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Jews & Ukrainians : a millennium of co-existence / Paul Robert Magocsi, Yohanan Petrovsky-Shtern. Toronto : distributed by the University of Toronto Press for the Chair of Ukrainian Studies, University of Toronto, 2016.

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There is much that ordinary Ukrainians do not know about Jews and that ordinary Jews do not know about Ukrainians. As a result, those Jews and Ukrainians who may care about their respective ancestral heritages usually view each other through distorted stereotypes, misperceptions, and biases. This book sheds new light on highly controversial moments of Ukrainian-Jewish relations and argues that the historical experience in Ukraine not only divided ethnic Ukrainians and Jews but also brought them together.

The story of Jews and Ukrainians is presented in an impartial manner through twelve thematic chapters. Among the themes discussed are geography, history, economic life, traditional culture, religion, language and publications, literature and theater, architecture and art, music, the diaspora, and contemporary Ukraine. The book’s easy-to-read narrative is enhanced by 335 full-color illustrations, 29 maps, and several text inserts that explain specific phenomena or address controversial issues. Jews and Ukrainians provides a wealth of information for anyone interested in learning more about the fascinating land of Ukraine and two of its most historically significant peoples.

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Health and safety in Canadian workplaces / Jason Foster and Bob Barnetson. Edmonton : AU Press, 2016.

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This textbook provides workers and students with an introduction to effective injury prevention. It pays particular attention to how issues of precarious employment, gender, and ill-health can be better handled in Canadian occupational health and safety (OHS). Health and Safety in Canadian Workplaces offers an extensive overview of central OHS concepts and practices and provides practical suggestions for health and safety advocacy. It attempts to bring OHS into a twenty-first century context by discussing contemporary workplaces and the health effects of new work processes and structures while recognizing that safety has gendered and racialized dimensions. Foster and Barnetson contend that the practice of occupational health and safety can only be understood if we acknowledge that workers and employers have conflicting interests.

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Empowering electricity : co-operatives, sustainability, and power sector reform in Canada / Julie L. MacArthur. Vancouver : UBC Press, 2016.

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Since the 1990s, there has been an upsurge in renewable electricity co-operatives across Canada as hundreds of community organizations have turned to the sun, wind, and rivers as sources of local power generation. Empowering Electricity offers an illuminating analysis of these co-operatives within the context of larger debates over climate change, renewable electricity policy, sustainable community development, and provincial power-sector ownership. It looks at the conditions that led to this new wave of co-operative development, examines their form and location, and shines a light on the promises and challenges accompanying their development.

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Protect yourself! Zika virus prevention, symptoms and treatment guide / Thomas L. Friedman. New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2016.

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LEARN: How to Protect Yourself Against the Vika Virus!

Are you worried that you might contract the Vika Virus after reading about the outbreak in the news with no vaccine available? Are you unsure if you or someone you know may already have it?

The good news is that you don’t need to be afraid any longer. You only lack the knowledge in this book to help you.

THE TRUTH?: You Are Concerned Because You Don't Know What To Do

Most people are worried about this latest disease, but don't know the facts.

For instance, do you have a fever? Do you feel pain all over your body? Do you have a rash as well? Are there mosquitoes near you? Have you traveled to a location in the world with the virus? Do you wonder about the effects of the virus? Are you pregnant or trying to get pregnant?

In the book Protect Yourself! Zika Virus Prevention, Symptoms and Treatment Guide you will learn everything you need to know to protect yourself and your family.

DISCOVER: Protect Yourself!

In Protect Yourself! you will discover the origin of this virus, latest research, and which repellents and sprays will help protect you best. In this easy to read book, the information is broken down into sections making it easy to identify if you or someone you know may have been infected or is at risk of infection

You Will Learn:

  • Where Did the Zika Virus Come From?
  • What Is the Zika Virus?
  • How It Spreads
  • Aedes Mosquitoes
  • Symptoms
  • Treatment
  • Prevention
  • What to Do If You Think You Might Be Infected

You can learn just how easy it is to get control over your fear and start doing something about it!

