of the Libin Cardiovascular Institute of Alberta led the study, published in the new issue of Hypertension—Journal of the American Heart Association. The declines occurred as the Canadian Hypertension Education Program—aimed at health-care providers and patients—gained steam, and there was an increase in the promotion of lifestyle changes, the study notes. Campbell says that in the five years after the start of the programme in 1999, the data suggest that about one in five heart failure deaths were prevented, as well as about one in seven stroke deaths and about one in 10 heart attack deaths. He says that adds up to the prevention of about 5,000 deaths per year to 2003.

From another Canadian Press report on this: 'In Canada, the actual numbers of people dying from stroke and heart failure and myocardial infarction went down. The numbers went down, not just the rates,' Campbell said.

The Canadian Economic Press - Canadian budget and $40B stimulus package win parliament approval (3 February 2009) Canada's federal budget won parliament's approval on Tuesday. The budget was approved by a vote of 211-91 with Liberal Party support, preserving the Conservative Party's minority government. The government can now get to work spending the C$40 billion in stimulus funding earmarked for the next two years. The funding will go towards projects such as infrastructure, social housing, home renovation rebates, tourism, parks, railways, and Arctic research.

From a CBC News report on this: The budget promises tens of billions in new spending—ranging from money for infrastructure projects to aid for worker training and cash for enhanced employment insurance benefits—to help the country ride out the global economic slump. The bill included a Liberal amendment that requires regular reports to Parliament on the budget's implementation and success. The reports are expected in March, June, and December.

The Toronto Star - Some catch a break on mortgage (3 February 2009) Mortgage rates and the cost of home ownership are falling. And, so far as economists are able to predict, rates will stay low for many months to come. That will leave at least some extra spending money in the pockets of consumers. The 5.79 per cent rate that all major banks now have posted for a five-year closed mortgage is the lowest it has been since the fall of 2005. And anyone who has a variable-rate mortgage that changes with the prime lending rate will see a further decline in their rate next month if, as expected, the Bank of Canada chops its key overnight lending rate to banks by a further half a percentage point. If the banks follow and cut their prime lending rate to 2.5 per cent, there are some homeowners who negotiated variable-rate mortgages more than a year ago who could be paying as little as 1.5 per cent interest per year, says economist Beata Caranci of TD Bank Financial Group.

The Canadian Press - Alberta's energy regulator issues tough new directive for oilsands tailings ponds (3 February 2009) Nearly a year after 500 ducks died in toxic oilsands sludge, Alberta's energy regulator is directing companies to eliminate dozens of lake-sized tailings ponds over several decades. Oilsands processors have until 30 Sept. to file plans, including a timeline for eventually closing the tailings ponds. This massive undertaking will eventually see billions of litres of toxic water and sludge drained and the area covered with grass and trees. The directive also calls on oilsands producers to curb liquid tailings by finding other disposal methods, such as pumping them into abandoned bitumen mines. Enforcement options will include denial of future expansion plans or even closing parts or all of plants.

CTV News - McGuinty sees jobs in renewable energy expansion (3 February 2009) Premier Dalton McGuinty is touting renewable energy as a way to power 50,000 'direct and indirect' new jobs in Ontario over the next three years. He plans to table a Green Energy Act when the legislature resumes sitting on 17 Feb. McGuinty said the bill would help in combating climate change and create a 'healthier future' in the generations to come. 'We're going to seize this opportunity to build a better Ontario—better for jobs, better for our children, better for our planet,' McGuinty said. George Smitherman, deputy premier and minister of energy and infrastructure, stated: 'Everywhere I go in Ontario, people tell me they want us to build a greener province. I'll be introducing legislation soon that would make Ontario a world-leading jurisdiction for renewable energy, with best-in-class programs designed to yield best-in-class progress to attract investment and create 21st century job opportunities for Ontarians.'

From a Canadian Press report on this: McGuinty told a business audience Tuesday that Ontario will need to make major changes to 'bring up its game', starting with a shift towards renewable energy. McGuinty said he will introduce legislation that would tie jobs and economic growth to green energy. The Green Energy Act will make it easier to get new wind turbines, solar panels, and biofuel plants running and plugged into the province's energy grid, he promised.

The Toronto Star - Doctor takes on Middle East peace (3 February 2009) Arnold Noyek is trying to accomplish the goal of peace in the Middle East. Noyek, 71, is the founder of the Canada International Scientific Exchange Program. For 14 years, the organization has advanced its cause through academic and scientific exchanges among universities and medical centres, and collaboration on projects. 'Health works because it's a common language,' says Noyek. Noyek is an ear, nose, and throat specialist and University of Toronto professor. His charitable organization is based at Mount Sinai Hospital. Among its accomplishments are getting Israeli and Palestinian medical students to volunteer together helping children with cancer at Camp Trillium, getting 60 Israelis, Jordanians, and Palestinians planning co-operative health projects together, and getting two ear surgeons—a Jordanian and an Israeli—operating together on deaf 30-month-old twin boys, an event covered by Jordanian television.

The Globe and Mail - Vancouver to host 'the world's biggest potlatch' (3 February 2009) Aboriginal leaders from around British Columbia gathered Monday in Vancouver to announce details of the 2010 Aboriginal Pavilion of the Olympic Games. The executive director of the Four Host First Nations (FHFN), Tewanee Joseph, described the 8,000-sq.ft. pavilion as 'the world's biggest potlatch'. It will include a 20-metre-high multimedia sphere, in which the latest technology will be employed to showcase the best of all aspects of aboriginal life—art, business, culture, and sport. Special theme days will be held to celebrate the diversity of aboriginal groups around the country, with live performances of traditional music and dance. After a procession of sacred drumming and an opening prayer led by Elder Margaret George, a witness ceremony was held in which several band chiefs, as well as Premier Gordon Campbell, Vancouver Olympic Committee chief executive officer John Furlong, and Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson, were asked to offer invitations to the pavilion around Canada and the world. Premier Campbell recalled the story of the Two Sisters and the Tyee—where war was averted among the coastal nations by holding a great potlatch. 'The Two Sisters brought harmony and peace and the brotherhood of humanity,' he said. 'The Olympics will bring together aboriginal and non-aboriginal peoples from coast to coast to coast, and the stories of the Four Host First Nations will enliven the Games.' National Chief Phil Fontaine of the Assembly of First Nations talked of the FHFN participation in the Games as groundbreaking. 'My great hope is that 2010 will be transformative for first nations,' he said, 'that this will be a turning point for Canada, and we shall come together as equals, and share social and economic benefits. Together, we will write a new narrative.' After the FHFN call to British Columbia aboriginal communities to become involved, new and lasting relationships have been developed, said one of the FHFN chiefs, Leah George-Wilson of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation. 'We have come together with one heart, one mind. They have joined our canoe and we paddle together.'

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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