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Extraordinary Canadians by Peter Mansbridge

Title Extraordinary Canadians
Author Peter Mansbridge
Publisher Simon and Schuster
Release Date 2020-11-10
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 304
ISBN 9781982134600
Language English, Spanish, and French
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From Peter Mansbridge, the beloved former anchor of CBC’s The National, and Mark Bulgutch, former CBC producer, comes a collection of first-person stories about remarkable Canadians who embody the values of our great nation—kindness, compassion, courage, and freedom—and inspire us to do the same. In this timely and heartwarming volume of personal stories, Peter Mansbridge and former CBC producer Mark Bulgutch bring together inspiring Canadians from across the country, who in their own way, are making Canada a better place for all. Hear Gitxsan activist Cindy Blackstock describe her childhood in northern British Columbia where she straddled two communities—Indigenous and non-Indigenous—and her subsequent fight for equitable health care for all children as the executive director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society. Meet Matt Devlin, the US broadcaster who found a new home in Canada when he got a job with the Toronto Raptors, and read how he helped calm the crowd when a gunman began shooting in Nathan Phillips Square after the team’s NBA championship win. From the young woman living with Crohn’s disease—and proudly modeling her ostomy bag—to the rabbi whose family fled Nazi Germany—and who now gives the benediction on Parliament Hill each Remembrance Day—Extraordinary Canadians celebrates the people who have overcome adversity and broken down barriers to champion the rights and freedoms of everyone who calls Canada home. Featuring voices from all walks of life—advocates, politicians, doctors, veterans, immigrants, business leaders, and more—this collection gets to the heart of what it means to be Canadian. These stories will change the way you see your country and make you fall in love with Canada all over again.

Extraordinary Canadians by Peter Mansbridge

Title Extraordinary Canadians
Author Peter Mansbridge
Publisher Simon & Schuster
Release Date 2020-11-10
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 304
ISBN 9781982134525
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

From Peter Mansbridge, the beloved former anchor of CBC’s The National, and Mark Bulgutch, former CBC producer, comes a collection of first-person stories about remarkable Canadians who embody the values of our great nation—kindness, compassion, courage, and freedom—and inspire us to do the same. In this timely and heartwarming volume of personal stories, Peter Mansbridge and former CBC producer Mark Bulgutch bring together inspiring Canadians from across the country, who in their own way, are making Canada a better place for all. Hear Gitxsan activist Cindy Blackstock describe her childhood in northern British Columbia where she straddled two communities—Indigenous and non-Indigenous—and her subsequent fight for equitable health care for all children as the executive director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society. Meet Matt Devlin, the US broadcaster who found a new home in Canada when he got a job with the Toronto Raptors, and read how he helped calm the crowd when a gunman began shooting in Nathan Phillips Square after the team’s NBA championship win. From the young woman living with Crohn’s disease—and proudly modeling her ostomy bag—to the rabbi whose family fled Nazi Germany—and who now gives the benediction on Parliament Hill each Remembrance Day—Extraordinary Canadians celebrates the people who have overcome adversity and broken down barriers to champion the rights and freedoms of everyone who calls Canada home. Featuring voices from all walks of life—advocates, politicians, doctors, veterans, immigrants, business leaders, and more—this collection gets to the heart of what it means to be Canadian. These stories will change the way you see your country and make you fall in love with Canada all over again.

Title Extraordinary Canadians Maurice Richard
Author Charles Foran
Publisher Penguin Canada
Release Date 2011-03-08
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 224
ISBN 9780143180425
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Born in 1921 into a working-class family, Maurice Richard came of age as a French Canadian and athlete during an era when the majority population of Quebec slumbered. A proud, reticent man, Richard aspired only to score goals and win championships for the Montreal Canadiens. But he represented far more than a high-scoring forward who filled seats in NHL arenas. Beginning with his 50-goal, 50-game season in 1944-45 and through his battles with the league over bigotry toward French-Canadian players, Richard's on-ice ferocity and off-ice dignity echoed the change in Quebec. The March 1955 “Richard Riot,” in which fans went on a rampage to protest his suspension, contained the seeds of transformation. By the time Richard retired in 1960, Quebec had begun to reinvent itself as a modern, secular society. Author Charles Foran argues that the province's passionate identification with Richard's success and struggles emboldened its people and changed Canada irrevocably.

