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David Switzer comments regarding the Lakeview Waterfront Connection Environmental Assessment project

David Switzer of Long Branch has given me permission to share his overview of the current stage of the Lakeview Waterfront Connection Environmental Assessment project. David Switzer comments: I am satisfied with the revised plan that cobbles only part of the sandy beach for which we get a large natural habitat. My area of concern […]


List of comments (as of August 10, 2013) related to Lakeview Waterfront Connection Environmental Assessment

I’m pleased to share with you the following list of comments received as part of the consultation related to the Lakeview Waterfront Connection Environmental Assessment, including most recently the targeted outreach at both Marie Curtis Park and Lakefront Promenade Park. This list, which has been circulated by Kate Hayes, Manager, Ecosystem Restoration, Credit Valley Conservation, […]


What is worth preserving?

What is worth preserving? Our attitudes toward ruins and historically significant buildings and cultural landscapes have a relationship to a wider conversation about what matters. After the Second World War, destruction of heritage properties and landscapes was the norm in much of the world, a practice which in some cases continues today. Jane Jacobs among […]


David Switzer of Long Branch shares comments regarding Lakeview Waterfront Connection Project Environmental Assessment

With regard to a previous blog post regarding ‘Beach’ plans for the Lakeview – and Long Branch – side of Marie Curtis Park, I’ve asked David Switzer of Long Branch for permission to share comments he has shared with me by email. He said: “Yes you can publish my comments as long as you include that […]


Genocide qualifies as a systematic object for social science: Zygmunt Bauman (1989)

Previous blog posts at the Preserved Stories website have addressed social history in the context of deindustrialization and documentary making. I’ve also shared highlights from studies addressing history and social theory in the context of postmodernity and a return to narration. As well, I’ve shared information related to military history and the relation between instrumental reason and modernity. The […]


Soldaten: On Fighting, Killing, and Dying (Neitzel and Welzer, 2011)

Soldaten (2011) analyzes transcripts of secretly recorded conversations among German POWs during the Second World War. I learned of the book from online reviews. Updates By way of an update regarding topics discussed in this post, a March 1, 2013 New York Times article describes recent research regarding the extent of the Holocaust during the Second World War. […]


A Jane’s Walk will be held in Long Branch on Sunday, May 6, 2012 starting at 10:30 am in Marie Curtis Park

We’ve registered a Jane’s Walk, with a 10:30 am start at the East Parking Lot at Marie Curtis Park, for Sunday, May 6, 2012. We owe many thanks to Councillor Grimes’ office for suggesting that we organize this walk, and for providing details about the Jane’s Walk registration process. We owe thanks as well to […]


I will bear witness: A diary of the Nazi years (Victor Klemperer 1998)

In the prologue to I will bear witness: A diary of the Nazi years (1998), Malcolm Chalmers notes that for readers in Germany, Victor Klemperer’s wartime diary “has become one of the key works through which the Third Reich and the murder of the Jews is understood.” A unique feature of the diaries, Chalmers adds, is […]


8 jaw-dropping allegations from B.C. Speaker’s report – Jan. 22, 2018 CBC article

A Jan. 22, 2019 CBC article is entitled: “8 jaw-dropping allegations from B.C. Speaker’s report: Wood-splitter, home iMac support and subscriptions to magazines among alleged expenses.” Some of the best journalism, in my view, appears in official reports of various kinds. The following report is in that category: Plecas Report The report is conveniently laid […]