Is Canada in the middle of an ugly stretch of bad luck that only Alice Munro can fix? The Associated Press thinks so.
The Press ran a story Saturday explaining how Toronto's scandalous mayor Rob Ford, the fall of Blackberry, and that pest Justin Bieber are among the many stories bringing Canadians down. That's where the AP comes in. "Cheer up, Canada," they say, because your writers are being acknowledged. The AP says Alice Munro winning the Nobel Prize for literature was a rare bright spot in the news coverage surrounding the Great White North lately, the only thing the Canadian in your office can brag about. Canadians aren't really sure how to handle the slight dig from the AP, if the social media reaction is any indication. Munro is undoubtedly a hero, and the country is celebrating her big win, but there are other things Canadians can be proud of that the Associated Press maybe forgot:
- Hockey season is officially under way and the country's most popular team, the Toronto Maple Leafs, are frustratingly good this year. Will they make the playoffs? Let's hope not! Leaf fans are the worst and they deserve to be sad so the rest of the country can laugh at them.
- Drake is one of the most popular artists in the world right now. His new album, Nothing Was the Same, doesn't suck and is selling fairly well. Now he wants to do for the Toronto Raptors what Jay-Z did for the Brooklyn Nets. (No one expects that to happen, though.)
- Noted Canadian actor Jason Segel is turning the hilarious maple syrup heist into a movie, because Canadians recognize when the jokes write themselves.
- Lorne Michaels still runs Saturday Night Live and, though we have some reservations about this season, that won't be changing any time soon.
- The Canadian government was busted for spying on Brazil, and the Department of National Defense's new home was bugged before they moved in. But at least Canada didn't get awkwardly stood up over it.
- This weekend is Thanksgiving in Canada, so most people will have the day off on Monday. Everyone loves turkey dinners and long weekends, even Canadians.