With all of the on-line documents out there, it is tempting to avoid the sitting-in-a-library-and-reading-miles-of-microfilms approach to newspaper research, and replace it with using text searches on digital newspapers, texts and other scanned material. There is some merit to that: saves time, microfilms readers can be annoying to use, and you can do your research… Continue reading The dangers of relying upon scanned text searches
With corrections pouring in for my digital newspaper post the other day (okay, not "pouring in" but I have had a few additions and changes) I've decided it will be best to make the digital newspaper listing a separate page. I will update that page (you can see pages under the main blog headline) when… Continue reading A more permanent home for newspaper listings
Okay, so the corrections on the newspaper post have begun already. Apparently the "New Brunswick"newspaper links I received (and reproduced) are for the city in New Jersey, not the province in Canada.I'll fix them soon.
In the next little while I'll be musing on the origins of the idea that drugs, and especially drug addiction, is a problem. there has been a lot of work on this, so I am going over very charted territory. My concern is that the work on the idea of the "discovery of addiction" as… Continue reading Where did the dangers of drugs come from?
I was recently asked why the federal Conservatives are so hell bent on pushing criminal legislation that includes 1980s era penalties for selling drugs. More specifically, the new legislation will make mandatory minimum sentences for possession of moderate amounts of drugs like marijuana. I guess having six plants makes you a trafficker, and there is… Continue reading Why the harsh new criminalization is dumb
Welcome to Drug History Canada. I have created this blog as a forum (or maybe a monologue) about the history of drugs in Canada. In contrast to my other blogs, which relate little to my academic work, this blog will be focused upon my current, upcoming and at times previous research in the history of… Continue reading the first one’s free