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3 March 2009
18 February was the 18th day of the eighth month of the 3rd year of Canadian national consciousness rising to invincibility.
18 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 Canadian Press - Poll suggests great optimism about Canada-U.S. relations under Obama (18 February 2009) According to a new Canadian Press Harris-Decima poll conducted 12-15 Feb., three-quarters of Canadians predict good or excellent Canada-U.S. relations in the next couple of years. 'Canadians have been decidedly mixed on the Canada-U.S. relationship for many years,' Jeff Walker, senior vice-president of Harris-Decima, said. 'But these numbers really suggest there's a lot of faith that relations can be brought into closer alignment under the Obama administration—irrespective, almost, of who's in government in Canada.' Pro-Obama sentiment cuts across Canada almost equally by region, age, and political affiliation, according to Harris-Decima. 'There seems to be this overlay of trust that Obama will do right by Canadians,' said Walker. The perception unifies very disparate constituencies.
The Globe and Mail - Obama's climate policy a positive change, Harper says (18 February 2009) Barack Obama's presidency is ushering in a new era of North American co-operation against climate change, Prime Minister Stephen Harper says. The two leaders are expected to task officials with exploring North American co-operation on energy and the environment—which Mr Harper's government hopes will be the first step to a broader pact. 'I think quite frankly the fact that we have a President and an administration that wants to see some kind of regulation on this is an encouragement,' the Prime Minister said in a pre-summit interview on CNN.
Reuters Canada - Canadians' economic pessimism easing: poll (18 February 2009) Canadians are a little less downbeat about the economy than three months ago, according to a poll taken 30 Jan. - 3 Feb. by Nanos Research, one of the country's pre-eminent pollsters. The latest Nanos Economic Monitor—issued on a quarterly basis—found 49 per cent of respondents think the economy will get worse over the next six months, down from 57 per cent three months earlier. Sixteen per cent see it improving, up from 14 per cent. A smaller number also expect real estate values in their neighborhoods to decline—41 per cent, down from 47 per cent. Forty-four per cent see them staying the same and 12 per cent foresee price rises. (And 67% of Canadians described their job as secure or somewhat secure, an increase of three points from November.)
The Globe and Mail - A happy worker is a cheaper worker (18 February 2009) Happier workers tend to be more productive, take fewer sick days and cost employers less in disability expenses, a new survey suggests. Stress tends to affect about 28 per cent of highly engaged employees compared with 39 per cent of disgruntled workers, according to consultancy Hewitt Associates' annual survey of 115,000 Canadian employees. The survey asked how many days employees missed in the past six months due to emotional, physical, or mental fatigue, and found organizations with low engagement scores recorded more than twice as many days off on average than high-engagement employers. This difference can cost a large organization, with at least thousand employees, about C$1 million a year in disability costs and lost productivity, the report said. 'Better health, lower job stress and a manageable workload translate into tangible benefits for employers, particularly in terms of lower absenteeism,' said Rochelle Morandini, Hewitt's senior organizational health consultant. Engaged workers tend to be in better physical health. More than half, or 56 per cent, of people at high-engagement places reported being in good health, versus about 41 per cent who said so in low-engagement organizations. 'High engagement goes hand-in-hand with better health and well-being,' said Neil Crawford, leader of Hewitt's Best Employers in Canada study.
The Canadian Press - Spending on green economy grows (18 February 2009) The red ink in the British Columbia budget hasn't seeped into the government's green plan for the province. It's one of the few areas where the government actually increased spending in this year's budget, dedicating C$36 million for new or extended environmental projects.
The Globe and Mail - Green and greener (18 February 2009) Siwash Lake Ranch, a luxury ranch in British Columbia, is one of the most eco-friendly destinations in Canada, according to a rating system devised by the Hotel Association of Canada. It's a small, conspicuously green operation in the foothills near Kamloops, running entirely 'off the grid' on solar power and a backup generator. It also features ranch-grown fruits and vegetables. Of course, luxury lodges have been using all things green as selling points for years. But a larger move to green the hotel industry is afoot, and it's not limited to self-described eco-tourism operations. For one thing, there's a new level of attentiveness among guests. Even national chains are discovering that going green isn't just good public relations, it's good for the bottom line. Riding this wave, the Hotel Association of Canada is promoting a rapidly growing 'Green Key' programme that rates hotels on a scale of one to five keys, based on a survey of everything from what they're doing with their wastewater, to how much power they're using. The success of the Hotel Association's Green Key programme is one measure of how mentalities are changing. About 1,060 Canadian hotels are participating, accounting for about 52 per cent of the beds in the country. In the past three years, participation has snowballed. And consumers are paying attention. Charles Leary, co-owner of the Trout Point Lodge, an upscale eco-lodge outside Yarmouth, Nova Scotia—locally grown organic fruits and vegetables, the whole nine yards—says guest surveys show that 60 to 80 per cent of his resort's customers chose to come based on environmental considerations.
The Globe and Mail - Cloned organics denied in Canada (18 February 2009) Canada has declared organic food and cloned animals to be mutually exclusive. The ban on cloned organic products was included in a list of substances prohibited in organic production under a sweeping set of revised national guidelines released Friday. Health Canada spokeswoman Joey Rathwell wrote in an e-mail that 'there are currently no foods derived from cloned animals approved for sale in Canada.' Members of the organic industry, who generally don't support cloning or genetically modifying animals, say they're relieved by the new restriction on cloned organic products. 'For the organic industry, it's just really not an option,' said Ted Soudant, chairman of the Organic Council of Ontario.
CBC News - 'Good things underway' between business, aboriginal groups: report (18 February 2009) The Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business analyzed dealings between 38 companies and aboriginal communities across the country. The analysis found that there are 'good things underway' as businesses try to build positive working relationships. 'You have three different groups—First Nations, Metis and Inuit—and within those groups, you have different languages, culture and circumstances,' said Clint Davis, council president. Davis said good community relations is the main ingredient common to all positive dealings between businesses and aboriginal communities within all three groups. He said the 'good things' found by the report include a willingness to respect cultural differences. For example, BMO Financial Group, in its dealings with aboriginal communities across the country, has an official policy not to use cultural images that have often been used in advertising aimed at aboriginal people. Depictions of eagles and feathers, for example, are prohibited in its advertising and promotional campaigns. The concern is that the use of sacred cultural symbols ultimately serves to reinforce stereotypes.
The Montreal Gazette - First Nation wants to 'bury hatchet' on battle (18 February 2009) The National Battlefields Commission is considering a proposal from the Huron-Wendat First Nation for a 'burying-the-hatchet' ceremony on the Plains of Abraham that would mark a 'treaty of peace and friendship' among all participating nations. The Huron-Wendat First Nation is entirely surrounded by Quebec City, but is not part of the city. The Huron-Wendat peace ceremony would replace the cancelled re-enactment of the 1759 Battle of the Plains of Abraham. Konrad Sioui, grand chief of the Huron-Wendats, said the ceremony he proposes is modelled on the 1701 Great Peace Treaty of Montreal, between France and 39 First Nations. The treaty ended nearly 100 years of war between the Iroquois, who were allied to the English, and the French, who were allied to the Hurons and the Algonquians. The hatchets would be buried and a white pine would be planted over them by the participants, at a point where an underground river flows to nurture the tree. 'All nations wishing to join the alliance could benefit from the healing shadow of this protective pine,' Sioui wrote in his proposal. He has offered to preside over the ceremony to formalize an alliance among all parties who may wish to join—First Nations, French, English, Scottish, Irish, new immigrants, sovereignists, federalists and so on. 'A treaty would be a beautiful way to bring people together,' Sioui said.
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