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The 47 Books I Read In 2015

Looking back on my list from this year, it's a mix of new and old, bestsellers and completely random picks. I made an effort to add more Canadian literature to my repertoire for the first time since university, and to my delight, found hilarious, enthralling and completely diverse works that drove home just what I'd been missing by assuming it was all Stone Angel, all the time.
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The 47 Books I Read In 2015

Looking back on my list from this year, it's a mix of new and old, bestsellers and completely random picks. I made an effort to add more Canadian literature to my repertoire for the first time since university, and to my delight, found hilarious, enthralling and completely diverse works that drove home just what I'd been missing by assuming it was all Stone Angel, all the time.
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Why Was My Queer Children's Book Too Radical For Kindergarteners?

This past May, I was excited as heck when the book was finally published and printed, in my hands and ready to show the world. Only -- not everyone in the world wanted to see it, and most certainly not the school within my district. At Charlottetown Junior Public School, I approached my daughter's former kindergarten teacher about doing a reading to her students. Shortly after, I was told by the teacher that the VP said "not now" citing that the timing would likely create a backlash due to the introduction of Ontario's new progressive sex education curriculum.
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Try This Novel Approach to Business Reading

As a business writer, people often ask me what books they should read to become better leaders. For years, my answer has been the same: read good fiction. If you want to learn how people think and behave, read a novel, a short story, or a play. Think of how effective we could be as leaders if we used our understanding of people to better empathize with our employees, clients, and boards.
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Must-Read Books For Alzheimer's Caregivers

Having a written source of best practices, stories, and experiences from those who've been there can be enriching and useful to add to one's set of skills. For instance, there is a wonderful, practical Canadian book called Doris Inc. Author Shirley Roberts struggled mightily when she was first thrust into the role of caring for her mother Doris, who was suffering from Alzheimer's Disease. But instead of throwing up her hands in surrender, she went to work on a solution.
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What I Learned About Politics: Inside the Rise -- and Collapse -- of Nova Scotia's NDP Government

Graham Steele is nominated for the Writers' Trust Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing for his book What I Learned About Politics: Inside the Rise - and Collapse - of Nova Scotia's NDP Government. I didn't get into politics to be part of the best opposition Nova Scotia ever had. After eight years of provincial NDP leader Darrell Dexter's slow, patient build, I'd had enough of waiting. I told my wife that if we didn't win the 2009 election, I wouldn't run again. We did win, and we won decisively.

Spelling it All Out on The Page

At sometime in our lives, many of us have probably stopped to imagine what it would be like to live with unlimited fortune and much-deserved fame. Well, at least I did when I was young. If you had ask...
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The Comeback: How Aboriginals Are Reclaiming Power and Influence

It was Aboriginals -- through the Idle No More movement, through the frustration of youth, through a wave of new voices across the country, through their AFN leadership -- who raised their voices, went into the street, took personal action, seized every opportunity to speak up. Their message? Our system is being changed in a profound way. Democratic permission has not been given for such changes. Parliament has been denied its fundamental responsibility of free speech; that is, of normal, full debate. And this to an unprecedented degree.
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Steven Galloway, a Petition Can Not Be Defined as 'Censorship'

So there you have it: censorship takes place when authorities -- i.e. those with real power -- issue fatwas, demand a book be withdrawn, remove it from schools/libraries, burn or otherwise prevent people from reading it. It would be censorship if Mr. Harper's Minister of literature turned around and said, "Take that sucker off the shelves. No one's gonna read about tampon lollipops on my watch!" No matter how hard Galloway et al. twists it, a petition to the Canada Council to reconsider an award just doesn't qualifies as censorship in the real world.
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What Every Single Girl Needs to Know About Dating

over the years and through a lot of bad encounters and relationships, I adapted and went from sweet and innocent to sexy vixen with an edge. Now that I am in a happy and committed relationship, I have some valuable advice for all of those single girls out there. I wish I had this kind of wisdom when I was on the hunt for my Prince.
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It's Time For Publishing Houses To Change the Game

Publishers should dominate this service business; like Faber, they just need to start. Book production and retailing, whether by companies or individuals, is fully commoditized now also, so the key is to occupy the space held by, say, yoga instructors, dentists, psychotherapists, interior designers -- services for which you are as likely to pay more, to get a better job, than to pay less.