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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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Dorothy Shaver Memorial Materials

On Saturday May 2nd we gathered at West Point Grey United Church to celebrate the life of Dorothy (Heald) Shaver. You will find materials from that event below. Order of Service Scripture Reading (Peter Shaver) Poem (Penny Shaver) Selected Readings … Continue reading

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Mooseless in Mooseland

In the summer of 2013, Fran and I traveled with Thomas from Montréal to St John’s, NL in our 1984 Westfalia. As one might expect the adventure had its share of surprises, breakdowns, visits, lovely encounters, and discoveries. Using Thom’s … Continue reading

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Celebrating Evelien’s Arrival

On February 21, 2016, we gathered with family and friends at West Point Grey United Church in Vancouver to welcome Evelien Marie Wind Reimer into our family and world. As part of the celebration, Fran and I prepared a short … Continue reading

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Chloe’s Christmas Story

The best Christmas present ever! Chloe (5 yrs old) gave me a Christmas story. It seems like a fair exchange after all of my stories she has fallen asleep to. I haven’t fallen asleep to this one yet, but it … Continue reading

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Pieter’s BB training

We were amazed last October to see Pieter (just over 2 years old) as he casually dribbled a basketball while the 4 and 5 year olds struggled. I guess this is what happens when your older siblings are into sports! … Continue reading

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Samantha’s Cookbook

Samantha asked Fran to put together some recipes for single cooking. This cookbook is the result. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do.     If you like Samantha’s cookbook you may also enjoy the one we … Continue reading

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Presentations to the Water-Food-Energy-Climate Nexus Event – Memphis

The two presentations I made at the ICRPS/RPLC Preconference to the OECD Conference in Memphis (May 18, 2015) can be read below and on my Research page.   Reimer, Bill, Joshua Barrett, and Kelly Vodden (2015) “The Water-Food-Energy-Climate Nexus: An … Continue reading

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Jack Shaver documents in Bob Stewart Archive

The Bob Stewart Archives of the BC Conference of the United Church has accepted Rev. Jack Shaver’s professional documents. These include his sermons, some letters and notes, along with several documents from his student days. You can see the announcement … Continue reading

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Dorothy Shaver Memorial

A celebration of Dorothy Shaver’s life will be held at West Point Grey United Church on Saturday, May 2nd at 2:00 PM. There will be a reception following the service. Directions to the church can be found via the following … Continue reading

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Dorothy Heald SHAVER (née Hamlet) March 15, 1921 – March 17, 2015

Dorothy, widow of Jack Shaver, died just two days after her 94th birthday. A memorial service will be held at West Point Grey United Church in the near future (the date will be posted at www.wpguc.com/news). In lieu of flowers, … Continue reading

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