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10 March 2009
25 February was the 25th day of the eighth month of the 3rd year of Canadian national consciousness rising to invincibility.
25 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 National Post - Sweet sound of council at work (24 February 2009) Toronto Mayor David Miller stood up Monday in the council chamber at City Hall to support one of his most outspoken foes, Denzil Minnan-Wong. And Councillor Michael Thompson, another of the Mayor's perennial critics, rose in a fierce defence of Mr Miller. It really was a wonderful chorus to hear—councillors from the left and the right, working together for the common good. And when it was all over, council had appointed eight people to sit on the board of Build Toronto, a company with a mandate to develop the landholdings of the City of Toronto for office buildings, industrial uses and possibly affordable housing. 'I'm very happy that we have this calibre of people,' Mr Miller told council. Council also appointed 12 people to the board of Invest Toronto, which will 'engage the private sector' to promote Toronto. Councillor Rob Ford had raised objections to the list, pointing out that five of those appointed gave money to Mr Miller's last election campaign. Mr Miller chaired a panel of three who interviewed the candidates. But Mr Thompson, among many other councillors, defended the choices. 'I think we should stop peddling to the lowest common denominator that we are all thieves and crooks here,' he said. 'I don't often agree with this Mayor, but I disagree with this characterization.' At another point, the Mayor supported an amendment by Mr Minnan-Wong to ensure Build Toronto hold its meetings in public. 'Councillor, I'm getting used to getting up here and prefacing my remarks with, 'I agree with you,' which is not what I would have expected a year ago,' Miller said. It was sweet music, indeed.
The Victoria Times Colonist - B.C.'s youth crime rate falling despite recent gang violence (23 February 2009) Despite recent gang violence, British Columbia's youth crime rate is actually falling, a new report shows. 'There is no youth crime crisis in B.C.,' says the report by Children's Representative Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond and Provincial Health Officer Perry Kendall.
The Ottawa Citizen - MPs' voting records expected to be available soon online (25 February 2009) The House of Commons is developing a system to put every Member of Parliament's voting record on the web, shining light for the first time on information that has long been buried deep within House of Commons records. The House of Commons currently provides no comprehensive records of how MPs vote on bills and motions in Parliament. The records will likely be accessible in a matter of weeks at the parl.gc.ca website.
The Globe and Mail - Chill won't freeze salaries this year: poll (25 February 2009) Despite the economic chill, most Canadian employers say they are not planning to freeze salaries this year, according to a new poll. The survey of 1,000 employers done in January by global human resource consultant Mercer Canada Ltd found that 70 per cent still plan pay increases, averaging 3.1 per cent.
Bloomberg News - Obama in Canada finds world's best financial system (25 February 2009) David Denison, who oversees investments for Canada's pensions, says his country's banks are the best in the world right now and Barack Obama can't disagree. Before President Obama made Ottawa his first visit to a foreign capital, he couldn't resist telling the Canadian Broadcasting Corp.: 'In the midst of the enormous economic crisis, I think Canada has shown itself to be a pretty good manager of the financial system and the economy in ways that we haven't always been.' No country among the industrialized nations is showing as much confidence in its bankers as Canada. Not one government penny has been given to any of the 21 banks since credit worldwide seized up in August 2007. Money managers from Brazil, China, France, Ireland, and Australia scheduled visits to Denison's Toronto office in the past two weeks to learn how Canada and its banks and pension funds are weathering the financial crisis. 'The Canadian banking system is a very good story,' said Denison, chief executive officer of the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, which manages C$108.9 billion for retired Canadians. The dividend payouts at Canada's five biggest banks haven't been reduced since the Great Depression. The Canadian banks haven't been in this position of global strength since between the two World Wars, said Charles Goodhart, a professor of finance at the London School of Economics. 'They're very diversified, didn't get heavily involved in the international investment banking industry and they've benefited from good central banking,' Goodhart said. The federal government set up a C$218 billion programme in October to guarantee bank debt to help Canadian lenders compete in international markets with government-backed US banks. None of the country's lenders has tapped the credit. The only government support has been a pledge to buy as much as C$125 billion in mortgages, allowing the banks to increase lending to companies and consumers. 'The Canadian government has a lot of firepower these days, not just because this has been such a well-managed economy, but frankly, because the Canadian government has not been bailing out the Canadian banks,' Toronto-Dominion Chief Financial Officer Colleen Johnston told investors 28 Jan. Toronto-Dominion and Royal Bank are among just seven banks in the world with the top credit rating of Aaa from Moody's Investors Service. Canada was the only Group of Seven nation to balance its budget for 11 consecutive years, before a stimulus package aimed at sparking growth pushed the country to a deficit for the fiscal year. The relative strength of the financial system may help Canada recover from the recession faster. 'Once this uncertainty is removed, and it will be removed ultimately,' Bank of Canada Governor Mark Carney said, 'these strengths will kick in and that will have a bigger impact in our opinion in terms of the recovery in Canada.'
Canwest News Service - Canadian companies answer the enviro-call (25 February 2009) Daniel Gagne, Bell Canada's director of corporate responsibility and the environment, earnestly rattles off the telecommunications provider's notable achievements, including nearly 500,000 cellphones diverted from landfills since 2003 and a cool C$1 million trimmed through paper recycling. Bell Canada has already exceeded its 2012 target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 15% by adopting an assertive programme in which 370,000 teleconferences replaced travel and saved 244,000 tonnes of greenhouse emissions. Teleworking employees saved another 20,000 tonnes. New, energy efficient Bell vehicles and a no-idling rule have translated into C$450,000 in fuel savings. 'Green policies and practices have been a boomerang in the past year. The concept has caught the eyes and ears of people in senior management, and they're moving on it. The progress in the past year has been outstanding,' says Aaron Hay, a research consultant with Info-Tech Research Group in London, Ont. Even banks won't be outdone. Among other initiatives, BMO has green buildings with the lofty LEED certification and uses 5,000 megawatt hours of emission-free electricity from Bullfrog Power, while RBC has been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index for the ninth consecutive year.
Reuters Canada - Canada cheers Obama remarks on U.S. farm subsidies (25 February 2009) Canada's agriculture minister hailed on Wednesday remarks by U.S. President Barack Obama about ending some U.S. farm subsidies, saying it was one small step moving the world closer to a world trade agreement. In an address to Congress Tuesday, President Obama called for an end to 'direct payments to large agribusinesses that don't need them,' an apparent attack on subsidies costing US$5.2 billion a year. ' . . . it's a good right step,' Canadian Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz told reporters in Parliament. Negotiations for a new world trade agreement have stumbled, partly due to an impasse on agriculture. Developing nations want the industrial world to cut farm support programmes.
The Canadian Press - Public to get up close and personal view of northern lights with new camera (25 February 2009) The sight of the northern lights dancing across the night sky is so intense, some people swear they can hear the vibrant colours humming. It's a view most people won't get to see without a trek to the Northwest Territories, where the most striking display of the lights anywhere in the world can be seen. But it will soon be possible for the rest of the world to see the lights, set off by the interaction between the earth and the sun, simply by turning to their computer. A camera being set up outside Yellowknife will send out pictures of the swirling, vivid colours every few seconds each night. The project, a collaboration between the University of Calgary, the Canadian Space Agency, and the City of Yellowknife, will contribute to scientific research, but for the first time colour images in real-time will be accessible to anyone—teachers, astronomy clubs, space fans. The camera should begin running next fall—the time of year when northern lights tend to be most active. 'They're absolutely beautiful, they put the greatest fireworks show that you've ever seen to shame,' Mike Greffen of the University of Calgary's Institute for Space Research said.
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