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18 March 2009

2 March was the 2nd day of the ninth month of the 3rd year of Canadian national consciousness rising to invincibility.

2 March 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 - Canada, allies will never defeat Taliban, PM says (1 March 2009) Canadian and other foreign armies can't defeat the Taliban, Prime Minister Harper said in a television broadcast Sunday. 'Frankly, we are not going to ever defeat the insurgency.' In an interview with CNN's Fareed Zakaria, Mr Harper said that despite sending thousands of soldiers to Afghanistan, the 'success has been modest' and any gains made could be lost. 'We're not going to win this war just by staying,' Mr Harper said, and pointed to the long history of Afghan insurgencies successfully driving out foreign invaders—including the Soviet army in the 1980s and the British a century earlier. '[From] my reading of Afghanistan history, it's probably had an insurgency forever, of some kind.'

From a CBC News report on this: 'If we think that we are going to govern Afghanistan for Afghans, or over the long-term be responsible for day-to-day security in Afghanistan and see that country improve, we are mistaken.'

From a Canadian Press report on this: Western forces cannot indefinitely ensure the security of the country, nor can outsiders hope to govern Afghanistan, Harper said. 'Ultimately, the source of authority in Afghanistan has to be perceived as being indigenous. If it's perceived as being foreign, it will always have a significant degree of opposition.' It's the government in Kabul that will have to run its own country and be responsible for its own security, he said.

Canwest News Service on Prime Minister Harper speaks on the economy to CNN (1 March 2009) CNN's Zakaria started his segment with Harper on Sunday by highlighting the fact Canada is the only industrialized nation without a major failure or bailout linked to its banks. Harper said stimulus packages are 'essential' at this point, but warned against protectionism when putting any financial relief packages into place. 'If we try to have this economy recover by having a series of stimulus packages that are oriented to only stimulating a national economy, or a national economy at the expense of a global economy, we're actually going to drive this thing deeper into recession,' Harper said. 'We knew from the 1920s that an unregulated financial sector would lead to pyramid selling and all kinds of equivalent problems, so in a sense we're going back and learning some lessons that I thought had already been learned.'

Reuters Canada - Canada wants North American standard on fuel efficiency for auto industry (2 March 2009) Environment Minister Jim Prentice said Monday that Canada aspires to be part of a stringent North American standard on fuel efficiency for the continent's heavily integrated auto industry. 'At this point in the United States, it would appear as though they are headed toward a 35 mile a gallon standard by 2020 and that would start to come into effect in the 2011 model year,' Mr. Prentice told the CBC. 'We've essentially been prepared to go in that same direction . . . what we're striving for is a North American standard because we know there's only one North American automobile industry.'

The Globe and Mail - Most Canadians positive about their financial prospects, survey reveals (2 March 2009) Canadians remain surprisingly sanguine about their personal financial prospects despite the current economic gloom, and most seem to be betting the recession will be short-lived. Almost three-quarters—72 per cent—believe their financial situation will be better in a year, according to a new survey. The Consumerology study, sponsored by advertising firm Bensimon Byrne, is a quarterly analysis of social issues that might affect consumer spending. The online poll surveyed 1,637 Canadians in January. The poll found that when Canadians look ahead a year from now, more than half—55 per cent—say they think the economy will be doing better. A bigger majority, 72 per cent, say they will be better off personally. 'Canadians think this thing is going to be over quickly, and that the economy will be growing again a year from now, and they'll be doing well a year from now,' said pollster David Herle of The Gandalf Group, which conducted the survey. There are a few signs the current recession may soon bottom out, said Glen Hodgson, chief economist at The Conference Board of Canada.

CTV News (Calgary) - Housing forecast looking brighter (2 March 2009) The latest figures posted by the Calgary Real Estate Board show that sales of existing homes jumped 50 per cent from January to February 2009 and that the average price of a home in Calgary is up slightly.

