All posts by Daniel Macfarlane

Credit: Canada. Dept. of Mines and Resources / Library and Archives Canada / PA-021656

CFP: special issue of Scientia Canadensis on Environment and Technology

Call for Papers For a special issue of Scientia Canadensis on Environment and Technology Environment and technology are broad rubrics, and historians have been investigating their intersection for some time […]


Nature’s Metropolis 25 Years Later: A Conversation with Bill Cronon

“I want to take boring things and make them unboring.” This is how venerable environmental history scholar Bill Cronon described a key part of his raison d’être as a historian. In front of […]


Teaching Media Literacy Through Environmental Disaster: The Kalamazoo River Oil Spill

As we entered the Age of Trump, university educators justifiably questioned what they could do in the classroom to address the “post-truth” state of North American public discourse. Opinion pieces made […]

ACSUS 2017 – Call for Geography, Energy, and Environment Papers

The 2017 biennial conference of the Association for Canadian Studies in the United States (ACSUS) will be meeting October 18-21, 2017 in Las Vegas at the Tuscany Suites and Casino. […]


Introducing “Border Flows”

We’ve invited the editors of the six new titles in the Canadian History & Environment series at University of Calgary Press to introduce the book they’ve edited. In this post, […]

Parks Canada sign on Rideau System. Photo by Daniel Macfarlane

Dam Nation: Hydroelectric Developments in Canada

Editor’s Note: This is the introductory post for a series titled “Dam Nation: Hydroelectric Developments in Canada.”    Is hydroelectricity “green”? Renewable energy advocates are divided on this score. On the one hand, electricity from […]


Model Environments: Engineering the Niagara and St. Lawrence Megaprojects

Something about models fascinates people. I’m not talking about the “super” kind that strut on catwalks. I’m referring to the three-dimensional representation variety. Models are a staple of the heritage […]

Water History Conference 2017

WATER HISTORY CONFERENCE 2017 GRAND RAPIDS, USA JUNE 15-17, 2017 The Water History conference of the International Water History Association (IWHA) in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA, will once again provide […]


Waukesha and Great Lakes Water: Some Historical Background

On June 21, the eight U.S. states touching the Great Lakes approved an application by Waukesha, Wisconsin to divert water from Lake Michigan. That may sound rather innocuous, but it is […]

Publication of “Moving Natures: Mobility and Environment in Canadian History”

The newest edited collection in the NiCHE-University of Calgary Press “Canadian History and Environment Series” has just been published. Moving Natures is edited by Ben Bradley, Jay Young, and Colin Coates and […]

Special Issue of Histoire sociale/Social history on “The History of Tourism in Canada”

Readers of The Otter ~ La Loutre may be interested in a new special issue of Histoire sociale/Social history on “The History of Tourism in Canada” that has a strong Canadian […]


Review of Bouchier and Cruikshank, The People and the Bay

Reviewed by Daniel Macfarlane Bouchier, Nancy B. and Ken Cruikshank. The People and the Bay: A Social and Environmental History of Hamilton Harbour. Vancouver: UBC Press, 2016. ISBN 9780774830416. Hamilton Harbour is one […]