Transitioning to a New Rural Cannabis Economy

Transitioning to a New Rural Cannabis Economy
Ever wondered what the implication of cannabis legalization are for rural communities or if rural communities are benefited at all? On May 7, 2019, Tracey Harvey (PhD in Rural Studies Candidate at the University of Guelph)    shared information on how rural communities are transitioning with the adoption of the Cannabis Act from the Kootenay region of British Columbia. The webinar examined current challenges and opportunities associated with

Emerging Research and Innovative Practices at the 2019 Migrant Farm Worker Health Forum

Emerging Research and Innovative Practices at the 2019 Migrant Farm Worker Health Forum
On April 26, 2019, a collection of researchers, healthcare practitioners, workers’ rights activists, and volunteers met at the University of Windsor for the annual Migrant Farm Worker Health Forum. This event, organized by Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers (OHCOW), is a venue for emerging research and practices intended to better the health, conditions, and overall well-being of participants in Canada’s various Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW)

Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health

Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health
  For the past ten years, the Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health has been changing health and well-being in the Huron, Bruce, Grey, and Perth counties. On May 2, 2019, community leaders, volunteers, health practitioners, and researchers marked the 10th anniversary of the Gateway and its achievements. Gateway is a not-for-profit corporation with charitable status striving to improve the health and quality of life of rural resident

Sharing Mitacs Funding Experiences at Perspectives on Experiential Learning Conference

Sharing Mitacs Funding Experiences at Perspectives on Experiential Learning Conference
On May 1, Dr Ryan Gibson joined a panel discussion focused on sharing experiences with the Mitacs funding program to support graduate student capacity development during the Perspectives on Experiential Learning Conference. The panel, organized by Nadia Timperio and Ben Bradshaw, consisted of Dr. Angela Canovas (Department of Animal Biosciences), Dr. Jamie Burr (Department of Human Health and Nutritional Sciences), and Nic Durish (School of Computer S...

Reflections from the 2019 Teeny Tiny Town Sumit

Reflections from the 2019 Teeny Tiny Town Sumit
Rural economic development practices are often applied under the same instances across all rural towns as it is believed that what will work for one rural town will work for the next. However, not all rural economic development practices work in smaller rural towns. I had the opportunity to attend the 2019 Teeny Tiny Town Summit on April 11th, 2019 in Orono, Ontario. The day was spent learning from Peter Kenyon (a social capitalist and community enthusias...

Discussing Trends in Rural Communities

Discussing Trends in Rural Communities
What does the future of rural communities across Canada look like? How are rural communities addressing the key challenges and maximizing opportunities to build sustainable places? On April 4, 2019, Dr. Ryan Gibson discussed key trends impacting in rural communities across Ontario, Canada, and internationally. Community leaders, agricultural producers, and business owners gathered for the breakfast session in Jarvis, Ontario. The session discussed trends ...

Doing Immigration Differently in Rural Areas

Doing Immigration Differently in Rural Areas
Rural Canada is doing immigration differently. Although historically not sites of large-scale immigration, rural communities and regions throughout Canada continues to welcome new immigrants. This session explores how rural communities and regions are building strategies to attract, settle, welcome, and integrate new immigrants. These strategies, however, can not simply replicate urban-based strategies. This session highlights lessons learned from the pers...

Connecting Research to Policy: Presentations from the Rural Symposium 2019

Connecting Research to Policy: Presentations from the Rural Symposium 2019
During the 2019 Rural Symposium, five graduates supervised by Dr. Ryan Gibson, presented their research focused on evidence-based policy, rural policy interventions, rural innovation, opioid crisis, trail development, and rural infrastructure. Copies of the presentations and posters can be found below: Making a Difference: Provincial Policy Reflections on Knowledge Mobilization (Ashleigh Weeden) Creating Effective Rural Policies: Rural Lenses and thei...

Discussing the Future of Rural Economic Development at OGRA

Discussing the Future of Rural Economic Development at OGRA
Communities across rural Ontario are exploring new strategies for economic development opportunities. In partnership with the Ontario Good Roads Association, rural planning and development students in the economic development course discussed the future of rural economic development with over 150 municipal leaders from across Ontario. Building on Michael Fenn's report on the six megatrends impacting rural Ontario, students facilitated a series of small gro

Rural Canada has a New Voice – Interview with Manitoba Co-operator

Rural Canada has a New Voice – Interview with Manitoba Co-operator
On January 14, 2019, the federal government announced a new Minister of Rural Economic Development. Dr. Gibson was recently interviewed by the Manitoba Co-operator newspaper for reaction to the new announcement and the implications for rural Canada. You can read a copy of the article, "Rural Canada has a new voice, say rural advocates" here: https://www.manitobacooperator.ca/news-opinion/news/rural-canada-has-a-new-voice-say-rural-advocates/?module=under-c