Here’s what Canadians are talking about on October 10, 2013:

Alice Munro wins Nobel Prize

Today, Alice Munro made history. She became the first Canadian woman and the first Canadian writer to receive the Novel Prize. Munro was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature for her work as, what the Nobel Academy called, “master of the modern short story”.

The 82-year old Munro said she knew she was being considered for the award, but never thought she would actually win.

Munro announced earlier this year that she was planning on retiring from writing, however, she said this recent turn of events might make her reconsider that decision.

The announcement resulted in a number of individuals expressing their congratulations for Munro through Twitter:

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One individual chose to use Munro’s win to draw attention to a recent case where a University of Toronto professor said he refused to teach female authors in his course:

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Mike Duffy’s in hot water again

During the past two days, more details have emerged regarding Senator Mike Duffy and the Senate scandal. The ongoing RCMP investigation is currently seeking banking information for Gerald Donohue, a friend of Mike Duffy’s, who was allegedly paid $65,000 for “little or no apparent work”.

In addition to this, it was also discovered that former PMO chief of staff, Nigel Wright, had a binder of information pertaining to Mike Duffy’s personal and professional life which he didn’t provide to auditors or the police.

Canadians reacted to these findings by sharing links to articles about the matter, with some expressing disbelief as to how big the scandal is.

BC Court of Appeal upholds ban on assisted suicide

Last June, 2012, the BC Supreme Court ruled that physician-assisted suicide should be allowed for patients who are experiencing “intolerable” suffering and “has no chance of improvement”. The federal government appealed this ruling and today, the BC Court of upheld the government’s ruling 2-1.

The news regarding the appeal produced polarizing reactions on Twitter with some applauding the decision and others expressing their disagreement.

The case is likely to go to the Supreme Court of Canada.

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