The Canadian Geographer / Le Géographe canadien

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Early View (Online Version of Record published before inclusion in an issue)

Edited By: Nadine Schuurman

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ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2015: 50/77 (Geography)

Online ISSN: 1541-0064


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  1. Research Paper / Recherche

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      Slow science, the geographical expedition, and Critical Physical Geography

      Stuart N. Lane

      Version of Record online: 2 DEC 2016 | DOI: 10.1111/cag.12329

      Key Messages

      • Isabelle Stengers' critique of 21st-century science points to the need to change how we relate to the subjects that we study, under the umbrella of “slow science.”
      • Human geographer William Bunge's notion of geographical expedition may be a means of doing this, even if “expedition” is a term to be used cautiously.
      • Slow science may allow a more creative and critical Physical Geography centred on the very curiosity that makes being a scientist so interesting.
    2. Restructuring development expertise and labour in the CIDA-DFAIT merger

      Jamey Essex and Logan Carmichael

      Version of Record online: 2 DEC 2016 | DOI: 10.1111/cag.12328

      Key Messages

      • In 2013, the Canadian federal government amalgamated its development, foreign, and trade policy institutions into a single department.
      • We examine this merger by focusing on development experts from the Canadian International Development Agency who have moved into the amalgamated department.
      • The merger is producing far-reaching changes in institutional culture, bureaucratic structures, and labour relations as the new department takes shape.
    3. Climate change and resource development impacts in watersheds: Insights from the Nechako River Basin, Canada

      Ian M. Picketts, Margot W. Parkes and Stephen J. Déry

      Version of Record online: 2 DEC 2016 | DOI: 10.1111/cag.12327

      Key Messages

      • It is important to explore the interrelationships between resource development and climate change impacts.
      • Climate change impacts watersheds in many ways, including by affecting ecosystem health, water supply, food supply, and human health and well-being.
      • In the Nechako River Basin, hydroelectric development and forestry activities have particularly strong overlays with climate impacts related to water and forest ecosystems and, as a result, health and well-being.
    4. The politics of refusal: Aboriginal sovereignty and the Northern Gateway pipeline

      Patricia Burke Wood and David A. Rossiter

      Version of Record online: 22 NOV 2016 | DOI: 10.1111/cag.12325

      Key Messages

      • Claims of Aboriginal sovereignty over territory crossed by proposed pipeline are substantive and practised, and well-grounded in Canadian law.
      • Aboriginal presentations to the Joint Review Panel are examples of a politics of refusal based in Aboriginal knowledge, governance, experience, and perspective, rather than merely a response to a specific proposal.
      • Geographic research on natural resource development would benefit from more incorporation of Aboriginal theory.
    5. Spatial clustering of high-tech manufacturing and knowledge-intensive service firms in the Greater Toronto Area

      Fernando A. López and Antonio Páez

      Version of Record online: 16 NOV 2016 | DOI: 10.1111/cag.12326

      Key Messages

      • Scan statistic is a useful tool to identify and delimit geographically spatial clustering of economic activity.
      • Spatial clusters of high-tech and knowledge-intensive firms in the Greater Toronto Area in Canada are identified.
      • A logit model of cluster membership is used to confirm that proximity to major transportation infrastructure, accessibility to skilled labour, and proximity to downtown are significant factors to explain the agglomeration of firms.
    6. What affects perceptions of neighbourhood change?

      Meghan Gosse, Howard Ramos, Martha Radice, Jill L. Grant and Paul Pritchard

      Version of Record online: 4 NOV 2016 | DOI: 10.1111/cag.12324

      Key Messages

      • Residents of Halifax do not perceive economic or social and cultural changes in their neighbourhoods; however, they do perceive those to the built environment.
      • When residents of Halifax perceive changes in their neighbourhoods, they tend to be positive about them.
      • Tabular and regression analysis show that sense of belonging increases positive perceptions of neighbourhood change and older age decreases positive views of change.
    7. From boundary waters to watersheds: Legal change and the geography of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence system

