‘The bloody ants are back!’

For me, the concept of ant-ridden food, ants in bed and ants all over the bathroom just doesn’t cut it

‘The bloody ants are back!’When you spend a few years living up the coast in a forest, you learn about the seasons. And I don’t just mean the obvious: winter, spring, summer and fall. There are literally hundreds of others seasons: pink salmon season, humpback whale season, rufous hummingbird season, rhododendron season, Steller sea lion rutting season, black bear…

How I accidentally ended up married to a farmer

I thought the local 4-H club was a dance studio. The boys who were members were the only ones who knew how to two-step. I never imagined I’d marry a farmer

I’ve been asked many times: How does one become an Accidental Farmwife? Here’s how I explain it: In 2006, I started dating a local university professor. He was a divorced father of two and I was a divorced mom of three. We were so busy shuttling our daughters to sports practices and music lessons that the…

Creative class millennials revolutionize small-town life

Big cities were going to be nirvana for artists, designers and technology freaks. But high costs are leading them to happy lives in rural settings instead

Creative class millennials revolutionize small-town lifePOWELL RIVER, B.C., April 16, 2017 /Troy Media/ – Way back in 2003, urban planning guru Richard Florida was in Calgary to lecture on creative capital, the emerging millennial wave and the new cool concept of Bohemian index. Big cities like Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto and Montreal were going to become the new nirvana as a wave of musicians,…

City-bound: the changing face of New Brunswick

As population declines outside of the province’s big three centres continues, it should force a rethink on how to nurture growth in rural areas

City-bound: the changing face of New BrunswickHALIFAX, N.S., April 6, 2017 /Troy Media/ – New Brunswick is often thought of as a rural place, aided by the absence of a single large urban centre. This sets it apart from the other three Atlantic provinces, which all have one dominant city. Figures from the 2016 census suggest things may be changing. New Brunswick's urbanization…

Earning the right to be considered a local

Fitting in to a small community requires loyalty, persistence, desire and a sense of the character – and characters – around you

Earning the right to be considered a localPOWELL RIVER, B.C. Feb. 5, 2017 /Troy Media/ – When you move from the city to a small town on the B.C. coast, you become the beneficiary of many gifts. Some take awhile to acknowledge and some are obvious straight away. To start with, everyone you do business with makes more of an effort than…

Subsidizing high-speed telecommunications services isn’t necessary

The CRTC hopes to identify what telecommunications services are necessary for all Canadians, along with how to fund them

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Real ag platform AWOL in Alberta election

None of the political parties is willing to understand agriculture and rural concerns

To download Real ag platform AWOL in Alberta election for your publication or website click here CALGARY, AB, Apr 28, 2015/ Troy Media/ - One would think that with such a tight race in the Alberta election, political parties would try to give rural and small town voters an incentive to vote for any of…

Calgary mayor taking a kick at city’s cowboy heritage

Naheed Nenshi is trying to block a cattle-processing plant just north of the city limits from re-opening

Calgary mayor taking a kick at city’s cowboy heritagePurchase Calgary mayor taking a kick at city’s cowboy heritage CALGARY, AB April 1, 2015 /Troy Media/ - It’s hard to believe, but Naheed Nenshi, mayor of “Cowtown,” is exasperating the very industry that established his city – the cattle business. This is the same city that brashly exploits its cowboy heritage with its Calgary…

City slickers in better shape than country folk

City slickers get their exercise in a civilized and a more voluntary way

City slickers in better shape than country folkPurchase City slickers in better shape than country folk TORONTO, ON, Mar 17, 2015/ Troy Media/ - Urbanites are fitter than rural people, as you may know. There are a lot of variables, including less smoking, better diet, more discretionary fitness and more walking to get around. There's walking on a farm, of course. I've…

Low oil prices mostly bad for rural Alberta

A disaster bordering on a catastrophe

Low oil prices mostly bad for rural AlbertaPurchase Low oil prices mostly bad for rural Alberta CALGARY, AB, Feb 23, 2015/ Troy Media/ - Consumers, including those involved in crop production agriculture, are welcoming lower energy prices, particularly for gas and diesel. Large-scale commercial producers foresee saving tens of thousands of dollars in fuel costs at seeding and harvest times. To a…