Last weekend, a court in Battleford, a small city of around 4000 people in north-central Saskatchewan, found Gerald Stanley not guilty of the murder of Colten Boushie. Stanley, a white farmer, stood accused of second-degree murder in shooting Boushie, a 22-year-old member of the Red Pheasant First Nation, after Boushie and some of his friends … Continue reading Canada’s race problem
Last week, the New York Times ran a piece about a family in New Hampshire and their struggle with their adult son's opioid addiction. Based on almost a year's worth of interviews and other interactions with the family, the piece details the crippling impacts of drug addition for individuals, families, and communities, and, along with … Continue reading Opioids in New Hampshire and beyond
It's been a while since my previous post, as grading final papers, the holidays, and an addition to the family took precedence over writing here the last few weeks. But it's now 2018, the winter semester is just underway, and I am turning my attention back to Windsor, which I have written about on this … Continue reading Windsor 3: the border
I have just finished teaching my two courses for the fall 2016 semester, one an introductory course on human geography and the other a third-year course on theories of international political economy. The end of the semester, especially those few days between the last day of classes and the onset of final exams and papers, … Continue reading The classroom
The end of the semester and a couple of major life changes sit just on my horizon, so my writing on this blog has slowed considerably. But I do want to write something about the intersection of politics and sports, as I have been thinking a lot about this topic over the last several weeks … Continue reading The political economy of sports
This is a brief post, picking up on a theme I discussed a few posts ago and which is increasingly at the center of my research focus, though in a slightly different way in this example. I have been doing, as I've noted, research on the embodied knowledge of labor and workers in the workplace, … Continue reading The coal miner’s helmet
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?