Gorsebrook Research Institute

MA Theses Atlantic Canada Studies

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Master’s Theses 1986-2014

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“An Interdisciplinary Approach to Maritime Women’s Diaries: Laura Wood, Victoria Ross, L. M. Montgomery”
(K. MacKinnon*, K. Tudor, J. Reid)
Defended March 1989

ALLEN, Gillian:
“Laws, Logs and Lumber: A History of Forest Legislation in Nova Scotia”
(J. Reid*, D. Cone, T. Day)
Defended October 1993

ANDERSON, Julielynne Marie:
“Prosecuting vice; etc." Emma Stirling’s Work for Children, Youth and Young Women, 1894-95”
(P. Twohig*, C. Howell, J. Guildford)
Defended September 14, 2007

“A Question of Staying or Leaving: Rural Decline in Guysborough County, 1881-1931”
(J. Reid*, C. Howell, R. Twomey)
Defended August 1987 (copy missing)

ARSENEAU, Catherine:
“The Origins and Early Development of the Nova Scotia Museum 1868-1940”
(J. Morrison*, C. Howell, M. Sparling)
Defended September 1994



“Orthodoxy and the Theory of Fishery Management: The Policy and Practice of Fishery Management Theory Past and Present”
(G. Barrett*, M. MacDonald, J. Reid)
Defended October 1989

BEATON, Meaghan:
“The Canso Causeway: Regionalism, Reconstruction, Representations and Results”
(C. Howell*, J. Reid, M. Vance)
Defended September 17, 2001

BERRY, Kimberly:
“She’s No Lady”: The Experience and Expression of Gender Among Women Taxi Drivers”
(C. Howell*, S. Tillotson, J. Morrison)
Defended April 18, 1997* (Awarded Governor General’s Gold Medal at Convocation)

Designating Heritage Buildings: An Evaluation of the Designation Criteria for the Halifax Regional Municipality”
(P. Erickson*, M. Vance, K. Cottreau-Robins)
Defended June 24, 2011

BISSON, Brooke:
“L’Union Fait la Force: Acadian Music as a Cultural Symbol and Unifying Factor”
(J. Reid/B. Leblanc*, M. Harry. G. Aresenault)
Defended August 27, 2003 (copy missing)

“The Citadel on Stage: The Rise and Decline of the Garrison Theatre in Halifax”
(C. Howell*, J. Hill, R. MacDonald)
Defended October 13, 2005

“Revisiting the Proverbial Tin Cup: A Study of Political Resistance of the Mi’kmaq of Nova Scotia 1900-1969”
(J. Reid*, W. Wicken, T. Arsenau, J. B. Marshall)
Defended April 10, 2000

BROWNLOW, Bridget:
“Secularization, Co-education and Conflict Management at Saint Mary's University: 1967-1970”
(J. Reid/J. Morrison*, J. Guildford)
Defended February 3, 2012

“A Critical Examination of ArchWay – Nova Scotia’s Database of Archival Descriptions”
(C. Carroll, J. Morrison, E. Dick)
Defended March 22, 2002

“The Aero Tech Park as a Model for Industrial Development from an Environmental Perspective”
(D. Cone*, K. MacKinnon, G. Barrett)
Defended April 1, 1987


CAMPBELL, Catherine Jennifer:
"Reading the Waves: Fluid Regionalism in Twentieth-Century Maritime Literature"
(A. MacLeod*, P. Twohig, H. Wyile)
Defended May 2008

CAPLAN, Ronald:
“The Function of Narrative Obituary Verse in Northern Cape Breton”
(K. MacKinnon*, M. Harry, J. Reid)
Defended May 1989* (Awarded Governor General’s Gold Medal at Convocation)

“The Entrepreneurial Middle Class in Nova Scotia: An Economic and Social Profile”
(J. Chamard*, H. Veltmeyer)
Defended 1993 

“Lichen Dyes and Dyeing: A Critical Bibliography of the European and North American Literature in a Culturally Marginalized Field”
(J. Reid*, D.H.S. Richardson, S. Kadolph, G. Vaisey)
Defended September 22, 1999* (Awarded Governor General’s Gold Medal at Convocation)

