Day: January 20, 2015

New Books in the Library

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By Sarah Roussel-Lewis

Books recently added to our catalogue from the University of Toronto Press:

NewBkCivilJusticeCivil justice, privatization, and democracy
By Trevor C. W. Farrow
University of Toronto Press, Scholarly publishing Division
400 Pages

Privatization is occurring throughout the public justice system, including courts, tribunals, and state-sanctioned private dispute resolution regimes. Driven by a widespread ethos of efficiency-based civil justice reform, privatization claims to decrease costs, increase speed, and improve access to the tools of justice. But it may also lead to procedural unfairness, power imbalances, and the breakdown of our systems of democratic governance. Civil Justice, Privatization, and Democracy demonstrates the urgent need to publicize, politicize, debate, and ultimately temper these moves towards privatized justice.

NewBkFairDealingDynamic fair dealing: creating Canadian culture online
Edited by Rosemary J. Coombe, Darren Wershler, and Martin Zeilinger
University to Toronto Press, Scholarly publishing Division
456 pages

Dynamic Fair Dealing argues that only a dynamic, flexible, and equitable approach to cultural ownership can accommodate the astonishing range of ways that we create, circulate, manage, attribute, and make use of digital cultural objects.

The Canadian legal tradition strives to balance the rights of copyright holders with public needs to engage with copyright protected material, but there is now a substantial gap between what people actually do with cultural forms and how the law understands those practices. Digital technologies continue to shape new forms of cultural production, circulation, and distribution that challenge both the practicality and the desirability of Canada’s fair dealing provisions.

NewBkEmploymentEqEmployment equity in Canada : the legacy of the Abella report
Edited by Carol Agócs
University to Toronto Press, Scholarly publishing Division
352 pages

In the mid-1980s, the Abella Commission on Equality in Employment and the federal Employment Equity Act made Canada a policy leader in addressing systemic discrimination in the workplace. More than twenty-five years later, Employment Equity in Canada assembles a distinguished group of experts to examine the state of employment equity in Canada today.

UTP EndCharterRev FullCover-F.inddThe end of the Charter revolution: looking back from the new normal
By Peter J. McCormick
University of Toronto Press, Higher Education Division

The End of the Charter Revolution explores the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, beginning with a general background history, followed by a survey of the significant changes brought about as Charter decisions were made. The book covers a series of specific cases made before the Dickson, Lamer, and McLachlin Courts, before providing empirical data to support the argument that the Charter revolution has ended. The Supreme Court has without question become “a national institution of the first order,” but even though the Charter is a large part of why this has happened, it is not Charter decisions that will showcase the exercise of this power in the future.

NewBkFreetoBelieveFree to believe: rethinking freedom of conscience and religion in Canada
University of Toronto Press, Scholarly publishing Division
312 pages

Free to Believe investigates the protection for freedom of conscience and religion – the first of the “fundamental freedoms” listed in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms – and its interpretation in the courts. Through an examination of decided cases that touches on the most controversial issues of our day, such as abortion, same-sex marriage, and minority religious practices, Mary Anne Waldron examines how the law has developed in the way that it has, the role that freedom of conscience and religion play in our society, and the role it could play in making it a more open, peaceful, and democratic place.