Canada’s Alice Munro, ‘master’ Of Short Stories, Wins Nobel Prize In Literature

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The party s chief financial officer Chuck Rifici is also Tweeds Chief Executive Officer. 20 Varieties Tweeds sales could reach C$100 million a year with prices for its planned 20 varieties ranging from C$6.50 to C$15, Linton said. The company signed an agreement to buy the factory in Smiths Falls, Ontario with a Dec. 2 closing date, and may spend about C$2 million in renovations, he said. Tweed will seek partners to use the 300,000 square feet of leftover space, which includes equipment left behind that could churn out popsicles and dairy products, he said. The idea of cultivating drugs in an old chocolate factory echoes the popular television show Breaking Bad, whose main character — New Mexico teacher Walter White — cooks methamphetamine to pay for cancer treatments with the help of a criminal who runs a chain of fast-food restaurants. Smiths Falls Mayor Dennis Staples said hes heard only two complaints about the project and the city council is totally supportive of it. Tweed will bring employment to the city of 9,000 people about 80 kilometers (50 miles) southwest of Ottawa, which lost 1,700 jobs in recent years — including those at the old Hershey plant. More Bearable The mayor has a personal connection to the issue. He said his brother used medical marijuana as he battled colon cancer . It made his last days on this earth much more bearable, Staples said.

Canada’s relationship with its First Nations a failure

Mark-Taliano

Activists interpreted it as a nod to the hungry literary tastes in modern China, which could help spark more freedom. The beloved Chinese author — whose pen name means “not talking” — has captivated his countrymen by intertwining fantasy and gritty everyday life. Mo plies his trade in a country where running afoul of party lines could lead to censorship. His work packs a punch, but he walks a fine line. He is considered a writer within the system and even has embraced official restrictions on writing. And he’s a Communist Party member who holds a vice-chairman spot in the state-sanctioned China Writers Association. Prize history The Nobel Prize in literature has been awarded 106 times since 1901. In recent years, Munro has been mentioned as a contender, along with Japanese author Haruki Murakami and U.S. writer Philip Roth. It is almost always awarded to one author and has only been shared four times, which stands in stark contrast to the science Nobels, which two or three scientists often share. The youngest recipient was Rudyard Kipling, who is known for his work “The Jungle Book.” He was 42 when he received the prize in 1907. The oldest was Doris Lessing, who received it at the age of 88. Incidentally, many think Winston Churchill received the Nobel Peace Prize, but he did not. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature in 1953.

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President Barack Obama and congressional Republican leaders worked to end their fiscal impasse on Friday but struggled to strike a deal on the details for a short-term reopening of the government and an increase in the U.S. debt limit. Failure to raise the borrowing limit would have serious repercussions for the fiscal standing of the United States, the world’s biggest economy, and for markets and economies of the United States and other nations worldwide. Investors, who are also looking ahead to the start of the earnings session soon, hesitated to make calls until there was certainty about a resolution to the crisis. “We’re certainly sitting on the sidelines,” said David Cockfield, managing director and portfolio manager at Northland Wealth Management. “I just keep my head down for the moment.” “I want to see some actual results before I make up my mind how this is going to turn out,” he added. “I don’t think it’s over until it’s over.” Five of the 10 main sectors on the index were higher Friday. The financial sector gained 0.4 percent, with Royal Bank of Canada climbing 0.5 percent to C$68.03. Energy shares added nearly 0.5 percent, with TransCanada Corp rising 1.2 percent to C$45.33. Encana Corp added 2.1 percent to C$18.30. The two companies were among the most influential movers on the index. But weakness in the price of bullion weighed on the materials sector, which includes mining stocks.

John Bitove , Chairman of SiriusXM Canada. “On behalf of the Board, I would like to thank Suzanne for her contribution to the SiriusXM Canada Board and wish her all the best.” Mr. Casgrain is currently Consultant to Skyservice Investments Inc., a wholly owned Canadian aviation company, and has been involved since 1997. From 2007 to 2012 Mr. Casgrain was Chairman of CBC/Radio Canada. Previously, he served as Executive Vice President of Brookfield Asset Management and from 1988 to 1995 he was seconded to NBS Technologies Inc. as President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Casgrain began his career as a teacher with CUSO in Chad , Africa , and he later became an accountant with Deloitte & Touche. Mr. Casgrain is the Chairman of the Toronto Rehab Foundation and HIPPY Canada. He is also an Honourary Director of the Canadian Foundation for Economic Education.

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Selective historical amnesia (and the rewriting of history) urges us to forget that Tecumsehs Confederation, allied with the British, successfully prevented the U.S. from annexing Canada during the War of 1812. Manufactured amnesia urges us, as well, to minimize the importance of King George IIIs Royal Proclamation of 1763 which proclaims the honour of the Crown to protect the aboriginal rights of its allies for as long as the sun shines, the rivers flow, and the grass grows . . . Internationally, we are also at cross-purposes with the United Nations, a core agency of world peace. According to the United Nations Declaration Of The Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), developments that might impact First Nations territories require the free, prior, informed, (and accommodated) consent ( FPIC ) of the First Nations involved. More recently, with the passing of Omnibus Bills C-38 and C-45, the federal government denies and negates, (instead of recognizing and affirming), Section 35 of the Constitution Act, 1982 which outlines constitutionally enshrined treaty rights. Despite these juridicial requirements, Canada repeatedly denies its social democratic Red Tory heritage as it repeatedly (and unsuccessfully) tries to assimilate First Nations peoples by denying their constitutionally enshrined rights and by abrogating the legal commitments which flow from these foundational documents. A more recent example of the governments efforts to deny its heritage and to circumvent the law through federal legislation would be Bill S-2 . Dr. Pam Palmater, a Mikmaq lawyer and academic director of the Centre for Indigenous Governance at Ryerson University, characterizes the Family Homes of Reserve and Matrimonial Interests or Rights Act as an illegal government initiative intended to fragment reserves, and strengthen assimilationist trajectories. On the ground, Canadas denial and negation of both national and international law continue to poison the nation. Here is a snapshot of the symptoms: According to the CBC, First Nations students in Canada get from $2,000 to $3,000 less funding per year than off-reserve students. Of 807 water systems inspected by a National Assessment (National Assessment of First Nations Water and Wastewater Systems) 39 per cent systems were rated high overall risk, 34 per cent were rated medium overall risk, and 24 per cent were rated low overall risk.