Columnists

Tom-BlackTom Black

Tom Black has been a farmer all his life starting at a young age, helping out on the family dairy farm. He continues to have a small beef and cash crop operation. Getting into publishing a magazine happened by chance since he was already involved in the Ontario Landowners helping rural people who were facing unexpected visits from Conservation Authorities, MNR or other such agencies. He is presently president of the Ontario Landowners Association.

Marlene-BlackMarlene Black

Marlene Black, editor of the Landowner Magazine was a teaching assistant by day and active in the magazine and landowner issues, in her spare time. Married to Tom Black, they raised their three children on a mixed farm in rural Ottawa. Over the years, they have listened to the many stories that have come across their desk and they have printed them in the Landowner magazine. They all speak to a new era of enforcement spreading across this province where unaccountable agencies have been given powers to have you charged with little or no evidence or oversight. These frequent cases of injustice enacted upon good, hard working citizens, have been the main focus of the landowner organization.

ian-cummingIan Cumming

Ian Cumming is a passionate writer about rural issues in Ontario.  He writes about the farming community and the various new regulations that the farmers are having to deal with.  When justice is not done, you can be sure that it will appear in the Ontario Farmer, the weekly farm paper that he writes in as well as the Landowner Magazine.  Dairy farming has been a big part of his life and he frequently gives the ups and downs that he has experienced in this industry.  Ian’s frank and often humourous tales of life in the country will raise a few eyebrows and have others shaking their heads.  One thing about Ian Cumming, whatever he writes about is coming from his heart and it’s the way he sees it.

Brenda-KearnsBrenda Kearns

Brenda Kearns writes health articles for national magazines such as Woman’s World, First for Women and Health Monitor Network. She’s published over 2,400 freelance articles, and covers everything from herbal remedies to medical breakthroughs. Brenda is also the author of two early teen novels — Home, and The Day I Washed My Face in the Toilet – plus a middle grade novel, Sleepover Zoo, and two picture books (Parrots and Popcorn, and There’s Nothing Wrong With Claudia). Please see her website and blog (www.brendakearns.com) for more information.

Dale-dawsonDale Dawson

I’ve written Geezer’s Corner for many years. It has appeared in The Landowner, also a community newspaper in western Quebec and still is published in a Prince Edward Island paper. I like to write human interest articles with a touch of humour and will sometimes unload my frustrations on politicians that have the common sense of a parsnip. I try, on occasion when all else fails, to put my point across by breaking into verse. That happens when my medication gets mixed up so you’ll have to bear with me when that occurs. I have a chief advisor who has suffered along with me – well we’ve been married for 53 years and she still ridicules every word I write, especially as she says, ”those damn poems”.

Jim-MerriamJim Merriam

I got bucked off my first horse in southern Alberta in the 1960s. Little did I know then that would be a preview of my life: a little flying high followed by a whole lot of landing face first in the mud. A lifelong journalist, I have served as an Editor and/or Publisher in newspapers from Alberta to Guelph, Kitchener and Cambridge and to my home area of Owen Sound. Horses and mules have always been a big part of my life. A few years ago I received recognition from Buckingham Palace for my 18 years with a therapeutic riding association. My wife and I live on a small mule farm where our most successful crops are burdoch and barn cats. Over a 15-year period I have had several battles with cancer, and so far have won them all. I write a column for Post Media daily newspapers in Ontario outside of Metro areas.

john-phairJohn Phair

John Phair was born in Sarnia on Jan. 10, 1949, but has lived most of his life in the Petrolia/Enniskillen Township area. At an early age he acquired a love of farming, history and conservative politics, which have never deserted him. He graduated from Lambton College with a General Arts diploma and later majored in history at the University of Windsor. During his lifetime he has farmed, operated a general store, ran a livestock trucking business and worked on construction, among other things. About 20 years ago he began writing for the Voice of the Farmer, which through a series of mergers and acquisitions, eventually morphed into, what is now, the Ontario Farmer and Today’s Farmer publications. He continues to freelance for a collection of farm publications throughout Canada and the U.S.

