What does a Ph.D. candidate in Hamilton know about black bear hunting in Northern Ontario? As it turns out, quite a bit. 

When the Mike Harris government cancelled the spring bear hunt 15 years ago, it gave residents of Northern Ontario another reason to mistrust Queen's Park.

That's a lot of history — so much so a young academic is now basing his Ph.D. studies on the hunt cancellation. Mike Commito is a Ph.D. candidate at McMaster University.

Recently, Commito wrote an article for a history related web site, called The Role of Place and Local Knowledge in Ontario's Spring Bear Hunt Debate: Fifteen Years Later.

Don't let the title scare you. It's an interesting read. Listen to Commito’s interview with CBC radio above.