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

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 ...
Read More
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 ...
Read More
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 ...
Read More
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 ...
Read More

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, ...

Let’s Not Pass On This Green Energy Mess (Feb./Mar. 2017)

I know the subject of Hydro prices has been front and centre now for the last few years as the costs of the Green Energy Act start to show up on our hydro bills. Oh, maybe I shouldn’t call it hydro since we now have many ...
backtotop