John-RobsonJohn Robson

John Robson, commentator-at-large with News Talk Radio 580 CFRA, journalist and documentary film-maker, is also an Invited Professor at the University of Ottawa. He holds a B.A. and M.A. in history from the University of Toronto and a Ph.D in American history from the University of Texas at Austin. He has worked in academia, think tanks and politics as well as doing print, radio and television journalism in Canada. He is married to Brigitte Pellerin.

judith-coxJudith Cox

I have always loved working with plants and as a Master Gardener I enjoy sharing that love with others. I work as a gardener during the growing season and volunteer at advice clinics at local farmer’s markets. In the winter I give lectures on a variety of gardening subjects at local horticultural societies and the Central Experimental Farm. Heritage vegetables are a favourite of mine along with roses and herbs and pollinator gardens.

Liz-MarshallElizabeth Marshall

Elizabeth (Liz) Marshall has many facades about her, but her passion is research. She has written many reports to assist people who are dealing with unreasonable bylaws and aggressive enforcement agents. These reports are available on the Ontario Landowner website www.ontariolandowners.ca and include such titles as: Conservation Authorities: The Legislator’s Intent; Property Standards bylaw; MPAC – It’s Creation and it’s Conflicts; Tree Cutting Bylaws: What Municipal Councils Need to Know, and Why Complete Title Searches are Imperative to name a few. Her recently published Book, “Property Rights 101, An Introduction” is doing extremely well and is available on Amazon.com, Amazon.ca and Kindle.

She is a Director with the Canadian Justice Review Board and Legislative Researcher for MPP Jack MacLaren. As a Legal Researcher, she provides assistance to Green and Associates Law Offices. She is also a Director of Research for the Ontario Landowners Association and President of All Rights Research Ltd. The 2014 International Property Rights Convention brought speakers to Ottawa from Australia and the United States. Liz was one of the speakers and is on the Steering Committee for this International Property Rights Association.

She often tells people that her drive to help protect our rights and freedoms comes from her parents telling her and her siblings that we do have rights. She is also inspired from hearing the stories of how her relatives fought with their lives so that we could live free. She knows that if someone doesn’t know their rights they don’t have any and examples of government bureaucracies eroding these rights and freedoms are evidenced by the injustices happening to good people across our province on a daily basis.

Michael-CorenMichael Coren

Michael is a television host, radio personality, columnist, author, and speaker. For four years he hosted The Arena on Sun News Network every weeknight and for 13 years before that The Michael Coren Show on CTS. He won numerous awards, both in Canada and the US and hosted more than 4000 episodes.. He is a columnist for Ottawa Life, Snowbirds Magazine and appears on Newstalk 1010 radio every week and each month on CHCH TV. He is also a regular contributor to The Winnipeg Free Press, The National Post, The Walrus and Britain¹s Standpoint magazine. He is the best-selling author of fourteen books, including biographies of G.K. Chesterton, H.G. Wells, Arthur Conan Doyle, J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. He has contributed to the Dictionary of National Biography and several other anthologies. He is published in many countries and in more than a dozen languages. Michael has received several honorary doctorates and awards for his writing and broadcasting. In 2005 he won The Ed Murrow Award for Radio Broadcasting, in 2006 The RTNDA Radio Broadcasting Award, in 2007 the Communicator Award in Hollywood and in 2008 the Omni Award for his television show. In 2012 he was awarded the Queen’s Jubilee Medal for his services to media.

Shirley-DolanShirley Dolan

Shirley lives in Woodlawn, Ontario (part of the amalgamated City of Ottawa) on a farm that has been in the family since 1842 and where she and her family run a cash crop business.

