New Publication: Advisory Service for Sustainable Forest Resource Management

Although advisory services are considered as an essential component for supporting the livelihoods of disadvantaged communities in low-income regions, there are few studies related to advisory services for forest resource management, especially in Bangladesh. Ataharul Chowdhury has been collaborating on a doctoral study that was completed recently at the University of Hohenheim. Two of the outputs were published in two important peer-reviewed journals.

Landscape Architecture Hosts CSLA's Reconciliation Advisory Committee Talk

On the evening of January 13th, close to 200 people came to the OAC Centennial Arboretum Centre Auditorium to hear Chris Grosset (MLA 2000), Canadian Society of Landscape Architects' Reconciliation Advisory Committee Chair give a tremendous talk titled "The Path: Reconciliation, Learning and Landscape Architecture."  The evening reflected on Chris' journey with Indigenous awareness and furthering the profession of landscape architecture.  Organized by SEDRD Director Sean Kelly and the CSLA Reconciliation Advisory Committee, the event was very well attended; participants in

Hilary Sadowsky and Nic Brunet headed for Anchorage Alaska to work on collaborative volume with group of international scholars.

Dr. Nicolas Brunet and RPD Alum, Hilary Sadowsky were recently invited through a competitive process to participate in an edited volume on the Role of Education in Sustainable Development in the Arctic by the Arctic FROST Research Coordination Network. On April 20-21, 2020, the network will host a workshop on The Role of Education in Sustainable Development in the Arctic in Anchorage, Alaska.

BLA students take first place in The Concussion Legacy Foundation 24 hour design challenge

Fourth year Bachelor of Landscape Architecture students, Jack Mosquite and Emil Kovacevic were participants and award winners from the Brains and Brawn Design Challenge hosted by The Concussion Legacy Foundation of Canada and iBoost Zone. The design challenge was a 24 hour event hosted by Ryerson University from February 7th to 8th with participants encompassing of teams competing from various South Ontario Universities.

BLA Students Win Big at the OSSGA Student Design Competition

The annual Ontario Stone, Sand and Gravel Association Student Design Competition invites Ontario university and college students to apply their design skills to create a rehabilitation design proposal for an existing Ontario pit or quarry or pit. Winners are awarded monetary prizes and winning entries are displayed at OSSGA's annual conference. 

Natalya Garrod named a Canadian Water Network Webinar Coordinator for the Student and Young Professional Committee

My name is Natalya Garrod, I am a 2nd-year Rural Planning and Development graduate student and I am thrilled to commence the position of webinar coordinator for the Students and Young Professionals Committee for the Canadian Water Network. This is a volunteer position where I have the opportunity to host 4-6 webinars throughout the year with regards to water. I am responsible for developing a topic, inviting speakers, and general organization of the webinar. My MSc thesis research focuses on First Nations local-level source water protection.

Essex ON Advanced Planning Practice Feb 2020 Field Trip

Students in the advanced planning practice course travelled to the Essex, Ontario region at the end of February. There they met with local planning officials/development proponents to examine planning topics concerning economic development, and land use development challenges. Major planning themes centred on the evolving rural land base, e.g., on farm diversified land uses, agri-tourism development, vegetable and cannabis greenhouse production.

New Publication: Social Media, Advisory Service and Climate Change

A new journal paper co-authored by Md Kamruzzaman, Ataharul Chowdhury, Helen Hambly and Silvia Sarapura, highlights how agricultural advisory agents use social media to support agricultural innovation in Bangladesh. The paper can be found online in the Rural Extension & Innovation Systems Journal, 2019 15(1) called "How do extension agents of DAE use social media for strengthening agricultural innovation in Bangladesh?"

Weeden shares insights on infrastructure management and economic development at 2020 Ontario Good Roads Association conference

On February 25, 2020, in partnership with the Ontario Good Roads Association (OGRA) and on behalf of the Building the Future research team, Ashleigh Weeden (PhD Candidate, Rural Studies) launched a survey for rural municipal officials and staff to learn more about their experiences in planning for and connecting infrastructure initiatives and economic development strategies.

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