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9 March 2009
23 February was the 23rd day of the eighth month of the 3rd year of Canadian national consciousness rising to invincibility.
23 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 Financial Post on Canadians' confidence rises to highest level since August (23 February 2009) Canadians were feeling more optimistic about the economy in February, according to a Harris-Decima survey of 2,000 people 5-15 Feb. The overall index of consumer confidence in the economy rose in the period from December to February to 67.0, the highest since August 2008. 'Some Canadians appear to be seeing light at the end of the economic tunnel, as both the one-year and five-year outlook results have improved this quarter,' said Jeff Walker, Harris/Decima senior vice-president. 'One of the biggest factors people utilize to make a judgment about how things are going overall is their own employment situation,' said Walker. 'The numbers we've collected over the past couple of months have consistently shown that most people don't feel their employment situation is in jeopardy.' In welcome words for Canada's retailers, Canadians are also showing some signs of loosening the lock on their pocketbooks. The Harris/Decima poll found Canadians almost evenly mixed on whether it a good time to make a major purchase (41 per cent for; 43 per cent against), a marked improvement from the reading for December, which showed 50 per cent against and 35 per cent for. The most significant rise in optimism in the poll was in Canadians' outlook for their finances. 'Twice as many people feel they'll be better off than worse off (27 per cent versus 13 per cent),' the study said. This compares with a 20-18 split in the previous survey. Pessimism also diminished about the outlook for the economy in the year ahead. The number seeing hard times ahead dropped to 59 per cent from 64 per cent in December. From an Ottawa Business Journal report on this: Ten per cent in February even said that there might be good times ahead for the economy in the next 12 months.
The Canadian Press - Harper in New York to capitalize on Canada's post-Obama profile (23 February 2009) Prime Minister Harper visited the financial capital of the world Monday to capitalize on the goodwill from last week's Barack Obama love-in and extol Canada's virtues to an American audience. The prime minister started his day with an interview on Fox News, where he reminded Americans of the value of the relationship between the two countries. Harper also spoke with the editorial board of the Wall Street Journal and taped interviews on CNBC and CNN. Harper also made his way to the United Nations to discuss a litany of issues—climate change, the stabilization of Haiti, the situation in Afghanistan, and global security were among the agenda items—with UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon.
From a Globe and Mail report on this: Prime Minister Harper swept into Manhattan for a series of high-level meetings, promoting open trade between Canada and the U.S. The global economy consumed much of a 90-minute luncheon meeting with a group of New York bankers and business leaders. The group was comprised of senior officials from Goldman Sachs, Barclays Capital, Royal Bank of Canada, law firm Stikeman Elliott, and Thomson Reuters, among others.
Canwest News Service - Cannon urges aid to rebuild Gaza in wake of war (23 February 2009) Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon called for an international push to rebuild Gaza. 'The international community must quickly and effectively help the people of Gaza rebuild their lives,' Mr Cannon said in what was billed as a major foreign policy speech to the Rideau Club in Ottawa Monday. In his speech, Mr. Cannon also said Canada is committed to pursuing 'enormous commercial opportunities' in China, and would open six new trade offices there to help Canadian companies. 'Asia has emerged as a major driving force in the global economy,' he said. Mr. Cannon announced that his first Asian visit would be to India next month.
CBC News - Ontario teens lobby for stricter ratings of films with smoking (23 February 2009) Teens representing health units throughout southwestern Ontario met in London on the weekend to discuss their concerns about smoking in movies. They will be urging the Ontario Film Review Board to consider each film's depiction of tobacco use when issuing its movie ratings. Donna Kosmack, a youth development specialist with the Middlesex-London Health Unit, said the more that young people see actors smoking cigarettes, the more they think it's a normal thing to do. The teens also sent a request to the film board asking for public service announcements about the dangers of smoking, to run before movies that show tobacco use. 'And there is research to show that if you do see a PSA before watching the movie, the effect of seeing the tobacco in the movie is counteracted,' Kosmack said. The Ontario Film Review Board has agreed to meet with the youth representatives to discuss their concerns.
CBC News - Council wants Canadians to express views on health-care system (23 February 2009) A new website launched on Monday is asking Canadians for their input on how to get more bang from the bucks spent on the health-care system. The Health Council of Canada probes whether the health-care system is funding the right services and whether there are programmes and services that could offer greater health improvements. The website, CanadaValuesHealth.ca, allows users to participate in surveys and post comments. 'This is not a discussion about cutbacks or service reductions,' said council member Dr Danielle Martin. 'It's about maintaining and enhancing the system by making smart spending choices.' The council is encouraging health research groups, delivery organizations, advocacy associations, frontline health professionals, and the general public to take part. (The findings will be reported back to the public and to legislators.)
From a Toronto Star report on this: Health-care spending has more than doubled in the last decade. Between the public and private sector, Canadians spend about C$172 billion a year on health care—more than C$5,000 a person—accounting for 10% of gross domestic product. 'Canadians don't need to spend vastly more but we do need to spend smarter,' the Health Council of Canada says.
The Canadian Press - Ontario promises 50,000 new jobs with Go Green policy (23 February 2009) Ontario's Green Energy Act will create jobs while developing projects more quickly, Energy Minister George Smitherman said. 'If passed, the act would ensure that new green power doesn't get tripped up in all kinds of red tape, but instead that new renewable generation would be built and flowing into the system faster,' Smitherman told the legislature after introducing the bill on Monday. Premier Dalton McGuinty said while he understood a switch from making cars to making wind turbines may not be easy for workers, green technology is key to boosting the province's economy. The province has a responsibility to create new work as well as a sustainable energy base, said McGuinty.
Canwest News Service - Ont. to have green regime: Energy minister (23 February 2009) The sweeping act is designed to encourage massive investment in renewable energy production. Those measures include offering a generous, fixed price for all wind, solar, hydro, biomass, biogas and landfill gas projects. For smaller producers, including homeowners, the government will offer zero or low-interest loans to build a small-scale renewable project like rooftop solar panels, micro wind turbines, ground source heat pumps, or solar thermal projects. The act will also amend building codes (adding energy efficiency), mandate more efficient appliances, and set the stage for electric cars. Smitherman said the fine points of the legislation will become clear in the following months.
From a Canadian Press report on this: 'The [bill] will turbo-charge the creation of renewable energy in this province and set the standard for green energy policy across this continent,' Smitherman said.
From Toronto Star reports on this: Green energy is poised to become part of Ontario's economic DNA. No longer would developers of large projects have to go through complex, costly, and lengthy rounds of bidding for contracts they might not win. Instead, a feed-in tariff sets a price the government is willing to pay for a specific source of electricity. Developers enter a contract with the government knowing in advance what they would earn. 'It's transformational,' said John Kourtoff, CEO of Trillium Power Wind Corp., which wants to build a 710-megawatt wind farm in Lake Ontario. 'The Green Energy Act will serve as a turning point in Ontario's economic history.' Developers would have a 'right to connect' to the power grid and assurance their application to connect would be processed within six months. The government will also spend about C$5 billion over the next three years to upgrade transmission and distribution lines so that more renewable-energy projects can connect, said Smitherman. Robert Hornung, president of the wind association, called the Green Energy Act a 'bold, forward-thinking initiative.' Rick Smith of Environmental Defence hailed the act as a way to slow the pace of global warming and help attract 'billions of dollars in [green] investment . . . .'
From a Globe and Mail report on this: 'Ontario is raising the bar on our collective ambitions,' Smitherman said.
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