Could anything be more Canadian than curling? In many rural communities, the rink is about way more than the sport itself. Sense of belonging, volunteerism, and wellness all thrive on the ice, but how are changing demographics in rural places affecting these local institutions? Join us for a conversation about curling, community, and Canada. Our guests include Olympic gold medalist, Jamie Korab, Norm and Betty Ryder from the Norwich District Curling Club in Norwich Ontario, Gerry Geurts of curlingzone.com, and Dr. Heather Mair of the University of Waterloo. Hurry hard!

Photo by Cory Denton: https://www.flickr.com/photos/57875964@N08/

Resources: 

Dr. Heather Mair profile
CurlingZone
Curling Canada
Norwich and District Curling Club
Jamie Korab profile

Rural Routes Partners:
The Leslie Harris Centre of Regional Policy and Development, MUN
Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation 
Rural Policy Learning Commons Partnership
The National Campus and Community Radio Association

CHMR Campus Radio

Music by Laura C. Bates performed by Trent Severn.

Forests are a part of Canadian identity and are the basis of an industry that supports thousands across the country (and has for centuries.) While forestry’s past played a significant role in the development of many rural places, major shifts, including some as a result of climate change, are shaping a future that might look quite different from what we’re used to.

Join us for a discussion of the future of forestry. You’ll hear voices (and sounds) from the Harrop-Proctor Community Forest, Greg Lay, a life-long forester, Dr. Sarah Breen, a researcher at Selkirk College in Castlegar, BC, and Dr. Philomena of the University of the Highlands and Islands in Inverness.

Rural Routes Partners:
The Leslie Harris Centre of Regional Policy and Development, MUN
Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation 
Rural Policy Learning Commons Partnership
The National Campus and Community Radio Association

CHMR Campus Radio

Music by Laura C. Bates performed by Trent Severn.

Access to broadband internet in rural Canada is spotty at best. However, much depends on it. From emergency communications, to economic development projects, to social cohesion, internet in rural areas can open up a myriad of opportunities. In this episode, we explore everything from the history of broadband in rural Canada, to current situation, to community-based efforts to provide broadband access. You will hear from Greg Lay, former mayor of Kaslo in BC, Bob Annis, former director of the Rural Development Institute at Brandon University in Manitoba, Wayne Kelly a researcher currently working at the RDI, Meghan Wrathall, a student at Brandon University, and Dr. Christopher Horsetief from BC who shares a personal story about the importance of broadband internet access in a rural emergency.

Resources: 

Dr. Christopher Horsethief

Wayne Kelly profile

Bob Annis

Submit a brief to the Parliament of Canada on Rural Broadband Connectivity

CRTC: Closing the broadband gap

Internet declared human right

Rural Routes Partners:
The Leslie Harris Centre of Regional Policy and Development, MUN
Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation 
Rural Policy Learning Commons Partnership
The National Campus and Community Radio Association

CHMR Campus Radio

Music by Laura C. Bates performed by Trent Severn.

What happens when researchers and communities work together to solve problems? It turns out that both come out of the process changed. This episode features Sarah Minnes, a doctoral student at Grenfell Campus of Memorial University of Newfoundland and Craig Pollett, CEO of Municipalities Newfoundland and Labrador. They reflect on a community-university collaboration they were both a part of.

Resources: 

Municipalities Newfoundland and Labrador

Rural Resilience

Sarah Minnes student profile

The Water Project Report (pdf)

Rural Routes Partners:
The Leslie Harris Centre of Regional Policy and Development, MUN
Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation 
Rural Policy Learning Commons Partnership
The National Campus and Community Radio Association

CHMR Campus Radio

Music by Laura C. Bates performed by Trent Severn.

A third of the food we produce on this planet ends up as food waste. In this episode of Rural Routes we talked to Dr. Matteo Vittuari from University of Bologna about the complex problems and issues surrounding food waste. We touched on every aspect of food waste from production to the family dinner table. We also introduced a new segment on Rural Routes that gives a chance to our listeners to share some of their favourite rural spots with the rest of us.

Resources: 

WRAP – Circular Economy and Resource Efficiency Experts

Food and Agriculture Organization

Matteo Vittuari University of Bologna profile

 

Rural Routes Partners:
The Leslie Harris Centre of Regional Policy and Development, MUN
Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation 
Rural Policy Learning Commons Partnership
The National Campus and Community Radio Association

CHMR Campus Radio

Music by Laura C. Bates performed by Trent Severn.

In this episode we dive deep into an issue Indigenous communities and researchers around the world are working together to solve. How do we conduct research so that it benefits communities, respects researches’ freedom of inquiry, and all of that in ways that everybody can agree on? Our guide through the tangly issues of research ethics in Indigenous and rural and remote communities is Julie Bull. She was one of the researchers developing new research guidelines with and for NunatuKavut communities in southern and central Labrador.

Resources:

NunatuKavut: http://www.nunatukavut.ca/home/home.htm

Guidelines for Community Engagement with NunatuKavut (pdf)

Rural Routes Partners:
The Leslie Harris Centre of Regional Policy and Development, MUN
Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation 
Rural Policy Learning Commons Partnership
The National Campus and Community Radio Association

CHMR Campus Radio

Music by Laura C. Bates performed by Trent Severn.

A Canadian farmer is on average 55 years old. Not these farmers. Rural Routes hosts Rebecca Cohoe and Bojan Fürst bring you the stories of four young women who run farms in Prince Edward Island, Southwestern Ontario, and near Bologna, Italy. Mary-Ellen Godfrey, Lisa Paganelli, Lindsay Menich, and Katrina McQuail share their experiences of going back to the farm and finding ways to operate their farm businesses in their own way.

Resources:

Consortium of organic meat producers in Bologna: http://www.biovalbidente.it

Agri-tourism business on Liza Paganelli’s farm: http://www.acerorosso.com/index.aspx

Meeting Place Organic Farm: https://meetingplaceorganicfarm.ca

And also check out Meeting Place fabulous Instagram account!

Rural Routes Partners:
The Leslie Harris Centre of Regional Policy and Development, MUN
Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation 
Rural Policy Learning Commons Partnership
The National Campus and Community Radio Association

CHMR Campus Radio

Music by Laura C. Bates performed by Trent Severn.

Wendy Keats is the executive director of the Co-operative Enterprise Council of New Brunswick. We talked about the ground level view of co-ops and social enterprises in rural areas and the need for good legislative support to help them grow and prosper.

Resources:

Co-operative Enterprise Council of New Brunswick

Rural Routes Partners:
The Leslie Harris Centre of Regional Policy and Development, MUN
Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation 
Rural Policy Learning Commons Partnership
The National Campus and Community Radio Association

Music by Laura C. Bates performed by Trent Severn.

In Canada, we recognize 14 social and economic factors that influence human health. These social determinants of health range from income and education, to housing, to gender and race. Lars Hallström thinks we could add living rural to that list. This episode of Rural Routes is the first one in which we tackle health and well being in rural areas.

Resources:
Dr. Lars Hallström’s faculty profile

Social Determinants of Health on Canadian Public Health Association page

Rural Routes Partners:
The Leslie Harris Centre of Regional Policy and Development, MUN
Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation 
Rural Policy Learning Commons Partnership
The National Campus and Community Radio Association

Music by Laura C. Bates performed by Trent Severn.