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Paula Simons is a Canadian Senator. She previously worked as a journalist and was a columnist for the Edmonton Journal in Edmonton, Alberta. She sits as an independent senator representing Alberta in the Senate of Canada, and is part of the Independent Senators Group caucus.
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The Unbroken Machine
Canada's Democracy in Action
Dale Smith - 2017-03-04
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Explore the critical gaps in civic literacy that are killing democracy in our country with The Unbroken Machine. Dale Smith takes a deep dive into our understanding of the political system and proposes real solutions for a more effective democracy. Discover how our current proposals for "more democracy" may be making things worse, and how a better understanding of our system can lead to positive change. Designed for the lay reader, The Unbroken Machine is a must-read for anyone interested in engaging with our democracy the way it was meant to be.
Paula Simons
@CanaDanDavis It’s a really good book. A primer on the way our government works. Or should work.      source
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A. S. Byatt - 1991-10-01 (first published in 1990)
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Follow two young scholars as they research the fascinating lives of two Victorian poets, uncovering their hidden letters, journals, and poems. The tale takes readers on a journey from London to Yorkshire, and even to the fairy-haunted far west of Brittany. This riveting novel is both an intellectual mystery and a triumphant love story, earning it the prestigious Man Booker Prize in 1990.
Paula Simons
@mhingston One of my favourite books of all time. I wore out my first copy, I reread it so often.      source
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Leaven of Malice
Robertson Davies - 1980-01-01 (first published in 1954)
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This engaging novel is the second in The Salterton Trilogy and explores the consequences of a false engagement announcement that affects the lives of many citizens of Salterton. While originally aimed at key players, the "leaven of malice" influences others in both positive and negative ways. This thought-provoking book is a must-read for anyone interested in exploring the ripple effects of our actions.
Paula Simons
@bluebulrush @FreewillPlayers I love Tempest-Tost. But Leaven of Malice is one of my favourite books of all time. I would actually be contrarian and argue that it is Davies’ best book, even better than Fifth Business or Rebel Angels.      source