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Michael Barrett.

3rd ed. Toronto, Guidance Centre, Faculty of Education, University of Toronto, c1982.
62pp, paper, $2.75.
ISBN 0-7713-0116-2.

Grades 11 and up.
Reviewed by Dave Jenkinson.

Volume 10 Number 4.
1982 November.

Because Canada is a land of large empty spaces and concomitant low population density, Barrett, a professor in the University of Toronto's zoology department, fears Canadians may be complacent about the world's population problems; yet Canada's population is growing at a rate faster than any developed nation, and Canadians are amongst the globe's highest per capita energy consumers. Noting that Canada has no comprehensive, long-term population policy, Barrett's slim volume, by drawing upon numerous secondary sources, offers various scenarios regarding the country's future population profile. As the fertility rate in Canada is below the replacement level, Barrett suggests that political decisions regarding the level of immigration will likely function as the key factor in determining the size of the nation's future population. The book asks numerous questions but provides few answers; consequently, its major value will likely be as a catalyst to further study of the Canadian population problem. The relatively heavy use of statistics and tables may deter some readers. While there is no index, the book's organization, including its generous use of subheads, should enable most readers to find desired content. A four-page bibliography completes the work. Recommended as an additional purchase.

Dave Jenkinson, Faculty of Education, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB.
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