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Dr. Gordon Laxer shortlisted for prestigious John W. Dafoe Book Prize for After The Sands

Dr. Gordon Laxer shortlisted for prestigious John W. Dafoe Book Prize for After The Sands

March 2016

After The Sands: Energy and Ecological Security for Canadians by Gordon Laxer is one of five books to be shortlisted for the $10,000 John W. Dafoe Book Prize. After The Sands was chosen from 47 entries.

Impeccably researched, with bold and original ideas, After the Sands sets out an energy strategy using deep conservation and a Canada-first perspective. The goal: to ensure that lower-income Canadians get sufficient energy at affordable prices in a carbon-constrained future and prevent the rich from cornering reduced energy supplies. It is critical reading for anyone concerned about rising sea levels, pipeline and tanker spills, climate change chaos and Canada’s future in a carbon restricted world.

Other shortlisted titles include Antony Anderson’s The Diplomat, Norman Hillmer’s O.D.Skelton, David Mulroney’s Middle Power, and Greg Poelzer and Ken S Coates’ From Treaty Peoples to Treaty Nation. The winner will be named later in the spring and the award will be presented at the J.W. Dafoe Foundation’s Annual Book Prize Dinner in May.

Memorializing John Wesley Dafoe, one of the most significant Canadian editors of the 20th century, the prize is one of the richest awards for non-fiction excellence about Canada and international affairs.

In his tenure at the Manitoba Free Press, later renamed the Winnipeg Free Press, from 1901-1944, Dafoe was known for his advocacy of western development, free trade, and national independence. His case for adoption by Britain of the Statute of Westminster in 1931 advanced the severance of formal ties with Empire and created the eight dominions, which became the nucleus of the present 54-nation Commonwealth.

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