The New Economy? Continuity and Change in Gardenton, MB

Manitoba Research Alliance on CED in the New Economy,

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Susan Heald

Year: 2005

This project set out to investigate how the “new economy” had created both problems and opportunities for residents of Gardenton, MB. However, while Gardenton has experienced some changes in the occupations of its residents facilitated by the so-called “knowledge economy,” for the most part Gardenton has remained on the margins of these changes. The town, like other marginalized areas in rural Manitoba, has been offered ILOs (Intensive Livestock Operations), a form of “development” which would arguably destroy the valued community, mixed economy and natural environment without substantially changing the area’s marginalization. This, then, represents a continuity, rather than a change.

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