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'
On November 8, 2018, Ashleigh Weeden (PhD Student - University of Guelph) delivered a workshop at the Canadian Open Data Summit in Niagara Falls, Ontario that encouraged participants to rethink what they think they know about rural communities. The session focused on core principles critical to modern rural development in the digital era – place, people, and policy – and emphasized the importance of rural communities to Canada’s digital agenda as the natio
On September 25, 2018, Dr. Ryan Gibson (Libro Professor in Regional Economic Development, University of Guelph), Ashleigh Weeden (University of Guelph) and Bojan Furst (The Harris Centre, Memorial University of Newfoundland) delivered a skill-building workshop to nearly 40 community economic development professionals from across Canada at the Canadian Community Economic Development Network's EconoUs18 conference in Moncton, New Brunswick. The workshop focu
The Farm Radio program was revived in Blyth, Ontario during the 2018 Rural Talks 2 Rural Conference! Farm Radio Forum was a weekly CBC Radio program that aired from 1941-1965. The radio program highlighted agricultural developments, techniques, and provided education to farmers across Canada. For more information on the Farm Radio Forum visit the CBC Archives: https://www.cbc.ca/archives/entry/national-farm-radio-forum-the-final-forum-1965. Or
Last week in Saskatoon rural community leaders, businesses, nonprofit organizations, governments, researchers, and students gathered to discuss rural issues at the Health and Shared Prosperity: 30th Annual Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation Conference. The conference brought 150 rural leaders from across Canada and internationally together to discuss the future of rural issues. The School of Environmental Design and Rural Development was we
On October 3, 2018, Dr. Gibson provided testimony to the House of Commons Finance Committee meeting. The Finance Committee is studying the pre-budget consultations and more specifically what steps the federal government can take to support and encourage Canadian businesses to grow the economy in the face of a changing economic landscape. Dr. Gibson shared information and stories on how the budget bill could be used to strengthen local economic de...
June 19th, 2018 marks a historic day in Canada – it’s when the Senate approved Bill C-45, The Cannabis Act. The act states that recreational cannabis will officially be legal to cultivate, produce, distribute, retail and consume on October 17th, 2018. With four months to prepare for legalization, provinces and local governments appear to be scrambling to create policies that aligns with the legal federal requirements. On September 27, Tracey H...
Tracey Harvey, PhD candidate in Rural Studies, recently spoke with the Arrow Lakes News regarding the upcoming cannabis legalization and what it might mean for rural regions. You can read the full article here: https://www.arrowlakesnews.com/news/pot-legalization-will-force-big-adjustments-to-kootenay-economy-society/. For further information on Tracey's research visit: https://ruralbclegalizationstudy.wordpress.com/.
The 2017-2018 year has been incredibly busy for the Libro Professor of Regional Economic Development. Over the past twelve months, Dr. Gibson has been busy in research, teaching, and community engagement. Check out the highlights of this busy year in the recently released 2017-2018 Libro Professorship of Regional Economic Development Annual Report. 2017-2018 Libro Professorship of Regional Economic Development Annual Report ...
Neil Stoop successfully defended his Master of Science in Rural Planning and Development thesis today. For the past year, Neil has been working on his thesis titled "Understanding Rural: A Comparison of Academic, Political, and Lay Discourses of Rural". Here is the abstract for Neil's work: Rural is a word, which has many meanings and means different things to different people. Definitions of rural are often sorted into four broad categories; de