CLONEY, Robert:
“Doctor, Lawyer, Indian Chief: Dependency Among the Maliseet and the Impact of the Indian Act”
(H. McGee*, C. Howell, J. Reid)
Defended 1993 

COFFIN, Michelle:
“United They Stood, Divided They Didn’t Fall: Culture and Politics in Mi’kmaq Nova Scotia, 1969-1988”
(H. McGee*, J. Reid, J. Chute)
Defended October 8, 2003 (copy missing)

“The Religious Roots of Female Education in Sydney: A History of the Congregation of Nortre Dame and Holy Angels Convent School, 1885-1911”
(J. Reid*, C. Howell, P. Twohig)
Defended September 16, 2003

CORRA, Lisa:
“News to Make a Difference: The Environment and the 4th Estate, 1969-1977 ”
(M. Harry*, K. Kierans, P. Twohig)
Defended November 21, 2008

CRAWFORD, Jennifer Elizabeth:
“Sex Cells: A postmodern feminist analysis of Nova Scotia’s sex education curricula, 1970 and 2004”
(P. Twohig*, J. Gordon, L. Christiansen-Ruffman)
Defended July 19, 2007

CURRAN, David:
“Citizen Participation and Public Policy in Rural Development: The Rural Development Association Movement in Newfoundland and Labrador”
(H. Veltmeyer*, J. Reid, M. Clow)
Defended June 1992


DAVIES, Barbara:
“The Advent of Television: A Study of the Perceptions and Expectations of the First Television Viewers in Metropolitan Halifax in the Early 1950s”
(M. Larsen*, J. Reid, G. Walton)
Defended January 7 1998

DEMBLING, Jonathan:
“Joe Jimmy Alec Visits the Gaelic Mod and Escapes Unscathed: The Nova Scotia Gaelic Revivals”
(R. Cosper*, P. O’Siadhail, J. Reid)
Defended September 1997

DODDS, Colin:
“The Cost of Crime in Nova Scotia”
(C. Howell*, J. Reid, R. Coleman)
Defended July, 2000


“Local Economies, Local Governance and Community: Defining Community in Nova Scotia”
(G. Barrett*, M. MacDonald, M. Corbett)
Defended May 3, 2006

FINNIGAN, Mary Frances:
“To Live Somewhere Else”: Migration and Cultural Identity in Alistair MacLeod’s Fiction”
(K. MacKinnon*, N. Fisher, C. Byrne)
Defended May 1996

FISHER, Victor:
“Conservation, Recreation, Access, and Elitism: McNabs Island as a Case Study”
(H. Millward*, C. Howell, K. MacKinnon)
Defended April 19, 1996

“This is the News: Donald Marshall, The Supreme Court and Troubles on the Water at Burnt Church”
(J. Reid*, K. Kierans, C. McCormick)
Defended March, 2006

FRANCIS, Rosalie:
“The Mi’kmaq Nation and the Embodiment of Political Ideologies: Ni’kmaq, Protocol and Treaty Negotiations of the Eighteenth Century”
(H. McGee/J. Reid*, W. Wicken, M. Harry)
Defended October 6, 2003


GABRIEL, Gerald:
“Towards a Community Approach to Tourism Development in Atlantic Canada”
(K. MacKinnon*, H. Baglole, J. Morrison)
Defended April 1996

GACHIRA, Peter Gatama:
"A Phenomenological Study of Selected Internatinal Student-Athletes at Saint Mary's University"
(P. Twohig*, J. McLain, D. Naulls)
Defended April 2011

GILLIS, Robert:
“Scheduled Motorcoach Service in Nova Scotia, 1922-1989: A Study of the Effects of Government Regulations”
(C. Howell*, D. Cone, J. Reid)
Defended April 1992

“The Origins of the Atlantic School of Theology”
(J. Reid*, G. MacDermid, T. Arnseneau)
Defended September 1993

