ICRPS 2012: July 4th US Independence day (and presentations too)

by Oriol Forcada 04/07/2012 July 4th, Independence day. Shame you missed the fireworks but I missed the eurocup final and I don’t regret it cause it has been real fun being here. So, today is our “Presentation day” and we will be seeing what everybody’s work has turned out. Presentations: Food started the conference – Read More …

ICRPS 2012: Renewable Energy and Contemporary Art in Baie-des-sables

by Eric Marr, 03/07/2012 Day 11 began with an early morning bus ride from Rimouski to Baie-des-sables located along the coastof the Gulf of St.Lawrence. It was immediately apparent that the long days were catching up with participants which made for an unusually quiet group; at least until dinner. The purpose of the excursion was to visit a Read More …

ICRPS 2012: Food For Thought

by Shelby Clark 01/07/2012 Lots of food for thought today. Pierre Roberge from Developement Economique Canada filled us in on the responsibilities of Federal policy relative to Quebec policy. Slowly, a picture is emerging of community and economic development in Quebec and Canada. Rurality—and the maintenance of Quebecois culture–seems central to the policy decision making Read More …

ICRPS 2012: The Summer Institute Meets A Rural Agent in Bas Saint-Laurent

by Connor Wall, 30/06/2012 Day Eight of ICRPS marked the beginning of the second half of the Summer Institute, and our first full day in Rimouski, a small city with lovely views of the St. Lawrence River. We started with an introduction to the Bas Saint-Laurent region, which has seen several twists of Canadian rural policy, with the government Read More …

ICRPS 2012: Some Reflections on Quebec ‘Rural’ Policy

by John Bryden and Karen Refsgaard, 30/06/2012 We have much enjoyed our 8 days with Faculty and Students at the 2012 Summer Institute organised by our colleagues at Concordia University and UQAR (University of Quebec at Rimousky). We have some reflections on Quebec Rural Policy to offer as a result of the discussions and inputs Read More …

ICRPS 2012: Rural Community Transformation in La-Pocatière

by Fobete Ngoh 29/06/2012 Today marked the 7th day of the 15th day ICRPS missions’ trip to Quebec. The activities unfolded with the departure of the crew from College de Merici to La Pocatière some 250 km from Quebec City. In La-Pocatière, Francois Gendron of Bombardier gave a detailed presentation on how La-Pocatière, a small town in Read More …

ICRPS 2012: Old Quebec

by Ryan Deska 28/06/2012 Today we began the sessions with a discussion regarding the protection of Quebec’s agricultural land with Isabelle Ouellet, from the Commission de la protection du territore et de l’activie agricole du Quebec.   This was a very interesting discussion where we learned about Quebec’s land protection policies and how the commission deals Read More …