FCM discussion included new tools for rural innovation

Struggles facing rural communities were part of the discussion at the recent Federation of Canadian Municipalities in Halifax.

Nelson resident Sarah Breen, who's also the President of the Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation, was part of a panel on new tools for rural innovation.

They discussed the importance of rural policies, and ways to improve rural areas including broadband and communications access.

She says there's no single solution, but there are ways to approach it.

According to Breen, rural communities need to work together to put pressure on upper levels of government who can enforce change with telecom companies.

Meanwhile she says there have been huge improvements, but the pace of change is so quick that they need to constantly be in an adaptive and evolving state.