The Canadian Press - Sask. finance minister 'optimistic' about growth and budget, despite tough times (2 March 2009) Saskatchewan's finance minister Rod Gantefoer said he expects Saskatchewan will report economic growth and a surplus in its budget, set for 18 March. 'We're optimistic that the numbers that we're going to post are going to remain in the positive . . . ,' Gantefoer told reporters Monday at the start of the spring legislature session. Saskatoon, according to the Conference Board of Canada, led the nation in GDP growth among Canadian cities in 2008. Regina had the second highest increase at 4.9 per cent. The board predicts Saskatoon and Regina will continue with population increases and major economic activity in 2009.

Statistics Canada - Canadian economic accounts (2 March 2009) Personal disposable income [in the fourth quarter] continued to advance (up 0.4%), as increases in labour income and government transfers to persons more than offset declines in investment income. Labour income advanced 0.7%, growing at a similar rate as the third quarter. . . . The downturn in spending (in nominal terms) combined with increased disposable income led to C$45 billion of personal saving in the fourth quarter; C$15 billion higher than in the third quarter. This level of personal saving was the highest since the fourth quarter of 1995, and led to a saving rate of 4.7%, the highest rate recorded since the first quarter of 2002.

The Canadian Press - Grizzlies make a comeback in Manitoba (2 March 2009) Recent sightings of grizzly bears—extinct from Manitoba for a century—have raised hopes the iconic Canadian mammal may be making a comeback. They've also prompted the provincial government to add the bears and other extirpated animals such as swift foxes and muskox to the list of species protected under the wildlife act. Wildlife biologists say the bears have been spotted in the northern part of the province and need more protection against hunters to encourage the animals to settle back in Manitoba. The wildlife act also helps to protect their habitat. Carl Morrison, grizzly bear campaigner with the Sierra Club of Canada, said it makes sense to protect the mammal because they are a so-called 'umbrella species' and 'by protecting habitat for grizzlies, you essentially protect a host of other plants and animals that fall under that umbrella of protection.' Muskox and swift fox haven't been seen in the province yet, but Bill Watkins, wildlife biologist with the Conservation Department, said populations are rebounding in neighbouring regions so it's possible the animals may move back to Manitoba.

The Toronto Star - Universities welcome new money for more graduate positions (1 March 2009) Ontario universities say they are fielding more bids for graduate school and welcome the provincial government's new funding for 3,300 more master's and doctoral students between now and 2012. Ryerson University president Sheldon Levy says that applications to PhD programs are up 363 per cent over two years.

From a Globe and Mail report on this: Ontario says it's committing C$51.6 million to add graduate spaces at its universities. The government says the investment will enable more students to study in high-demand sectors such as engineering and environmental studies. The money, from the C$6.2-billion Reaching Higher programme, will create 1,925 new master's spaces and 1,373 new PhD spaces over the next few years. 'By helping more Ontarians pursue higher education, we can strengthen our economy and attract the kind of jobs and investment that will build prosperity for all Ontario families,' Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities John Milloy said.

From a Windsor Star report on this: The government said the new funding would up the government's investment in creating more than 15,000 new graduate spaces by 2011-2012 to C$221.6 million.

Canwest News Service - Interest in synchrotron at U of S is steadily growing (2 March 2009) The Canadian Light Source (CLS) at the University of Saskatchewan is a massive electron ring that creates intense beams of light covering the spectrum. The light allows scientists to see matter at the atomic level, which has many applications for science and industry. Only seven beamlines are currently operational globally. The CLS was built to serve academic science, but industrial use has increased approximately five-fold over the past three years. 'Whatever the imagination can come up with can provide opportunities,' said Murray McLaughlin, CLS's director of business development. Seventy-five per cent of the beamline time, however, is dedicated to academic research. Approximately 150 people work at the CLS, representing 17 countries. Twenty-five Canadian universities are using the CLS, 'which truly makes us a national facility,' McLaughlin said.

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