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Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation  E-Newsletter
November 2017

Interested in getting more involved? Join a CRRF committee!


CRRF is looking for members to join 5 of our committees. Joining a committee is a great opportunity to bring new ideas to the board, as well as to participate in the many activities CRRF has on the go. The more volunteers we have, the more we will be able to accomplish.

We are looking for members to volunteer with the following committees:
  • Communications
  • Knowledge Mobilization
  • Membership
  • Networks and Strategic Partnerships
  • Policy and Advocacy
The time commitment will vary depending on what committee you join, as well as your capacity, but would average between 1 - 3 hours per month. Descriptions of the committees, as well as other ways to get involved with CRRF, can be found here:

If you are interested in joining or simply interested in finding out more information please contact Valencia Gaspard at

Call for New and Emerging Researchers Profiles

Each year, the Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation devotes the February issue of the newsletter to showcasing new and emerging rural researchers and new rural initiatives being led by community organizations. This is an opportunity to raise the profile of new and emerging research  to a national and international audiences. Further, the research profiles also facilitate new connections to other people interested in similar topics.

To submit a  profile, simply click here: The deadline for submissions is February 10, 2018. 

People, Place, and Public Engagement

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Join Memorial University at our new location on beautiful Signal Hill for a conference exploring who we are, the places we live, and how we can work together, better. The People, Place, and Public Engagement Conference will take place from October 25-27, 2018 in St John's, Newfoundland.
We’re developing an engaging and interactive program that will include opportunities to learn and to share. All are welcome, including community organizers, industry, researchers and university staff, students, government employees, and anyone else with an interest in making a difference through public engagement.
Save the date, and stay tuned! Interested in receiving updates as more information becomes available? Please visit to join our mailing list.

Upcoming RPLC Webinars

RPLCLogo01-300x111Mark your calendars - the Rural Policy Learning Commons has two upcoming webinars! 

November 15, 2017 at 11:30 am CST
Rural communities are challenged to bring together sustainable funding for conservation and watershed protection. These efforts have been perceived as ‘environmental’ work, and not necessarily linked to community basic needs. The first part of this webinar explores linking watershed protection to basic policy values of quality of life, infrastructure, and basic needs to change the way that watersheds are treated in funding. The second part of this webinar will focus on the Columbia Valley Local Conservation Fund, a tax-based fund for conservation that was the first of its kind in Canada, including why and how it was established and what accomplishments have been to date. 

November 29, 2017 at 10:00 am CST
Addressing community and economic development pressures in rural and small town places often means accessing information and research capacity. Community-based research (CBR) depends on two important variables: the capacity of CBR to generate good information, and the extent to which CBR is understood and constructed as a two-way relationship that includes a set of responsibilities for both re- searchers and communities. In this webinar, we explore lessons for developing community-university partnerships that can enhance the capacity of both researchers and community stakeholders and enable local groups to be better consumers of research. Critical policy issues at the community, university, and state level are also considered to better position stakeholders to engage in CBR initiatives. 

Recordings of these two webinars will be posted online shortly after the event. If you can not attend either of the live webinars, or have missed previously scheduled webinars, check out the recordings on the Rural Policy Learning Commons' Youtube channel:

New Rural Routes Podcast - Research Ethics in Indigenous Communities 

The Island as a Carbon-Neutral Province?  Making the Case

With so much in the news these days about monster hurricanes and other  unusually severe weather events, people are becoming more and more concerned about the long-term impact of climate change. Living on a small, low land-mass, island residents feel immediately vulnerable to sea-level rise. And so we ask ourselves what can be done about it; and also, how can we, on our own island, provide a model of positive action for elsewhere.

One possibility is to make a concerted attempt to set an example for others – in Canada and beyond – by making Prince Edward Island Canada’s first carbon-neutral province. The Institute of Island Studies at the University of Prince Edward Island recently co-hosted a public symposium on the topic in late October. The symposium involved Dr. Catherine Potvin (McGill University), Mr. Bob Ashley (CAO, City of Summerside), and Dr. Jim Randall (Chair of the Institute of Island Studies, UPEI and UNESCO Co-chair in Island Studies and Sustainability). Check out the video recording of the symposium here

Ask an Expert

Ask_An_ExpertCan't find the answer to a rural specific question? Perhaps it is a question related to best practices or about funding programs? Maybe your question is about finding a connection to another organization that has started a similar initiative to yours. Regardless of the topic, send your questions to the Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation! We can pose your question to over 2,000 members and supporters from across Canada. Our stakeholders represent local development practitioners, government policy and program officials, researchers, and private businesses. We are sure someone in our network will have an answer or be able to point you in the direction where you can find more information.

To submit a question click here:

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Upcoming Rural Events

November 21-23, 2017
Ottawa, Ontario

November 21-22, 2017
Calgary, Alberta 

November 22, 2017 in London, Ontario 

November 25, 2017
Embro, Ontario

November 27-28, 2017
Gatineau, Québec

November 29 - December 1, 2017
Montréal, Québec

November 30 - December 1, 2017
Alymer, Québec

December 11-15, 2017
Québec City, Québec

February 5-7, 2018
Toronto, Ontario 

February 22-23, 2018

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