Peter Mansbridge One On One by Peter Mansbridge

Title Peter Mansbridge One on One
Author Peter Mansbridge
Publisher Random House Canada
Release Date 2009-10-20
Category Social Science
Total Pages 352
ISBN 9780307372864
Language English, Spanish, and French
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From one of Canada’s most respected and recognizable journalists comes a collection of the best interviews with the leading thinkers and cultural icons of our time, from the country’s most trusted interview show. An extraordinary selection from Newsworld’s Mansbridge One on One, including politicians, journalists, arts and sports figures and newsmakers behind the biggest issues of the past decade. Canadians have long relied on award-winning anchor and journalist Peter Mansbridge to inform and enlighten us, whether at the helm of The National or on Mansbridge One on One, his weekly interview show. In this, his first book, he collects the most illuminating and timely interviews from the past ten years, book-ending each with his behind-the-scenes recollections and anecdotes. Mansbridge acts as our guide as we get the inside story from prominent figures from all walks of life, including world leaders, music legends and sports heroes. Among the more than 40 interviewees included in the book are: Bill Clinton Sidney Crosby Bill Gates Diana Krall Benjamin Netanyahu Barack Obama Shimon Peres Desmond Tutu Brian Wilson From the Hardcover edition.

Title Extraordinary Canadians Nellie McClung
Author Charlotte Gray
Publisher Penguin Canada
Release Date 2011-08-30
Category History
Total Pages 224
ISBN 9780143183679
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Feminist, politician, and social activist, Nellie McClung altered Canada's political landscape, leaving a legacy that has long survived her. She had a wicked wit, and her convictions and campaigns helped shape the Canada we live in today. Acclaimed writer Charlotte Gray, who has forged a distinguished career exploring the lives of such notable women as Susanna Moodie and Pauline Johnson, is the perfect writer to reinterpret McClung.

Title Canadian Carnival Freaks and the Extraordinary Body 1900 1970s
Author Jane Nicholas
Publisher University of Toronto Press
Release Date 2018-04-12
Category History
Total Pages 320
ISBN 9781487522087
Language English, Spanish, and French
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In Canadian Carnival Freaks and the Extraordinary Body, 1900-1970s, Nicholas offers a sophisticated analysis of the place of the freak show in twentieth-century culture.

Title Louis Riel and Gabriel Dumont
Author Joseph Boyden
Publisher Penguin Canada
Release Date 2010
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 204
ISBN UOM:39076002902653
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 187-188).

Norman Bethune by Adrienne Clarkson

Title Norman Bethune
Author Adrienne Clarkson
Publisher Penguin Global
Release Date 2009
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 200
ISBN CHI:091925803
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Norman Bethune was a surgeon, medical inventor, tumultuous romantic, and advocate for the poor.

Title Extraordinary Canadians Louis Hippolyte Lafontaine and Robert
Author John Ralston Saul
Publisher Penguin Canada
Release Date 2010-10-05
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 272
ISBN 9780143178743
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Canada has no better interpreter than prolific writer and thinker John Ralston Saul. Here he argues that Canada did not begin in 1867; indeed, its foundation was laid by two visionary men, Louis-Hippolyte LaFontaine and Robert Baldwin. The two leaders of Lower and Upper Canada, respectively, worked together after the 1841 Union to lead a reformist movement for responsible government run by elected citizens instead of a colonial governor. But it was during the "Great Ministry" of 1848—51 that the two politicians implemented laws that created a more equitable country. They revamped judicial institutions, created a public education system, made bilingualism official, designed a network of public roads, began a public postal system, and reformed municipal governance. Faced with opposition, and even violence, the two men— polar opposites in temperament—united behind a set of principles and programs that formed modern Canada. Writing with verve and deep conviction, Saul restores these two extraordinary Canadians to rightful prominence.

Marshall Mcluhan by Douglas Coupland

Title Marshall McLuhan
Author Douglas Coupland
Publisher Atlas and Company
Release Date 2010-11-30
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 216
ISBN 9781935633167
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Surveys the life and career of the social theorist best known for the quotation, "The medium is the message," who helped shape the culture of the 1960s and predicted the future of television and the rise of the Internet.

Title Extraordinary Canadians Rene Levesque
Author Daniel Poliquin
Publisher Penguin Canada
Release Date 2009-09-22
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 208
ISBN 9780143173076
Language English, Spanish, and French
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He was the most unlikely leader: straightforward, uninterested in personal wealth, unprepossessing. Yet his charisma affected even those who disliked his political aim to achieve independence for Quebec. René Lévesque was born into a Quebec dominated by the Catholic Church, rural values, and Anglophone control of business. He was part of the 1960s Quiet Revolution that saw the province become a secular society bent on economic success and, for some, political independence. A journalist, war reporter, and television host, Lévesque channelled his communication skills into a political career that encompassed the most tumultuous periods in Canadian history. As founder of the Parti Québecois, he held two close referenda in 1980 and 1995 that proved wrenching for Canadian unity and permanently altered the country’s political landscape. Acclaimed novelist and translator Daniel Poliquin offers a unique portrait of Lévesque the man and politician, at once affectionate, critical, and incisive.

