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Extraordinary Canadians: Stories from the Heart of Our Nation by [Peter Mansbridge]

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"A welcome exposure to an abundance of goodness afoot in Canada . . . Fresh and illuminating . . . The book especially deserves its own stamp of 'extraordinary'."
-- Winnipeg Free Press

"[A] remarkable collection of personal stories about Canadians, many of them unknown to the wider national community, who have helped make this country a better place for all."
-- National Post

"[A] wide range of inspiring stories from the perspective of seventeen Canadians who aren't necessarily well-known but have made a difference in their own ways across the country."
-- The Canadian Press

"A feel-good, inspiring read."
-- Toronto Star

"One of the book's many strengths is the way the authors let their subjects discuss their achievements. within the full context of their lives, alongside failures, frustrations, and disappointments of all sorts. The achievements are diverse in nature, but share a theme: they found their strength and calling, in fighting conditions that initially seemed insurmountable. The range and diversity of the subjects is a tribute to their legwork-- and the composition and diversity of this country. It is in essence a love letter to his country."
-- Policy Magazine

"Three words describe the Canadians whose stories are told in this book: courage, resilience, and imagination. The courage to face the unthinkable and take on the impossible. The resilience to pick up when things go wrong and carry on. And the imagination to find new ways of living and giving. These heroes, sung and unsung, teach us what is to be a Canadian. An entertaining and uplifting read."
-- BEVERLEY McLACHLIN, former Chief Justice of Canada and bestselling author of Truth Be Told

"This collection of greats is astounding. It shows what Canadians do: we think of others and act selflessly, and with great and quiet courage. Superheroes like First Nations children's advocate Cindy Blackstock and Anishinaabe endocrine surgeon Nadine Caron swelled my chest, assuring me, that they, too, the best of us in Indigenous country, have dedicated their lives to make this nation one of the best in the world. As I read through these pages, I felt that each person formed infinite branches of an eternal maple tree, flickers of the flame that burns bright upon Parliament Hill and within the hearts of all of us."
-- JESSE THISTLE, #1 bestselling author of From the Ashes

"Extraordinary Canadians is a book about extraordinary Canadians written by an extraordinary Canadian. Everything about it is extraordinary. Some would say that to brag about being extraordinary is un-Canadian. I say, it's time we celebrated ourselves. But what do I know? I wasn't extraordinary enough to be included in this book. Screw you, Peter."
-- MARK CRITCH, comedian and bestselling author of Son of a Critch --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

About the Author

Peter Mansbridge is one of Canada's most respected journalists. He is the former chief correspondent for CBC News; anchor of The National, CBC's flagship nightly newscast where he worked for thirty years reporting on national and international news stories; and host of Mansbridge One on One. He has received over a dozen national awards for broadcast excellence, including a lifetime achievement award from the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television. He is a distinguished fellow of the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy at the University of Toronto and the former two-term Chancellor of Mount Allison University. In 2008, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada--the country's highest civilian honour--and in 2012 he was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. He is the author of the instant #1 national bestseller Extraordinary Canadians and also the national bestseller Peter Mansbridge One on One: Favourite Conversations and the Stories Behind Them. He lives in Stratford, Ontario. Follow him on Twitter @PeterMansbridge, visit him at, or listen to his daily podcast, The Bridge, with Sirius XM Canada.

Mark Bulgutch is a journalist, educator, speaker, and the author of the instant #1 national bestseller Extraordinary Canadians and also That's Why I'm a Journalist and That's Why I'm a Doctor. He worked for CBC for forty years, eleven as the senior editor of The National and another ten as senior executive producer of all live news specials. He has taught at the Ryerson University School of Journalism for almost thirty-five years. A regular contributor of opinion columns to the Toronto Star, he has won fourteen Gemini awards, four RTNDA Awards, the Canadian Journalist Foundation Award of Excellence, and the Canadian Association of Broadcasters Gold Ribbon Award. He lives in Toronto. Follow him on Twitter @MarkBulgutch. --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B086K4T13D
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Simon & Schuster (10 November 2020)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 66320 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 301 pages
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent reading about extra-ordinary ordinary Canadians
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5.0 out of 5 stars Short stories about remarkable Canadians
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5.0 out of 5 stars Super read and Informative
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