Category: Canada

  • The Morning After: The 1995 Quebec Referendum and the Day that Almost Was

    By Chantal Hebert, Jean Lapierre

    Author note: Jean Lapierre (with)
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    A sly, insightful and beautifully unique booklet from certainly one of Canada's most well liked political analysts, Chantal Hébert, and one among Quebec's best political broadcasters, Jean Lapierre.

    Only the main fearless of political reporters might dare to open the outdated wounds of the 1995 Quebec referendum, a still-murky episode in Canadian background that keeps to defy our realizing. The referendum introduced one of many world's such a lot winning democracies to the threshold of the unknown, and but Quebecers' attitudes towards sovereignty proceed to baffle the country's political type. Interviewing 17 key political leaders from the duelling referendum camps, Hébert and Lapierre start with an easy premise: asking what have been those political leaders' plans if the vote had long gone the opposite direction. Even 2 a long time later, their solutions may perhaps surprise you. And in asking an unforeseen query, those veteran political observers cleverly disclose the fractures, tensions and fears that proceed to form Canada today.



    Literary Awards
    Finalist – QWF Mavis Gallant Prize for Non-Fiction (2014)
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  • John A: The Man Who Made Us

    By Richard J. Gwyn

    The 1st full-scale biography of Canada’s first major minister in part a century by means of certainly one of our best-known and such a lot extremely popular political writers.

    The first quantity of Richard Gwyn’s definitive biography of John A. Macdonald follows his existence from his delivery in Scotland in 1815 to his emigration together with his kinfolk to Kingston, Ontario, to his days as a tender, emerging attorney, to his tragedy-ridden first marriage, to the beginning of his political pursuits, to his dedication to the all-but-impossible problem of accomplishing Confederation, to his presiding, along with his moment spouse Agnes, over the 1st Canada Day of the hot Dominion in 1867.

    Colourful, intensely human and with a whole degree of human frailties, Macdonald used to be past query Canada’s most crucial major minister. This quantity describes how Macdonald built Canada’s first actual nationwide political occasion, encompassing French and English and occupying the centre of the political spectrum. To perpetuate this get together, Macdonald made systematic use of patronage to recruit expertise and to bond supporters, a procedure of politics that keeps to at the present time.

    Gwyn judges that Macdonald, if working on a small degree, possessed political skills–of manipulation and deception in addition to a rare clutch of human nature–of a similar calibre because the greats of his time, corresponding to Disraeli and Lincoln. Confederation is the center piece the following, and Gywn’s observation on Macdonald’s pivotal position is unique and provocative. yet his so much amazing research is that the best accomplishment of nineteenth-century Canadians used to be no longer Confederation, yet relatively to make a decision to not turn into american citizens. Macdonald observed Confederation as a way to an finish, its function being to function a noisy and transparent demonstration of the life of a countrywide will to outlive. the 2 threats Macdonald needed to take care of have been these of annexation via the U.S., might be via strength, might be through osmosis, and both that Britain simply could enable that annexation take place to prevent a clash with the continent’s new and unbeatable energy.
    Gwyn describes Macdonald as “Canada’s first anti-American.” And in pages brimming with anecdote, perception, aspect and originality, he has created an indelible portrait of “the irreplaceable man,”–the guy who made us.


    “Macdonald hadn’t rather a lot created a kingdom as manipulated and seduced and connived and bullied it into lifestyles opposed to the needs of such a lot of its personal electorate. Now that Confederation was once performed, Macdonald must do all of it all over again: having conjured up a child-nation he must nurture it via early life in the direction of maturity. How he did this can be, besides the fact that, one other story.”

    “He by no means made the least try and conceal his “vice,” not like, say, his modern, William Gladstone, together with his sallies throughout London to avoid wasting prostitutes, or Mackenzie King along with his crystal-ball watching. not just used to be Macdonald solely unashamed of his behaviour, he usually really drew recognition to it, as in his well-known reaction to a heckler who accused him of being under the influence of alcohol at a public assembly: “Yes, however the humans would favor John A. under the influence of alcohol to George Brown sober.” there has been no hypocrisy in Macdonald’s makeup, nor any worry.
    from John A. Macdonald


    From the Hardcover edition.
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  • A Jest of God (Phoenix Fiction)

    By Margaret Laurence

    A thirty-four-year-old college instructor residing together with her mom, Rachel Cameron feels trapped in an atmosphere of small-town deceit and pettiness—her personal and that of others. She longs for touch with one other individual who stocks her rebellious spirit. ultimately, through confronting either love and demise, Rachel earns the liberty she desperately needs.

    Winner of the Governor General's Literary Award, A Jest of God was once additionally the root of the motion picture Rachel, Rachel.

    "Mrs. Laurence tells [her tale] unsparingly, with absolute authority, utilizing her thorough figuring out of Rachel to attract us into her ache. we all know Rachel, sympathize along with her, and in a feeling, turn into Rachel, so genuine is her voice. . . . A Jest of God has striking readability, appealing aspect, in addition to the emotional effect of sincere confession."—Joan J. corridor, Saturday Review

    "Laurence's rendition is just about flawless . . . reaffirming her skill to attract, with out pathos, life-sized ladies. . . . Skillfully wrought and eloquently told."—Marilyn Gardner, Christian technology Monitor

    One of Canada's so much entire writers, Margaret Laurence(1926-1987) was once the recipient of many awards, together with the distinguished Governer General's Litarary Award for The Diviners and A Jest of God.
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  • Full Count: Four Decades of Blue Jays Baseball

