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20 February 2009

6 February was the 6th day of the eighth month of the 3rd year of Canadian national consciousness rising to invincibility.

6 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:

Canwest News Service - Canada runner-up in world's most-liked poll (6 February 2009) Canada has the second-most positive influence on the world, according to a BBC poll. The poll, which questioned more than 13,000 people from 26 countries on how they felt about 16 states, concluded that only Germany had a better rating than Canada among the global public. About 57 per cent of respondents held Canada in a positive view, while only 14 per cent saw Canada in a negative light, the lowest amount of any country. Last year's poll had 53 per cent of respondents answering favourably about Canada.

From a CTV News report on this: From 2007, significant increases in positive views of Canada were found in the following countries: Philippines (83 per cent, up from 67 per cent); United States (82 per cent, up from 65 per cent); China (75 per cent, up from 65 per cent); Italy (74 per cent, up from 62 per cent); United Kingdom (74 per cent, up from 65 per cent). France, Australia, Germany, Chile, Spain, Central America, Mexico, Indonesia and India also saw Canada as having a positive influence.

The Toronto Star - Commons returning to civility (6 February 2009) The 40th Parliament is off to a fresh and potentially productive start. The House of Commons is tentatively on the way to becoming a place that is once again fit for visiting schoolchildren rather than a venue where their elders weep over the sorry state of the country's political debate. The tone in the Commons is essentially set by the government and official Opposition in the daily Question Period, and both have raised their game since the end-of-year crisis.

The Financial Post - Good Friday for TSX ends strong week (6 February 2009) On the Toronto Stock Exchange, stocks climbed for the fourth day in a row on Friday. The TSX composite index closed at 9,008.02, up 147.04 points, or 1.66 per cent. For the week, the TSX index rose 3.6 per cent (rising for a second consecutive week and recording the strongest weekly increase since mid-December). Colin Cieszynski, market analyst at CMC Markets Canada, said this week may end up representing a turning point in market sentiment, based on his belief that investors are now 'looking over the valley' to an anticipated recovery. 'The markets seem to be turning even when the economic data, especially lagging data, continues to go down,' Cieszynski said. 'That suggests investors are starting to look ahead to the other side and are more focused on those things that will contribute to the rebound, including the passage of the [U.S.] stimulus bill or whatever comes out on Monday to address U.S. bank concerns.' Friday's broad-based rally was led by the materials group, which climbed more than 2.17 per cent. 'Copper has had a huge rally the past few days. That's important because copper is really the one base metal that is tied into sentiment towards the global economy,' said Cieszynski. Also contributing to the day's gains were energy stocks, which were up 1.61 per cent. Financials also closed higher, rising 1.83 per cent.

From a Bloomberg News report on this: Canadian stocks rose Friday, making it the only equity market among the 10 biggest developed nations to post a 2009 gain.

The Canadian Economic Press - Canadian CEOs among most optimistic about growth recovery (6 February 2009) Canadian CEOs are more optimistic about growth recovery in the next year compared with their global counterparts, a new study has found. A majority of Canadian CEOs, 59%, say they are 'somewhat confident' about revenue growth in the next year compared with just 49% of CEOs elsewhere in the world, according to a Global CEO Survey by PricewaterhouseCoopers. Looking out over the next three years, 63% of chief executives in Canada are optimistic about growth recovery, compared to 51% of CEOs globally.

The Globe and Mail - Thaw foreseen for chilly labour relations (6 February 2009) This will likely be a peaceful year for labour relations, the Conference Board of Canada said. The board, in its annual outlook on industrial relations, said more than half of the employers it surveyed expect a co-operative climate in bargaining. 'Labour peace will reign in the overwhelming majority of negotiations in Canada this year,' the report said.

The National Post on urban farming in Toronto gaining support (6 February 2009) Urban farming advocates offered Toronto policymakers food for thought Thursday, as the city drafts its first urban food production policy. 'All of the city of Toronto was a farm,' said Debbie Field, executive director of Food Share, a grassroots group that promotes everything from cultivation to healthy eating. To nurture the brainstorming process for the city farm policy, due in the coming months, the city's parks and environment committee invited gardening activists. A panel discussion produced suggestions ranging from turning more parks into community plots, to markets to sell off produce from leased-out backyard gardens. It was noted that Rent-a-farm City Harvest, a Victoria, British Columbia, company that leases out residents' backyards to grow local organic cash crops, last year sowed close to 30 backyards with 20,000 square feet [1,858 square metres] of crops yielding 300 pounds of fruits and vegetables a week, which were sold at local markets. 'We've moved very far away in the city from the city 40 or 50 years ago where people were harvesting the fruit in our yards,' Councillor Paula Fletcher, chair of the parks committee, said. 'People grew a lot of food in the city 50 years ago and we're trying to go back because those were very positive things.'

The Canadian Press - Athletes press for carbon-neutral Olympics (6 February 2009) Canadian snowboarder Justin Lamoureux from Squamish, BC, was one of 74 Canadian athletes who co-signed a letter Thursday to the 2010 Olympic Games organizing committee in Vancouver and Whistler, BC, urging chief executive officer John Furlong to do more to make the Winter Games green. 'Being in the mountains most days of my life and seeing glaciers retreat over the years and things like that, I want it to stop,' Mr Lamoureux said. One of Mr Furlong's stated goals is to stage a carbon-neutral Games, which means zero net greenhouse-gas emissions. Carbon neutrality is achieved by reducing emissions and buying carbon offsets to compensate for emissions that can't be avoided. Carbon offsets are projects such as wind farms or solar-panel installations. When the Vancouver Olympic Committee asked the David Suzuki Foundation to estimate the impact of the 2010 Olympics, the answer was about 328,000 tonnes of greenhouse-gas emissions, or the equivalent of 65,600 cars on the road for one year. The foundation estimates 69 per cent of the 2010 Olympics' carbon footprint will come from air travel by participants, officials, sponsors, employees, media, and spectators. The foundation says VANOC could buy carbon credits for less than C$5 million to compensate for those flights. 'VANOC is on the right track in terms of its vision with respect to a carbon neutral goal,' said Deborah Carlson, a climate-change specialist with the David Suzuki Foundation.

The Canadian Press - Artists and teens collaborate in gallery workshop to craft peace through art (5 February 2009) Meditation, Mozart, and burning candles—that was the scene that unfolded in a studio space inside the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, where a group of teens attended a special workshop led by a husband-and-wife team on the power of peace through art—before they set to work crafting some images of their own. 'Peace and Light Painting' is one of two workshops being offered by the gallery's Teen Council, and designed to commemorate the United Nations International Year of Reconciliation. 'We thought it was a relevant theme for teens . . . but it could be well expressed through the arts,' said Teen Council member Sophie Giguere Samson, 16. The council enlisted Moscow-born, Ottawa-based artist Elena Khomoutova, whose work Samson said they thought fit well within the theme. Each piece of artwork begins for Khomoutova using the same mode of preparation: lighting a candle . . . . 'My intention is to bring the light of the universe through my art into view,' she said. Khomoutova created 'Light and Peace,' an acrylic painting depicting a rainbow light radiating around the Earth nestled in a dove's embrace, whose wings are in the shape of human hands. While not all of the teens had a background in art or painting, Samson said they enjoyed the experience . . . [and] the peaceful atmosphere created by the artists. 'It just calmed everyone down and set the mood,' she said. 'Then the workshop itself was good because rather than just talking about peace it was more like they could create something.'

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