Here in Nova Scotia, that tired phrase rural economy brings to mind agriculture, forestry, fishing boats, and tourism — that last one is especially ‘in your face’ here in Mahone Bay. These are necessary engines — they provide jobs, practical skills, and a stream of visitors and artisans that the region would struggle without. Necessary — but are they enough?
What is rural?
Rural just means ‘not urban’, and the South Shore is certainly not urban — that’s one of the reasons many of us live here. But ‘rural’ also has strong parochial connotations. You even hear people, visitors from big cities mostly, talk about ‘going back in time’, or how ‘time slows down’ out here. (If only that were true!)
But these stereotypes are out of date. We have to redefine what the rural economy is about in today’s Nova Scotia.
Not rural, but everywhere
The Internet has transformed the rural economy into the everywhere economy. Do you agree? Is this the future of Nova Scotia? Leave a comment!