Mordecai Richler, one of Canada's most opinionated and respected writers, has died from what is believed to be complications related to his cancer. Best known for his book The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz, Richler, 70, wrote a total of ten books (three of which were judged as part of the 100 best English-Canadian books) and hundreds of columns, many of which featured his passion for Montreal and Quebec. If you feel so inclined, you can sign a virtual book of visitation for him…or just raise a pint in his memory.
And in sadly related news, Michael Hauben has also died. I had not heard of Hauben until The Register reported his death. Hauben coined the term Netizen in 1992 in an article he wrote about the Net's effect on people's lives. His work included a vast history of the Netizen up to the mainstream popularization of the Web, as well as a proposed Declaration of the Rights of Netizens.