EMO­TIONAL TIES PULLING PEO­PLE TO RU­RAL

Truro Daily News - - COLCHESTER COUNTY - DR. LAU­RIE BRIN­KLOW UNESCO CHAIR IN IS­LAND STUD­IES AND SUS­TAIN­ABIL­ITY

Dr. Lau­rie Brin­klow is co-or­di­na­tor of the In­sti­tute of Is­land Stud­ies at the Uni­ver­sity of Prince Ed­ward Is­land, the UNESCO Chair in Is­land Stud­ies and Sus­tain­abil­ity and a board mem­ber of the Cana­dian Ru­ral Re­vi­tal­iza­tion Foun­da­tion (CRRF).

Brin­klow is hope­ful of the fu­ture of ru­ral P.E.I. and thinks the is­land is on the right path.

New technologi­es, re­new­able en­ergy and the strong sense of com­mu­nity are some of things she cites as rea­sons for the re­siliency of the is­land.

While the prov­ince isn’t im­mune to sim­i­lar chal­lenges faced by other prov­inces, such as out­mi­gra­tion and a de­cline in tra­di­tional in­dus­tries such as agri­cul­ture, Brin­klow says there’s a strong emo­tional con­nec­tion to P.E.I. that makes peo­ple want to live here.

“There’s such a strong sense of com­mu­nity, a sense of iden­tity, in Prince Ed­ward Is­land.

“I’ve lived in many prov­inces in Canada and I found that in P.E.I. there’s just some­thing spe­cial about this place that at­tracts peo­ple, makes them want to come back and set­tle. A lot of it has to do with the ru­ral landscape, the ocean, the life­style, and the qual­ity of life.”

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