Canada’s Alice Munro, ‘master’ of short stories, wins Nobel Prize in literature
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Canada is looking to host the World Cup in 2026. (AP Images) Canada has successfully hosted every FIFA event outside of the two senior-level tournaments, and the country is less than two years away from welcoming the best female players on the planet to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. There’s little doubt that 2015 will be a success either, given that Canada has proven to be a groundbreaking host to every FIFA tournament played in the Great White North. The 2002 U-19 Women’s World Championship — the first female FIFA youth tournament — was a smash hit, with hundreds of thousands of Canadians packing the stands to set the tone for future editions. The 2007 U-20 World Cup set attendance records for that tournament and served as a catalyst for a soccer boom that can be credited for helping accelerate the formation of the country’s three MLS franchises. Both tournaments also broke domestic television records, leading to increased interest in the game. Just think what the 2026 World Cup can do for the sport on a national level. Of course, there are hurdles that need to be cleared. Big ones. Currently, Canada’s large stadium infrastructure is quite lacking, with only a handful of modern facilities capable of meeting FIFA’s high standards for hosting. But 13 years is a long time, and we’re already starting to see more new stadium projects come on line recently. By 2015, there will be new or massively renovated stadiums in Vancouver, Winnipeg, Hamilton and Ottawa, with a facility for the Saskatchewan Roughriders set to open in Regina in 2017.
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Photograph by: Bloomberg , Financial Post OTTAWA a Canadaas labour market plateaued in September, after months of erratic gains and losses, even as the unemployment rate declined to the lowest level in nearly five years as fewer people a mainly youths a were looking for work. About 11,900 jobs were created last month, all of them full-time positions in the private sector, Statistics Canada said Friday. The most notable declines were in manufacturing and public administration, while the finance, insurance and real estate sector added the most jobs. Related Economists had expected about 10,000 jobs to be created in September. The unemployment rate, meanwhile, declined to 6.9% in September a the lowest level since December 2008 a from 7.1% in August. The decline came as 21,400 workers aged 15 to 24 stopped looking for employment. aThat suggests that students or recent grads were less eager to work at the start of the school year than seasonals expect,a said Avery Shenfeld, chief economist at CIBC World Markets. Last monthas meager increase in job creation follows a gain of 59,200 positions in August, which was in contrast to a loss of 39,400 workers a month earlier. Statistics Canada said the private sector accounted for 73,600 of the new jobs in September, while the public sector shed 16,300 positions. Full-time employment was up by 23,400, while part-time jobs fell by 11,500. The manufacturing sector lost 26,000 positions in September, while construction workforce a usually a driver of job creation a declined by 14,100. Public administration fell by 17,400. Canadaas job growth has slowed as the economy struggles to maintain momentum.
Canada’s jobless rate falls to 5-year low as youth give up job search
Munro gained world renown for writing about everyday people. “Here we have a world prize being won by someone who writes about housewives in Vancouver, booksellers in Victoria, bean farmers in Huron County and accountants and teachers and librarians — ordinary Canadian people, and she turns it into magic,” Gibson said. ‘God particle’ theorists receive Nobel Prize in physics ‘Dear Life’ Munro’s most recent short story collection is titled “Dear Life.” The New Yorker magazine, in an interview with her last year, said it includes “several narratives in which women in some way shake off the weight of their upbringing and do something unconventional.” She was asked whether it was “normal for girls from rural Ontario to go to university” when she did, noting that in her stories, there “is often a stigma attached to any girl who attracts attention to herself. … ” “I was brought up to believe that the worst thing you could do was ‘call attention to yourself’ or ‘think you were smart.’ My mother was an exception to this rule and was punished by the early onset of Parkinson’s disease. (The rule was for country people, like us, not so much for towners.) I tried to lead an acceptable life and a private life and got by most of the time OK,” she said. Munro was asked how she came to focus on short stories. “For years and years I thought that stories were just practice, till I got time to write a novel. Then I found that they were all I could do, and so I faced that. I suppose that my trying to get so much into stories has been a compensation,” she said. Munro has said in the past that she wanted to stop writing but continued. “I do stop — for some strange notion of being ‘more normal,’ taking things easy.