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8 March 2009

22 February was the 22nd day of the eighth month of the 3rd year of Canadian national consciousness rising to invincibility.

22 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 - 'Starting fresh,' Harper, ministers off to U.S. after Obama visit (21 February 2009) Prime Minister Harper travels to New York on Monday to talk up the Canadian economy with American business leaders. On Tuesday, Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon heads to Washington to meet U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to discuss global foreign-policy ties. Environment Minister Jim Prentice is expected in the U.S. days later to follow up on the climate-change framework launched in Ottawa. 'I think it is important that we continue to work hard on this relationship as we move forward, and that we don't lose the momentum that we gained though this visit,' said an aide to the Prime Minister. The Conservatives will put forward a big-picture agenda with the U.S., 'as opposed to the approach that has been pursued in the past, of that relationship being defined by irritants,' the aide said. Mr. Harper said in an interview: 'We're starting fresh.' Mr. Obama and Mr. Harper agreed to a 'clean energy dialogue' on technology. Mr. Prentice argued that is key because both countries will need technological innovation to transform their industries. He also insisted it opens a door to develop broader talks on a joint approach to emissions regulation, fuel standards and energy strategy. Both countries need to set up the framework for regulation and climate-change strategies before international talks in December on a new climate-change treaty. Mr. Prentice said: 'It's a pivotal year.' Canada still needs to see how the U.S. designs its approach, because closeness of the two economies requires the systems to be aligned, he said.

From a Canwest News Service report on this: Deputy Secretary of State Jim Steinberg told reporters as they jetted back to Washington on Thursday night: 'There was just, I think, a lot of confidence and a sense that this was a good partnership and that they [Mr. Harper and Mr. Obama] were very upbeat about the direction that things were going.'

The Ottawa Citizen on Australia wants to join Canada and the U.S. in renewed climate change effort (21 February 2009) Australia wants to join Canada and the United States in a renewed effort to combat climate change, and the country's new high commissioner to Ottawa intends to press this case to the federal government. This comes in the wake of Prime Minister Harper's green stance during his meeting with U.S. President Obama. Harper and Obama promised to hold further talks on clean-energy technology and making North America's electricity grid more efficient. Officials from both sides of the border will meet under the 'Clean Energy Dialogue' to come up with joint research projects. 'I think we can collaborate in the way we design our emissions systems,' said high commissioner Justin Brown, who added that Canada and Australia have the similar problems of population growth and a high level of transport emissions. He said climate change 'is a big deal' for Australia, which under Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, has made it priority.

The Canadian Press - National plan proposes to make companies pay for recycling, improve packaging (21 February 2009) A national strategy being proposed by Canada's environment ministers could spell the end of those oversized plastic packages that ubiquitously line store shelves—or at least force the corporate world to pay for the recovery of the non-biodegradable packaging and somehow reuse it. The plan would place the onus on businesses to deal with their packaging—in an environmentally responsible way—once consumers are done with it. The strategy was drafted by a task force of the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment (CCME). The plan would also spur innovation in environmentally friendly packaging since businesses would be forced to improve the sustainability of products or face financial consequences, said Ontario Environment Minister John Gerretsen, who is also the council's president. 'The old-fashioned argument that it's the economy versus the environment simply no longer holds truth,' Gerretsen said in an interview. 'What we're getting is some realization from industry that perhaps the way in which things have been traditionally done is no longer going to be acceptable in the future.' The action plan is coupled with another strategy for sustainable packaging, which would establish tougher standards designed to ensure that packages can either be reused, recycled or at least recovered and managed in a way that's better than being dumped in a landfill. 'CCME seeks to transform Canada into one of the world's leaders in sustainable product design and end-of-life product management,' states one of two discussion papers. Within six years of the plan being approved, businesses would be responsible for handling the recovery of packaging, printed materials, compact fluorescent light bulbs, electronics and electrical products, household hazardous and special wastes, and automotive products. Within eight years, the plan would also cover construction and demolition materials, furniture, textiles and carpets, and appliances, especially those made with ozone-depleting substances. A spokeswoman for the Canadian Institute for Environmental Law and Policy, which has been involved in consultations about packaging reform, said she was pleased by the proposals in the reports. Gerretsen said he hopes a concrete proposal will be readied for the provinces to agree to within a year.

The Globe and Mail - French-fry chemical may go on toxic list (21 February 2009) Worries that Canadians might be inadvertently ingesting too much cancer-causing acrylamide from french fries, potato chips and other processed foods has prompted Health Canada to recommend adding the chemical to the country's toxic substances list. Acrylamide is a chemical that isn't naturally found in foods, but is produced when sugars and other items in potatoes and grains are exposed to high cooking temperatures. The notice on the chemical said the toxic listing was based on the 'carcinogenic potential' of acrylamide and the lack of an adequate safety margin at current exposures for causing reproductive and developmental harm during fetal and early life development. The government said it planned to use the Food and Drugs Act 'to reduce the inadvertent production of acrylamide in certain processed foods intended for human consumption.' The announcement was greeted positively by environmentalists.

The Canadian Economic Press - Home prices in St. John's expected to post double-digit gains (19 February 2009) Homeowners in St. John's, Newfoundland, and Labrador, can expect the price of their homes to appreciate 12% in the next two years, according to a report by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation. The report forecasts that the average price of an existing home will increase to C$195,000 in 2009, a 9.26% rise from last year, and by 2010 is expected to reach C$200,000.

From a CBC News report: Existing home prices climbed by about 20 per cent last year in Newfoundland and Labrador. 'Last year was a record year,' said Edwina Baldwin, president of the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Realtors. 'People [have] to be aware that prices will continue to go up. Our economy in Newfoundland and Labrador is doing wonderful.'

Sun Media - Immigration sets record in 2008 (21 February 2009) A record level of newcomers were admitted to Canada in 2008, Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney announced Friday at a conference in Toronto. 'We welcomed an unprecedented 519,722 newcomers to Canada in 2008, the largest number in Canada's history,' Kenney said. 'This number includes over 247,000 permanent residents, 143,000 temporary foreign workers and over 79,000 foreign students.'

The Globe and Mail on Alberta university plans to take virtual learning to new level (19 February 2009) A new virtual learning centre at Athabasca University in Alberta could take lessons a long way from the conventional classroom. Hours spent hunched over a computer playing video games could also be spent learning how the body works or understanding the universe, says Rory McGreal, the university's associate vice-president of research. The school is launching a specialized centre in immersive technologies and plans to create its own programs. Even taking art history students on a virtual tour of the Louvre would be a 'primitive' use of the vast possibilities online, Mr. McGreal suggested. 'How about going into the photo and actually interacting with the characters in the piece of art?' Educational research has shown that students learn much better when they're immersed in a subject, interacting with objects, than simply passively absorbing a lecture. One example Mr. McGreal envisaged: 'You're taking a physics course, and in order to get off the Earth you have to master certain basic concepts. You get up there, you get to that level, and then you're off the earth and you go to another planet, where there may be other physics concepts you have to master.' Athabasca plans to develop classes using software from Sun Microsystems, that has also provided it to a number of other universities around the world. The schools plan to work together on programs, said company spokesman Kevin Roebuck. Shrinking down and popping inside the body to look at the structure of cells doesn't require the same skill set as memorizing from a text book. ' so we see it as a very powerful way to help kids learn.'

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