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News/Nouvelles : Rural Canada News Scan, January 2010

Source: Compiled by the Canadian Rural Research Network.
Online news on rural Canada from December 22, 2009 to January 28, 2010. Click on the heading to access the online article.

P.E.I. government releases rural action strategy
CBC News, January 26, 2010
After almost two years of work and consultation with more then 1,200 Islanders, the Prince Edward Island government released its Rural Action Plan Tuesday.

More than 50 percent of injury-related deaths in rural Ontario occur before patients reach hospital
EurekAlert (press release), Jan 26, 2010
It's known that people who live or work in rural areas are more likely to suffer and die from serious injuries compared to those in more urban environments.

The Harper Effect

Ottawa Citizen,Jan 24, 2010
"I think the biggest change since the election of Stephen Harper is that the power base of politics in this country has moved more rural and more west," ...

Back-country buses on a road to nowhere
Globe and Mail, Jan 22, 2010
Rural Canada's share of the national population stands at 19 per cent, and has been slipping since 1851. It continues to slide at a rate of roughly 1 per ...

Rural residents not getting their mail

CTV Edmonton
Wanda Bourne says she hasn't been receiving any mail since Dec. 11. She attempted to contact Canada Post about the situation, but was getting no answers.

One city doesn't mean one place
The Ottawa CitizenJanuary 14, 2010
The story about the coyote kill contest in Osgoode is just another vivid reminder that Ottawa may be one city, but it is not one place.

Rural Sask. facing big city crimes
The Regina Leader-Post, January 11, 2010
As rural Saskatchewan undergoes a bit of a resurgence, the growth brings with it several new policing challenges.

Markham plan could contain sprawl, save farms
Toronto Star, Jan 09 2010
A groundbreaking plan to freeze Markham's expansion onto prime farmland could voluntarily take the fast-growing suburban powerhouse where no GTA municipality has dared go: upward but not outward.

Rural mailbox review concerns deputy warden

Nova News Now
Canada Post will receive a letter from Municipality of Digby asking them to meet with council concerning reviews taking place on rural communities.

Nova Scotia residents going postal over changes to rural mail delivery

The Canadian Press
Canada Post is reviewing rural home delivery across Canada.
This year, it reviewed several Nova Scotia locations, including Lunenburg County, Stewiacke, Aylesford, Mount Uniacke, Windsor, Wolfville and Kentville.

Canada data offers more proof of housing strength
The Canadian housing sector served up more evidence on Monday that it is leading the country's economic recovery, while the Bank of Canada said it was premature to talk about a housing bubble.

London-Niagara among bus routes to be slashed
London Free Press
Blaming the decline of rural Ontario, Greyhound Canada announced yesterday it plans to abandon a series of routes, including one that serves communities from London to Niagara Falls.

Halifax on alert as strike threatens rural hospitals
CBC News
Hospital administrators in the Halifax region are preparing to cancel some elective surgeries next week as a strike looms at 33 hospitals outside the capital.

Are China and Rural Canada the New “Odd Couple”?

The Daily Reckoning
One of the more certain ideas on China hinges on its appetite for something very basic: food.

Hearings begin on N.S. gas discounts
CBC News
Nova Scotia's Utility and Review Board began hearings Monday on the issue of gasoline discounts that give motorists a few cents a litre off their next fill-up.

N.S. gov’t, CUPE resume talks; hope to avoid strike at rural hospitals, schools
Amherst Daily News
“This is absolutely what we were looking for,” said Danny Cavanaugh, a spokesman for the Canadian Union of Public Employees.

Province approves $45 farm registration fee hike

AgMedia Inc.
In December, the agriculture ministry approved the increase to the annual fee farmers pay to one of three provincial accredited general farm organizations.

Back-country buses on a road to nowhere
The Globe and Mail
Across the country, bus companies are cancelling rural routes, citing low ridership and sagging revenues. And the long, slow death of the intercity bus reflects quiet but profound changes in the makeup of small-town Canada.

Key Challenges and Issues Facing Young and Future Farmers
Manitoba Rural Adaption Council Inc.
There is opportunity for growth in large industries, but the major long-term economic impact for rural communities will be in small business development in the agri-food and agri-product sector.

Rural women want good jobs, too
London Free Press
As Canada's economy slowly recovers, women who live and raise families in rural Canada need a piece of the pie.

Study: No Health Impact From Wind Turbines
The New York Times
A detailed literature review published on Tuesday by the American and Canadian wind industry associations found no medical basis for the health complaints that often arise near large wind-farm projects.


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