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15 March 2009
26 February was the 26th day of the eighth month of the 3rd year of Canadian national consciousness rising to invincibility.
26 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 - Cure for cancer just might be prevention (26 February 2009) Some of the world's leading experts in nutrition epidemiology have cast a resounding vote in the decades-long debate between treating or preventing cancer: Prevention wins. Their report argues strenuously for diet and exercise as the keys to fighting cancer. It calls research and spending on the treatment of cancer 'necessary but not sufficient,' and contends that a far better strategy would be to develop a public-health policy aimed at preventing people from getting the disease in the first place. The report, issued by the World Cancer Research Fund/American Institute for Cancer Research, is based on an exhaustive review of nearly 7,000 scientific studies into whether cancer rates are influenced by diet, obesity, and exercise. Based on this review, it concludes that cancer 'is mostly preventable', estimating that about one-third of all cases in advanced countries like Canada could be eliminated by diets that aren't loaded with fatty, sugary foods, by people exercising regularly, and, if they are obese, by slimming down to an appropriate weight. Another third of cancers are due to smoking, indicating that well over half the cases of the disease could easily be prevented. Although individuals can make decisions to get more exercise or eat better food, the report says that entities ranging from governments to schools need to develop public-health strategies to reduce the incidence of the disease. Among the steps it recommends are banning advertising of sugary drinks and unhealthy foods directed at children, a step Quebec has already taken. The report says the Quebec action has led to a decrease in the amount of sugary cereals purchased, particularly among francophones. It also calls for vending machines that dispense high-fat, sugary sweets or drinks to be moved out of schools and workplace cafeterias. Another approach that should be considered is having processed meals, snacks, and food reformulated to contain less sugar, refined starches, fat, and salt, the report says. To encourage more physical activity, it says cities should be designed for walking and cycling, rather than the current practice of promoting automobile use through road expansion. The Canadian Cancer Society supports the report's approach.
From a Canadian Press report on this: Commenting on the report, Heather Logan of the Canadian Cancer Society noted that a meeting in Halifax next month will bring together experts to evaluate the report in a Canadian context.
Canwest News Service - Minister paints positive picture of Canada-U.S. relations (26 February 2009) With Barack Obama's arrival in the White House and his appointment of Hillary Clinton as secretary of state, the world can 'expect a renewed approach to multilateral co-operation' with the United States, Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon told hundreds of top military and diplomatic officials at the start of a two-day symposium on Canada-U.S. security relations. 'There will be significant global interest in the new U.S. administration's positions on non-proliferation, arms control and disarmament issues particularly in light of the 2010 Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference and the possibility of future talks with Russia on nuclear disarmament,' Cannon said in a keynote address to the Conference of Defence Associations Institute. Cannon said Canada and the U.S. would work closely to control the proliferation of nuclear weapons. He will be attending Monday's international conference on rebuilding Gaza.
Bloomberg News - Canadian stocks rally most this year as Royal Bank, CIBC exceed estimates (26 February 2009) Canadian stocks gained the most this year on Thursday as higher-than-estimated profit at three of the largest banks boosted confidence that the nation's financial system is withstanding turmoil in credit markets. Royal Bank of Canada, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce and National Bank of Canada gained more than 6 per cent, extending this week's rally for financial shares in the TSX Composite Index to 12 per cent. (The lenders join Toronto-Dominion Bank, which reported earnings Wednesday that beat estimates.) The TSX added 254.52, or 3.2 per cent, to 8,186.82 in Toronto, the steepest rally since Dec. 29.
The Globe and Mail - Confident TD sails past forecasts (26 February 2009) Toronto-Dominion Bank's chief executive officer Ed Clark said Canadian banks are in the best shape of any in the world, which is allowing them to continue to lend and keep credit flowing.
