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Broad trends versus local changes - Scale matters!

Date: February 23, 2023

ROI recently published a factsheet about Racial Diversity in rural Ontario. While the numbers showed that racial diversity did not increase for rural Ontario as a whole since 2016, some rural communities saw significant change. 

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AALP Class 19's International Study Tour: Last day in Greece

Date: February 13, 2023

​Our last day in Greece was a travel day, but true to form AALP Class 19 made time for one last site tour before we checked in at the airport.  

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AALP Class 19's International Study Tour: Day 10 in Greece

Date: February 3, 2023

As AALP Class 19 starts our tenth day in Greece, we look forward to what the day brings.  Our first stop is to the American Farm School (AFS) which was founded in 1904 by John Henry House.  He was an American missionary who wanted to make sure the local people had the proper skills and farming techniques.  AFS has a mixture of the Greek and American culture within the campus and many American organizations donate to the school.  

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AALP Class 19's International Study Tour: Day 5 in Athens

Date: January 27, 2023

Our fifth day in Athens, AALP Class 19 headed to Nafplio stopping at Corinth canal to see the man made structure.  It is a sight to see.  Our next stop just as impressive.  Who needs a microphone when you’re in the best preserved theatre in Greece. 

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AALP Class 19's International Study Tour: Day 4 in Athens

Date: January 26, 2023

The first stop of the day brought us to Dionyssos Marble Quarry, which is a family company dating back to 1890.  The exporting of Greek marble is approx 70% of the total production.  Watching the diamond wire that is used to cut through the marble is pretty impressive.

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AALP Class 19's International Study Tour: Day 1-3 in Athens

Date: January 23, 2023

The Advanced Agricultural Leadership Program Class 19 has headed to Greece for their International Study Tour. During the trip Class 19 participants will enhance their global orientation by examining Canada and Greece relations in the context of resource-based production, processing, marketing, and distribution.

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Rural Local Governments Need to Pursue Entrepreneurial Strategies to Support Rural Futures

Date: January 3, 2023

Local governments are a key partner in the future of rural communities throughout Ontario. Over the past 30 years, the realities of local governments have changed dramatically. As part of a national initiative, University of Guelph Professor Ryan Gibson and John Dale (PhD student in Rural Studies) recently published a new report titled, “Do more, with less: The realities of local government in rural Ontario” in The Canadian Geographer. 

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AALP Class 19 and Lead New York: Connecting and Exploring in Ottawa

Date: December 13, 2022

AALP Class 19 and Lead New York had a joint seminar in Ottawa on November 13 - 16, 2022. The leadership groups spent their time connecting with each other and discovered similarities and differences between USA and Canadian policy, trade, and governance.

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What is there to learn about leadership in America?

Date: August 26, 2022

The Advanced Agricultural Leadership Program Class 19 is just back from the North America Study Tour.  We spent two days in Washington D.C. and four in Louisiana.  A visit with our closest neighbours gives us some insights into how America is dealing with the challenges of our times: labour shortages, difficult weather, and changing consumer expectations.  

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Urban farm connects with community and creates opportunity

Date: July 21, 2022

It all began in 2013 with a modest desire to cultivate their own food and awareness of the path from seed to plate humbly. Today, Jacqueline Dwyer, MES and Noel Livingston are the Farm Managers and co-founders of the Toronto Black Farmers Collective, Afro-Indigenous Food Security Festival, and The Collective Group. Their mission is to promote and supply healthy and clean food for urban residents through spaces like the Welcome and Teaching Garden at the urban farm, with a focus on underserved populations.

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