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Shifting Into (Electric) Gear

Steve Elder was born in New Zealand and lived there until he moved to sunny Los Angeles in the 1970s, eventually finding his way north to greater Vancouver, which he now calls home. However, summers spent vacationing at Christina Lake with his family is something that always brings back good memories for Steve. Perhaps that Continue reading


Living Here

New rural journalism project launches in the Kootenays

Local media are sorely lacking in many rural communities. In the absence of reliable, shared stories and information, communities often miss opportunities to effectively address challenges and seize opportunities. The West Kootenay Eco Society is doing something about that. They’ve launched an  online publication, livinghere.ca, that highlights the positive solutions coming out of  rural communities, Continue reading


Brad Pommen

Brad Pommen and Smrt1 Technologies — an Example of a Rural Success Story

Over the last five years Canada has been a high-tech job creation machine. Year after year, the Toronto area alone has generated more technology jobs than San Francisco, Seattle or any other U.S. city. Vancouver has seen a similar economic boom. Both cities, with top universities and hospitals, a high quality of life and an enormous Continue reading


Rural Coloradans Step Up to Help Their Community

According to a recent article in the Colorado Sun, when state-mandated shutdowns of restaurants and other businesses deemed non-essential began, residents of rural Phillips County in eastern Colorado knew they had to figure out a way to help make sure that when the restrictions lifted, their favorite local establishments were still around. Responding to calls Continue reading


Imagination, Co-Operation Help Secure Future in Atlantic Canada’s Small Towns

Luck and pluck. For some small towns in Atlantic Canada the path to survival has been just that: one of luck and pluck — or should that be the other way around? After all, the adage “the harder I work, the luckier I get” has been proved time and time again by rural citizens. In Continue reading


A Look Back at 2019

2019 was a successful — and important — year in the BC Rural Centre’s evolution. Perhaps most significantly over the past 12 months, we’ve succeeded in implementing a new governance structure, creating an Advisory Committee featuring outstanding British Columbians from all across our province. We now, through our structure as well as our actions, clearly Continue reading


Indigemnous tourism is on the rise in BC

Indigenous Tourism in BC — Welcoming Visitors, Preserving Culture, Growing Businesses

  From the arid climate of Osoyoos in the south central part of British Columbia, to the misty shores of Kitimat on the central coast, the landscape of the province is full of exhilarating and unique Indoigenous tourism destinations. In keeping with centuries-old traditions of hospitality, the Aboriginal peoples of BC welcome thousands of visitors to Continue reading


HopeWest Hospice

  HopeWest Hospice is the only nonprofit hospice organization operating in Colorado’s Western Slope counties – Mesa, Delta, Montrose, Rio Blanco, and Ouray. It offers palliative care through physician specialist consultations, nursing homes, home-based care coordination, and their “Living with Cancer” program. Grief support is also available to children and adults. Founded in 1993, HopeWest emphasizes Continue reading


Agri-tourism boosts farmers' incomes

Agri-Tourism Succeeds in the Central Okanagan!

The Challenge For the past 30 years, the Central Okanagan Economic Development Commission (COEDC) has faced challenges common to many agricultural communities, including higher production and land costs. Farmers were forced to supplement farm income with off-farm employment. By 2011, however, the area experienced an increase in ecotourists, particularly those seeking life-enriching vacations that involve culture, nature, the outdoors and Continue reading


Kimberley embraces outdoor businesses

Kimberley Embraces the Great Outdoors!

  Anyone who has visited the South Island New Zealand town of Queenstown knows that building a local economy around outdoor adventure activities can work — and work well — for a small mountain town, boosting the local economy and attracting large numbers of youthful creative types, some of whom decide to stay. Many alpine Continue reading