Conference Proceedings-Conference 2018 Earth System Governance : Contributed by RPLC Member.

By: Stoett, P., & Vince, J.

Topic:The Marine Debris Nexus: Plastic, Climate Change, Biodiversity, and Human Health. In Conference 2018 Earth System Governance Conference Papers.


Efforts to establish global environmental governance related to marine debris, including revamping UNCLOS, establishing new marine areas beyond national jurisdiction ( ABNJ) regimes, and even promulgating a global treaty committing states to reduce plastic usage and waste, are proliferating as we face the stark reality that plastic presence in marine ecosystems present a variety of increasing threats at the ecosystem level. The observational science is incontrovertible, and policy has been playing catch-up for well over two decades now.

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Report Released – Indigenous Contributions to the Manitoba Economy 

By: Rural Development Institute (RPLC Partner Organisation)

$9.3 billion. That’s the amount that Indigenous people in Manitoba spend each year—through Indigenous businesses, governments, household spending, and spending on infrastructure. The bulk of that spending is by over 700 Indigenous businesses in the province. How does all this spending impact the economy? The economic impact of Indigenous people in Manitoba can be measured in four ways: they create and maintain over 35,700 jobs, contribute $2.3 billion to Manitoba’s GDP, provide $1.1 billion in wages and salaries to workers, and contribute $231 million in taxes to the federal and provincial governments. The Indigenous contribution to Manitoba’s GDP is more than either manufacturing, accommodations and food services, or mining and oil and gas extraction.

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Call For Papers-2019 RSA Annual Conference:Supported by Rural Governance Network

Image 2019 RSA Annual Conference, Santiago de Compostela, SpainAbstract submission deadline 28th February 2019

The 2019 RSA Annual Conference aims to discuss about how to push regions beyond all kind of borders as a way to plan the future with different lens.

We welcome papers from all – academics, researchers, students and those working in policy and practice. The event is
inclusive and offers networking opportunities for all in our field. The organisers welcome proposals for special sessions, themed workshops and innovative forms of networking and collaboration.

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Policy Brief-Drinking Water Contamination and Cancer in Canada and USA

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By: Rural Governance Network

Executive Summary

The contamination of drinking water causes local and global public health problems, such as cancer. Although policymakers pay particular attention to the health impacts of drinking water contamination, they face challenges in reducing associated health risks for better management of drinking water. This policy brief uses ACSRC Report Series # 50-18 “Drinking Water Contamination & Cancer in Canada and USA: A Review” that reviews and analyzes 64 published studies. The purpose of this policy brief is to provide a summary and recommendations on assessing the health impacts of drinking water contamination. It outlines the main results from the report and provides recommendations for the policymakers regarding 1) appropriate quality criteria to use; 2) common study designs and methods to apply; 3) confounding factors to control.

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Research and Policy Briefs Series:Refugees Discuss their Settlement Experience in New Brunswick

Author: Mikael Hellstrom (MIRRA Network Member)


New Brunswick is the only province in Canada with a declining population. The provincial government considers this demographic issue a primary concern  (Government of New Brunswick, 2014) and sees refugee reception as a potential way to break this trend. This ambition prompted the provincial government to welcome almost 1500 Syrian refugees to Fredericton, Moncton and Saint John beginning in 2015 (Government of Canada, 2017).
However, even the largest population centres of New Brunswick would count as third or fourth tier in terms of national immigrant reception, and thus remote in a Canadian perspective, contending with the gravitational pull of cities like Montreal or Toronto.

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Manitoba Matters VIII: A Policy Event Communication, Accountability and Policy Development 

By: Adams Abdul Salam (RPLC Member)

Under the theme of “Communication, Accountability, and Policy Development,” the annual Liberal Party of Canada (Manitoba) Policy event took place on November 24, 2018 in Headingley, Manitoba. The event brought together Liberal electoral district association representatives from across the province. They were there to learn about policy issues from a range of speakers including Dougald Lamont, leader of the Manitoba Liberal Party, and Omar Raza, the Liberal Party of Canada’s National Policy Chair.

