Books on Arctic, Islam, city politics among Donner Prize finalists

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.

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.

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