Rural Reflections Blog: Latest Rural News & Editorials by Tom Black

What are our Kids to Believe? (October/November 2018)
Here in the Ottawa Valley the snow is falling, with about 3 inches on the ground and another 5 inches to come, according to the weatherman. It’s November 16th, 2018 ...
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Is there hope for rural Ontario? (August/September 2018)
It’s been 15 years since Marlene and I joined the landowner movement in Ontario. It is hard to believe how fast the years have gone by. We started out trying ...
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Hope and Faith that Premier Doug Ford can turn Ontario around. (June/July 2018)
Well, it has been a blistering hot summer here in Eastern Ontario, just about the opposite of last summer. Too much rain last year, not enough this year. No wonder ...
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Making Our Votes Count on June 7th (Apr./May 2018)
June 7th is just about here, folks. Who will you vote for in your riding? For some, it is a slam dunk – Doug Ford – ‘we have to get ...
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WWII Vet Wins The War but looses to City By-Law

Dr.Holtom isn’t your average urban backyard chicken keeper. A World War II Veteran, and a practicing Chiropractor, Dr.Holtom is 94 years young. He’s always looking for new things to learn and opportunities to enrich his life.  Between hosting his weekly Saturday night poker game for ‘the ...

Have we learned nothing from overpopulated cities? (June/July 2016)

While driving home a couple of weeks ago, I passed a field with beef cattle contentedly grazing on green pasture and then a field of corn. The best field of corn in the area, four feet high on the first of July, on an extremely dry ...

Old laws aren’t so irrelevant after all (April/May 2016)

So how many times have you heard people say that those old laws that the OLA keeps bringing up to defend the property rights of people, are irrelevant and outdated and not of consequence in this new ‘modern’ Canada? Well folks, the province of New Brunswick ...

A long history of working with the weather (February/March 2016)

February / March 2016 Landowner Magazine Cover Wow, what a winter! I only used the snow blower two times. Some years I could have used it 2 times in one day or twice a week from December to April but then others like 1953, the year my brother was born, my dad drove ...
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