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The Federal Election and Rural Priorities

By Rural Ontario Institute
It sure feels like we are in the midst of a federal election already.  It would be good to hear from each of the parties what they intend to do about rural Ontario priorities so voters can make an informed decision.   
As we have done for the two most recent provincial elections the Rural Ontario Institute will be providing an opportunity to each of the political parties to articulate how their platforms respond to rural priorities.  To help formulate these “questions of importance to rural Ontario” please take a moment to respond to this short survey and let us know what YOU think the priorities are at this time.
Click here for the survey.   https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/RuralPriorities2015
The survey takes less than ten minutes to do.  In order for us to be timely please respond quickly.  The survey will close on Friday July 24.  

The survey is being distributed to our 800 + subscribers and to our social media followers on Twitter & Facebook.  Because this is by no means a scientific sample we encourage you to share the link with other rural opinion leaders you know.    

Rural Not For Profits Take Note: Reforming Police Record Checks

"On June 3, 2015, the Government of Ontario introduced Bill 113, the Police Record Checks Reform Act. This was a milestone in a multi-year drive to improve the police record checks system in the province. With Bill 113 now starting to make its way through the Legislature, it’s a good time to take stock of where we are with police record checks and look ahead to further advocacy on the issue".

Visit Ontario Nonprofit Network to view the complete article.

ROI to lead Rural Community Vitality Measurement Initiative 

Funded by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, ROI is leading a 30-month applied research and analysis initiative focused on deepening understanding of effective practices for quantifying civil engagement, social capital and community well-being. Read more here.

New series of Focus on Rural Ontario fact sheets now available

Based on Statistics Canada data, a new series of 21 Focus on Rural Ontario fact sheets outline socio-economic analysis and trends in rural Ontario geographies.

Topics include urban/rural income trends, employment patterns, demographic changes, migration by age group, living arrangements of seniors and youth employment trends.

Read all 2014 fact sheets here.


ROI Blog

Jul 23, 2015Recognizing Leaders in Rural Communities

Jul 20, 2015Moving Ontario Forward

Jul 13, 2015Ontario Trillium Foundation Lunch Hour Twitter Chat July 16

Jun 3, 2015National palliative medicine survey looks at urban versus rural

May 27, 2015End-of-life care in rural communities


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