Check Out the Latest CRRF Newsletter

Check Out the Latest CRRF Newsletter
The Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation (CRRF) recently released their July 2019 newsletter. The newsletter contains information on recent rural development stories, highlights new resources and information, and shares upcoming opportunities. Dr. Gibson is leads the CRRF Communications Committee and the production of the monthly electronic newsletter. The CRRF newsletter is free to receive directly to your inbox -- simply add your email address to thi

Working Landscapes, Livable Communities

Working Landscapes, Livable Communities
How do rural communities creative livable communities for the 21st century? This was a key topic of discussion for rural geographers. The Ninth Quadrennial Conference of British, Canadian, and American Rural Geographers was hosted by Middlebury College and the University of Vermont in Burlington, USA. Rural geographers from Australia, Wales, Northern Ireland, England, Canada, Scotland, England, and the United States shared research, discussed pressing rura...

Growing Smart Rural Policy Under the Midnight Sun: ICRPS2019 in Rovaniemi, Finland

Growing Smart Rural Policy Under the Midnight Sun: ICRPS2019 in Rovaniemi, Finland
As soon as word came that the 2019 International Comparative Rural Policy Studies (ICRPS) Summer Institute was going to be taking place in Rovaniemi, Finland, I knew I had to be there. Finland, and the Lapland region, have quickly become intriguing examples of the possibilities for building rural innovation ecosystems. As a doctoral student focused on investigating the link between place and innovation in rural communities, ICRPS2019 presented an amazing ...

Webinar on New Regionalism and Regional Development in Canada

Webinar on New Regionalism and Regional Development in Canada
Canadian regional development today involves multiple actors operating within nested scales from local to national and even international levels. Recent approaches to making sense of this complexity have drawn on concepts such as multi-level governance, relational assets, integration, innovation, and learning regions. These new regionalist concepts have become increasingly global in their formation and application, yet there has been little critical analys...

Gibson Shares Philanthropy Research with CFC Conference

Gibson Shares Philanthropy Research with CFC Conference
Philanthropy in rural communities is a powerful tool for revitalization and sustainability. On June 6, 2019, Ryan Gibson shared preliminary research findings at the All In 2019 Conference, hosted by Community Foundations of Canada. The presentation was part of a larger discussion on rural philanthropy that explored trends, the importance of place and creative opportunities happening in rural communities. Participants worked collectively to spark new think...

Patzer Shares Research on Housing in Honduras at CASID Conference

Patzer Shares Research on Housing in Honduras at CASID Conference
Stephanie Patzer, recent Rural Planning and Development graduate, shared her research on housing in Honduras at the “Inclusive Development? Expanding Circles of Development Research and Practice” Conference that took place from June 5-7, 2019 in Vancouver. Stephanie's presentation, titled "Lessons from Participatory Community Development in Informal Settlements in Honduras", explored housing development in two Honduran communities in partnership with Techo

Examining Rural Economic Development in Ireland and Ontario

Examining Rural Economic Development in Ireland and Ontario
How do approaches to rural economic development differ between rural Ontario and rural Ireland? What can be learned from decades of rural economic development practice in both Canada and Ireland? For five days in May, staff and board members from Community Futures across Ontario engaged in conversations with rural economic development leaders in Ireland. During the five day forum discussions were held with policy makers, local economic development pra...

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