ACSRC Monthly News
January 2018

Global Perspectives on Programmatic Solutions to Bridging the Digital Divide
This past September, Director Lars Hallstrom and 
    research assistant Madison Pearson attended the 
    Different By Design Conference in Nelson, BC.  There 
    they presented their most recent findings from their rural 
    broadband project.  Their presentation is available below.
    *note, a preview is not available, press the download  
    button for the presentation.

Rural Workers have a tougher go after workplace injuries
In a recent study completed by Professor Doug Gross with the UAlberta Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine, he and his co-authors found that "there are issues faced by rural workers that aren't faced by urban workers, and 
   they  are  at risk of not recovering as quickly" as stated in 
   the  November issue of  folio .  The full study was 
   published  in  the International Journal of Occupational 
   Medicine &  Environmental Health.  For the full article:

Education and Training Opportunities
Sustainability 101: Cultural Sustainability 
February 7, 2018       Camrose, AB 
September 19, 2018  Athabasca, AB 

What is cultural sustainability and why does it have an impact on organizational activities? Learn about emerging trends, and how you can integrate cultural sustainability        into your policies and plans.
    Part of the Sustainability 101: Certificate in Rural                  Sustainability series of one-day, open enrolment short          courses.

Grant Writing Workshop
March 21,  2018
May 16, 2018

For small organizations and communities, grant writing can present a real challenge in terms of time, completion, budgeting, and submission. Join Dr. Lars Hallstrom, the        recipient of over 80 research, knowledge mobilization,  
    infrastructure and collaborative grants, for this popular 
    six-hour activity-based workshop.
Certificate in Advanced Municipal Leadership

February 2018. Camrose, AB

In response to the recent municipal election and the proclamation of changes to the Municipal Governance Act, U of A - Augustana Campus in Camrose has
expanded its professional development offerings to 
   strengthen leadership in local government.
   Developed and delivered by Doug Griffiths, former      
   Minister of Municipal Affairs and best-selling author of 13 
   Ways to Kill Your Community, the Advanced Municipal 
   Leadership program has been created exclusively for 
   mayors, reeves, councilors and municipal staff, to assist 
   with changes relevant to rural communities.

Rural Policy Learning Commons Webinars
  January 25, 2018 
Social First Nations-Municipal Community Economic          Development Initiative 
Join this webinar to learn how the First Nations Community Economic Development Initiative (CEDI) is designed to improve the relationships and enhance the capacity of participants in joint community economic development planning. 
To Register Click Link:

January 29, 2018 
Hiddent Participants and Unheard Voices: Gender, Age and other influences on Traditional Ecological Knowledge  Research in the North 

In this webinar, we report on a systematic literature        review to explore the role of such factors as gender, age,  and the social construction of scientific research in Traditional Ecological Knowledge research on climate    change
To Register Click Link:
Books and Other Resources

Different by Design Conference Presentations
Presentations from the Different by Design Conference held in Nelson, BC are now available online.

Rural Routes: Broadband Internet in Rural Canada
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.

Events and Conferences

Growing Rural Tourism: Experience the Change
February 20-22, 2018 Camrose, AB 

Growing Rural Tourism will feature speakers and experts from across the country determined to use their experiences to educate attendees.  

Keynote speakers include Chef John Catucci, Community Builder Chris Fields and Broadcaster Sunny Lenarduzzi. 

ACSRC Director Lars Hallstrom will be presenting a grant writing workshop, providing information on funding sources, designing grant based projects and budgeting. 
Calendar of Events
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