      Jamie Benidickson

      Version of Record online: 4 NOV 2016 | DOI: 10.1111/cag.12323

      Key Messages

      • The legal framework applicable to the geography of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence has evolved.
      • At the time of the Boundary Waters Treaty a linear, boundary-oriented perspective prevailed.
      • Following the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement of 1972, the introduction of basin- and ecosystem-oriented approaches altered the legal framework for the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence system.
    8. À propos du rôle de la taille dans la croissance urbaine : Une analyse pour 135 agglomérations canadiennes entre 1971 et 2011

      Jean Dubé and Mario Polèse

      Version of Record online: 19 OCT 2016 | DOI: 10.1111/cag.12322

      Faits saillants

      • L'incidence de la taille initiale de la ville sur la croissance se manifeste de façon indirecte par l'intermédiaire d'autres variables.
      • La décroissance / croissance est principalement associée, respectivement, au degré de spécialisation dans les industries de première transformation et au taux d'emploi, un indicateur de la vigueur du marché du travail.
      • Le rôle (positif) du capital humain dans la croissance joue surtout pour les grandes agglomérations urbaines.
  2. Introduction

  3. Viewpoint / Point de vue

    1. Cartographic productions and historiographical representations: Geographical imaginations of the St. Lawrence River

      Stéphane Castonguay

      Version of Record online: 17 OCT 2016 | DOI: 10.1111/cag.12317

      Key Messages

      • Historical geographers and historians have represented the St. Lawrence River either as a trade route for continental exploration or as an artery structuring European settlement.
      • A study of historical maps shows that rather than succeeding each other, these two functions continually co-existed in the geographical imaginations of cartographers.
      • The paper suggests areas of potential collaboration between geography and history to question the fluvial relationships of a colonial society and understand its spatial representations.
  4. Research Paper / Recherche

    1. Gateways, inland seas, or boundary waters? Historical conceptions of the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River since the 19th century

      Michèle Dagenais and Ken Cruikshank

      Version of Record online: 17 OCT 2016 | DOI: 10.1111/cag.12316

      Key Messages

      • Since the late 19th century, historians, geographers, and other scholars have conceived of the St. Lawrence River as a gateway that provided the basis for an east-west transcontinental nation.
      • Although the Great Lakes initially were incorporated into the national histories of the United States and Canada, increasingly they came to represent boundary waters that transcended political borders.
      • Environmental issues encouraged a few writers to think more about how the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence might be thought about together, as sharing waters and a history.
  5. Dialogue

    1. Urbanizing physical geography

      Peter Ashmore and Belinda Dodson

      Version of Record online: 12 OCT 2016 | DOI: 10.1111/cag.12318

      Key Messages

      • There is a growing interest in, and an expanding role and necessity for, physical geography in urban settings.
      • Research in urban contexts can build on established approaches in physical geography, but ideas of socio-nature and planetary urbanism open up new possibilities.
      • Adopting a wider range of approaches through urban physical geography leads to potential changes in the scope and nature of physical geography itself.
  6. Viewpoint / Point de vue

    1. The odd couple: Richard Hartshorne and William Bunge

      Trevor J. Barnes

      Version of Record online: 12 OCT 2016 | DOI: 10.1111/cag.12321

      Key Messages

      • Drawing on personal correspondence can enhance histories of geography.
      • Adding “backstage” histories of geography to conventional “frontstage” versions demonstrates the effect that private relationships can have on public scholarship.
  7. Research Paper / Recherche

    1. Domesticating dialysis: A feminist political economy analysis of informal renal care in rural British Columbia

      Julia Brassolotto and Tamara Daly

      Version of Record online: 6 OCT 2016 | DOI: 10.1111/cag.12319

      Key Messages

      • The movement of dialysis care to homes has distinct and under-explored implications in a rural Canadian context.
      • The negative effects of this policy shift are felt most deeply by socially and economically vulnerable care providers.
      • The domestication of dialysis reflects a broader trend towards a reduction of public health services and reliance upon individuals, rather than the state, to provide the conditions for good health.
  8. Review Essay / Étude critique

