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Pia's Plans

Pia's Plans

by Alice Kuipers
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age: 9 to 12
Grade: 4 to 7
Reading age: 9 to 12
tagged : self-esteem & self-reliance, friendship, marriage & divorce

Ever since her parents got divorced, Pia has worked hard to make sure everything in her life is Perfect, with a capital P. But everything keeps going wrong. She and her sister get into a fight. Pia falls down the stairs and hurts her ankle. She spills chocolate milk all over her lucky outfit. She accidentally studied for the wrong test. And her be …

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A Great Revolutionary Wave

A Great Revolutionary Wave

Women and the Vote in British Columbia
by Lara Campbell
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tagged : post-confederation (1867-), women's studies, women

British Columbia is often overlooked in the national story of women’s struggle for political equality. This book rights that wrong. A Great Revolutionary Wave follows the propaganda campaigns undertaken by suffrage organizations and traces the role of working-class women in the fight for political equality. It demonstrates the connections between …

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Invested Indifference

Invested Indifference

How Violence Persists in Settler Colonial Society
by Kara Granzow
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tagged : indigenous studies, discrimination & race relations, gender studies

In 2004, Amnesty International characterized Canadian society as “indifferent” to high rates of violence against Indigenous women and girls. When the Canadian government took another twelve years to launch a national inquiry, that indictment seemed true. Invested Indifference makes a startling counter-argument: that what we see as societal unre …

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Bois-Brûlés

Bois-Brûlés

The Untold Story of the Métis of Western Québec
by Michel Bouchard; Sebastien Malette & Guillaume Marcotte
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We think of Métis as having Prairie roots. Quebec doesn’t recognize a historical Métis community, and the Métis National Council contests the existence of any Métis east of Ontario. Quebec residents who seek recognition as Métis under the Canadian Constitution therefore face an uphill legal and political battle. Who is right? Bois-Brûlés e …

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Free to a Good Home

Free to a Good Home

With Room for Improvement
by Jules Torti, foreword by Jann Arden
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tagged : women, personal memoirs, lgbt

The German word zugunruhe translates as the “stirring before moving.” It’s used to describe birds and herds of animals, like wildebeests, before the great migration. Though Jules Torti is neither German nor a wildebeest, she understands this marrow-deep anxiousness all too well; she is just someone looking for a home.

Free to a Good Home is ev …

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A One-Handed Novel, A

A One-Handed Novel, A

by Kim Clark
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tagged : humorous, non-classifiable

When Melanie Farrell visits the neurologist she is told her multiple sclerosis is progressing. She isn’t surprised by the diagnosis, but what does shock her is the related prognosis. It seems, based on a new study, that she only has six orgasms left. Six! Fortyish and single, Mel must decide how best to spend, save or at least not waste those pre …

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He Thinks He's Down

He Thinks He's Down

White Appropriations of Black Masculinities in the Civil Rights Era
by Katharine Bausch
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tagged : gender studies, african american studies, discrimination & race relations, civil war period (1850-1877)

The end of the Second World War saw a “crisis of white masculinity” brought on by social change. As a result, several prominent white male pop culture figures sought out and appropriated African American cultural trappings to benefit from what they believed were powerful black masculinities. In He Thinks He’s Down, Katharine Bausch draws on c …

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The Aging–Disability Nexus

The Aging–Disability Nexus

edited by Katie Aubrecht; Christine Kelly & Carla Rice
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tagged : disease & health issues, gerontology, health care issues

As the global population ages, disability demographics are shifting. Societal transformation and global health inequities have changed who is likely to reach old age, who is likely to live with disability, and the relationship between aging and disability in various socio-cultural and geopolitical contexts. The Aging–Disability Nexus breaks new g …

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Inalienable Properties

Inalienable Properties

The Political Economy of Indigenous Land Reform
by Jamie Baxter
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tagged : indigenous peoples, comparative politics, indigenous studies

Inalienable Properties explores contrasting approaches to property rights by four Indigenous communities to illustrate how inalienability – restrictions on the ability to buy and sell land – is linked to community leadership and decision-making structures that have long-lasting consequences for communities. Drawing on new research about institu …

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Stories from the Magic Canoe of Wa’xaid

Stories from the Magic Canoe of Wa’xaid

by Cecil Paul, as told by Briony Penn
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tagged : native americans, environmentalists & naturalists, native american studies

A remarkable and profound collection of reflections by one of North America’s most important Indigenous leaders.

