Nature’s Past Episode 4: Environmental Justice on the Hamilton Waterfront

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Episode 4: Environmental Justice on the Hamilton Waterfront

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The typical model of the environmental justice literature has focused on cases in which local communities fought to have government recognize their neighbourhoods as environmentally hazardous and fix the problem. Ken Cruikshank and Nancy Bouchier’s research on the environmental history of the Hamilton, Ontario waterfront since 1955 turns this story around by looking at who determines the environmental health of a community.

Also, we speak with Graeme Wynn and Emily Jane Davis about NiCHE’s Forest History Cluster.


Ken Cruikshank

Nancy Bouchier

Graeme Wynn

Emily Jane Davis

Works Cited:

Cruikshank, Ken and Nancy B. Bouchier,’It doesn’t bother me…’: Local neighbourhoods, planners and the meaning of environmental justice in an industrial city, 1955-2000′ presented at the Quelques arpents de neige workshop on 12 December 2008 Fletcher, T

Music Credits:

“Sitarial” by DJad

“Black Rainbow” by Pitx

“Track 30” – poolside’ by bertjerred

Photo Credits:

The Beach, Hamilton, Canada. Credit: Toronto Public Library. Publisher: Cloke and Son, Publisher, Hamilton, Accession No. PC-ON 763


Kheraj, Sean. “Episode 4: Environmental Justice on the Hamilton Waterfront.” Nature’s Past: Canadian Environmental History Podcast. 16 March 2009.

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Sean Kheraj

Associate Professor and Vice-Provost Academic at Toronto Metropolitan University
Sean Kheraj is a member of the executive committee of the Network in Canadian History and Environment. He's an associate professor in the Department of History and Vice-Provost Academic at Toronto Metropolitan University. His research and teaching focuses on environmental and Canadian history. He is also the host and producer of Nature's Past, NiCHE's audio podcast series and he blogs at


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