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Nature’s Past Episode 47

FirstGreenWaveCoverNature's Past: Canadian Environmental History Podcast Episode 47: Pollution Probe and the History of Environmental Activism in Ontario

Environmental activism has a long history in Canada. Like others around the world, in the late 1960s and early 1970s, Canadians became involved in a number of environmental non-governmental organizations. Picking up on a prevailing spirit of protest during the era, several environmental problems surfaced as popular political issues: air pollution, water pollution, solid waste disposal, among many others.

Out of this came one of the first ENGOs in Canadian history, Pollution Probe. Born at the University of Toronto in 1969, the nascent group focused its efforts on new concerns regarding air pollution in Canada. It would go on to become one of the most influential environmental groups in Ontario and even shape a national environmental movement in Canada.

Scholarly research on the history of the environmental movement in Canada is limited. A couple of years ago, we published two episodes of Nature’s Past on the history of the Canadian environmental movement.

Now there are a handful of new books on the topic, including the recently-published The First Green Wave: Pollution Probe and the Origins of Environmental Activism in Ontario. On this episode of the podcast, author Ryan O’Connor joins us to discuss Pollution Probe and the early years of environmental activism in Canada.

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The Third Annual Lecture in Canadian Studies

Leslie Sanders Third Annual Robarts Lecture
The Robarts Centre continues its series of lectures featuring prominent York scholars sharing their intellectual autobiographies, reflecting on their career in and contributions to the study of Canada.
We are delighted to announce that Leslie Sanders (Humanities) will give the third annual Robarts Lecture on the theme: " 'The people who led to my ideas': Thinking about Black Canadian Studies." University Professor Leslie Sanders has played a key role in enhancing the profile of Black Canadian Studies at York and beyond.
Please join us for her talk and the light reception immediately follow at The Underground on Friday April 17 at 4:45PM.

CANCELLED -Writing Talk with Author Douglas Hunter

As part of the York University Faculty of Graduate Studies Graduate Professional Skills (GPS) series,distinguished author Douglas Hunter will deliver an address on the writing process, both academic and trade, for York University Graduate Students. Doug is the author of a wide range of books of different genres in the fields of early Canadian history, business and sports, and his works have been celebrated by a number of prizes. He has been a winner of and finalist for the National Business Book Award and a finalist for the Nereus Writers’ Trust Non-Fiction Prize and the Governor General’s Literary Award. His journalism has appeared in major newspapers as well as the Literary Review of Canada, Canada's History, Canadian Geographic, ON Nature, and online at History News Network. Doug is currently completing his PhD in History at York. He will talk about the writing process, approaches, the differences between trade and academic publishing, and how academic writing skills can be adapted to the trade publishing environment.

Monday April 20, 2015
519 Kaneff Tower

This event is co-hosted by the Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies and the Faculty of Graduate Studies Graduate Professional Skills program.

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CANCELLED: Black Canada Research Cluster hosts Anthony Stewart

Anthony Stewart March 11
Black Canada Research Cluster Event

Anthony Stewart (Department of English, Bucknell University, Pennsylvania)

"Glad We're Not Americans: Ideology and Myth in Canadian Perceptions of Race"

Wednesday March 11, 2015
2:30- 4:30 PM, 135 Vanier College