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

A New Minister of Rural Economic Development – Interviews with CBC Radio

A New Minister of Rural Economic Development – Interviews with CBC Radio
On January 15, 2019, the federal government announced the creation of a new minister of rural economic development. Bernadette Jordan (Member of Parliament for South Shore-St Margarets in Nova Scotia) takes on the new minister role. What does it mean for rural Canada? What should the priorities be for moving forward? Dr. Gibson joined eleven CBC Radio station morning programs to discuss the recent announcement, potential strategies for focus, and why urban...

Dr Gibson Shares Perspectives on Rural Welcoming Communities

Dr Gibson Shares Perspectives on Rural Welcoming Communities
  Graduate students in the Rural Planning and Development program at the University of Guelph will be able to take a course this winter focused on building healthy rural communities. Dr. Wayne Caldwell is teaching an online course titled, "Healthy Rural and Small Town Communities". The course builds on recent research and publications, such as the Healthy Rural Communities Toolkit. As part of the course, Dr. Gibson shared perpsectives from recent r

Congratulations to Alex Petric for Defending his Thesis

Congratulations to Alex Petric for Defending his Thesis
  Congratulations to Alex Petric for successfully defending his Master of Science in Rural Planning and Development thesis titled "Beyond the Smart City: Accessing Open Data in Rural Ontario". Alex's research explored if rural Ontario municipalities were current pursuing, or interested in pursuing, open data initiatives. The electronic version of the thesis will be available shortly - check back soon!