The National Post - Comment - Royal Bank makes $1 billion in the midst of armageddon. What does a GOOD quarter look like? (26 February 2009) Royal Bank of Canada reported it made C$1.05 billion in profit in the first quarter. . . . When The Royal Bank first passed C$1 billion in quarterly earnings, just two years ago, it was such an event it boosted its dividend again . . . .
The Globe and Mail - Worst likely behind us: BMO (26 February 2009) 'Some of the worst monthly numbers are already behind us . . . ,' Bank of Montreal economist Douglas Porter said on Thursday. Mr Porter said he believes the recession will not be as deep or prolonged as the recessions of the early 1980s and early 1990s, for a number of reasons: 'First, interest rates were cut early and often in this cycle and are much, much lower than in the past two downturns . . . . 'Second, stimulative fiscal policy is kicking in relatively early in this downturn. 'Third, corporate balance sheets were in much healthier shape heading into this recession than in the past two cycles.' Mr Porter said what differentiated the onset of this recession from prior downturns was 'just how quickly global growth deteriorated and how uniform it was around the world. 'We were all in the same boat together, and it went down very quickly.' But the rescue efforts also kicked in quickly. 'I think there is a case to be made that because there have been very forceful, co-ordinated efforts around the globe, there is reason to believe that we will all come out of it together&mdash not necessarily quickly, but in a shorter period of time than some might believe.'
The Globe and Mail - Act would reshape structure of native government (26 February 2009) A proposed law that would formally recognize aboriginal rights and title in British Columbia is also expected to set in motion dramatic changes to the structure of native governments in the province. B.C.'s top native leaders are meeting for a special assembly in Nanaimo this week to debate the principles of the proposed Recognition and Reconciliation Act. The law would not only turn back the clock on the Crown's 150-year-old claim to the province's land and resources, but also would set up a commission with the goal of reconstituting the existing 203 native bands in B.C. into 30 indigenous governments. The proposal is based on dozens of meetings between six people—including the Premier's deputy minister, Jessica McDonald, and top native leaders including Ed John, the grand chief of the First Nations Summit. Mr John said the goal is to give aboriginal people in B.C. a stake in matters ranging from tourism to mining. Four years ago, Premier Gordon Campbell pledged a 'new relationship' with the province's aboriginal population that aimed to reconcile long-standing grievances and create certainty in a province where unsettled land claims have created numerous conflicts over resource extraction. The proposed act would create a statute that would take precedence over the hundreds of existing laws on B.C.'s books regarding aboriginal rights and title. It would offer several possible structures, depending on whether the indigenous governments are reconstituted. Those 30 governments would be based on precontact aboriginal societies. The legislation is expected to set out a regulatory structure that allows aboriginal governments some control over the resources taken from their lands. Finally, the government is considering issuing a proclamation that would effectively repeal one of the founding laws of the colony of B.C. In 1859, the province's first governor, James Douglas, proclaimed that all lands and minerals in 'unoccupied' B.C. belong to the Crown. The new proclamation would acknowledge past injustices and point to a future that concedes the province was in fact occupied long before Douglas became governor.
The Saskatoon StarPhoenix - 'Every child should be funded equally' (26 February 2009) Provincial education ministers and aboriginal leaders were in Saskatoon this week for a meeting of the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC). Concerns discussed during the two days of meetings included addressing the difference in per-capita funding between students on reserves and those attending public schools. Students at First Nations schools are funded on average C$2,000 per student less than students in public schools, a discrepancy leaders want closed. 'Every child should be funded equally in Canada,' Kelly Lamrock, chair of CMEC and New Brunswick minister of education, said at a closing press conference. Also on the agenda were language and treaty education and writing First Nations history into school curriculums. 'After 48 hours, I believe we've started to find some areas where we can find solutions,' Lamrock said. 'I must admit I arrived here somewhat skeptical,' said Phil Fontaine, chief of the Assembly of First Nations. He said the results are encouraging and offered to co-host the next meeting of aboriginal leaders with the CMEC.
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