N.B. must revive rural communities, expert says
By Daniel McHardie
Writing about the rural communities of New Brunswick, Canada, Daniel McHardie nevertheless highlights key wisdom that experts also support. If we do not act to protect rural natural resources and the knowledge to live from our own land, our future will be bleak.
Rural communities are at risk of being pushed farther to the periphery of New Brunswick society unless the next government adopts policies to support them, says an expert on rural areas. The province goes to the polls to elect a new government on Sept. 27.
For far too long, governments have been creating policies that work against rural parts of the province, writes Susan Machum, the Canada research chair in rural social justice at St. Thomas University in Fredericton, in an analysis for CBC News.
“If we do not act to protect rural New Brunswick’s natural resources and the knowledge to live from our own land, our future will be bleak,” Machum writes.