Blog #5 – Dominion over the Lake: Commerce, Power, and Speed.

Speaking frankly, I know next to nothing on early Canadian history. I believe it is truly a disservice that the Canadian schooling system seems to prioritize more contemporary political history or “British Canadian” history rather than the long and fascinating period when the territory of “Canada” was a chaotic assortment of powers on the uncertain and shifting […]

New Form of Narration

Coming from a computer science background, I always looked at things from a design and innovate side of things. I find history to be very different to computer science. In the world of computer science, we’re always taught to look for the problem and find a solution. Usually the problem is something that already exists. […]

A Historian’s Guide to Making Use of GIS

According to Knowles’  Placing History: How Maps, Spatial Data, and GIS Are Changing Historical Scholarship, despite of the fundamental characteristics of GIS that make it difficult for historians to use, the use of GIS will exponentially increase over the next decade. This is because GIS require expertise visual and mathematical characteristics, which “count[s] against the […]

Mapping Ararat: Understanding Spatial History

In reading this week’s readings, I am reminded of a project introduced to me prior in another class. This project dealt with the issue of spatial history in a Jewish context. Before the establishment of the State of Israel, there have been many proposals to establish a Jewish homeland. One such proposal was the city […]

Blog Post #2: History and GIS, ‘Old’ vs. New

  In the piece by Knowles as well as Bodenhamer I get the impression that Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is either a hit or miss depending on which historian you speak to. It seems that historians have a good understanding of GIS – its raison d’etre, what it is good for, but maintain some kind […]

Blog #4 – Geography and Visual Sources, a Critique of the Discipline of History

“If GIS is ever to become central to historical scholarship, it must do so within the norms embraced by historians and from a sophisticated understanding of the philosophy of history and not simply its methods.” – David J. Bodenhamer in “History and GIS: Implications for the Discipline” It is difficult to believe that geography and […]

Awareness in Hamilton

I was always aware of oil being dumped into lakes, rivers, etc. and covering animals with oil because of the Dawn dish soap commericals. In 1860s, Hamiltonian John William Kerr, reported that the fish caught in the Sherman Inlet tasted of coal oil emitted frmo two refineries at the water’s edge alongside the railway tracks. […]

Long Over Due

My name is John Cho and I am in my fourth year. I am doing a specialist in Computer Science. I know basic web development (HTML, CSS, Javascript, PHP, etc.) from projects and designing websites. I am taking this course because it is very different from the courses I have taken in university. All the […]

Life before the Six.

It’s interesting to think that 11,000 years ago, the greater Toronto area were inhibited by Indigenous people. I was aware the Indigenous people lived in the Toronto area, but never thought for at least 11,000 years. They have a long, rich history with the environment of Toronto. But now, it’s covered with skyscrapers. I am […]

The Great Lakes Conference and the Progress of the Environmental Awakening

Often known as the “Environmental Revolution”, the term refers to the societal shift to more environmentally friendly policies.  Beginning in the mid to late 60’s the environmental movement saw a drastic change in the way people interpreted their relation to the Earth. For the Great Lakes at least this would culminate in the signing of […]

Blog #3 – The Great Lakes as a Place of Conflict

“It’s not just one community, its 63% of our communities who don’t have access to clean drinking water” – Native American speaker during the Q & A session. The disjunction between what was being scientifically reported about the conditions of the lake as generally positive**  and the reality that Native American’s were living in shocked […]

Opening the Floodgates on Natural Catastrophes and Social Production

According to Castonguay, both historians and social scientists have linked natural catastrophes to social production such as social structures, human action, and elite discourse. While social structures refer to different levels of social equality/inequality, human action action refers to the creation of human infrastructure, and elite discourse refers to the businesses or the ruling elite who […]