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SEDRD Researchers Working With Somali Communities Regarding Importance of Cultural Foods

Canada has a long history of accepting refugees from around the world, and many of these refugees have come together in communities that form the diverse backbone of the Canadian population. With them they have brought new foods to the Canadian dinner plate, and products such as okra, eggplant and bok choy are now grown in Canada and enjoyed by Canadians of all cultures.

“We share culture and richness through food,” shares Valencia Gaspard, a first year student in the Rural Studies PhD program. “Food can be used to build communities and bring people together.”

SEDRD Participates in 2015 Latornell Symposium

Several students joined Dr. Wayne Caldwell, Interim OAC Dean and an Environmental Health Manager, Helen Doyle from York Region Public Health to present at the Latornell Symposium on November 17, 2015. The session entitled “Building Resiliency with Rural Communities to Adapt to the Impacts of Climate Change” showcased recent work from the School of Environmental Design and Rural Development concerning healthy rural community planning as well as considerations for green infrastructure in rural locales.

SEDRD Students Participate in Global Challenges Summer School

In 2014, Dr. Karen Landman was invited by the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) to work with Landscape Architecture professors from around the world to create a Global Challenges University Alliance graduate summer school, which would be focused on issues related to sustainable development and climate change.

Prof. Wayne Caldwell Named Interim Dean of OAC

Wayne Caldwell, Director of the School of Environmental Design and Rural Development, has been named as Interim Dean of the Ontario Agricultural College (OAC) effective November 1, 2015.

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