About Charles Hostovsky

Dr. Chuck Hostovsky has been a practitioner-educator in urban environmental planning for over 30 years. After 5 years as a faculty member at a Washington DC university setting up a new masters in city planning program, he returned to Hamilton in 2017 and is presently a Sessional Lecturer at Brock University’s Department of Geography and Tourism Studies and McMaster's School of Geography and Earth Sciences. Previously he was a faculty member at the University of Toronto for 12 years and taught occasionally at Ryerson. Professionally he has been a planner with a medium sized Canadian city, the Ontario Ministry of the Environment, and with a major consulting engineering firm. For the past 12 years he has been the Consulting Environmental Planner to the Six Nations of the Grand River, Canada’s largest by population and most biodiverse First Nation territory. Chuck holds the 2011 Government of Canada CMHC Award for Teaching Sustainability as well as awards from the Canadian Association of Geographers and the Canadian Institute of Planners. He is well published and has obtained NSERC, CIDA and other grants from US sources. He is available for research teams.

Posts by Charles Hostovsky

Posted on August 31, 2017
I recently returned to Hamilton after five years of teaching at a Washington DC university, taking a paid partial-sabbatical at the end of my contract. Unfortunately the time off gave me too much opportunity to watch the dreaded television set.  Some recent commercials I saw on Canadian TV reminded me of the course in cartography I took at the University of Toronto in the early 1980s (when we used pen and ink, before they offered “computer cartography”). When I was an undergrad Huff’s 1954 classic “How to Lie with Statistics” was required reading in stats classes and the late great Prof.  Bill Dean sometimes pointed out...