Shirley attended Algonquin College where she trained in Information Technology. This led to her joining the Information Technology Branch at Statistics Canada where she served a full career. Shirley retired from StatCan in 2002 with over 36 years of service. Ongoing education and training while on the job included courses in new IT techniques, project management, and risk analysis. In addition to managing an IT team as an Assistant Director, Shirley also contributed as a technical writer, developing a threat and risk assessment process for the department’s IT systems.

Shirley has always had an interest in Rural Affairs and, shortly after West Carleton was amalgamated into the City of Ottawa she worked on two Rural Summits and was a member of the Rural Issues Advisory Committee (RIAC). Unfortunately, the Rural Summits failed to deliver the voice promised to rural Ottawa and RIAC was cancelled by the City. This led, in part, to her involvement in activist groups interested in better government and the protection of private property rights as well as being engaged in the political process at the municipal, provincial, and federal levels.

She is currently president of the Ottawa-Carleton Landowners Association and a governor on the executive of the Ontario Landowners Association where she continues to work to promote the rights of all citizens to use, enjoy, and profit from their property.

Tom-DeWeeseTom DeWeese

Tom DeWeese is one of the nation’s leading advocates of individual liberty, free enterprise, private property rights, personal privacy, back-to-basics education and American sovereignty and independence.

A resident of Virginia since 1982, Tom is a native of Ohio. He’s been a candidate for the Ohio Legislature, served as editor of two newspapers, and has owned several businesses since the age of 23. He was listed in the “Outstanding Young Men of America in 1981 and 1982 and was added to the National Registry of Who’s Who in 2000. In 1989 Tom led the only privately-funded election-observation team to the Panamanian elections. In 2006 Tom was invited to Cambridge University to debate the issue of the United Nations before the Cambridge Union, a 200 year old debating society. Today he serves as Founder and President of the American Policy Center and editor of The DeWeese Report and author of the book “Now Tell Me I Was Wrong.” Tom has appeared on such national programs including Fox News and the Michael Reagan Show, and quoted in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post.

Tom DeWeese was one of the first to voice concern over the radical agenda of the environmental movement and to question its motives. Since 1992 he has been sounding the alarm against the UN’s Agenda 21 and its policy of Sustainable Development as a threat to private property rights, free markets and American sovereignty and independence.

For over 45 years Tom DeWeese has been a businessman, grassroots activist, writer and publisher. As such, he has always advocated a firm belief in man’s need to keep moving forward while protecting our Constitutionally-guaranteed rights.

Moira-EganMoira Egan

I don’t judge books by their covers but I did buy a used book only because of its title: The Natural Science of Stupidity. Although there are examples of stupidity from all eras and in all areas of the world, humans don’t seem to learn much from it.

Stupidity hurts us. Yet all of the isms of today encourage stupidity: globalism, sustainablism, paganism, environmentalism, materialism, de-populationism, hyper-sexualism, transgenderism, transhumanism, moral relativism, satanism, socialism, communism, fascism, corporatism, technocratism, fascism, dim lightbulbism…

We are in the Age of Radical Stupidity (ARS).

Stupidity really does hurt us – and our property rights. I write for the Landowner to alert readers to the stupidity coming at us. Perhaps I can prevent stupidity from making ARSists of us all.

I am co-founder with Jessica Annis of Toronto Private Property Rights Association.

Mark-TisjjenMark Tijssen

Mark grew up on a farm north of Brampton, ON, completed a Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Guelph and upon graduation, joined the Canadian Armed Forces. Nearly thirty years later, he is approaching the end of his Canadian Armed Forces career and beginning the transition to a large acreage in Duffering County where he will grow a variety of crops and raise an assortment of livestock.

This, along with quietly hobby farming with his sons on three acres in the south-east corner of Ottawa, would have been Mark’s complete biography had he not killed a pig with a friend in November of 2009. Shortly thereafter Mark experienced a full-scale armed raid on his rural property. Two years of court appearances later (and two weeks before a seven day constitutional trial), all charges were withdrawn. Suffice to say, Mark has been an active Ontario Landowner since the day following the raid.

