"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 may occur.

"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.
-Donner Jury

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 Denis Stairs.

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

For further information:

Debby De Groot
Meisner, de Groot & Associates 
Phone: (416) 363-1448
E-mail: debby@mdgassociates.com


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