My name is Wa’xaid, given to me by my people. ‘Wa’ is ‘the river’, ‘Xaid’ is ‘good’ – good river. Sometimes the river is not good. I am a Xenaksiala, I am from the Killer Whale Clan. I would like to walk with you in …

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A Match Made for Murder

A Match Made for Murder

A Lane Winslow Mystery
by Iona Whishaw
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tagged : historical, women sleuths

“An intriguing mix of character, plot, time, and place. Highly recommended.” —Ian Hamilton, author of the bestselling Ava Lee novels

Lane and Darling's Arizona honeymoon is interrupted by gunshots in the newest instalment in a series Kirkus Reviews calls "relentlessly exciting."

It’s November, and Lane and Darling have escaped the chilly autu …

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Sharks, Skates, Rays and Chimeras of British Columbia

Sharks, Skates, Rays and Chimeras of British Columbia

by Gordon McFarlane & Jackie King
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tagged : fish, reference, marine life

A comprehensive field guide to sharks and their cousins off the west coast of British Columbia.
Sharks! The very mention of the word conjures up images of dangerous creatures with a voracious appetite. This public image couldn't be farther from the truth for a vast majority of shark species: most are cautious and placid, and many inhabit waters th …

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Just One More Drive

Just One More Drive

the true story of a stuttering homosexual and his race car
by Robert James O?Brien
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This honest, uplifting and painfully funny memoir is about love, soapboxes and why you should never lie on national TV. It's the story of how the Beast, a BMW E30 M3 Sport Evolution, almost killed Robert but ended up saving his life.
From his father, Robert developed a passion for all things automotive as he grew up in Dublin, a painfully shy, lo …

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No Place for the State

No Place for the State

The Origins and Legacies of the 1969 Omnibus Bill
edited by Christopher Dummitt & Christabelle Sethna
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tagged : civil rights, post-confederation (1867-), social policy

“There’s no place for the state in the bedrooms of the nation,” Pierre Elliott Trudeau told reporters. He was making the case for the most controversial of his proposed reforms to the Criminal Code, those concerning homosexuality, birth control, and abortion. In No Place for the State, contributors offer complex and often contrasting perspect …

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Canada and Ireland

Canada and Ireland

A Political and Diplomatic History
by Philip J. Currie
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tagged : history & theory, ireland, diplomacy

Canadians have been involved in, intrigued by, and frustrated with Irish politics, from the Fenian Raids of the 1860s to the present day. Yet scholars have largely neglected Canadian–Irish relations since the consolidation of the Irish Free State in the 1920s. In Canada and Ireland, Philip J. Currie addresses this lacuna and examines political re …

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Canada and Ireland

A Political and Diplomatic History
by Philip James Currie
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Canadians have been involved in, intrigued by, and frustrated with Irish politics, from the Fenian Raids of the 1860s to the present day. Yet scholars have largely neglected Canadian–Irish relations since the consolidation of the Irish Free State in the 1920s. In Canada and Ireland, Philip J. Currie addresses this lacuna and examines political re …

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Making the Best of It

Making the Best of It

Women and Girls of Canada and Newfoundland during the Second World War
edited by Sarah Glassford & Amy Shaw
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tagged : women's studies, post-confederation (1867-), world war ii

