Yes, the 8th addition is the most current version of the Canadian Amateur Radio Basic Qualification Study Guide. You certainly can purchase your own copy and start studying right away but we also supply a copy of the guide for the course. Another useful study tool is the Industry Canada exam generator web site http://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/025.nsf/eng/h_00040.html. I have also practised with this tool from RAC: http://wp.rac.ca/exhaminer-v2-5/. Once you start passing the ExHaminer practise exams at 90%, in my experience you are ready for the actual exam. Welcome to the hobby and hope to hear you on the air soon!
Clayton Wozney, VA3WOZ
Secretary, CenTor ARC