TORONTO — Books on the Arctic, Islam, the Canada Pension Plan, city politics and aboriginal cultural preservation have made the short list for the 11th annual Donner Prize.
Finalists for the $35,000 prize, which honours books about Canadian public policy, were announced this morning. They are:
l Arctic Front: Defending Canada in the Far North (Thomas Allen Publishers) by Ken S. Coates, P. Whitney Lackenbauer, William R. Morrison and Greg Poelzer. Coates was a finalist for the 2000 Donner Prize and is a history professor at the University of Waterloo; Lackenbauer is assistant history professor there; Morrison is professor of history at the University of Northern British Columbia; Poelzer is founding dean of undergraduate studies for the University of the Arctic.
l Chasing a Mirage: The Tragic Illusion of an Islamic State (John Wiley & Sons, Canada) by Tarek Fatah, host of Muslim Chronicle on CTS-TV.
l Fixing the Future: How Canada’s Usually Fractious Governments Worked Together to Rescue the Canada Pension Plan (Rotman/University of Toronto Press Publishing) by journalist Bruce Little.
l The Limits of Boundaries: Why City-regions Cannot be Self-governing (McGill-Queen’s University Press) by Andrew Sancton, professor of political science at the University of Western Ontario.
l Disrobing the Aboriginal Industry: The Deception Behind Indigenous Cultural Preservation (McGill-Queen’s University Press) by Frances Widdowson, instructor at Calgary’s Mount Royal College, and Albert Howard, instructor at Kennedy College of Technology in Toronto.