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Restoring Respect for Property Rights in Ontario by Shirley Dolan

Published May 1, 2017

This past week, I had the privilege of travelling with the Blue Ribbon Panel on Property Rights (BRPPR) as they continued their series of Town Hall meetings, this time, in south-western Ontario. To say that the meetings were profitable would be an understatement. The panel members are passionate about this topic and I can say that those who attended the meetings were equally engaged in wanting to “change the tone” to one of respect for property rights in Ontario. To understand what is meant by changing the tone, you must first have an appreciation for the value of those rights […]

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Niagara Landowners Association Annual General Meeting Friday May 12th

Published May 1, 2017

Mark your calendar for Friday May 12th starting at 7 PM at the Rockway Community Centre, 2021 Pelham Road, Lincoln, ON. That’s the date of the Niagara Landowners Association (NLA) AGM. Guest speakers include Gary McHale and Ed Smith. Admission is free – donations are gratefully accepted. Help keep government in their place and out of yours. Bring your neighbours. For more information, call Dave Honey (President, NLA) at 905-380-3803. Gary McHale is the founder and president of CanAce Inc (Canadian Advocates for Charter Equality). He is best known for his peaceful involvement in the civil rights struggle in Caledonia […]

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Killing Clean Power Plan By Tom Harris

Published May 1, 2017

President Donald Trump is right to kill the hugely expensive Clean Power Plan (CPP). After all, it only controls carbon dioxide (CO2), which is simply plant food. The Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change cites over 1,000 peer-reviewed studies showing that rising atmospheric CO2 enhances productivity of forests and grasslands. Commercial greenhouses run at up to about four times the outside level of CO2 to boost plant growth. Increasing CO2 poses no direct hazard to human health either. Concentrations in submarines can reach 25 times normal atmospheric levels with no harmful effects on the crew. Yet the CPP misleads readers […]

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Online Petition on the Proposed Carbon Tax

Published April 1, 2017

A member of Pierre Poilievre’s board of directors has initiated a petition to Parliament calling for full information on the proposed carbon tax. The petition, sponsored by Pierre Poilievre, MP, Carleton, can be found here https://petitions.parl.gc.ca/en/Petition/Details?Petition=e-910. The petition is open for signature until June 28, 2017. Petition to the House of Commons Whereas: The Prime Minister promised during the election to reduce taxes for “the middle class and those working to join it”; A carbon tax will cost the middle class and those working to join it; Redacted documents demonstrate that the government has done analysis of how this carbon […]

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Your Input Wanted on Property Rights by Marlene Black

Published April 1, 2017

One of the facts that has become most obvious to any of the landowners in Ontario is that we are being overrun with intrusive individuals who seem to feel that they have total authority to walk all around our property, take pictures if they want to and leave orders for us to follow. WHAT DICTATORSHIP ARE THEY LIVING IN? Certainly not Canada but I digress. Yes, it is in Canada and these people strutting around looking for ways to charge you; for a messy yard, for filling a hole on your land; for putting in new windows without a permit, […]

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Freeman of the Land versus the Ontario Landowners Association By Tom Black

Published April 1, 2017

Over the years since the landowners started in Ontario, we have been approached by folks from many different groups and with different philosophies. Some question the laws that we create to help people live in a society that respects the individual rights of people and their property. In this country, the rules are designed by citizens, approved by citizens and enforced by courts and police that were established by citizens. This is a democracy and that gives us the ability to remove those who fail to live up to our expectations. The folks from the Man of the Land persuasion […]

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Re: “OLA Litigation Fund” – No GILMOR Court Decision Yet By Tom Black

Published April 1, 2017

This is to provide you with an update on where the Gilmor case presently stands. First of all, we would like to thank the OLA e-news readers who supported us in our fundraising efforts towards helping ensure that the Gilmor case had all the opportunity for a successful outcome. The Gilmors, discouraged with the fact that they won their case with 3 judges, were extremely disappointed to have to start the process all over again with the appeal. They chose to represent themselves without the assistance of a lawyer. For many of us, this case was a pivotal one as […]

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Update on the Twinkle Tree Christmas Tree Farm

Published April 1, 2017

You may remember eighty-eight-year-old Jim Williams of Beamsville, Ontario, a WWII veteran and a 60-year member of the Lions Club who had many passions. He loved to fly, he loved photography, he was a great storyteller and he was always ready to help someone in need. He also ran “Twinkle Tree” Christmas tree farm on his 35 acres. Jim ran a-foul of the law when he was told by a Niagara Escarpment Enforcement officer that what he had done for 60 years, working his land, was now illegal and he could not spread dirt without a permit. Once the enforcement […]

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North Renfrew United Landowners Hold Annual General Meeting

Published April 1, 2017

Thirty people attended the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the North Renfrew United Landowners (NRUL) on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 in the Deep River Legion. Frank Burke, president of the NRUL, welcomed everyone and reviewed the activities of the NRUL in the past year regarding the Renfrew County Official Plan Review. Janis Gulens, NRUL Treasurer, gave a detailed financial report of the association’s income and expenses. 2016 started with a deficit but finished the year with a surplus, largely due to generous donations from members. Betty Condie and Larry Mahoney had previously reviewed and approved the financial documents. Claire Watts […]

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Windmills, Carbon Tax, And Stuff By The Contrarian

Published April 1, 2017

A page out of Willy Brant’s diary – I just got up, and was stretching the old body this way and that while looking out the front window at fresh snow, when I saw Joe’s ratty old tractor turn into the driveway. Good thing, he has that big heavy blade, take out some of those spring potholes. So I put on the coffee perk, and dug out those nice fat cookies I bought downtown, of course they are loaded with MSG and whatever crap the factory puts in. They were named ‘Miss Molly’s’ cookies, or something like that, which is […]

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Liz Marshall talking about Property Rights, Kathleen Wynne Breach Of Trust, Samsung Contract and Hydro.

Published March 29, 2017 Read more

Tom Black on The Hydro and Carbon Tax Debate

Published March 23, 2017 Read more

OLA Supports Small Recycling Business Under Attack By MOE by Beth Trudeau

Published March 1, 2017

When one is under attack by a government agency, it is sure wonderful to have Ontario Landowners and Canadians for Language Fairness on your side. A huge THANK YOU to all of our friends and family that froze their butts off on one of the blusteriest days of this winter, as they stood around on our private property while the Ministry of Environment struggled to justify their demand to see our facility; wait, no, our truck; wait, no, our site, as they attempted to be “proactive” with a company operating the same way for 18 years. Branches Multi Waste Inc. […]

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Exciting News Regarding Property Rights In Ontario by Tom Black

Published March 1, 2017

Today I would like to bring you some exciting news regarding Property Rights in this province. In the fall of 2015, the leader of the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party, MPP Patrick Brown asked MPP Jack MacLaren to form a Blue Ribbon Panel on Property Rights (BRPPR). A group of individuals with knowledge and interest in property rights headed up the panel. They have been working since that time and are now ready to get input from the leadership of various stakeholder groups, property owners and concerned citizens on the value of, and issues surrounding, Property Rights in Ontario. The consultation […]

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What You Should Know About Your Septic System by Shirley Dolan

Published March 1, 2017

The Ontario Building Code, when combined with the Building Code Act and the Ontario Regulation 332/12, is over 750 pages. I image few people have read it in its entirety except our OLA Director of Research, Elizabeth Marshall. Fewer still, I imagine, have waded through the proposed changes to the Code (there are 700 of them). Unfortunately, buried deep in the bowels (pun intended) of the proposed changes is a mandatory requirement to have septic systems on private property cleaned out every five years. Yet, the public has not been invited to comment on the proposed changes. You can read […]

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Huron County Needs To Base Its Decisions On Law, Not Just An Opinion by John Schwartzentruber

Published March 1, 2017

When Bev Hill recently questioned county council about the lawfulness of the Huron Natural Heritage Plan, Warden Ginn claimed that they “absolutely have the right” to make any regulations the county wants for private property. (Note: We recognize that a municipality has complete autonomy to regulate public property. That authority ends where private property begins. That’s the law.) The warden drew support for his view from a legal brief that was clearly labeled as “Legal Opinion…” It began with these words, “Summary: Our firm has been asked to provide an opinion…” And that is exactly what the county got – […]

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Carbon Tax Protest Ottawa January 30/2017

Published February 8, 2017

Stop the carbon tax – protest in Ottawa. If you’re in Ontario, sign our petition at www.StopHighEnergyBills.ca. If you’re some where else in Canada, you can sign this petition: https://www.taxpayer.com/resource-centre/petitions/petition

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New bill not in Patient’s interests by Dr. Terry McVey

Published February 1, 2017

This article first appeared in the Nov. 16/2016 issue of the North Renfrew Times and is reprinted here with the kind permission of the author. This week, doctors will advocate for changes to deeply flawed Bill 41 in order to protect patient privacy and challenge the need to increase health-care bureaucracy at the expense of patient care. As family physician to many of you in Deep River and surrounding area, I am deeply concerned that Bill 41 was created without any valuable input from doctors, who provide care on the front lines every day. I am dismayed that the Ontario […]

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The Docket – First Court Appearance – Guilty Plea by Jeff Bogaerts, Paralegal

Published February 1, 2017

The first in a series of informational articles by paralegal Jeff Bogaerts, this report walks the reader through a typical first appearance in court. It may be instructional to many facing their first day in court. Stay tuned for the second article “Hell No – Not Guilty” in a future edition of the ENews. Order in the court, all rise. “Court is now in session, please be seated. Introducing Mr./Madame Justice _______________ now presiding. Oyez, Oyez, Oyez, Anyone having business before the Superior Court of Justice for the Province of Ontario come now forward and attend upon Her Majesty the […]

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The Time Is Now For Rural Politicians Of All Stripes To Take A Stand By Tom Black

Published February 1, 2017

The news these days in the rural papers and radio stations indicate how well the plan to clear the rural of people, is really working. Back in early 2000, the government tasked a consulting firm called “Enid Slack Consulting Incorporated” with creating a report on rural Ontario. The resulting report was named “Small, Rural and Remote Communities; The Anatomy of Risk” and made many recommendations for government to follow to fix the problems in the country. The conclusions of their report was that the rural was in decline and there was nothing to do but help urge the people to […]

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Grassland Stewartship Program Now Accepting Applications by Elizabeth Marshall

Published February 1, 2017

I read with interest the article by Diana Martin in your Jan. 17, 2017 issue “Grassland Stewardship Program accepting applications.” There are a number of concerns I have with this initiative regarding property rights. The first blaring concern is that Conservation Ontario is involved. This is a non-government corporation set up by the Conservation Authorities to create policy, of which we assist paying for, through our taxes. One such policy was: “5.0 Policy Acquisition Through the land use planning process, the … CA will pursue the acquisition of conservation lands eligible for the Conservation Land Tax Incentive Program (CLTIP).” “…CA […]

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Is there a Remedy for People Suffering, Health Issues, Financially, etc from Industrial Wind Turbines in Ontario – approximately 7700 planned for Ontario by Dave Hemingway

Published February 1, 2017

“Congratulations to Trish and Shawn Drennan!” The Goderich Superior Court Room was filled to capacity when Shawn and Trish Drennan went to Court on January 19th to reverse the negative impact that the 140 Industrial Wind Turbine Project (K2), two transformer stations and several transmission lines have on their family, home and their Heritage Farm operation. They put a compelling and sensible case together and spoke with passion and the strength of truth behind their words. One comment was that some felt they were witnessing an important step in this fight. I heard, from a lawyer,… “that a lawyer could […]

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ERASE – A Political Thriller by Tom DeWeeze – Book Review by Moira Egan

Published January 1, 2017

Now his thoughts turned back to when he and Terri had first met at one of his political talks. “The ever growing expansion of government at every level is usurping individual freedom,” he had passionately told the audience of about 100 people. “We need patriots to stand up and shout from the rafters, NO!”, he cried. “NO! to policies that infringe on our liberty, NO! to massive waste of the taxpayers’ hard earned money. NO! to political leaders who grab power, endanger the election process, and corrupt the system with illegal search and seizure of private homes and property.” Did […]

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Brighter Days Ahead for Property Rights by Marlene Black

Published January 1, 2017

Here’s wishing all our e-news readers, a very “Happy New Year” and all the best in 2017. Hopefully this year will see fewer cases of abuses against good, hardworking people, fewer unlawful bylaws and a better understanding of personal freedoms and property rights. It’s what keeps us going in this organization called the Ontario Landowners Association. Several times a week it seems that we answer the phone to talk to someone who has just heard of us either through googling property rights which eventually leads to our website, www.ontariolandowners.ca or from a neighbour who has given out our number and […]

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Canadian Property Rights Legal Services By Suzanne Atkinson

Published January 1, 2017

This article first appeared in the Ontario Beef Magazine and is reprinted with the kind permission of the author and the magazine. http://www.ontariobeef.com/communications/ontario-beef-magazine.aspx The plan to create a legal services company, to serve as the “legal arm of the Ontario Landowners Association,” is going ahead as the organization pushes an agenda to “convert talk into action.” Canadian Property Rights Legal Services will be run by OLA member Jeff Bogearts. President Tom Black made the announcement at the annual meeting in October 2016in Lindsay, Ontario. Bogarts said the last three leaders of the provincial Conservative party have admired the work of […]

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Every Step Taken Makes a Difference by Tom DeWeese

Published January 1, 2017

The following is a newsletter from the President of the American Policy Centre http://americanpolicy.org . Mr. DeWeese was one of the guest speakers at the OLA International Property Rights Conference in October 2014. I founded the American Policy Center (APC) thirty years ago, back in 1986. I had goals to accomplish and dreams for success. Mostly I just wanted to make a difference in protecting our culture and our unique American form of government as a republic that protects the individual, the free market and the security of our homes. Over the years, I’ve focused on issues including personal privacy, […]

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Snowmobile Trails under the new Supporting Ontario’s Trails Act

Published January 1, 2017

In 2016, the Ontario government passed legislation to “sustain and improve the province’s trails system” replacing decades’ old informal arrangements between trail users and landowners that have served both very well for years. According to the government’s news release, the Supporting Ontario’s Trails Act “will strengthen ‎Ontario’s extensive trails system. It will protect and enhance thousands of kilometres of the province’s urban, suburban, rural and remote land and water trails while also encouraging its expansion.” Many landowners were unaware that this Act was being drafted and it was only through the efforts of the OLA to spread awareness of the […]

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United States of America and Barak Obama sued by Future Generation for not Mitigating Climate Change by Tom Black

Published January 1, 2017

Best wishes to all from the Ontario Landowners. 2016 has been an interesting year of ups and downs, with promising wins in court that we hope will lead to more confidence for others to stand up. We have also had many mayors and councillors talking to the county groups and asking for more information about what legislation really says when it is broken down to its basic parts by Liz Marshall. On the political front it has been a very disappointing year as it would seem that all three parties are clamoring for the attention of the liberal elite who […]

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Trumpatized by Elizabeth Marshall

Published December 1, 2016

This article first appeared in canadafreepress.com. As you may recall I am completely non-partisan but I think everyone has had enough of the daily dose of Trump trashing. I know I have. Firstly, Canadians (including myself) should just butt out. This is an American election and the people of the United States have spoken. Yes, yes I know Canada has a trade agreement or two with the U.S., but we need the U.S. as much or even more than they need us, so if the Americas want Donald Trump as their President it is none of our business. To be […]

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Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Peace! By Shirley Dolan

Published December 1, 2016

Many people will be familiar with the phrase “Speak now or forever hold your peace”, a phrase which some say originated in the Church of England at wedding ceremonies. It is meant as a last call for anyone to stop the marriage, for good cause, or keep silent. It appears that municipalities are using the same technique when it comes to public meetings about proposed bylaws and official plan amendments. I was first made aware of this practice by Donna Burns, President of the Renfrew-Nippissing-Pembroke Landowners Association, who discovered that residents who did not attend the public consultation meetings on […]

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Watts in your Hydro Bill?

