Stay Connected to Canadian Rural Development Stories

Stay Connected to Canadian Rural Development Stories
  Ever wondered what is happening in rural British Columbia or rural Québec? There is a way to stay connected to rural development news from across Canada -- the Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation newsletter! The Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation publishes a free monthly newsletter containing stories on rural and regional development news, events, and stories. Once you register to receive the newsletter it is delivered to your inbox ea

Discussing the Next Generation of Rural Development Policy

Discussing the Next Generation of Rural Development Policy
  What does the future of rural development policy look like? How can we ensure appropriate, effective, and efficient policies to support rural areas and their economies? This was the focus of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development's 2018 Rural Development Conference. The Conference brought together over 400 leading policy makers, private sector and renowned experts to exchange experiences and good practices on issues related

Check Out Weeden’s Recent Publication: “Canada deserves a rural innovation agenda…”

Check Out Weeden’s Recent Publication: “Canada deserves a rural innovation agenda…”
  With all the hoopla around innovation systems, what is happening around rural innovation? Ashleigh Weeden, PhD student in Rural Studies at the University of Guelph, recently published an article challenge the current discourse of urban-based innovation strategies and agendas. In the article, titled "Canada deserves a rural innovation agenda …", Weeden argues for a unique rural innovation agenda that contributes advances rural communities. Check o

2018 International Comparative Rural Policy Summer Institute

2018 International Comparative Rural Policy Summer Institute
  Each year, graduate students and faculty from the School of Environmental Design and Rural Development participate in a two-week summer institute focused on comparative rural policy. The 2018 edition of the International Comparative Rural Policy Summer Institute will be held in Tuskegee, Alabama from June 24-July 7, 2018. An introductory session for students interested in learning more about the 2018 International Comparative Rural Policy Summer ...

Community Development Tools for Advancing Recreation

Community Development Tools for Advancing Recreation
  On March 1, Dr. Gibson delivered a presentation to the Recreation Connections Manitoba Conference in Winnipeg outlining how community development tools could be used to advance recreation in both rural and urban communities. The presentation focused on photovoice, asset-based community development, and social network analysis. Each of the three community development tools were explored through recent community development initiatives in Manitoba,

Two Emerging SEDRD Researchers Profiled in National Rural Newsletter

Two Emerging SEDRD Researchers Profiled in National Rural Newsletter
  Rana Telfah and Ashleigh Weeden, doctoral students in the Rural Studies program in the School of Environmental Design and Rural Development, were recently profiled as emerging rural researchers by the Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation (www.crrf.ca). Each year, the Foundation devotes their winter newsletter to showcasing new and emerging rural researchers from across Canada and internationally. The CRRF newsletter is an opportunity for emer

Understanding Rural Wealth

Understanding Rural Wealth
Rural areas are places of wealth, however, wealth is increasingly mobile. How do rural communities tap into this wealth and to encourage the wealth to be place-based? Over the past two days, over 70 community representatives in two regions of Ontario gathered to discuss rural wealth, intergenerational transfers of wealth, and strategies for rural revitalization and development. The Rural Ontario Institute hosted forums in Fergus (February 1) and Cobou...

Broadband Connectivity in Rural

Broadband Connectivity in Rural
  Rural communities throughout Canada experience unequal access to high-speed Internet. This 'disconnect' hinders the ability of rural residents, businesses, governments, and nonprofit organizations. Recently, Dr. Gibson was involved in a formal submission to the Government of Canada, advocating for changes to how broadband connectivity is delivered in rural and northern communities. The formal submission makes five recommendations to the Governmen...

Community Wealth Forums in Rural Ontario

Community Wealth Forums in Rural Ontario
How can rural communities create long standing public benefit from individual legacies? The Rural Ontario Institute is hosting two forums to explore how philanthropy can be utilized to sustain and revitalize local communties. The forums will be an opportunity for non-profit organizations to exchange experiences and learn from one another about how to connect local philanthrophy with community priorities. For financial planners, municipal staff, and commu...