Beset By Bad News, Canada Cheers Up Over Nobel

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The author has won many honors over the years, including the 2009 Man Booker International Prize. “Alice Munro is mostly known as a short story writer and yet she brings as much depth, wisdom and precision to every story as most novelists bring to a lifetime of novels. To read Alice Munro is to learn something every time that you never thought of before,” the Man Booker judging panel said at the time. Lives near her childhood home Munro, who lives in the southwestern Ontario town of Clinton, was born near there in Wingham, where her father was a fox farmer and her mother was a teacher. She started writing stories in her teen years and studied journalism and English at the University of Western Ontario. Munro took a breather from her studies when she got married in 1951. She and her husband moved to Victoria, British Columbia, and opened a bookstore. She published in various magazines starting in the 1950s. In 1968, she published “Dance of the Happy Shades,” a book-length collection of short stories. “In 1971 she published a collection of stories entitled Lives of Girls and Women, which critics have described as a Bildungsroman,” or a coming-of-age work, the Royal Academy of Sciences said. Other well-known works include: “Who Do You Think You Are?” (1978), “The Moons of Jupiter” (1982), “Runaway” (2004), “The View from Castle Rock” (2006) and “Too Much Happiness” (2009). A story in the 2001 collection “Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage” was the basis of the 2006 film “Away from Her,” directed by Sarah Polley. Munro gained world renown for writing about everyday people.

Canada’s Alice Munro, ‘master’ of short stories, wins Nobel Prize in literature

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So he has extra reason to celebrate the 82-year-old Munro’s Nobel triumph. “The scandals have blackened our eye to some degree but with this award, it reverberates on many levels; it’s tooting Canada’s horn,” he said in an interview with The Associated Press. Topping the list of ongoing sagas is that of Rob Ford, the bumbling, tough-talking mayor of the city that brands itself “Toronto, the good.” The Toronto Star says two of its reporters watched a video that purports to show the 300-pound (135-kilogram) mayor sitting in a chair, inhaling from what appears to be a crack pipe. The Star says it did not obtain the video or pay to watch it. The video hasn’t been made public and The Associated Press hasn’t seen it. Ford has said there is no video and has called the allegations ridiculous. Meanwhile, Montreal has lost one mayor, Gerald Tremblay, amid corruption allegations, and then his temporary replacement, Michael Applebaum, was arrested on fraud charges linked to two real estate deals. Among the juicy details that emerged from the French-speaking province’s scandals was a safe so jam-packed with cash that the official in charge of it needed help to shove its door shut. “It’s too depressing, and would make Mordecai Richler do backflips in his grave,” journalist and social commentator Dalton Higgins said in an interview. Richler was one of Montreal’s most celebrated novelists. Of course, cautions George Stroumboulopoulos, a popular TV talk show host, “Every country in the world has positive and negative moments.” He noted in an interview that “we have the biggest pop star in the world (Bieber), one of the biggest rock bands in the world (Arcade Fire), we have a Nobel-winning author now, right? And those aren’t the only ones in their genre.

Harper’s Canada: Hypocrisy And Double Standards

However, even young Justin Trudeau will fail if he tries to follow Harpers method to gain votes of the ethnic groups in Canada, like the aggressive and sometimes violent supporters of Tamil Tigers who have discredited not only Canada but the whole world with their brutality. Whilstneighbouring United States appears to take a somewhat hard-line on the supporters of Tamil Tigers, Harper, in sheerdesperation to win inthe province of Ontario, a Liberal stronghold,is going all out to appease the huge number of Tamil Tiger supporters living in Ontario. Therefore, he is damaging and hurting the bilateral relationship with Sri Lanka a countrywhich named the road from its only international airport Sri Lanka Canada friendship road. UN concerned over First Nations Harper has done a lot to undo that road of friendship by citing violation ofhuman rights in the island nation whilsthe has failed to set his own countrys human rights record straight. Harper has failed to treat the original sons and daughters of Canada The First Nations with respect and dignity. Instead, he has chosen the path to appease and shower love and praise to Tamil Tiger supporters purely to gain their votes. Canadians are criticizing the Harper government for dismissing UN concerns about the human rights situation in the country.Canada is currently undergoing a Universal Periodic Review at the UN, where members have expressed concern about the plight of the countrys indigenous people. The world is taking note of the ruling Conservatives shameful betrayal of Canadas once admirable reputation as a fair country sincerely working on the world stage to improve the lot of the disadvantaged and suffering. In the UN Human Rights Councils Universal Periodic Review, Canada was criticized to such an extent that the Council decided to send the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, representatives of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to investigate the situation in Canada. Harper learns a lesson in diplomacy However, the talking point in diplomatic circles world over is the hypocrisy and double standards of Harper when he decided to boycott the Commonwealth conference scheduled to be held in Sri Lankas capital Colombo next month.Many Canadians point out that Harper has slipped to the lowest level a leader of any country could fall to.At the recent Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation conference in Bali, Harper was snubbed by the prime ministers of New Zealand and Australia when Harper brought the subject of boycotting the CHOGM in Sri Lanka. They both told Harper, in no uncertain terms, that they would attend the Commonwealth conference in Colombo.Harper learnt a lesson from Tony Abbott, who was only recently elected as the Prime Minister of Australia, when he was told by Abbott how to deal with friends and how to develop friendships. Abbott said he considered Sri Lanka to be a friend. David Cameron snubbed Harper months ago. The Queens decision to send her son Prince Charles to Sri Lanka to represent her is also seen as a new beginning for the Commonwealth. Harper has failed to see that move by the British monarchy.