"A work that analyses a global trend that we ignore at our peril" - Donner Jury
Doug Saunders' Arrival City wins $35,000 prize.
TORONTO, April 27 /CNW/ - The winner of the prestigious Donner Prize, an
annual award for the best book on Canadian public policy, was announced
this evening by Allan Gotlieb, Chairman of the Donner Canadian
Foundation, at a gala awards dinner at the Carlu hosted by Don Newman,
Chairman of Canada 2020.
Doug Saunders was awarded the $35,000 prize for Arrival City: The Final Migration and Our Next World, published by Knopf Canada.
Doug Saunders is the European Bureau Chief of The Globe and Mail and the author of a popular and award-winning column devoted to
intellectual ideas and social developments behind the news. He has won
four National Newspaper Awards.
Saunders argues that migration is one of the most important trends of
the twenty-first century, one that has profound implications for the
success of local, national and international economies. These
transitional spaces (arrival cities) are where the next great economic
and cultural boom will be born, or where the next explosion of violence
"Compelling…clearly written, thoroughly researched…this book enriches our understanding of how to interpret the dynamics of
migrating people and the eco-systems that best support them. It
deserves a broad readership and is a valuable policy contribution.
The other nominated titles, each of which received $5,000, were:
Perverse Cities: Hidden Subsidies, Wonky Policy, and Urban Sprawl by Pamela Blais (UBC Press)
Beyond the Indian Act: Restoring Aboriginal Property Rights by Tom Flanagan, Christopher Alcantara & André Le Dressay with foreword
by C.T. (Manny) Jules (McGill-Queen's University Press)
Le CHUM: une tragédie québécoise by Robert Lacroix & Louis Maheu (Les Éditions du Boréal)
Oka: A Political Crisis and its Legacy by Harry Swain (Douglas & McIntyre)
The winner of the Donner Prize was chosen from an impressive list of 69
submissions and a shortlist of five by the five-member jury: Anne McLellan (Chairman), Wendy Dobson, Kevin Lynch, Marcel Boyer, and
Jury Chair Anne McLellan commented on this year's shortlist: "Again this year, the jury was impressed with the diversity of subjects
on which Canadian authors are writing. Whether of local, national or
international interest or implication, public policy writing is alive
and well in Canada. In choosing our shortlist we consider the
importance of the subject, the soundness and originality of the
analysis, the presentation of evidence, the support for the conclusions
reached and the accessibility of the text in our discussions."
The Donner Prize, established in 1998, annually rewards excellence and innovation in Canadian public policy
thinking, writing and research in Canada; inspiring lively debate on
public policy issues and rewarding provocative and excellent work that
speaks to an informed readership and an open exchange of ideas and
public debate. In bestowing this award, the Donner Canadian Foundation
seeks to broaden policy debates, increase general awareness of the
importance of policy decision making and make an original and
meaningful contribution to policy discourse.
SOURCE Donner Canadian Foundation
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