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

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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It’s all about Principles (Feb./March 2018)
Landowner Magazine February March 2018 Edition
Today is St. Patricks Day as I pen this page and I think of my ancestors who came to this country from the Emerald Isle, to escape the potato famine. ...
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The Race to the Bottom (Dec./Jan. 2018)
Here we are in a brand new year, 2018 with a brand new pay structure imposed on private businesses by a government in Ontario that has no sense of responsibility ...
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Standing up for Property Rights and Freedom (August/September 2015)

For many years, the OLA has stood up against politicians and governments, federal, provincial and municipal and their arms-lengths agencies when they have stepped beyond their jurisdiction and intruded upon private property. We have tried to stay out of conflicts that have involved neighbours except when ...

Touring the west was a great education… (June/July 2015)

june-july-2015-cover Hello Folks, Well Marlene and I just got back from a family wedding in B.C., that we turned into an extended holiday with her brother on the coast. It was a whole new experience for a solid land loving old guy from the east, but what a ...

Placing blame in all the wrong places (April/May 2015)

Wow! What a great spring for farmers! The corn is nearly all planted and the soybeans are well on the way. The cattle are out on reasonably good grass and the hay fields at least in eastern Ontario, look pretty good. That of course, brings us ...

Time to overhaul justice with a strong case (Feb/March 2015)

Justice! When we think of the word justice, most of us have visions of an all knowing magistrate sitting in the big chair wielding the big gavel and proclaiming a verdict that has been thrashed out in the court room by truly honourable lawyers on both ...
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