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The public sector in an age of austerity : perspectives from Canada’s provinces and territories

/ edited by Bryan Evans and Carlo Fanelli. Montreal : McGill-Queens University Press, 2018. ix, 422 pages.

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Following the 2008 global financial crisis, Canada appeared to escape the austerity implemented elsewhere, but this was spin hiding the reality. A closer look reveals that the provinces - responsible for delivering essential public and social services such as education and healthcare - shouldered the burden. The Public Sector in an Age of Austerity examines public-sector austerity in the provinces and territories, specifically addressing how austerity was implemented, what forms austerity agendas took (from regressive taxes and new user fees to public-sector layoffs and privatization schemes), and what, if any, political responses resulted. Contributors focus on the period from 2007 to 2015, the global financial crisis and the period of fiscal consolidation that followed, while also providing a longer historical context - austerity is not a new phenomenon. A granular examination of each jurisdiction identifies how changing fiscal conditions have affected the delivery of public services and restructured public finances, highlighting the consequences such changes have had for public-sector workers and users of public services. The first book of its kind in Canada, The Public Sector in an Age of Austerity challenges conventional wisdom by showing that Canada did not escape post-crisis austerity, and that its recovery has been vastly overstated.

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Rainy Lake House : twilight of empire on the northern frontier

/ Theodore Catton. Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2017. xiii, 406 pages.

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Catton's narrative brings together three men who in many ways epitomize early 19th-century life on the U.S. and Canadian frontiers, where both geographical and social boundaries overlapped and were often blurred. Maj. Stephen Long, an officer in the U.S. Army, explored the reaches of the upper Mississippi River. Dr. John McLoughlin was a ranking official with Canada's Hudson's Bay Company. Captured by the Ojibwa as a child, John Tanner spent his life among the Ojibwa and Ottawa people, adopting their language and culture. The paths of these three men intersected in September 1823 at Rainy Lake House, a Hudson's Bay Company trading post. Catton chronicles each of their experiences, intertwining these accounts with facts about the fur trade, such as the competition between the Hudson's Bay Company and the North West Company. The author also covers the pressures exerted by a growing number of fur traders and geographic explorations, and how these missions impacted Native life and culture in the lands around the Great Lakes. VERDICT Catton's riveting story is exquisitely written and well-researched. A must-read for anyone interested in frontier history and recommended for all collections.

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Seeking the fabled city : the Canadian Jewish experience

/ Allan Levine. Toronto : McClelland & Stewart, 2018. 484 pages.

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In this definitive and meticulously researched account of the Jewish experience in Canada, award-winning and critically acclaimed author Allan Levine documents a story that is rich, accessible, often surprising, and epic in its scope. Relying on an abundance of primary sources and first-hand documentation and interviews, Seeking the Fabled City chronicles the successes and failures, the obstacles overcome and those not conquered, of a historic journey and the people who travelled it.

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Refuse : CanLit in ruins

/ edited by Hannah McGregor, Julie Rak, and Erin Wunker. First edition. Toronto : Book*hug, 2018. 218 pages.

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Literary Nonfiction. Essays. CanLit--the commonly used short form for English Canadian Literature as a cultural formation and industry--has been at the heart of several recent public controversies. Why? Because CanLit is breaking open to reveal the accepted injustices at its heart. It is imperative that these public controversies and the issues that sparked them be subject to careful and thorough discussion and critique.

REFUSE: CANLIT IN RUINS provides a critical and historical context to help readers understand conversations happening about CanLit presently. One of its goals is to foreground the perspectives of those who have been changing the conversation about what CanLit is and what it could be. Topics such as literary celebrity, white power, appropriation, class, rape culture, and the ongoing impact of settler colonialism are addressed by a diverse gathering of writers from across Canada. This volume works to avoid a single metanarrative response to these issues, but rather brings together a cacophonous and ruinous multitude of voices.

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The politics of freedom of information : how and why governments pass laws that threaten their power

/ Ben Worthy. Manchester : Manchester University Press, 2017. x, 227 pages.

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Why do governments pass freedom of information laws? The symbolic power and force surrounding FOI makes it appealing as an electoral promise but hard to disengage from once in power. However, behind closed doors compromises and manoeuvres ensure that bold policies are seriously weakened before they reach the statute book. This book examines how Tony Blair's government proposed a radical FOI law only to back down in fear of what it would do. But FOI survived, in part due to the government's reluctance to be seen to reject a law that spoke of 'freedom', 'information' and 'rights'. After comparing the British experience with the difficult development of FOI in Australia, India and the United States - and the rather different cases of Ireland and New Zealand - the book concludes by looking at how the disruptive, dynamic and democratic effects of FOI laws continue to cause controversy once in operation.

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