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The Box

Following the reissue of George Bowering’s Burning Water in 2007 and Shoot! in 2008, New Star continues its dedication to local authors with the publication of Bowering’s The Box in 2009. Promoted as a “series...

By Mark Diotte

Book Review

Wicihitowin: Aboriginal Social Work in Canada

“Wicihitowin” is a Cree word that describes the collective processes involved in helping/sharing with one another, and that is what the eleven First Nations, Métis, and Inuit social work educators across Canada have done with...

By Shelly Johnson

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Trauma Farm: A Rebel History of Rural Life

Brian Brett’s book certainly has a catchy title. Even better, the book lives up to it, providing a unique interpretation of the dying art of the family farm, which has been a common institution in...

By Ken Favrholdt

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The Chief Factor’s Daughter

At first glance, Lee Henderson’s The Man Game and Vanessa Winn’s The Chief Factor’s Daughter could not be more different. While Henderson’s novel revolves around predominantly violent and obscene loggers in 1886 Vancouver, Winn’s novel, at...

By Mark Diotte

Book Review

West End Murders

Murder mysteries – books, TV shows, movies – have always been a not-so-guilty pleasure of mine. I remember my early days as a novel reader, inhabiting the English country society of Agatha Christie. Today, pretty...

By Chad Reimer

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Making the News: A Times Colonist Look at 150 Years of History

Dave Obee states in the introduction to this book that his purpose is to “give you glimpses of the people and events that shaped our community and our province” (1). In this goal, Obee succeeds...

By Kenton Storey

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Native Peoples and Water Rights: Irrigation, Dams, and the Law in Western Canada

Making the jump from studies of static property such as land to the fluid resource of water, Kenichi Matsui’s Native Peoples and Water Rights explores new territory by examining the intersection of Aboriginal rights and...

By Jenny Clayton

Book Review

Bannock and Beans: A Cowboy’s Account of the Bedaux Expedition

Two thousand and nine marked the seventy-fifth anniversary of the Bedaux expedition, the failed attempt of Charles Bedaux to cross the wilderness of northern British Columbia in five half-track Citroën vehicles supported by a host...

By Mark Diotte



Darby Cameron is a Policy and Program Analyst with the Rural BC Secretariat, a division of the Ministry of Community and Rural Development. In 2009 he submitted his thesis, An Agent of Change: William Drewry and Land Surveying in British Columbia, 1887-1929, to the Department of History at the University of Victoria and received his Master of Arts. Darby lives in Victoria but still considers Gabriola Island, where he grew up, as home.

Alison J. Eagle is Research Scientist at Duke University (North Carolina), formerly based at the University of Victoria. With an interdisciplinary background in agricultural economics and policy, soil science, and agricultural extension, her research interests include economic and policy issues related to agricultural land management, and interactions between agriculture and the environment.

Sharon Fortney recently received her doctorate from the UBC Department of Anthropology. An applied anthropologist, she works primarily with local museums and Coast Salish communities. Recent projects include: S’abadeb for the Seattle Art Museum and the Coast Salish gallery in MOA’s new Multiversity Galleries. She is currently working as a Guest Curator for the North Vancouver Museum and Archives on the Entwined Histories exhibit.

Katharine McGowan is a doctoral candidate in Canadian History at the University of Waterloo. Her doctoral research focuses on home front aspects of Native peoples’ participation in the Canadian war effort during the First World War. She is completing her dissertation with the help of a SSHRC Bombardier Graduate Scholarship and under the supervision of Dr. Ken Coates.

Tracy Stobbe is an assistant professor in the School of Business at Trinity Western University. She received her PhD in Economics from the University of Victoria. Her research centers on agricultural land and activities in the urban fringe, including the study of the factors that affect farmland values, the strategies employed by farmers in this zone, and the externalities and opportunities that persist in the urban fringe.

G. Cornelis van Kooten is Canada Research Chair in Environmental Studies
and Climate and Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Victoria. He is also appointed in the Department of Geography, affiliated with the university’s Institute for Integrated Energy Systems, and director of the Resource Economics and Policy Analysis (REPA) research group in the Department of Economics. Recent publications have been in the areas of renewable wind and biomass energy, wildlife conservation and the protection of agricultural lands. He is co-author of The Economics of Nature (Blackwell, 2000) and Land and Forest Economics (Edward Elgar, 2004).