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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How to talk to Millennials about Property Rights

I’m a younger woman who grew up in the public education system of the 1990’s. I can assure you that private property rights was not a concept or topic that was covered in the curriculum. We were too busy learning about “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” and how ...

Some reporters need to get feedback and this is one of them (Aug./Sept. 2016)

For the most part, the Landowners are very respectful of all citizens of Ontario and recognize that although we have different lifestyles, different goals and different issues with government, we are all the same when it comes down to our home and family. We all need ...

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 ...
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