Rust Belt Revival: Lessons for Ontario from American Industrial Heartland

February 9, 2015 at 12:20 pm Leave a comment

Image result for weave shed cornwallAs oil prices continue to plummet, Ontario has the potential to reclaim its role as the driver of Canada’s economic growth. Adam Radwanski (Globe & Mail) travels to revitalized Rust Belt cities in the U.S., to see how they remade themselves and what we can learn.

There has been less longing, in recent years, to be part of our own country’s version of a rust belt – the one that comprises such Southwestern Ontario cities as Windsor, London and St. Catharines, and patches of Eastern Ontario. Young people have fled in droves as the region’s employment numbers have tanked, seeing the loss of more than a quarter of manufacturing jobs in the last decade.

So why is it that a younger generation is finding opportunity in these Rust Belt cities (or some of them, at least; nobody sees Flint, Mich., or Gary, Ind., as models) more than in places like London or Windsor, which have some decent bones themselves? As Ontario attempts to take back Canada’s economic reins, it would do well to learn from what’s worked, and know what it’s up against.

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Seeds of Time

1 – 3:30 pm, Sunday, February 15, Cornwall Public Library,  45 Second St. East.

Hosted by Transition Cornwall+ Food Action Group, ‘Seeds of Time,’ describes an epic struggle for the future of our food. The afternoon includes good conversation and delicious soup. Special guests Alyssa Blais and Kat Rendek will also discuss Seedy Sunday and seed libraries. Free/donations appreciated. Everyone is welcome!

 


 

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