Population issues discussed
Island studies invites Islanders to learn about mobility, migration and population
The current dynamics of population change in Prince Edward Island will be the subject of a public symposium at UPEI. The event begins at 7 p.m., Jan. 21 in the Alex H. MacKinnon Lecture Theatre, Room 242, Don and Marion McDougall Hall. The storm date is Jan. 22.
“Population change has always been at the core of the development of small islands, and it is no different on Prince Edward Island,” say organizers. The symposium will provide an opportunity for the public to debate issues such as youth outmigration, rural depopulation, an aging workforce, temporary foreign workers, refugees, wealthy immigrant investors, or numerous other trends.
This event is sponsored by UPEI’s Institute of Island Studies, in conjunction with UPEI research services.
Speakers are Jim Randall, a geographer by training and a professor in the island studies program at UPEI; Katie Mazer, a PhD candidate in geography at the University of Toronto, who will focus on Islanders going west and migrant workers coming into the province through the temporary foreign worker program; and Tony Wallbank, a retired business owner and draft-horse enthusiast who has spearheaded the upcoming migration of two communities of Amish farmers from southern Ontario to eastern Prince Edward Island.
Members of the public are invited to attend. Admission is free. Following the presentations, there will be ample time for discussion and questions from the floor.
For more information, contact Laurie Brinklow, co-ordinator, Institute of Island Studies at email@example.com or 902-8942881.