Friday, December 22, 2006

Report on Canada's Rural Poor 

More interesting reading: Understanding Freefall: The Challenge of the Rural Poor. I haven't yet had a chance to read it in it's entirety, but, from what I could gather from the executive summary, this interim report from the Standing Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry on rural poverty brings attention to some very important issues facing rural communities: economic development; education; access to services; gender issues; and more.

The impetus for this study was "concern about what has been referred to as the farm income crisis." However, it addresses more than just the farm sector. The mandate of the Committee in conducting this study is to:

(a) examine the dimension and depth of rural poverty in Canada;
(b) conduct an assessment of Canada's comparative standing in this area, relative to other OECD countries;
(c) examine the key drivers of reduced opportunity for rural Canadians;
(d) provide recommendations for measures mitigating rural poverty and reduced opportunity for rural Canadians

As mentioned, this is an interim report. The final report is due no later than April 30, 2007.

If you don't have time to read the full 88-page report, read the news release or the article in the National Post.

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