Published December 1, 2016

Watts in your hydro bill? That was the title of a series of town hall meetings hosted by MPP for Carleton-Mississippi Mills, Jack MacLaren. One was held in Pakenham, the second in Kanata North. There will also be one held in the village of Kinburn and another in Kanata South. I attended the one in Pakenham on Saturday morning, November 26th. The guest speaker at all four meetings is Parker Gallant. Mr. Gallant is a retired banker whose 33 year career with the TD bank included lending positions in the domestic market and many years in international banking where he […]

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Democracy by Tom Black

Published December 1, 2016

A word originating from the Greek work Demokratia, literally translated as “rule of the commoner”. The Trump success was first thought to be from low income distressed voters, but statistics since found the household median income of Trump supporters was $72,000, well above the national average. So it would seem that Trump supporters were not from the social elite, not from the political elite, nor from the celebrity elite, and even with all his own gaffs and the full force of nearly every member of the media and both Democratic and Republican forces, to stop him, he went on to […]

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Distributed Wastewater Service & Responsibility by Rick Esselment

Published December 1, 2016

I started my career as a Public Health Inspector and Building Official in Brantford Ontario inspecting housing units for Migrant Farm Workers. I moved to more traditional Public Health and Septic Inspection work in Haldimand-Norfolk shortly after. Working in a municipal government inspection and enforcement job very quickly taught me a valuable lesson about the relationships between authority, knowledge and service. Basically I saw it playing out like this, because we had authority, we didn’t seek knowledge and didn’t provide much service. I witnessed far too often inspectors that saw themselves as the “owners” of our regulations, with the property […]

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Loss of our rural population to megacities by Len Harris

Published November 1, 2016

How many times in your life have you made a decision on an important issue only to find out it is completely wrong? Doesn’t happen too often luckily but when the issue is as important as how you live in your house, drive to work, basically how you exist in 2016 – to get that wrong would be a disaster. If you live or work in a major city, you could wake up one morning and find you are not allowed to drive your vehicle at all for a month. This also affects how you get the week’s groceries home, […]

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2016 OLA AGM and Public Meeting by Shirley Dolan

Published November 1, 2016

Tom Black, President of the Ontario Landowners Association (OLA), remarked that he always wonders if the AGM for the current year will live up to the ones in years past. Held at the Admiral Inn in Lindsay on October 22, over 40 people attended the AGM and over 100 people sat in on the public meeting in the afternoon, so yes, we matched or bettered previous meetings. The attraction of course for many people is that we get to hear great speakers like Elizabeth Marshall (our Director of Research), Len Harris (former Senator from Queensland, Australia), Jeff Bogaerts, and Tom […]

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K2 Wind Energy Project Challenge in Goderich Superior Court postponed until January 19, 2017 by Dave Hemingway

Published November 1, 2016

The first day of the Constitution Challenge brought by Shawn and Trish was heard in Goderich Superior Court on October 26th. Shawn and Trish Drennan are presenting themselves in this action against K2 Wind Energy and the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, represented by Emily Bala, Ministry of the Attorney General. The Court Room was filled with standing room only with concerned community members from all over Ontario including members from several OLA chapters. Their attendance demonstrated a great concern for the Health, Environment, and Property Rights of Residents associated with living in proximity to large Industrial Wind Projects. […]

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Ontario Landowners Association Announces New Legal Services Branch by Tom Black

Published November 1, 2016

In 2003 a new organization was formed in the rural countryside of Lanark County in Eastern Ontario. This new organization was known as the Lanark Landowners Association. As more county groups across Ontario joined the Lanark Landowners, a decision was made to form the Ontario Landowners Association as the umbrella organization for the growing number of county groups. Today there are over 20 county chapters across the province, including one in Quebec. Over the years, the landowners have been assertive in having their existing rights to property ownership and use recognized and respected by all levels of government. In bringing […]

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How to talk to Millennials about Property Rights by Joanne Cooney

Published November 1, 2016

Reprinted with permission of the author and the Landowner Magazine. 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 to conserve water. So, for me, in today’s society it is difficult to engage in a conversation about property rights. If I ever bring up the subject (outside of my Landowner friends), I am usually met with blank stares and a complete lack of […]

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Chemtrails or Contrails? By Tim Ball

Published October 1, 2016

I won’t apologize for a long and somewhat technical article because understanding requires more than the sensationalist sound bites of media. Indeed, they deliberately cause most of the confusion and distortion. Michael Crichton addressed the challenge of determining the truth in a 2003 speech. I have been asked to talk about what I consider the most important challenge facing mankind, and I have a fundamental answer. The greatest challenge facing mankind is the challenge of distinguishing reality from fantasy, truth from propaganda. Perceiving the truth has always been a challenge to mankind, but in the information age (or as I […]

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Throne speech out of touch with climate realities by Tom Harris

Published October 1, 2016

In the Liberal government’s September 12 Speech from the Throne, Premier Kathleen Wynne boasted, “Closing Ontario’s coal-fired electricity plants remains North America’s single-largest and most effective climate-change initiative — ever.” While the single-largest cause of the 318% rise in electricity rates in Ontario since 2002 was the closing of our coal stations, the actual impact on climate has been trivial. After all, Canada’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions account for only about 1.5% of the global total, and Ontario produces less than a quarter of that. Activists argue that it is still worth the cost since we are setting an example […]

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Where should we build our Cities? by John Robson

Published October 1, 2016

In the last Landowner Tom Black spoke in “Rural Reflections” of his puzzlement and pain at watching prime farmland converted to suburban houses and stores. And if you’re wondering what we’re thinking in letting it happen, the short answer is, we’re not. Tom says, “Never a thought is given to the fact that this land will not provide food ever again for people of this city, this province, the country or the starving in the world”. No indeed. Nor is much thought given to what sort of world we will live in even if scientific progress somehow allows us to […]

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The Plowing Match by Tom Black

Published October 1, 2016

Last week, Marlene and I joined a great group of people from southwestern Ontario, to meet and greet people at the Ontario Landowners tent at the International Plowing Match, just west of Harriston. It was a great experience, with hundreds of people coming to the tent to find out what we were all about. Some people knew what the OLA stood for and offered us more encouragement to continue, but others came in with horror stories involving some agency of the government wondering what we could do to help them. Bob Weirmeir of the Saugeen Regional Landowners was front and centre all five days and presented a […]

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Wood Stoves by Tom Black

Published October 1, 2016

A couple of weeks ago, we got a call from a man from Renfrew County, who sells outdoor wood stoves. He was very concerned that he may not be able to sell them any more in that area. He had heard rumours suggesting just that and wondered what he could do. It would seem that the rumour may have come from the deal signed by the 3 amigos in June 2016. Prime Minister Trudeau, President Obama and President Enrique Pena Nieto of Mexico agreed to “reduce black carbon (soot)” and went on to say “we commit to significant nation actions to reduce black carbon emissions in North […]

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OLA Hosts Public Meeting in Lindsay on October 22 2016

Published October 1, 2016

Have you ever been to a Landowner meeting? No? Then maybe it’s time. If you live in or around Lindsay, Ontario near Peterborough, we recommend you come to the OLA Public meeting and dinner being held on Saturday October 22. Don’t live near Lindsay? Why not take a mini holiday and stay over? It’s all happening at the Admiral Inn, 1754 Highway 7, Lindsay, Ontario. For $35 per person, you get dinner served by Konstantine’s Restaurant plus entry to the public meeting with guest speaker John Robson. Robson will be speaking on the right to bear arms in Canada. We […]

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No Silver Lining: The Black Cloud Behind Justin Trudeau’s “Sunny Ways” by Brad Salzberg

Published October 1, 2016

This article is reprinted with the kind permission of the author and the Canada Free Press. For those born and raised in Canada, it is with shock and amazement that we come to understand our current Liberal government’s social agenda for the future of our nation. As months pass since our federal election, the people of Canada are coming to recognize a profound truth: the pre-election campaign and the post-election platform of the Liberal Party are two very different entities. Indeed, beyond myriad broken promises and deficit miscalculations, the Liberal Party of Canada is intent upon engineering the greatest social […]

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The Essa Canadian National Draft Horse Exhibition by Elizabeth Marshall

Published September 1, 2016

Hey folks – I finally took a day off and this past weekend, August 31, I went to the Canadian National Draft Horse Exhibition, in Essa Ontario. And what a show it was! Two or three years ago I had attended, as well, and there’s nothing like these gentle giants showing their stuff – and there’s nothing like the work and care that goes into showing these magnificent animals. These teams came from all over and to name a few places they came from: Haley, Metcalfe, New Liskeard, Sunderland, Illinois, Listowel, Schomberg, Embro, etc. One of the judges came from […]

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Official Plans. A Blueprint to Shut Down Rural Ontario by Donna Burns

Published September 1, 2016

The FINAL public meeting on the Renfrew County Official Plan Amendment 25 (OPA 25) was held on Tuesday, Aug. 23rd in Renfrew at the Horton Twp. Community Centre. The last of seven such meetings…. this was the LAST CHANCE to learn about the County Official Plan and the impact it would have on private properties as a result of “land designations” being applied to determine what type of regulations will be enforced on our land-use conditions. See video from the last meeting at https://youtu.be/SRZpzJA0sso. Many people have no idea what an Official Plan is. An Official Plan is mandated by […]

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To Lawyer or Not to Lawyer. That is the Question by Bob Pattison

Published September 1, 2016

How many of us have awoken in the middle of the night with a slight pain in our lower right abdomen? As brave men, although somewhat naive in the self-diagnosis department; we—ignore it. Then in the middle of the following day we are disturbed by a more intense shock—paused grimace; it soon subsides. A month later—again, this time we double-over, wishing it would go away. Three weeks after that—we can’t move. Our “I told you so…” and long-suffering wife packs us into the truck and 20 minutes later (after locating every pot-hole and would be dimple in the road) delivers […]

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Dufferin Landowners Association Meeting – Pig Roast August 9 2016 by Elizabeth Marshall

Published September 1, 2016

Mark and Cynthia Tijssen hosted a pig roast on August 9th for the members and potential members of the Dufferin Landowners. To me, it was a great success. A general count put it over 50 adults and they brought their kids and grandchildren. Not only did Mark and Cynthia do a wonderful job cooking the pig, but everyone brought salads and desserts. The food was plentiful and very, very, very tasty. Bob Weirmeir, President of the Saugeen Regional Landowners Association came and brought some of his home-made bread and his information, which is always a good thing. After eating, Mark […]

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There is a Better Way by Tom Black

Published August 1, 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 year. This picture of perfection quickly gave way to row after row of new houses and then, on the opposite side of the road, a large parking lot with a Walmart store and about six other smaller stores. I guess this is what is called ‘progress’. Modern man has decided that the place to […]

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Extinction and Biodiversity by Tim Ball

Published August 1, 2016

The entire objective of environmentalism is to mislead the people in order to impose a political agenda. Former Czech Republic President Vaclav Klaus wrote in his book “Blue Planet in Green Shackles” that: “Environmentalism is a movement that intends to change the world radically regardless of the consequences (at the cost of human lives and severe restrictions on individual freedom). It intends to change humankind, human behavior, the structure of society, the system of values – simply everything.” For environmentalists you have no choice. It is only their way. They prove this by taking environmentalism, an idea that everybody agrees […]

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Brexit by John Robson

Published August 1, 2016

It was remarkable to be in the UK when the Brexit referendum results were announced. We stood on a high hill looking out over Blake’s pleasant pastures and verdant green where the spirit of self-government lived on to the dismay of our latter day King Jameses and King Johns. (In this teaser clip from our upcoming documentary on fixing the Canadian Constitution (see www.fixtheconstitution.ca), John Robson explains how the Brexit vote shows that individuals can resist the “tide of history”. Much elite scorn has since focused on the decision as the result of sausage-fingered xenophobes, abetted in part by the […]

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Battle for Hastings Drive by Jean Hamel

Published August 1, 2016

Earlier this year, the OLA eNews was contacted by Jean Hamel who owns a lot on Hastings Drive, Long Point. She and her family are being prevented from building on this lot, which was zoned as Hazardous in 1986 following a severe storm which destroyed or damaged dozens of houses on Long Point. Some rebuilding has happened but Jean’s lot is still restricted. She has set up a GoFund me page https://www.gofundme.com/BattleforHastings to assist with applying to the Ontario Municipal Board to have her lot rezoned to permit building. This is her story. In December 1985 a storm hit Long […]

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News Release – National conversation on immigration launched

Published August 1, 2016

July 5, 2016—Ottawa, ON –The Government of Canada is asking Canadians about what they think immigration means for Canada, and how we can continue to grow our nation through immigration. Starting today until August 5, 2016, Canadians can get involved by providing an on-line written submission. Other consultation activities include cross-Canada round-table discussions led by the Minister and Parliamentary Secretary, stakeholder engagement by departmental officials; and, public opinion research. Canada’s strength lies in its diversity. Our diversity is closely tied to immigration and is a valued part of Canada’s story—we are asking Canadians to help us write the next chapter. […]

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Update on the OSPCA Act Application

Published July 1, 2016

On October 18, 2013, an application was filed with the Ontario Superior Court of Justice to question the constitutionality of the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act [the OSPCA Act]. This application has been brought in the public interest to settle a number of questions and concerns respecting the constitutionality of the subject legislation. Here is an update on where we are. This has been a slow process. In a move to stop the Application, the Attorney General of Ontario filed a motion on June 10, 2015 to strike out the Application. Had the motion been […]

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Hydro One Ombudsman by Shirley Dolan

Published July 1, 2016

With the sale of Hydro One by the Wynne government, the Ontario Ombudsman no longer has oversight of the utility. Instead, reporting directly to the board of directors, Fiona Crean is the Ombudsman for Hydro One. Like many of you, I am sure, I was skeptical that Ms. Crean could be effective working within the utility. So I went to a couple of meetings in Ottawa to find out more about her role and how she could help Hydro One customers. The first meeting I attended was in Greely, a rural village in Ottawa. Crean clearly outlined her responsibilities, and […]

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Freedom Is Our Greatest Wealth by Tom Black

Published July 1, 2016

Brexit. Wow! Who would have thought that any country would bow out of what was promoted as an economic masterpiece created after the Second World War to try and bring the countries of Europe into the same fold. The hope was that they would become sort of the United States of Europe, and thus would start to think as one country and be able to look out for the wellbeing of the member states and avoid the wars that plagued these countries through the centuries. Obviously their goals were admirable, but when power is given to 33,000 bureaucrats, even great […]

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Lifestock Food and Farm Festival – July 10th

Published July 1, 2016

Are you looking for a fun day of life, love and learning with live music, great food, talks and walks. If so, the Lifestock Food and Farm Festival is for you. This one-day festival happens on July 10th from 10 AM to 10 PM at Wholeearth Farmstudio, 143 Concession Road 14E, Trent Hills, Ontario – 30 minutes east of Peterborough and 40 minutes north of Cobourg in the rolling hills of Northumberland County. According to their website (www.lifestock.ca), this event is a fundraiser to help raise the estimated $150,000 in legal expenses for Montana Jones and Michael Schmidt’s criminal trial […]

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Late Night Counsell by John Counsell

Published July 1, 2016

Late Night Counsell is alive and well and better than ever! We’ve been broadcasting every weeknight at www.latenightcounsell.com for over a month now! Taking phone calls, righting the wrongs of the province, nation and world and having a ton of fun while we do it. No big faceless, nameless, bland corporations holding us back anymore, it’s uncensored, unfiltered, unencumbered by anything. Ya gotta check it out! You can connect at www.latenightcounsell.com or hook up with us at Itunes or GooglePlay as well. Hope to hear from everyone of you from “Landowner Nation!!” You’ve got an ally at www.latenightcounsell.com!!

