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Books about obesity, museums in the running for Donner Prize

Books about Canada's skilled immigration policy, the role of museums and the obesity crisis are in the running for this year's $50,000 Donner Prize.

The short list for the award, which recognizes the best book on public policy by a Canadian, was announced Tuesday by Allan Gotlieb, Chairman of the Donner Canadian Foundation.

The finalists are:

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Democratizing the Constitution: Reforming Responsible Government, by Peter Aucoin, Mark D. Jarvis and Lori Turnbull (Emond Montgomery Publications);

Toward Improving Canada's Skilled Immigration Policy: An Evaluation Approach, by Charles M. Beach, Alan G. Green and Christopher Worswick (C.D. Howe Institute);

Museum Pieces: Toward the Indigenization of Canadian Museums, by Ruth B. Phillips (McGill-Queen's University Press);

XXL: Obesity and the Limits of Shame, by Neil Seeman and Patrick Luciani (University of Toronto Centre for Public Management).

The short list was chosen from 58 submissions. Runners up receive $7,500 apiece.

The winner of this year's Donner Prize will be announced May 1.

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