Coronavirus 12: On the arbitrary nature of local enforcement of provincial rules

It is spring once again, and our discontented winter slowly winds it way to a glorious "first dose summer" and, hopefully, a "second dose fall" that brings us ever closer to something like normal here in Canada. Yet for now we are still locked down in Ontario as the measures the current provincial government put … Continue reading Coronavirus 12: On the arbitrary nature of local enforcement of provincial rules

Coronavirus 10: close encounters of the bird kind

Here in Windsor, and soon across most of Ontario, we find ourselves in the grip of a 4-week lockdown. I find it useful to think back to the initial constraints imposed as the pandemic spread in early 2020 and governments responded. Reeling from the enormity of that first lockdown in mid-March, including the abrupt move … Continue reading Coronavirus 10: close encounters of the bird kind

Windsor 4: imperial monuments 1

I promised in my last post to write something soon on two monuments that I recently discovered along the Windsor waterfront, and which demonstrate two moments of Canadians' participation in the long history of imperialism. One, a Russian cannon, is perhaps less a monument than a military prize, shipped from Crimea and displayed at what … Continue reading Windsor 4: imperial monuments 1

Early April snippets

I am currently sitting in the Detroit airport, on my way to New Orleans for the annual meeting of the American Association of Geographers (AAG), where I will be presenting a paper on collective bargaining and institutional culture in the Canadian foreign service, co-written with a former research assistant. It has been a hectic few … Continue reading Early April snippets