October 2007






Drs. Newman and Dale have had a recent article accepted for publication by

Futures Journal.


"Limits to Growth Rates in an Ethereal Economy" explores what the future of economic growth might look like once population and resource extraction levels off.


They argue that while continued growth is possible in an innovative knowledge-based economy, it will not necessarily be the exponential growth that we have come to rely upon. The article is available in pre-print form from the journal site.



Dr. Dale and the team have completed the final report for the year-long "Sustainable Infrastructure: Implications for Canada's Future" project.


Innovative examples of sustainable infrastructure are flourishing in Canada, but that there are significant barriers to the spread of such innovations.


The report recommends that governments at all levels encourage innovation through public private partnerships, incentive grants, and the removal of restrictive zonings and regulation.





Call for Submission


Manifestation: Journal of Community Engaged Research and Learning Partnerships


Seeking contributions on the theory, practice, art, governance, management, and spirit that supports strong and resilient community partnerships.


Staff are not only seeking "success stories" but also examples of conflict and where plans did not quite happen as intended.


Submission: Dec 1, 2007
Publication: May 1, 2008



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Ann in Ottawa - Photo by Kent WaddingtonWelcome to
Community Research Connections  Issue #3 





I am pleased to announce our new research portal into sustainable community development, bringing together critical work on other aspects such as community engagement strategies through on-line real time e-Dialogues on critical public policy issues, and the publication of 12 new case studies examining various aspects of sustainable community development across Canada.


I would like to draw your attention to two critical case studies, one describing the Quest Food Exchange, and its demonstration of the integration of the three imperatives of sustainable development--ecological, social and economic. The other is the United We Can case study, one of the most important success stories for this country, where enlightened political leadership in partnership with community leader Ken Lyotier, founder of United We Can, in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, is recovering recycables which would not otherwise be recovered, employing 33 street people, and generating over 1.5 million dollars in revenues which stay in the community to continue to develop critical economic and social development.  


Happy autumn.


Ann Dale



 Laptops and legs


I am pleased to announce the launch of one of our deliverables under my Canada Research Chair program, a portal that brings together all of my previous research in one site, that is now completely searchable, including seven years of experimenting with on-line real-time e-Dialogues. Please visit us at www.crcresearch.org


Bancroft Woof Walk community event 


Our community liveability survey is beginning to illustrate some interesting facts. The survey explores the links between people, the places where they live and the degree to which they are involved in their community.  


For example, while the majority of respondents felt their community was safe, 4% disagreed. Of these people 64% did not feel connected to their community; compared with 34% for the survey respondents as a whole. What are the reasons why this might by the case? A possible clue is that, of those that did not feel safe only 1 in 5 people often met friends while shopping, of those that felt safe in their communities 1 in 2 often met their friends while shopping. This suggests that places with more spaces in which people can connect with one another are happier places to live.  


If you haven't already done so, please add your perspective and complete the survey at http://www.crcresearch.org/survey.htm . Your responses could well help shape the world you leave to your children and grandchildren. 


NEW web site features CRC Case Studies

Check out our 12 new case studies examining various aspects of sustainable development, and the impact that communities can have when engaged in issues of sustainable development in different contexts. For example a stakeholder group in Quesnel, BC produced a consensus based Airshed Management Plan that considered ways to improve air quality in the city. On Saltspring Island, BC the community came together to protest against the management practices of a logging company, with various interest groups acting in their own ways towards a successfully achieved common goal. At a different scale the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy brought together senior executives from business and non-profit groups with senior representatives from Government to debate and reach consensus on ways to move the country towards sustainability.


These case studies have raised a number of issues about community involvement in sustainable development within Canada. Research in Whistler identified that by involving community leaders in planning processes it increased the support for the initiatives that resulted from the process. The cases also show that small groups of committed people are capable of achieving advances in sustainability such as occurred on Saltspring, and in Vancouver with the Quest Food Exchange Program.


The cases illustrate the power of social agency in mobilizing communities and achieving lasting and positive change in societies from small towns through to the national stage. More cases are to follow.



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: http://www.crcresearch.org/sondage.htm


Discussion Paper Series Launches

We are pleased to announce the launch of this series, which again is aimed at novel research dissemination as widely as possible to communities. The first paper 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.  

This series brings a different kind of research publication to the Canada Research Chair, reflecting the diversity of expertise and experience resident in so many communities across Canada. We trust you find these documents relevant and timely, and offer it as a compliment to traditional academic journal publishing. If you would like to publish your community experience with us and share your lessons learned, please do not hesitate to contact Chris Ling at chris.ling@royalroads.ca.


Research Team speaks out
The CRC Research Team presented a panel at the Environmental Studies Association of Canada conference at this year's Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences in Saskatoon. Drs. Lenore Newman, Levi Waldron and Chris Ling discussed the results of the project "Sustainable Infrastructure: Implications for Canada" funded by Infrastructure Canada and SSHRC. Lenore presented the case study on deep water cooling as an example of the niche implementation of energy technologies, Levi discussed the various sustainable transportation options explored during the project, and Chris presented on the sustainable infrastructure templates developed during the project. 


Dr. Ann Dale participated in a gathering of national community leaders in Whistler, BC, September 19-21, 2007, to discuss Advancing the Canadian Communities Agenda, Toward National Strategic Actions, convened by the Hon. Mike Harcourt, Paul Born, The Tamarack Institute, Sheldon Tetreault, National Centre for First Nations Governance and William Roberts, The Whistler Forum.

Interviews and Publications
Visit our web site to check out our growing list of Interviews and Publications on a wide variety of topics including sustainable community development, the meaning of community, governance and civil society, and direct farm marketing.

Linking Industry and Ecology book coverLinking Industry and Ecology A Question of Design 

It might, at first glance, seem to many that industry and ecology make strange bedfellows. For proponents of sustainable development, however, such a union is crucial. How else are we to make the industries that are so central to modern societies consistent with our visions of a sustainable future?  

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A Dynamic Balance Social Capital and Sustainable Community Development    A Dynamic Balance bookcover

Sustainable development is often viewed as having three imperatives: ecological,

economic, and social. A Dynamic Balance illuminates the importance of understanding the social dimension as it examines the links between social capital and sustainable development within the overall context of local community development. 

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Editor:  Kent Waddington  kent@kentwaddington.com

Survey Research Coordinator:  Chris Ling  chris.ling@royalroads.ca


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