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6 March 2009

21 February was the 21st day of the eighth month of the 3rd year of Canadian national consciousness rising to invincibility.

21 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 Economic Times (India) on Canada to admit more Indian students (21 February 2009) Canada will admit more foreign students this year, Immigration Minister Jason Kenney said Friday. Kenney, who was in India last month, dropped hints that there will be substantial increase in the number of students from India. 'Canada is looking to Asia as well as India for potential students. Universities are happy to get them,' Kenney said. Canada admitted 'an unprecedented number' of permanent and temporary residents in 2008, the minister said.

The Toronto Star - Canada plans to admit more foreign students (20 February 2009) Canada will 'substantially increase' the number of foreign students it admits this year, Immigration Minister Jason Kenney announced Friday at a conference in Toronto for 1,400 internationally educated professionals. He made the point that they have a chance, while studying, to put themselves on a 'much faster pathway' to immigration. Foreign students, 176,116 of them in Canada as of the end of 2007, are eligible when their visas expire to apply for the new Canadian Experience Class to become permanent residents.

The Toronto Star - International pupils are Class acts (21 February 2009) About half of all MBA students in Canada are international students. Nikhil Mathai was just looking for the right school. The mechanical engineer from India was willing to go anywhere. He selected the MBA program at Queen's University's School of Business because of small class sizes. 'Everyone in the office knows your name,' he said. 'There's a level of personal care here that I didn't really expect.' Mani Venkatakrishnaprasad, born in India and raised in Singapore, has an engineering degree. He came to Canada looking for opportunity. What drew him to the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto was the school's emphasis on integrative thinking. The focus on integrative thinking also appealed to classmate Paolo Delano from Mexico, who was drawn to Canada as a peaceful land of opportunity.

CBC News - Canadians optimistic about the economy's future: Ekos poll (20 February 2009) A new CBC poll conducted by Ekos Research between 12-16 Feb. suggests Canadians are not only optimistic the economy will improve, they believe the federal government will lead the way. Fifty-nine per cent of those surveyed had some, or complete confidence that Ottawa would be able to lead Canada out of the recession. Fifty-seven per cent thought the federal budget would be very effective or somewhat effective in stimulating the economy, and 62 per cent had some or complete confidence in the Bank of Canada's recent economic forecast. The governor of the bank, Mark Carney, surprised some analysts with a projection of 3.8 per cent growth for the Canadian economy in 2010.

The Canadian Press on some economists see signs of recovery (20 February 2009) Conference Board chief economist Glen Hodgson has joined forecasters who see the Canadian and the U.S. economies approaching a recovery. Hodgson believes the bears are missing the sunshine peeking through the black clouds, particularly in America, where President Barack Obama is moving aggressively to hike government spending, rescue cash-strapped homeowners, and shore up the banking sector. Even before the 'exceptional' government measures have had time to take effect, he said encouraging signs were starting to appear. For one, U.S. housing sales and prices rose six per cent in December after falling off a cliff for most of 2008. The analysis largely tracks that of the Bank of Canada and University of Toronto economists. All three groups see the economy hitting bottom during the first half of 2009 and starting a slow recovery in the latter half before picking up steam to a near four per cent advance in 2010. Last month, bank governor Mark Carney defended his rosy outlook by pointing out past recoveries have been quicker than the one he is predicting. 'When recoveries come, they come sharply,' Carney said. Hodgson agreed.

Bloomberg News - Canada credit to businesses had biggest gain in year during fourth quarter (19 February 2009) Canadian credit to businesses grew 8.4 per cent between October and December, the biggest gain in more than a year, the Bank of Canada said. That's up from an annual growth rate of 4.4 per cent in the third quarter. Short-term business credit surged 24.7 per cent in the final three months of 2008. 'There was solid business-credit growth in late 2008,' said Doug Porter, deputy chief economist at BMO Capital Markets in Toronto.

