Journal of Rural and Community Development

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The Journal of Rural and Community Development (JRCD) is pleased to announce the release of Volume 11, Issue 2. We realize that this is another long delayed issue. The delay is due to the transition to the new web platform that began last September. First, we would like to thank authors for their patience. Second, we are working diligently to eliminate the backlog of papers awaiting publication. Unfortunately, 2016 will only have two issues. We are on track for four issues in 2017. We are now copy editing the first issue of 2017 (Volume 12, Issue 1) which we hope to release later this spring. We are also in the final stages of an 18 article special double issue (Volume 12, Issue 2-3) titled “Communities and New Development Paths in the Sparsely Populated North.” This should be released in late spring or early summer. A fourth issue will be released in the autumn. I would like to thank the Editorial Board, Editorial Assistants, Copy Editors, Reviewers, and Brandon University for the support and energy they bring to the JRCD. This support includes the efforts of IT services at Brandon University who brought the JRCD into a new web platform that although has had transitional problems, in the long run will improve the JRCD. The JRCD gratefully acknowledges funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) through their 'Aid to Scholarly Publications' programme. We were recently successful in securing renewed SSHRC funding for 2015-2018. This assists us in improving the review and publication process and marketing the JRCD. The JRCD is published by the Rural Development Institute (RDI) at Brandon University. RDI was established in 1989 as an academic research centre and a leading source of information on issues affecting rural communities in western Canada and elsewhere. For more information, please visit: ISSN: 1712-8277

Vol 11, No 2 (2016): General Issue

Table of Contents


Service Opare
Sarah Ann Mason-Renton, Isaac Luginaah, Jamie Baxter
Darwin Glen Horning, Bernard O Bauer, Stewart J Cohen
Anne H.J Lee, Geoffrey Wall, Jason Kovacs, Sook Young Kang
Priscilla De Verteuil, Wendy-Ann Patrice Isaac