Terri MacDonald

Terri MacDonald

Terri MacDonald -- BC Regional Innovation Chair in Rural Economic Development

Terri MacDonald is the BC Regional Innovation Chair in Rural Economic Development and also leads the Columbia Basin Rural Development Institute at Selkirk College. Terri holds a Ph.D. in Educational Studies from the University of British Columbia, and M.A. in Policy and Administration from the University of Calgary, and a B.Sc. and B.Ed. from Lakehead University. Dr. MacDonald taught high school science in Ontario and British Columbia.

Growing, shrinking, and aging – Columbia Basin-Boundary regional population update

Growing, Shrinking, and Aging

Demographic information is critical for local planning. This information can help us understand who makes up our population and what their needs are. As Statistics Canada releases more information from the 2016 Census, the RDI will be able to provide new updates, starting with an Update on Population Numbers. This update presents and compares numbers from BC Stats and Statistics Canada, and discusses why and how the two differ.

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Wed, 02/22/2017 - 05:04
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City of Nelson

Tri-Cities to receive a $40,000 grant to implement Smart Kootenays Mobility Platform

The communities of Nelson, Castlegar, Rossland and Trail, in partnership  Communities Futures, Selkirk College and local technology entrepreneurs worked collaboratively to apply for the BC Smart Communities Pilot funding to develop and test a mobility platform that will provide area residents with information about road safety, closures, wait times and natural disasters. The platform will help people make smart transportation decisions, resulting in safe and efficient travel that decreases accidents and reduces pollutants.

Wed, 11/28/2018 - 08:49
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Transitioning to the New Rural Cannabis Economy

June 19th, 2018 marks a historic day in Canada – it’s when the Senate approved Bill C-45, The Cannabis Act.  The act states that recreational cannabis will officially be legal to cultivate, produce, distribute, retail and consume on  October 17th 2018. With four months to prepare for legalization, provinces and local governments appear to be scrambling to create policy that aligns with the legal Federal requirements.