Healthy Environments

This study examined rural homelessness dynamics in 22 communities across the provinces and territories.  The aim of  the research was to identify whether and how Housing First can be implemented in a rural context.

- Jeannette Waegemakers Schiff, PhD, Alina Turner, PhD, University of Calgary Faculty of Social Work

The Yarrow Eco Village Society started in 2002 with 25 acres in the Fraser Valley and today Groundswell Co-Housing is almost sold out, the Community Farm is fully subscribed and they are in development stages for Elderberry Seniors Co-housing.  Read about their early development process or vist their website for current contacts. 

- Yarrow Eco Village 

This link to the University of Northern BC, Community Development Institute takes you to Housing related papers: from a review of Cottage Country housing issues in Norman Lake, to an Economic Development Framework for Interpreting Housing Markets in Small Towns in Canada.

- University of Northern BC, Community Development Institute

Karen Skadsheim, a City Councillor in Powell River celebrates a collaboration with the Powell River Cycling Association that led to new bike paths and increased safety for cyclists in Powell River.  This interview was recorded at the 2015 UBCM Convention.

Louise Richmond of Salmon Arm City Council explains an amazing new project to bring art to their local trail network.  The art can be enjoyed by city residents using the trails and will ultimately become a photo book to be shared more widely.  This video was filmed at the 2015 UBCM Convention.

Making the Connections is a short video and visual exhibit that walks us through some of the social factors that have a significant impact on our health: income, housing, education, food, neighbourhood, sense of community, race and racism and access to health care. It also introduces systems thinking and asks us to think about the larger, interconnected society we are apart of and how these connections impact our health.

Jan 28 2016 (All day) to Jan 29 2016 (All day)

Host: B.C. Agriculture Council and Canadian Biogas Association

Location: Tradex Centre in Abbotsford, B.C. (1190 Cornell St.)

Contact: Jim Shepard at (604) 291-1553 or email info@agricultureshow.net 

This guide is intended to help practitioners—engineers, planners, health professionals, economic development officials and others—to improve travel options for residents of small and rural communities. This includes a range of actions that make personal transportation activities more sustainable— encouraging drivers to operate their cars more efficiently, or to leave their cars at home and walk, cycle, take transit or carpool instead.

– Transport Canada

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