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How the Endangered Species Legislation was sold to our legislature by Jim White

Published July 1, 2016

It is not often that a lobbyist group openly brags about their achievements in getting a government to pass desired legislation. A publication and website posting of the Ivy Foundation created in late 2007 outlines in self-congratulatory detail of how they and five other environmentalist groups got the Ontario government to pass the Endangered Species legislation which came into effect on July 1st, 2008. The Ivy Foundation explains how they and four other environmental groups founded the Save Ontario’s Species (SOS) Coalition in 2005. The other members were the David Suzuki Foundation, Environmental Defence, Ontario Nature, Sierra Legal Defence Fund […]

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Is the Huron County Board of Health reneging on the Wind Turbine Health Investigation? By Mike Stachura

Published June 1, 2016

The Huron County Board of Health (BOH) chair, Tyler Hessel, appears to be reneging on his commitment to implement the investigation of potential health effects of wind turbines. In April 2016, Hessel called for an emergency board meeting. The next day, Hessel and Van Diepenbeek met with Dr. Janice Owen, the county’s acting Medical Officer of Health, and then waited to escort her out the door. The following day, reports came out that the Huron County BOH and Dr. Owen had parted ways. The BOH Chair, Tyler Hessel, Mayor of Bluewater, declined to discuss the reason for Dr. Owen’s departure; […]

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Concerned Citizens Dismayed As Wind Turbine Investigation Comes Off The Rails By Gerry Ryan

Published June 1, 2016

Rural Ontario is up in arms today over the apparent suspension of a one-of-a-kind wind turbine health investigation that may never happen. Medical Officer of Health for Huron County Dr. Janice Owen became aware of numerous health complaints from people in her community shortly after she was hired a year ago by the current Huron County Board of Health. Owen began researching the issues last August and contacted many in the field researching the topic. This February 4, Owen presented to her Board the outline and components of a wind turbine health complaints investigation stating that she had visited wind […]

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Submission to the Standing Committee on the Legislative Assembly by Elizabeth Marshall

Published June 1, 2016

On May 11, Elizabeth Marshall, OLA Director of Research attended the Standing Committee on the Legislative Committee regarding Bill 100, the supporting Ontario’s Trails Act.  Some revisions have been made to the Bill. You can view the revisions as well as the Hansard Transcripts (May 4th is available) at http://www.ontla.on.ca/web/committee-proceedings/committee_business_transcripts.do?locale=en&BillID=3338+&CommID=141&BusinessType=Bill&detailPage=transcripts. What follows is Liz’s summary of her presentation and her written submission to the Committee, including a redraft of the Bill for the Committee’s consideration. Yesterday I attended Committee, on Bill 100, please see attached for what was part of the OLA presentation.  After reading the included document, the Committee […]

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Ontario is the most regulated province in Canada and it’s about to get worse by Shirley Dolan

Published June 1, 2016

Two news articles were emailed to me this week. They are related in that they both speak about the burden of over-regulation in Ontario. The first article speaks about the Wynne government’s blueprint to change everything about how we use energy, by replacing gas burning vehicles with electric or hybrid cars and setting up an “ultra-low carbon utility” to make this and other carbon emission reduction programs happen. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/ontario-to-create-agency-to-oversee-climate-change-goals-draft-plan-shows/article29781337/?page=all If this weren’t enough to send shivers up your spine, the Ontario government, in their wisdom, also want to, according to the Globe and Mail “phase out the use of natural […]

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Inter-Provincial Trade is Legal in Canada by Tom Black

Published June 1, 2016

So how many times have you heard people say that those old laws that the OLA keeps bringing up to defend the property rights of people, are irrelevant and outdated and not of consequence in this new ‘modern’ Canada? Well folks, the province of New Brunswick and the RCMP will tell you differently. It seems that the RCMP don’t have very much exciting to do some days. So in October 2012, they decided to set up a sting to catch the ‘low-down criminal elements’ in New Brunswick who had the gall to cross the Restigouche River at Campbellton, New Brunswick, […]

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Municipal By-law Fatal for Family Farm by Glenn Black

Published June 1, 2016

A proposed change to Central Manitoulin’s Restrictive Zoning By-law will be fatal for a small family farm. The Municipality of Central Manitoulin doesn’t like the use of sea containers within their territory, claiming it’s “in the public’s best interest to control the placement and use of sea containers”. Glenn Black and his wife Judy specialize in producing safe, tasty, nutritious, locally produced foods such as pastured poultry, free range eggs, lamb, and goat from their 100 acre farm in Central Manitoulin. “If this draconian By-law against sea containers is passed, my farm is dead”, he said. Mr. Black explained that […]

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Environmental Land Tribunal Collingwood

Published June 1, 2016

It is hard to come up with a standard name for this hearing since there are seven appellants. Therefore we will use the following as reference: 16 036 Wiggins v. Ontario MOECC The hearing also includes, 16 037 Elwood v. Ontario MOECC; 16 038 Simcoe County/ Clearview v. Ontario MOECC; 16 039 Corp of County Simcoe v. Ontario MOECC; 16 040 Preserve Clearview Inc. v. Ontario MOECC; 16 041 Corporation Town of Clearview v. Ontario MOECC; 16 042 Town of Collingwood v. Ontario MOECC; Participant, Canadian Owners and Pilot’s Association (COPA) The Wiggins vs Ontario is one of the largest Environmental […]

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Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authorities (NVCA) vs the Gilmors Update by Tom Black

Published May 2, 2016

Hello folks, For those of you who have been following the court case involving the Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authorities (NVCA) vs the Gilmors, here is where we are at. The NVCA have appealed the Gilmors win, and will now go to the Ontario Court of Appeal. The Gilmors are not hiring a lawyer and will defend themselves. The Ontario Landowners Association has hired Arkadi Bouchelev, the Gilmors former lawyer who won the case, and have applied for intervenor status. Now Conservation Ontario have applied for intervenor status as well. The latest news as of last week, is that the MNR […]

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What They Don’t Want You To Know About CO2. By Tim Ball

Published May 1, 2016

Animals cannot live without oxygen. Plants cannot live without CO2. Plants produce the oxygen but are also the major source of food for most animals. Most political leaders are pushing to reduce the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere because people like Al Gore tell them CO2 is at the highest level ever when it is actually at the lowest. Figure 1 shows the level of CO2 against temperature for the last 600 million years. The official claim figure given for atmospheric level of CO2 is 400 ppm on the right side. CO2 became the focus of a premeditated orchestrated […]

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2016 Spring Directors Meeting

Published May 1, 2016

Another very successful spring directors’ meeting took place in Burlington on Saturday April 23. This meeting takes place once per year giving the OLA executive and directors from the county associations the opportunity to meet face to face to discuss the business of the organization. Following our financial reports, President Tom Black provided updates on: Bill 100 the trails act which looks like it will pass despite our best efforts to have it withdrawn Gilmor versus the Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority decision which is headed to the Ontario court of appeal Directors were encouraged to take advantage of the OLA’S […]

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Geezer’s Corner: Reverse Evolution by Dale Dawson

Published May 1, 2016

Why is the human race not progressing? Just take a look at any election campaign debate and then try to figure out how far civilization has actually progressed since David kicked the tar out of Goliath. Oh, we’ve come ahead technically and our cars are more comfortable than the oxcarts of old, but we haven’t improved much in the way we treat our fellow mortals or creatures. We have brilliant people, experts in their field – very good at what they do, but don’t ask them to do anything. Our education system is somehow pumping young heads full of the […]

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Want to Attend a Landowner Meeting?

Published April 1, 2016

Did you know that there are Landowner meetings going on all over Ontario? If you are interested in attending one, we recommend that you visit our Events page. This page is being updated all the time with new Landowner meetings. Visit it often to find a meeting near you. This month, the following meetings are posted on our Events page: • April 9 – Simcoe County Landowners Meeting in Orillia • April 12 – Fairview Wind Project approval pre-hearing and May 16 hearing – Collingwood • April 16 – Prescott Russell Landowners Meeting – South Plantagenet Hall • April 23 […]

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Be Informed – Follow the Canadian Justice Review Board on Facebook

Published April 1, 2016

The Canadian Justice Review Board has a new Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Canadian-Justice-Review-Board-157076951110923/. “Like” their page and keep up to date on the latest developments on property rights issues, including comments on Bill 100, the Trails Act. And don’t forget to visit their website http://canadianjusticereviewboard.ca – case law, articles, book reviews, and tips on how to appeal your property assessment.

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Help Us Stop Bill 100, the Trails Act

Published April 1, 2016

One of the mandates of the Ontario Landowners Association (OLA) is to educate the public regarding their rights as private property owners. Since we became aware of Bill 100, the Trails Act, we have been actively contacting those that are impacted by the Bill. This includes local and provincial snowmobile clubs, the Ontario Trails Council, local trails clubs, and property owners. In most cases, these groups were unaware of the Bill, which was introduced last May by MPP for Don Valley East, Michael Coteau. In discussions with these groups, it appears that no-one asked for a Bill that proposes easements, […]

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A Precedent Setting Court Decision – Help us Keep It! By Tom Black

Published April 1, 2016

The Ontario Landowners Association (OLA) is seeking intervenor status in a court case that will go before the Ontario Court of Appeal this Spring. It is a case that we felt we had to be part of because of its incredible importance to property owners who are looking to build or renovate their homes or farms and even drainage and improvement operations. The case in question is the Gilmor v. Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority (NVCA) that was done in Sept. 2015. See http://www.ontariolandowners.ca/news/illegal-bullying-by-conservation-authorities-castigated-by-high-court-by-gord-turcotte/ for background information. This case started in 2008 when the Gilmors bought a 10 acre lot that […]

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An Update from Tom DeWeese

Published April 1, 2016

Some Important Developments In My Fight to Stop Agenda 21 24 years. That’s how long it’s taken. 24 years of sounding the warnings and issuing the pleas for someone to listen about the great threat to our nation, to our system of government, to our property rights and to our children’s future, from the UN’s Agenda 21. Finally… finally… it’s starting to happen. What has changed? Elected officials – the ones charged with developing policies for our communities and our state governments are starting to listen. In fact, many aren’t simply listening, they are openly seeking me out to teach […]

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Normal Farm Practices Hearing in Clinton, Ontario

Published March 1, 2016

The case Macpherson v. County of Huron will be heard by the Normal Farm Practices Protection Board on February 29 to March 4. This case involves a farmer who is being denied the right to clear his land in order to grow vegetables and crops under the tree-cutting bylaw in the County of Huron. The board will determine whether this municipal bylaw is restricting a normal farm practice. Farmers and property owners are encouraged to attend to learn how bylaws may affect your property rights. See Events for more information on this hearing.

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Invitation to attend the Huron County Board of Health March 3rd, 2016

Published March 1, 2016

As a group of concerned residents throughout Huron County, including your township, and with a lot of effort, we are pleased to announce that we are scheduled to make a presentation in front of the Huron County Board of Health. As our representative for local government and to better understand our issues, you are cordially invited to attend. The meeting will be held at 9 am, March 3, 2016, Huron County Health Unit, 77722B London Road, Clinton, Ontario. As you may be aware, one of the challenges facing the residents of Huron County, which impacts our community in a significant […]

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Ontario Government Proposes Easements on Private Property to Support Ontario Trails by Shirley Dolan

Published March 1, 2016

Historically, property owners and recreational organizations such as snowmobile clubs have negotiated deals whereby private property is used for the enjoyment of the members of that organization. Now the government wants to get involved! Bill 100, Supporting Ontario’s Trails Act was introduced to the legislature by the Hon. Michael Coteau, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport in May 2015. It is now in second reading where it will be debated. If it passes second reading, it will be referred to a Committee, and likely passed into law sometime this year. This Bill proposes to formalize agreements between property owners and […]

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Bill 100 by Tom Black

Published March 1, 2016

At first glance, most people will think that there is not much to worry about concerning Bill 100, “Supporting Ontario’s Trails Act” but the Ontario Landowners Association (OLA) has learned the hard way, that if you let bad legislation pass, then the only way to fix it is in court rooms at great expense to the individual. Just for information purposes, in this Act, all conditions explained in Section 12, apply ONLY to private property. This is explained in Section 13 where it says, “Section 12 does not apply to any land owned by the Crown or to lands administered […]

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Join the OLA at the Ottawa Valley Farm Show

Published March 1, 2016

The Ontario Landowners Association will be at the Ottawa Valley Farm Show this year, as has been our practice for the past several years. The Farm Show is a great way to meet people from across Ontario and beyond. It’s a busy three days at our booth as we discuss the various property rights issues with visitors. The Farm Show takes place at the EY Centre, 4899 Uplands Drive out by the airport in Ottawa from March 8-10. Admission is $10 and parking is free this year. http://www.ottawafarmshow.com. Hours are 9 AM -5 PM on Tuesday, March 8 and Thursday, […]

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Lanark Landowners Association hosts Information Workshop on March 12

Published March 1, 2016

INFORMATION WORKSHOP Bill 118 – Waterfront Trails Across Your Land ??? Bill 100 – Snowmobile / ATV Trail Access – Not Your Land Anymore Heritage Building Designation – Yes You Can Refuse Poop Tax – The Smell Has Not Gone Away Municipal Property Standards – Municipal Property – Not Private Property Conservation Authorities – Out Of Control Small Claims Court – Your Day in Court OSPCA Application Before The Court Registration 8:30am – 9:30am Meeting 9:30am – 3:30pm $10.00 at the door – Coffee Tea and Lunch supplied Liz Marshall – Featured Speaker on Bill 100 – Bill 118 Numerous […]

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Representing Yourself In Court by Shirley Dolan