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Research and Policy Briefs Series: Refugee Mental Health Practice in Rural Communities: Understanding Cross-Cultural Differences

Author: Lavan Kandiah (MIRRA Network Member)


Current Canadian data on Syrian refugee resettlement indicates that while Canada’s major metropolitan areas are hosting the majority of arrivals, smaller and rural communities are also taking in large numbers (Government of Canada, 2017). The availability of settlement services, including mental health treatment and specialized services, is substantially lower in rural areas than in Canada’s larger urban centers (Ashton, Pettigrew, & Galatsanou, 2016; Canadian Mental Health Association, 2009).

Increased migration to rural Canadian communities has already strained existing social services in these areas while the lack of culturally-tailored services has also been highlighted as an issue. This brief seeks to address this service deficiency.

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Impress The Press Tips: by Georgette Nyankson (RPLC Member)

The Rural Policy Learning Commons (RPLC) sponsored four secretariat members to partake in media training on November 16, 2018. The aim was to gain insights on effective ways of promoting RPLC activities and resources to the media. As a communication officer and rural engagement assistant for RPLC, I took part in the training and offer highlights of what I learned.

Adam stressed a quote by Benjamin Disraeli: “Without publicity there can be no public support, and without public support every nation must decay.” This interesting quote highlights the fact that the media is an important tool to help organizations or projects such as the RPLC achieve their mission. According to Dooley, public relations (having stories in the media) are more advantageous in some aspects than advertising.

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“Enhancing Inclusivity in Rural Canada” Workshop Report : by MIRRA Network

The Migration in Remote and Rural Areas (MIRRA) Network and the Rural Policy Learning Commons is pleased to have supported the interdisciplinary workshop entitled “Enhancing Inclusivity in Rural Canada,” which was held at the Augustana Campus of the University of Alberta on November 1-2, 2018 and involved the participation of 14 scholars from across Canada. Meeting within the context of both a seeming rise in xenophobic and anti-migrant sentiment across the Western world as well as the recognition that much more work must be done to ensure authentic reconciliation between settlers and the indigenous peoples of Canada is occurring in rural areas, workshop participants discussed a variety on ongoing research projects that touched on the reality of cultural and religious diversity in rural Canada, with a focus on building more inclusive rural communities.

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2019 North Atlantic Forum and CRRF Conference- CALL FOR PAPERS

The 2019 North Atlantic Forum and the  Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation Conference will be held at St. John’s, Newfoundland & Labrador, Canada, October 1-4,2019. The conference is aimed to bring together practitioners, policy makers, community leaders, and researchers interested in rural sustainability issues.  This conference is a unique opportunity to share your own successes, learn from other, and to hear the latest on issues that matter to communities and people who live and work in rural regions.

The conference organizing committee will accept abstracts for oral presentations, panels, capacity building sessions, and posters for 2019 conference until March 31, 2019. The conference theme is Sustainable Communities.



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Good Governance in Practice: Examples from the Co-operative Sector
Tuesday January 22, 2019

*For more information on upcoming webinars, please contact Munzaleen Sajjad, sajjadm@brandonu.ca

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#RuralUK - #Research by the charity The Progressive Policy Think Tank #IPPR shows a 42% jump in the number of people #sleepingrough in England’s mainly #rural local authorities between 2010 - 2016 https://t.co/e5ayN963A5 #rplccapr #ruralissues #poverty #homelessness

#RuralEU - #Merkel will introduce her position on the #digitization of #agriculture, speaking to representatives & ministers of some 70 countries. The meeting is taking place as part of the Global Forum for #Food and Agriculture
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#RuralBC - "Under the #RuralDividend project #development funding stream, up to $10,000 is provided to eligible applicants to do preliminary work that is necessary to pursue larger #community projects in the future"
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