All posts by Sean Kheraj

Polar Bear Swim, English Bay, Vancouver, BC. Source: Flickr

The Otter~La loutre: Top Five Posts of 2016

With 2016 behind us, now is the time to take a quick peek at the most popular posts of the year on The Otter~La loutre. 2016 was a big year for […]

“Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos, QC, 1944” Source: Library and Archives Canada, Mikan 3197547

Nature’s Past Episode 55: Asbestos Mining and Environmental Health

    Episode 55: Asbestos Mining and Environmental Health [38:08] Download Audio In 2012, Canada stopped mining and exporting asbestos. Once considered a miracle mineral for its fireproof qualities, asbestos came […]

New York City rally in support of Standing Rock Water Protectors. Source: Joe Catron, Flickr.

Indigenous Voices and Resistance in Oil Pipeline History: The Dene Tha’ and the Norman Wells Pipeline

The actions, protest, and resistance in Sioux Nation Territory among Indigenous people, ENGOs, and other allies in North Dakota in recent months echo what Paul Sabin once referred to as […]

Old Women's Buffalo Jump, Alberta

CHESS 2016 Reflections: Reconciliation and Environment

Editor’s Note: This article features spherical photographs from CHESS 2016. Just click and drag the cursor on the images to get the full view. For me and many of the […]

Otto Reinhold Jacobi, "Canadian Fall" (1870). Source: Wikimedia Commons

The Nature of Confederation

Nature mattered to Confederation.[1] In the minds of many of the legislators from the Province of Canada in 1865, the union of the colonies of British North America was providential […]

“A section of the Hamilton waterfront, 1927” Source: Library and Archives Canada, 3317003.

Nature’s Past Episode 53: The Social and Environmental History of Hamilton Harbour

    Episode 53: The Social and Environmental History of Hamilton Harbour [41:33] Download Audio If you look at a map of the head of Lake Ontario and the waterfront of […]

Cattle drive down Main Street, Barkerville, 1898. Source: City of Vancouver Archives.

Urban Political Authority: Regulating the Urban Environment

Tuesday, May 31, 2016 Time: 10:15am to 12pm Location: Sciences Theatres 61 On Tuesday, May 31, 2016, I will be on a joint panel of the annual meetings of the […]

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Register Now: Calgary Institute for the Humanities Community Forum on Urban Animals

Next week, I will be speaking on a panel for the 2016 annual community forum at the Calgary Institute for the Humanities. The theme for this year’s panel is “Calgary: City […]

"Seattle" Source: Flickr.

Editors’ Impressions of ASEH 2016

Last week, I did not attend the 2016 annual meeting of the American Society for Environmental History. I had to attend from afar by reading the various Tweets emitted by […]

"Melting Pot" by  Darwin Bell. Source: Flickr.

Canadian Environmental History at ASEH 2016

This week, environmental historians descend upon the Emerald City for three days of panels, round tables, and plenaries at the the annual meeting of the American Society for Environmental History. […]

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Nature’s Past Episode 52: Hydro-Power and War

    Episode 52: Hydro-Power and War [51:26] Download Audio What fuels war? The total war of the Second World War placed enormous demands on the resources and environment of Canada. […]

Hiking, Olympic National Park, 1945-1965. Source: General Subjects Photograph Collection, 1845-2005, AR-28001001-ph001712, Washington State Archives. Original images held at the Washington State Archives, Olympia, WA.

Nature’s Past Episode 51: Has Environmental History Lost Its Way?

    Episode 51: Has Environmental History Lost Its Way? [53:04] Download Audio Late last year in December, Lisa Brady, the editor of the journal, Environmental History, posted a provocatively titled […]