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  • Auteur:
    Behnke, Alison Marie
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    "Trafficking thrives in the shadows. And it can be easy to dismiss it as something that happens to someone else, somewhere else. But that is not the case. Trafficking is a crime that involves every nation on earth, and that includes our own."-US secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton, 2009 Human trafficking is as old as slavery and continues to be practiced in the modern world. Victims of human traffickers include workers in restaurants and in garment factories, maids and nannies in the homes of wealthy families, child sex workers, beggars on the street, boy soldiers, even infants kidnapped for foreign adoptions. Women and children are more likely to be coerced or seized than men and boys, especially if they are poor and uneducated. Traffickers sell their victims for their bodies or for their labor and reap an enormous profit. Human trafficking is estimated to be a $30 to $45 billion industry on an annual basis, rivaling weapons and drug trafficking as one of the most profitable criminal undertakings in the world. Up for Sale takes a hard look at human trafficking, identifying perpetrators and telling the stories of victims through their own words. You'll discover why some people become vulnerable to trafficking and you'll read about what their lives are like on a daily basis. You'll also meet some of the courageous individuals and organizations working to free people from lives in bondage so that, in the words of US president Barack Obama, each person can "forge a life equal to [their] talents and worthy of [their] dreams."

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    Cunningham, Susan
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    This collection of vignettes address senior concerns and how their adult children address those concerns. Read stories about real people and real events, and how they relate to the aging process.

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    Regan, Paulette, Alfred, Taiaiake
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    In 2008, Canada established a Truth and Reconciliation Commission to mend the deep rifts between Aboriginal peoples and the settler society that created Canada's notorious residential school system. Unsettling the Settler Within argues that non-Aboriginal Canadians must undergo their own process of decolonization in order to truly participate in the transformative possibilities of reconciliation. Settlers must relinquish the persistent myth of themselves as peacemakers and acknowledge the destructive legacy of a society that has stubbornly ignored and devalued Indigenous experience. A compassionate call to action, this powerful book offers a new and hopeful path toward healing the wounds of the past.

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    Manuel, Arthur
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    Brings a fresh perspective and new ideas to Canada's most glaring piece of unfinished business: the place of Indigenous peoples within the country's political and economic space. The story is told through Arthur's voice but he traces both of their individual struggles against the colonialist and often racist structures that have been erected to keep Indigenous peoples in their place in Canada.

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    McDonald, Kerry
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    As schooling becomes increasingly standardized and test driven, occupying more of childhood than ever before, parents and educators are questioning the role of schooling in society. Many are now exploring and creating alternatives. In a compelling narrative that introduces historical and contemporary research on self-directed education, Unschooled also spotlights how a diverse group of individuals and organizations are evolving an old schooling model of education. These innovators challenge the myth that children need to be taught in order to learn. They are parents who saw firsthand how schooling can dull children's natural curiosity and exuberance and others who decided early on to enable their children to learn without school. Educators who left public-school classrooms discuss launching self-directed learning centers to allow young people's innate learning instincts to flourish, and entrepreneurs explore their disillusionment with the teach-and-test approach of traditional schooling.

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    Johnson, Abby
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    When Abby Johnson, director of a Planned Parenthood clinic in Texas, walked across the road in October 2009 to join the Coalition for Life, she made national headlines. In "Unplanned," she tells her story from both sides of the abortion clinic property line.

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    Otis, Léonard, Desjardins, Richard
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    Ce livre est un éloquent plaidoyer en faveur d’une gestion éclairée de la forêt. Une dénonciation du laxisme des gouvernements qui ont abandonné cette richesse collective aux mains des grandes compagnies sans se soucier de la préserver pour les générations futures. Une forêt pour vivre est aussi le vibrant témoignage d’un homme attaché à son coin de pays. Complété et appuyé par de nombreux textes et documents, ce livre retrace l’histoire de l’industrie forestière et des luttes menées par les travailleurs de la forêt dans le Bas-Saint-Laurent-Gaspésie. Mettant en lumière les véritables enjeux du problème forestier actuel, il propose des solutions qui ont fait leurs preuves. Un livre incontournable pour tous ceux et celles qui ont à cœur la conservation et le développement de notre patrimoine forestier.

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    Raymond, Hélène, Mathé, Jacques
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    En Amérique du Nord comme en Europe, des agriculteurs renouvellent leur métier en construisant des relations directes avec les consommateurs, promouvant ainsi le plaisir et le goût des aliments authentiques. Ici, on redécouvre son patrimoine alimentaire. Là, on réinvente sa gastronomie. Partout, diversité et proximité riment avec modernité et s’associent de la ferme à l’assiette. S’agit-il d’un effet de mode ou bien d’une mutation qui redessine les contours de l’agriculture du 3e millénaire, tissant de nouveaux liens entre urbains et ruraux ? Ce magnifique ouvrage témoigne du fourmillement qui gagne les campagnes dans le monde et décrypte les signaux d’un mouvement en plein essor :

    • du Témiscamingue à la Gaspésie en passant par Charlevoix au Québec,
    • du Pays basque au Poitou, du Périgord au Jura en France,
    • de la Suisse à la Toscane en Europe,
    • de l’Oregon, sur la côte Pacifique à l’État de New York aux États-Unis, les histoires des paysans rencontrés pendant deux ans par les auteurs vous étonneront autant que leurs produits vous feront rêver.

