Selected articles


Historian Alwyn Ruddock spent four decades promising to write a book that would turn our understanding of the New World’s discovery “upside down.” Then she died, and had all her unpublished writing and research notes destroyed. The historical chase was on. An extended version of the article that appeared in Canada’s History, April 2010

Champlain’s astrolabe

The Canadian Museum of Civilization spent $250,000 to purchase the “Champlain astrolabe.” But here’s why it was never Champlain’s. The Beaver Vol. 84:6, Dec. 2004/Jan 2005

So which is it: a Muskoka Chair, or an Adirondack Chair? And what does tuberculosis have to do with this cross-border dispute? Cottage Life, April 2009

Can cage aquaculture be environmentally sustainable in the Great Lakes? A look at existing operations and the regulatory and ecological challenges. ON Nature, Summer 2009

Once you’ve read the promotional literature of an indefatigable trade and colonization promoter named Edward Hayes, there’s little doubt about what inspired French efforts in the New World beginning in 1603. The Beaver, Vol. 86:6, December 2006/January 2007

Climb onboard Greenhorn for the experience of an electric-powered boat. Cottage Life, April 2009

The country, wrote surveyor Thomas Bolger in 1875, is good for nothing. Thank goodness for that. Seasons (now ON Nature) Winter 2003/04

On the prowl for Ontario’s endangered reptiles with biologist Joe Crowley. ON Nature, Winter 2008/09

The double-crested cormorant has been vilified since Milton cast it in Paradise Lost as Lucifer with an unhealthy appetite for fish. Sportfishermen on the Great Lakes hate it and government agencies have been persuaded to cull its numbers. But where’s the scientific evidence? Seasons (now ON Nature) Winter 2002/03

An icon of the great outdoors, the common loon became dangerously uncommon in the northeastern U.S. as cottage country was increasingly urbanized. Is it Ontario’s turn to do near-irreversible damage to its population? ON Nature, Winter 2005/06

Experiencing hands-on archaeology at Fortress Louisbourg, Parks Canada’s jewel in the crown on Cape Breton Island. Canadian Geographic Travel, Summer 2009

The cougar was supposed to have been eradicated in eastern North America by the 1930s. So what’s with all the sightings—and the attacks on people and horses? ON Nature, Winter 2006/07

From the lush Carolinian zone in the south to the spectacular boreal of the north, climate change threatens to bring forest ecosystems to the brink of collapse.  ON Nature, Spring 2007