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“North Stars Flieth Here:” On Maps and Humour in Environmental History

In June 1953, Trans Canada Air Lines’s Advertising Department debuted a new in-flight information packet. Available to every passenger on every TCA aircraft, this packet was likely seen by over one […]

View of Mallorca from Santuari de Cura, photo by author

Sustainable Farm Systems in Mallorca

Editor’s Note: This is part of a series showing the work of the Sustainable Farm Systems project For the last five years, the Sustainable Farm Systems project has explored the socio-ecological transition from […]

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Returning From Parts Unknown: A report back from a voyage of exploration to the Laurier Archives

When Julia Hendry, Head of Archives and Special Collections at Wilfrid Laurier Archives, described the primary documents I had been perusing for the previous 5 days as “uncharted territory”, the […]

On The Beach At Trouville by Claude Monet; Source: WikiArt

#EnvHist Worth Reading: June 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 […]

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 […]

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Review of Kennedy, Something of a Peasant Paradise?

Reviewed by Katie Cottreau-Robins Gregory M.W. Kennedy, Something of a Peasant Paradise?: Comparing Rural Societies in Acadie and the Loudunais, 1604-1755. Montreal: McGill-Queens University Press, 2014. 288 pp. ISBN987-0-7735-4343-0. As […]

Rogers Pass, Albert Canyon, CPR, colour, 1920s?

Hot Summer Photo Contest: Travel, Tourism, and the Environment

NiCHE is holding a Summer 2016 photo contest on the theme of “Travel, Tourism, and the Environment.” The theme is timely, for summer is when environmental historians take to the […]

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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 […]

This Thomas Lovell painting depicts the arduous journey that the Camel Corp endured in the 1850s. Source: www.shraboise.com & armyhistory.org

#EnvHist Worth Reading: May 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 […]

Miner Monument on Elliot Lake. Photo by author.

Wildly Nuclear: Elliot Lake and Canada’s Nuclear Legacy

Elliot Lake over the past sixty years has had two unofficial titles. The first is “Jewel in the Wilderness,” and the second is “the Uranium Capital of the World.” In the […]

A Palladio map showing bass introductions into Algonquin Park 1898-1901 along the route of the Canadian Atlantic Railway.

Exploring Fish Introductions using GIS

When Alfred Crosby proposed the “Columbian Exchange,” fish were notably absent from his account. One reason is that global fish exchanges are only about 150 years old. Intimately connected with […]

Timber raft below Parliament buildings, Ottawa River, 1882
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Telling the Stories Staples Tell: Visualizing Data and a Call for Contributors

Andrew Watson and Jim Clifford Are there still stories that Canadian staple histories can tell us? This was the theme of a panel called “The Stories Staples Tell” organized by […]