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
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
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
July 1 is Canada Day, the anniversary of Canada's confederation as a union joining the previously separate province of Canada (today Ontario and Quebec) with the British colonies of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. This year is the 150th anniversary ('Canada 150' - it's even a twitter hashtag!), so the build-up to Canada Day and … Continue reading Canada 150
Like my first post, this one comes from materials I prepared for and use in my intro course on human geography. It is also a short mini-lecture I recorded in 2015, and examines two (three, actually) specific places - the Canadian National War Memorial in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada (as well as the Vimy Ridge battlefield and memorial in France) and the Neue Wache in Berlin, Germany.