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Niagara Falls, in Louis Hennepin, A new discovery of a vast country in America, extending above four thousand miles, between New France & New Mexico; with a description of the Great lakes, cataracts, rivers, plants, and animals (London: Henry Bonwicke, 1699), opposite page 22. Public domain via University of Pittsburgh Library at archive.org.

Early Canadian Environmental History: A Forum

Editor’s note: This is the final post in a joint series of posts on early Canadian environmental history by The Otter~La loutre and Borealia. The entire series is available here. After […]

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Introductions, Invasions, and Infections: Testing Environmental and Cultural Reception in Canadian History

Monday, May 30, 2016 Time: 2:45-4:15 Location: Science B148 On May 30th, at the Canadian Historical Association’s annual meeting, William Knight, Merle Massie and I will be sharing our research […]

“L’écureuil suisse, nommé dans le pays, pua ouingout." Louis Nicolas, The Codex Canadensis, 1675-82 (detail).
Public domain via Wikimedia

Who Was the King of Beasts in New France?

Editor’s note: This is the third in a joint series of posts on early Canadian environmental history by The Otter~La loutre and Borealia. The entire series is available here. Some species […]

“Maugerville on the St. John River, New Brunswick” (1853/1854). Photograph of William Smyth Maynard Wolfe’s painting. Library and Archives Canada/William Smyth Maynard Wolfe Collection /e010767825

The Environmental and Cultural History of the St. John River

Editor’s note: This is the second in a joint series of posts on early Canadian environmental history by The Otter~La loutre and Borealia. The entire series is available here. Rivers have […]

Great Falls Power Plant on Winnipeg River, 1927. Source: Library and Archives Canada, 3381560.

6 New Articles in Canadian Environmental History: From High Modernism to Ducks

While we highlight new books in Canadian environmental history through our book reviews, our annual BookLook, and the podcast, we do not devote much attention to scholarship in Canadian environmental […]

"Trelawney Town" (detail), from An historical survey of the island of Saint Domingo, together with an account of the Maroon negroes in the island of Jamaica; and a history of the war in the West Indies, in 1793 and 1794, by William Young (London: J. Stockdale, 1801), 374.

Jamaican Maroons in Nova Scotia: The Politics of Climate and Race

Editor’s note: This is the first in a joint series of posts on early Canadian environmental history by The Otter~La loutre and Borealia. The entire series is available here. Not long […]

Cattle drive down Main Street, Vancouver, 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 […]

Head of the Lake, Lake Ontario by Elizabeth Simcoe, 1796. Source: Wikimedia Commons

Early Canadian Environmental History Series: Editorial Introduction and Essential Reading

By Sean Kheraj and Denis McKim Welcome to a series on early Canadian environmental history, jointly hosted by Borealia and The Otter ~ La Loutre, the blog of The Network in Canadian History and Environment […]

Athabasca River Forest Fires, Sec. 12, Alberta. Library and Archives Canada, a040625

Portal to the Pyrocene

The Fort McMurray fires startle less because they announce a new normal than because they return to an old one. Canada hasn’t seen this kind of urban wreckage from a […]

Abandoned Military Site in Polar Bear Provincial Park. Source: Ontario Parks

#EnvHist Worth Reading: April 2016

Every month I carefully track the most popular and significant environmental history articles, videos, audio, and other items making their way through the online environmental history (#envhist) community. You can […]

Source: Premier of Alberta Flickr page, https://www.flickr.com/photos/premierofalberta/26839413055/

The Phoenix Response

Four days after a gigantic fire destroyed great swaths of the Miramichi region of New Brunswick in 1825 — the largest recorded forest fire ever on the eastern seaboard — […]

Robertson Landmarks 1908 map of soundings in bay and around island also wharfs, page 53.

Recreation, Popular Resistance, and the Environment at the City’s Edge

Editor’s note: The Canadian Historical Association’s annual meeting will be held this year in Calgary from May 30-June 1. Over the next few weeks, The Otter~La Loutre will preview several panels with […]