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16 March 2009

27 February was the 27th day of the eighth month of the 3rd year of Canadian national consciousness rising to invincibility.

27 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 - Meaning means more than money at work: poll (27 February 2009) More than half of Canadians say they would be prepared to accept less money or a lesser role to do work that has meaning, a new survey has found. Fifty-eight per cent of Canadians said they would take on a lesser role or lower wage if they felt their work contributed something important or meaningful to them or their organization, according to the Kelly Global Workforce Index. The study sought the views of nearly 100,000 people in 34 countries, including more than 7,000 in Canada. Canada had the sixth-highest percentage of all countries whose workers saw meaningful work trumping pay, behind China, Portugal, India, Ireland, and Spain. Younger workers were only slightly more likely to say they would be willing to sacrifice: Fifty-nine per cent of Canadian Gen Yers—the 18- to 29-year-old age group—picked meaning over salary and position. That compared with 58 per cent of Gen X (those 30 to 47) and 54 per cent of baby boomers, aged 48 and over. And eighty-four per cent of Canadians said their work raises their self-confidence and 53 per cent said if given the chance to start over again, they would choose the same field. Across all generations, 69 per cent of men and 67 per cent of women said their work gives them a sense of pride.

The Globe and Mail - Canadians won't quit on the environment (27 February 2009) Canadians have not abandoned their concern for the environment, which was their top policy priority before the financial crisis took hold last autumn. A new poll conducted for the Dominion Institute by Ipsos Reid shows just under half of Canadians say serious action on climate change must wait until after the recession, while 57 per cent say Canada should take action on climate change right now, even if it means higher deficits. 'With the economic recession, it's expected that concern for the environment versus the economy would drop off. Canadians are saying, 'No, it's still important, the government should still be focusing on the environment even though it has to stabilize the economy,'' said Sean Simpson, research manager at Ipsos Reid. The poll also found that three-quarters of Canadians say we should only adopt stimulus measures that are environmentally sustainable.

The Toronto Star on forest industry official wants to work with environmentalists (27 February 2009) 'The old concept that environmental groups hold demonstrations and forest companies dig in their heels has got dinosaur dandruff all over it,' Avrim Lazar, president and CEO of the Forest Products Association of Canada, said in an interview Thursday. That's the message Lazar plans to convey when he delivers a keynote address at the Green Party's biennial policy convention Friday. Lazar said he expects to find welcome ears in an audience that will include people who in past years would have been more likely to form human chains around trees than to listen to someone whose job it is to cut them down. 'If we just try to make money by ignoring the environment we fail at making money,' Lazar said. 'If you try and save the environment without understanding the economic drivers of environmental degradation, you will fail to save the environment. The issue is: how do you integrate the two?' Green Leader Elizabeth May invited Lazar to speak after hearing his views on climate change, a problem the Canadian forestry industry is dealing with, too.

The Globe and Mail - A sustained appetite for sustainable homes (27 February 2009) Graham Smith and Trevor McIvor are partners in Altius Architecture, a well-rooted Toronto firm specializing in the design and construction of custom houses and cottages. In a recent interview, both designers were buoyant about the prospects in the months ahead. Like many architectural firms, Altius has specialized in sustainable design over the past few years. One might think that such attention to green strategies, at least on the part of clients, would be especially menaced by an economic downturn. Altius disagrees. 'Everybody was predicting that, with the collapse of oil prices, being green would go out the window,' Mr Smith said. 'We haven't seen that happen. People have realized it makes sense in good times and just as much sense in bad times. We're still forging ahead with the same kind of sustainable work we've been doing for years.'

CBC News - New Ont. facility to help 'green chemistry' reach industrial plants (27 February 2009) A new research centre will be created in eastern Ontario to help guide more energy-efficient chemical processes from university labs into factories across the country. The federal government announced that it will provide C$9.1 million over five years to help establish GreenCentre Canada at Queen's University in Kingston, Ont. Rui Resendes, executive director of the newly established centre, said its focus will be green chemistry—the design of materials and processes that reduce and prevent the formation of waste. At the GreenCentre, new chemical processes developed in university labs across the country will be tested on a larger scale and adapted for practical applications.

The Canadian Press - We're still friends, Saskatchewan premier says of federal government (27 February 2009) No relationship is perfect—that's the message from Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall on the province's dealings with the federal government. Wall says there's always going to be some disagreement between the two, but he adds there will be more occasions when they reach consensus on issues.

The Toronto Star - Opinion - Crisis holds hope for health care (27 February 2009) Ted Ball sent out his latest Ontario health-care report this week, in which he pegged the level of waste in Ontario's medical delivery system at 30 per cent. (The Toronto health-care consultant actually thinks it is closer to 40 per cent but he didn't want to be too provocative.) He waited for a torrent of angry—or at least skeptical—emails from hospital administrators, health-care professionals, and provincial bureaucrats. But the reaction was surprisingly muted. What this suggests to Ball, who has been arguing for 25 years that Ontario spends too much and gets too little out of its health-care system, is that the message is finally getting through. For Ball, this is a breakthrough moment. 'This is perhaps our best opportunity for a long overdue transformation,' he says. 'I believe the current financial crisis is about to provide the tipping point.' The first challenge, he says, will be to redeploy the roughly C$12 billion that is now being spent on unneeded medical tests, inappropriate drugs, redundant paperwork, political lobbying, rivalry between doctors, nurses, and other health-care professionals, and competition between institutions. Putting taxpayers' money where it will do the most good sounds simple and sensible. But Ontario's health-care system is riddled with vested interests, institutional barriers, and processes so ingrained that people consider them sacrosanct. The next task will be to stop rewarding hospital executives for increasing their patient volumes. This will require a major shift in thinking. Most hospital boards equate spending with success. Most management practices are borrowed from the world of business, where bigger is better. The third imperative, Ball says, will be to move resources from 'sick care' to disease prevention. Ontario has a ministry of health promotion, but it gets a trickle of funds compared with dollars gushing into hospitals, doctors' salaries, and drug benefits. 'What is the point of spending C$40 billion annually on health care if we are just getting sicker and sicker?' Ball asks.

The National Post on aboriginal sentencing circles (27 February 2009) Former Yukon judge Barry Stuart was the first in Canada to implement sentencing circles. They soon spread across Canada, primarily dealing with aboriginal offenders. (Courts introduced the measure for First Nations offenders, but sentencing circles have been convened for others.) The sentencing circle is about 'community building', he says; it is about 'healing' those affected by crime, and those who committed it. It is also, he admits, a rebuff of the retributive philosophy that has guided Canadian justice. 'What social scientist in the last 100 years has said, ''Gee, punishment changes behaviour''?' Mr Stuart asks. A community's sentencing circle includes the accused's loved ones and supporters, in addition to court officers, victims, and community 'elders'. Judges are often encouraged by the circle to be 'creative' in their sentencing. 'If the judge were to effectively ignore the circle that would be sending a message that we don't want your opinion on justice matters or that somehow punishment is more important than building community,' says Norman Zlotkin, an aboriginal rights lawyer and professor at the University of Saskatchewan. Severe punishment is not what 'restorative justice' is about, says Mr Zlotkin. 'One doesn't learn to be a better citizen in jail.' Supporters of the circles say their strength is that the process reflects a more time-honoured form of justice. Justice Stuart says his experience in Whitehorse was that recidivism rates reversed for those sentenced by circles, with 75% staying clean versus the 75% reoffending after being sentenced strictly by the courts.

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