Community Research Connections



  June 2007


Recent Publications

Drs. Ann Dale and Lenore Newman have published a chapter on governance for integrated resource management in a new book edited by Hanna and Slocombe. The book, Integrated Resource and Environmental Management and Concepts and Practice, is available from

Oxford University Press


Ann Dale and Jennie Sparkes, Human Dimensions Research Co-ordinator, Parks Canada have recently published an article, Protecting Ecosystems: Social Capital and Network Structure, in Community Development Journal, published by Oxford University Press, doi: 10.1093/cdj/bsm007


Online Research Tool

We have now finalized an on-line research collaboration tool, that will facilitate a number of trans-disciplinary research functions - virtual on-line meetings, forums and critically, a project management system.


Our research team, now composed of Dr. Dale, post-doctoral scholar Chris Ling, and collaborator, Dr. Lenore Newman, will be testing the efficacy of this tool throughout the upcoming twelve months.



CRC Research Team present in Saskatoon
The CRC research team recently presented a panel at the Environmental Studies Association of Canada conference at this year's congress of humanities in Saskatoon.


Dr. Lenore Newman, Dr. Chris Ling and Dr. Levi Waldron discussed the results of the project "Sustainable Infrastructure: Implications for Canada" funded by Infrastructure Canada and SSHRC. Dr. Newman presented the case study on deep water cooling as an example of the niche implementation of energy technologies, Dr. Waldron discussed the various sustainable transportation options explored during the project, and Dr. Ling presented on the sustainable infrastructure templates developed during the project. 




Editorial Board Appointment and Trudeau Conference Panelist
We are pleased to announce that Dr. Dale has been appointed to the editorial board of the peer-reviewed journal, Environments, published by the University of Waterloo. As well, she has agreed to be on the closing panel for the next Trudeau Conference on the environment, to be held in Calgary, November 15-17, 2007. Dr. Dale will be featured during the closing session talking about Vision, together with her fellow panelists Peter Brown, President of the Montreal Institute for the Environment and McGill University, and Heather Douglas, President, Calgary Chamber of Commerce.


 This work follows from the Trudeau meetings held at Royal Roads University, January 26-28, 2007, and the videos from these meetings are available on the Sustainable Communities website.



Dr. Ann Dale and her pals Welcome to  Community Research Connections  Issue #2 



We hope you found our premier issue relevant to your research and interest and we encourage your feedback and suggestions on how we can improve our outreach and disseminations.

I am pleased to report that we are just concluding our year-long research project on Sustainable infrastructure: Implications for Canada's Future (, funded by Infrastructure Canada and SSHRC. Our final report, along with five action blueprints will be available on the website as of June 30, 2007.

Over the summer, I plan to write a conceptual paper defining agency in  relationship to social capital and sustainable community development, a three-year research project I am leading with Drs. Jenny Onyx, University of Technology at Sydney and Kevin Hanna, Wilfred Laurier University, funded by SSHRC.  Previous research has revealed that while networks can build social capital, agency at both the individual and collective levels is needed to mobilize this social capital for sustainable community development (Dale and Onyx 2005). In a recent conversation with my dear colleague, John Robinson, however, he argued that in addition to defining agency, the more interesting question was, where is it located? Which then leads one to think about is it scalable, and replicable?

My best wishes to everyone, and I would like to take this opportunity to express my appreciation to Dr. John ApSimon, who is leaving the CRC Secretariat, for his leadership, integrity and commitment to scholarship in Canada.

Ann Dale  


Hand on mouse - surfing the webWeb Resources Growing
Our website research presence
continues to build. We now have 20
case studies on sustainable infrastructure in Canada. 

You may be interested 2 case studies describing two very innovative ecologically and economically viable social infrastructure cases-United We Can and QUEST. There are also 9 published under the CRC, some of which represent my Royal Roads graduate student research, which is being immediately published as a case study upon thesis completion. In April, the case studies tool alone was viewed over 3,700 times.

News about your COMMUNITYLister boys on log

How do you feel about your community? Do you meet people in the street? Is it safe? Are the services you need available to you?

