Canada Jobless Rate Hits Lowest Since 2008 On Youth Dropouts (2)

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One Canadian dollar buys 96.28 U.S. cents. Government benchmark two-year bond yields were unchanged at 1.20 percent. The participation rate fell to 66.4 percent from 66.6 percent, reaching the lowest since February, 2002. That development is very disappointing, Watt said in an e-mail. I would have thought that more would have been getting drawn back into the labor force, he said. Instead the labor force is not keeping pace with the population. The jobs number confirm the softening trend in the domestic economy, said David Tulk, chief Canada macro strategist with TD Securities in Toronto. Todays data probably wont have major implications for the Bank of Canada, he said. Full-time employment rose by 23,400 in September and part-time work fell by 11,500 positions. Private companies added 73,600 workers and public-sector employment fell by 16,300. Remains Positive The report shows the overall long-term trend in Canada remains positive, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty said in an e-mailed statement. Not only were more jobs created in September, but we saw solid gains in the private sector and in full-time employment. Finance, insurance real estate and leasing led the job gains by industry with an increase of 33,200 in September. Natural resources employment rose by 18,900.

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

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The winner would be within sniffing distance of USA 94, while the loser would see their World Cup dreams shelved for another four years. Canada could have qualified directly for the World Cup in their final game of CONCACAF qualifying in May 1993, but a 2-1 loss to Mexico meant the playoff with Australia would determine the teams fate. View gallery . We were a little disappointed after the group stage, former defender Mark Watson recalls to MLSsoccer.com. [But] we knew we had a good team and if we performed well and had a bit of luck [against Australia], we had a chance. Canada had the benefit of a raucous home crowd at Edmontons Commonwealth Stadium in the first leg on July 31. An early red card to Australian goalkeeper Robert Zabica gave them an added boost, but an own-goal just before halftime gave the advantage to the visitors. READ: Ex-Toronto FC Academy duo looking for CanMNT breakthrough Les Rouges came out flying in the second half, with goals from Watson and striker Domenic Mobilio eight minutes apart giving them a 2-1 lead that would stand until the final whistle. I dont score many, says Watson, currently the interim head coach of the San Jose Earthquakes . But I was in the right place at the right time on a corner kick. It was a big moment, it put us back in the game. Ahead of the second leg in Sydney two weeks later, the Canadian team was cautiously optimistic, but also aware of the challenges they faced. Going back to Australia, we knew it was going to be tough, says former midfielder Carl Valentine, now a team ambassador with Vancouver Whitecaps FC. They just bombarded us [in the first half]. How we kept them out, I dont know. View gallery . Colin Miller is even clearer in his appraisal of the game. They pummeled us, says the former midfielder (pictured at right, on left-hand side), who currently coaches FC Edmonton in the NASL . They absolutely hammered us in Australia. Frank Farina opened the scoring for the Socceroos just before halftime, but a 54th-minute goal from Lyndon Hooper put Canada in a position to advance.

Hugh Segal, one of Harpers men who visited Sri Lanka recently last week, stooped to the lowest level and called a very highly respected former Indian diplomat, Secretary General of the Commonwealth, Kamlesh Sharma a stooge.Sources close to Harper say that Segal had the blessings of the Canadian Prime Minister to call Sharma a stooge of the Sri Lankan government. Sources further pointed out that Harper had isolated himself and Canada on the world stage by his foolishness and immaturity. No sense of foreign relations Harper and his highly inexperienced Foreign Minister John Baird have no sense of foreign relations. They have completely ignored the advice given by several senior Canadian diplomats on improving relations with Sri Lanka. Harper and Baird are considered restless and inexperienced and are no match for the Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa who is known to hail from a family involved in politics for over 67 years.The President himself has been in politics for over 45 years and is considered the most successful Sri Lankan President ever. Rajapaksa, unlike his predecessors, has made a name for himself on the world stage for his boldness, strong convictions and his leadership. He is loved and hailed by the Sri Lankan masses and has won many elections. He is on his second term as the President of Sri Lanka. Harpers Baird is no match for the Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Prof. G L Peiris, a professor of law and a buddy of former American President Bill Clinton from his Harvard days. Both Harper and Baird recently came under fire from the leader of one of the smallest islands in the world, the Maldives, for interfering in affairs of their country. Baird has a bad, foolish habit of meeting protesters without knowing who they are and what their cause is.John Ibbitson, the Chief Political writer of the Globe and Mail, wrote in his column last week that Harpers decision to boycott the Commonwealth summit is purely political: to gain the support of Torontos Tamil community. Jeffrey Simpson in his column in the Globe and Mail said that Harper is trying to please the large Tamil community in Toronto who feel aggrieved for having lost the civil war in Sri Lanka and Harper is trying to cement the Tamilsupport for his conservative party.Simpson in one line described Harpers boycott of the Commonwealth in Colombo as this principles is naked self interest.

Harper’s Canada: Hypocrisy And Double Standards

(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. Then some poking idea comes,” she said. “This time, I think it’s for real.” Last year’s literature prize Last year, Chinese writer Mo Yan received Nobel Prize in literature. 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.