RU­RAL TOWNS DO BET­TER NEAR UR­BAN CEN­TRES

Truro Daily News - - COLCHESTER COUNTY - DR. KAREN FOS­TER CANADA RE­SEARCH CHAIR IN SUS­TAIN­ABLE RU­RAL FU­TURES FOR AT­LANTIC CANADA.

Dr. Karen Fos­ter is as­so­ci­ate pro­fes­sor; de­part­ment of so­ci­ol­ogy and so­cial an­thro­pol­ogy, at Dal­housie Uni­ver­sity, Nova Sco­tia. She is also Canada Re­search Chair in Sus­tain­able Ru­ral Fu­tures for At­lantic Canada.

Cur­rently she is in­volved in a five-year re­search project (2018 to 2023) fo­cus­ing on the sus­tain­abil­ity of ru­ral life in At­lantic Canada.

Fos­ter sees a num­ber of dif­fer­ent po­ten­tial fu­tures for ru­ral At­lantic Canada, de­pend­ing on what parts of the econ­omy gov­ern­ments de­cide to fo­cus on.

One trend she does think will con­tinue is the move­ment of peo­ple from smaller com­mu­ni­ties to larger towns within the ru­ral set­ting.

“The places that tend to do well are those that are within a rea­son­able driv­ing dis­tance from ur­ban cen­tres, which still have their own iden­tity and ru­ral feel. Peo­ple don’t want to be com­pletely iso­lated, they want ac­cess to ser­vices.”

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