GRAHAM, Glenn:
“Cape Breton Fiddle Music: The Making and Maintenance of a Tradition”
(K. MacKinnon*, M. Harry, P. O’Siadhail, R. Twomey)
Defended May 7, 2004


HACHE, Dorothy:
“Seeds, Blossoms and in Bloom: Explorations of Identity and Plurality of Meanings in the Growth of Cultural Tourism and the Aboriginal Heritage Gardens”
(G. Barrett*, H. McGee, J. Reid)
Defended September 1998

“The Davison Family of Wallace and Pictou: A Case Study in Maritime Enterprise”
(D. Sutherland*, J. Reid, M. Moore)
Defended September 1998

HARRIS, Timothy:
“Toward a National Championship: Charlottetown Junior Hockey Development 1930-34”
(J. Reid/P. Twohig*, L. Dithurbide)
Defended August 3, 2012)

HATT, Jennifer:
“On the Shoreline of Success: A Grower-Centred Examination into Definitions of and Impacts on Success in Aquaculture Ventures in Nova Scotia”
(T. Charles*, J. Barrett, J. Phyne)
Defended September 10, 2002

HICKS, Colin John

"Travelling the Road from Halifax to Windsor: Origins and Evolutin of a Landscape, from Prehistory to themid-19th Century"

(J. Fowler*, J. Reid, R. McDonald)

Defended May 2017


HOOD, David:
“The Fiscal Legacy of School Reform in Victorian Halifax”
(C. Howell*, J. Reid, B. Kiesekamp)
Defended September 25, 1995

HUDAK, Magen:
"Cow Bay's Ocean Playground": The Shifting Landscape of Silver Sands Beach, 1860s - Present”
(P. Twohig*, H. MacLeod, R. Taylor)
Defended April 11, 2014


INGALLS, Sharon:
“Distorted Images: Attitudes Towards the MicMac in Nova Scotia, 1788-1900”
(H. McGee*, K. MacKinnon, J. Reid)
Defended September 1992


JEFFERY, Elaine:
“After 12,000 Years of Yesterdays – Where Will Debert Be after 12 Years of Tomorrows? The Impact of Mi’kmawey Debert on the Culture, Economy, and Environment of the Mi’kmaq”
(J. Reid, D. Julien, S. Davis) 
Defended July 18, 2007

"C. Anthony Law and 'An Artist's Paradise'"
(J. Reid*, D. Howard, K. Freeman)
Defended May 8, 2009

JOBB, Dean:
“Creating Some Noise in the World”: Press Freedom and Canada’s First Newspaper, the Halifax Gazette, 1752-1761"
(P. Twohig*, P. Girard, J. Reid)
Defended April 17, 2008

JOHNSON, Caitlin Nicole:
Voices of the North Shore: The Lobster Fishery of Pictou County”
(J. Reid*, P. Twohig, J. Phyne)
Defended April 16, 2013

JOHNSON, Eleanor:
“Mi’kmaq Tribal Consciousness”
(B. Francis, M. Marshall, H. McGee, J. Reid)
Defended April 27, 1992

“The Politics of the Link: An Examination of the Fixed Connection in Prince Edward Island”
(D. Stanley*, K. MacKinnon, M. MacDonald)
Defended April 1995

JONES, David R. :
“Frontiers, Oceans and Coastal Cultures: A Preliminary Reconnaissance ”
(J. Reid*, M. B. Taylor, P. Twohig)
Defended September 10, 2008


“Literary Dialects in Frank Parker Day’s Rockbound and Ernest Buckler’s The Mountain and the Valley (an Interdisciplinary Study)"
(M. Harry*, R. Hulan, L. Falk)
Defended May 7, 2004

“Endangered Weeklies: A Case Study of Three Maritime Weekly Newspapers”
(J. Reid*, P. Twohig)
Defended September 28, 2004

“Time, Memory and Transformation: Representation of Development in the Nova Scotia Novel”
(K. MacKinnon*, L.A. Sandberg, J. Morrison, J. Reid)
Defended September 25, 1991


