March 2012

In this issue we’re featuring the second in our series of four essays about Canada’s relationships (healthy or fragile) with the BRIC countries. This month it’s Brazil – with its Embraer jets, its Vale nickel mining and its caipirinha cocktails – brought to us by Ted Hewitt and Lorna Jean Edmonds of Western University.

The Harper government’s omnibus crime bill with its increased mandatory minimum sentencing continues to stir up controversy. The latest attack is a book titled Fearmonger: Stephen Harper’s Tough on Crime Agenda by Paula Mallea, which is reviewed in our pages by Kevin Reitz, a U.S. criminologist who has seen this all before in an American context.

Are mental health and mental illness really two sides of the same coin? It’s a question posed in Ian Dowbiggin’s new book, The Quest for Mental Health, and discussed and debated in our review, written by Kwame McKenzie, a senior scientist at Canada’s Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.

The right of return is one of the most contentious aspects of international relations. The Palestinians, the Bosnian Muslims, the Lhotshampas of Bhutan – all are examples that are closely analyzed in No Return, No Refuge: Rites and Rights in Minority Repatriation by Howard Adelman and Elazar Barkan. Our reviewer is Andy Lamey, whose own recent book Frontier Justice: The Global Refugee Crisis And What To Do About It deals with similar concerns.

Thoughtful early-spring reading. Enjoy.

Bronwyn Drainie