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Author: Dr. Russell Cobb

The Last Black West: Oklahoma Freedmen Seek Refuge in Alberta, Part 1

Dr. Russell Cobb

Advertisements promoting the “Last Best West”—a frontier open to all pioneers—have become an ingrained part of the Canadian national mythology.  Like…

The Last Black West: Oklahoma Freedmen Seek Refuge in Alberta, Part 2

Dr. Russell Cobb

Read The Last Black West: Oklahoma Freedmen Seek Refuge in Alberta, Part 1. As we noted in Part 1, early…

Edmonton: A World Class Dump, Part Three – Salvage Men, Coal Mines, and a Futuristic Weir

Dr. Russell Cobb

In the middle of the twentieth century, G. S. Woodward was one of a handful of Edmontonians who plied the…

Edmonton: A World Class Dump, Part Two – Feel the Burn: Edmonton’s Curious Love Affair with Incinerators

Dr. Russell Cobb

Perhaps the desire to burn our waste comes from a primeval desire to cover our tracks. And our smells. Incineration…

Edmonton: A World Class Dump, Part One – Grierson Dump

Dr. Russell Cobb

Waste may be as old as humanity, but the idea of trash is a relatively modern concept. In the first…

Retrofutures: Edmonton’s Omniplex – Part 1

Dr. Russell Cobb

Many recent projects—the expansion of the University of Alberta, the construction of the West Edmonton Mall, the plans for new…

Retrofutures: Edmonton’s Omniplex – Part 2

Dr. Russell Cobb

Continued from Retrofutures: Edmonton’s Omniplex – Part 1 This moment in Edmonton’s history happened to coincide with one of the…