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Sélection de titres nouveaux, janvier 2019 (PDF)

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Couverture de From rinks to regiments : Hockey Hall of Famers and the Great War
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From rinks to regiments : Hockey Hall of Famers and the Great War / Alan Livingstone MacLeod.
Victoria : Heritage House Publishing Company Ltd., 2018.

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From McNally Robinson:

In November 1918, the catastrophe of the First World War came to an end. That same year, the first season of the National Hockey League concluded with the Toronto Arenas winning the NHL championship over the Montreal Canadiens. This book deals with the nexus, or collision, between hockey and war.

Unbeknownst to many modern-day fans, thirty players, one referee, and one builder now enshrined in the Hockey Hall of Fame were also soldiers in the Great War. Most of them served in the Canadian Expeditionary Force--the Canada Corps that distinguished itself on the battlefields of Ypres, the Somme, Vimy, and Passchendaele. Four of these men were killed in action. Four were decorated for gallantry. Twenty-seven were volunteers, and five were conscripted under the Military Service Act of 1917. All have remarkable stories. From Rinks to Regiments resurrects the memories of these national heroes and celebrates their contributions on both the ice and the frontlines.

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A digital bundle :  protecting and promoting Indigenous knowledge online / Jennifer Wemigwans.
Regina :  University of Regina Press, 2018. 246 pages.

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A Digital Bundle explores the potential of online and digital technologies to serve Indigenous resurgence by contributing to the goals of Indigenous nation building. Based on interviews and discussions with active users of Four Directions Teachings, a website created by Jennifer Wemigwans, A Digital Bundle makes a case for a new online social movement that embraces Indigenous perspectives. Key to this movement is the redefinition of online Indigenous knowledge projects as "digital bundles," thus elevating the cultural protocols and responsibilities that come with such a designation and grounding these projects within an Indigenous epistemological paradigm. A Digital Bundle is an important contribution to the field of internet activism and a must-read for Indigenous educators.

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Uberland : how algorithms are rewriting the rules of work / Alex Rosenblat.
Oakland : University of California Press, 2018. 271 pages.

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Review from PW Annex Reviews:

This revelatory study by technology ethnographer Rosenblat, of New York City's Data and Society Research Institute, explores "how Uber and other corporate giants in Silicon Valley are redefining everything we know about work in the 21st century through subtle changes ushered in by technology." Rosenblat, who spent almost four years using Uber and interviewing its drivers and staff, makes clear that, contrary to the ads promoting Uber as a "pathway to the middle class for anyone who wanted to drive," ride-sharing service drivers must struggle to make such work profitable. Uber, he posits, has treated those drivers as "end users of its software, rather than as workers," a posture that has exempted the company from some regulations governing employee rights and cheated workers out of money they're owed, including by not crediting tips to them. More broadly, Rosenblat argues that the "sharing economy popularized wider changes to work culture by conflating work with altruistic contributions... devaluing work itself" and that "we are all being played by the technologies that have become commonplace, because, simply put, we want to use them." This jargon-free and intriguing exposé offers food for thought for anyone interested in worker protections or societal changes driven by technology.

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Couverture de No place to go : how public toilets fail our private needs
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No place to go : how public toilets fail our private needs / Lezlie Lowe.
Toronto : Coach House Books, 2018. 206 pages.

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This book is Number One in addressing the politics of where we're allowed to "go" in public. Adults don't talk about the business of doing our business. We work on one assumption: the world of public bathrooms is problem- and politics-free. No Place To Go: How Public Toilets Fail Our Private Needs reveals the opposite is true. No Place To Go is a toilet tour from London to San Francisco to Toronto and beyond. From pay potties to deserted alleyways, No Place To Go is a marriage of urbanism, social narrative, and pop culture that shows the ways - momentous and mockable - public bathrooms just don't work. Like, for the homeless, who, faced with no place to go sometimes literally take to the streets. (Ever heard of a municipal poop map?) For people with invisible disabilities, such as Crohn's disease, who stay home rather than risk soiling themselves on public transit routes. For girls who quit sports teams because they don't want to run to the edge of the pitch to pee. Celebrities like Lady Gaga and Bruce Springsteen have protested bathroom bills that will stomp on the rights of transpeople. And where was Hillary Clinton after she arrived back to the stage late after the first commercial break of the live-televised Democratic leadership debate in December 2015? Stuck in a queue for the women's bathroom.  Peel back the layers on public bathrooms and it's clear many more people want for good access than have it. Public bathroom access is about cities, society, design, movement, and equity. The real question is: Why are public toilets so crappy?

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Autonomy : the quest to build the driverless car-- and how it will reshape our world / Lawrence D. Burns with Christopher Shulgan.

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Review from Kirkus Reviews:

Tired of paying hefty insurance bills and parking fines? A self-driving car may be the flying car of our near-future dreams, as this all-for-it account makes clear.Given that Burns is a former General Motors executive with responsibility for R&D, as well as an adviser to Waymo (formerly Google's Self-Driving Car Project), it stands to reason that he'd be a fan of the autonomous car. Some of this book is the usual by-the-numbers, back-slapping, you-are-there reporting from the front lines of the lab and test track, as when the author writes of one robotics experimenter, "Whittaker was another big guy, an inch or two taller than Urmson at about six-foot-three, with shoulders that look like they'd brush the sides of interior door openings." The pro forma stuff notwithstanding, though, Burns and co-author Shulgan provide a series of winning arguments for why we should be wanting to see self-driving cars on the road. Despite well-publicized failings, for instance, they will le ad to a substantial decrease in accidents and fatalities—and given that road fatalities are climbing after years of steady decline, that makes a good starter. Burns also notes that automobile ownership is inherently inefficient; at most, the average driver uses a car for 5 percent of a waking day, and "when we do drive these vehicles, they're terribly inefficient," with only about a third of the chemical energy used to drive them translating into kinetic energy. The author argues that the business of motorized transport is the most disruptable on the landscape, and while the writing is too often like traveling down a potholed road, the reasoning is sound, and the thought of not having to look for an empty parking space seems payoff aplenty for entertaining this modest proposal. A provocative look at a rising industry that may soon change the nature of the world's too-busy roadways.

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