Saturday, 2 August 2014

New blog at

Hi folks,

After running this blog since 2007, I've created a new website over at Since I'll be blogging there, The Great Green North will go idle. Please readjust any bookmarks you may have. All old blog entries have been moved to the new website, so you can read them there.


PS Thanks for reading The Great Green North!

Friday, 11 July 2014

Cover Art for The First Green Wave (finalized)

The cover design for my forthcoming book, The First Green Wave: Pollution Probe and the Origins of Environmental Activism in Ontario, has been finalized. If you compare it to the version I posted in May, you'll see not a lot has changed ... the colour of the cover image has been adjusted, and the subtitle text has been adjusted. I'm quite happy with the way it turned out, so a big thanks to Megan Brand and company at UBC Press. 

The book is set for a November 15 hardcover release, with a paperback edition following in summer 2015.

Monday, 26 May 2014

Prince Edward Island Groundwater Research

I had the opportunity to speak at the Island Water Futures symposium this past Tuesday. Alongside Dr. Cathy Ryan and Dr. Michael van den Heuvel, two scientists specializing in Prince Edward Island's groundwater resources, I had the opportunity to provide an historical overview of the research into this subject. My talk was based on a report that was commissioned on behalf of the Institute of Island Studies and UPEI Research Services. If you'd like to take a look at my report, you can find it online here.

Thanks to all who came out to this event!

Friday, 16 May 2014

Cover Art for The First Green Wave

My book, The First Green Wave: Pollution Probe and the Origins of Environmental Activism in Ontario, is set for release from UBC Press in November 2014. The cover art has been finalized, and I'm quite happy about it. Take a gander, and do feel free to share your thoughts.

Monday, 12 August 2013

Eco-Images and the Canadian Environmental Movement

The Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society "is an international, interdisciplinary center for research and education in the environmental humanities and social sciences" based out of Munich, Germany. Among its regular activities is the publication of the Perspectives series. A recent edition of this journal published my article, "Advertising the Environmental Movement: Vickers and Benson's Branding of Pollution Probe." You can read it, along with a number of other fine essays on the topic of "Eco-Images," here.

Thanks again to all those who commented on various drafts of this paper, and Gisela Parak, who edited this particular volume.

Saturday, 13 July 2013

Brothers and Sisters of Cornleius Howatt Gathering

If you're an enthusiast for Prince Edward Island history, you've likely heard of the Brothers and Sisters of Cornelius Howatt. (If you're not familiar with the group, I wrote an op-ed about the organization, and their namesake, that you can read here.) This year marks the fortieth anniversary since the Brothers and Sisters waged their year-long campaign to address major issues affecting Island society. In order to mark the occasion, former members and supporters of the group will be gathering on August 8th. Founders Harry Baglole and David Weale will be present, and I'll be giving a talk titled "The Pie-Faced Kid at 40: The Legacy of the Brothers and Sisters of Cornelius Howatt." This being a celebration, there will also be music. (I've been told that both Roy Johnstone and Allan Rankin will be performing, but don't quote me on that.)

Stories will be shared, and hopefully some photographs and memorabilia will surface. If you're in the Charlottetown area on August 8th, do stop by the Irish Cultural Centre and join in the fun. There is no admission charge, and the event begins at 7:30 PM.