Published February 1, 2016

Increasingly, people are deciding to represent themselves in court, including in Ontario’s civil and criminal courts. Cost is the main reason why people decide to represent themselves, either from the outset of the case, or after months, or even years of court appearances with a lawyer whom they can no longer afford. A second reason is the practice of the court prosecutor to try to get litigants to plead to a lesser charge, with the support of their lawyer. Rather than looking for another lawyer to represent them, they decide to go it alone, on their own terms. Is there […]

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Illegal Bullying By Conservation Authorities Castigated By High Court by Gord Turcotte

Published February 1, 2016

“[It] is not akin to studying the impact of fluttering butterfly wings in Mongolia on flooding in [Ontario]” – Superior Court of Justice Alex and Tania Gilmor of Shelburne, Ontario are heroes. They are heroes because they maintained the fortitude and wherewithal to battle the unjust persecutions that many Ontario residents and businesses now suffer at the hands of our current government. The now regimented clerics of our Conservation Authorities continue to sow religious persecutions across the province to the detriment of people like the Gilmors and all Ontarians. However, with the conclusion of this case we may all owe […]

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Degradation of Property Rights in Ontario by Elizabeth Marshall

Published February 1, 2016

A little history, I feel, is in order. For quite some time now, people have been asking me when the removal of private property rights started. Some feel it was back in 1905, others feel, 1913, and yet others feel it was in the 1940’s – 1950’s. The main degradation started in the mid 1970’s (1974) with the implementation of the Niagara Escarpment Planning and Development Act, unconstitutional as it was. This was referred to as the first real theft of the land from the people, by government. Back in the ’60’s there was debate, in the legislative assembly, as […]

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Many Believe The Enviromentalist Direction To “Save the Planet, Kill Yourself” Is Absolutely Necessary by Tim Ball

Published February 1, 2016

We are at a bizarre stage in history when the words and actions of a Catholic Pope are part of an article on climate change: When 190 world leaders brag about an agreement to spend trillions of dollars on a completely non-existent problem and the Pope supports them: When the Pope suggests Catholics have fewer children: When the Pope hints at advocating Birth Control: When a group of educated people recommend getting rid of all the people on Earth. Pope Francis became embroiled in the Climate Change debate because he said in his encyclical 2. This sister (Mother Earth) now […]

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You’re Invited To The Mom Conference In Kanata March 5th

Published February 1, 2016

JoAnne Cooney, a director with the Carleton Landowners Association (CLA), has been busy organizing the first ever ‘The Mom Conference’. The goal of the conference is to provide Moms with the information they need so they can live their lives more informed and less stressed. With over ten speakers covering topics such as financial planning , work-life balance, and how to stay sane through motherhood, there is also a not to be missed session on a “Day in the Life of a Politician”, featuring politicians from municipal, provincial, and federal levels of government. Look for MPP Jack MacLaren and the […]

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New Environment Minister Targets Coloured Diesel Fuel by Tom Black

Published February 1, 2016

I hope that you are enjoying the mild winter, less snow to push, less wood to cut, cheap gas and diesel. One has to love climate change. Enough about the good things. The Ontario Government has appointed a new environmental commissioner by the name of Dianne Saxe to replace Gord Miller who had been on the job for the past 15 years. She is an environmental lawyer who has practised for 40 years and according to an article in the National Post by David Reevely, she stated that she had a “mad passion for trees and a love for any […]

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Property Rights is again in jeopardy in the hallowed halls of Queen’s Park by Tom Black

Published January 1, 2016

I hope all is well with you and yours as we head into the New Year, 2016 Property Rights is again in jeopardy in the hallowed halls of Queen’s Park. Bill 118, the Great Lakes Shoreline Right of Passage ACT was presented as a private members bill in 2015 by Niagara MPP, Wayne Gates, the NDP member for that riding. The bill has passed second reading and now has gone to committee for early 2016. The bill will grant the right of passage for walkers and un-motorized vehicles between the homeowner’s house and the water’s edge. The properties that will […]

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Second Court Appearance for OSPCA Act Charter Challenge – January 29th in Perth

Published January 1, 2016

In our November 2015 newsletter, we told you about a hearing that was to take place in Perth regarding the application to question the constitutionality of the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA) Act. The court date was to hear a motion by the Attorney General of Ontario to have the Application thrown out on technical grounds. A group of 35 landowners gathered in a Perth courtroom to listen to the proceedings. Unfortunately, Justice Abrams, appearing almost an hour after the scheduled start time, announced that he was recusing himself from the case. He apologized to […]

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Justice Denied – Dwayne Carens’ Story

Published January 1, 2016

Dwayne and his wife Brenda operated a sizable and successful business called “DB Sports and Marine” in Dryden, Ontario for some years. Much of their business was with Aboriginal people from remote Reserves, who are generally exempt from Retail Sales Tax. The Retail Sales Tax branch audited D & B in 2004, and claimed he had improperly handled some of the aboriginal tax exemption claims. The ministry assessed him $31 000 for sales tax not collected, plus penalties and interest. Dwayne was sure he had acted correctly, but within two months, before he could launch his Appeal from this judgement, […]

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Changing Canada’s Electoral System by Shirley Dolan

Published January 1, 2016

This is the title of a press release by MP for Lanark-Frontenac-Kingston, Scott Reid. Reid is a critic for Democratic Institutions and he was responding to the Hon. Maryam Monsef, the minister of Democratic Institutions, on their plan to change Canada’s electoral system. Details of the plan are sketchy at this time but it appears that such measures as ranked ballots, proportional representation, mandatory voting, and online voting are being considered but the public at large will not be consulted since there will be no referendum on any of the changes. As Reid points out in his press release http://scottreid.ca/changing-canadas-electoral-system/, […]

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The money to help developing nations should come from closing down Environment Canada by Tim Ball

Published January 1, 2016

Canada sent 383 delegates to the Paris climate conference (COP21), but Russia almost matched our number with 313. The difference is, their leader knows the science is a fraud and was likely there just to get his transfer money as one of the original developing nations. I am willing to bet that none of the Canadian delegation knew any statistics about our carbon emissions. I am also willing to bet that none of them know anything about climate science, period. (The one who claims to know the most is Elizabeth May, and I know she knows nothing because I had […]

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Doctors speak out against Ontario Government Recent Cuts

Published December 1, 2015

Dr. Stephen Grodinsky, former chair of the pediatric section on the Ontario Medical Association (OMA), is calling on the people of Ontario to demand that the Ontario government respect their care and the doctors who want to provide it. Doctors, who do not have a powerful union to protect them, have had their salaries reduced twice this year. As a result, the OMA has launched a charter challenge against the provincial government. According to the OMA, 927,000 patients in Ontario do not have a family physician, 132,000 of these are children. Will the government’s policy of reducing fees for doctors […]

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Elizabeth Nixon on Surviving Sustainability by Shirley Dolan

Published December 1, 2015

Many of you will have read Elizabeth Nixon’s book Eco-Fascists: How Radical Conservationists are Destroying Our Natural Heritage. The book explains how the environmental movement has driven tens of millions of rural dwellers off their land in North America and the developing world and how the movement has collapsed the rural economy. Many of the examples used came from the United States. Ms. Nixon, a Senior Fellow at the Canadian Centre for Public Policy, has now written a paper on the sustainability movement from the Ontario perspective. You can read this paper at https://www.fcpp.org/Surviving_Sustainability_Towards_Enduring_Prosperity.

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Geezer’s Corner – The Evolution of Christmas by Dale Dawson

Published December 1, 2015

(Reprinted with permission from the Landowner Magazine) As I sit on this mall bench waiting for my wife to inspect all of the goods on the premises, I have to ponder how this whole Christmas thing got started. The consensus of the grey beards on this bench is that the citizens of Mesopotamia started it 4000 years ago when they celebrated their new year. They also rejoiced because their chief god, Marduc kicked the tar out of all the monsters in the area. The party lasted twelve days. When their heads finally cleared, they sacrificed their king so that he […]

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Sometimes a willing ear helps. Merry Christmas everyone!

Published December 1, 2015

Hello Folks, Ah! December – watching for snow storms or the freezing rain, short days, no sun, good thing that I am not depending on solar panels for power today. Well, the corn is off, the soya beans are in the bin and the cattle are off the pasture for another year and the ground is starting to freeze up at night. I wish I had a bit more wood in the shed but oh, well, maybe next week will be nice. It’s nice to have all the elections out of the way and soon the governments will be on […]

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The Right to Bear Arms by John Robson

Published December 1, 2015

What exactly makes someone a Canadian? Our elite is prone to navel-gazing on this point and to some rather weird answers. But I think it’s pretty straightforward. Our vast, rugged beautiful land has given us a profound love for nature and resilience in the face of bad weather. And we are passionately attached to our rights. We have the right of free speech, the right to choose our governments, the right of free assembly and the right to bear arms. Whoa. Hold on a second. What was that last one? Did you just parachute in from Lubbock, Texas? No. Not […]

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Commercial Lien Workshop at the Holiday Inn Kanata by Shirley Dolan

Published December 1, 2015

What started out as a full day conference on Property Rights morphed into a half day workshop on Commercial Liens. The conference, organized by the Carleton Landowners Association (CLA), had to be cancelled due to low registration. In true Landowner fashion, Tom Black, President of the OLA and a few of the county presidents got together to organize a shorter, more focused meeting. The CLA happily turned over the already rented hall at the Holiday Inn in Kanata for the event. The Commercial Lien Workshop was led by former Australian Senator for Queensland, Australia, Len Harris. Mr. Harris had spent […]

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News from North Renfrew United Landowners by Dawn Jeffries

Published November 1, 2015

Mark Breckon, vice president of the North Renfrew United Landowners (NRUL), rolled out the NRUL website at a general meeting of the NRUL members on Thursday, October 15 at the Deep River library. The website was developed in order to fulfill the NRUL’s mandate to educate its members, and the general public at large, about private property rights. NRUL is the third chapter of the Ontario Landowners Association (OLA) to have their own website. Members of the audience were impressed with the search capabilities of the website. Searches of articles can be done on individual words or phrases, or by […]

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What “Back off Government” Really Means by Tom Black

Published November 1, 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 it appeared that government or its agents have weighed in to make things unfair to one or more of the neighbours. Now, over the years we have professed the values of property rights, not only for the growth and wealth of this country, but also as a protection of all our rights and freedoms. […]

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OLA holds successful AGM in Tyrone by Shirley Dolan

Published November 1, 2015

The Ontario Landowners Association (OLA) hosted another very successful annual general meeting in Tyrone, Ontario this past Saturday, October 24th. The meeting is divided into a Directors’ meeting in the morning followed by a public meeting, with speakers and dinner in the afternoon. The new executive, elected at the morning session, are as follows: Tom Black, President, Jeff Bogaerts, Vice-President, Governors: Duane McKinley, Donna Burns, Karl Von Bloedau, Mark Tijssen, and Bob Weirmeir. Liz Marshall and Karen Bainbridge continue in their roles as secretary and treasurer, respectfully. A new role was established, that of Administrative Assistant to the Executive. Shirley […]

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Court Cases in Renfrew County by Donna Burns

Published November 1, 2015

Donna Burns, President of the Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke Landowners Association reports on four ongoing court cases. Our chapter has had 4 court cases this week: Case #1: North Bay: One of our members (Leo) from our Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke chapter had a trial in North Bay Superior Court of Justice on Mon. Oct. 27th. Leo had an issue with the municipality in Mattawa wherein he built his own laneway into his property for his private use because the Township would not resume maintaining a grown-over bylaw road located just over the concession line at the edge of his land. Once he gravelled and put […]

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Would You Base National Energy Policy On This Climate Information? By Tim Ball

Published November 1, 2015

Every country, including Canada, has based their climate and energy policy on the Reports of the United Nations (UN) Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The most influential Report to establish global warming as a serious public issue appeared in 2001. It contained the infamous “hockey stick” that Richard Muller called, “the poster-child of the global warming community.” Despite the certainty with which the hockey stick was promoted that showed no warming for a few hundred years then a sudden upturn in the 20th century, the accompanying but separate Physical Science Basis Report, contained the following. “In climate research and […]

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OSPCA Act Charter Challenge – an Update by Shirley Dolan

Published November 1, 2015

A group of 35 landowners gathered in a Perth courtroom to listen to the proceedings of the first hearing in the application to question the constitutionality of the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA) Act. The court date was to hear a motion by the Attorney General of Ontario to have the Application thrown out on technical grounds. The hearing was to commence at 2 PM. There was a sense of suspense when Justice Abrams, the presiding judge, finally appeared at 2:55 PM. Justice Abrams immediately announced that he was recusing himself from the case. He […]

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“Why They Behave Like Russians” – A Book Review by Elizabeth Marshall

Published October 1, 2015

Everyone who is concerned about where Ontario and Canada are headed should obtain a copy of this book.  It to some may show the comparisons of Ontario’s 5 year plans to those of Stalin’s.  It explains the schools of “trades” and, of course, now we have our College of Trades.  Then there is the issue of removing the rural population to the urban centers, again this was done in Stalin’s Russia.  This book is from the view of an American shortly after W.W.II who explains his opinion of Why They Behave Like Russians.  The Foreword of this book explains how […]

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What Did Canadians Get For $1 Trillion? By Aaron Wudrick

Published October 1, 2015

It’s only $10 billion That’s the line coming from several economists, as well as from Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau, when they argue that a deficit of that size is really no big deal. It works out to a measly 3 per cent of our $300 billion federal budget. Seems like a small price to pay to “get the economy moving,” doesn’t it? If only it were that simple. If such a deficit is an “insignificant” size relative to the federal budget, it’s an even more insignificant sum as part of our much larger overall economy. It’s simply not going to […]

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Is the Magna Carta worth the paper its written on? By Shirley Dolan

Published October 1, 2015

As the 800th anniverary of the signing of the Magna Carta is winding down, some may be asking what all the fuss was about, and is it worth the paper it is written on. After all, three months after it was signed, King John convinced Pope Innocent III to annul the Great Charter and in less than a year, King John was dead, leaving his nine-year old son, Henry III, as his heir. So what was it all about, this Magna Carta, or Great Charter? Well, mainly, it was about the landowners, barons, earls, and knights being upset about the […]

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How Much Government Is Too Much? By Tim Ball

Published October 1, 2015

This article was first published on therebel.media (http://www.therebel.media/too_big_to_fail_how_much_government_is_too_much) and is reprinted here with permission. The amount and role of government are central to the current US and Canadian elections. It is that basic on both sides of the border. The fact that very few people have any experience of less government complicates the issue. The US Founding Fathers discussed the question of how much government is appropriate and how much power it should have. They examined it at great length and with remarkable insight. They tried to build a system with checks and balances, but that is being sorely tested. […]

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The LEAP by Tom Black

Published October 1, 2015

The NDP Leap Manifesto was released in Toronto, on Tuesday, September 15th, 2015 with Stephen Lewis, former leader of the NDP. The Leap Manifesto was written in the spring of 2015 with its beginnings at a two day meeting in Toronto with representation from environmentalists, Indigenous Rights, social and food justice, and labour activists. In the National Post on Sept. 16, they ran a picture of Steven Lewis. In the article they state, “Stephen Lewis put his signature to a plan to overthrow capitalism”. In the article Lewis said that signing onto the Leap didn’t mean that Tom Mulcair’s centrist […]

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Landowner Events this Month

Published October 1, 2015

There are three Ontario Landowner events taking place over the next 2 months. Try to attend one or more to show your support, keep up to date on the latest landowner news, buy a membership, or a sign, or purchase one of Elizabeth Marshall’s informative reports, or her book on Property Rights. The events are as follows: Ontario Landowners Association AGM Saturday, October 24, 2015 Registration at 12 Noon Tyrone Community Centre, Tyrone, Ontario, near Bowmanville Renfrew Landowners Association AGM Thursday, October 29, 2015 7:00 PM Cobden Astrolabe Hall, Agriculture Fairgrounds, Cobden Carleton Landowners Association AGM and Conference Saturday, November […]

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Have you heard what all the excitement is about?