    From one in every of Canada's best baseball writers and radio hosts: a retrospective of the Toronto Blue Jays that comes greater than two decades after Joe Carter's international Series-winning domestic run. essential for all Blue Jays enthusiasts, and a very good learn for Toronto and Canadian activities fanatics in general.
         In Full Count, Jeff Blair takes us again to the times while the Toronto Blue Jays have been "the Cadillac of franchises," and indicates us precisely what they did correct to turn into baseball's foremost membership. Then he explores the disappointing aftermath, while the league's fourth-largest industry turned an also-ran: doubtless destined to languish in the back of the big-spending Yankees and purple Sox and free-wheeling Rays--until the offseason of 2012. Full Count will attract the informal lovers desirous to re-live Blue Jays historical past, and to the intense fanatics who delight in the nitty-gritty company judgements and behind-the-scenes information that made this group what it truly is this present day.
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  • D-Day: Juno Beach, Canada's 24 Hours of Destiny

    Many have referred to as it an important occasion of the 20 th century - and Canada performed a key position. while Canadian troops landed at Juno seashore, they confronted many of the fiercest competition of the assault, and but they controlled to boost extra inland than the entire different Allied forces. D-Day: Juno seashore, Canada’s 24 Hours of Destiny chronicles that momentous day hour-by-hour, throughout the phrases of the lads themselves. With greater than three hundred illustrations, it is a vibrant remembrance of 1 of Canada’s maximum army achievements.

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  • Montreal & Quebec City (City Guide)

    By Gregor Clark, Timothy N. Hornyak

    “Few towns can compete with Montreal’s mixture of nutrition, gala's and fun-centric dwelling. This bohemian, culture-loving urban has many virtues, no longer least of that's its uncanny skill to astonish.”—Timothy Hornyak, Lonely Planet Writer

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    You can belief our trip info simply because Lonely Planet authors stopover at the areas we write approximately, every version. We by no means settle for freebies for confident insurance so that you can depend upon us to inform it love it is.

    Inside this book
    152 hand-picked restaurants
    143 outlets to explore
    37 museums and galleries
    22 live-music venues
    7 intriguing local walks
    Comprehensive map section
    Feature insurance of most sensible sights
    Range of making plans tools
    Also contains in-depth insurance of Quebec urban
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  • Tsunami: The Newfoundland Tidal Wave Disaster

    By Maura Hanrahan

    Twenty-seven lifeless. marvelous estate losses.
    Triggered through an offshore earthquake at the Grand Banks, a tsunami unleashed its fury at the sea coast of the Burin Peninsula, Newfoundland, killing 27 humans and destroying houses and fishing premises in 50 outports.
    Here is the dramatic, exceptional tale of the South Coast catastrophe of 1929, the superhuman efforts of Nurse Dorothy Cherry to avoid wasting the in poor health and death, and Justice of the Peace Malcolm Hollett’s tireless crusade to rebuild shattered lives and devastated groups.
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  • Business or Blood: Mafia Boss Vito Rizzuto's Last War

    Bestselling crime writers Peter Edwards and Antonio Nicaso display the ultimate years of Canada's best mafia boss, Vito Rizzuto, and his bloody battle to avenge his relatives and keep watch over the North American drug trade. 
         till Vito Rizzuto went to legal in 2006 for his position in a decades-old Brooklyn triple homicide, he governed the Port of Montreal, the northern gateway to the key American drug markets. A grasp diplomat, he received the consideration of rival mafia clans, bikers and highway gangs, and legal company thrived on his turf. His relatives prospered and his empire grew--until one in every of North America's real Teflon dons eventually misplaced his veneer. As he watched helplessly from his Colorado legal, the murders of his son and father made overseas headlines; the killings of his lieutenants and associates crammed the pages of Canadian information; and the effect of the 'Ndrangheta, the Calabrian Mafia, unfold throughout Montreal speedier than the blood of Rizzuto's crime family members. In 2012, Vito Rizzuto emerged from felony, a 66-year-old guy who may perhaps rigorously rebuild his felony empire or search bloody revenge and rattling the implications. From the occasions resulting in his imprisonment to his surprising dying in December 2013, Business or Blood is the ultimate bankruptcy of Vito's tale.
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  • Keeping the Public in Public Education

    By Rick Salutin

    “Rick Salutin is considered one of Canada’s nice thinkers. He is familiar with the significance of tradition, of precise democracy, and, even perhaps extra importantly, he knows that conversations approximately our public associations are by no means uncomplicated. during this ebook, Salutin demonstrates that the dialog approximately public schooling is intriguing, complicated, and rife with chance. He manages to at the same time problem the established order whereas mounting a robust, articulate, and nuanced defence of public schooling as one in every of Canada’s maximum accomplishments.”- Annie Kidder, humans for schooling
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  • Alberta Originals

    By Brian Brennan

    The large luck of Brian Brennan's neighborhood bestseller construction a Province left readers clamouring for extra. Alberta Originals is Brennan's reaction to the call for, that includes sixty extra major and influential Albertans.

    From philanthropists to neighborhood characters, artists to oil-patch executives, Alberta Originals is stuffed with those who made a different contribution to the social, financial, cultural, and political foundations of Alberta. every person used to be an unique who introduced his or her power and imaginative and prescient to the shaping of a province that has a heritage of embracing the weird and entrepreneurial.

    Brian Brennan offers a clean examine those province developers, highlighting little-known information from the lives of The well-known 5, "Bible Bill" Aberhart, Frank McMahon, Catharine Robb Whyte & Ernest Manning.
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