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Fifty years of sex work research in Canada

Link to document: Fifty Years of Sex Work Research in Canada This “scrapbook” was inspired by Fran Shaver’s retirement from Concordia University in September, 2017. Reflecting on her career, I was struck by the way in which her 50-year personal … Continue reading

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Fran’s retirement

Fran (my wife of 50 years) retired on September 1st. In recognition, I produced a booklet celebrating her career in sex work research and advocacy since 1967. It includes a brief summary of the many issues and events related to … Continue reading

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Digital Tools for Partnerships

On October 14th, I was on a panel entitled “Digital Communications for Organizational Development: The Case of Rural Networks” at the CRRF 28th annual Conference in Guelph, ON. You can see my speaking notes via this link. You can also … Continue reading

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Homa Hoodfar released

I am delighted to report that my colleague and friend, Dr. Homa Hoodfar, has finally been released from an Iranian prison after 112 days. You can read about her release via this link. She is recovering well and looking forward … Continue reading

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Presentations at IRSA2016

I was involved in two sessions at the International Rural Sociology Associations meetings in Toronto in August 10-13, 2016. You can take a look at my presentation notes by clicking on the links below. Reimer, Bill (2016) “Introduction to Panel … Continue reading

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Do rural communities matter? – Implications for agricultural policy

The Canadian Federation of Agriculture asked me to provide some reflections on Canadian agriculture from a community-based perspective. On July 18th I spoke to their Rural Policy Committee at their meeting in Calgary. You can see the slides and notes … Continue reading

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Understanding Social Capital for Community Development Policy

I prepared a 20-minute video presentation for the Human and Social Capital session at the ICRPS 2016 Summer School in Alaska. Henry Penn was my co-presenter for this session. You can view the video by clicking here. To see the … Continue reading

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Homa Hoodfar’s Incarceration

My colleague and friend, Dr. Homa Hoodfar has been held in Tehran’s Evin prison since June 6th on unclear charges. Amnesty International considers her to be a prisoner of conscience. I have known Homa since 1990, when she came to … Continue reading

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State of Rural Canada 2015 Presentation

On May 19th, Ryan Gibson, Sean Markey, and I presented a session at the ECONOUS2016 conference (CEDNet) on the State of Rural Canada Report that was prepared by CRRF in time for the last election. You can see the slides … Continue reading

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Comments on Fort McMurray Wildfire

As a result of my participation on Judith Kulig’s rural wildfire research team (http://www.ruralwildfire.ca/) I was interviewed for a dozen CBC programs. Most of them asked similar questions about the long term impacts on the mental health of community members. … Continue reading

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