Columbia Lake Tech Centre — the Podcast

As many rural communities struggle to reinvent their economies in the wake of wrenching change, the small BC town of Canal Flats has embraced new & emerging technologies as a means of establishing a new economic base for the town and surrounding East Kootenay region. In this BC Rural Centre podcast, Brian Fry, the co-founder Continue reading


asset based community development with Peter Kenyon

ABCDE, a la Peter Kenyon!

“Shift the development mindset from needs and deficiencies to assets and capacities — from consumer, customer, and client, to co-producer, co-owner, and citizen.” Peter Kenyon   If your rural or remote community can use a boost, here are some primers, courtesy one of the world’s leading asset-based community development advocates, Australia’s Peter Kenyon.     Continue reading


Small towns fight back

Small Towns Refuse to Die

Some small towns offer $1 lots, tax breaks and guaranteed loans to win over newcomers for a chance to prove they are islands of growth that matter to Canada’s future, says Joe O’Connor in this Financial Post article. Jay Patel decided about four years ago he wanted to buy a motel. He was living in Continue reading


Asset based community development guru Peter Kenyon

Peter Kenyon to BC?

Peter Kenyon, Australian-based founder of the Bank of I.D.E.A.S and renowned rural development leader, has made a lasting impression on scores of rural BC stakeholders over the past couple of years. BC Rural Centre Executive Director Gordon Borgstrom has announced Kenyon may be back in our neck of the woods soon. “It looks like Peter Continue reading


BC Forestry Trade Mission Heads to Asia

More than 40 senior forest sector representatives are heading to Asia from Dec. 5 to 14, 2018, to grow markets for B.C. wood products. They will explore opportunities and strengthen relationships in China, Japan and South Korea — three of B.C.’s largest markets for wood products. “Our government is committed to creating B.C. jobs by Continue reading


New Community Investment Co-Ops!

Two new BC Interior-based community investment co-ops have recently been formed — the East Kootenay Columbia Investment Co-op, and the West Kootenay Boundary Investment Co-op. Both are for profit Co-operative Association registered in British Columbia. They are member-owned, locally controlled and governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. East Kootenay Columbia is designed to finance businesses Continue reading


For Sale: One Deserted Village Left Behind In Rush To New Zealand’s Cities

Rural de-population is a global issue, as evidenced in this article from New Zealand by reporter Eleanor Ainge Roy.  An entire village which has been deserted for three decades is up for sale in New Zealand. Lake Waitaki village was built in the 1930s as workers accommodation for dam labourers but has lain largely empty since Continue reading


Declien of Greyhound big deal in western Canada

Decline of Greyhound Service Mirrors Rural Canada’s Plight

What does the decline of Greyhound service have to say about the current state of affairs in rural Canada generally. Will Doig of The Guardian files this report.     It’s 10 to midnight when the Winnipeg-bound Greyhound bus swings off of the empty highway and into a dirt lot illuminated by a single street Continue reading