Rick-AndrewsRick Andrews

I am a Country Boy who is trapped in a City Boy’s body! In order to get my rural “fix”, I keep a few chickens and a couple of honey bee hives in my backyard just outside of Toronto.  I also enjoy re-connecting with my heritage and making a lot of traditional Italian foods like sausage, salami, olives and specialty breads. In between being a husband, father and “pretend” farmer, I also try to find time to chronicle these interests at www.cityboyhens.com

Diana-FisherDiana Leeson Fisher

Diana Leeson Fisher grew up in the small town of Kemptville, about an hour south of Canada’s Capital. Although surrounded by farms all her life, she really knows nothing about farming. Every day is a new experience for this Accidental Farmwife, as the animals teach her everything she needs to know about life on the farm. Diana is the News and Afternoon Host at 97.5 Juice FM in Kemptville for her day job, where her online handle is “The Farmer’s Wife.” You can follow her on Twitter @farmwife.

Roger-GravesRoger Graves

Roger Graves obtained his BSc, MSc and PhD in physics from London University in England. Shortly thereafter he joined the Marconi organization where, under the guise of designing radars, he did much the same thing that he was doing in a university laboratory but got paid three times as much for it. When he was in his mid-thirties he emigrated to Canada where he helped design the Canadarm for the Space Shuttle program. He then went back to designing radars and helped design a radar for the Canadian navy, followed by an airborne ice-mapping radar for Environment Canada. After this he became a consultant for the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) where he helped design the Dextre maintenance robot for the International Space Station.

Roger ended his stint with CSA as their risk manager, and then became an independent risk management consultant. In addition to doing a lot of consulting and training courses over the last few years, he was also the principal architect of the Mandrel series of risk management software, which can be downloaded from www.davion.com.

Roger has been increasingly alarmed by the exaggerations and misinformation put out by the climate change lobby, and has devoted a lot of his time recently to discovering the real facts about it.

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Columnists

Tom-BlackTom Black

Tom Black has been a farmer all his life starting at a young age, helping out on the family dairy farm. He continues to have a small beef and cash crop operation. Getting into publishing a magazine happened by chance since he was already involved in the Ontario Landowners helping rural people who were facing unexpected visits from Conservation Authorities, MNR or other such agencies. He is presently president of the Ontario Landowners Association.

Marlene-BlackMarlene Black

Marlene Black, editor of the Landowner Magazine was a teaching assistant by day and active in the magazine and landowner issues, in her spare time. Married to Tom Black, they raised their three children on a mixed farm in rural Ottawa. Over the years, they have listened to the many stories that have come across their desk and they have printed them in the Landowner magazine. They all speak to a new era of enforcement spreading across this province where unaccountable agencies have been given powers to have you charged with little or no evidence or oversight. These frequent cases of injustice enacted upon good, hard working citizens, have been the main focus of the landowner organization.

ian-cummingIan Cumming

Ian Cumming is a passionate writer about rural issues in Ontario.  He writes about the farming community and the various new regulations that the farmers are having to deal with.  When justice is not done, you can be sure that it will appear in the Ontario Farmer, the weekly farm paper that he writes in as well as the Landowner Magazine.  Dairy farming has been a big part of his life and he frequently gives the ups and downs that he has experienced in this industry.  Ian’s frank and often humourous tales of life in the country will raise a few eyebrows and have others shaking their heads.  One thing about Ian Cumming, whatever he writes about is coming from his heart and it’s the way he sees it.

Brenda-KearnsBrenda Kearns

Brenda Kearns writes health articles for national magazines such as Woman’s World, First for Women and Health Monitor Network. She’s published over 2,400 freelance articles, and covers everything from herbal remedies to medical breakthroughs. Brenda is also the author of two early teen novels — Home, and The Day I Washed My Face in the Toilet – plus a middle grade novel, Sleepover Zoo, and two picture books (Parrots and Popcorn, and There’s Nothing Wrong With Claudia). Please see her website and blog (www.brendakearns.com) for more information.

