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“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 […]

“Don flood, south from Bloor Viaduct” 1918. Source: City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 1231, Item 33

Nature’s Past Episode 54: Reclaiming the Don, From Dissertation to Book

    Episode 54: Reclaiming the Don, From Dissertation to Book [28:00] Download Audio In 2008, I interviewed Jennifer Bonnell about her work on the environmental history of the Don River […]

“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 […]

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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 […]

A.W. Boland splitting firewood Fort Franklin, Great Bear Lake, N.W.T. (1928) Source: Library and Archives Canada, 3364562

Nature’s Past Episode 50: Canadian Energy History

    Episode 50: Canadian Energy History [54:06] Download Audio According to a study by Richard Unger and John Thistle, Canadians consumed 430 petajoules of energy in 1867. Combining energy from […]

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Nature’s Past Episode 49: Wildlife Conservation in Quebec

Episode 49: Wildlife Conservation in Quebec [40:17] Download Audio There is a lot of good historical writing on wildlife conservation in Canada. Historians, including Janet Foster, George Colpitts, John Sandlos, […]

“A family of six picnic at Waskesiu, Prince Albert National Park, Saskatchewan, 1950.” Source: Library and Archives Canada

Nature’s Past Episode 48: Ecotones and Saskatchewan History

Episode 48: Ecotones and Saskatchewan History [46:47] Download Audio Arguably, the predominant landscape Canadians generally associate with Saskatchewan is one filled with waving grains of wheat and broad, flat vistas. It is the […]

Washington Monument. Source: IIP Photo Archive on Flickr

Canadian History at ASEH 2015: A Nature’s Past Video Special

Last March, the American Society for Environmental History held its 2015 annual meeting in Washington, DC. In addition to a series of daily recap videos that I shot, I also […]

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Nature’s Past – Episode 47: Pollution Probe and the History of Environmental Activism in Ontario

Episode 47: Pollution Probe and the History of Environmental Activism in Ontario [50:31] Download Audio Environmental activism has a long history in Canada. Like others around the world, in the late […]

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Nature’s Past – Episode 46: Historical GIS Research in Canada

Episode 46: Historical GIS Research in Canada, 26 January 2015 [38:27] Download Audio In recent years, environmental historians and other historians have been working with maps in new ways. Specifically, they […]

Construction of St. Lawrence Seaway, 1950s. Source: Wilfrid Laurier University Archives & Special Collections.

Nature’s Past – Episode 45: The St. Lawrence Seaway and Power Project

Episode 45: The St. Lawrence Seaway and Power Project, 29 October 2014 [56:00] Download Audio It cuts through the centre of the continent linking all of the Great Lakes to […]