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Rural Planning and Development Student New City of Guelph Ward 4 Councillor

Mike Salisbury has been re-elected Councillor for City of Guelph’s Ward 4.  Mike is a specialist in the design and development of natural playgrounds and outdoor learning environments for schools, daycare centres and municipalities across North America.  He served as a Councillor for Ward 4 between 2006 and 2010 and will now serve a second term.  He entered the Master of Planning program in the fall of 2013.  Mike also has a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree from the University of Guelph.

Prof. Al Lauzon Elected President of CRRF

During the New Realities, New Relationships Conference the 2014 Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation (CRRF) Annual General Meeting (AGM) was held on September 26, 2014. The meeting reviewed the achievements of the Foundation over the past year, discussed our financial audit, reviewed proposed bylaw revisions, and elected new board members.

SEDRD Students Revisit Goderich and the Rebuilding Following the Tornado of 2011.

Students from the Rural Planning and Development program visited the Town of Goderich to meet with local officials and study the rebuilding efforts that have been on-going over the last 3 years.  This field visit continues the Schools interest in contributing to and learning from these initiatives.  The town has undergone major rebuilding and landscaping efforts following an important planning process that involved students in Planning, Landscape Architecture and Capacity Development and Extension.

Rescuing Quality Education from the Budget Trap

The Glocal Classroom project held its third conference this weekend entitled “Voice & Matter – Glocal Conference on Communication for Development”. The conference took place at Roskilde University and Malmö University.

University of Guelph Partners in Rural Policy Learning Commons

The University of Guelph is a partner in the $2.5 million Rural Policy Learning Commons (RPLC) a 7-year project to identify and analyze policy options relevant to rural and northern places; evaluate these options in the context of national and international policy innovations, and build leadership capacity among rural and northern researchers, policy-makers, and practitioners.

CDE Graduate, Nikki Whaites - Helping the World's Children

Tenacity and courage... two words that Dr. Helen Hambly Odame of (SEDRD-CDE) uses to describe Nikki Whaites (Alumnus 2005). Her work with organizations such as Journalists for Human Rights and War Child Canada demonstrate how graduates of SEDRD's Capacity Development and Extension program have become leading facilitators of communication for development and social justice in Canada and around the world. Please read the story about Nikki in the at Guelph.

MLA Students Contribute to Community Urban Microfarm Development

Master of Landscape Architecture students Emily French, Tim O’Brien and Elena Christy have been working as Graduate Research Assistants this summer on Project Soil (Shared Opportunities on Institutional Lands), a feasibility study that explores the potential of on-site food production at public healthcare and educational institutions. In Ontario, several institutions are already producing food on their properties as a way to generate revenue; supply nutritious fresh food for consumption (by staff, patients, students, etc.); provide therapeutic benefits; and build social enterprises.

UofG Students Win York Region's Make Rental Happen Challenge

For Dan and Kyle Foch, thinking outside the box means living inside one. The two brothers won York Region’s Make Rental Happen Challenge in June. They took home the top prize of $5,000 for their idea to help alleviate the affordable housing shortage by creating homes from shipping containers.

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