Map of Toronto "Purchase," City of Toronto Archives
Map of Toronto "Purchase," City of Toronto Archives
Blueberries growing near the site of the Kam Kotia Mine disaster (Timmins, Ontario). Photo by author
Blueberries growing near the site of the Kam Kotia Mine disaster (Timmins, Ontario). Photo by author
Reconstructed longhouse at Crawford Lake Conservation Area
Reconstructed longhouse at Crawford Lake Conservation Area
Young shirtless male gardener staking a tree, Niagara, Ontario, MIKAN 4293061, Library and Archives Canada
Young shirtless male gardener staking a tree, Niagara, Ontario, MIKAN 4293061, Library and Archives Canada
"Kiinwi Dabaadjmowin" mural at Lloyd S. King Elementary School.
"Kiinwi Dabaadjmowin" mural at Lloyd S. King Elementary School.

Environmental and Environment-Themed History at CHA 2017: A Handy Guide

Bas-relief by Elizabeth Wyn Wood, Ryerson University, Toronto. Photo: Sandra Cohen-Rose and Colin Rose.

Another spring, another meeting of the Canadian Historical Association — this year at Ryerson University in Toronto. While environmental historians will be eagerly anticipating this year’s Canadian History & Environment […]

CHESS 2017 Keynote Address: Bonnie Devine, “Claims, Names, and Allegories”

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NiCHE (the Network in Canadian History & Environment) is very pleased to announce Professor Bonnie Devine’s keynote address on “Claims, Names, and Allegories”, on Wednesday, 31 May 2017, at 7.30 […]

BookLook 2017

Three-year-old Jennifer Adair with a book, Montreal (1930-1960) Library & Archives Canada

Being an annual reconnaissance of newly-released and forthcoming works in Canadian historical geography and environmental history. See BookLook 2015, 2014, 2013, and 2012. Don’t see BookLook 2016; it doesn’t exist. ** I do […]

Planning for a Flood? Plan 2014 and Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence

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Shorelines are inundated, sandbags go up, states of emergency are declared. Such has been a common refrain this spring along Lake Ontario, the St. Lawrence River, and the various tributaries. […]

#EnvHist Worth Reading: April 2017

Snipers using water wheels - John Miszzak operates a water wheel outfit, Quesnel River, B.C. Source: Canada. Dept. of Mines and Technical Surveys / Library and Archives Canada / PA-015383

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 […]

Chernobyl: The Ongoing Accident

Reactor 4, the original sarcophagus, and the reactor 4 memorial. Source: Robynne Mellor

Almost a year ago, in June 2016, I visited the Chernobyl exclusion zone with a fitted dust mask in hand and little idea what to expect.  At the time it […]

CFP: Seeds 2: New Research in Environmental History

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Call for Pitches: Seeds 2: New Research in Environmental History A collaboration between NiCHE and Edge Effects Deadline: June 1, 2017 July 1, 2017 This series is open to all […]

Weather Markets: A Business Case for Environmental History

Weather factory? ADM Mill in Minneapolis, c1920. Photo: Minnesota Historical Society, MH5.9 MP3.1A

When Monsanto spent $1 billion in 2013 to purchase Climate Corporation, its climate data, and its algorithms for using machine learning to predict weather, everyone from farmers and insurance companies […]

Righting the Land: An Interview with Peter von Tiesenhausen

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Alberta’s Peace Country has experienced major changes to the landscape over the past 70 years, including the rise of farming, forestry, and oil extraction. Settler artist Peter von Tiesenhausen’s life […]

Day of Canadian Environmental History at CHA 2017

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017 will be a day of Canadian environmental history at the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Historical Association. If you are attending the conference this year in […]

Anticipating the Anthropocene

From "El amor por las montañas" series of Guy Laramee, http://www.guylaramee.com/

At an international meeting in 2000, Nobel Prize-winning chemist Paul J. Crutzen grew increasingly irritated at scientists introducing their research in the context of Holocene norms. Finally, he interrupted, “We’re not […]

Northern Frontier, Northern Homeland: The Berger Report at 40 and An Experiment, Part II

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A few months ago, I wrote about a teaching experiment involving digital humanities, two classes, and the fortieth anniversary of the Berger Report (formally, Northern Frontier, Northern Homeland: The Report […]