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Triple crown : winning Canada's energy future / Jim Prentice with Jean-Sébastien Rioux. Toronto : HarperCollinsPublishersLtd, 2017.

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Canada has a world-class resource base and the capacity to become a world leader in the petroleum and other resource-based industries. But as former federal cabinet minister and Alberta premier Jim Prentice argues in this provocative and timely new book, we have lost our way. He outlines how our nation has repeatedly stumbled in its attempts to become a global player in the field, and how our policies and practices have failed to advance Canada’s international interests as an energy producer and exporter with a record of sound environmental achievement. He highlights, for example, our stalled efforts to work with the United States to build new pipelines to the Gulf Coast, and the absence of the infrastructure Canada needs to make further inroads into the Asia-Pacific market. He notes how we have even faltered in our attempts to build pipelines across Canada to service our own citizens, and how Canada has also, to date, failed to craft fair and enduring business partnerships with its own indigenous peoples. Ultimately, one of Canada’s greatest strengths has become a liability—economically, socially and environmentally.

But what will the path forward look like? In Triple Crown, Jim Prentice makes a powerful argument for the inadequacy of current Canadian energy policy and asserts a new and forward-looking vision for converting our nation’s vast resources into a secure, prosperous and environmentally responsible future that benefits all Canadians.

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Tribe : on homecoming and belonging / Sebastian Junger. First Canadian edition. Toronto : HarperCollins Publishers Ltd., 2016..

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Based on a Vanity Fair article from June 2015, Tribe is a look at post-traumatic stress disorder and the challenges veterans face returning to society. Using his background in anthropology, Sebastian Junger argues that the problem lies not with vets or with the trauma they’ve suffered, but with the society to which they are trying to return.

One of the most puzzling things about veterans who experience PTSD is that the majority never even saw combat and yet they feel deeply alienated and out of place back home. The reason may lie in our natural inclination, as a species, to live in groups of thirty to fifty people who are entirely reliant on one another for safety, comfort and a sense of meaning: in short, the life of a soldier.

It is one of the ironies of the modern age that as affluence rises in a society, so do rates of suicide, depression and of course PTSD. In a wealthy society people don’t need to cooperate with one another, so they often lead much lonelier lives that lead to psychological distress. There is a way for modern society to reverse this trend, however, and studying how veterans react to coming home may provide a clue to how to do it. But it won’t be easy.

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Democracy reinvented : participatory budgeting and civic innovation in America / Hollie Russon Gilman. Washington, D.C. : Brookings Institution Press, 2016.

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Participatory Budgeting—the experiment in democracy that could redefine how public budgets are decided in the United States.

Democracy Reinvented is the first comprehensive academic treatment of participatory budgeting in the United States, situating it within a broader trend of civic technology and innovation. This global phenomenon, which has been called "revolutionary civics in action" by the New York Times, started in Brazil in 1989 but came to America only in 2009. Participatory budgeting empowers citizens to identify community needs, work withelected officials to craft budget proposals, and vote on how to spend public funds.

Democracy Reinvented places participatory budgeting within the larger discussion of the health of U.S. democracy and focuses on the enabling political and institutional conditions. Author and former White House policy adviser Hollie Russon Gilman presents theoretical insights, indepth case studies, and interviews to offer a compelling alternative to the current citizen disaffection and mistrust of government. She offers policyrecommendations on how to tap online tools and other technological and civic innovations to promote more inclusive governance.

While most literature tends to focus on institutional changes without solutions, this book suggests practical ways to empower citizens to become change agents.Reinvesting in Democracy also includes a discussion on the challenges and opportunities that come with using digital tools to re-engage citizens in governance.

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Populist Explosion : How the Great Recession Transformed American and European Politics / John B. Judis. New york : Columbia Global Reports, 2016.

