Recipients of The James Maxwell Human Geography Scholarship
Rethinking Remediation: Mine Closure and Community Engagement in Northern Canada
A substantial body of research has analyzed the social, economic and environmental effects of mines in northern Canada during their operational phases. However, after closure these mines do not simply disappear and can bring about persistent environmental problems. This research project will focus on mine remediation processes in the Canadian sub-Arctic and to investigate how local communities become involved in these processes. Traditionally remediation plans tend to focus on the physical and economic aspects of containing pollution.
Trevor Wideman, Queens University
Toponymic inscription in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside: a critical planning intervention
Trevor Wideman’s study will examine the politics of place (re)naming as an enactment of the right to the city, using a case study of a participatory neighbourhood revitalization planning process in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (DTES).
Andrew Longhurst, Simon Fraser University
Institutional Landscapes of suburban Poverty Management: The Case of North Surrey, BC
Andrew Longhurst’s research aims to determine how geographies of survival in suburban spaces shape, and are shaped by, specifically suburban forms of poverty management.
Dylan Simone, University of Toronto
Analyzing immigrant indebtedness and socio-spatial polarization in Canadian cities
Dylan Simone’s research seeks to understand how economic inequality and financial vulnerability extend spatially within and between metropolitan areas, through an analysis of immigrant indebtedness across Canadian cities.
Joanna Petrasek MacDonald, McGill University
From the Minds of Youth: Using participatory multimedia to explore mental health impacts of climate change with Inuit youth in Rigolet, Nunatsiavut, Labrador, Canada
Joanna Petrasek MacDonald is using participatory video to explore the affect of climate change on the mental health of Labrador's Inuit youth.
Blair Cullen, Trent University
The Governance of Immigrant Integration: A Case Study of Durham Region, Ontario
Introduced as part of the Canada-Ontario Immigration Agreement, Local
Immigration Partnerships (LIPs) mark a fundamental shift in local settlement policy. To
address the gap in knowledge about the implications of this policy change, this thesis
research features a case study of Durham Region’s LIP. Objectives were designed to
examine the impact of Durham’s LIP by interviewing 52 key-informants within six
sectors involved in settlement and integration. Findings indicate an effective application
of the LIP policy with participants pointing to the LIP’s vital role in bringing Welcome
Centres to Durham, increasing the attention and profile of immigration issues and
improving governance relations amongst different sectors in settlement and integration. A
product of local circumstances, the LIP has engaged in a quasi-advocacy role educating
mainstream service providers and institutions on how to respond to a diversifying
population. Results contribute to the relatively under-studied but growing knowledge of
the LIP policy while demonstrating that the localization of immigration policy under the
appropriate terms can be successful.
Laura Senese, University of Toronto
First Nations Mobility in Canada: Examining the Health Impacts of Frequent Movement between Reserves and Cities
Ms. Senese studied the gendered effects of residential mobility or ‘churn’ on the health of urban First Nations populations. Specifically, she examined the differing impacts on men and women, the factors underlying the mobility between the cities and the reserves, and the implications for public policy in health care and urban planning.
Thomas Cummins-Russell, Concordia University
The networks of Montréal’s independent musicians
An important component of Montréal’s
cultural economy is its independent music scene, which has gained global recognition
due to the success of bands such as Arcade Fire, Islands, and Wolf Parade. These bands and many others in Montréal
are called “independent” because they operate outside of the production and
distribution channels of the five major record labels, which dominate the North American
and global music markets.
This study will look at the place-based attributes
of Montréal that contribute to the success of independent musicians and will also
examine how independent musicians in Montréal are able to thrive despite lacking
the significant advantages that being signed to a major label can bring.
Alana Ramsay, Queen’s University
Prisoner Lumberjacks: German WWII POWs in Canada’s Forests
During the Second World War German prisoners of war were thrust into the role of impromptu Canadian loggers
in Northwestern Ontario and elsewhere. This research will explore how the German POWs transformed the
Canadian landscape during and after WWII by investigating the role of ideology, economic interest and
the personal circumstances of the prisoners in Northwestern Ontario’s forestry industry.
Cory Dobson, University of British Columbia
Curbing Gentrification: Preserving Canada’s affordable housing stock
Martha Stiegman, Concordia University
How the movement to strengthen Community-based Fisheries
Management is building alliances between native and non-native coastal communities in Southwest
Suzanne Belliveau, University of Guelph
How the movement to strengthen Community-based Fisheries
Vulnerability of Rural Agricultural Communities in Canada to Climate Change: A Regional
Véronique Bussières, Concordia University
Community-based Protected Area for the Watershed and Coastal Area of the Old Factory River, East Coast James Bay: Context, Considerations and Challenges
This research looks at acquiring a better understanding of the policy context and human
dimension of coastal resource management, especially as it relates to indigenous peoples.
In particular, the scope and efficacy of marine protected areas as a management tool in an
Shirley Chiu, York University
Ethnic Identity Formation: A Case Study of Caribbean and Indian Hakkas in Toronto
Shirley Chiu interviews Carribbean and Indian Hakkas to determine the role of
place in forming their identity.
Geoffrey Elliott Lee Rempel, University of British Columbia
Citizenship and Identity Among Mexican Immigrants in Vancouver
This project focuses on the citizenship (broadly defined) of Mexican migrants living in Vancouver. Because this ethnic group has been largely ignored
by academic researchers, little is known about them. Therefore, the project first attempts to answer basic questions about this group: how many there
are, why they left Mexico, why they are living in Vancouver, their class positions in Mexico and here, their current job status,
degrees of integration into Canadian society, what organizations they participate in and what services they use, their legal status, their continuing ties to Mexico.
Kerry Lake, Trent University
Identity and Icons: The Evolving Canadian Landscapes of the Lighthouse and the Grain Elevator
Kerry Lake takes a unique look at Canadian icons such as the
lighthouse and prairie grain elevator.
Priya Kissoon, York University
The Migration and Housing Record of Homeless People in Toronto
The objective of this research is to discover, through pre-formatted “housing resumes”,
and examination of hostel and shelter intake forms, the housing experiences of the homeless, including
their route of migration for their city, province, state or country of origin, to the hostel circuit
in downtown Toronto. Integral to this research is the examination of the conditions in which people
lived prior to an episode of homelessness and the coping mechanism they employed to prolong their periods
with housing and minimize their periods without housing.
Shari Fox, University of Waterloo
Indigenous Ecological Knowledge of the Inuit: Application for Studying Climate and Climate Change
The goals of this project are to document Inuit perceptions and understanding of climate and climate variability; to document how Inuit hunting patterns, methods, technologies,
and locations have adapted to climate variability in the past; and to identify the potential Inuit response to effects of future (predicted) long-term climate change.
Mike Buzzelli, McMaster University
The Italian-Canadian Landscape in Toronto from 1945 to the Present
The research project is concerned with the changing landscape of Italian-Canadian settlement in Toronto from
1945 to the present. Following British and Chinese-Canadians, Italian-Canadians are the third
largest ethnic group in Toronto and have had a considerable impact on the residential and
retail landscape. In the post-War period, they replaced British-Canadians as the largest ethnic group in the
St. Clair Avenue and Dufferin Street area. This neighbourhood became (and remains)
the symbolic centre of Toronto’s Italian-Canadian community.