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Globe writer, co-author among finalists for Donner writing prize

Jacquie McNish and co-author Jim Leech are the writers of The Third Rail: Confronting our Pension Failures.

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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.

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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.

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