Rick Truelove, a long-time resident of Cypress River, Man., checks out the weathered wood on a building that’s been boarded up for decades. However, a surprising number of businesses are still open on Cypress River’s main street, including a Credit Union and grocery store. |  Robert Arnason photo

Stayin’ alive

There was a time 
when small towns
with 200, 500 or 700
people were an essential part of prairie life. 


An occasional series that explores the important “what if” questions facing modern Canadian agriculture There was a time when small towns with 200, 500 or 700 people were an essential part of prairie life. They were places to buy groceries, get the truck fixed and  talk to neighbours over  a beer at the Legion. Many […] Read more

Why bigger can be better to attract new residents

There was a time when small towns with 200, 500 or 700 people were an essential part of prairie life. They were places to buy groceries, get the truck fixed and  talk to neighbours over  a beer at the Legion. Many small towns are shrinking in population. What if all the towns with less than […] Read more