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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Prime Minister Harper set to make history

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper may make history on Thursday when he announces his federal cabinet. In his cabinet, experts expect Harper to appoint a record number of women to positions. According to the "Globe and Mail". "

"The Harper Conservatives elected 23 women MPs on Oct. 14, 12 more than in 2006. There were seven women in the Tories' last cabinet, two of whom were junior ministers. Mr. Harper is expected to add four or five more Thursday, bringing to 11 or 12 the number of women in what could be a 30-member cabinet."

In this Government's cabinet, political experts suggest that this could be the largest percentage of women – 36 or 40 per cent – appointed to positions in a federal cabinet.

Women deserve to have more positions in the top levels of Government and Business, if this does not happen,then the World will be losing out. In Canada, many of us are unaware of the fact that October is Women's History Month.Proclaimed by the Government of Canada in 1992, Women's History Month provides an opportunity for Canadians to learn about the many and significant contributions of girls and women to our society – and to the quality of our lives. (sourcehttp://www.swc-cfc.gc.ca/dates/whm/index_e.html)

In 2007, women held 13%, or 527 of a total of 4,061 board seats in FP500 companies, up only 1% from 2005. A little more than 40% of FP500 companies still have no women board directors. Fewer than one-third of companies had more than one woman on their boards. The number of companies that have multiple women on their boards is up only 2.5% since 2005. And the number of women board chairs increased 1.3% from 2005, to 3.4% in 2007.

"Leadership positions are still out of reach,"stated Debrorah Gillis, Catalyst vice-president for North America.
The percentage of women chairing key committees on publicly traded FP500 companies rose to 6.8%, up 1% from 2005.
The numbers seem even smaller when you consider women make up almost 50% of the Canadian workforce and hold less than 40% of management roles. Those who make it to the boardroom tend to work for the company: One in five board seats held by women in 2007 were inside seats. This at a time when publicly traded companies in particular have been under pressure to boost the number of independent directors, and the role of the director has morphed to one of a more strategic partner asking the tough questions." (sourcehttp://working.canada.com/soundoff/story.html?id=09e839f9-a7a4-4303-8e57-6c7df0bdaec1)

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"Our subconscious minds have no sense of humor, play no jokes and cannot tell the difference between reality and an imagined thought or image. What we continually think about eventually will manifest in our lives."-Sidney Madwed



Laws alone can not secure freedom of expression; in order that every woman and man present their views without penalty, there must be spirit of tolerance in the entire population.- Albert Einstein Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. - Leo Buscaglia



A person's true wealth is the good he or she does in the world. - Mohammed



Our task must be to free ourselves... by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty. -Albert Einstein



The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others. - Ghandi



The unselfish effort to bring cheer to others will be the beginning of a happier life for ourselves. - Helen Keller



Aim for success, not perfection. Never give up your right to be wrong, because then you will lose the ability to learn new things and move forward with your life. Remember that fear always lurks behind perfectionism. Confronting your fears and allowing yourself the right to be human can, paradoxically, make yourself a happier and more productive person. - Dr. David M. Burns



Life is as dear to a mute creature as it is to man. Just as one wants happiness and fears pain, just as one wants to live and not die, so do other creatures. -His Holiness The Dalai Lama



Mankind's true moral test, its fundamental test (which lies deeply buried from view), consists of its attitude towards those who are at its mercy: animals. And in this respect mankind has suffered a fundamental debacle, a debacle so fundamental that all others stem from it. -



Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being



The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them. That's the essence of inhumanity. -George Bernard Shaw

Ego's trick is to make us lose sight of our interdependence. That kind of ego-thought gives us a perfect justification to look out only for ourselves. But that is far from the truth. In reality we all depend on each other and we have to help each other. The husband has to help his wife, the wife has to help the husband, the mother has to help her children, and the children are supposed to help the parents too, whether they want to or not.-Gehlek Rinpoche Source: "The Best Buddhist Writing 2005 pg. 165

The hostile attitude of conquering nature ignores the basic interdependence of all things and events---that the world beyond the skin is actually an extension of our own bodies---and will end in destroying the very environment from which we emerge and upon which our whole life depends.