CBC News on crime rates dropping in Calgary (19 February 2009) Personal and property crimes in Calgary appear to be dropping, according to the Calgary police force's latest statistics. For the year ending December 2008, data show 8,261 offences against people including homicide and assault were reported to police. In 2004, 9,407 person crimes as the offences are known were reported. Property crimes, including break-ins and thefts, fell to 49,181 reported cases in 2008, a five-year low from 53,807 in 2004.

Alberta Farmer Express - Farmers' markets pass $1B sales mark (20 February 2009) When added up across Canada, the sales of produce, baked goods, and other items from tents and booths and off pickups' tailgates have officially become a billion-dollar industry. That's C$1.03 billion to be exact, according to national group Farmers' Markets Canada's (FMC) 2008 market study. The study found 62 per cent of shoppers indicated that buying their food directly from a local farmer is 'extremely important' to them and 'somewhat important' to another 30 per cent. 'Consumers have expressed a clear desire to return to healthier, fresher, locally produced products,' FMC chairman Robert Chorney said. 'They have a strong belief in the integrity of shopping within their community.'

The Globe and Mail - Quebec looking to sell hydro across the border (20 February 2009) Quebec Premier Jean Charest is already moving to take full advantage of any Canada-U.S. clean-energy agreement. In some eastern states, governors may adopt legislation calling for renewable energy to make up 40 per cent of their energy needs. For Quebec, this could represent a significant boost in hydroelectricity sales to the U.S. On Monday, Mr Charest will deliver a speech at Harvard University. He will reiterate his support for the Kyoto accord and strict greenhouse-gas-emission targets that President Obama suggested his government may have in place in time for the climate-change conference in Copenhagen in December. 'The environment is a big issue for us,' Mr Charest said earlier this week. '[The Copenhagen meeting] is a follow-up to the Kyoto protocol. . . . It's important for the economy. It's important for the environment also. Quebec is very well positioned,' Mr Charest said.

The Canadian Press - White House among those gushing about Canada following Obama visit (20 February 2009) Canadians weren't the only ones swooning in the wake of President Obama's visit. The feelings, it seems, are mutual. The White House itself has been gushing about Thursday's visit, praising Canada's warm welcome of the president and the discussions held between Obama and Prime Minister Stephen Harper. 'There were, obviously, a very good series of meetings; it was excellent,' Jim Steinberg, the White House deputy press secretary, told reporters. 'He made a point out of saying that he didn't take the relationship for granted, that he really valued the partnership,' Steinberg said of the president. 'And clearly, in all the meetings that he had, that was reciprocated by the people he talked to.' U.S. media reports on the visit were equally positive, focusing on Obama's stated affection for America's biggest trading partner during his visit to Canada. Time magazine reported that the president expressed 'an unprecedented depth of emotion for Canada 'He has set a higher bar for the U.S.-Canada partnership than perhaps any president before. But with the goodwill generated from his first charm offensive, his chances of success look pretty good.'

CTV News - Harper clearly impressed with Obama's visit (20 February 2009) Prime Minister Harper says that he was charmed by President Obama on a personal level and feels he has a partner on a political level. Speaking to CTV's Tom Clark a day after Obama's visit, Harper said that the new president seems much more willing to work with Canada than the previous administration and represents a fresh start for Canadian-American relations. 'But there's no doubt that one of President Obama's objectives as an American leader is to project American leadership in a more collaborative way.' Harper said that Obama and he worked out a 'really solid plan for the future' in Obama's visit. Harper said he 'really quite liked' Obama and spoke highly of the 44th U.S. president. 'He's what he appears to be, he's extremely charming, extremely personable,' the prime minister said. 'He's just a very engaging guy, a very good listener and a good guy to listen to.' Harper said that in their 30-minute meeting Thursday they spoke of the stresses of being in office during a time of economic crisis. 'I was struck by how relaxed he is notwithstanding the enormous challenges that are on his desk,' he said. 'I won't kid you, I often feel a lot of stress, particularly around the challenges we have in the economy now and my challenges are very small compared to the domestic and international challenges he's facing. 'He seems remarkably at ease, remarkably relaxed, that will be a good asset if he can maintain it over four years.' Harper said the pair had a lot in common including their youth considering their positions and having young children.

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