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: 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: 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 …

ICRPS 2012: Food and Agriculture — Quebec City

by Pam Kelrick 25/06/2012 Up early…everyone made it for breakfast by 7:45 after a rather late night of playing pirate gambling games. This is going to be a long day. First, we arrived at Victoriaville to learn about two subjects. Martin Lessard presented the sustainable activities happening in Victoriaville. These programs have changed the community Read More …

ICRPS 2012: Meets Local Farmers in Montreal

by Lindsay Wiginton 23/06/2012 As the second day of ICRPS closes, it feels as if we’ve been here for ages already, given all of the learning, bonding, and engaging we’ve already done. Yesterday, we packed in a lot of sessions, as we had to hear from our Montreal guest speakers before the holiday weekend began. Read More …