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...

Weeden shares insights about rural innovation with Community Foundations of Canada

Weeden shares insights about rural innovation with Community Foundations of Canada
Ashleigh Weeden (PhD Student, University of Guelph) shared insights on rural innovation and community story-telling with the Community Foundations of Canada's Rural Philanthropy Learning Community during an intensive webinar on January 10th, 2019 alongside Arthur Bull from the Rural Communities Foundation of Nova Scotia. The webinar focused on rural innovation, the role of philanthropy and its connection to resilient rural communities. For more informat...

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!

Reflections from Regional Forum on Newcomer Integration

Reflections from Regional Forum on Newcomer Integration
On November 30th, the Regional Forum on Rural Newcomer Integration was a great example of a region coming together to improve newcomer integration throughout rural communities. The Regional Forum focussed on equipping employers with the knowledge and tools to be effective in attracting and retaining newcomer employees. The room was full of municipal staff looking to support employers, employers who had previously been successful at newcomer integration to

Rural Immigration as a Workforce Strategy

Rural Immigration as a Workforce Strategy
  How can a community or region build a welcoming community? A community whereby new immigrants and newcomers feel welcome to move into, become engaged with local businesses, and contribute to the sustainability of the community. Based on experiences elsewhere, at the core is partnerships, dialogue, and commitment. During the Western Region Workforce Forum, Dr. Ryan Gibson shared perspectives on how rural communities can adopt welcoming community s...

Congratulations to Scholarship Winners

Congratulations to Scholarship Winners
The Ontario College of Agriculture at the University of Guelph recently celebrated the achievements of students. Congratulations goes out to the following: Mallory Smith (2nd year Rural Planning and Development student) for receiving the Rural Planning Travel Grant and the Rural Planning and Development Alumni ScholarshipTimothy Hunting (2nd year Rural Planning and Development student) for receiving the Rural Planning Travel Grant ...

Weeden selected for 2019 ERSA/OECD Winter School in Trento, Italy

Weeden selected for 2019 ERSA/OECD Winter School in Trento, Italy
Ashleigh Weeden, a PhD Student in the Rural Studies program, has been selected as one of 25 emerging scholars from around the world to participate in the 2019 ERSA/OECD Winter School at the Trento Centre for Local Development in Trento, Italy in January 2019. As a highly competitive intensive program, the ERSA Winter School, in collaboration with the OECD Spatial Productivity Lab, provides PhD students and young researchers with the very latest advances...

New Publication: Philanthropic Organizations to the Rescue?

New Publication: Philanthropic Organizations to the Rescue?
  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'