Most authors count themselves lucky to be nominated for even one of this country’s celebrated book awards. Jacques Poitras (BJ ’90/MJ ’91) is on shortlists for two distinguished awards – the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing and the John W. Dafoe Book Prize – for his book Pipe Dreams: The Fight for Canada’s Energy Future.

Pipe Dreams is the dramatic story of the rise and fall of the Energy East pipeline – the tale of how Canada’s oil pipelines became hotbeds for debate about our energy future, Indigenous rights, environmental activism, and east-west political tensions.

In a cross-country journey, Poitras talked to industry executives, prairie ranchers, First Nations chiefs, mayors, premiers, cabinet ministers, and refinery workers. He also explored Canada’s perplexing oil relationship with the United States: our industry is literally tied to its American counterpart with sinews of steel.

Poitras has been CBC’s provincial affairs reporter in New Brunswick since 2000. Prior to joining CBC, he worked at the Kingston Whig-Standard; at Prognosis, an English weekly in Prague, Czech Republic; and at the New Brunswick Telegraph-Journal. Pipe Dreams is his fifth book.

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