Blogs for Carlyle, Saskatchewan

When I was doing research for my applied research paper (ARP) I researched the history of two communities, Manor, and Carlyle. I wanted to see why they developed so differently, but in doing so, learned so much more. People have always, always complained that their taxes were way too high. Always. In fact, several beliefs about local government seem to have emerged that I think contributes to the over all us and them attitudes that plague the municipal governments, and the main one is the... More...

Tuesday November 06, 2018 07:16PM - 0 Comment(s)



"The Rising Tide Lifts All the Boats" is a phrase made popular by JFK but was not original to him. The phrase is used most often by politicians to make the claim that if one area in an economy is prosperous, then we can assume all people benefit. I don't think it is that simple. I think that in order to be beneficial, community economic plans need to be designed to deliberately improve the circumstances of all who live within that community. Good economic planning needs to include the well... More...

Monday November 05, 2018 01:05PM - 0 Comment(s)



For years now, I've been providing services quietly out of my home office in a spare bedroom of our home in Carlyle, Saskatchewan. It has been a good run, and I've enjoyed the work. Now, with the MBA almost (please let me get it done on time) finished, I've made the radical leap to move my business to a great space on Carlyle Main Street. Why now? It is a business based on community services, and it needs a spot in the community. And, this is a great space. The vision is this...bright... More...

Wednesday September 19, 2018 08:30AM - 0 Comment(s)



This past weekend, Carlyle had an event that was created by volunteers, funded by donation and provided at no cost to the community. Wowzers. It was a gift that showcased the good things about living in a small town. Add in some food trucks, some live music, and a main street beer gardens, and you have such a great pay off. Lets think about this for a minute, people who didn't have to, gave up their time and their resources to give the community a great time. Gratitude should be a given.... More...

Tuesday August 21, 2018 09:41AM - 2 Comment(s)



It can be done. There are economical reasons why it should be done. There are lots of ways other communities are doing it. But, and its a big but (see what I did there?) a community cannot be saved if there is no "community" to rebuild. Community starts with the people who live there. Here are some things I've observed, learned, been taught and paid attention to: 1. It takes good people on Council who are willing to make changes. Being on Council is a tough, tough job, when you do it right.... More...

Thursday August 16, 2018 01:04PM - 0 Comment(s)



In 1926, in Manor, Council recorded in their minutes a tax exemption for back taxes and further taxes exempted for a Mrs. (name withheld) because the house in question was being run as a 'maternity home' also known as a home for unwed mothers. The tax exemption was to apply "for as long a time as she continues on as a maternity home." Thus, off I go, down the rabbit hole. Let me explain. The purpose of my research is to compare these two communities and figure out why today one community... More...

Thursday August 09, 2018 10:28AM - 1 Comment(s)



I am writing my ARP (Applied Research Paper) for my MBA in Community Economic Development (CED). I've been working towards this final assignment for 4 years--and I am having a blast. As part of my research, I am reviewing Council Minutes in both Carlyle and Manor, beginning my comparison in 1925--the first year for which there are comparable records. It is my hope that by learning about the impacts historical decision making--with the benefit of hindsight--I can learn what practices work to... More...

Sunday August 05, 2018 12:23PM - 1 Comment(s)



Almost every person I know is on a committee, and almost every committee I know is seeking funds for something. From bake sales, to chase the ace, from dances with a bar, to lotteries, each of these committees are training to raise funds mostly to improve the quality of life for some sector of our population. Grant writing is an important tool in the tool box for non-profit groups of all kinds. Some organizations depend on grants for their organizational operations, while others look to... More...

Wednesday July 25, 2018 10:35AM - 0 Comment(s)



When I read ads from small communities looking for an economic developer, I often notice that part of the job description involves some aspect of marketing the community so that people will bring their businesses from out of town to come and and set up shop in their town. This strikes me on a couple of levels. One, it clearly demonstrates that the committee that is hiring does not realize that no amount of marketing your community to business is going to result in a benefit to your community.... More...

Tuesday July 24, 2018 03:21PM - 0 Comment(s)



Introduction If you sit on a town, village or hamlet Council, it is important you understand that the decisions you make now, more than ever, will have a direct impact on whether or not your community is still around in the next 10 years. Gone are the days when you can just react to whatever thing is happening outside of your community limits. If your community is going to survive, and eventually thrive, it is time you started considering the following essentials when it comes to sustaining... More...

Monday July 16, 2018 01:33PM - 1 Comment(s)



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