LAPP, Ruth:
“A Qualitative Assessment of the Environmental Stewardship Value of Salt Hay Harvesting Practices in Nova Scotia”
(P. Twohig*, D. Van Proosdij, D. Stiles)
Defended April 8, 2008

LATTA, Peter:
“A Labour Aristocracy: Skilled Labour in Amherst, Nova Scotia, 1891-1914”
(I. MacKay*, C. Howell, J. Reid)
Defended August 1991

LOUCKS, Laura:
“Coastal Community Based Decision-Making; Values for Sustainable Coastal Zone Management”
(G. Barrett*, M. MacDonald, D. Cone)
Defended September 1995

LUDLOW, Peter:
“Cautious but Willing: The Biography of Archbishop James Morrison, Fourth Bishop of Antigonish”
(J. Reid*, T. Murphy, J. Cameron, M. Harry)
Defended September 10, 2004


MacCULLOCH, Carol:
“Institutionalizing Failure: The Evolution of the Workers’ Compensation System in Nova Scotia”
(P. Twohig/T. Wager*, L. Preyra, P. Girard)
Defended September 5, 2000

MacDONALD, Carole:
“The Legacy of Gordon Sidney Harrington 1909-1925”
(J. Reid*, D. Naulls, S. Henderson)
Defended May 2014

MacDONALD, Sharon:
“Hidden Costs, Hidden Labours: Women in Nova Scotia During Two World Wars”
(C. Howell*, J. Reid, F. Early)
Defended March 1999* (Awarded Governor General’s Gold Medal at Convocation)

MacLEOD, Heather:
“Past Nature: Public Accounts of Nova Scotia’s Landscape”
(G. Thomas*, D. Cone, S. Davis)
Defended October 1995

MAGEE, Lesley

"Damned ifyou do, damned if you don't": Canadian-born and immigrant mothers' experiences and perceptions of infant feeding in contemporary Nova Scotia

(M. VanderPlaat*, P. Twohig, E. Austen)

Defended October 2016

McGUIGAN, Peter:
“Cardinal James McGuigan: Tormented Prince of the Church”
(P. O’Siadhail*, K. MacKinnon, J. Gouley)
Defended October 1995 (copy missing)

McNUTT, Mitchell:
“The Ties that Bind: Land, Family and Community in Onslow Township 1760-1830”
(B. Moody*, J. Morrison, J. Reid)
Defended September 1995

“Nova Scotia’s Lightkeeping Heritage: An Assessment of the Life and Work of Evelyn Richardson”
(K. MacKinnon*, L. Christiansen-Ruffman, D. Conlm)
Defended April 22, 2002

MILLER, Kelly:
“The Images of Atlantic Canada Found in Recent Roots/Traditional Music: What is it like “down there?”
(P. O’Siadhail*, M. Harry, K. MacKinnon, K. Dunlay)
Defended July 23, 2004

“Contrasts in Growth and Development: New England Versus Atlantic Canada”
(H. Veltmeyer*, G. Barrett, T. O’Neill)
Defended 1988 

“Sustainable Tourism for Small Towns in the Maritimes”
(J. Morrison/K. Mackinnon*, M. Harry, G. Gabriel)
Defended April 25, 2001

MURPHY, Peter:
“Poor “Ignorant Children”: A Great Resource, The Saint John Emigrant Orphan Asylum Admittance Ledger in Context”
(P. O’Siadhail*, J. Reid, C. Byrne, C. Carroll)
Defended 1997 

MYERS, James:
“Hard Ball: The Cape Breton Colliery League 1936-1939”
(G. Barrett*, C. Howell, J. Reid)
Defended September 23, 1997

MYERS, Sharon:
“I Can Manage My Own Business Affairs: Female Industrial Workers in Halifax at the Turn of the Twentieth Century”
(J. Reid*, C. Howell, M. P. Connelly)
Defended September 1989


“It’s All Glamour….” The Halifax Drag Community: A Study of Identity, Community and Region”
(G. Stanivukovic*, P. Twohig, J. Auger)
Defended September 24, 2004


