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30 March 2009

30 March was the 30th day of the ninth month of the 3rd year of Canadian national consciousness rising to invincibility.

30 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 on Prime Minister Harper's confidence in the Canadian economy and banking system (30 March 2009) The G20 should see Canada as one of the healthiest economies in the world, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said in a streak of interviews with Canadian and U.S. media three days before the Group of Twenty meets in London to hash out solutions to the global economic crisis. Since Canada had a low debt burden, an efficient inflation regime, a diversified economy, flexible labour markets, and good fiscal management leading up to the crisis, it can now afford to run 'very large deficits'&mdash as long as the spending is withdrawn in two years, Harper said. The government will do exactly that to return the country's books to a surplus position, he said, and do it without raising taxes. The Prime Minister repeatedly pointed to the relative stability in Canada's banking system in interviews, crediting reasonable regulation of the entire financial system but minimal micromanagement. 'We're emerging from this with probably the only truly free market financial system in the world,' Mr Harper boasted in one interview. And that's a fair claim, Don Drummond, chief economist at Toronto-Dominion Bank, said. Canadian banks have not needed bailouts and they can still raise money on the open market. 'Basically, no other country can,' Drummond said.

From a CBC Newsreport on this: Prime Minister Harper would like to see G20 member countries commit at this week's summit to a broad series of reforms to increase transparency in the financial sector. Canada and India are co-chairing the G20's working group on reform of financial regulations.

The Canadian Press - Canada's financial system good example for world to follow: Carney (30 March 2009) The world needs a new way to supervise and regulate financial systems to restore stability and might want to follow Canada's example, Bank of Canada Governor Mark Carney said in a lecture to the University of Alberta's school of business. 'Credit conditions in Canada remain superior to those in virtually every other industrialized country,' Carney said. 'The core of our system has many—although not all—of the elements of a more sustainable, global financial system.'

From a Calgary Herald report on this: In an interview, Carney elaborated on the key messages in his speech at the University of Alberta's school of business. He highlighted Canada's role as a key player in achieving financial reform at this week's G-20 summit in London. 'Canada has a lot of credibility going into those meetings,' he said, pointing to the fact our banks are in a unique position because they are the only institutions to have successfully raised what Carney estimates to be more than C$16 billion in Tier I capital from the public markets—without any help from the federal government. This stands in stark contrast to what has taken place elsewhere in the world, where governments have been the source of capital for their financial institutions. Carney is confident the current stimulus measures being taken around the globe will achieve the necessary outcome. 'There is a tremendous effort underway to re-inflate the global economy . . . it will work . . . there will be a restoration of global growth.'

Reuters - EU ministers approve open skies deal with Canada (30 March 2009) The European Union is set to sign an 'open skies' agreement with Canada, under which Canadian and European Union airlines would be able to fly freely between any EU airport and any Canadian airport. 'EU transport ministers supported the presidency compromise on the EU-Canada aviation agreement,' a source in the EU's presidency said on Monday. An official signing is expected on 6 May at the EU-Canada Summit in Prague. The agreement would also ease restrictions on control and ownership of airlines. Canada already plans to raise the foreign ownership limit to 49 per cent of an airline's voting stock from 25 per cent—a move welcomed by the country's main carriers, which want more investment. In a later phase of the deal, investors would be able to set up and control airlines in each other's markets, and in a final stage, airlines would be able to fly freely within each others' markets and onwards from there to other regions.

CBC News - Report forecasts strong auto sales in Saskatchewan(30 March 2009) People who sell new vehicles are expected to have another strong year in Saskatchewan, says a report by Scotiabank Economics that shows optimism in Saskatchewan. 'The province continues to enjoy low unemployment and increased employment opportunities,' the report says. 'Consumer spending remains a key growth driver as employment gains approaching three per cent year over year will keep vehicle sales at 46,000 units, well above the 41,000-unit average of the past five years, and only marginally below the 2008 peak of 48,000.'

The Globe and Mail - New wind turbine on GO line could power 80 per cent of station's needs (30 March 2009) In what appears to be a first, the Lisgar GO station in Mississauga, Ont. is going green. As of about 1 April, if plans stay on track, about 80 per cent of the busy train station's electrical needs will be powered by the wind, courtesy of a brand new turbine that will generate approximately 56,000 kilowatts a day. GO Transit spokeswoman Jessica Kosmack suggests the turbine's C$620,000 price tag will prove a bargain and perhaps become a prototype for other eco-oriented initiatives across the Greater Toronto Area's 8,000-kilometre GO network, which comprises 59 rail stations and numerous bus routes. 'We're looking at what makes sense in terms of sustainability and renewable energy,' Kosmack said. This is not GO's first venture into the green field. Earlier this month the doors opened at a new, C$45-million bus facility in Streetsville, where about 200 GO buses are serviced and stored. It is billed as the first piece of green transit infrastructure anywhere in the Greater Toronto Area. Heated by a geothermal system, it also has a green roof —literally, with plants and grass that both aid the insulation process and generate oxygen. But the turbine windmill appears to mark the first time any transit system in North America is relying on wind power to service part of its heating and lighting needs.

The Halifax Chronicle Herald - Gateway project gets $4-million boost (30 March 2009) Ottawa is pumping C$4 million into the development of clean, renewable energy resources in Atlantic Canada (including wind, tidal, and hydro). Natural Resources Minister Lisa Raitt announced the investment in the Atlantic Energy Gateway initiative. Peter MacKay, the MP for Central Nova, said: 'The Atlantic Energy Gateway has the potential to not only meet the clean and renewable energy needs of Atlantic Canadians, but also help our region tap into a major market opportunity by selling our surplus to the energy-hungry United States.'

