Call for Presentations – Workforce Development Posted on February 4, 2014

Do You Have Knowledge or Expereince to Share? Become a Presenter! ARDN is looking for presenters for the Creating Rural Connections 2014 Event Series: Workforce Development on May 9 in Calgary.
Deadline for submissions – February 28 at 12pm.

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Call for Presentations – Municipal Sustainability Posted on February 4, 2014

Do You Have Knowledge or Expereince to Share? Become a Presenter! ARDN is looking for presenters for the Creating Rural Connections 2014 Event Series: Municipal Sustainability on May 26 in Edmonton. Deadline for submissions: March 7 at 12pm.

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Call for Presentations – Vulnerable Populations Posted on January 27, 2014

ARDN is looking for presenters for the Creating Rural Connections 2014 Event Series: Vulnerable Populations on April 25 in Calgary. Deadline for submissions – February 26 at 12pm.

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Meet our 2013 Distinguished Alumna, Dr. Cheryl Bartlett Posted on January 23, 2014

The University of Alberta’s Augustana Campus is proud to announce the recipient of the 2013 Distinguished Alumni Award, Dr. Cheryl Bartlett.

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ACSRC Joins International Experts at UN-Sponsored Discussion of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Posted on December 17, 2013

In November, Dr. Lars Hallström joined a two-day expert working group in Hamilton.

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ACSRC Undergraduate Employment Opportunity Posted on December 12, 2013

The Research Assistant (RA) works in collaboration with Dr. Glen Hvenegaard and Dr. Lars Hallstrom (Director, Alberta Centre for Sustainable Rural Communities) analyzing and collecting Canadian municipal sustainability plans. Application deadline is Dec. 19, 2013

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ACSRC Director Joins with International Experts to explore Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WaSH) and Well-Being at UN Sponsored Event Posted on December 11, 2013

Group concludes there is urgent need to bring together the knowledge and skills of researchers, policy makers and practitioners to address the WaSH challenges

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Public Policy Implementation and its Implications Webinar Posted on October 24, 2013

Scheduled for: Thursday November 28th, 2013 @ 9:00 AM

Free Webinar on November 28th. Beginning at 9 AM, Dr. Lars Hallstrom & Dr. Charles Conteh will shed light on current policy implementation discourse, provide rural examples, and discuss different action approaches. For more information or registration
cyrennej@brandonu.ca | 204-571-8550 or outreach@brandonu.ca

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Country Life: Sustainability for Rural Communities in Alberta and Canada Posted on October 9, 2013

Scheduled for: Tuesday October 22nd, 2013 @ 7:00 PM

Rural communities play an important role in Canadian society. Join Dr. Lars Hallström and Shauna Feth on Oct. 22 from 7 PM at the Killam Seniors’ Centre, as they explore the social, economic and environmental factors that make up rural Alberta and how they affect and change rural communities.

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Ecological Agriculture Summit 2013 Posted on September 9, 2013

Scheduled for: Saturday November 9th, 2013 @ 9:00 AM

JOIN US on November 9, 2013 for a day of exploring and deepening our whys and hows of farming in line with, and for, a regenerative ecology; gaining inspiration and knowledge to restore, refine and reinvent our farms. Registration begins at 9am; $30/person includes: light refreshments all day, a locally-sourced lunch by Augustana, 2 exciting key notes, afternoon breakout sessions, & the opportunity to connect with others interested in & working for an ecologically based agriculture.

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ACSRC & Open Door Release Report on Youth Homelessness in the Camrose Community Posted on August 16, 2013

The Camrose Open Door and the Alberta Centre for Sustainable Rural Communities (ACSRC) released a report on the recent Open Door Needs Assessment. The intention of this needs assessment was to establish the type, reach and potential opportunities and challenges facing rural youth homeless in the Camrose region. Youths aged 16 to 24 who are unable to live with parents or guardians are increasingly vulnerable to homelessness due to a lack of affordable housing.

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RDI research for Strong Rural Municipalities in Manitoba Posted on May 16, 2013

The evolution of local government is often accomplished across Canada in intense periods of activities, followed by periods of little activity. The related discussions and considerations can be about matching geography and performance of any new municipal unit. Currently a municipal amalgamation initiative in Manitoba is bringing attention to rural municipalities, which is at the heart of the proposed Bill 33 in Manitoba. As a result of recent research, RDI is releasing two reports: one regarding the geography of where people live and work; and the second regarding indicators of strong rural municipalities. Both reports are funded by The Province of Manitoba and are released by the Province of Manitoba and Brandon University Rural Development Institute (RDI).

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Augustana researchers provide rich data for rural communities Posted on May 10, 2013

A new database compiled by University of Alberta researchers helps Canada’s rural communities make strategic decisions on how to survive, thrive and stay viable.

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Canada first country to pull out of UN drought convention Posted on March 28, 2013

The Harper government is pulling out of a United Nations convention that fights droughts in Africa and elsewhere, which would make Canada the only country in the world outside the agreement.

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Augustana Resilience Symposium Posted on March 18, 2013

Friday, March 22, will feature one of the final, celebratory, events of the Augustana Annual Theme year. There is something for everyone on Friday: Resilience in the Classroom with radical teacher Norman Cornett, Resilience and Idle No More with young Aboriginal professor/lawyer/activist Janice Makokis, a Lunch & Learn with published Metis poet and alumna Naomi McIlwraith, and, to cap it off, a Celebration of Artistic Resilience, featuring Milton Schlosser’s performance of the hauntingly beautiful composition, Crowfoot, by Metis composer and alumnus Nicholas Howells.

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Ecosystem Approaches to Health: Summer Workshop and Field school 2013 Posted on March 18, 2013

The Canadian Community of Practice in Ecosystem Approaches to Health is pleased to announce the Call for Applications for the 2013 Ecohealth Short Course to be hosted by the University of Northern British Columbia, Prince George, BC from June 20-June 30.

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Free Public Lecture: CED Tools: A Prototype as Applied Research | March 7th | 12 PM | GSB 550 Posted on March 5, 2013

The University of Alberta’s Centre for Sustainable Rural Communities (ACSRC) invites you to “CED Tools: A Prototype as Applied Research”, a free public lecture (abstract below) by Dr. Bill Ashton, Director, Rural Development Institute, Brandon University on March 7, 2013 from 12 PM – 1 PM in the General Service Building 5-50.Refreshments will be provided.

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2013 Henry Darcy Distinguished Lecture: Managing Groundwater Beneath the Agricultural Landscape Posted on March 4, 2013

Attend Dr. David L. Rudolph’s 2013 Darcy Lecture presentation and gain insight on how the nature of groundwater quality has been impacted from agricultural land-use practices, at both local and regional scales, with a specific focus on nitrate and microbial indicator species.

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Cross-Canada Mobilization – A Conversation with the UN about the Right to Food Posted on February 28, 2013

MONTREAL, 28 February 2013 – As the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food Olivier De Schutter prepares to deliver his report on Canada to the UN Council on Human Rights in Geneva on March 4, Food Secure Canada members and friends are organizing communities events in every single province and territory! Food Secure Canada has called upon the government to take the rapporteur’s recommendations seriously.

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AARD Conference: Water, Agriculture and the Environment Posted on February 27, 2013

This conference will be a forum for discussion of the growing pressures on water resources at the global, national and provincial scale, and how these will impact agriculture’s future opportunities and challenges. Presentations will focus on water supply, water quality and water management for agriculture in the context of increasing competition for water.

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