Title Extraordinary Canadians Wilfrid Laurier
Author Andre Pratte
Publisher Penguin Canada
Release Date 2011-03-08
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 240
ISBN 9780143180449
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Everyone knows that Wilfrid Laurier was a great prime minister, an astonishing speaker, and a survivor. But nobody has looked at him as more than a mythological figure for a very long time. André Pratte, chief editorial writer of La Presse, uncovers Laurier's full complexity amid the charged political circumstances of the early 20th century. Laurier tried to unite a country deeply divided in the wake of the First World War, grappling with the thorny questions of minority rights, multiple cultures, and regional tensions. A superb orator—his defence of Louis Riel established him as perhaps Canada's greatest speaker—he talked to his listeners as if they were as intelligent and well-read as he. Pratte reveals a Laurier who did not have to create a special political strategy in order to deal with the complexities of Canada. His personality, in and of itself, was a mirror of that complexity. Pratte's Laurier affirms our long and stable history, while recognizing that events are never predictable. Like Laurier, great leaders must accept both to govern Canada successfully.

The Blythes Are Quoted by L. M. Montgomery

Title The Blythes Are Quoted
Author L. M. Montgomery
Publisher Penguin Canada
Release Date 2009-10-27
Category Fiction
Total Pages 544
ISBN 9780143175346
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Adultery, illegitimacy, misogyny, revenge, murder, despair, bitterness, hatred, and death—usually not the first terms associated with L.M. Montgomery. But in The Blythes Are Quoted, completed shortly before her death and never before published in its entirety, Montgomery brought these topics to the forefront in what she intended to be the ninth volume in her bestselling series featuring her beloved heroine Anne. Divided into two sections, one set before and one after the Great War of 1914—1918, The Blythes Are Quoted contains fifteen episodes that include an adult Anne and her family. Binding these short stories, Montgomery inserted sketches featuring Anne and Gilbert Blythe discussing poems by Anne and their middle son, Walter, who dies as a soldier in the war. By blending poetry, prose, and dialogue, Montgomery was experimenting with storytelling methods in ways she had never before attempted. The Blythes Are Quoted marks the final word of a writer whose work continues to fascinate readers all over the world.

Title Extraordinary Canadians Pierre Elliott Trudeau
Author Nino Ricci
Publisher Penguin Canada
Release Date 2009-03-31
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 222
ISBN 9780143175230
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Love him or hate him, Pierre Trudeau has marked us all. The man whose motto was "reason over passion" managed to arouse in Canadians the fiercest of passions of every hue, ones that even today cloud our view of him and of his place in history. Acclaimed novelist Nino Ricci takes as his starting point the crucial role Trudeau played in the formation of his own sense of identity to look at how Trudeau expanded us as a people, not in spite of his contradictions but because of them.

Great Canadians by Angela Murphy

Title Great Canadians
Author Angela Murphy
Publisher Folklore Pub
Release Date 2005
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 142
ISBN 1894864468
Language English, Spanish, and French
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This book pays tribute to just a few of the many people whose contributions to Canada are unique. From environmentalists to politicians, from sports figures to writers, these men and women undeniably exemplify what it means to be Canadian: bull; Tommy Doug

A Good War by Seth Klein

Title A Good War
Author Seth Klein
Publisher ECW Press
Release Date 2020-09-01
Category Political Science
Total Pages 444
ISBN 9781773055916
Language English, Spanish, and French
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“This is the roadmap out of climate crisis that Canadians have been waiting for.” — Naomi Klein, activist and New York Times bestselling author of This Changes Everything and The Shock Doctrine • One of Canada’s top policy analysts provides the first full-scale blueprint for meeting our climate change commitments • Contains the results of a national poll on Canadians’ attitudes to the climate crisis • Shows that radical transformative climate action can be done, while producing jobs and reducing inequality as we retool how we live and work. • Deeply researched and targeted specifically to Canada and Canadians while providing a model that other countries could follow Canada needs to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 50% to prevent a catastrophic 1.5 degree increase in the earth’s average temperature — assumed by many scientists to be a critical “danger line” for the planet and human life as we know it. It’s 2020, and Canada is not on track to meet our targets. To do so, we’ll need radical systemic change to how we live and work—and fast. How can we ever achieve this? Top policy analyst and author Seth Klein reveals we can do it now because we’ve done it before. During the Second World War, Canadian citizens and government remade the economy by retooling factories, transforming their workforce, and making the war effort a common cause for all Canadians to contribute to. Klein demonstrates how wartime thinking and community efforts can be repurposed today for Canada’s own Green New Deal. He shares how we can create jobs and reduce inequality while tackling our climate obligations for a climate neutral—or even climate zero—future. From enlisting broad public support for new economic models, to job creation through investment in green infrastructure, Klein shows us a bold, practical policy plan for Canada’s sustainable future. More than this: A Good War offers a remarkably hopeful message for how we can meet the defining challenge of our lives. COVID-19 has brought a previously unthinkable pace of change to the world—one which demonstrates our ability to adapt rapidly when we’re at risk. Many recent changes are what Klein proposes in these very pages. The world can, actually, turn on a dime if necessary. This is the blueprint for how to do it.

