Rural Routes Podcasts: New Episode-Social enterprise and community development

Social enterprises are increasingly a tool in the community development toolbox.

Using the excerpts from that event and the conversation in the studio with Dr. John Schouten, Canada Research Chair in Social Enterprise, and Kimberly Orren, director of Fishing for Success, this episode is your primer on the role social enterprises could play in rural development.

Visit episode for full details via this link: http://ruralroutespodcasts.com/?p=2180

Recent Book Chapter: Fairweather Friends? Canada–United States Environmental Relations in the Days of Trump and the Era of Climate Change

By:Stoett Peter


The Trump administration has certainly marked a radical departure in some (though not all) of the policy orientations familiar to observers of the U.S.–Canada relationship.An increasingly important question, then, is whether this relationship, on the whole cordial if viewed from within the limited prism of government-to-government relations, will become increasingly strained as climate change takes a greater physical, financial, and emotional toll on the continent.

Visit here for the material. RPLC-related Monthly Publications can be accessed via this link: http://rplc-capr.ca/publication/

Upcoming Webinar: A Collaborative Approach to Recruitment and Retention of Registered Nurses in Rural Manitoba, Canada: Outcomes and Policy Implications.                          

Thursday February 28, 2019 @ 12:00pm CST

In 2015, rural Manitoba communities were experiencing a shortage of Registered Nurses. Against a backdrop of finite capacity, the Rural Internationally Educated Nurses (IENs) Registered Nurse (RN) Pilot responded by engaging key stakeholders, pooling resources, and crafting a collaborative response.

The Government of Manitoba, along with two regional health authorities, the College of Registered Nurses of Manitoba, and Red River College, Winnipeg, Manitoba partnered to develop, implement and evaluate the Pilot. Click here for registration information.

Journal Article: Continuing Care in Northern Alberta: Capacity and Collaboration

Photo by Georgette (RPLC)

By: Hallstrom, L. K., Dymchuk, E., & Woodhead-Lyons, S.


As rural communities face aging, population decline, and the withdrawal of public services, the provision of care in rural and northern areas becomes increasingly complex, draws from multiple and often over-lapping stakeholders and organizations, and often functions differently than in more urban or ex-urban areas. Drawing from a series of continuing care capacity workshops held in Northern Alberta, this paper presents a roadmap of both continuing care in the region, as well as a refined model for how capacity can be built, maintained and developed for continuing care practitioners and organizations.

Click here for the material.

Social Media Update: RPLC Linkedin Page

Connect with the RPLC professionally on social media 

The RPLC Linkedin Page has been launched and the page is to share information which are not rplc related or policy related but significant to members of the RPLC community. The page brings to your notice recent  job opportunities, blog posts, post graduate opportunities, rural events, rural related videos and among others. Please follow  the RPLC linkedin page via this link:https://www.linkedin.com/company/rplc-capr/

New Book Launched- Nurturing Ethics in Governance:Taming Our Rascals

By: Leonard P. Apedaile

This book offers methods for families, communities,volunteers, and municipalities to nurture their ethics.Part of this nurture involves taming
a rascal within us that emerges as we acquire power. The rascal would rather keep the power for himself than
use it for the good of all concerned. The consequence is that individually and as citizens, we become less governable. Trust leaches out of our
communities. Ethics is the cure.

For more information about this book, please visit here.

Rural Canada has a new voice by: Bernadette Jordan


On January 14, 2019, Bernadette Jordan (MP for South Shore-St Margarets) was appointed Minster of Rural Economic Development in the federal government. At the time of appointment, the Prime Minister stated that rural economies drive our success as a country. As Minister of Rural Economic Development, Minister Jordan will oversee the creation of a rural development strategy to spur economic growth and create good, middle class jobs in rural Canada. She will also take action to bring high-speed internet to more rural households and businesses, and work with municipalities, provinces, territories, and Indigenous partners to meet the unique and diverse infrastructure needs of rural communities. Click here for more information.

EcoMarket Podcast Interview  with RPLC Member- Dr. Phil Loring

The RPLC, Rural Renewable Energy Network Lead; Dr. Phil Loring had a long-format interview with the EcoMarket podcast on his research and career. Phil discussed his research in Alaska and lessons he took away, sustainability in fisheries, food security for communities around the world, the impact of misinformation, steps moving forward, and more.

Visit Here to listen to the discussion.



*To register for our upcoming webinars, please click on the links below.

Service Provision and Rural Sustainability: Infrastructure and Innovation
Thursday February 21, 2019

A Collaborative Approach to Recruitment and Retention of Registered Nurses in Rural Manitoba, Canada: Outcomes and Policy Implications
Thursday February 28, 2019

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

For a list of archive webinars, please click here.


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#Rural #MentalHealth - #FMC intends to launch a national #study on the pressure on individuals carrying on a #familyfarm @FMC_GAC
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#Rural #England CIC held its Annual Rural #Vulnerability Day in the Houses of Parliament & at the event, launched their latest State of Rural Services Report. @RSNonline https://t.co/KiRh1WoE6l #ruralUK #ruralissues #ruralpolicy #governance #rplccapr

#Research shows that there are cycles in how much priority #governments attach to #regional issues. But these fluctuations are overshadowed by a larger, long-term trend towards greater involvement with regional communities
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Check out this new journal article by one of our #rplccapr members: "A Case Study Exploring the Implications of One #Alberta #Rural #Community’s Experience with Planning Their Own #HospiceCare via the link - https://t.co/fSL0lSRr5j #ruralCAN #research #healthcare

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