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, Tina Loo, and others have provided excellent and important studies of the topic. But our understanding of wildlife conservation policy history has, until now, missed […]

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William H. Willis, Governor of Vermont State and Hon. C.D. Howe, Minister of Munitions and Supply at official ceremony for opening of Portland-Montreal Pipeline, 1941. Source: Library and Archives Canada, 3195990.

The Biggest Oil Pipeline Spills in Canadian History

In March 1950, four Alberta “pipeline walkers” spoke with a reporter from Canadian Press about their tireless work. Each worker walked twelve to fifteen miles per day, checking on pipeline facilities in the Edmonton district and looking for leaks, a consistent problem for Alberta’s booming oil industry in the mid-twentieth century. A day’s work was […]

Environmental History and the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Proposal

The National Energy Board is currently considering a proposal to triple the capacity of the Trans Mountain Pipeline to 890,000 barrels per day (bpd). On Wednesday, May 27, 2015, the City of Vancouver published a series of expert reports on the pipeline expansion proposal and the Mayor, Gregor Robertson, announced that the evidence in these […]

Trans Mountain Burnaby Tank Farm. Source: By Derek K. Miller on Flickr


History and Computing Workshop: Software Solutions for Academic Researchers

Last fall, we held a workshop in the Department of History at York about data management for historical research. Dr. Daniel Heidt gave a presentation titled, “Data Overload? Software Solutions for Academic Researchers.” In that presentation, Dr. Heidt reviewed many of the challenges of managing digitized archival sources and he demonstrated a number of different […]

Map of oil spill on beaches of Cormorant Island, 1973. Source: D.R. Green, C. Bawden, W.J. Cretney, and C.S. Wong, The Alert Bay Oil Spill: A One-Year Study of the Recovery of a Contaminated Bay (Victoria: Environment Canada, 1974)

Burrard Inlet, Beaches, and Oil Spills: A Historical Perspective

Last week, British Columbians once again witnessed the effects of oil on Burrard Inlet. Local authorities cautioned residents to avoid the water along the shores in Vancouver and West Vancouver after a large slick of bunker fuel oil appeared on the surface of Burrard Inlet. Around 5pm Wednesday, April 8, 2015, a boater notified Port Metro Vancouver that an oil […]

Book Review: Ingram’s Wildlife, Conservation, and Conflict in Quebec, 1840-1914

I just published a review of Darcy Ingram’s book, Wildlife, Conservation, and Conflict in Quebec, 1840-1914. The review appears in H-Net Reviews here. You can download a PDF version of the review here.   Conservation in a Distinct Society Wildlife conservation in Quebec was distinct from the rest of Canada not because of the province’s French Canadian […]


Ceiling at ASEH 2015. Source: S. Kheraj

#ASEH2015 Tweet Archive

If you weren’t able to attend the 2015 annual meeting of the American Society for Environmental History in Washington, D.C. last week, we’ve got you covered. In fact, the collective #envhist community on Twitter documented the whole thing minute-to-minute. I’ve created archives for a couple of ASEH meetings and this is the first one that […]

Canada at ASEH 2015

This week is the 2015 annual meeting of the American Society for Environmental History and scholars from across Canada will be making the journey to Washington D.C. to share their research at the conference. To help you find them, I have compiled this list of posters, panels, and round tables featuring Canadian environmental historians/historical geographers […]

Mounties on Roof of Canadian Embassy in Washington, D.C. Source: Connect to Canada, Flickr


Environmental History of China’s Multiple Tea Trades: Peter Perdue, Melville-Nelles-Hoffmann Lecture, 2014

Last year, Professor Peter Perdue visited York University to deliver the 2014 Melville-Nelles-Hoffmann Lecture in Environmental History. His lecture titled, “Mountains, Caravans, Rivers, and Salons: China’s Multiple Tea Trades,” explored one of China’s best-known export commodities. Drawing on scholarship in imperial Chinese history, the history food, and environmental history, Professor Perdue provided an overview of the many tea […]