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The University of Northern British Columbia Press has published a new book:


Building Community in an Instant Town:
A Social Geography of
Mackenzie and Tumbler Ridge,
British Columbia

By Greg Halseth
and Lana Sullivan

UNBC Press 2002


Mackenzie and Tumbler Ridge are recent examples in a long tradition of single-industry instant towns in Canada's resource hinterland. Built to house the workforce that accompanies a resource boom, these towns become home to workers and their families. How do residents create a community in this instant town setting? This book explores the social geography of community building through four elements: Northern Resource Towns examines the foundations of resource town planning; Industrial Society examines the central place work plays in local social organization; Civil Society examines the role of local governance and the services they provide; and Civil Society examines the role of the voluntary sector in creating community identity.

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bullet_blue.gif (978 bytes)Preface

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bullet_blue.gif (978 bytes)Chapter 3 Planning Mackenzie and Tumbler Ridge

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bullet_blue.gif (978 bytes)Chapter 5 Work

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Chapter 7 Gender

PART III CIVIC SOCIETY - local government

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bullet_blue.gif (978 bytes)Chapter 12 Recent Challenges - Looking Ahead

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This book is dedicated to the residents (past, present, and future) of Mackenzie and Tumbler Ridge. It is only through their life, labour, and commitment that new buildings and town sites became vibrant communities


The Social Geography of Northern Communities Book Series is dedicated to the People of Northern British Columbia whose spirit and foresight helped found a new university.

DETAILS: Paperback, 310 pages, ISBN 1-896315-10-0

Price: $26.95
plus GST and shipping

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For more information, please contact:

Greg Halseth
Department of Geography
University of Northern BC
3333 University Way
Prince George, BC V2N 4Z1
Tel: (250) 960-5539/5538


Opportunities and Actions in the New Rural Economy

Edited by David Bruce and Gwen Lister

This book is a collection of papers selected from some of the presentations made at the rural university conference Rural Matters. Co-hosted by the Rural and Small Town Programme, the Canadian Rural
Revitalization Foundation, and the citizens of the greater Miramichi region, the event took place October 26-29, 2002, City of Miramichi, New Brunswick, Canada.

Why are our rural communities so important to Canadians? What should we be doing to appropriately develop their resources and economies? These were the central questions discussed and debated by about 175 citizens, community leaders, researchers, and policy makers from the region, across Canada, and from rural Japan.

The activities at Rural Matters included a series of workshops and seminars on rural tourism, agricultural development, natural resource management, information technology and the knowledgebased economy, and planning for economic change. These were followed by full day working field trips on each of these topics, where conference participants saw first hand local activities, successes, and challenges, then proposed potential solutions and strategies for action. These took place in Kent County (tourism), the Acadian Peninsula (agriculture), Doaktown (natural resource management), City of Miramichi (information technology), and Néguac (economic change).

The conference also included major discussions about the role of community colleges in rural communities and their development; the development of new information technology applications aimed at providing rural communities with more access to the global economy; and the importance of rural communities in Japan and in Quebec, with implications for rural communities in Canada.

This book includes four chapters contributed by authors who made presentations at the conference.


Table of Contents

Chapter 1

Moving Rural Communities to Opportunities and Actions in the New Rural Economy, by David Bruce

Chapter 2

Service Provision as Part of Resource Town Transition Planning: A Case from Northern British Columbia, byGreg Halseth, Laura Ryser, and Lana Sullivan

Chapter 3

Preservation and Promotion of Heritage in Westman: A Rural Tourism Example in Manitoba by Doug Ramsey

Chapter 4

Convergence in the Classroom: Using Communications Technology to Build Human Capital and Community Capacity, by Ivan Emke

Chapter 5

Rebuilding your Economy After Losing Your Major Employer, by Paul LaFleche


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Mount Allison University, Sackville NB


Sustainable Rural Communities in an Era of Globalization:

 Reporting on Research in Rural Ontario

Sustainable Rural Communities in an Era of Globalization is a new book (144 pages) prepared by Dr. Ellen Wall, University of Guelph. Findings from 26 research projects supported by the Sustainable Rural Communities Research Program at the University of Guelph in conjunction with OMAFRA are synthesized into a document that provides a current look at some of the most important issues facing rural Ontario.

 According to Mary Robertson, (former General Manager of The Ontario Rural Council) “The purpose of this book is to bridge the gap between research and the communities that it is intended to support.  The author looks across a broad range of research on critical issues and present findings in a thematic and integrated fashion.  The result is a report that is both understandable and applied.”

 This publication was funded by the Ontario Rural Council which is dedicated to bringing the results of applied research to members of the rural community in Ontario and Canada.

 Sustainable Rural Communities in an Era of Globalization sells for $20.00   (if postage and handling are required please include an extra $3.00) and is available from the University School of Rural Planning and Development Office.

