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Understanding the Future of Rural Canada Webinar

What is the future of rural Canada? This was the focus of the State of Rural Canada webinar hosted by the Rural Policy Learning Commons on September 20, 2016. Drs. Al Lauzon and Ryan Gibson served as panellists on the webinar, both presenting research from the report. The webinar brought together over 70 participants from across Canada! 

SEDRD's R2B2 Project Welcomes Unprecedented Funding Announcement

The recent announcement of approximately $300 million invested over the next five years in broadband infrastructure is great news according to a SEDRD researcher. "A faster, higher quality and more ubiquitous fibre optic network in rural SW Ontario and Niagara Region is overdue," says R2B2 project leader Dr. Helen Hambly. 

Visiting Grad Student Analyzes Social Media Use by Ontario Local Food Organizations

SEDRD Faculty Dr. Helen Hambly Odame and Adjunct Faculty Dr. Ataharul Huq Chowdhury are pleased to announce the successful defense by Pawandeep Kaushik, a Masters of Science student from Wageningen University in The Netherlands. Pawandeep was a Visiting Scholar in the Capacity Development and Extension graduate program from Spring 2014.

CDE Alumni Start Up Consulting Company

Capacity Development and Extension, International Development Studies Alumnus, Akpene Afenyadu and Bakhtawar (Bee) Khan have set up a consulting company focused on facilitation and capacity development for the international development sector. Their company called A2 and Khan include grant proposals, program evaluations and research.

To find more about their services and expertise please see their website here.   Congratulations Akpene and Bee and all the best with your entrepreneurship!

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.”

"Still Standing" to film in Vanastra, Ontario

In December 2013, members of Wayne Caldwell’s and Jennifer Ball’s Community Engagement class became involved with a community revitalization strategy in Vanastra, Ontario. After a successful Business Retention and Expansion (BR+E) initiative, the task of the students was to explore more closely what some of these revitalization strategies might look like for the Village. The students produced a report called “Putting Vanastra on the Map” and it was well received by the community.

Mark Waldron Remembered

It is with great sadness that we acknowledge the passing of our former SEDRD colleague Dr. Mark Waldron. Mark has had a long and varied career. He started his professional life after graduating from McGill University as an agricultural extension agent in Lanark County and later joined the CBC as a farm commentator covering agriculture across Canada. In 1963 Mark returned to his alma mater as Director of Extension and in 1967 he was named associate director of Continuing Education for McGill University.

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