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Gibson Shares Canada’s Rural Policy Lessons with Scottish Parliament

Over the years, Canada has accumulated many lessons learned when it comes to developing and implementing policies in rural areas. These lessons were shared with parliamentarians on June 6, 2017 when Dr. Ryan Gibson presented to the Scottish Parliamentary Cross Party Committee on Rural Policy. The presentation reflect on Canada’s rural policies and programs, what has worked, what has not worked, and what lessons emerged from the various experiences.

"Studio Vantage" - Issue One "Paradox" Released

The students of the School of Environmental Design and Rural Development at the University of Guelph announce the release of Studio Vantage ISSUE 1 - Paradox.  See attachment.  

Guiding Canada’s Future Investment in Rural Infrastructure - Gibson Testifies to Senate Committee

What is the future role for the Government of Canada in rural infrastructure? Dr. Ryan Gibson presented to the Senate Committee on National Finance regarding rural infrastructure investment. The Senate Committee has been studying the design and delivery of the government’s infrastructure commitment, and has asked for comments to address the effects of future infrastructure investments on rural development in Canada.

Sheri Longboat to be on Water Sustainability Panel Discussion with Ontario Deputy Environmental Commissioner

Professor Sheri Longboat in the School of Environmental Design and Rural Development will be among a panel of University of Guelph professors to join the Ontario Deputy Environmental Commissioner at the upcoming Hammond Lecture and Sustainability Symposium on Water Sustainability.

‎When: Wednesday April 19, 2017
Time: 2:00 to 5:00 pm
Where: Delta Inn Guelph, 50 Stone Road West

Please see attached advertisement for the event.

All are welcome to attend!

Gibson Shares Insights in Social Media and Knowledge Mobilization Webinar

On March 15, 2017, researchers explored how you can use social media more effectively to engage your stakeholders and encourage knowledge mobilization between partners and colleagues. A six-person panel put a spotlight on some of the successful social media initiatives from across the country. The webinar included presentations from:

Interested in a Career in the Public Sector?

What does it mean to work for the public service? How does one search for a career in the public service? Thirteen graduate students from three SEDRD programs and two faculty members discussed careers in the public sector with Scott Duff at workshop on March 13, 2017.

Students sitting around a table discussing workshop
Photo above:  Scott Duff (left), speaking to workshop participants.

RPD Students Visit Muskoka to Study Planning in Tourist Destinations

Rural Planning and Development students recently visited Muskoka and met with planners, alumni and members of the public. Students visited with planners at the District and in Bracebridge, Gravenhurst and Port Carling. Seasonal development drives planning activity in this area. While there are huge development pressures for lakeshore development there are equally other challenges sustaining a year round economy.

The Future of Rural Ontario and the Role of Immigration

For much of rural Ontario, there is a struggle to retain existing population numbers.  With low birth rates, outmigration and an aging baby boom population there is a significant risk of population loss (and in many rural communities this is already happening).  The opportunity for rural communities is to increasingly attract immigrants.  Recent research identifies success stories from across the province and establishes best practices that can help rural communities to succeed in stabilizing, and potentially growing their population.

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