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Books & Big Ideas

Important questions for a Canada that’s ‘better than we know and worse than we think’

Opinion|By Jim Creskey
Mary Jo Leddy's Why Are We Here? A Meditation on Canada is a new book full of honest questions about Canada.
Feature|By Sean Wilson
Essentially, what the book conveys beautifully and powerfully is the idea that as long as we remain isolated in our newsfeeds and chose to interact exclusively through apps and screens, we risk losing the real connectivity that drives evolution and leads to happiness and prosperity.
Feature|By Emily Haws
Many low-level public servants don't understand how the government works more broadly, says co-author Alex Marland.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
‘This is unfortunately just one in a long line of cases where Canadian justice has too often been indigenous injustice,’ says author Kent Roach.
Opinion 2:40 PM ET
New strategies for communicating threats, responses, and obligations with a range of Canadian stakeholders are needed.
Canada should reactivate diplomatic relations by fully authorizing the Canadian ambassador in Seoul to represent Canada in North Korea, and accept the nominee for ambassador of North Korea to Canada.
The dirt Francis Drouin and his pals shovelled onto democracy last week isn’t right, at all. And we won’t forget it.
Opinion|Karen Proud
Enabling good health, whether at home, or with the help of a professional just makes sense. For governments, this equates to making balanced investments that make our health-care system accessible to all.
Books & Big Ideas
News|By Alex Marland
Former House law clerk Rob Walsh has penned a resource for MPs, regardless of where they sit in the legislative Chamber. On the House: An Inside Look at the House of Commons is a useful compendium for anyone interested in understanding how the House of Commons works.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
It took two decades and the efforts of a high school teacher and a government geologist to debunk what leading scholars accepted, and defended, as history-altering fact.
Feature|By Alex Marland
Power, Prime Ministers and the Press is organized as 30 snappy chapters divided into 10 chronological sections. Reflecting on politics can be cathartic for those who bear witness to history. Journalists see how news is constructed. They interact with politicians and other journalists who are giants in Canadian political life. They are on the frontlines of reporting events and uncovering information that would otherwise be hidden from public view.
Feature|By Beatrice Paez
Few shows, even before peak TV hit, could command the attention of such a wide audience. But The Rick Mercer Report resonated with millions of Canadians, because he pulled the curtain back on the country, giving Canadians a glimpse into its far corners.
Feature|By Beatrice Paez
'I didn’t want to be in the news, testifying, because I think this event is so huge and you cannot reduce it to emotion, and that’s what the media does,' says Erwan Larher, author of The Book I Didn't Want to Write.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
‘There are millions of Canadians today who are a descendent of a veteran of the war, and I hope that this book helps them, and others, to know this generation of Canadians,’ says Tim Cook, author of The Secret History of Soldiers: How Canadians Survived the Great War.
Feature|By Alex Marland
With the next federal election campaign fast approaching, Alex Marland offers some tips for anyone thinking of running for office, gleaned from Noah Richler’s bestselling book, The Candidate: Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail.
Feature|By Alex Marland
Political scientist Linda Trimble also offers the building blocks of a strategy for female politicians to counter unfair portrayals of them by the press.
Opinion|By Alex Marland
The position of chief of staff to a prime minister or premier is among the most powerful roles in government. So when a former chief of staff has something to say we should listen.
Opinion|By Alex Marland
•The premise of Representation in Action: Canadian MPs in the Constituencies is simple enough: job shadow some MPs, take notes, write a book. •The authors may not have intended it but their book’s principal importance is the research methodology. Representation in Action is destined to become a field guide for a generation of students and researchers who want to collect real-world data about parliamentarians.
Opinion|By Alex Marland
British Labour MP Helen Jones' book is filled with tips for whips and aspiring disciplinarians. Her frank advice is illuminating and fun. The content is easily of interest to a Canadian audience. It makes for a fascinating read for those in the political game .
Opinion|By Alex Marland
A new book gives hints at where Conservative leader Andrew Scheer ought to tread to beat the Liberals in 2019.
Feature|By Alex Marland
David Smith is to Canadian legislative studies as Donald Savoie is to the study of Canadian public administration. His latest book, The Constitution in a Hall of Mirrors: Canada at 150, is worth the read.
Opinion|By Alex Marland
Let’s cut to the chase: Patrice Dutil's book Prime Ministerial Power in Canada: Its Origins under Macdonald, Laurier, and Borden is for people who are fascinated with historical minutiae about Canadian political and government executives from years ago. If you like reading biographies of Canadian prime ministers, or enjoy finding nuggets such as how the Treasury Board was created, you will like Prime Ministerial Power in Canada.
Feature|By Kate Malloy
Alex Marland talks about winning the $50,000 Donner Prize for his book, Brand Command: Canadian Politics and Democracy in the Age of Message Control.
Feature|By Kate Malloy
In his book, Down Inside: Thirty Years in Canada's Prison Service, former deputy warden Robert Clark says after spending 30 years working in some of Canada's most notorious prisons, humane treatment and rehabilitation is better than the tough-on-crime approach with prisoners. But he's not sure anyone's listening.
Feature|By Alex Marland
Leading up to the announcement of the winner of the Donner Prize for best public policy book by a Canadian, The Hill Times is excerpting finalists’ work. The winner will be announced May 15 in Toronto and receive $50,000.
Feature|By Kate Malloy
Dale Smith talks about his book The Unbroken Machine: Canada's Democracy in Action.
Feature|By Kate Malloy
In his new book, veteran foreign affairs reporter Mike Blanchfield analyzes Harper's foreign policy and looks at the challenges ahead for the Trudeau Liberals.
Feature|By Kate Malloy
Child soldiers in conflicts around the world has exploded, but Roméo Dallaire's Child Soldiers Initiative is having a global impact on preventing the use of child soldiers. And it's the only initiative of its kind in the world.
Feature|By Kate Malloy
Historian Paul Litt dives into Trudeaumania and comes up with fresh, new perspectives.
Feature|By Kate Malloy
Josh Wingrove talks about co-editing Sharp Wits & Busy Pens. 'It's about sharing our history, for better and for worse, at the 150th milestone. There's a lot to be proud of, and a lot to be excited for still.'
Feature|By Kate Malloy
Alex Marland talks about his book Brand Command: Canadian Politics and Democracy in the Age of Message Control.

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