Dale-dawsonDale Dawson

I’ve written Geezer’s Corner for many years. It has appeared in The Landowner, also a community newspaper in western Quebec and still is published in a Prince Edward Island paper. I like to write human interest articles with a touch of humour and will sometimes unload my frustrations on politicians that have the common sense of a parsnip. I try, on occasion when all else fails, to put my point across by breaking into verse. That happens when my medication gets mixed up so you’ll have to bear with me when that occurs. I have a chief advisor who has suffered along with me – well we’ve been married for 53 years and she still ridicules every word I write, especially as she says, ”those damn poems”.

Jim-MerriamJim Merriam

I got bucked off my first horse in southern Alberta in the 1960s. Little did I know then that would be a preview of my life: a little flying high followed by a whole lot of landing face first in the mud. A lifelong journalist, I have served as an Editor and/or Publisher in newspapers from Alberta to Guelph, Kitchener and Cambridge and to my home area of Owen Sound. Horses and mules have always been a big part of my life. A few years ago I received recognition from Buckingham Palace for my 18 years with a therapeutic riding association. My wife and I live on a small mule farm where our most successful crops are burdoch and barn cats. Over a 15-year period I have had several battles with cancer, and so far have won them all. I write a column for Post Media daily newspapers in Ontario outside of Metro areas.

john-phairJohn Phair

John Phair was born in Sarnia on Jan. 10, 1949, but has lived most of his life in the Petrolia/Enniskillen Township area. At an early age he acquired a love of farming, history and conservative politics, which have never deserted him. He graduated from Lambton College with a General Arts diploma and later majored in history at the University of Windsor. During his lifetime he has farmed, operated a general store, ran a livestock trucking business and worked on construction, among other things. About 20 years ago he began writing for the Voice of the Farmer, which through a series of mergers and acquisitions, eventually morphed into, what is now, the Ontario Farmer and Today’s Farmer publications. He continues to freelance for a collection of farm publications throughout Canada and the U.S.

John-RobsonJohn Robson

John Robson, commentator-at-large with News Talk Radio 580 CFRA, journalist and documentary film-maker, is also an Invited Professor at the University of Ottawa. He holds a B.A. and M.A. in history from the University of Toronto and a Ph.D in American history from the University of Texas at Austin. He has worked in academia, think tanks and politics as well as doing print, radio and television journalism in Canada. He is married to Brigitte Pellerin.

judith-coxJudith Cox

I have always loved working with plants and as a Master Gardener I enjoy sharing that love with others. I work as a gardener during the growing season and volunteer at advice clinics at local farmer’s markets. In the winter I give lectures on a variety of gardening subjects at local horticultural societies and the Central Experimental Farm. Heritage vegetables are a favourite of mine along with roses and herbs and pollinator gardens.

Liz-MarshallElizabeth Marshall

Elizabeth (Liz) Marshall has many facades about her, but her passion is research. She has written many reports to assist people who are dealing with unreasonable bylaws and aggressive enforcement agents. These reports are available on the Ontario Landowner website www.ontariolandowners.ca and include such titles as: Conservation Authorities: The Legislator’s Intent; Property Standards bylaw; MPAC – It’s Creation and it’s Conflicts; Tree Cutting Bylaws: What Municipal Councils Need to Know, and Why Complete Title Searches are Imperative to name a few. Her recently published Book, “Property Rights 101, An Introduction” is doing extremely well and is available on Amazon.com, Amazon.ca and Kindle.

She is a Director with the Canadian Justice Review Board and Legislative Researcher for MPP Jack MacLaren. As a Legal Researcher, she provides assistance to Green and Associates Law Offices. She is also a Director of Research for the Ontario Landowners Association and President of All Rights Research Ltd. The 2014 International Property Rights Convention brought speakers to Ottawa from Australia and the United States. Liz was one of the speakers and is on the Steering Committee for this International Property Rights Association.