"You'll just have to do something about it": Re-reading Female Desire, Sexuality and Agency in Contemporary Atlantic Caadian Literature

(A. MacLeod*, R. Hulan,E. Wunker)

Defended August 2017


“Urban Reform and the Civic Improvement League in Halifax 1905-1935”
(C. Howel*, J. Reid, D. Sutherland)
Defended September 21, 2000

“Colonization Embodied: Diabetes in Sheshatshiu”
(P. Twohig*, T. Sable, A. Burns)
Defended June 26, 2006


OBED, Diane:

“ILLINIAVUGUT NUNAMI; Learning from the Land" Envisioning an Inuit-centered Educational Future

(D. Leroux*, A. Bombay, H. Igloliorte)

Defended August 2017

O’NEILL, Brian:
“The Myth and Reality of Offshore Oil and Gas Development: A Critical Inquiry into the Political Economy of Hydrocarbon Resource Development in the Offshore Regions of Newfoundland and Nova Scotia”
(H. Veltmeyer*, C. Howell, J. Sacouman)
Defended April 1988


“Two Pathways to Health: Exploring Potential Relationships Between Traditional Mi’kmaw Medicine and Western Biomedicine”
(C. Howell*, M. Marshall, H. McGee, G. Sable)
Defended September 1998.

“Islanders and the Land: A Multidisciplinary Approach to the Culture of the Land Struggle in Prince Edward Island”
(H. Veltmeyer*, C. Howell, A. O’Malley)
Defended December 1996.

PITT, Anthony:
“Co-operative Housing in Nova Scotia: A Social Analysis”
(G. Barrett*, J. W. Pitt, T. Arseneau)
Defended April 1994.

POWERS, Timothy:
“Conscious Choice of Convenience: The Relocation of the Mushua Innu of Davis Inlet, Labrador”
(T. Arseneau*, C. M. Davis, J. Reid)
Defended August 22, 1997.


RAFUSE, Nicole:
“Decoding the Life Lines of Almira Bell’s 1833-1836 Diaries: Barrington, Nova Scotia”
(D. Stanley*, M. Conrad, J. Reid)
Defended April 10, 1997.

“Shedding Light on Old Struggle and New Opportunities”
(M. VanderPlaat*, A. McNevin, P. Gouthro)
Defended September 2001

“Deportation Era Acadian Community Leaders”
(J. Reid*, T. Murphy, M. Basque)
Defended May 3, 2002

ROSS, Moira:
“Dr. Arthur Samuel Kendall, His Life and Times as a Medical Doctor, Politician and Citizen of Cape Breton Island”
(C. Howell*, J. Reid, T. Arseneau)
Defended November 25, 1997


SABLE, Trudy:
“Another Look in the Mirror: Research into the Foundations for Developing an Alternative Science Curriculum for Mi’Kmaw Children”
(C. Howell*, M. Gould, J. Bloom)
Defended April 1996* (Awarded Governor General’s Gold Medal at Convocation) (copy missing)

SETTLE, Victor:
“Halifax Shipyards 1918-1978: The Economic Impact”
(C. Howell*, J. Reid, K. MacKinnon, J. Morrison)
Defended August 1994

SEWELL, Raymond:
Representing the Confederation Bridge”
(M. Vance*, A. MacLeod, T. Sable)
Defended August 11, 2014

SHARPE, Errol:
“From the Past to the Future: Rethinking Rural Society and Social Change”
(H. Veltmeyer*, M. Clow, C. Howell)
Defended April 1991

SHEARS, Barry:
“Highland Minstrel to Tourist Icon: The Changing Role of the Highland Piper in Nova Scotia Society, 1773-1973”
(J. Reid*, R. Twomey, J. MacDonald)
Defended March 18, 2005

SHEARS, Robert:
“Examination of a Contested Landscape: Archaeological Prospection on the Eastern Shore of Nova Scotia”
(J. Reid*, J. Fowler, A. Johnston)
Defended May 1, 2013