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Populism is on its biggest run since the Second World War, in the United States (Tea Party, Occupy Wall Street, Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump); France (National Front); Britain (United Kingdom Independence Party); Finland (Finns Party), Denmark (People's Party) and more on the right; Spain (Podemus), Italy (Five Star Movement), Greece (Syriza) and others on the left. These movements and candidates are an early warning sign of the breakup of the political consensus that has reigned in the U.S. and Europe since the 1980s. How did the Great Recession help reawaken such a disparate but powerful framework of political appeal all across the Atlantic? Veteran political reporter John Judis offers a coherent big picture of how we got here that every reader of politics no matter their party affiliation will need to read.

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A good death : making the most of our final choices / Sandra Martin ; with a foreword by Margaret macMillan. First edition. Toronto : patrick Crean Editions, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, Ltd., 2016..

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The Good Death is a clarion call to boomers, many of whom are confronting their own mortality, inviting them to initiate a national debate about our ultimate and universal experience: death. Choice about how we die is as pressing today as abortion was in the 1970s and 1980s. It is the final campaign for a generation which fought for reproductive rights, sexual equality and lobbied for protections against racial and religious discrimination. Canada is a much more diverse country than it was when the abortion law was declared unconstitutional in 1988, but there are many legal, moral and emotional similarities in the pro-choice and right to die campaigns. Henry Morgentaler, the doctor who spearheaded the pro-choice movement, advocated for the right to die at the end of his own life. So did Doris Anderson, the feisty feminist editor of Chatelaine magazine, and Betty Friedan, author of The Feminine Mystique.

While feminism was a driver in the pro-choice movement, aging boomers (many of them feminists) are a force in the right to die movement. They have watched their parents struggle with dementia and metastasized cancers, enduring painful and futile treatments, and they are determined to avoid that fate. Having influenced so many other lifestyle choices, they want to control the ultimate decision: the manner of their own deaths.

They are part of a growing number of people whose stories are being shared in a grassroots surge to challenge the law against assisted suicide. It’s a movement that pits compassion against orthodoxy, the right to die against unwavering reverence for life and secularism against religious dogma and cultural traditions. Modern death is a wrenching political dilemma that becomes more pressing as the population ages. The Good Death confronts our fears about dying, charts our declining belief in a spiritual or religious afterlife, exposes how medical technology is making death more prolonged and unnatural than at any time in recorded history and asks the tough question that many avoid, but all must face: How do I want to die?

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Canada and the United Nations : legacies, limits, prospects / edited by Colin McCullogh and Robert Teigrop ; foreword by Lloyd Axworthy. Montreal : McGill-Queen's University Press, 2016.

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A nation of peacekeepers or soldiers? Honest broker, loyal ally, or chore boy for empire? Attempts to define Canada’s past, present, and proper international role have often led to contradiction and incendiary debate. Canada and the United Nations seeks to move beyond simplistic characterizations by allowing evidence, rather than ideology, to drive the inquiry. The result is a pragmatic and forthright assessment of the best practices in Canada’s UN participation. Sparked by the Harper government’s realignment of Canadian internationalism, Canada and the United Nations reappraises the mythic and often self-congratulatory assumptions that there is a distinctively Canadian way of interacting with the world, and that this approach has profited both the nation and the globe. While politicians and diplomats are given their due, this collection goes beyond many traditional analyses by including the UN-related attitudes and activities of ordinary Canadians. Contributors find that while Canadians have exhibited a broad range of responses to the UN, fundamental beliefs about the nation’s relationship with the world are shared widely among citizens of various identities and eras. While Canadians may hold inflated views of their country’s international contributions, their notions of Canada’s appropriate role in global governance correlate strongly with what experts in the field consider the most productive approaches to the Canada-UN relationship. In an era when some of the globe’s most profound challenges - climate change, refugees, terrorism, economic uncertainty - are not constrained by borders, Canada and the United Nations provides a timely primer on Canada’s diplomatic strengths.

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