Canada’s best public policy books vie for award

Mike Oliveira
National Post
April 10, 2003

The short list for the Donner Prize was announced yesterday, highlighting the year’s best Canadian public policy books including titles on global warming, drinking water, immigration, prisons and globalization.

“The nominees this year challenge our understanding of the Canadian status quo and explore the options we have in addressing difficult and controversial issues that affect us all,” says Grant Reuber, chairman of the selection committee. “The books on this year’s short list are soundly argued and present important and exciting debates to a general audience in a very accessible manner.”

A five-member jury selected the seven finalists from 75 books and will award the winner a $25,000 prize, as well as two runner-up prizes of $10,000 each.

The Donner Prize, now in its fifth year, was created to encourage debate of important Canadian issues, as well as to support and reward authors who delve into the political arena, says Donner Canada Foundation chairman Allan Gotlieb.

This year’s finalists are: Liquid Assets: Privatizing and Regulating Canada’s Water Utilities by Elizabeth Brubaker; Taken by Storm: The Troubled Science, Policy and Politics of Global Warming by Christopher Essex and Ross McKitrick; A Trading Nation: Canadian Trade Policy from Colonialism to Globalization by Michael Hart; Globalization and Well-Being by John F. Helliwell; The Cost of Climate Policy by Mark Jaccard, John Nyboer and Bryn Sadownik; Justice Behind the Walls: Human Rights in Canadian Prisons by Michael Jackson; and Who Gets In: What’s Wrong with Canada’s Immigration Program – and How to Fix It by Daniel Stoffman.

The prizes will be awarded on May 8 at a ceremony in Toronto.

Last year’s top award went to Marie McAndrew for her book Immigration and Diversity at School: The Quebec Debate in a Comparative Perspective, about how education differs for children of minorities.

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