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The Higher ED Blog: Barriers faced by immigrant women entrepreneurs

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By Michelle Madden

Longer life expectancies and decreasing birth rates have left Canada’s workforce in a precarious place. Immigration is often touted as the solution, but that solution is based on the assumption that the newcomers will engage in the workforce and start or take over businesses. Unfortunately, immigrants, and particularly immigrant women, face many challenges that can prevent them from doing so.

This is an important topic to Flonia Trenova, a recent graduate of the University of Waterloo’s Local Economic Development master’s program. For her major research paper, she explored the barriers immigrant women face as entrepreneurs. Since there is very little research specifically about immigrant women entrepreneurs, Flonia drew from the literature on immigrant entrepreneurs and women entrepreneurs to show how these factors combine to make things particularly challenging for immigrant women.

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Working in 2020

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By Sarah Stenabaugh

What will your job look like in the future?

Markedly different, according to the World Economy Forum’s recent report, ‘The Future of Jobs and Skills,’ which claims the world is entering a ‘fourth industrial revolution’ spurred by demographic changes and technological advances in genetics, smart systems and nanotechnology.

The report asked hundreds of executives, across nine different industries in 15 major global economies, how they believe jobs will change by 2020. Results from the analysis show rapid changes in the employment landscape that could lead to a loss of over 5 million jobs to automation, the majority of which will be administrative and office jobs.

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The Higher ED Blog: Municipal amalgamation was messy, but de-amalgamation is not the answer

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By Michelle Madden

For the last couple weeks, news outlets have been reporting that Peel Region may be on its way to a break up. Mississauga wants to secede from the region, undoing the amalgamation of Mississauga, Brampton, and the rural area around Caledon in 1974. Mississauga’s motivation for leaving the region is that it has about half of Peel’s population and half the votes, but pays 60% of the costs. The city’s mayor, Bonnie Crombie, argues that as Ontario’s third largest city, single tier governance is overdue for Mississauga.  This isn’t a new conversation—former Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion was against amalgamation from the start and continued to fight it decades later–but things are heating up again now that Mississauga council has decided to conduct an independent study on the impact of leaving the region.

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Urban forests yield high returns

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By Sarah Stenabaugh

Mannheim, Germany just raised the bar for urban planners as a new car-free neighbourhood is set to be developed by design firm, MVRDV.

The urban design model tackles larger issues like gentrification, depression, affordability and community disconnect by designing a completely walkable community that offers mixed housing options, large green spaces and custom gardens.

The concept is a far cry from the stale cookie-cutter neighbourhoods typically found in North America. However, things are starting to change in the U.S and Canada as cities are catching onto the environmental, physical and mental health benefits of developing green spaces.

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The Higher ED Blog: What’s new in economic development research (Spring 2016 Edition)


By Michelle Madden

The Higher ED Blog publishes a quarterly economic development research roundup that shares new research practitioners might find useful. The series usually draws from Economic Development Quarterly, Regional Studies, and the Journal of Rural Studies, all reputable peer-reviewed academic journals.

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