I had not originally intended to write about Windsor, Ontario again for a little while, but in the past couple of weeks, questions have arisen in the Canadian national and local Windsor media about race and racism. Though this has been simmering for a while in different ways, it came out more prominently after Jagmeet … Continue reading Windsor 2: is Windsor racist?
I have hesitated to write anything so far on this blog about the city where I work and sometimes live, because there is a lot that I could write and I didn't quite know how to break it down or conceptualize it. I have many years' worth of material to work with, as I have … Continue reading Windsor, Ontario
There is as I write this a vigorous discussion on social media and, I would assume over email, regarding a piece, titled "The case for colonialism" and authored by Brian Gilley, that was recently published in the academic journal Third World Quarterly. A petition is circulating to request the journal retract the piece and issue an apology … Continue reading Colonialism past, present, and future
I had initially planned to write something about Charlottesville for my next post, but after reading so much the last two weeks about neo-Nazis and the far right and debates over free speech protections and Confederate monuments and the jagged edges of political debate about public space in the US right now, I decided I … Continue reading The body and the workplace
As I indicated in my previous post on the closure of the Honest Ed's retail store in Toronto, gentrification has transformed many parts of the city over the last couple of decades. This has perhaps been most evident in the neighborhood known as Parkdale, in the southwestern part of the city along Queen Street West. … Continue reading Parkdale, Toronto
This post is likely not going to do justice to its subject, but I'll throw it out there anyway. Those familiar with Toronto will know Honest Ed's, the landmark discount store at the corner of Bloor Street and Bathurst Street, in a neighborhood called the Annex, near the University of Toronto and just north of … Continue reading Honest Ed’s, Toronto
I’ve started preparing for my fall semester courses, including my introductory human geography course, and am thinking of examples to explain one of the more ‘fuzzy’ concepts upon which my discipline rests, geographical imagination. The fuzziness of this concept lies in the contested nature of any claims to describe a place or accurately and fully … Continue reading Russia