Animals


Urban Explorations: Environmental Histories of the Toronto Region Book Launch: March 21

It’s book launch month in Toronto and I am very excited to announce the launch event for Urban Explorations: Environmental Histories of the Toronto Region. This is an anthology published by the Wilson Institute for Canadian History and NiCHE that focuses on various aspects of Toronto’s environmental history. I wrote a […]


ASEH 2013: International Perspectives on Urban Animals in the Nineteenth Century 1

Animal history will be well-represented at the annual meeting of the American Society for Environmental History this week in Toronto. If you are already interested in attending the Saturday morning panel, “Controlling Animals? Human and Animal Agency in North America” featuring Susan Nance, Jessica Wang, Jennifer Bonnell, and Tina Adcock, […]


Nature’s Past Canadian Environmental History Podcast Episode 36 Available 2

Episode 36 Histories of Canadian Environmental Issues, Part 6 – Agri-Food Systems, I: 31 March 2013 [audio: http://niche-canada.org/files/sound/naturespast/natures-past36.mp3][01:20:20] The history of Canadian food and agriculture is an enormous topic with both a global and deeply personal scope. All humans require food to live and agricultural products become food for our […]


Nature’s Past Canadian Environmental History Podcast Episode 35 Available

Episode 35 Histories of Canadian Environmental Issues, Part 5 – Fisheries, Regulation, and Science: 28 February 2013 [audio: http://niche-canada.org/files/sound/naturespast/natures-past35.mp3][01:12:58] The need for thoughtful histories on contemporary Canadian environmental issues has never been more critical than it is regarding the present state of the country’s fisheries. In June 2012, funding for […]


EHTV Episode 18 : The Royal Timmins Bear Hunt of 1959 4

Download Episode A recent case of black bear gall bladder possession in northern Ontario prompted Mike Commito to investigate the transnational connections associated with bear hunting. Frequently black bears are harvested in one area but before or after processing their parts are destined for farther away locations, sometimes as part […]


Exploring the Geography of Urban Animals in Nineteenth-Century Toronto 6

This summer I have been busy wading into some very rudimentary historical geography for my current research project on the history of animals in Canadian urban environments. Like all historical geography research, I think, my intent has been to see whether or not spatial patterns emerge when looking at the […]


EHTV Episode 16: Collective Recollections – Food Histories and Food Futures in the Kingston Region

Download Episode The short video documentary Collective Recollections: Food Histories and Food Futures in the Kingston Region showcases community members interested in food histories with the hope of publicizing how such historical knowledge can be useful and insightful when imagining our food futures. The video is part of a larger […]


CHESS 2012: Upcoming Talk on the History of Winnipeg’s Central Market

This weekend I am in Guelph, Ontario for the 2012 Canadian History and Environment Summer School, an annual gathering of environmental history faculty, post-doctoral fellows, and graduate students affiliated with NiCHE. This is one of the most interesting environmental history events and I look forward to attending each year. The […]