Published September 1, 2015

The Landowner Magazine ​is GROWING Again! Hello to all our OLA friends… EXCITING CHANGES have taken place over the last 8 weeks for the Landowner Magazine! We have a new Website, Facebook page, Google Business page and YouTube Channel. The biggest change moving forward is the fact we now offer Digital Edition Subscriptions for new and current subscribers. You can subscribe for 1 or 2 year periods and also order individual back issues from our 52 edition catalogue. We will still publish our print issues. Our Interactive Editions include additional editorials, videos, webinars and more and are viewable anytime, anywhere on […]

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Patent Grants versus Treaties – by Tom Black

Published September 1, 2015

Hello Folks, For many years now, the Ontario Landowners have promoted the Land Patent Grants (or Letters Patent) as a valuable part of our property rights granted to us in the Great Charter, The Magna Carta. We consider them to be a contract with the ‘crown’, sealed by the Great Seal and promising us, our heirs and assigns, the free and unobstructed use and control of our private property, forever. Obviously there are restrictions on that private property as spelled out in common law that say we have to be good citizens and respect the rights of our neighbours. One […]

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OLA at the International Plowing Match in Finch Ontario

Published September 1, 2015

The International Plowing Match and Rural Expo (IPM 2015) is being held near the village of Finch (14939 Concession 3-4 Road, Finch) in the counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry The event will run from September 22-26, 2015. Website: http://www.plowingmatch.org/home-2015 If you are planning on attending, please drop by our booth and say hello to the OLA. Getting there…

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Save the Date – OLA Annual General Meeting

Published September 1, 2015

Each year, generally in the Fall, the Ontario Landowners Association holds its annual general meeting (AGM). This is a time to elect the Executive – our president, vice-president, and five governors, elected by representatives from each county group in good standing. It’s also a time to celebrate our successes and to bring together a host of speakers who provide information on current property rights issues. We invite all our members and the public to join us in the afternoon to hear the speakers and join us for dinner and good conversation in the evening. We hope you will join us […]

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Commissions of Inquiry by Tim Ball

Published September 1, 2015

I used to think, like most people, that Commissions of Inquiry are a great idea. Whenever there are serious and troublesome conflicts people know the only hope of getting to the truth is to get the politics out of the way. They believe this is the only way that fair, reasonable, resolutions can occur. As I said, I used to think that, until appointment to my first Commission of Inquiry. It involved a dispute over water, one of the most contentious issues in any society. I was appointed because I learned very early in studying climate that drought was the […]

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Help Needed to complete the OSPCA Act, “Charter Challenge” by Tom Black

Published August 1, 2015

In January 2013, the OLA asked the membership to help fund a legal action to challenge the legality of certain legislation that has had considerable negative ramifications on the citizens of this province. The legislation that we chose to challenge, was the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA) Act, because the act left too many decisions to the discretion of enforcement officers in the field. With no real oversight by the government of this arms-length charity, poorly trained and poorly screened enforcement officers became an ‘out-of-control’ force to promote the extremist agenda of PETA (People for […]

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A Review of Law of the Lands Blog by Shirley Dolan

Published August 1, 2015

I often cruise the information highway, also known as the internet, and occasionally I come across a gem. Recently, I stumbled onto a blog called Law of the Lands – Farm, Energy and Enviro Law. The sub-title is Legal information for Landowners. John Goudy, the author of the blog, says about himself: “John is a litigator whose practice is focused in the areas of commercial and environmental litigation, expropriation law, energy regulation, and regulatory offences. He is particularly interested in agricultural issues and the regulation of agricultural land use, and lives and works on his family’s cash crop farm north […]

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Food Supply, Politics and Climate by Tim Ball

Published August 1, 2015

Human history is summarized in one word; hunger. For most of time, humans have been starving or malnourished. At best it was a cycle of surfeit or shortage. Figure 1 shows a plot of the annual cycle historical cycle among the Ojibwa people of Ontario produced by Professor Roger Suffling. Figure 1 This is the annual cycle, but failure of the food supply could occur at any time, albeit less frequently. For example, the Hudson’s Bay Company records have several references to failure of “Big Game” or poor fishing. One even pleads, “O Lord, bring us better times.” Conditions changed […]

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Open Letter from Landowner in Dashwood, ON to Goshen Wind, Juno Beach, Florida

Published August 1, 2015

The following is an open letter from Bev Teeter, Dashwood, Ontario to Goshen Wind Inc. regarding her lease with the wind company. Open Letter Dashwood, ON N0M1N0 June 3, 2015 Goshen Wind, LP 700 Universe Blvd. Juno Beach, FL 33408 Att. Carlos Megias, Senior Counsel Re: Lease with Goshen Wind Inc. with Effective Date of December 15, 2013 Dear Sir, Your letter dated May 28 arrived here June 1. You object to our informing the Sumitoma Mitsui Banking Corporation of Canada that “the lease on our land assumed by Goshen Wind was obtained illegally, as our signatures were attached without […]

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What is a Paralegal? By Jeff Bogaerts

Published August 1, 2015

“A person trained in subsidiary legal matters but not fully qualified as a lawyer.” Another way to describe a Paralegal is to draw a similarity in the healthcare industry. A Doctor can do everything a Nurse can do, but a Nurse cannot do everything a Doctor can do. This is the same with Lawyers and Paralegals. Paralegals in Ontario take the same core academic training regardless of the school they attend. This is because the Law Society of Upper Canada (“LSUC”) is the ruling body that sets the criteria for the course material. After completing school, each Paralegal candidate must […]

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Alert! More Wind Turbines Coming to Eastern Ontario

Published July 1, 2015

The Prescott Russell Landowners Association (PRLA) quickly pulled together a public information meeting held at the Russell Legion on June 19th. The purpose of the meeting was to alert residents of Prescott Russell of the proposed industrial wind turbine projects already underway in the county and to let people know about upcoming public meetings hosted by the wind power company. Tom Black, President of the Ontario Landowners Association explained that many people have challenged wind turbine projects but mostly on the health effects which have failed in court. The OLA looks at the installation of wind turbines from a property […]

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Landowners Seek Clarification on Wind Turbine Projects by Beth Trudeau

Published July 1, 2015

Last week was a flurry of meetings throughout Glengarry/Prescott/Russell and North Dundas, to discuss the Large Renewable Project (LRP) proposal and the public community meeting was held “as a part of the early community-engagement requirements of the LRP.” (One wonders, since contracts were signed as long as two years ago, what is early about it?) As has become the norm for public meetings, in the rural areas anyway, there is no one on stage talking, with everyone listening and asking questions. It is walk around, look and read, and they will answer your questions one on one. That way there […]

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Does The Law Compromise The Basis Of Society? By Tim Ball

Published July 1, 2015

A few years ago the Toronto Globe and Mail ran a contest for the best humorous description of a Canadian. Only one sticks in my mind because it caused me to write to the editors. It said a Canadian is a person who would stop at a stop sign at three in the morning even if nobody were around. It is mildly amusing, but the implications speak to the fabric of what makes Canada a great nation. This is the knowledge that Canadians can sleep safely knowing that other Canadians are obeying the law, even when nobody is looking. It […]

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Carleton Landowners Association Conference – An Update by Shirley Dolan

Published July 1, 2015

The CLA will be busy this summer putting the finishing touches on our second property rights conference. One of the important mandates of the Ontario Landowners is to provide useful information on the rights of landowners to enjoy, use, and profit from their property whether it’s a farm, a country estate, or an urban residence. On November 7th, 2015 join us at the Holiday Inn, Kanata (Ottawa) to listen to a series of speakers provide practical information that can help you know and protect your property rights. Speakers will include Shawn Carmichael, speaking about his experiences in small claims court, […]

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This Country Was Built On The Rights Of The Individual Being Protected by Tom Black

Published July 1, 2015

Since the Trudeau government repatriated (brought back to Canada) our Constitution in 1982, there has been considerable confusion as to what that constitution is. Because the Charter of Rights and Freedoms was created at the same time and in a sense, rolled together with the goings on with the constitution, it leads people to believe that it is really part of our repatriated constitution. I once asked a well known lawyer, Soloman Friedman, if the Charter could take away any of our rights that were in our original British North America Act, that was based on the Magna Carta and […]

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Helping self-representing Litigants by Hal MacGregor

Published July 1, 2015

As a Director of the Ontario Landowners Association (OLA), I have been associated with many property owners, who have tried to represent themselves before various Tribunals and Courts in Ontario. Some of these people have been members of the OLA, while others have chosen not to join. Some of these people were passed along to me by mutual friends, who asked me to help them. In some instances, I became a representative. In others, I merely provided advice. One particular friend of mine stands out above all the rest. His name is Brian Nitchke. Brian and his wife, Danusia, were […]

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How To Live In Ontario – Government Reports

Published June 23, 2015

Title:  Investing in People “Creating a Human Capital Society for Ontario” Panel on the Role of Government Title:  Small, Rural and Remote Communities: The Anatomy of Risk “A paper prepared for the Panel on the Role of Government” – August 2003 Title:  Ontario in the Creative Age by Martin Prosperity Institute Prepared for the McGuinty Government after the 2008 budget

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Why We Must Return To Basic Democracy, and Only Citizens Should Vote In Elections by Kenneth T. Tellis

Published June 1, 2015

Every day we see the news about how unions, corporations etc. are able to override the choices made by the electors, by simply donating large sums of money to political parties that they want in power. Since we have to start somewhere, is it not about time to stop unions, corporations etc. taking any part in the electoral process? Any election must be one in which the only the citizen can vote, and that since corporations and unions are NOT citizens they should not be allowed to take part in any election where the citizens must be the deciders. Neither […]

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If You Go Into The Woods Today – by Eleanor Cox

Published June 1, 2015

This article was written by Eleanor Cox and was first printed in the Landowner Magazine. May was Lyme Disease Awareness Month world-wide. This disease is caused by a bacteria called Borrelia Burgdorferi, and is commonly transmitted to humans by ticks. Some people develop an expanding, reddish rash a few days after the tick bite. If a rash develops, it may look like a bull’s eye, but it can also be a uniform reddish colour. It is very important to get early treatment, so that the bacteria do not become established in deep-seated tissues in the body. If left untreated, the […]

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Two Landowner Events – Save the Date

Published June 1, 2015

If you are interested in hearing about property rights by some of the most popular speakers on the topic then you will want to mark the following dates on your calendar. The Ontario Landowners Association is holding its annual general meeting on Saturday, October 24 at the Tyrone Community Centre, 2716 Concession Rd. 7, Tyrone, Ontario (near Bowmanville). Typically, the OLA directors will meet in the morning to discuss the business of the organization. This is followed by the general meeting in the afternoon, which includes the announcement of the President, Vice-President, and Governors, awards, and guest speakers. Following the […]

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A Cautionary Tale from the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario by Shirley Dolan

Published June 1, 2015

The Environmental Commissioner of Ontario (ECO) is cautioning the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) that assessment changes by the Municipal Property Assessment Commission (MPAC) are likely to be detrimental to the forests of Ontario. The MNRF manages a program called the Managed Forest Tax Incentive Program (MFTIP) which offers a property tax reduction for landowners who join the program in exchange for following the prescribed forest management practices of the MNRF. The program, introduced in 1997, is very popular with more than 10,700 landowners participating by 2004. The problem, according to the ECO, is that another branch of […]

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It’s Up To Us, To Finish The Job – by Tom Black

Published June 1, 2015

A couple of years ago, the Ontario Landowners Association embarked on a mission to attempt to challenge the legality of some of the acts that are passed in Ontario. We have had many members who were unfairly (in our opinion) charged or harassed under many ill-conceived government acts that reduced their ability to prosper and enjoy their private property. After reviewing many pieces of legislation, we finally settled on the OSPCA as our first case to ask for a Judicial Review of four lines in the act, as to them being unconstitutional. In late 2012, we hired lawyer Kurtis Andrews […]

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Ontario: A Triumph for Technocracy? by Moira C. Egan

Published May 1, 2015

Reprinted with permission of the author and the Landowner Magazine. “Great, said Amanda. Then we’ll use one-third of our capital for my election campaign, one-third for bribes of the election districts, one-third for muddying the reputation of the main opponents and then we’ll keep one-third to live on if things don’t work out.” The quote is from The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window and Disappeared, a laugh out loud 2009 novel by Swedish writer Jonas Jonasson. Earlier in the story (one of many in the 100 year long story) we learn that Amanda is considered to be not […]

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On May 3rd or May 7th, Please Vote for Change in the Ontario PC Party Leadership Race

Published May 1, 2015

In our February 1, 2015 newsletter, our president Tom Black asked that you purchase a PC membership in order to support Patrick Brown in his bid for leader of the Ontario PC Party. Thank you to all who purchased a membership before the February 28th deadline. Now we need you to turn that membership into a vote for Patrick Brown. When the leadership race began, there were five candidates: Christine Elliott, Lisa MacLeod, Vic Fedeli, Monte McNaughton and Patrick Brown. The first four candidates are from the former Hudak government and the 5th candidate, Patrick Brown is a sitting Federal […]

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Who’s Running this Province? by Tom Black

Published May 1, 2015

Hello Folks, Many people today don’t take time to inform themselves about who is running their province or country and in many cases, do not think it is worthwhile to go to the polls and vote on Election Day. History has taught us over and over, that when people don’t participate and stay informed, that the resulting government often takes that country or province in disastrous directions. Ontario has been in the throes of voter apathy now for the last four elections, driven by two opposition parties that couldn’t come up with anything in their platforms to attract voters in […]

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Environmentalists Are The Main Cause Of What David Suzuki Claims Is The Failure Of Environmentalism by Tim Ball

Published May 1, 2015

The cover story for the November 25, 2013 Canadian weekly Macleans showed Canadian environmentalist David Suzuki with the caption “Environmentalism Has Failed” subtitled, “David Suzuki loses faith in the cause of his lifetime.” What he doesn’t realize is that he is likely the main reason for the failure because people like him exploited the concept for a political agenda. He also doesn’t realize it is not a failure, but simply a natural step in the evolution of understanding by the most successful animal on the planet. His misunderstanding is a function of believing we are not supposed to be here […]

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Alberta Woman Allowed to Sue Government and Gas Company over Contamination of Well Water

Published May 1, 2015

According to The Tyee, an independent online magazine, Jessica Ernst, a businesswoman and oil patch scientist defiantly challenging the regulation of hydraulic fracturing in Alberta, has scored another legal victory. An Alberta judge has ruled that Ernst can sue the government and Encana, a leading North American energy producer over contamination of her well water. Ernst claims that Encana’s fracking operations have contaminated her well. Whether you believe fracking is safe or not, this may be an interesting case to watch, as a giant energy company and the province of Alberta duke it out in court against an environmental group. […]

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Do you want give up your right to be considered innocent until proven guilty?