    1. The integration of Human and Physical Geography revisited

      Andrew S. Goudie

      Version of Record online: 26 SEP 2016 | DOI: 10.1111/cag.12315

      Key Messages

      • There are increasing signs of potential integration within Geography.
      • A range of areas for collaboration exists between Human and Physical Geographers.
      • Geography is not irredeemably divided.
  9. Reviews / Comptes rendus

  10. Research Paper / Recherche

    1. Rethinking the role of critique in physical geography

      Marc Tadaki

      Version of Record online: 26 SEP 2016 | DOI: 10.1111/cag.12299

      Key Messages

      • The relationships between environmental scientists and society can be usefully conceptualized through the lens of critique.
      • Three modes of critique are distinguished, each drawing attention to different practices and outcomes in environmental science.
      • Physical geographers can and should embrace multiple and normative concepts of critique through their work.
    2. Countering elephant raiding with Short Message Service: Challenges of deploying public participation-based systems in a setting with sparse Information Communication Technologies resources

      Dipto Sarkar, Colin A. Chapman, Wilson Kagoro and Raja Sengupta

      Version of Record online: 15 SEP 2016 | DOI: 10.1111/cag.12314

      Key Messages

      • This paper explores whether traditional crisis mapping systems can be used to tackle the perennial livelihood problem of elephant raiding around Kibale National Park, Uganda.
      • The goal of the system described in this paper is to streamline the process of reporting elephant raiding to forest officials so that park services can be effectively deployed.
      • The challenges and considerations of deploying such a system in an environment where ICT resources are sparse are described.
  11. Reviews / Comptes rendus

  12. Research Paper / Recherche

    1. Fisheries, invasive species, and the formation and fracturing of the Great Lakes system

      William Knight and Stephen Bocking

      Version of Record online: 31 AUG 2016 | DOI: 10.1111/cag.12298

      Key Messages

      • Invasive and introduced fish species highlight tensions between systemic and jurisdictional visions of the Great Lakes during the 20th century.
      • Different jurisdictions shared the Great Lakes and acknowledged its status as a single biological and hydrological system, yet often took divergent approaches to managing their fisheries.
      • Alewife and splake demonstrate how Ontario and Michigan differed in their respective approaches to fisheries management on Lake Huron.
    2. Identifying the geographic extent of environmental inequalities: A comparison of pattern detection methods

      Peter Kedron

      Version of Record online: 29 AUG 2016 | DOI: 10.1111/cag.12297

      Key Messages

      • This paper presents a method to empirically identify the extent of environmental inequality.
      • This method identifies demographic clustering within clusters and policy-defined areas.
      • A platform for further quantitative-qualitative research using the scaled Moran's I is developed.
    3. Polar bear management in a digital Arctic: Inuit perspectives across the web

      Jason C. Young

      Version of Record online: 20 JUL 2016 | DOI: 10.1111/cag.12284

      Key Messages

      • Inuit are using the internet to engage in discussions of environmental management.
      • Digital engagement by Inuit is having both empowering and assimilatory effects.
      • More research is needed on the use of the internet for indigenous politics.
  13. Viewpoint / Point de vue

    1. Stuck between hard rocks and placelessness: A student perspective on the current state of physical geography

      Leonora King

      Version of Record online: 19 JUL 2016 | DOI: 10.1111/cag.12285

      Key Messages

      • Physical geography is failing to produce students with either the breadth or depth of knowledge to contribute meaningfully to environmental research.
      • The need for interdisciplinary geographic research is greater than ever.
      • There are many opportunities in teaching geography to better handle the pervasive issue of breadth and depth.
  14. Research Paper / Recherche

    1. Understanding hydrogeomorphological dynamics and the distribution of large wood jams to promote sustainable river management strategies

      Simon Massé and Thomas Buffin-Bélanger

      Version of Record online: 30 JUN 2016 | DOI: 10.1111/cag.12283

      Key Messages

      • Bank erosion and old-growth upstream riparian forest stands have been identified as key factors for large wood (LW) recruitment in the river system.
      • The concentration of LW jams is greater in the first 12 km of the study reach and gradually decreases downstream because of the widening and deepening of the channel.
      • To manage LW jams, the interdependence of recruitment and accumulation areas, as well as the relationships between hydrogeomorphology and LW dynamics, should be considered.


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