Congratulations to Recent RPD Graduates!

Congratulations to Recent RPD Graduates!
COVID19 did not prevent a celebration of recent graduates from the Rural Planning and Development program! On July 10, an online gathering celebrated the achievements of recent graduates. It was wonderful to see Louis Helps, Koren Lam, Sarah Parish, Gursewak Singh, and Vinit Yadav recognized for their hard work over the past two years. The gathering included comments from the graduates, Dean of the Ontario College of Agriculture, President of the Ontario P...

Rethinking Infrastructure Investments: Supporting Post-Pandemic Rural Recovery and Climate Resilience through Green Infrastructure

Rethinking Infrastructure Investments: Supporting Post-Pandemic Rural Recovery and Climate Resilience through Green Infrastructure
A new publication focused on infrastructure investments to support COVID19 recovery in rural communities was released by the Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation (CRRF). As part of CRRF's Rural Insights on COVID-19 Series, the publication examines how rural communities can employ green infrastructure to address post-pandemic recovery and climate reliance. The report emerges from the Building the Future research initiative funded through the Ontario Agr

Sharing with Municipal World: MW Shares Podcast features Weeden

Sharing with Municipal World: MW Shares Podcast features Weeden
Ashleigh Weeden (PhD Candidate, Rural Studies), believes the future of local government will look very different from its past and, in an interview with Municipal World's CEO and Editor in Chief, Ashleigh argues that this future requires recommitting to core values of inclusion, diversity, and integrity. The interview was recorded as part of Municipal World's new MW Shares podcast series and highlights Ashleigh's five years of contributions to Municipal Wo...

Building the Future: Municipal Survey launches at Ontario Good Roads Association Conference

Building the Future: Municipal Survey launches at Ontario Good Roads Association Conference
On February 25, 2020, in partnership with the Ontario Good Roads Association, the Building the Future research team launched a survey for rural municipal officials and staff to learn more about their experiences in planning for and connecting infrastructure initiatives and economic development strategies. Ashleigh Weeden (PhD Candidate, Rural Studies) launched the survey to a standing-room-only session of more than 75 delegates at the 2020 Ontario Good

Agyepong, Lam, & Weeden Profiled as Emerging Rural Scholars

Agyepong, Lam, & Weeden Profiled as Emerging Rural Scholars
Three graduate students were recently profiled by the Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation (CRRF) as emerging rural scholars! The February 2020 CRRF national newsletter highlighted the research being conducted by Victoria Agyepong, Koren Lam, and Ashleigh Weeden.  The research themes are noted below: Victoria Aygepong: Bringing People to the Centre: Governance of Digital Circular Food Economy in Non-Metro Ontario. Koren Lam: Rural Telecommuters in

Labelle Profiled in Libranni for Work with NADF

Labelle Profiled in Libranni for Work with NADF
  Helping Indigenous communities in Northern Ontario create comprehensive community plans is exactly the job that Shannon Labelle was searching. Shannon Labelle, a recent graduate of the Master of Science in Rural Planning and Development program at the University of Guelph, was recently interviewed in LIBRANNI. Shannon provides insights into the work she is doing with the Nishnawbe Aski Development Fund. You can read about Shannon's work in Northe

Impacts of Mining Corporate Citizenry Initiatives in Canada and the Philippines

Impacts of Mining Corporate Citizenry Initiatives in Canada and the Philippines
The Philippines is ranked as the fifth most mineral-rich country in the world, with approximately 30 million hectares of land in the country endowed in metallic minerals, including but not limited to, gold, nickel, copper and iron ore (Lindon et al., 2013). San Roque Metals Inc. (SRMI) is a large-scale nickel mining company located within the Eastern Mindanao Biodiversity Corridor, one of the country’s Key Biodiversity Areas in Mindanao, Philippines (Ibane...

Congratulations to RPD Graduates!

Congratulations to RPD Graduates!
Congratulations to Timothy Hunting, Shannon Labelle, Mallory Smith, Matt Rapke, and Menakah Yoharaja for graduating from the Rural Planning and Development program today! A recording of the convocation ceremonies can be viewed below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VZb5T6IH0aI Shannon Labelle, Ryan Gibson, Menakah Yoharaja Timothy Hunting, Ryan Gibson Ryan Gibson, Menakah Yoharaja Timothy Hunting, Ryan Gibson, Val

Interested in International Comparative Rural Policy?

Interested in International Comparative Rural Policy?
Are you interested in participating in the 2020 International Comparative Rural Policy (ICRPS) Summer Institute? Join us on October 16 from 12:00 - 1:00 pm for an information session. The session will discuss the ICRPS Summer Institute program, the specific themes for the 2020 edition, logistics, financing, and application process. The session will be held in Room 127 in the Landscape Architecture Building. If you are not on campus but interested in partic