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Irish rural regions have a thing or two to teach the rest of us.
08 Jul, 2019 | 0:35:51 |
EN | Bojan Furst | Rural Routes

A growing population, opportunities in a variety of industries and sectors, focus on experience and food, and a drive to find new and better ways of doing just about anything? If you think this describes a trendy metropolis, think again. Rural Ireland is creating a range of innovative rural development strategies that bring together residents, industry, civil sector and academic...
Social enterprises are increasingly a tool in the community development toolbox.
21 May, 2019 | 0:46:45 |
EN | Bojan Furst | Rural Routes

Social enterprises are increasingly a tool in the community development toolbox. In November 2018, Drs. Natalie Slawinski and Blair Winsor from the Faculty of Business Administration at Memorial University of Newfoundland and the Harris Centre organized a workshop and a public forum on Fogo Island to present the final results of a research project on the role of social enterprises...
A look at rural media.
30 Jan, 2019 | 0:42:07 |
EN | Bojan Furst | Rural Routes

Media industry is in trouble. For a long time now it has been shedding jobs and converging into ever larger corporate entities where profits outweigh any residual sense of responsibility to small communities for whom a local paper is often a necessity. Are there solutions? In this episode we will bring you interviews with journalists working a community owned paper...
The role of universities in predominantly rural island environments
30 Jan, 2019 | 0:51:46 |
EN | Bojan Furst | Rural Routes

Islands are often perceived as being at a disadvantage compared to their mainland counterparts. And sure, there are some tough issues that are at least somewhat unique to islands. However, there is also plenty of evidence of the potential for unique successes, partially because island geographies necessitate doing things a little differently. Universities located on islands tend to have a...
A discussion about rural-urban interaction
13 Nov, 2018 | 0:36:37 |
EN | Bojan Furst | Rural Routes

Everybody knows the old story of the Country Mouse and the City Mouse. In this episode of Rural Routes, Dr. David Freshwater of University of Kentucky and Dr. Kevin Morgan from the University of Wales suggest we better develop some new ways of understanding the differences, and dependencies, between rural and urban populations. In the age of globalization, climate change,...
We take a look at rural tourism development
17 Oct, 2018 | 0:58:01 |
EN | Bojan Furst | Rural Routes

Developing rural tourism is a complicated process fraught with pitfalls, but, when done right, it provides economic and social benefits to rural communities. In this episode we talk to researchers and practitioners about tourism development in Newfoundland and Labrador, Scotland, Denmark, Alberta, and BC. And, if you speak Klingon, you’re in luck- this rural tourism episode includes a trip to...
Long distance commuting is a fact of life in rural Canada, but families pay the price.
01 Oct, 2018 | 0:47:30 |
EN | Bojan Furst | Rural Routes

For many Canadians, especially in rural areas, long distance commuting for work, often in natural resources extraction industries, is a fact of life. The income those workers bring back to their hometowns often keeps those communities going, but there is a price to pay.The families of the long distance workers often pay that price. That’s what we are looking into...
Rural doctors who built their own support network.
26 Apr, 2018 | 0:46:45 |
EN | Bojan Furst | Rural Routes

Being doctor in a rural community has unique challenges; from knowing too much about your friends and neighbours, to being the first line of defense in difficult life or death situations, it can be hard to find someone who really understands. This time on Rural Routes, we listen in on a group of four women, each practising in, or with...
What are potential economic opportunities of marijuana legalization for rural Canada?
09 Apr, 2018 | 0:54:16 |
EN | Bojan Furst | Rural Routes

The legalization of marijuana could potentially provide significant benefits to rural communities. With the July deadline for legalization coming closer, we talked to potential growers in BC and Newfoundland and Labrador, as well as a policy analyst in Nova Scotia to help us understand what the legalization of cannabis might mean for rural Canada.
We look at National Parks and other protected areas in rural context.
22 Mar, 2018 | 0:56:17 |
EN | Bojan Furst | Rural Routes

When it comes to Canadian identity, the popular imagination summons forests, wildlife, and untouched nature that goes on forever. In some ways, our national parks reflect that idyllic picture; however, in other ways, they are complex, complicated, and contested. Join us for the first in a two-part look at how our national parks are created, who determines what we do...
We discuss small manufacturing, cultural significance of fashion industry designs and products.
25 Feb, 2018 | 0:54:27 |
EN | Bojan Furst | Rural Routes

We take a deep dive into rural fashion industry. We discuss small manufacturing, the cultural significance of the fashion industry designs and products and how a pair of shoes or a hat can help us bridge the rural-urban and North-South divides. Our guests are Liz Cohoe and Tracy Fillion from Nelson, BC and Nicole Camphaug from Iqaluit, Nunavut.
The opioid crisis impacts thousands of lives across rural Canada - Pt. II
09 Feb, 2018 | 1:04:02 |
EN | Bojan Furst | Rural Routes

The opioid crisis impacts hundreds of thousands of lives across North America and rural areas are increasingly at risk. To investigate the impacts of opioids in rural contexts, we’re presenting a special two-episode edition of Rural Routes, featuring stories from both individuals and institutions with experience on the frontlines of the rural opioid crisis. These difficult and sometimes inspiring stories...
We share personal stories of addiction and community responses to opioid crisis in rural Canada.
26 Jan, 2018 | 1:09:56 |
EN | Bojan Furst | Rural Routes

The opioid crisis impacts hundreds of thousands of lives across North America and rural areas are increasingly at risk. To investigate the impacts of opioids in rural contexts, we’re presenting a special two-episode edition of Rural Routes, featuring stories from both individuals and institutions with experience on the frontlines of the rural opioid crisis. These difficult and sometimes inspiring stories...
We explore the world of video farming games.
13 Jan, 2018 | 0:47:42 |
EN | Bojan Furst | Rural Routes

While the numbers of farms in North America are decreasing every year, virtual farms are thriving. What does the bounty of farming related computer, video and mobile games say about the urban-rural divide? Are they just dumb time wasters, or could they actually be used to help create both knowledge and understanding? Join us for a (slightly goofy) chat about...
We talk to a teacher and students in Pangnirtung, nunavut
15 Dec, 2017 | 0:51:08 |
EN | Bojan Furst | Rural Routes

Santa doesn’t have to go far to reach the children of Pangnirtung, Nunavut. For this very special holiday episode, we chat with A.J., Jasmine, Sheila, Steven, Rhoda, Tasha, Sipula, Myra, and Phoebe along with their teacher, Jonny Lush, from their school in the small community on Baffin Island. From their favourite holiday traditions, to the most popular bands in Pang...
Could anything be more Canadian than curling? In many rural communities, the rink is about way more.
01 Dec, 2017 | 0:45:35 |
EN | Bojan Furst | Rural Routes

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. Hurry hard!
We explore the changing nature of forestry in Canada.
17 Nov, 2017 | 0:56:29 |
EN | Bojan Furst | Rural Routes

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...
Exploring the state of rural broadband in Canada
03 Nov, 2017 | 0:40:08 |
EN | Bojan Furst | Rural Routes

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...
What happens when researchers and communities work together to solve problems?
20 Oct, 2017 | 0:48:53 |
EN | Bojan Furst | Rural Routes

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.
We look at the complex problem of food waste
06 Oct, 2017 | 0:43:38 |
EN | Bojan Furst | Rural Routes

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...
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