Published April 25, 2015

THE PROVINCIAL LIBERALS WOULD LIKE YOU TO AGREE TO GIVE UP YOUR RIGHT TO BE CONSIDERED INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY. IF YOU DO NOTHING, THEN IT WILL HAPPEN: This is the message from a Facebook page called POA-AMP Opposition Group, formed to organize and implement a plan to create effective opposition to the proposed Administrative Monetary Penalty System (AMPS). If you haven’t heard about it, you are not alone. The deadline to comment on this new system is April 28th, 2015. David Reevely, a journalist with the Ottawa Citizen, writes that “The Ontario government wants to save money and speed […]

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Liberals admit to Breach of Trust!

Published April 25, 2015

During the Ontario Provincial Election, last June, we watched the debate between the opposing political Parties. As it stands we have had the Liberal Party in power for over 10 years and there has been scandal after scandal. Kathleen Wynne admitting to Breach of Trust between 2:00 minute mark to 3:20. back in 2014. Watch video. During the debates, the Premier of Ontario, Leader of the Liberal Party, admitted, on live television, that there had been a “breach of trust” by her government. This was in regards to over a billion tax-payers dollars being use to cancel/relocate the two gas powered […]

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Ontario On Federal Welfare Because Of Green Energy Policies by Tim Ball

Published April 1, 2015

“To take from one, because it is thought his own industry and that of his fathers has acquired too much, in order to spare to others, who, or whose fathers, have not exercised equal industry and skill, is to violate arbitrarily the first principle of association, the guarantee to everyone the free exercise of his industry and the fruits acquired by it.” Thomas Jefferson, letter to Joseph Milligan, 1816 I stopped golfing because my game really did ruin a good walk. While I was playing, I learned there were many aspects of the game with affinity to life. One was […]

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Let’s Stop This Madness

Published April 1, 2015

(Reprinted with permission of the Landowner Magazine – The Geezer’s Corner) Most of the media in Canada and the U.S. would like nothing better than to have conservative views, ideas and even political parties disappear into some black hole never to be heard from again. When you follow politics in America and Canada, finding a common sense alternative to the usual liberal drivel can be as hard as cutting stove wood with dental-floss. Americans have an advantage over us in TV media as they have Fox News (hated by all elitist, dreamers and holier-than-thou democrats), a channel that brings to […]

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Supporting the Magna Carta Documentary by Tom Black

Published April 1, 2015

I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who gave money to help with the production of the documentary on the Magna Carta by Professor John Robson of SunMedia fame. He budgeted for 75 thousand dollars to do the project and with the help of the Landowners and many other people who know the historical value of this document, he was able to reach that goal. It is the 800th anniversary of the creation of this document, which is one of the most important cornerstones in the foundation of the rights and freedoms we have been handed down […]

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Co-ordinated Land Use Planning Review

Published April 1, 2015

According to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, the four provincial land use plans that manage growth, protect the natural environment, and support economic development in the Greater Golden Horseshoe region are now being reviewed. Will you be affected by these plans? You have an opportunity to comment on the plans for this region until May 28, 2015. Don’t miss this opportunity. Have your say now. For more information on the discussion document, where to send your comments, and a list of town hall meetings, visit http://www.mah.gov.on.ca/Page10882.aspx.

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The Magna Carta by the Old Rooster

Published March 1, 2015

Hi there… OLD ROOSTER here and I heard the farmer talkin’ about this here fellow who’s doin’ a documentary on Magna Carta. Seems with this bein’ the 800th anniversary of this great equalizer, everybody is finally payin’ attention. Bout time, is all I can say. You all might be wonderin’ just what the heck a Magna Carta is? Well if’n you don’t know I’m bout to tell you. This here Magna Carta is the foundation of the rules of law for the British Commonwealth and is the protection of all your “inviolable” rights. The farmer heard that word “inviolable” and […]

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Supporting the Magna Carta Documentary by Tom Black

Published March 1, 2015

John Robson of Sun News and News Talk Radio CFRA, has approached us with a project that he is trying to get some funds for. He and his wife Brigitte Pellerin are seeking funding to produce a documentary on the Magna Carta. You can see his crowd sourcing page here https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/robson-pellerin/magna-carta-our-shared-legacy-of-liberty. The OLA is recommending that you consider this project. It is a great opportunity to participate in the creation of an educational vehicle that is sure to be widely distributed. In addition, the Magna Carta is a very important document for the OLA – a symbol of what we […]

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Acid Rain: Another Alarmist Story by Tim Ball

Published March 1, 2015

Some historians hold that history is just one damned thing after another. Arnold Toynbee, British Historian I became aware of the political exploitation and bad science behind the acid rain scare quite early. It was a major issue in the rise of extreme environmentalism. Like most of these issues it bears little examination. Even cursory research exposes the lack of evidence behind the claims. Anybody who dared to raise questions was eco-bullied and marginalized: they were paid by corporations, had a right-wing agenda, and didn’t care about the children, the planet or the future. Enviro-hysteria developed and Salem-like-witch hunts were […]

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Question – If the patents mean nothing, why… by Elizabeth Marshall

Published March 1, 2015

If the patents mean nothing, then why are they still issuing them? If the patents mean nothing, why is there a Public Lands Act? If the patents mean nothing, then why are they mentioned in people’s deed. “Subject to any reservations in the Crown Grant”? If the patents mean nothing, why is there section 109 of the BNA, supported by section 56 of the draft of the BNA? If the patents mean nothing, then why did it take letters patent to constitute the 1982-83 Constitution? If the patents mean nothing, then why do the Letters Patent of privilege still stand […]

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A Most Excellent Meeting in Cobden by Shirley Dolan

Published March 1, 2015

I attended a meeting in Cobden on February 20th hosted by the Renfrew Nipissing Landowners Association. It was an excellent meeting. President Donna Burns explained to the crowd of over 50 that she would introduce four speakers, each of which would represent our past, our present, or our future. The Present: Most of us have heard or experienced the stories of government officials trespassing on our property and laying fines and charges that to many of us seem absurd. Many of us know of the invasive regulations which are imposed on us which result in expropriation without compensation. Last night’s […]

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Should Urban People be concerned about Property Rights? By Shirley Dolan

Published February 1, 2015

There were events last week in two different City’s in Ontario that demonstrate how urban property rights are being eroded – one in Ottawa and one in Ajax. There were probably more but these two made the news. Last week in Ottawa, a community became outraged when a senior citizen was given a deadline that would force him to remove graffiti from his backyard fence in the middle of winter. This is the third time John Gutterman, 74, has been targeted by vandals and it probably won’t be the last. The message from bylaw is that if he doesn’t have […]

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No Laws for Liberal Government in Ontario? by Guy Annable

Published February 1, 2015

The Liberal government in Ontario since 2003 has seen Ontarians bear more than our fair share of scandals, boondoggles and policy decisions like the Green Energy Act that seem to have entitled them with a never before seen Carte Blanche approach to governance and the notion that there is NO RULE OF LAW for Liberals in this once great province. You would think that after the Mississauga and Oakville Gas Plant scandal in which the premier herself stood in the legislature and harked “there was a clear breach of trust between the government and the People of Ontario” that they […]

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A Message from Tom Black, President, Ontario Landowners Association

Published February 1, 2015

The Progressive Conservative Party will be having an election to pick a new leader with voting on 2 days: May 3 and May 7, 2015. There are five candidates, Christine Elliott, Lisa MacLeod, Vic Fedeli, Monty McNaughton and Patrick Brown. The first four candidates are from the former Hudak government and the 5th candidate, Patrick Brown is a sitting Federal Conservative MP. The Ontario Landowners Association (OLA) has always worked with politicians who support our efforts to improve the lives of the people of Ontario who have been wronged by their own government agencies. These agencies have overstepped the mandate […]

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If it’s Broke Let’s fix it by Marlene Black

Published February 1, 2015

Well, down in this cold, snowy province…we landowners stumble on. For ten long years we have been hammering away, to anyone who would listen, that something is very wrong here in good old Ontario…Take farming for instance, the land of the fresh local food and bleached clean cows. The reality unfortunately, is that we are getting rid of those men and women who produce our food (remember when the government encouraged all the peach farmers to cut down their peach trees when they were full of fruit) as we had nowhere to process them. Now just try to find canned […]

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The process of obtaining Letters Patent for one’s property

Published January 5, 2015

Hello Everyone Below is a letter to the Editor of the Ontario Farmer, of which was a response to someone else’ letter. I took their name out as it is not pertinent to the information, although this person thought the letters patent were merely a “license” to use the land. This explains the process of obtaining Letters Patent for one’s property, and explains, what I feel, is the property definition of them. Hopefully the Editor will print this, as it is around 800 words. I hope you find it of interest. Dear Editor: It is virtually impossible to explain the […]

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Brockton Opposes Conservation Hike

Published January 1, 2015

Permission to reprint given by Bayshore Broadcasting. See the original story and audio for the story at http://www.bayshorebroadcasting.ca/news_item.php?NewsID=69995. Council wants Saugeen Conservaton Authority to lower proposed budget increase by Robin Garvey A proposed 1.9 per cent budget increase to the Saugeen Conservation Authority is not sitting well with Brockton. Council has rejected the 2015 draft budget — requesting the Saugeen Conservation Authority go back to the table and look for more savings. The proposed 1.9 per cent increase represents an overall budget hike of 30 thousand dollars on the 1.6 million dollar budget. This works out to be an increase […]

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Conservation Easements by Tom Deweese

Published January 1, 2015

Tom Deweese is the founder and president of the American Policy Centre and is one of America’s leading advocates of private property. The OLA was fortunate to have Mr. Deweese as one of our guest speakers at our conference in October 2014. The following article is printed with kind permission of Mr. Deweese and the American Policy Centre. The article discusses conservation easements, the American version of our Ontario Farmland Trusts. See http://www.ontariolandowners.ca/news/beware-of-organizations-bearing-gifts/ for a discussion on Ontario Farmland Trusts. Conservation easements. The Green Mafia tells us this is the only way to save the family farm. Without its tax […]

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Watching the Public Purse by Shirley Dolan

Published January 1, 2015

Recently, someone remarked to me that we will have a good summer because there are no elections taking place. This would be good news for those of us who were involved in the 2014 Ontario Provincial Election and immediately after, in the Municipal Elections across Ontario. But alas, this is not the case. Many of the same people who volunteered in 2014 are likely working on the provincial Conservative leadership campaign (the leader will be selected in May) and for candidates preparing for the next Federal Election in the Fall (or possibly sooner if you believe some of the pundits). […]

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Supreme Court of Canada – Warrantless Entry of Cell Phones by Elizabeth Marshall

Published January 1, 2015

On December 11, 2014, it was reported, on the various news channels, that the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) has enabled police to engage in warrantless entry of cell phones. How can we say that Canada is the “true North strong and free,” when the highest court in the land keeps removing Canadian’s rights? This is becoming a systemic issue, and even our politicians are supportive of this initiative. Peter MacKay, the Attorney General for Canada, came out and stated that police need more powers to investigate. My question for Mr. MacKay is, if the person has been arrested, is […]

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Letter to the Editor by Bob Pattison

Published January 1, 2015

The following is a letter to the editor written by Bob Pattison. It is republished here with the permission of the Landowner Magazine. Obituary Democracy: Born; circa 500 BC, Athens Greece. Married; (to millions) Runnymede, England via Magna Carta 1215 Died; November 24th, 2015; Lambton Shores, Ontario. Democracy is survived by her ailing siblings: Rule of Law and Due Process. Over 150 people witnessed the death of Democracy at the Lambton Shores’ Council meeting, November 24th as Mayor Weber, Dep. Mayor Cook and their closest comrades voted against a Public Hearing to review the latest edition of the Official Plan. […]

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Has our justice system priced itself beyond the reach of average citizens? By Shirley Dolan

Published December 1, 2014

This was the title of the November 23 episode of Cross Country Checkup with host Rex Murphy. Landowners have long complained about the state of justice in Ontario and, indeed, across the country. We are familiar with the process whereby a person is charged with an offence and asked to pay an exorbitant fine, or defend themselves in court. Of the few brave souls who decide to go to court, it is a long and arduous journey, and the system is designed to make the appellant plead guilty perhaps to a lesser fine, or face the consequence of months, possibly […]

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A Merry Christmas message to all our friends. By Tom Black

Published December 1, 2014

It is getting close to the holiday season and I would like to take this opportunity to extend a very hearty “Merry Christmas” to all our friends, from all of us at the Ontario Landowners Association. This has been a very busy year for many landowner chapters, as more and more people have been calling to see if we can give them some information about what rights they have or don’t have. For many of the people who call, it is their first time to question the authority of whatever government agency that may be knocking on their door. For […]

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MPP MacLaren to present petition in favour of municipal de-amalgamation. By John Phair

Published December 1, 2014

The growing number of disgruntled rural residents who feel betrayed by municipal amalgamations that were forced upon them, have found a champion in Carleton-Mississippi Mills MPP Jack MacLaren. MacLaren has gotten behind a proposal put forth by a group from the former Goderich Township, in which it wants to use an obscure and long forgotten constitutional remedy to de-amalgamate their ward from the Municipality of Central Huron. MacLaren says he will present a petition at Queen’s Park in support of the group’s position. On the heels of a highly successful International Property Rights Conference held Oct. 4, in Ottawa in […]

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DVDs of the International Property Rights Conference are Available

Published November 1, 2014

Many people at the International Property Rights Conference held October 4th in Kanata were anxious to obtain a copy of the videos taken of the speakers. Tom Black, President of the OLA has made arrangements for a limited number of DVDs to be created. The price for the set (2 DVDs covering the presentations of all four speakers) is $20 plus shipping and handling. If you would like a copy, please contact Marlene Black at 613-831-2642 or 1-877-258-6108 or by email at thelandowner@bellnet.ca.

