Monthly News
February 2020

March 1 - 3, 2020  
Edmonton, AB
ACSRC Keynote: 
March 2, 2020
10:30 - 11:45 AM
Our director Dr. Lars Hallstrom will be presenting at the 2020 Alberta Rural Education Symposium.  The Symposium theme is "A Clear 20-20 Vision for Rural Alberta Schools & Communities". The symposium will focus on global and local trends in education, and address some critical questions facing rural school divisions. Dr. Hallstrom's presentation is entitled "Rural Youth, Mental Health and Education: Building Agency in Young Adults."
Check out the new website for the Family Farms and Work project.  Our director Dr. Hallstrom is a Co-Investigator (OHS Futures Grant) on this project.  This research asks:

1) How do those who operate, manage, work on, and regulate family farms understand occupational health and safety (OHS) risks and harms in agriculture?  
2) How do operators, family members, and workers understand the role and scope of OHS legislation and regulation in agriculture?  
3) What are the options for injury/illness prevention policy for family farms?  
4) What meanings are attached to family, farming and work, and how do these meanings shape OHS laws and decision-making? 

Workshops and Webinars

March 11, 2020
Augustana Campus, UAlberta
Camrose, AB

This workshop is presented by ACSRC director, Dr. Lars Hallstrom.  He has received over 80 research, knowledge mobilization, infrastructure and collaborative grants and will share his expertise in this activity-based workshop.  The workshop is designed for people with varied experiences in the grant-writing process.

April 8, 2020
Augustana Campus, UAlberta
Camrose, AB

Priority Based Budgeting is a unique approach being used by local governments across the country to match available resources with community priorities, make better informed decisions, and meaningfully engage citizens in the budgeting process. Learn how in this one-day, open enrollment seminar at the U of A - Augustana Campus in Camrose

Begins May 2020 
University of Alberta
Camrose/Edmonton, AB

Agriculture in Alberta is dynamic and evolving, with diverse challenges and opportunities associated with technology and innovation, environmental sustainability, diversification, consumer preferences and trade. Within this series of courses, we examine key trends in the agriculture sector with a focus on research and policy innovation, social, economic and environmental impacts. These courses support knowledge development and skills for analyzing and promoting agricultural sustainability.

February 18, 2020  
Webinar I: Predevelopment and Fundraising

Beginning in February 2020, the Citizens' Institute on Rural Design (CIRD) resource team members will lead a series of three webinars to help participants navigate the design process. Topics will focus on fundraising and predevelopment activities, design development and project management, and how to complete an action plan. The CIRD is a leadership initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the Housing Assistance Council, along with buildingcommunityWORKSHOP. Focusing on communities with populations of 50,000 or less, CIRD's goal is to enhance the quality of life and economic viability of rural USA through planning, design, and creative placemaking.

March 1 - 3, 2020
Edmonton, AB
Registration is now open for the 2020 Alberta Rural Education Symposium, March 1 - 3 at the Fantasyland Hotel in Edmonton. "A Clear 20-20 Vision for Rural Alberta Schools & Communities" is this year's theme. The symposium will focus on global and local trends in education, and address some critical questions facing rural school divisions.

March 16 - 17, 2020
Jackson, Wyoming
The Jackson Hole Global Forum: Climate and National Security, hosted by the Jackson Hole Center for Global Affairs in partnership with the Center for Climate and Security will bring U.S. and global military leaders, security professionals, business executives, policy leaders and citizens together to advance policy and business steps that respond to the security implications of a changing climate.

April 4,  2020
Edmonton, Alberta
Board Leadership Edmonton hosts a day-long program of engaging and informative workshops focused on board members of voluntary and not-for-profit organizations. The conference provides a variety of sessions and networking opportunities addressing not-for-profit board fundamentals and new trends.
Call for Presentations

May 27 - 29, 2020
Guelph, ON
This 3-day event focuses entirely on how rural and remote communities experience and create solutions to affordable housing and homelessness-related issues.
Funding Opportunities

The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) has announced the launch of their Dementia Strategic Fund: Awareness Raising Initiatives, and is asking interested organizations to submit applications for funding aimed at raising awareness of dementia. This fund will focusing preventing or delaying dementia, reducing the stigma associated with it, and encouraging communities to be more dementia-inclusive.

The CRTC is now accepting applications for all types of eligible projects in all eligible areas across Canada where there is a great need for improved broadband Internet and mobile wireless services.
Research Reports

This province-by-province scan was undertaken to contextualize a qualitative study, Non-Wage Family Workers on Alberta Farms:Risks,Attitudes, and Policy, that addresses the legal status of family farm members under Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) and Workers Compensation (WC) laws in Alberta. Because Employment Standards (ES) rules limit the work youth and children can perform, ES laws were also addressed within the scope of the scan.          

In  A Basic Income for Alberta , co-authors Alison McIntosh and Rebecca Graff-McRae provide an overview of basic income with a focus on the Albertan context. They unpack how motives and opportunities for basic income vary significantly across the political spectrum, and review the mechanisms by which different scholars recommend providing a basic income, including through tax measures, negative income tax, and other financial tools.         

The State of the Alberta Nonprofit Sector report remains a unique resource in helping to paint a current picture of Alberta's nonprofit sector. This year's report was informed by 561 responses to the 2019 Alberta Nonprofit Survey (ANS) and is supported by rich discussions with 64 nonprofit leaders across Alberta in 15 cities and towns. CCVO launched this year's annual Alberta Nonprofit Survey in Spring 2019 and conducted focus groups and interviews during the summer, which captured insights following a provincial election and the anticipation of a federal election 

Celebrate ten years of rural research, collaboration, education and outreach.  Check out what the ACSRC has been up to over the last 10 years in our "Celebrating Ten Years of Rural Engagement" report.
For upcoming events, conferences and workshops visit the events calendar on the ACSRC website.  This calendar holds events offered by the ACSRC and other organizations with a common goal of sustainable rural communities. 
Alberta Centre for Sustainable Rural Communities