Writing Louis Riel

6 July 2020 Contributor Blog

Written by guest blogger Albert Braz.

The Métis politician, poet, and mystic Louis Riel (1844-1885) is one of the most compelling figures in Canadian history. After having been hanged for treason by the Canadian state, he has been transformed into nothing less than the quintessential Canadian hero.

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The political and economic roots of Canada’s “isotopes crisis”

29 June 2020 Contributor Blog

Written by guest blogger Mahdi Khelfaoui.

Radioactive isotopes are used each year in several million medical procedures worldwide. For instance, iodine-131 is applied in the treatment of thyroid disease, iridium-192 in radiotherapy, and xenon-133 in lung imaging.

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Theatre Research in Canada / Recherches théâtrales au Canada Joins University of Toronto Press Journals

26 June 2020 Contributor Blog

Four Theatre Research in Canada covers.

The Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies, University of Toronto is pleased to announce that Theatre Research in Canada/Recherches théâtrales au Canada (TRIC/RTAC) has moved operations to the University of Toronto Press.

Theatre Research in Canada/Recherches théâtrales au Canada is Canada’s only peer-reviewed journal with an explicit focus on Canadian and Québécois theatre in both official languages.

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Predatory Journals and Academic Promotion

22 June 2020 Contributor Blog

Written by guest blogger Fiona McQuarrie.

Like many Canadian academics, my co-authors and I regularly receive annoying spam emails from predatory journals inviting us to submit our research. That annoyance sparked our initial interest in looking more closely at these journals. We were curious about how they managed to survive, especially when there is widespread agreement that these journals are a “global threat” that “promote shoddy scholarship and waste resources”.

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The Stethoscope in 19th-Century American Medical Practice

15 June 2020 Contributor Blog

Photo of Laennec; and photo of Laennec's sthethoscope.

Written by guest blogger Richard Reinhart.

During the span of my cardiology practice beginning in 1980, technology blossomed in the field, particularly with the advent of interventional procedures such as coronary angioplasty, stents, and catheter-based heart valve replacement. Non-invasive technology advanced as well. Cardiac ultrasound became more quantitative, such as being able to measure cardiac dimensions, valve areas and valve regurgitation.

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Trump Explained: The Long View

8 June 2020 Contributor Blog


Written by guest blogger Bruce Tucker.

I graduated in American History at the University of Toronto in 1970, the year that the Canadian Review of American Studies (CRAS ) began publication. In 1970 radical movements such as feminism, resistance to imperialism and war in southeast Asia, and the civil rights and black power movements were transforming American culture and society.

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What Water Bodies Remember

1 June 2020 Contributor Blog

Written by guest blogger Jenn Cole.

All over Turtle Island, one finds water in places that ought to be dry and missing from spaces wherein she used to thrive. I think of Helen Knott’s poem calling out Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on the irresponsible building of the Site-C hydro dam that will flood 128 kilometres of the Peace River watershed, disrupting relationships with the lands and waters that sustain First Nations in that territory (Cox).

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Researching “The Eisenhower Blues”

21 May 2020 Contributor Blog

Movie still from Out of the Past

Written by guest blogger Art Redding.

Boston is a pleasant city in summer.

Thanks to the Social Science and Humanities Research Council, I was able to afford a visit to the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at Boston University. The center owns a rich collection of American crime fiction materials, including manuscripts and ephemera by Charles Willeford.

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Knowledge Mobilization in LIS

15 May 2020 Contributor Blog

Headshot of Debbie Schachter

Written by guest blogger Debbie Schachter.

In the most recent issue of CJILS, I have published an article describing my mixed methods research on critical information literacy teaching in B.C. higher education. While I’ve been a librarian for thirty years, I have come somewhat late to academic scholarship and primary research, through my recent completion of a Doctor of Education.

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Theatre Post-Pandemic

12 May 2020 Contributor Blog

Acting class with students on the floor.
Written by guest blogger Chantal Bilodeau.

So much has been written about what the theatre is and should be. So much has been said about where it might be falling short and where it should be heading. But the one thing we never anticipated, at least in our immediate future, is that the theatre would go dark – abruptly, everywhere at once, and indefinitely.

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