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Presentation by Len Harris, Former Australian Senator and Property Rights Activist

Published November 1, 2014

Former Australian Senator Len Harris was the first guest speaker to the International Property Rights Conference in Kanata on October 4th. Harris stated that during his period in the Senate, one of the major issues raised by constituents was the eroding of their rights by Local Councils, State Governments and the Federal Government. Second to that was the concern that some of the Judges expressed concerns that as a result of proliferation of Legislation and Regulations and by the very nature of the legal system, they had to work within decisions handed down that were not of their choosing! Thirdly, […]

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Lessons from the International Property Rights Conference by Elizabeth Marshall

Published November 1, 2014

As one of the speakers, at the International Property Rights Conference, held in Kanata on Oct 4, 2014, I would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to Tom and Marlene Black, and all of the volunteers, who made this day such a success. Hats off to you all; it was a wonderful event. During the conference, there were a number of people, who were extremely excited about the information they received, including various politicians. Unfortunately, these politicians left before they heard from the Canadian point of view. On an International level, with the Speaker’s countries all being, either part of […]

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Our Constitution, the “Crown” and Letters Patent by Tom Black

Published November 1, 2014

The Landowners have taken our constitution (British North America Act of 1867) that included the rights laid down in the Magna Carta and through much research, have concluded that the folks who write our laws do a very good job of respecting the old contracts (the Patent Grants). But the people that take them to the next step, often don’t know or respect that law, and pass bylaws that are not applicable to private property. Yes, we in the Landowners do stand on our private property rights and our right to use our property for our own enjoyment and profit, […]

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The International Property Rights Association is Founded

Published November 1, 2014

The idea for an international conference on property rights was the culmination of the thoughts and ideas as put forward by a group of people from around the world. The group, in a mere six months not only managed to register 180 guests, including politicians from all levels of government, but also managed to bring together, from around the world, a group so willing to give of their soul and to share their wealth of knowledge in regards to property rights. On October 4th 2014, The Ontario Landowners Association, sponsored an International conference with special guest speakers from the USA, […]

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What has happened to Global Warming by Tom Black

Published October 1, 2014

So what happened to Global Warming? My corn and soya beans bought into the idea and were in full growth mode, when out of the blue, came the coldest September 18 night in the last 70 years. Within a few hours all the juice in the leaves was frozen, bursting their veins and killing the plants, leaving many seeds not fully developed, thus reducing the yield of a crop year that was already compromised by one of the coldest years in the last 40. The man-made global warming crisis proponents are not phased by facts however, and are in full […]

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Landowners Association of New Brunswick by Shirley Dolan

Published October 1, 2014

On September 15th, a group of about 100 people attended an historic meeting in Sussex, New Brunswick. This was the inaugural meeting of the New Brunswick Landowners Association. On hand to assist the group to get started were MPP Jack MacLaren, his wife Janet, and Elizabeth (Liz) Marshall, Director of Research for the OLA. The meeting was organized by Joan Seely and LeRoy Armstrong. There is a growing dissatisfaction with traditional political parties in New Brunswick. Joan is a retired teacher and former Vice President of the Progressive Conservative Riding of Saint John Fundy. She lives on land that has […]

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Time for Some Accountability by Marlene Black

Published October 1, 2014

Well, September is upon us once again…back to school, back to work, back to routine. I think it’s great to have a summer break but getting back into some kind of routine helps me focus a bit more, gives me some structure to my day. It’s been a busy time for the landowners, lots of meetings and travel and with an election upon us, there are extra demands to help out where we can. As well, it seems that we are receiving more and more calls from people in trouble. When you hear their stories, you have to shake your […]

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The OLA and Municipal Elections

Published September 1, 2014

As I am sure everyone knows, municipal elections are taking place across Ontario on October 27th. The Ontario Landowners Association (OLA) is very involved in the process – several of our members are running for council and those that are not running are assisting candidates by going out and door knocking, putting up sings, and helping out financially. It has never been more important to get involved in the democratic process. With provincial regulations, policies, and guidelines being pushed at us from every direction, we need municipal councils that are going to stand up for us. Landowner groups across Ontario […]

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International Property Rights Conference – October 4th and 5th by Tom Black

Published September 1, 2014

As part of our educational program, the Ontario Landowners Association is hosting an International Conference on Property Rights on October 4th at the Holiday Inn in Kanata (Ottawa), Ontario. See our agenda and registration details here. The goal of this conference is to bring together an expert panel on property rights protection to discuss one of the most important symbols of our right to own, use and enjoy our property – Letters Patent. In countries of British origin, these Letters Patent are documents that transfer state-owned land into private ownership, subject to reservations and conditions imposed by the Crown, such […]

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The Difference between a Drug Dealer and a Farmer by Tom Black

Published August 1, 2014

Times are changing here in Ontario. I have been proud to call myself a farmer, though some would say, not a good one, but in any event, happy to be involved in an occupation that has always been held in great reverence by the citizens of this country. For the most part, people still trust farmers and look up to them as “the salt of the earth” for their work ethic and the quality food that they produce for their neighbours to put on their tables. Now I know if you ask some students in town where food comes from, […]

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City of Ottawa Land Planning and the Charter of Rights by Krystina Caponi

Published August 1, 2014

Humanics Universal Incorporated, a small corporation owned by Dr. Ranjit Perera and his family members, has applied for leave to appeal to the Ontario Court of Appeal to challenge earlier rulings concerning the draft plan approval of its subdivision by the City of Ottawa. Dr. Perera, president of Humanics Universal Inc., has been laying the groundwork for his subdivision in Cumberland—the rural, east-end of Ottawa—since 2006. After receiving compensation in a court settlement, Dr. Perera bought 69 acres of land to begin the development of a Humanics Institute and a Humanics Sanctuary and Sculpture Park. In the process, Dr. Perera […]

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Happy Birthday Canada by Tom Black

Published July 1, 2014

Happy Birthday Canada! On this first day of July, we stop to celebrate the birth of this great country of Canada. For most of us growing up after the Second World War, Canada was a great place to live, to be young, to play, to work and to raise a family. People streamed in from all over the world to escape the destruction in their own countries and to make a future for their families. Many came just to escape their present situation and didn’t pick Canada for any particular reason but most picked Canada for our reputation as a […]

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MTO and the Flower Beds

Published July 1, 2014

On July 4th at 10 AM, John Schnurr will go to the Ontario Superior Court of Justice on 8th Street in Owen Sound. Mr. Schnurr is president of Duffy’s Farm Gate Market and Business Centre. The MTO wants the flower beds outside Duffy’s gone, saying they encroach on the right of way of Hwy 6. This appears to be another case of big government not using common sense to the detriment of business, jobs, and loss of revenue for the municipality. According to the Owen Sound Times, early in August 2013, the MTO arrived at Duffy’s and began dismantling his […]

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Property Rights 101 – a book by Elizabeth Marshall

Published July 1, 2014

This is what you have all been waiting for – a book on property rights by Elizabeth (Liz) Marshall. Property rights are the foundation of all Canadian’s wealth, prosperity, dreams and ambition. There is intellectual property, real property, life, limb and liberty property, religious property, etc. These rights are your property and are to be upheld by the courts, the legislators and government. So where have all of these rights gone? Liz’s book explains where your rights come from and how they are to be protected. It explains who, what, when, why and how your rights are being steadily removed. […]

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Renfrew United Landowners Association Meeting by Shirley Dolan

Published July 1, 2014

Renfrew County is the largest county in Ontario and is fortunate to be well represented by three landowner groups. The Renfrew Private Landowners have been operating in the county for over ten years. They operate independently from the Ontario Landowners Association (OLA). The county is also served very well by two OLA chapters: the Renfrew Nippissing Pembroke Landowners Association and the North Renfrew United Landowners Association (NRUL). I had the good fortune to attend a meeting of NRUL on June 17th in Stonecliffe. The meeting was held in the newly renovated township hall for the United Townships of Head, Clara […]

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ACTION Causes RE-ACTION by Donna Burns

Published July 1, 2014

Staying in touch with your OLA representative in your area has proven to be a valuable asset for those landowners in Renfrew County. Recently, a concerned property owner approached Donna Burns, President of the Renfrew & Nipissing Chapter of the OLA, because there were a crew of workers on her private property (without her consent) inspecting the trees and the species habitat in that area. After questioning these workers and informing them they were on private property, she was then given a letter dated May 22nd identifying themselves as Thunderhouse Forest Services from Hearst, Ontario who were contracted by the […]

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Forgetfulness May End Up Costing You Your Driver’s License by Grace Joubarne

Published June 1, 2014

  You may tell your doctor you have been forgetful lately — perhaps caused by medication side-effects, or perchance you are just plain stressed out by some family crisis. Or, heaven forbid, you are a senior! Any of these situations could result in a demand that you pay an obscene fee to be subjected to absurd tests practically guaranteed to fail you, or at least fail you enough times to separate you from hundreds of dollars. In what can only be described as a most breathtakingly undemocratic act by the Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MOT), seniors are now being targeted […]

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Integrity Commissioners – the new kids on the block by Tom Black

Published June 1, 2014

I recently attended a council meeting for South Stormont Municipality to observe the goings on in this mostly rural Ontario community bordered on the east by the St. Lawrence River. With many new homes popping up along that shore, this community appears to be in ‘boom mode’, with a beautiful new Town Hall and according to their own numbers displayed on May 14, 2014, they have pretty much finished upgrading roads and are working on the drainage. All this within budget and surplus left over. What a great success story in this day and age!! I congratulate them on this […]

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Rally in Caledonia for Property Rights and Law& Order

Published June 1, 2014

Gary McHale, President of Canadian Advocates for Charter Equality, was the keynote speaker at the Carleton Landowners Association Property Rights Seminar on April 26th. Gary spoke of Property Rights and Law and Order and how both appeared to be absent during the Grand River land dispute in Caledonia. You can see his presentation, along with others from the Seminar here. Gary has invited the Landowners to participate in a BBQ to send a message to all political parties, four days before the Provincial Election, in support of two fundamental principles: Property Rights and Law and Order. The event will take […]

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OLA International Property Rights Conference

Published June 1, 2014

The Ontario Landowners Association is hosting an International Property Rights Conference on Saturday, October 4th. This will be a full day session designed to explore the experiences and knowledge of a number of high profile individuals who are advocating for private property rights in their countries. The OLA has invited speakers from three countries that share a British heritage and thus a foundation in Common Law. Len Harris, a former senator in Queensland, Australia, considers Crown Land Patents to be important documents that guarantee property rights. The OLA News did an article on Harris in December 2013 and now we […]

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Tea Party of One – All Governments Invited – A book review by Shirley Dolan

Published June 1, 2014

I had the pleasure of attending a Libertarian conference this month where I picked up a copy of a book called Tea Party of One – All Governments Invited, the newly released book by Jean-Serge Brisson. I have known Jean-Serge for a few years and so I knew a little bit about how he fought the government and won – at least for now. His story begins when, as a young man, he starts his own business. Things go wrong for Jean-Serge, and I would have to say, for the government, when he starts to challenge the constitutionality of the […]

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Letter to the Editor by Tom Black

Published May 1, 2014

I write this in response to an article by John Phair in the April 1st issue of the Ontario Farmer. Speaking at the AGM for Ontario Pork, Connie Mallory, Chief Inspector for the OSPCA tried her best to spin a beautiful story of caring for animals and working with people to educate them on how to look after their animals and not run afoul of the OSPCA enforcers. Enforcers that would have made Adolf Hitler proud as they walked into the Animal Care Review Board hearing for Jessica Johnson concerning ‘tartar on her dog’s teeth’, fully decked out in their […]

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News from Renfrew Landowners Association by Donna Burns

Published May 1, 2014

On April 11, 2014 landowners from the Renfrew Landowners Association, Carleton Landowners Association and Lanark Landowners Association attended a court hearing in Ottawa to show support for landowner Terry Thomson of McNab Braeside Township. To give a little bit of history on this case: Terry held a private party on his farm in 2012. Initially, the year before (2011), he had approached the township to see if he required a permit to hold a party because he was having a live band play at it. The CAO of the township told him that McNab does not have such a permit. […]

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Mono Council and Residents Dispute Provincial Policy Statement

Published May 1, 2014

The Orangeville Citizen reported recently that the Town of Mono, located in south-central Ontario near Orangeville has disputed the intention of the Provincial Policy Statement which would reclassify sections of protected farmland within their town. This is a wonderful example of town council and residents standing together to protect land rights. Read the full story here.

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Protest at Kemptville

Published May 1, 2014

At noon on Sunday April 27 over 200 concerned supporters came out to a grass roots rally of KCAT Alumni and friends in Kemptville to bring attention to the fact that the Wynne Liberals have not gone far enough to save Agricultural Education Programmes at Kemptville College of Agricultural Technology. Co-organizer Wyatt McWilliams stated, “We need to keep the AGRICULTURE programs at the College; the Liberal government has taken the agriculture education out of the college and made it into a college of technology only; only technology programmes such as welding will continue next fall. City folks need to realize […]

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CLA hosts successful property rights conference

Published May 1, 2014

The first annual Property Rights Information Session hosted in Bells Corners by the Carleton Landowners Association (CLA) was an unqualified success. This is the feedback being received from the more than 140 people who attended the meeting on Saturday, April 26th at the Best Western Hotel and Conference Centre on Robertson Road. The meeting, designed to share important information with property owners, had as its theme: “If you don’t know your rights, you don’t have any”. As promised by CLA President Shirley Dolan, delegates went away hungry for more information. “This meeting” she said, in her opening remarks, “is meant […]

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Hydro Protests Continue with Support from Landowners

Published May 1, 2014

On Friday, April 4, 2014 at noon, a large crowd of angry ratepayers gathered in the parking lot of MPP Bob Charielli’s office. They came from all walks of life but were tied together by a common thread. They all pay Hydro bills and they were all upset at the treatment many have received from this corporation. The crowd of between 200 and 300 spilled onto Carling Avenue and the police were there to keep everyone safe and make sure the drivers were aware of this public demonstration. Standing on the back of a landowner cattle truck, a megaphone was […]

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OLA Spring Directors Meeting

Published May 1, 2014

On April 12, 2014 the directors of the Ontario Landowners Association came from around the province to meet at the Town Hall in Norwood. The organization was well represented with many groups sending several members to the meeting. Each group needed to send one voting member. Jack MacLaren spoke of Bob Mackie, President of the Niagara Landowners and his untimely death, February 8, 2014. A minute of silence was observed by all. Jeff Bogaerts chaired the meeting and Liz Marshall took the minutes. Bob Mackie was one of the governors so a vote was taken to elect a new governor. […]

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Important News from MNR regarding Land Patents – by Marlene Black

Published April 1, 2014

The Landowners have been saying for several years now that all these agencies, commissions and government enforcers, do not have authority to legislate on private property. On the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) website, they have a few pages on Crown Land Management and how they do have rights over public and crown land and how if granted an ‘easement’ on your property, then the MNR does control land use as long as the owner has granted or turned over authority to them. However, it is very clear on their website, that when it comes to issuing Letters Patent (documents […]

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Spreading the Word on Property Rights

Published April 1, 2014

The mandate of the Ontario Landowners Association (OLA) includes the objective to “Educate the public that the greatest threat to Ontario is excessive legislation and over regulation”. A perfect place to engage the public is the annual Ottawa Valley Farm Show which this year was held on March 11-13. For the past four years now the OLA has had a booth at the Show. It was a busy three days at our booth with almost steady traffic stopping to say hello and wish us well. We have come a long way in four years. We have a lot more experience […]

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Landowner Meeting in Prescott-Russell

Published April 1, 2014

The Prescott-Russell Landowners Association (PRLA) hosted a public meeting at the South Plantagenet Hall on Thursday, March 13. Among the speakers were Tim Mount, Jean-Serge Brisson, Shirley Dolan and Tom Black from the Carleton Landowners Association (CLA). Tim Mount gave a very good presentation on “What to do when they come for you”. Based on Landowner experiences, this presentation discussed ways that people can protect themselves when a government bureaucrat comes knocking on your door. Following his talk, Tim distributed “Unwanted Visitor” cards which summarize the steps to take when the unwanted visitor is without a warrant as well as […]

