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BC Places and Voices

RECURRENT VOICES: From Lib-Lab to Lib-Fem: British Columbia’s First Woman MLA, Mary Ellen Spear Smith (1863-1933)

From Lib-Lab to Lib-Fem: British Columbia’s First Woman MLA, Mary Ellen Spear Smith (1863-1933) [1] By Veronica Strong-Boag, Phd., FRSC, UBC and University of Victoria. As the General Editor of the UBC Press series, “Women...


January 25, 2018 | BC Places and Voices

BC Places and Voices

BC VOICES: Dr. Wendy Wickwire – Advice for First Year History Students

In this short clip, Dr. Wendy Wickwire gives her perspective on the most important thing first year students can take away from their history courses.


October 19, 2017 | BC Places and Voices

BC Places and Voices

BC VOICES: “She Named It Canada Because that’s What It Was Called”: Language and Justice in Canada 2017+

  “She Named It Canada Because that’s What It Was Called”: Language and Justice in Canada 2017+ by Veronica Strong-Boag CHA Annual Meeting[1] Well before the ‘Confederation’ we officially celebrate, Canada had diverse histories and...


June 20, 2017 | BC Places and Voices

BC Places and Voices

BC VOICES: “Men Want to Hog Everything”

“Men Want to Hog Everything”[1] by Veronica Strong-Boag In 1949 Agnes Macphail, Canada’s first female MP (as of 1921), thus summed up decades of women’s political experience after the first suffrage victories. To be sure,...


November 15, 2016 | BC Places and Voices

BC Places and Voices

BC VOICES: Science week at Koeye Camp with Raincoast Conservation Foundation

        Science week at Koeye Camp with Raincoast Conservation Foundation by Sara Wickham The invitation couldn’t of come at a worse time – I had only been home from fieldwork on the...


October 26, 2016 | BC Places and Voices

BC Places and Voices

BC VOICES: Pivot Legal Society – Reinstatement of the Heroin Assisted Treatment Program

by Katrina Pacey – Executive Director, Pivot Legal Society After a three-year legal battle, we are thrilled to announce that the federal government has finally amended regulations that block access to life-saving addiction treatment. Heroin...


October 22, 2016 | BC Places and Voices

BC Places and Voices

BC VOICES: PACIFIC WILD – UPDATE: 2+2+2=6 Steps Toward Protection of the Great Bear Sea

by Diana Chan Over the last three months, there have been several developments that could help to advance marine protection in the Great Bear Sea. While there is much work to be done, there are...


October 6, 2016 | BC Places and Voices

BC Places and Voices

PLACES OF BC: Field & The Burgess Shale

    Field, BC & The Burgess Shale By Alex Lausanne Nestled in the Rocky Mountains in Yoho National Park lies the small town of Field, BC. Although Field only houses a small population of...


October 2, 2016 | BC Places and Voices

BC Places and Voices

CURRENT FINDINGS IN BC: One Ring to Bind Them All

        One Ring to Bind Them All By Kira Hoffman A dendrochronologist counts her millionth tree rings, and nothing happens… or does it? The clock ticks as I click my mouse and...


September 22, 2016 | BC Places and Voices

BC Places and Voices

BC VOICES: Call for Papers – BC Studies: The British Columbian Quarterly

Call for PapersBC Studies: The British Columbian Quarterly BC Studies publishes original, peer-reviewed articles on British Columbia’s social, cultural, political, and economic life, past and present. Articles represent research by a diverse group of scholars...


September 20, 2016 | BC Places and Voices

BC Places and Voices

BC VOICES: Call for Papers – (Un)Settling British Columbia: BC Studies 2017

In the prize-winning book Unsettling Canada: A National Wake-Up Call, Arthur Manuel strikes a hopeful note by suggesting that “the flood waters of colonialism are, at long last, receding” (223). Nonetheless, the arrival and settlement...


September 15, 2016 | BC Places and Voices

BC Places and Voices

BC VOICES: The 100 Islands Research Program

        The 100 Islands Research Program by Sara Wickham The leaves outside of my office window here at the University of Victoria have started to turn from vibrant green to a golden...