Many women who lived through the Second World War believed it heralded new status and opportunities. But did it? Making the Best of It examines how gender and other identities intersected to shape the experiences of female Canadians and Newfoundlanders during the war. The contributors to this thoughtful collection consider mainstream and minority p …

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Culture and the Soldier

Culture and the Soldier

Identities, Values, and Norms in Military Engagements
by H. Christian Breede
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Countries have instituted policies to make their armed forces more inclusive, and soldiers now undergo cultural awareness training before seeing active duty. Policy makers and military organizations agree that culture is important. But what does “culture” mean in practice, and how is it important? Culture and the Soldier answers these questions …

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The Stone of Sorrow

The Stone of Sorrow

by Brooke Carter
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age: 12 to 100
Grade: 8 to 12
Reading age: 12 to 100
tagged : epic, mythical creatures, wizards & witches

In a land of myth and ice, seventeen-year-old Runa Unnursdóttir is not the runecaster her clan has been hoping for. She spends her days daydreaming of sailing away and exploring the world instead of studying the runes and learning her spells. The villagers consider her odd, in looks and in manner. She’s nothing like her talented sister, Sýr, ke …

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Un/inhabited

Un/inhabited

by Jordan Abel, contributions by Kathleen Ritter & Tracy Stefanucci
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tagged : native american

This is the second edition of award-winning Nisga’a poet Jordan Abel’s second collection of poetry, Un/inhabited, which maps the terrain of the public domain to create a layered investigation of the interconnections between language and land.

Abel constructed the book’s source text by compiling ninety-one complete western novels found on Proje …

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The Shoe Boy

The Shoe Boy

A Trapline Memoir
by Duncan McCue
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tagged : native americans, native american studies

At the age of seventeen, an Anishinabe boy who was raised in the south joined a James Bay Cree family in a one-room hunting cabin in the isolated wilderness of northern Quebec. Reflecting on his search for his own personal identity, that kid – Duncan McCue – takes us on an evocative exploration of the teenage years and the culture shock he expe …

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Thinking Differently about HIV/AIDS

Thinking Differently about HIV/AIDS

Contributions from Critical Social Science
edited by Eric Mykhalovskiy & Viviane Namaste
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tagged : aids & hiv, health policy, public health

Almost four decades after the discovery of HIV/AIDS, the world continues to grapple with this public health challenge. Thinking Differently about HIV/AIDS explores the limits of mainstream approaches to the HIV/AIDS epidemic and challenges readers to develop alternate solutions, emphasizing the value of critical social science perspectives. The con …

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Borderline

Borderline

by Marie-Sissi Labreche, translated by Melissa Bull
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Searing and lyrical, Marie-Sissi Labrèche's auto-fictional novel, Borderline, describes a young girl's experience growing up in Montreal's working-class neighbourhood of Hochelaga-Maisonneuve. Raised by her "two mothers" - a stern grandmother and a mother struggling with schizophrenia, the story's protagonist, Sissi, is artistic, feral, fragile, i …

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We Had No Rules

We Had No Rules

by Corinne Manning
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A defiant, beautifully realized story collection about the messy complications of contemporary queer life.

A young teenager runs from her family's conservative home to her sister's NY apartment to learn a very different set of rules. A woman grieves the loss of a sister, a "gay divorce," and the pain of unacknowledged abuse with the help of a lone w …

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Changing Neighbourhoods

Changing Neighbourhoods

Social and Spatial Polarization in Canadian Cities
edited by Jill Grant; Alan Walks & Howard Ramos
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tagged : urban & land use planning, regional planning, urban

Canadians have a right to live in cities that meet their basic needs in a dignified way, but in recent decades increased inequality and polarization have been reshaping the social landscape of Canada’s urban areas. This book examines the dimensions and impacts of increased economic inequality and urban socio-spatial polarization since the 1980s. …

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By the Court

By the Court

Anonymous Judgments at the Supreme Court of Canada
by Peter McCormick & Marc D. Zanoni
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tagged : courts, judicial power, legal history

