Nature’s Past – Episode 4: Environmental Justice on the Hamilton Waterfront

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The typical model of the environmental justice literature has focused on cases in which local communities fought to have government recognize their neighbourhoods as environmentally hazardous and fix the problem. Ken Cruikshank and Nancy Bouchier’s research on the environmental history of the Hamilton, Ontario waterfront since 1955 turns this story around by looking at who determines the environmental health of a community.

Also, we speak with Graeme Wynn and Emily Jane Davis about NiCHE’s Forest History Cluster.

Works Cited:

  • Cruikshank, Ken and Nancy B. Bouchier,’It doesn’t bother me…’: Local neighbourhoods, planners and the meaning of environmental justice in an industrial city, 1955-2000′ presented at the Quelques arpents de neige workshop on 12 December 2008 Fletcher, T

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Other Contributor(s): 
  • Ken Cruikshank
  • Nancy Bouchier
  • Graeme Wynn
  • Emily Jane Davis

Kheraj, Sean. “Episode 4: Environmental Justice on the Hamilton Waterfront.” Nature’s Past. 16 March 2009.

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Sean Kheraj is an associate professor in the Department of History at York University. He researches and teaches in the areas of environmental and Canadian history. In addition to being a co-editor of, he is also the host and producer of Nature's Past, NiCHE's audio podcast series and he blogs at