CBC News - Earth Hour a big success, NB Power reports (30 March 2009) Lots of New Brunswickers spent an hour with minimal use of the electrical grid during Earth Hour, a NB Power spokeswoman said Monday. Electrical consumption dropped by 20 megawatts 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. AT on Saturday as Earth Hour moved through New Brunswick, Heather Ann MacLean said. That's equal to 400,000 lights being turned off. That was a major improvement on last year's figure, MacLean said, when NB Power recorded a drop of eight megawatts. There were a number of reasons for the improvement, MacLean said. 'I think it's a combination of awareness of Earth Hour—people wanting to know and do more things around conservation,' MacLean said, adding that interest in the event has grown in its third year. 'New Brunswickers certainly rose to that challenge,' MacLean said.

Canwest News Service - New Brunswick moves to ban smoking in cars with kids (30 March 2009) New Brunswick is the latest province to introduce legislation banning smoking in cars with children. An amendment to the Smoke-free Places Act will prohibit smoking in a car when a person under the age of 16 is present, New Brunswick Health Minister Michael Murphy announced Monday. Similar legislation already exists in Ontario, British Columbia, Nova Scotia, and the Yukon, and is being introduced in Manitoba. In Prince Edward Island, the government has signalled its intention to ban smoking in cars with children.

From a Moncton Times and Transcript report on this: The legislation was announced alongside a ban on selling flavoured tobacco products, unless approved by regulation. Small, flavoured cigars, known as cigarillos, have been tried by one-third of Canadians aged 15 to 19, according to Health Canada. Kenneth Maybee, president of the New Brunswick Lung Association, said these products are marketed directly to kids. Health Minister Mike Murphy said he hoped keeping kids out of smoke-filled environments, coupled with the new regulations on flavoured tobacco, will help prevent kids from becoming smokers. The smoking rate of 15 to 19-year-olds in New Brunswick has gone down from 27 per cent in 1999 to a rate of 15 per cent in the first half of 2008. Murphy said any number above zero is too much.

The Regina Leader-Post - Initiative aims to improve health care for indigenous people (30 March 2009) A new initiative is aimed at improving health care for First Nation, Metis, and Inuit people in Canada. Last week the Royal College, the Indigenous Physicians Association of Canada (IPAC), and Health Canada unveiled the pilot education programmes of the First Nation, Inuit, and Metis Health Curriculum. '[The curriculum] is really intended to be delivered to residents in training and is also appropriate to physicians in practice&mdash family physicians and specialists,' said William Fitzgerald, president of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. 'The intention is that residents and physicians will become culturally competent.' Fitzgerald believes that making the curriculum available across Canada to those in the medical field will go a long way in helping to improve the health outcomes for indigenous people. 'It would certainly be our recommendation that training programs in Canada and all specialties should at least offer this kind of training,' he said. 'When the Royal College accredits training programs, we'll be asking to be reassured that this option is there for trainees across Canada.'

Canwest News Service - Quebec adds land the size of the Maritimes to protected areas list (30 March 2009) The Quebec government has added another 18,000 square kilometres of land to the amount already protected in the province, bringing the total to 135,326 square kilometres, or the size of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island combined. The increase, announced by Quebec Premier Jean Charest and Line Beauchamp, minister of sustainable development, environment and parks, brings the total percentage of protected land in the province to 8.12%, just over the eight per cent goal the government set in 2003. Back then, less than one per cent of Quebec land was protected. The latest protected swaths comprise half of Quebec's Boreal Forest in the northern part of the province.

The Vancouver Sun - Great Bear Rainforest to be saved as 'global treasure' (30 March 2009) British Columbia is expected to announce a new approach to resource development on B.C.'s central and north coast Tuesday, finally ending the eco-wars over the old-growth forests. New laws protecting eco-systems in what is termed the Great Bear Rainforest will change how the region—an area the size of Ireland—is managed, said Patrick Armstrong, a spokesman for five forest companies in the region. 'This is an important milestone in securing a global treasure for future generations,' Armstrong said Monday. Valerie Langer, of ForestEthics, one of three major environmental groups involved, said this meets the promises made by the government in 2006 to re-shape the way the land is used. Key elements of the agreement include: One-third of the region, 2.1 million hectares, is protected; Eco-system-based management, a system that balances ecological values with resource use and community needs, will be in practice; First Nations will be involved in governance along with Victoria. The timber harvest is expected to drop by about 20 per cent as a result of the new approach.

From a Globe and Mail report on this: British Columbia is expected to announce Tuesday that a final agreement has been reached for managing four million hectares in the Great Bear Rainforest. The region, which contains the largest intact temperate rain forest left in the world, stretches along the B.C. coast from just north of Vancouver Island to the Alaska Panhandle. When Premier Gordon Campbell announced in 2006 that two million hectares would be protected, he promised his government would implement ecosystem-based management for another four million hectares by March of this year. Under ecosystem-based management, B.C. is expected to develop ways of logging that have minimal impact on the environment and that ensure protection of 50 per cent to 70 per cent of old-growth forest in the region. Jessica Wilson, a Greenpeace spokeswoman, said in a statement that 'forest campaigners have truly been burning the midnight oil, negotiating the final details of this monumental, globally significant announcement.' She said the agreements will provide an environmental blueprint that 'other nations should follow to pave the way for environmentally, socially and economically sustainable and responsible forestry practices.'

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