That S Why I M A Doctor by Mark Bulgutch

Title That s Why I m a Doctor
Author Mark Bulgutch
Publisher Douglas & McIntyre
Release Date 2020-03-07
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 86
ISBN 9781771622530
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Doctors hold a pretty special place in our lives. They’re often there when we’re born, and they’re usually there when we die. They’re there for a lot of the scary or weird stuff that happens in between, too. In That’s Why I’m a Doctor, award-winning journalist Mark Bulgutch brings together forty-six stories from a diverse group of physicians, including pediatricians, interventional radiologists, general surgeons, psychiatrists, family doctors, gastroenterologists, ophthalmologists, gynecologists, neurologists and more. Each doctor’s story describes the moment that left them thinking, “That’s why I became a doctor.” This volume includes stories of innovation (developing a treatment for cholera); rare and fascinating medical cases (the separation of conjoined twins); the less dramatic but still quietly satisfying times when the doctor was able to have a lasting positive impact on the life of a patient or their family; and, of course, those unexpected moments when the patient taught the doctor an important life lesson that would inform their practice for years to come. These stories, big and small, are tied together by a sense of caring. It’s impossible to read what these doctors have to say and not come away with a new understanding of what goes through the mind of the person on the other end of the stethoscope and how dedicated doctors must be to do what they do.

One Day by Gene Weingarten

Title One Day
Author Gene Weingarten
Publisher Penguin
Release Date 2019-10-22
Category History
Total Pages 384
ISBN 9780698135598
Language English, Spanish, and French
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“One of the 50 Best Nonfiction Books of the Last 25 Years”—Slate On New Year’s Day 2013, two-time Pulitzer Prize–winner Gene Weingarten asked three strangers to, literally, pluck a day, month, and year from a hat. That day—chosen completely at random—turned out to be Sunday, December 28, 1986, by any conventional measure a most ordinary day. Weingarten spent the next six years proving that there is no such thing. That Sunday between Christmas and New Year’s turned out to be filled with comedy, tragedy, implausible irony, cosmic comeuppances, kindness, cruelty, heroism, cowardice, genius, idiocy, prejudice, selflessness, coincidence, and startling moments of human connection, along with evocative foreshadowing of momentous events yet to come. Lives were lost. Lives were saved. Lives were altered in overwhelming ways. Many of these events never made it into the news; they were private dramas in the lives of private people. They were utterly compelling. One Day asks and answers the question of whether there is even such a thing as “ordinary” when we are talking about how we all lurch and stumble our way through the daily, daunting challenge of being human.

Ren L Vesque by Daniel Poliquin

Title Ren L vesque
Author Daniel Poliquin
Publisher Penguin Global
Release Date 2009
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 219
ISBN STANFORD:36105124135836
Language English, Spanish, and French
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He was the most unlikely leader: straightforward, uninterested in personal wealth, unprepossessing. Yet his charisma affected even those who disliked his political aim to achieve independence for Quebec. Ren� L�vesque was born into a Quebec dominated by the Catholic Church, rural values, and Anglophone control of business. He was part of the 1960s Quiet Revolution that saw the province become a secular society bent on economic success and, for some, political independence. A journalist, war reporter, and television host, L�vesque channelled his communication skills into a political career that encompassed the most tumultuous periods in Canadian history. As founder of the Parti Qu�b�cois, he held a close referendum in 1980 that proved wrenching for Canadian unity and permanently altered the country's political landscape. Acclaimed novelist and translator Daniel Poliquin offers a unique portrait of L�vesque the man and politician, at once affectionate, critical, and incisive.

Lester B Pearson by Andrew Cohen

Title Lester B Pearson
Author Andrew Cohen
Publisher Penguin Global
Release Date 2008
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 207
ISBN UOM:39015082731467
Language English, Spanish, and French
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In his 2 terms as prime minister, from 1963-1968, Lester B. Pearson oversaw the revamping of Canada through the introduction of Medicare, the Canada Pension Plan, the Commission on Bilingualism and Biculturalism, the Auto Pact, and the new Maple Leaf flag. Pearson came to power after an impressive career as a diplomat, where he played a vital role in the creation of NATO and the United Nations, later serving as president of its General Assembly. He put Canada on the world stage when he won the 1957 Nobel Peace Prize for his handling of the Suez Crisis, during which he brokered the formation of a UN peacekeeping force. Author Andrew Cohen, whose books have focused on Canada's place in the world, is the perfect author to assess Pearson's legacy.