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.

Retired RPD Prof's receive CRRF Lifetime Memberships

During the 2014 Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation (CRRF) conference held on September 28, 2014 in Prince George, British Columbia retired Rural Planning and Development Professors, David Douglas and Tony Fuller were awarded Lifetime Memberships to recognize their outstanding contributions to the betterment of rural Canada and the Foundation.

Find full article of CRRF website here.

BLA Class of '89 Celebrates Their 25th Anniversary

The BLA Class of '89 recently celebrated their 25th anniversary. Those who could attend visited the Landscape Architecture building, did their best to re-enact the photo from 1989, and then headed to the Albion for catching up with each other. 

BLA Class of 1989

BLA Class of 1989 Renunion
BLA Class of '89

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.

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