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Books & Big Ideas

Webster’s Newspapering a cracking good read with much to teach

Feature|By Michael Harris
Norman Webster, reporter, editor-in-chief, and word-farmer extraordinaire, sheds light on reporting and more in a riveting collection of columns spanning his decades in 'newspapering.'
Opinion|By Jim Creskey
The Biden presidency is an opportunity for Canada and the world to step back from the brink and break free from that implied and sadly predictable global death wish.
A carbon tax paired with income tax cuts could resolve O’Toole’s dilemma and position the party to compete strongly with the Liberals in the next election, right across Canada.
Opinion|Gwynne Dyer
Alexei Navalny is probably not the man who will finally take Vladimir Putin down. What he is doing to great effect is mobilizing the tech-savvy young.
It is extremely important that Canada clearly articulate where and how its approach to the region differs from that of the U.S.
Incumbent U.S. presidents running for re-election, when the economy is good, almost always win. 
Books & Big Ideas
Feature|By Aidan Chamandy
The first definitive history of Canada's time on the UN Security Council is a must read for anyone interested in Canadian foreign policy.
Harold Johnson’s book Peace and Good Order is among five shortlisted books for this year's Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing.
Feature|By Mike Lapointe
Patterns of interference, intimidation, and harassment of individual Canadians by the Chinese Communist Party ‘demand a response’ from the Canadian government, says veteran journalist Jonathan Manthorpe in his 2019 book.
Feature|By Alex Marland
Lost on Division features 10 chapters that draw on a dataset of how more than 5,100 MPs and Senators voted in over 13,000 roll call votes between 1867 and 2015, as well as their biographical data. It is clearly a labour of love: Jean-François Godbout says it took 10 years to write.
‘The trial transcript doesn't tell the whole story,’ says Kent Roach, who tried to fill the gaps apparent in the Gerald Stanley trial in his new book Canadian Justice, Indigenous Injustice.
'I kind of just go ahead and do what I feel I should do, and get myself into situations where I’m thinking, "Oh, everybody here knows more than I do. But anyway, here goes." It served me very well,' says former Supreme Court chief justice Beverley McLachlin.
News|By Beatrice Paez
'Now there’s a new imperative. Bring that mask production, or ventilator production, or for that matter, generic drugs—bring that back home,' says economist Jeff Rubin, author of The Expendables.
Feature|By Alex Marland
Provincial Battles, National Prize? Elections in a Federal State is a study of the 2015 Canadian federal election, with a twist: it examines campaign dynamics in British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec.
Empty Planet: The Shock of Global Population Decline is a finalist for this year's prestigious Donner Prize, one of the five best Canadian public policy books of the year. Here, the two authors offer an essay about their bestselling book and why they wrote it.
Feature|By Kate Malloy
Longtime politicial science professor Nelson Wiseman talks about his new book, Partisan Odysseys: Canada's Political Parties.
Feature|By Wendy Dobson
Living with China: A Middle Power Finds Its Way, by Wendy Dobson, is a finalist for this year's prestigious Donner Prize, one of the best public policy books of the year. She offers a summary of her book here.
The Wealth of First Nations, by Tom Flanagan, published by the Fraser Institute, is one of this year's five finalists for the prestigious Donner Prize, the best public policy book of the year. Here's an excerpt.
Breakdown addresses arguably one of the most contentious and consequential set of policy issues facing Canada today—the nexus of resource development, climate change, Indigenous rights and Alberta alienation. It presents the history of four pipeline projects and overlays the political decisions that have resulted in many projects not being supported or being delayed significantly. It's also one of five books nominated for this year's prestigious Donner Prize, the best public policy book of the year. This is an excerpt.
The issue of ensuring Canadian culture survives the technological change in the production and distribution of digital content is front and centre in policy debate in Parliament. Here, industry veteran Richard Stursberg clearly outlines the threat from FAANG (Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix, Google), providing both historical context and explicit recommendations, including a clarified definition of Canadian content, as well as possible approaches to subsidizing that content. He paints a very dim portrait of the status quo and conveys a sense of urgent need for policy action to level the playing field. The Tangled Garden: A Canadian Cultural Manifesto For The Digital Age, by Richard Stursberg, is one five finalists for this year's $50,000 Donner Prize, the best book on public policy. The other four are: Empty Planet, by Darrell Bricker and John Ibbitson; Living With China, by Wendy Dobson; The Wealth of First Nations, by Thomas Flanagan; and Breakdown, by Dennis McConaghy. The winner will be announced in the fall.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
The upcoming book, co-edited by Alex Marland and Thierry Giasson, works to pull back the curtain on the important, but too often overlooked aspects of Canadian federal elections.
Feature|By Beatrice Paez
'If we can deliver fast food to people, we can deliver life-saving medical support to people’s doors,' says Benjamin Perrin, a former senior adviser to then-prime minister Stephen Harper, about providing safe supply for those with opioid addictions amid this pandemic.
Opinion|By Alex Marland
David Taras and Christopher Waddell recently authored The End of the CBC?, published by the University of Toronto Press. They have exceptional credentials to examine the English arm of the public broadcaster.
Feature|By Kate Malloy
Laura Trethewey talks about her new book, The Imperilled Ocean: Human Stories From a Changing Sea, an illuminating, beautifully written, and important read, especially for Canada's federal legislators.
News|By Mike Lapointe
The longtime provincial and federal Grit backroom operative talks byelections, advice for Justin Trudeau, leadership races, and her new book Let ‘Em Howl with The Hill Times.
News|By Beatrice Paez
'When Black or Indigenous or other people of colour get into the political system, it always assumed it’s they who must carry this change for the rest of us,' says journalist and activist Desmond Cole.
Feature|By Kate Malloy
Mark Bourrie talks about his book, Bush Runner: The Adventures of Pierre-Esprit Radisson.
Feature|By Kate Malloy
Wendy Wickwire talks about her compelling and historically important book, At The Bridge: James Teit and an Anthropology of Belonging.

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