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VIDEO: Author examines rural communities’ key to survival

Doug Griffiths tackles 13 ways communities might accidentally be setting themselves up for failure when it comes to economic development

Doug Griffiths, along with Kelly Clemmer, is one of the author’s of 13 Ways to Kill Your Community and one of the most recent speakers at the Association of Manitoba Municipalities annual convention Nov. 25-27. Griffiths spoke on 13 ways in which he says communities might block their economic development, including encouraging residents to shop

Bernie Sanders promises help for family farms

Reuters — U.S. presidential contender Bernie Sanders unveiled a plan on Sunday to help family farmers and rural residents, promising to break up corporate agricultural monopolies and invest heavily in social and economic programs in struggling rural communities. Sanders, an independent U.S. senator and fierce corporate critic, said on a campaign trip to Iowa that


Opinion: A rural view of the KPMG provincial review

*[UPDATED: Jan. 10, 2018] There has been much discussion and analysis of the KPMG Manitoba Fiscal Performance Review recently released by the provincial government. However, the potential impacts that will occur in rural and remote Manitoba communities, if some of the review’s recommendations are implemented, have not yet been part of the dialogue. The review

Are small towns doing enough to make immigrants feel welcome?

Study shows programs and services can’t be ‘one size fits all’

UBC researchers have determined that efforts to make immigrants feel welcome in small, rural towns often miss the mark — despite the good intentions. Assistant Prof. Susana Caxaj, along with Navjot Gill, recently published research examining the well-being of rural immigrants and whether they feel connected to their communities. Caxaj says a sense of belonging,

Emery Huszka, NFU president.

Changing landownership driving rural depopulation: NFU

More non-farmer landowners spells trouble for rural Canada, the organization says

Rural Canada is losing population and communities are suffering because of changing farmland ownership patterns and it’s time for governments to correct the situation, says Emery Huszka, president of the National Farmers Union of Ontario. “Landownership in addition to consolidation now sees pension funds, investment professionals and non-farm investors gobbling up ground as if it


Ray Loewen and Annie Doerksen carry a donation into a former furniture store being used as a depot for household goods for Syrian refugees who will settle in Altona.

Small towns with a big heart

In a spirit of giving that extends far beyond the season, rural Manitoba is rolling out the welcome mat for refugees

As the Daas family makes their way down the escalator at Winnipeg’s James Richardson International Airport, you’d be forgiven for thinking that rock stars or a reality TV clan had entered the building. Television crews jockey with kids holding handmade signs, while well-wishers and volunteers push in to hand bouquets of flowers and gifts to

Energy strategy could help rural Manitoba

Rather than being a solution to provide lower costs and prices, the Hydro monopoly has become a barrier to innovation

Manitoba’s energy strategy is inconsistent with current and future sustainable and renewable energy priorities. Overreliance on hydro-electric power from the Nelson River is no longer competitive, and is steadily increasing huge debts to be borne by future taxpayers/hydro customers. In particular, provincial policy and existing legislation does not encourage local rural solutions. A fresh review

Editorial: Let’s face it

It was a hot, humid day near Saskatoon last summer when I noticed a man helping out at the ticket booth at the inaugural Ag in Motion outdoor farm show. This man was sporting a big, bushy white beard and wearing bib overalls, thrusting his hands deep into those pockets as he rocked back and


A group of Filipinos who arrived to work at the Springhill Farms hog-processing plant in Neepawa last January. Immigrants now make up almost a quarter of Neepawa’s population.

Prairie towns lack settlement services for immigrants

Rural Development Institute study surveyed 29 towns across Prairies and B.C.

Rural towns exist because of immigration, but they aren’t easy places for immigrants to move into nowadays. Lack of employment or foreign credentials going unrecognized are only part of the problem, according to a new report released by the Brandon-based Rural Development Insti­tute. Newcomers go wherever language training, affordable housing, child care, public transportation, and

Main Street in Russell, Man.

Small-town growth strategies analyzed

The RDI report includes six municipal case studies

Regional is the new rural, according to a new report released by the Rural Development Institute (RDI) showing the most successful efforts to boost population in rural areas are those most focused across wider regions. Growth Strategies for Rural Communities includes six case studies that explore where municipalities, both losing and gaining in populations have