Globe and Mail writer Jacquie McNish and co-author Jim Leech are among the five finalists for the 2013-14 Donner Prize, the annual award for the best public-policy book by Canadian authors.
Mr. Leech, former president and chief executive officer of the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan, and Ms. McNish, a senior writer with Report on Business, co-wrote The Third Rail: Confronting Our Pension Failures.
Their book examines Canada's crumbling pension system, and the threat it poses to the retirement of millions of Canadians.
Other finalists for the prestigious writing prize include: International Law and the Arctic, by Michael Byers; Out of the Basement: Youth Cultural Production in Practice and in Policy by Miranda Campbell; Unjust by Design: Canada's Administrative Justice System by Ron Ellis; and Shut Off: The Canadian Digital Television Transition by Gregory Taylor.
The Donner Prize was established in 1998 to reward excellence in public-policy writing by Canadians, and to strengthen public-policy debates.
The finalists were chosen from among 80 submissions; the winner receives $50,000 while other nominees receive $7,500. The winner will be announced on April 30 in Toronto.