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The great Canadian debate: Should we reform the Senate?

A People’s Senate for Canada: Not A Pipe Dream!

by Helen Forsey
(Fernwood Publishing,
2015;
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Should we get rid of the Senate? Reform it? Keep it the way it is? Every party has a different suggestion this election for what works best for the battered institution of "sober second thought." According to writer-activist Helen Forsey and her new book, A People's Senate for Canada: Not a Pipe Dream!, some options are far better than others.

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Harper's takeover of Canada: What do we have left?

The Arrogant Autocrat: Stephen Harper's Takeover of Canada

by Mel Hurtig
(Mel Hurtig Publishing,
2015;
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Hope betrayed? The Nova Scotia NDP's rocky fall from power

Rise Again: Nova Scotia's NDP on the Rocks

by Howard Epstein
(Empty Mirrors Press,
2015;
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In Rise Again, author and former MLA for Halifax Chebucto Howard Epstein gives us his explanation, in irrepressible detail, of why the Nova Scotia NDP fell from power in 2013 after only one term in office.

Epstein believes the NDP won the election that brought it to power in 2009 because Nova Scotians were ready for a social democratic government and an end to the cozy relationship between government and business that had characterized Nova Scotian politics for too long.

Based on the NDP's proposals for legislation while in opposition, Nova Scotians believed this progressive change is what they were going to get.

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How can progressives stop Harper this federal election?

The ALL NEW Don't Think of an Elephant! Know Your Values and Frame the Debate

by George Lakoff
(Chelsea Green Publishing,
2014;
$15.00)

rabble.ca and Canadian Dimension will be hosting renowned cognitive linguist and author George Lakoff in Toronto this Saturday April 18 for an inspiring all-day symposium. For tickets to this exclusive event, please register here.

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How Canada lets people get tortured

Guantanamo Diary

by Mohamedou Ould Slahi
(Little, Brown and Company,
2015;
$32.00)

Following December's release of the U.S. Senate report on American complicity in torture, Prime Minister Stephen Harper quickly declared, "It has nothing to do whatsoever with the government of Canada." Despite the CIA's close relationship with Canadian state security agencies, as well as two judicial inquiries finding Ottawa complicit in the torture of Canadian citizens in Syria and Egypt, Harper preferred to ignore the facts.   

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Watch out Lefties! The FBI is out to sabotage you

Heavy Radicals: The FBI's Secret War on America's Maoists

by Aaron J. Leonard and Conor A. Gallagher
(Zero Books,
2015;
$29.95)

According to writers Aaron J. Leonard and Conor A. Gallagher, The Revolutionary Union (RU) and its later incarnation, the Revolutionary Communist Party (RCP), were products of 1960s left-wing radicalism.

"Leaders emerged from the anti-HUAC (House Un-American Activities Committee) protests, the Free Speech Movement, the Peace and Freedom Party alliance with the Black Panthers, and the struggles in the final years of SDS, among other key events of the time," they write.

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Harper vs. Canada: Putting the Conservatives' record on trial

Harper vs. Canada: Five Ways of Looking at the Conservative Regime

by Karl Nerenberg
(rabble.ca,
2014;
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It's hard to believe that the Harper government has been in power since 2006. Then again, maybe it's not.

Since Harper and his Conservatives came to Parliament, budgets have been slashed, civil liberties have been threatened and eroded, environments have been destroyed and public services have been gutted.

In 2011, Harper won a majority government. In 2011, rabble hired Karl Nerenberg as our first-ever parliamentary reporter.

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Harper's Canada: What have we become?

Harperism: How Stephen Harper and his think tank colleagues have transformed Canada

by Donald Gutstein
(Lorimer,
2014;
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Does it ever feel like you've just woken up and found yourself living in a country you don't recognize? How did Canada get to where it is today -- a more militaristic, nationalistic, free-market-at-all-costs place that seems to have shed its world-renowned reputation as a land of peacekeepers, multiculturalism, social responsibility and scientific advancement?

It hasn't been by accident. In fact, as Donald Gutstein points out in the opening phrase of his book, Harperism: How Stephen Harper and his Think Tank Colleagues Have Transformed Canada, this is exactly what Prime Minister Stephen Harper promised he'd do.

And he did it with a little bit of help from his friends.

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Why the 'War on Drugs' is a total failure

The War on Drugs: A Failed Experiment

by Paula Mallea
(Dundurn Press,
2014;
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The phrase the "War on Drugs" was coined by Richard Nixon during his campaign to eradicate illegal drug use and subsequently picked up by media, politicians and those allies who wanted to 'crack down' on drug offences.

But can the War on Drugs really be won? No, it can't argues Paula Mallea in her new book The War on Drugs: A Failed Experiment because it is an inherently flawed strategy.

Mallea approaches the conversation on drugs from a variety of angles, offering insight into the history of drug use and abuse and the economy of the drug trade. But perhaps most importantly, Mallea discusses why this failed experiment of the War of Drugs was such a failure.

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Canada went to war. But why?

Noble Illusions: Young Canada Goes to War

by Stephen Dale
(Fernwood Publishing,
2014;
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A tidal wave of First World War centenary celebrations -- set to unfold over the next four years -- is now upon us. Canada, like other nations, will spend many millions of dollars commemorating Canadians' participation in the war that was supposed to "end all wars."

But what will these events tell us about the meaning of that cataclysmic war and its lessons for today's world? We can probably guess the answer from statements that key figures have already made.

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