Labour Attraction and Retention in a Turbulent Demographic Landscape Webinar Posted on November 10, 2014

On November 24th from 12 PM – 1 PM MST, the Battler River Alliance for Economic Development (BRAED) and Alberta Centre for Sustainable Rural Communities (ACSRC) formally launch a free webinar series. This series is meant to cut across a number of topic areas that are relevant and current to organizations and businesses in East Central Alberta and beyond, providing a new knowledge base and foundation of resources that can be accessed to improve the capacity to maintain a thriving economic and community base.

We are pleased to have Kristen Cummings as our first presenter. Kristen is an instructor with the Bachelor of Management Business Economics program at the University of Alberta – Augustana Campus and operates a successful consulting practice through which she serves as a speaker and trainer on demography, recruitment and retention, engagement and leadership.

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Respecting the Land Conference to be held at Augustana Posted on October 22, 2014

On Nov 7-8, attend the third annual conference centered on the topic of our relationship with the land.

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Rural Development: Knowledge and Expertise in Governance Posted on October 20, 2014

The Alberta Centre for Sustainable Rural Communities (ACSRC) invites you to “Rural Development: Knowledge and Expertise in Governance”, a free public lecture (abstract below) by Dr. Kristof Van Assche (Associate Professor, Planning, Governance & Development, Faculty of Extension, University of Alberta) on October 22, 2014 from 12 PM – 1 PM in the Dr. Roger Epp Conference Room (Augustana Campus, 4901-46 Ave, Camrose, AB). Dr. Van Assche’s presentation will examine a series of approaches to rural development, with particular emphasis on the possible roles of diverse forms of knowledge and expertise. For more details please contact the ACSRC email: acsrc@ualberta.ca phone: 780-679-1672

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New project to increase rural and urban dialogue Posted on October 3, 2014

A new international partnership means to strengthen the voices of rural and northern communities.

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Community Vulnerability and Facility Siting: The Case of Marcellus Shale Gas Drilling, 2004-2012 Posted on September 29, 2014

The ACSRC invites you to “Community Vulnerability and Facility Siting”, a free public lecture (abstract below) by Dr. Joel Gehman on October 2, 2014 from 12 PM – 1 PM in the Dr. Roger Epp Conference Room

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Simulating Social Sustainability: Agent-Based Modeling of Energy Infrastructure Projects Posted on September 2, 2014

Dr. Hal Nelson (Research Associate Professor in the Division of Politics and Economics at Claremont Graduate University) will be visiting the University of Alberta in September 2014. He will be giving two free public lectures on the North and Augustana Campuses on the Sustainable Energy Modeling Program (SEMPro), background for key SEMPro, LLC personnel, as well as their research agenda. Dr Nelson’s presentations will also explicate the design and results of the SEMPro decision support system for energy infrastructure siting. The software helps decision makers reduce infrastructure siting conflicts by identifying key concessions that project sponsors can make that reduce the negative impacts to local communities

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Augustana Outdoor Ed friends lose home in fire Posted on July 10, 2014

On July 4, Augustana dogsledding expedition hosts Dave and Kristen Olesen lost their home. Click here for more details.

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Professor recognized for research contributions at Augustana Posted on June 17, 2014

Augustana Faculty recognized Dr. Lars Hallström with the 2014 Research Award.

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Booming Alberta faces growing rural homeless problem Posted on April 26, 2014

Lars Hallstrom, Augustana professor and director of the ACSRC, offers insight on rural homelessness in this CBC report.

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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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