Canadians in over 500 communities from Abbotsford to Yellowknife, and from Tofino to St John's have participated in our online Community Liveability Survey and are helping us build a picture of life in communities across Canada.

Responses so far suggest a country of active and concerned citizens, engaged in volunteering and social networks. 61% feel connected to their local community, 51% have taken part in a local community project in the last three years and one in four people have even taken the lead in organizing a community response to an event in their neighbourhood.

People in general feel that the provision of services in their
communities is adequate, with 71% trusting the services and infrastructure to provide a safe and secure neighbourhood. While nearly half of respondents are in some way fearful of crime, people generally see their communities as safe and welcoming places, but there is a perception amongst many that not all are as welcome as others, with many people identifying groups disadvantaged in some way - most commonly young people and others excluded from mainstream society for various reasons.

These responses only tell part of the story and many more voices need to be heard to understand what makes Canadian communities work. So please add your perspective and complete the survey 


at . Your responses could well help shape the world you leave to your children and grandchildren.



Si vous demeurez au Canada et avez un peu de temps libre, nous aimerions lire vos réponses au Sondage sur la vie en collectivité. Vous pouvez le compléter en ligne à l'adresse suivante:


Discussion Paper Series Launch

We are pleased to announce the launch of the first paper in this series:  Direct Marketing in Canada by Yuill Herbert, Board Member, Canada Research Chair in Sustainable Community Development. 


The purpose of this series to bring a diversity of research and voices, including community activists to my Canada Research Chair work. We hope that you find this series relevant and timely, and hope that it offers a new kind of research dissemination that compliments traditional academic journal publishing.

This case study considers different direct marketing strategies employed by thir­teen different farms from across Canada. Direct marketing strategies considered include cooperative marketing, market stands, agri-tourism, farmer's markets, community supported agriculture, restaurant sales, and e-commerce. These case studies are evaluated qualitatively through the lens of sustainable development.  




St. John's NarrowsPlanning
 Tool shared with Canada's  Municipal Associations


Throughout the past few weeks, municipal associations across Canada have received copies of our recently released INTEGRATED COMMUNITY SUSTAINABILITY PLANNING TOOL to share with their constituents. 

The tool is unique in that it provides a framework for any community, large or small, to be able to develop their own sustainability plan, independent of outside consultation, in a community process designed to ensure implementation. To receive your copy, please contact Dr. Ann Dale at  



Charting Canada's Sustainable Future
Twenty years ago the Brundtland Commission Report Our Common Future was released. It outlined the need for sustainable development for the world. IISD and Carleton University have teamed up to examine the past twenty years and the prospects for the next twenty years of sustainable development in Canada.

Please join them, and an internationally renowned group of presenters, for this fascinating discussion on charting Canada's Sustainable future at the Panorama Room in the National Arts Centre, Ottawa, Ontario -October 18-19, 2007.  Kindly  register by October 1, 2007.

For information contact Nancy Folliott or 204-958-7742.


Many examples but no PERFECT community in Canada!

While there are no perfect examples of sustainable communities in Canada, individual components can be found in projects across the country. Case studies were selected on the basis of three key attributes including integrated planning, transformation and innovation, and transferability.  In addition, each was considered for scalability, adaptability, and resilience. Additionally, the overall set was selected for a diversity of geographical region, economy, and project and community sizes. These were distributed under five sector based subheadings and are available online: ENERGY, GOVERNANCE, LAND USE PLANNING, TRANSPORTATION and WASTE

 Win an iPod with DumontHave your say in our unique Community Survey!

Do we define communities or do they define us? If you are a Canadian resident and can spare a few minutes, please consider completing the online Community Liveability Survey. Your responses could well help shape the world you leave to your children and grandchildren. Five randomly chosen respondents will win an Apple iPod shuffle®. 

If you have questions, please don't hesitate to e-mail Chris Ling at and PLEASE feel free to share this Survey link with ALL your friends, family and colleagues.



Please visit our e-Dialogues web site for complete details on how you can join us as we push the boundaries on internet communications technology.


Contact Info
Editor:  Kent Waddington
Survey Research Coordinator:  Chris Ling


Waddington Resource Management | Combermere | K0J1L0 | Canada

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