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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...
S2E2 – Julie Bull on research ethics in Indigenous communities
21 Sep, 2017 | 0:35:45 |
EN | Bojan Furst | Rural Routes

In this episode we dive deep into an issue Indigenous communities and researchers around the world are working together to solve. How do we conduct research so that it benefits communities, respects researches’ freedom of inquiry, and all of that in ways that everybody can agree on? Our guide through the tangly issues of research ethics in Indigenous and rural...
A story of four women who decided to run farming businesses
08 Sep, 2017 | 0:50:57 |
EN | Bojan Furst | Rural Routes

A Canadian farmer is on average 55 years old. Not these farmers. Rural Routes hosts Rebecca Cohoe and Bojan Fürst bring you the stories of four young women who run farms in Prince Edward Island, Southwestern Ontario, and near Bologna, Italy. Mary-Ellen Godfrey, Lisa Paganelli, Lindsay Menich, and Katrina McQuail share their experiences of going back to the farm and...
Supporting rural co-ops and social enterprises
28 Apr, 2017 | 0:24:12 |
EN | Bojan Furst | Rural Routes

Wendy Keats is the executive director of the Co-operative Enterprise Council of New Brunswick. We talked about the ground level view of co-ops and social enterprises in rural areas and the need for good legislative support to help them grow and prosper.
Discussion about rural health in Canada
24 Feb, 2017 | 0:32:46 |
EN | Bojan Furst | Rural Routes

In Canada, we recognize 14 social and economic factors that influence human health. These social determinants of health range from income and education, to housing, to gender and race. Lars Hallström thinks we could add living rural to that list. This episode of Rural Routes is the first one in which we tackle health and well being in rural areas.
We discuss complexities of immigration in rural areas.
08 Feb, 2017 | 0:26:31 |
EN | Bojan Furst | Rural Routes

“Canada is a land of immigrants” is a phrase we hear often. And while that is certainly true in many ways, immigration is a complex issue we don’t spend nearly as much time talking about as we should. Michael Haan is Canada Research Chair in Immigration and Ethnic Relations at Western University in London, Ontario, and he spends a lot...
Building on permafrost in cold dry climates poses serious challenges for residents, researchers.
18 Nov, 2016 | 0:33:59 |
EN | Bojan Furst | Rural Routes

Ryan Gibson comes back on Rural Routes to tell us how a group of Alaskan researchers is trying to solve housing issues in rural and remote regions of America’s most northern states. They also tell us about their connections to Canada and we learn about honey buckets. And they are definitely not what their name would imply .
Food access in rural areas.
25 Sep, 2016 | 0:36:41 |
EN | Bojan Furst | Rural Routes

This week my guest on Rural Routes is Dr. Catherine Mah, a researcher at Memorial University’s Faculty of Medicine in the Division of Community Health. Dr. Mah is interested in understanding food policy and food environments and their impacts on our health. Much of her research happens in rural areas. So come grocery shopping with us.
Michael Crummy reflects on why writing honestly about contemporary rural goes against human nature.
11 Aug, 2016 | 0:40:47 |
EN | Bojan Furst | Rural Routes

After a bit of a summer hiatus, we are back on air. The Episode 10 features a conversation with Newfoundland writer Micheal Crummey. He has written extensively about rural and rural cultural experiences particularly in Newfoundland. His recent novel Sweetland stands out as one of the few Canadian novels about a contemporary rural that is very much recognizable as such....
What is the role of rural libraries and how can we make them work
02 Jun, 2016 | 0:41:00 |
EN | Bojan Furst | Rural Routes

This week we talk about rural libraries. With the provincial government in Newfoundland and Labrador announcing funding cuts to 54 rural libraries, this is an emotional conversation in the province. While I make this show here in NL, I was interested in finding out how other jurisdictions run rural library services. In this episode you will hear voices from Newfoundland...
Pam Hall talks about her project on the importance of local, rural knowledge.
20 May, 2016 | 0:39:25 |
EN | Bojan Furst | Rural Routes

This week on Rural Routes my guest is Pam Hall, an artist and a scholar who dedicated much of her artistic practices to rural ways of living. Her latest project is called Towards an Encyclopedia of Local Knowledge. This collaborative project is at the same time a celebration, but also a warning that local, place specific, knowledge is something we...
We discuss complex issues surrounding long legacy of mining in Canada's North.
06 May, 2016 | 0:41:24 |
EN | Bojan Furst | Rural Routes

This week’s episode takes us to Canada’s Northwest Territories. Arn Keeling and John Sandlos, a geographer and an historian at Memorial University of Newfoundland study the mining legacy in Canada’s North. They will walk us through complex issues facing Aboriginal and Indigenous communities and settler communities alike who find themselves in close proximity to mining sites. Arn and John will...
We explore issues facing immigrants and host communities in rural areas.
29 Apr, 2016 | 0:40:35 |
EN | Bojan Furst | Rural Routes

This episode of Rural Routes takes us to the other side of the Atlantic. Philomena de Lima is a researchers at the University of Highlands and Islands. She is located at the university’s Inverness campus. Philomena’s research is focused on the issues of immigration in rural areas. She is interested in immigrant and grant worker experiences, but, just as importantly,...
Could rural communities ensure their own financial stability?
15 Apr, 2016 | 0:48:38 |
EN | Bojan Furst | Rural Routes

This week on Rural Routes you can hear a conversation with Dr. Ryan Gibson, a geographer from St. Mary’s University in Halifax. One of the questions Ryan is interested in is:“What if rural Canada did not need any more money from anybody in order to have a sustainable future?” He thinks he just might have at least a part of...
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