Alex Petric's recent thesis is now available online! You can download Beyond the Smart City: Assessing Open Data in Rural Ontario from the Univeristy of Guelph's Atrium website: https://atrium.lib.uoguelph.ca/xmlui/handle/10214/14704.
What if communities had an alternative source of funds to facilitate service delivery? Could these funds compensate for the challenges confronted related to large distances and low densities? Would the chronic challenges of service-withdrawal from the abdication of provincial and federal governments be overcome? How would access to alternative funding change the dynamics of rural sustainability, if at all? These are the questions Dr. Ryan Gibson'
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
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
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...
Authors from across Canada and internationally hosted a webinar to highlight the key stories from a new publication called From Black Horses to White Steeds: Building Community Resilience. The book celebrates and critiques the dynam- ics of innovation, governance, and culture in place. Case studies from both sides of the North Atlantic illustrate episodes of “turning around”: evolution, transformation, and visionary strategy that breath
How do rural communities revitalize and sustain themselves? Drs. Laurie Brinklow (UPEI) and Ryan Gibson launched a new book focused on this just. The new book, From Black Horses to White Steeds: Building Community Resilience, was launched during the Different by Design: Innovation for Rural Prosperity conference in Nelson, British Columbia. From Black Horses to White Steeds celebrates and critiques the dynamics of innovation, governance, and c
The first year of the Libro Professorship of Regional Economic Development was a busy one! Over the past year, the Libro Professor has been actively engaged in teaching, research, and community engagement across southwestern Ontario. The annual report summarizing the 2016-2017 activities is now available. 2016-2017 Libro Professor of Regional Economic Development Annual Report
The concept of “welcoming communities” has recently become a useful policy and research framework in which to explore immigrant settlement, integration, and retention. Small, rural, and regional communities often struggle to meet the needs of immigrants and have limited partnerships and capacities in the area of immigrant settlement and integration. Over the past five years, Brandon has received significant increases in immigrant arrivals through the influ...
Dr. Ryan Gibson recently published a chapter titled “Negotiating the Cultural Context of Care” in Canadian Community as Partner. The chapter explores the cultural composition of Canada, multiculturalism in Canada, barriers and facilitators related to multiculturalism in community practice, and strategies for develop and apply cultural attunement and cultural humility in working with groups and organizations in the community. The chapter was written in c...