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

Re-writing a Broken Act II (Feb./March 2019)
In a press release March 4th, 2019, the OSPCA said “they were no longer going to do on-farm investigations and enforcement of animal cruelty laws. They said the present OSPCA ...
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Re-writing a Broken Act (Dec./Jan. 2019)
Here it is, 2019. It’s amazing how fast time goes by when you are looking back. It doesn’t seem that long ago that the landowners decided to challenge the constitutionality ...
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What are our Kids to Believe? (Oct./Nov. 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? (Aug./Sept. 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 farmers always talk about the weather! Everything they do and plan to do depends on what ...

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 rid of Wynne’. I understand that sentiment, we have all had enough. But is Doug Ford ...

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. The population of Ireland in 1835 was about 8 million people. Though accurate records were not ...

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 when it comes to dealing with money. What could you expect from a government that doesn’t ...
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