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Ten Books to Contextualize Canadian Fisheries

By Andrew Watson, Stacy Nation-Knapper, and Sean Kheraj Last year, Nature’s Past, the Canadian environmental history podcast, published a special series called, “Histories of Canadian Environmental Issues”. Each episode focused on a different contemporary environmental issue and featured interviews and discussions with historians whose research explains the context and background. Following up […]


Canada’s Historical Newspaper Digitization Problem, Part 2 2

Nearly three years ago, I wrote a post called “Canada’s Historical Newspaper Digitization Problem” in which I agreed with the findings of a Higher Education Academy study that found that Canada lagged behind the US, UK, Australia, and New Zealand in the digitization of historical newspapers. I found that Canada’s […]


Nature’s Past Canadian Environmental History Podcast Episode 41 Available

Episode 41: Closing Federal Libraries, 3 February 2014 [45:45] Download Audio In 2012, the Canadian federal government began closing and consolidating many of its departmental libraries. More than a dozen research libraries have closed at Parks Canada, Environment Canada, Natural Resources Canada, Foreign Affairs, Citizenship and Immigration, Human Resources and Skills […]


Does History Matter? A Roundtable on TVO’s The Agenda

stevepaikin-300x268Last night, I appeared on TVO’s The Agenda with Steve Paikin. The episode focused on the question, “Does History Matter?” The premise of the program was that Canadians seem to be dissociated from history and that historical context is not adequately incorporated in public discourse and news media. We were asked to explain this problem and discuss why basic historical knowledge is important. The panel also included Chris Dummitt, Diane Pacom, Matt Gurney, and Richard Gywn.

This was my first time on the show and it was a fascinating experience. After hosting my own podcast for a few years, I greatly admired Steve Paikin’s hosting skills. It turned out to be an interesting and engaging conversation, but I’ll let you be the judge:

 


Ten Books to Contextualize the Environmental Movement in Canada

By Andrew Watson, Stacy Nation-Knapper, and Sean Kheraj Last year, Nature’s Past, the Canadian environmental history podcast, published a special series called, “Histories of Canadian Environmental Issues”. Each episode focused on a different contemporary environmental issue and featured interviews and discussions with historians whose research explains the context and background. Following up […]


Ten Books to Contextualize Health and Environmental Issues in Canadian Aboriginal History

By Stacy Nation-Knapper, Andrew Watson, and Sean Kheraj Last year, Nature’s Past, the Canadian environmental history podcast, published a special series called, “Histories of Canadian Environmental Issues”. Each episode focused on a different contemporary environmental issue and featured interviews and discussions with historians whose research explains the context and background. […]


Ten Books to Contextualize Global Warming

By Stacy Nation-Knapper, Andrew Watson, and Sean Kheraj Last year, Nature’s Past, the Canadian environmental history podcast, published a special series called, “Histories of Canadian Environmental Issues”. Each episode focused on a different contemporary environmental issue and featured interviews and discussions with historians whose research explains the context and background. […]


125 Years of Stanley Park: Before and After

[beforeafter][/beforeafter]   Stanley Park, Vancouver, British Columbia, 1926 & ca. 2004. Sources: City of Vancouver Archives, Photograph Collection, Van Sc P66; Stanley Park Ecology Society, Aerial Photograph of Stanley Park, ca. 2004   Stanley Park has changed quite significantly since it first opened to the public in 1888. In my […]


Ten Other Things You Might Not Have Known About 20th-Century Aboriginal History in Canada

If there was a weekly prize for active historians in Canada, Ian Mosby would have been last week’s winner. Canadian national news media (including print, radio, television, and web) prominently featured Dr. Mosby’s recently published Histoire Sociale/Social History article, “Administering Colonial Science: Nutrition Research and Human Biomedical Experimentation in Aboriginal Communities […]


The New History Wars?: Avoiding the Fights of the Past

[audio: http://seankheraj.com/newhistorywars.mp3] Audio from Montreal History Group May Day Symposium, 26 April, 2013 [16:56] Download Link The new history wars are not battles over the meaning of Canadian history. They are battles over public financing of historical research and historical preservation. Historians, archaeologists, anthropologists, librarians, and archivists all have a […]