She often tells people that her drive to help protect our rights and freedoms comes from her parents telling her and her siblings that we do have rights. She is also inspired from hearing the stories of how her relatives fought with their lives so that we could live free. She knows that if someone doesn’t know their rights they don’t have any and examples of government bureaucracies eroding these rights and freedoms are evidenced by the injustices happening to good people across our province on a daily basis.

Michael-CorenMichael Coren

Michael is a television host, radio personality, columnist, author, and speaker. For four years he hosted The Arena on Sun News Network every weeknight and for 13 years before that The Michael Coren Show on CTS. He won numerous awards, both in Canada and the US and hosted more than 4000 episodes.. He is a columnist for Ottawa Life, Snowbirds Magazine and appears on Newstalk 1010 radio every week and each month on CHCH TV. He is also a regular contributor to The Winnipeg Free Press, The National Post, The Walrus and Britain¹s Standpoint magazine. He is the best-selling author of fourteen books, including biographies of G.K. Chesterton, H.G. Wells, Arthur Conan Doyle, J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. He has contributed to the Dictionary of National Biography and several other anthologies. He is published in many countries and in more than a dozen languages. Michael has received several honorary doctorates and awards for his writing and broadcasting. In 2005 he won The Ed Murrow Award for Radio Broadcasting, in 2006 The RTNDA Radio Broadcasting Award, in 2007 the Communicator Award in Hollywood and in 2008 the Omni Award for his television show. In 2012 he was awarded the Queen’s Jubilee Medal for his services to media.

Shirley-DolanShirley Dolan

Shirley lives in Woodlawn, Ontario (part of the amalgamated City of Ottawa) on a farm that has been in the family since 1842 and where she and her family run a cash crop business.

Shirley attended Algonquin College where she trained in Information Technology. This led to her joining the Information Technology Branch at Statistics Canada where she served a full career. Shirley retired from StatCan in 2002 with over 36 years of service. Ongoing education and training while on the job included courses in new IT techniques, project management, and risk analysis. In addition to managing an IT team as an Assistant Director, Shirley also contributed as a technical writer, developing a threat and risk assessment process for the department’s IT systems.

Shirley has always had an interest in Rural Affairs and, shortly after West Carleton was amalgamated into the City of Ottawa she worked on two Rural Summits and was a member of the Rural Issues Advisory Committee (RIAC). Unfortunately, the Rural Summits failed to deliver the voice promised to rural Ottawa and RIAC was cancelled by the City. This led, in part, to her involvement in activist groups interested in better government and the protection of private property rights as well as being engaged in the political process at the municipal, provincial, and federal levels.

She is currently president of the Ottawa-Carleton Landowners Association and a governor on the executive of the Ontario Landowners Association where she continues to work to promote the rights of all citizens to use, enjoy, and profit from their property.

Tom-DeWeeseTom DeWeese

Tom DeWeese is one of the nation’s leading advocates of individual liberty, free enterprise, private property rights, personal privacy, back-to-basics education and American sovereignty and independence.

A resident of Virginia since 1982, Tom is a native of Ohio. He’s been a candidate for the Ohio Legislature, served as editor of two newspapers, and has owned several businesses since the age of 23. He was listed in the “Outstanding Young Men of America in 1981 and 1982 and was added to the National Registry of Who’s Who in 2000. In 1989 Tom led the only privately-funded election-observation team to the Panamanian elections. In 2006 Tom was invited to Cambridge University to debate the issue of the United Nations before the Cambridge Union, a 200 year old debating society. Today he serves as Founder and President of the American Policy Center and editor of The DeWeese Report and author of the book “Now Tell Me I Was Wrong.” Tom has appeared on such national programs including Fox News and the Michael Reagan Show, and quoted in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post.