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    Silliman, Jael
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    Undivided Rights captures the evolving and largely unknown activist history of women of color organizing for reproductive justice-on their own behalf. Undivided Rights presents a textured understanding of the reproductive rights movement by placing the experiences, priorities, and activism of women of color in the foreground. Using historical research, original organizational case studies, and personal interviews, the authors illuminate how women of color have led the fight to control their own bodies and reproductive destinies. Undivided Rights shows how women of color--starting within their own Latina, African American, Native American, and Asian American communities-have resisted coercion of their reproductive abilities. Projected against the backdrop of the mainstream pro-choice movement and radical right agendas, these dynamic case studies feature the groundbreaking work being done by health and reproductive rights organizations led by women-of-color. The book details how and why these women have defined and implemented expansive reproductive health agendas that reject legalistic remedies and seek instead to address the wider needs of their communities. It stresses the urgency for innovative strategies that push beyond the traditional base and goals of the mainstream pro-choice movement-strategies that are broadly inclusive while being specific, strategies that speak to all women by speaking to each woman. While the authors raise tough questions about inclusion, identity politics, and the future of women's organizing, they also offer a way out of the limiting focus on "choice." Undivided Rights articulates a holistic vision for reproductive freedom. It refuses to allow our human rights to be divvied up and parceled out into isolated boxes that people are then forced to pick and choose among.

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    Downes, David M.
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    This popular textbook provides the reader with an indispensable guide to criminological theory. It sympathetically outlines the principal theories of crime and rule-breaking, placing them in their European and North American contexts, confronting major criticisms that have been voiced against them, and constructing defences where appropriate. The book has been thoroughly revised and brought up to date to include new issues of crime, deviance and theory in the early twenty-first century, and includes summaries of cultural criminology and new assessments of the contribution made by Gottfredson and Hirschi to control theory.

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    Urrea, Luis Alberto
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    Underground America tells the stories of men and women who have come to the United States seeking a better life for their families, only to be subjected to dehumanizing working conditions. Supporting myriad industries, these workers form an essential part of our economy'often by working the least desirable jobs without the most basic legal protections. Underground America allows this largely ignored part of our country to finally share its experiences.

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    Murray, Will
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    This is the first and only book for uncles and aunts who want to have a positive and lasting impact on their sibilings’ children. Uncle: The Definitive Guide for Becoming the World’s Greatest Aunt or Uncle celebrates the unique, indispensable and slightly zany role of aunts and uncles in our society.  It helps aunts and uncles realize their role through a collection nearly 190 fun and whacky activities that nieces and nephews need to master to grow up as great kids:  things that the grandparents have forgotten and that the parents wouldn’t ever think to teach.  Show them how to scream, “Haaaaaaay!” while Dad is driving past a farm. Turn an orange peel into teeth that would scare a dentist away from her drill. Or spend time hanging out doing the fine art of nothing. The Uncle: The Definitive Guide for Becoming the World’s Greatest Aunt or Uncle will appeal to anyone who has an endearing aunt or uncle, whether blood relative or a revered unofficial aunt or uncle, or scoutmasters and other adults who get to engage kids in fun and useful activities. It’s a far better birthday gift than another tie.

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    Capé, R.S.
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    Ce livre est un acte de rébellion. L’auteur est un enseignant qui a dédié vingt ans de sa vie à travailler dans nos écoles primaires. Il nous livre ici un cri d’indignation devant les soupçons aberrants auxquels sont soumis les rares hommes qui travaillent auprès des enfants. C’est une dénonciation d’un système dépassé et fossilisé qui est incapable de remettre en question ses certitudes et ses dogmes. C’est une mutinerie contre un régime empreint de misandrie envers les hommes et les garçons qui le subissent jour après jour. Ce livre est pour nos fils, nos frères et nos pères. Il est pour ces hommes altruistes qui choisissent de consacrer leur vie à l’éducation de la prochaine génération. Il est pour tous ceux et celles qui ont à coeur le bien-être des enfants, l’égalité des sexes et la justice sociale. C’est une sonnette d’alarme qui brise les tabous en faisant la lumière sur une situation inadmissible qui a assez duré.