SIMPSON, Cynthia:
“The Treatment of Halifax's Poor House Dead During the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries”
(P. Twohig*, M. Vance, H. MacLeod)
Defended August 23, 2011


The Intricacies of Integration: The Case of Graham Creighton High School

(P. Twohig*, J. Morrison, P. Bennett)


SMITH, Michael:
“Female Reformers in Victorian Nova Scotia: Architects of a New Womanhood”
(C. Howell*, J. Reid, R. Twomey)
Defended 1986

SONG, Zhuoying:
“A Study of Three Women Missionaries of the United Church of Canada, from the Maritime Provinces to Sichuan, China, 1933-1952”
(J. Reid*, H. Ralston, T. Arseneau)
Defended May 1993

STATES, David:
“Presence and Perseverance: Blacks in Hants County, Nova Scotia 1871-1914”
(J. Reid*, J. Morrison, R. Twomey)
Defended September 13, 2002 (copy missing)


TAYLOR, Aaron:
French Vernacular Architecture in Pre-Deportation Acadia”
(J. Fowler*, J. Reid, D. Christianson)
Defended April 16, 2012

TAYLOR, Carolyn:
"United We Stand, Divided We Fall?": Activism Among Aboriginal Women in Nova Scotia, 1970-1985”
(P. Twohig*, J. Reid, P. Doyle-Bedwell)
Defended July 30, 2012 

THIESEN, Andrew:
“Ike Smith and Nova Scotia’s Plans for Economic Prosperity in the 1960s”
(D. Stanley*, J. Reid, T. Arseneau)
Defended October 1995

“The Fall and Rise of the Cape Breton Fiddler: 1955-1982”
(K. MacKinnon*)
Defended March 27, 2003

“Perceptions of the Environment in Maritime Literature”
(P. Twohig*, R. Hulan, D. Wilson)
Defended August 20, 2004

“My Heart has a Strange Courage: Challenging the Female Life-Course in Depression-Era Halifax”
(G. Thomas*, J. Reid, T. Laidlaw)
Defended October 14, 2005 * (Awarded Governor General’s Gold Medal at Convocation)

TOBIN, Anita:
“The Effect of Centralization on the Social and Political Systems of the Mainland Nova Scotia Mi’Kmaq (Case Studies: Millbrook – 1916 and Indian Brook – 1941)”
(C. Howell, J. Reid)
Defended April 1999

TURNER, Karl Williams:
"Silos & Stovepipes: The Rationalizatin of Higher Educatin in Nova Scotia During the 1990s"
(J. Reid*, R. Berard, P. Twohig)
Defended February 2011

TWOHIG, Peter:
“Health and the Health Care Delivery System: The MicMac in Nova Scotia”
(C. Howell*, H. McGee, J. Reid)
Defended April 1991* (Awarded Governor General’s Gold Medal at Convocation)


WALL, Robert:
“The State, Criminal Justice Politics and the Nova Scotia Royal Commission on the Donald Marshall, Jr. Prosecution”
Defended 1990 (copy missing)

WHITE, Terrence:
“A Central Nova Scotian County and the Landward Pull: The Case of Colchester, 1867-1925”
(C. Howell*, J. Reid)
Defended April 1986

WILLIAMS, Beverley:
“Leisure as a Contested Terrain in Late Nineteenth Century Halifax”
(C. Howell*, J. Reid, K. MacKinnon)
Defended September 1991

“A History of Occupational Health and Safety in Nova Scotia’s Offshore Fishery, 1915-1985”
(I. MacKay*, G. Barrett, M. MacDonald)
Defended September 1987

WOODMAN, Jessica:
"Radical Ambivalence in Atlantic Canadian Literature
(A. MacLeod*, P. Twohig, H. Wyile)
Defended July 2010

WRIGHT, Mary Ellen:
“The Response of Truro’s Families to Economic and Social Change: A Nova Scotian Community, 1861-1891”
(C. Howell*, J. Reid, R. Twomey)
Defended January 7, 1987