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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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Turmoil, as usual : politics in Newfoundland and Labrador and the road to the 2015 election / James McLeod. St. John's : Creative Publishers, 2015. xi, 247 pages.

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Newfoundland and Labrador had three premiers in a single year-- three and a half, if you count Frank Coleman. An elected politician broke down crying on live radio. In less than eighteen months, the Official Opposition went from six to sixteen members.For Canada's easternmost province, the lead-up to the 2015 general election was the most turbulent time for politics in at least a generation, and Telegram reporter James McLeod had a front row seat for the whole strange spectacle. As the political reporter for Newfoundland and Labrador's largest daily newspaper, McLeod was there for all the big moments and interviewed all the key players.In Turmoil, As Usual, McLeod gives an an inside look and an unvarnished account of the people, the strategy, the gaffes and the farce that make up Newfoundland politics.

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Residential schools : with the words and images of survivors / Larry Loyie with Wayne K. Spear, Constance Brissenden. Brantford : Indigenous Education Press, 2014.

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"Survivors, former students of residential schools, have begun to share their stories. Revealing the past has been painful for many, myself included. Yet we know we need to do it. The hidden history of residential schools must be known to ensure the future human rights of all Canadian children. Residential schools no longer exist but we must not forget them."
--Larry Loyie (Cree), author and residential school survivor.

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Should we change how we vote? : evaluating Canada's elecctoral system / edited by Andrew Potter, Daniel Weinstock, and Peter Loewen. Montreal : McGill-Queen's University Press, 2017.

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During the 2015 federal election, the Liberal Party pledged that, if elected, they would end the "first past the post" electoral system, where whichever candidate receives the most votes wins a riding even if they have not received a majority of all votes cast. After the Liberals assumed power, Minister of Democratic Institutions Maryam Monsef followed up on their campaign promise by announcing a parliamentary committee to evaluate alternative electoral systems and to report their findings before the end of 2016. Challenging the idea that first past the post is obsolete, Should We Change How We Vote? urges Canadians to make sure they understand their electoral system before making drastic changes to it. The contributors to this volume assert that there is perhaps no institution more misunderstood and misrepresented than the Canadian electoral system - it is praised by some for ensuring broad regional representation in Ottawa, but criticized by others for allowing political parties with less than half the popular vote to assume more than half the seats in Parliament. They consider not only how the system works, but also its flaws and its advantages, and whether or not electoral reform is legitimate without a referendum. An essential guide to a crucial debate about the country's future, Should We Change How We Vote? asks if there are alternative reforms that would be easier to implement than a complete overhaul of the electoral system.

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Mitêwâcimowina : Indigenous science fiction and speculative storytelling / edited by Neal McLeod. Penticton : Theytus Books Ltd., 2016.

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The 1960s and the 1970s ushered in a massive revitalization of Indigenous consciousness, culture and stories. Indigenous publications of the 1970s were often grounded in traditional stories and also in voicing Indigenous experiences. Moving on in time, Theytus Books publication of The Black Ship by Gerry William in 1994 marked the first Indigenous science fiction novel in Canada. [...]

Now in 2016 Theytus is publishing this first Indigenous science fiction anthology in Canada. It is hoped that this book will, both draw upon the power of traditional stories, and also upon the vast narrative imagination of Indigenous peoples, embodied in contemporary sci fi and speculative storytelling. Many established Indigenous authors have contributed to this volume: including; Eden Robinson, Richard Van Camp, Lee Maracle, Drew H. Taylor, Daniel David Moses, Harold Johnson and others.

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At home in two countries : the past and future of dual citizenship / Peter J. Spiro. New York : New York University Press, 2016.

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In this timely, historical-analytical explication, Spiro (Temple Univ.) expertly explains the provocative concept of dual citizenship. From travelers and global leaders to such individuals as John Lindh, an American who fought for the Taliban, and Yaser Hamdi, a dual citizen of the US and Saudi Arabia, the issue of dual citizenship raises questions of loyalty and whether individuals with such a designation are "lesser citizens." The number of dual citizens ranges from half a million to 5.7 million in the US. Spiro's study is not just academic. In this short, well-documented presentation meant for a broad audience, the author traces the concept from feudal to modern times, from something deplorable and untrustworthy to tolerable and, in some instances, even acceptable. Regardless of varying surveys on the topic, states "lack both the capacity and the incentive to suppress the status." For readers placing loyalty above identity, Spiro's argument of dual citizenship as a right will not be convincing. For others operating in a globalized world, such as himself, the benefits far overshadow national loyalty. For the vast majority, he's convinced that "its encouragement ... enlarges global democracy.

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