Tom DeWeese was one of the first to voice concern over the radical agenda of the environmental movement and to question its motives. Since 1992 he has been sounding the alarm against the UN’s Agenda 21 and its policy of Sustainable Development as a threat to private property rights, free markets and American sovereignty and independence.

For over 45 years Tom DeWeese has been a businessman, grassroots activist, writer and publisher. As such, he has always advocated a firm belief in man’s need to keep moving forward while protecting our Constitutionally-guaranteed rights.

Moira-EganMoira Egan

I don’t judge books by their covers but I did buy a used book only because of its title: The Natural Science of Stupidity. Although there are examples of stupidity from all eras and in all areas of the world, humans don’t seem to learn much from it.

Stupidity hurts us. Yet all of the isms of today encourage stupidity: globalism, sustainablism, paganism, environmentalism, materialism, de-populationism, hyper-sexualism, transgenderism, transhumanism, moral relativism, satanism, socialism, communism, fascism, corporatism, technocratism, fascism, dim lightbulbism…

We are in the Age of Radical Stupidity (ARS).

Stupidity really does hurt us – and our property rights. I write for the Landowner to alert readers to the stupidity coming at us. Perhaps I can prevent stupidity from making ARSists of us all.

I am co-founder with Jessica Annis of Toronto Private Property Rights Association.

Mark-TisjjenMark Tijssen

Mark grew up on a farm north of Brampton, ON, completed a Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Guelph and upon graduation, joined the Canadian Armed Forces. Nearly thirty years later, he is approaching the end of his Canadian Armed Forces career and beginning the transition to a large acreage in Duffering County where he will grow a variety of crops and raise an assortment of livestock.

This, along with quietly hobby farming with his sons on three acres in the south-east corner of Ottawa, would have been Mark’s complete biography had he not killed a pig with a friend in November of 2009. Shortly thereafter Mark experienced a full-scale armed raid on his rural property. Two years of court appearances later (and two weeks before a seven day constitutional trial), all charges were withdrawn. Suffice to say, Mark has been an active Ontario Landowner since the day following the raid.

Rick-AndrewsRick Andrews

I am a Country Boy who is trapped in a City Boy’s body! In order to get my rural “fix”, I keep a few chickens and a couple of honey bee hives in my backyard just outside of Toronto.  I also enjoy re-connecting with my heritage and making a lot of traditional Italian foods like sausage, salami, olives and specialty breads. In between being a husband, father and “pretend” farmer, I also try to find time to chronicle these interests at www.cityboyhens.com

Diana-FisherDiana Leeson Fisher

Diana Leeson Fisher grew up in the small town of Kemptville, about an hour south of Canada’s Capital. Although surrounded by farms all her life, she really knows nothing about farming. Every day is a new experience for this Accidental Farmwife, as the animals teach her everything she needs to know about life on the farm. Diana is the News and Afternoon Host at 97.5 Juice FM in Kemptville for her day job, where her online handle is “The Farmer’s Wife.” You can follow her on Twitter @farmwife.

Roger-GravesRoger Graves

Roger Graves obtained his BSc, MSc and PhD in physics from London University in England. Shortly thereafter he joined the Marconi organization where, under the guise of designing radars, he did much the same thing that he was doing in a university laboratory but got paid three times as much for it. When he was in his mid-thirties he emigrated to Canada where he helped design the Canadarm for the Space Shuttle program. He then went back to designing radars and helped design a radar for the Canadian navy, followed by an airborne ice-mapping radar for Environment Canada. After this he became a consultant for the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) where he helped design the Dextre maintenance robot for the International Space Station.

Roger ended his stint with CSA as their risk manager, and then became an independent risk management consultant. In addition to doing a lot of consulting and training courses over the last few years, he was also the principal architect of the Mandrel series of risk management software, which can be downloaded from www.davion.com.

Roger has been increasingly alarmed by the exaggerations and misinformation put out by the climate change lobby, and has devoted a lot of his time recently to discovering the real facts about it.

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