Any court watcher knows that the Supreme Court of Canada delivers some of its major constitutional judgments in a “By the Court” format. This transformative approach abandons the common law tradition of attributing decisions to individual judges. By the Court is the first major study of these unanimous and anonymous decisions and features a com …

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Identities and Interests

Identities and Interests

Race, Ethnicity, and Affinity Voting
by Randy Besco
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tagged : canadian, elections

Identities and Interests offers an entirely new perspective on the role of racial and ethnic identities in Canadian elections. Using a series of experiments, as well as candidate and census data, Randy Besco demonstrates that self-identification matters far more than self-interest, ideology, or policy. The largest minority groups – Chinese and So …

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Rain City

Rain City

Vancouver Essays
by John Moore
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tagged : regional studies

BC Bestseller! From its Coast Mountain skyline to its seedy waterfront tattoo parlors, from the private downtown booze-cans of the city's business elite and the Faux Chateau enclave of Whistler, to the riot-shaken streets of the early Sixties and the history of pipe bomb attacks in the city, Moore has been there, done that. He's been a graveyard sh …

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Kawai Scrolls

Kawai Scrolls

by Louis Druehl
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tagged : biographical

His Hopi princess bride has left him for the head of the philosophy department and his PhD thesis is stalled; what is left for an Iowa farmboy to do but to board a slow boat to Yokohama? John Fox leaves the academic desert of New Mexico for Japan, in search of fame and inspiration among the Ainu, the white aborigines of Hokkaido. While his adventu …

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Nested Federalism and Inuit Governance in the Canadian Arctic

Nested Federalism and Inuit Governance in the Canadian Arctic

by Gary N. Wilson; Christopher Alcantara & Thierry Rodon
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tagged : indigenous studies, colonialism & post-colonialism, canadian

The Canadian federal system was never designed to recognize Indigenous governance, and it has resisted change. But Indigenous communities have successfully negotiated the creation of self-governing regions. Most of these are situated within existing units of the Canadian federation, creating forms of nested federalism. This governance model is tran …

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Indigenous Empowerment through Co-management

Indigenous Empowerment through Co-management

Land Claims Boards, Wildlife Management, and Environmental Regulation
by Graham White
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Co-management boards, established under comprehensive land claims agreements, have become key players in land-use planning, wildlife management, and environmental regulation across Canada’s North. This book provides a detailed account of the operation and effectiveness of these boards while addressing a central question: Have they been successful …

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To Be Equals in Our Own Country

To Be Equals in Our Own Country

Women and the Vote in Quebec
by Denyse Baillargeon, translated by Käthe Roth
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tagged : women in politics, canadian, women, women's studies

“When the history of suffrage is written, the role played by our politicians will cut a sad figure beside that of the women they insulted.” Speaking in 1935, feminist Idola Saint-Jean captured the bitter nature of Quebec women’s prolonged fight for the right to vote. To Be Equals in Our Own Country is a passionate yet even-handed account of t …

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Rethinking the Spectacle

Rethinking the Spectacle

Guy Debord, Radical Democracy, and the Digital Age
by Devin Penner
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Spectacle is usually considered a superficial form of politics, which tries to distract and deceive a passive audience. It is difficult to see how this type of politics could be reconciled with the democratic requirement of active and informed agency. Rethinking the Spectacle re-examines the tension between spectacle and political agency using the …

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Canada's Mechanized Infantry

Canada's Mechanized Infantry

The Evolution of a Combat Arm, 1920–2012
by Peter Kasurak
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tagged : canada, post-confederation (1867-)

Canada’s Mechanized Infantry explores the development of the Canadian Army’s infantry after the First World War. Modern studies of technology and war have tended to focus on tanks and armour, but soldiers discovered that military success really depends on the combination of infantry, armour, and artillery. Peter Kasurak demonstrates how the Can …

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