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

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. Then, with just 14 minutes left in regular time, Mehmet Durakovic chipped the ball over Canadian goalkeeper Craig Forrest to put the home side up 2-1. Thirty minutes of extra time solved nothing. One team would be eliminated from World Cup qualifying in the cruelest manner of all: kicks from the penalty mark. Miller and Valentine were slotted to be Canadas final two shooters. You can imagine how my nerves were, says Valentine. I could have been the one to send us through or the one to lose it. GET THE LATEST CANADIAN NATIONAL TEAM NEWS But it never came to that. A young Mark Schwarzer denied two of Canadas first three shooters with excellent saves, while Australia converted their first four penalties. Miller, Valentine and the rest of the Canadian team could do no more Australia had advanced to a deciding playoff against Argentina, while Canada were eliminated. Losing in penalties at any level of football, as you can imagine, is horrendous, says Miller. But to be knocked out of the World Cup by penalties was not much fun at all. WATCH: Lenarduzzi, Valentine on ‘Caps glory in ’79 While the Canadian team was left to rue missed opportunities in that qualifying run still the closest they’ve come to returning to the World Cup after their lone appearance in 1986the players did manage to create a bond that, in many cases, endures to this day. You had a team, says Bob Lenarduzzi, Canadas head coach at the time. What we had was a bunch of guys that all recognized that not one of them was more important than the other. Lenarduzzi is now president of Vancouver Whitecaps FC, where he continues to work alongside longtime teammate Valentine. Meanwhile, Watson has worked with two former Canadian teammates at San Jose: Frank Yallop ( whom he replaced as head coach ) and Nick Dasovic, who he brought on board as an assistant coach.

Beset by bad news, Canada cheers up over Nobel

“We played probably 18 minutes of really hard-nosed USA hockey, so we’ve got a ways to go,” Stone said after Canada built a 3-0 lead and absorbed the USA’s late two-goal counterattack. “We kind of floundered a little bit early on but we’ll get there,” Stone said. “The good news is we came on as the game went on. We scored two goals, we put a ton of pressure on them at the end We need to start faster.” Canada had the edge in offensive zone time in a scoreless first period, netted two goals in the second and pushed the lead to 3-0 early in the third. The USA broke through with a two-player advantage power play goal at mid-third, cut the deficit to one with 5:31 remaining and drove hard to the finish. Those final minutes included not only several good USA chances but a skirmish that earned two players on each team five-minute roughing majors and game misconducts after USA forward Jocelyne Lamoureux collided with Canada goalie Shannon Szabados at 16:53. Szabados sprawled on the ice and her teammates came to her defense, setting off a lengthy tussle in the corner. “It happens from time to time,” said longtime Canadian team member Hayley Wickenheiser of the scuffle, recalling a 2010 incident. In the first period, Canada had a 5-4 edge in shots that failed to reflect its territorial control. The USA’s game was disjointed but the Americans’ speed still led to a couple of quality chances that Szabados (15 saves) rejected. Ouellette sent Canada into a 1-0 lead at 4:16 of the second, converting Jayna Hefford’s cross-slot power play pass. Only 1:21 later, Bailey Bram knocked in Canada’s second goal during a goal-mouth scrum. MORE: Men’s Olympic hockey tracker Meanwhile, the Canadian team defense ramped up its play, effectively blunting any USA attack by hindering breakouts, smothering rushes and blocking shots.

Canada’s Alice Munro Wins Nobel Literature Prize

in Toronto. 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.

“When I began writing there was a very small community of Canadian writers and little attention was paid by the world. Now Canadian writers are read, admired and respected around the globe,” Munro said in a statement issued by her publisher, Alfred A. Knopf. She said she hopes the Nobel “fosters further interest in all Canadian writers” and “brings further recognition to the short story form.” Her books having sold more than 1 million copies in the U.S. alone, she has long been an international ambassador for the short story, proof that the narrative arc and depth of characterization expected from a novel can be realized in just 30 to 40 pages. Critics and peers have praised her in every way a writer can be praised: the precision of her language; the perfection of detail; the surprise and logic of her storytelling; the graceful, seamless shifts of moods; the intimacy with every shade of human behavior. Her stories are usually set in Ontario, her home province. Among her best-known is “The Bear Came Over the Mountain,” about a woman who begins losing her memory and agrees with her husband that she should be put in a nursing home. Canadian actress-director Sarah Polley adapted the story into the 2006 film “Away from Her,” starring Julie Christie. The narrative begins in a relatively tender, traditional mood. But we soon learn that the husband has been unfaithful in the past and didn’t always regret it “What he felt was mainly a gigantic increase in well-being.” The wife, meanwhile, has fallen for a man at the nursing home. In the story “Dimensions,” Munro introduces a chambermaid named Doree, who needs to take three buses for a visit to a “facility” outside Clinton, Ontario. Munro explains that Doree is happy in her work, that she has been told she is “young and decent looking” and that her picture was once in the newspaper, in the days when her spiked blonde hair was wavy and brown. “Dimensions” begins in close-up, then steadily pulls back. With every page, the story darkens, and terrifies.

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“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. We have always punched above our weight in the arts and culture game.

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