September 7, 2016 | BC Places and Voices

BC Places and Voices

PLACES OF BC: Wells & ArtsWells Music Festival

      By Alex Lausanne As a follow-up on the earlier post about “Wells, BC: Cariboo Counterculture,” by Susan Safyan. She spoke of the town’s historical roots as a boom town in the gold...


August 29, 2016 | BC Places and Voices

BC Places and Voices

BC VOICES: Why Canada needs “Campaign Zero” just as much as the U.S.A.

by Douglas King, Pivot Legal Last month “We The Protestors”, one of the originators of the Black Lives Matter movement, released a platform for reforming the American justice system. The 10-point manifesto, entitled “Campaign Zero”,...


August 25, 2016 | BC Places and Voices

BC Places and Voices

RECURRENT VOICES: Anxiety, Racism and the Right Kind of Citizen

by Dr. Jonathan Swainger Recently, my research on crime history and community identity reacquainted me with the historical scholarship on boosters, those local businessmen (typically) who, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, unendingly...


August 16, 2016 | BC Places and Voices

BC Places and Voices

CURRENT FINDINGS IN BC: Hakai Magazine on Tsunami Threat

In relation to the recent posts series “Evolving perspectives on the Pacific-North American plate boundary near Haida Gwaii, BC” By Sean Mullan, on the 2012 Haida Gwaii tsunami and underwater methane vents off the West...


August 11, 2016 | BC Places and Voices

BC Places and Voices

RECURRENT VOICES: PART 2 – Reading Referendums: From Brexit in the U.K. to Women Suffrage in B.C.

In honour of BC Day, BC Studies would like to share a post on the important historical milestone of Women Suffrage in BC. by Veronica Strong-Boag Among civilian voters, the 14 September 1916 referendum passed,...


August 1, 2016 | BC Places and Voices

BC Places and Voices

RECURRENT VOICES: Vancouver Island Separatism

      Vancouver Island Separatism July 28, 2016 by Patrick A. Dunae Vancouver Island separatists are on the march – again! In June 2016, the Vancouver Island Party [VIP] was launched with the aim...


July 28, 2016 | BC Places and Voices

BC Places and Voices

RECURRENT VOICES: Offshore Fault-Zone Mapping Provides Insights and Highlights New Mysteries – PART 4 of Evolving perspectives on the Pacific-North American plate boundary near Haida Gwaii, BC

***See Parts 2 & 3 for figures 2 – 4***       Offshore Fault-Zone Mapping Provides Insights and Highlights New Mysteries July 26, 2016 by Sean Mullan Multibeam sonar hydrographic surveys conducted with the...


July 26, 2016 | BC Places and Voices

BC Places and Voices

RECURRENT VOICES: PART 1 – Reading Referendums: From Brexit in the U.K. to Women Suffrage in B.C.

July 20, 2016 by Veronica Strong-Boag The entrails of the 23 June 2016 Brexit Referendum on the UK’s exit from the European Union will be studied for many years, particularly for the prejudice they may...


July 20, 2016 | BC Places and Voices

BC Places and Voices

BC VOICES: The Return of the Midden!

    The Return of the Midden! by Jacob Earnshaw, President of the Archaeological Society of British Columbia (ASBC) The above articles are archived issues from the Archaeological Society of British Columbia’s journal, The Midden....


July 14, 2016 | BC Places and Voices

BC Places and Voices

RECURRENT VOICES: Tsunami and coseismic events – PART 2 of Evolving perspectives on the Pacific-North American plate boundary near Haida Gwaii, BC

        Tsunami and coseismic events By Sean Mullan Shortly after the 2012 Haida Gwaii quake, the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s issue of a Tsunami warning led to the coastal evacuation...


July 11, 2016 | BC Places and Voices

BC Places and Voices

CURRENT FINDINGS IN BC: Archaeological Prospection on the Pacific Northwest Coast (Quadra Island)

      By Alex Lausanne Archaeological prospecting is inhibited by many factors on the Pacific Northwest coast. Changing sea levels, the dense rainforest canopy and thick sediment layers obscure the buried archaeological record and...


July 7, 2016 | BC Places and Voices