Payment is by cheque only, made out to “University of Guelph”

To purchase copies, please contact:

 Joan Cascio
Johnston Hall (Rm 124)
University of Guelph
Phone: 519 824 4120 ext. 2151

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Social Cohesion & Economic Prosperity

Jeff Dayton-Johnson

Why are some regions and countries more prosperous than others? This book offers a new way of thinking about this question, and some new answers.

Economists traditionally claim that free markets are the key to prosperity. Now they are coming to realize the importance of the relationships that underpin all social activities, including the marketplace.

"Social cohesion," the term often used to describe these relationships, is created in many ways. When people join voluntary organizations, do community work, or participate at a local level, they create relationships that are economically beneficial. Ironically, social cohesion is often undermined by cutbacks in government activities justified by an economic rationale.

Author Jeff Dayton-Johnson looks at the ways our social fabric is being frayed by rapid economic changes and cutbacks, examines the evidence for the role of social cohesion in creating a prosperous and happy society, and explores the measures needed to protect and promote greater social cohesion.

Jeff Dayton-Johnson is Assistant Professor of Economics and International Development Studies at Dalhousie University. He has carried out economic research on social cohesion and cultural policy for the Canadian government and has lectured on social cohesion in Canada, the United States, and Eastern Europe.

James Lorimer & Company Ltd., Publishers

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Gouvernance et territoires ruraux
Eléments d'un débat sur la responsabilité du développement

Sous la direction de Mario Carrier et de Serge Côté

Les spécialistes qui ont collaboré à cet ouvrage analysent les défis auxquels les régions sont confrontées, de même que les possibilités et les limites des processus de gouvernement et de gouvernance rattachés à la responsabilité du développement.

Le développement est étudié sous plusieurs angles, notamment l'organisation municipale, les services publics de proximité, l'action communautaire, la relation qu'entretiennent les jeunes avec leur région d'origine, l'aménagement du territoire, etc.

Cet ouvrage intéressera toute personne sensible au développement régional et en particulier au développenment rural.

MARIO CARRIER est professeur au département des sciences de la gestion à l'Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue et directeur de la Chaire Desjardins en développement des petites collectivités.

SERGE CÔTÉ est directeur du Groupe de recherche interdisciplinaire sur le développement régional de l'Est du Québec (GRIDEQ) et professeur à l'université du Québec à Rimouski.

Ont collaboré à cet ouvrage :

Serge Belley
Luc Bouthillier
Marie-Joëlle Brassard
Mario Carrier
Serge Côté
Jean Désy
Hughes Dionne
Gérald Domon
Clermont Dugas
Christiane Gagnon
Pierre J. Hamel
Bruno Jean
Yves Jean
Patrice LeBlanc
Vincent Lemieux
Sylvain Paquette
Nicole Thivierge
Marielle Tremblay
Pierre-André Tremblay


Territoires d'avenir : Pour une sociologie de la ruralité, par Bruno Jean

Territoires d'avenir
Pour une sociologie de la ruralité

Bruno Jean

Presses de l'Université du Québec
Collection dirigée par marc-Urbain Proulx

Quelle est la place de la ruralité dans le monde moderne?

Dans cet ouvrage, basé sur une vingtaine d’années de recherche en sociologie rurale, l’auteur tente d’apporter un éclairage nouveau sur plusieurs dimensions de l’avenir des territoires ruraux : les mutations du monde contemporain, l’évolution de l’exploitation agricole familiale et le développement durable des campagnes. La ruralité n’est pas disparue avec la modernité, elle est engagée dans un processus de restructuration.

Les stratégies de développement régional ne pourront être construites sans prendre en compte les mutations socio-économiques du monde rural comme la dissociation entre le milieu agricole et le milieu rural et l’émergence de nouvelles fonctions de l’espace rural : résidentielle, récréative, touristique, environnementale, etc., sans oublier les activités économiques structurantes comme l’agriculture et la forêt. Par ailleurs, une meilleure connaissance de ces dynamiques rurales devrait permettre aux décideurs de mettre en oeuvre des politiques régionales et rurales plus appropriées à la ruralité d’aujourd’hui.

Ce livre s’adresse autant aux étudiants en agriculture et en développement rural ou régional qu’aux nombreux acteurs du développement local en milieu rural. Il se veut un outil d’animation de la ruralité.

Bruno JEAN est professeur au département des sciences humaines de l’Université du Québec à Rimouski, et membre du Groupe de recherche en développement régional de l’est du Québec. Spécialiste en développement rural, il est associé à plusieurs programmes de recherche.

Rural and Small Town Canada examines the economic and social reality of rural and small town Canada today. Emphasis is placed on labour markets, the well-being of people, economic diversity, and the environment.

This book provides a wealth of information not available elsewhere. Much of the analysis is based on unpublished tabulations derived from Statistics Canada's databases. This work is an invaluable resource for all those interested in the future of rural Canada.

This book is available through the
Canadian Foundation for Rural Revitalization (CRRF)

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