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

Who Caused the Flooding? (April/May 2019)
I am sure most people in Ontario have heard about the flooding on the Ottawa River this year, and I am also sure most had deep heart-felt sympathy for those ...
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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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Remembering Those Who Gave Their Lives (October/November 2015)

It was great to see Canadians turning up in such large numbers on November 11, (35,000 in Ottawa at the Cenotaph) to show respect and remember those great men and women (boys and girls) who, since the war of 1812 have so courageously stepped up to ...

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 ...
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