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    Mucina, Devi Dee
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    Ubuntu is a Bantu term meaning humanity. It is also a philosophical and ethical system of thought, from which definitions of humanness, togetherness, and social politics of difference arise. Devi Dee Mucina is a Black Indigenous Ubuntu man. In Ubuntu Relational Love, he uses Ubuntu oratures as tools to address the impacts of Euro-colonialism while regenerating relational Ubuntu governance structures. Called "millet granaries" to reflect the nourishing and sustaining nature of Indigenous knowledges, and written as letters addressed to his mother, father, and children, Mucina's oratures take up questions of geopolitics, social justice, and resistance. Working through personal and historical legacies of dispossession and oppression, he challenges the fragmentation of Indigenous families and cultures and decolonizes impositions of white supremacy and masculinity. Drawing on anti-racist, African feminist, and Ubuntu theories and critically influenced by Indigenous masculinities scholarship in Canada, Ubuntu Relational Love is a powerful and engaging book.

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    Sommers, Evelyn
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    "I’ve got to stop being so nice." How often has Dr. Evelyn Sommers heard that from her clients over the years? The Tyranny of Niceness identifies and confronts our most fundamental social dysfunction - niceness. For over 15 years, Sommers, a Toronto psychologist, has treated many twisted lives created by being nice. She interweaves the case histories of her clients with her own observations to present a frightening, yet hopeful, picture of a society that promotes silence and obedience over individuality and honesty. Through her stories and analysis, we see that letting go of niceness, without being rude or uncivil, means a new way of relating to others and a new honesty with oneself.

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    Comm, Joel
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    If you don't know what Twitter is, or how to use it, this is the audiobook for you. In this insightful volume, Comm shows listeners how to use one of the Internet's hottest social networking tools to keep customers and business partners "in the know" in real time. The best businesses of today and tomorrow are using this high-tech, low-cost, and low-hassle technology to gain real advantages over their competitors. Don't get left behind!

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    Addams, Jane
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    The classic memoir of one of the Progressive Era's most important reformers and social activists. If it is natural to feed the hungry...'t is certainly natural to give pleasure to the young, comfort to the aged, and to minister to the deep-seated craving for social intercourse that all men feel. In 1889, Jane Addams and her partner, Ellen Starr, opened the first settlement house in the United States. On Chicago's West Side, Hull House was devoted to the city's poor and forgotten, from immigrants and unwed mothers to the elderly, homeless, and hungry. Its charter proclaimed its mission "to provide a center for higher civic and social life, to institute and maintain educational and philanthropic enterprises, and to investigate and improve the conditions in the industrial districts of Chicago." In Twenty Years at Hull House, Addams chronicles her revolutionary work from its conception in the Gilded Age through the dawn of the Progressive Era. A cofounder of the American Civil Liberties Union and the first American woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize, Addams devoted her life to realizing a more noble vision of democracy. More than a personal memoir, Twenty Years at Hull-House is a landmark document of social theory and political history. This ebook has been professionally proofread to ensure accuracy and readability on all devices.

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    Milestones for adult basic education include: -It was first federally funded in 1964. -The National Literacy Act passed in 1991. -The Workforce Investment Act (WIA) of 1998 was enacted. The field then remained relatively static until 2014 when: -a new version of the GED' test was launched, -new content standards were developed, -new data on adult cognitive skills were released, and -the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), with its laser focus on employment and training, was enacted. This volume reviews where the field is in relation to these turning points and discusses where it could go. Taking up critical discussions of the many recent and influential changes as well as topics of enduring interest, this volume will be valuable to practitioners, researchers, and policy makers. This is the 155th volume of the Jossey Bass series New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education. Noted for its depth of coverage, it explores issues of common interest to instructors, administrators, counselors, and policymakers in a broad range of education settings, such as colleges and universities, extension programs, businesses, libraries, and museums.

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    McMillan, L. Jane
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    The name "Donald Marshall Jr." is synonymous with "wrongful conviction" and the fight for Indigenous rights in Canada. In Truth and Conviction, Jane McMillan - Marshall's former partner, an acclaimed anthropologist, and an original defendant in the Supreme Court's Marshall decision - tells the story of how Marshall's life-long battle against injustice permeated Canadian legal consciousness and revitalized Indigenous law. Marshall died in 2009, but his legacy lives on. Mi'kmaq continue to assert their rights and build justice programs grounded in customary laws and practices, key steps in the path to self-determination and reconciliation.

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    Lund, Anna Jane Samis
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    Trustees at Work explores the role bankruptcy trustees play in determining who qualifies as a deserving debtor under Canadian personal bankruptcy law. The idea of a deserving debtor is woven throughout bankruptcy law, with debt relief being reserved for those debtors deemed deserving. The legislation and case law invite trustees to assess debtors based on their pre-bankruptcy choices, but in practice, trustees evaluate debtors based on how cooperative the debtors are during bankruptcy proceedings. This book uses interviews and statistical data to explain how the financial and emotional pressures of trustees' work shape their decision-making process.

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