Dr. Ivan Emke says it’s time to take care of the rural soul of Canada. Ivan is a rural scholar at Memorial University of Newfoundland based at the university’s Corner Brook campus on the west coast of the island of Newfoundland. We talked about agriculture, rural stereotypes, the unsustainable nature of urban environments and the fact that neither of us could tell how long a group of academics could survive on their own.

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Dr. Ivan Emke’s official faculty profile

Is Rural Life Worth Saving

The Leslie Harris Centre of Regional Policy and Development, MUN

Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation

Rural Policy Learning Commons Partnership


A writer once said that writing is like driving at night in the fog. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way. This is going to be a little bit like that. Except, we are on a country road, it’s night, and it’s foggy, and there is a blizzard with no snowplow in sight, and I still have all-season tires on.