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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Where is the Justice? (October/November 2017)

The level of government that affects people’s lives the most on a day to day basis is often our local municipal government. There are many reasons for this of course. Often locals go into politics with great intentions to fix what they perceive as the issues ...

Enough of the Bullshit (August/September 2017)

By now most readers know that I have lost faith in the promises that Patrick Brown made to the Landowners when he was soliciting our support to become the leader of the PC party. When Patrick Brown sat across the kitchen table in my home, in ...

Site-Alteration Bylaws don’t save farmland. (June/July 2017)

Over the last few months, the Carleton Landowners Association has been involved with bureaucrats from the city of Ottawa. Ottawa has introduced a plan to bring in a site-alteration bylaw. I was present at some of these meetings. It seems that the city has decided to ...

Let’s Protect the Vulnerable and Defenseless (Apr./May 2017)

As members of the Ontario Landowners, we most often, are referred to by people who don’t know us personally, as “those property rights lobbyists”. The fact is we are property rights promoters, but we are also your neighbours, your work associates, your policemen, firemen, nurses, doctors, ...
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