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Currently reading

Survival: A Thematic Guide to Canadian Literature
Margaret Atwood
Lila: An Inquiry Into Morals
Robert M. Pirsig
Simulacra and Simulation (The Body, In Theory: Histories of Cultural Materialism)
Jean Baudrillard, Sheila Faria Glaser
Leaven of Malice
Robertson Davies
The Salterton Trilogy
Robertson Davies
Effi Briest (Penguin Classics)
Theodor Fontane
Empires of the Word: A Language History of the World
Nicholas Ostler
Cases And Materials On The Law Of Torts
Robert M. Solomon
Public Law : Cases Materials and Commentary
Philip Bryden, Craik, Neil, Craig Forcese, Forcese, Craig
A Property Law Reader
Bruce H. Ziff

The Canadian Constitution

The Canadian Constitution - Adam Dodek Adam Dodek dedicated this book to his son, who wanted his father to write a book in the "humour" genre. I suppose this is as close to funny as you can get when it comes to the Constitution.

This is not a bad book, although it is very short. The Canadian Constitution is freely available online (well, at least the written parts are—Canada's constitution features "unwritten Constitutional principles" that make life more than a little interesting) but this book annotates the sections and provides some background. There's also a brief introduction to the history of Canadian politics as it relates to the Constitution; it's helpful to read before diving into the Constitution Act, 1867 or the Constitution Act, 1982.

A few small problems plague this book. There are some formatting inconsistencies (for example, the British North America Act is referred to as the B.N.A. Act, the B.N.A Act and the BNA Act; which is it?) and the like, but that's nothing that can't be fixed by a second edition.