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Join the Fight Against Hydro Rates – April 4th – Best Website of the Month by Shirley Dolan

Published April 1, 2014

“Join the fight against Hydro rates” is in fact a Facebook page which has, in a very short time, become a very important internet location. The current campaign advertised by the page is an Ontario-wide rally on April 4th happening around noon in at least two dozen Cities and Towns across the province. I’ll be joining the rally in Ottawa – will you be protesting in your town? The story goes that the “Join the fight against Hydro rates” was started by two women from Dryden, Ontario who, like most of us, were fed up with escalating Hydro rates. There […]

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Message from OLA President Tom Black

Published April 1, 2014

On March 17, 2014, US Federal Court Judge Ronald Guzman sentenced T.V. infomercial pitchman Kevin Trudeau to 10 years in prison for fraud. Trudeau stood accused of running misleading infomercials in order to sell weight loss books. The judge pointed to Trudeau’s three decades of fraud perpetuated on society while using more than a dozen aliases. He was ordered to pay a $37.6 million fine by the Federal Trade Commission but failed to comply and was sent to jail. He could have been sentenced to up to 30 years. Frauding people of their money is serious business. Now let’s take […]

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Private Septic System Owners of Mississippi Mills – by Jeff Bogearts

Published March 1, 2014

In 1998 the new Town of Mississippi Mills (“MM”) was incorporated by amalgamating the Town of Almonte, and the Townships of Ramsay and Pakenham located in Lanark County, Ontario Canada. The sewage treatment plant which formerly serviced the old Town of Almonte was replaced on July 25, 2012 at a cost of $24.7 million. Funding came from a grant submitted by the Town under the Building Canada Fund (2010) where MM was to contribute 1/3rd of the cost with the balance of 2/3rds provided by provincial and federal governments. The new plant offers capacity to serve the growth needs of […]

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Private Property Rights Website of the Month by Shirley Dolan

Published March 1, 2014

One of my favourite websites, which I browse often, is the Canadian Justice Review Board website. The CJRB is a “national organization which provides an analysis of proposed and existing legislation and its impact. It serves as an information collection agency which receives and organizes public comments about the state of the justice system.” The mission of the Canadian Justice Review Board is to publicize important judicial activities and their impact on Canadian society, and to advocate for every person the fundamental right to receive from the courts non-political decisions that are based on established law. Our goal is to […]

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The Senate and Property Rights by Shirley Dolan

Published March 1, 2014

For me, one of the benefits of joining the Landowner movement has been an increased interest in the history of our country, in particular, how it was formed and what reasoning was used by the founding fathers to establish Canada in 1867. In building this country, all Canadian premiers and opposition leaders signed a constructional document similar to that of Britain with two Houses of Parliament. Are we today wiser than those founding fathers? Since confederation, there have been numerous calls for the reform or even the abolition of our Senate. Given the recent so-called “Senate scandals”, the clamour for […]

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Bob Mackie refused to be bullied!

Published February 9, 2014

Several years ago, in the fall of 2007, the landowners met and staged a demonstration in Georgetown to support Bob Mackie and his fight against the Niagara Escarpment Commission (NEC) who said that he couldn’t have an archery range on his ‘agricultural’ property. Unfortunately, his property, mostly rocks with a thin soil layer covering more rock was totally unable to support agriculture. The board members of the NEC showed little interest in his plight and despite overwhelming community and municipal support, voted to shut him down. He didn’t give up the fight and continued to run his archery business, refusing to be […]

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Today is a sad day… Bob Mackie passes away. We will miss you.

Published February 9, 2014

Today is a sad day for the Ontario Landowners Association. On February 8, 2014 at about 4 a.m. Bob Mackie passed away in hospital from complications associated with an ongoing heart condition. Many will know Bob as one of the governors of the OLA, the current president of the Niagara Landowners Association and member of the group since it was founded. He was the owner of Mackie’s Mountain Archery, a shooting range that was enjoyed by enthusiats of all ages and which also used archery as a form of therapy for people with brain injuries. His range came under fire from […]

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The Tale of Two Quarry Operators

Published February 1, 2014

This article first appeared in the Landowner Magazine and is reprinted with their permission. It is a great example of the importance of having your Crown Land Patent. There are 180 species at risk in Ontario. The Endangered Species Act, 2007 is determined to protect those species. The Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) glossy, colour photo brochure sums up their attitude under “Enforcement”. It reads: “It is illegal to harm or kill threatened or endangered species or damage or destroy their habit. It can result in fines of up to $250,000 for an individual or up to $1 million for […]

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A Beautiful and Bountiful Place for Nature and Man

Published February 1, 2014

By Tom Black For people who are new to this site, let me say welcome and also tell you why the Ontario Landowners Association was formed. This group was formed primarily to help people, especially those targeted by their own governments, be it Federal, Provincial or Municipal. For the most part, we were dealing with infringement on the property rights of Canadian citizens, often the elderly, who have worked hard and paid taxes on their property to support this country and who should have been treated with honour and respect. The constitution of this country, originally the British North America […]

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Private Property Rights Website of the Month

Published February 1, 2014

By Shirley Dolan This is the first in a series of reviews that I will be doing each month on websites promoting property rights. There are lots of them out there and in previous editions of our OLA News; we have referenced some of them. Today’s website is a relative new kid on the block: the Canadian Landowner Alliance. It makes a very good first impression – the design is simple and engaging and invites the visitor to explore various articles and opinions on global warming, property rights issues, and the invasion of private property by solar farms, among others. […]

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FARMSMART University of Guelph Seminar

Published February 1, 2014

By Liz Marshall Recently, I was asked by OMAFRA to co-speak at the Farmsmart Seminar on January 18th, 2014 with Professor Glenn Fox in regards to the Letters Patent and property rights, which are protected by the Canadian constitution. Professor Fox has been studying the land/property rights movement in Ontario, and is especially concerned about agricultural property rights. He has listed some 10 to15 separate property rights protection groups, but he mentioned that a number of them have fallen by the wayside. He seems very interested in the Ontario Landowners Association (OLA) and has been following this movement for a […]

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Hydro Woes

Published January 1, 2014

By Tom and Marlene Black   The following jingle, written by Tom and Marlene Black, was “inspired” by the many bad policies introduced by the Ontario government. ‘Twas the night before payday And money was tight Dad studied the bills This just wasn’t right So they sat round the table With the lantern on low Discussing just how high Their hydro would go? The pennies were counted Dad gave a big yawn Tomorrow’s a new day The lights could go on A movie, a sitcom, A favourite cartoon They’d sit by the TV From breakfast til noon. And when it […]

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New Landowner Group?

Published January 1, 2014

A meeting was held on St. Joseph’s Island on October 26th to discuss the many regulations and bylaws that are infringing on the rights of private property owners. The guest speaker was Elizabeth (Liz) Marshall. As a northern community the issues may be a bit different here than the ones experienced by southern Ontario communities but they are nevertheless interfering with peoples’ ability to use, enjoy, and profit from their properties. Issues include provincial regulations controlling the timber, hunting and trapping industries resulting in loss of individuals’ livelihood. The exploding elk population results in the repeated destruction of fences with […]

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Historical Dig Stops Landowner in his Tracks

Published January 1, 2014

By Sarah Trant This article is reprinted with permission from the Landowner Magazine Way back when the first settlers started moving into Ontario, life was pretty much a matter of survival. You acquired a piece of land and built a home. Hopefully the land provided you with the basic necessities of life. You grew your vegetables, had some livestock, raised your family and, if you prospered you enlarged your holding or maybe moved on to bigger and better things, leaving behind you the crumbling buildings and shards of broken china or a lost dime. ll over Ontario there are reminders […]

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Support for Crown Land Patents from America

Published January 1, 2014

If you have ever attended a meeting where Liz Marshall, the OLA’s Director of Research, was speaking about the importance of obtaining your crown land patent, you will remember that she also recommended getting a certified copy of the patent, making sure you had a copy of your deed, and that you did a title search from the current deed back to the Patent. Guess what? The same recommendations are made by Ron Gibson to Americans on the website Defend Rural America http://www.defendruralamerica.com/DRA/Land_Patents.html. Ron is the Chairman of the Jefferson Mining District in Grants Pass, Oregon and a lecturer on […]

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Improving the plight of property owners in 2014 and beyond!

Published January 1, 2014

By Tom Black I hope you and yours are well and able to enjoy your family and friends as we start into 2014. For the OLA, 2013 was a very busy year and for the most part, we on the board of governors feel we have had some positive effect on improving the plight of property owners. Time however, marches on and many of us are very impatient with this slow motion move towards change, especially when we get calls from desperate property owners, who for no fault of their own, have fallen victim to a society that has lost […]

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The Elephant Who Wouldn’t Leave

Published January 1, 2014

By Mallory McClinchey Like many Canadian families around the holidays, I was sitting around a table surrounded by members of my family. The conversation flowed along with the wine pouring into our glasses. It was 2010, and Mr. Ackerman, a long-time family friend, was telling all of us about the federal government expropriating the prime farmland belonging to his late wife’s family. Nearly unchallenged, they followed through with the expropriation; and a long two years later, construction began. Hundreds of acres of prime farmland now multiple suburban residential dwellings. Regretfully, we didn’t know then what we know now. 85 year […]

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FINTRAC the NSA of the Banking World

Published December 14, 2013

By Elizabeth Marshall Throughout Canada people are unaware that our banking information is being sent to an entity called FINTRAC (“FINANCIAL TRANSACTIONS AND REPORTS ANALYSIS CENTRE OF CANADA”). This entity was created in 2001, and FINTRAC’s mandate is to receive, collect, analyze, assess and disclose information on financial transactions, and to disseminate intelligence in order to assist in the detection, prevention and deterrence of money laundering and terrorist financing activities. Other concerns are that our banks are being used as a private police force to collect information on any Canadians who might do any financial transactions, including investments, R.R.S.P.s, and […]

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Ottawa says “NO” to rural Chickens by Joanne Martin

Published December 1, 2013

I look out the front window of my home and across the road I see a herd of beef cattle. I look out off my back porch and I see corn and soybean fields. I look down at my feet and I see my small flock of Rhode Island Red hens wandering about eating grass and bugs. If you ask anyone who drives by my property they’d describe it as ‘country living’. I’m over 8 km from the nearest gas station, and over 25km from the nearest Walmart. I have a well and a septic system, and there is no […]

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Not for the Faint of Heart by Charles Herriot

Published December 1, 2013

This article is republished from the Landowner magazine. My war with the beavers started peaceably enough. “Shoo beavers, shoo,” I admonished as they built their first dam at the edge of our property. As the waters backed up behind their dam I tried to exercise Biblical restraint, “parting the waters like Moses” by clawing their dam apart night after night. The beavers, heretics that they were, were unmoved by my efforts and moved in their own reinforcements. Their single dam became two dams and their simple lodge became a monstrous pile in the midst of a growing lake. Unfortunately, the […]

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Marlene’s Story

Published December 1, 2013

Remembrance Day this past month, was again a time to give thanks and a time to reflect on what it means to “serve our country”, to “fight for our country” and to “die for our country”. Those soldiers who witnessed what happens to people when tyranny rules fought long and hard so that the children of the future would live in a free country. We are very fortunate now living in Canada, that most of us are not fighting a war. Our soldiers travel the world to protect our freedoms and fight against dictators and tyrants who would be happy […]

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The Hypocrisy of the By-Law World by Tom Black

Published December 1, 2013

Since the time when modern mankind decided to build permanent dwellings in close proximity to his neighbours, as in cities or towns, we have continually been devising rules by which we interact. Obviously we need some planning and structure or there would be chaos with houses popping up where roads should have been. But too much of a good thing is often a bad thing and that is the state of affairs today with by-laws being created with increased frequency in an attempt to control every facet of life for the citizens. Now all levels of government create laws and […]

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Carleton Landowners Association Property Rights Seminar

Published December 1, 2013

The Carleton Landowners Association (CLA) is planning a Property Rights Seminar to be held in conjunction with their Annual General Meeting. “We wanted to do something a bit different this year”, said Shirley Dolan, President of the CLA. “Our AGMs are typically held at the Carp Agricultural Hall in Carp, we have our AGM, and then as many speakers as we can squeeze in. Attendance is very good and the hall is large enough to accommodate the crowd but we would like to have more speakers and maybe more variety and so this year, we are changing our venue and […]

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Australian Story About Crown Land Patents

Published December 1, 2013

From Australia comes a story about a Senator who considers Crown Land Patents important documents that guarantee property rights. According to Wikipedia, Len Harris, a self-employed businessman and gold miner, was a Senator for Queensland from July 2, 1999 to June 30, 2005. In Australia, Senators are elected and normally serve a six-year term. Like Canada, Australia is historically linked to Britain and is a constitutional monarchy. Among other things, we share the process of transferring Crown land to private ownership through Crown Grants and Letters Patent. Senator Harris has prepared a diagram which shows the relationship of property rights […]

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Educating our Municipal Councils and Staff

Published November 1, 2013

This year, the Ontario Landowners held a series of Municipal Law Seminars designed to share our findings regarding private property and municipal responsibilities and limitations. The first in the series was organized by Donna Burns, President of the Renfrew & Nipissing Landowners Association. This successful meeting was followed by two more, one in Carleton Place, hosted by the Lanark Landowners association, and a third in September, organized by the Niagara Landowners Association. Municipal officials were invited to all three seminars but, with the exception of the first meeting, most do not respond to our invitations. The Ontario Landowners are planning […]

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By-Gone Days by Marlene Black

Published November 1, 2013

My first taste of “rural discrimination” began in the school system. Not intentionally I’m sure. The teachers just weren’t used to journals by grade 1 rural farm boys showing guns and dead wolves. The real shocker was his journal picture the day after we’d killed the chickens. It was complete with little chicken heads, suspended in the air, red lines at the necks, long knives and no bodies. He was very proud of his accomplishments but it wasn’t long before he learned that not everyone shared his enthusiasm for all the neat things he did at home. It was all […]

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OLA Moves Forward with Application to the Courts

Published November 1, 2013

The 2013 OLA annual general meeting, held in Tyrone Ontario was the scene of a major announcement. Kurtis Andrews, a lawyer with Green and Associates Law Offices in Ottawa and guest speaker at the meeting, told the crowd of about 100 that on Friday October 18th an application to question the constitutionality of the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA) Act was made to the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. The court is being asked to consider four questions. More information is available at http://www.fixthelaw.ca. This challenge, funded by the OLA Litigation Fund, is only possible […]

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What will next year have in store for the citizens of this province, this country and the world in general?

Published November 1, 2013

Message from Tom Black, OLA President As we near the end of 2013, I wonder what next year will have in store for the citizens of this province, this country and the world in general? Weather extremes, political extremists, religious extremists and animal rights extremists, all weigh heavily on the peace and security of the individual. For most of us in this country, in the baby boom generation, it has been a very safe, peaceful and productive 60 plus years. This can lull one into thinking that this is the normal expectation for life on this planet. History however, has shown […]

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Third “Municipal Law Seminar” Was a Huge Success!

Published October 1, 2013

The Ontario Landowners Association’s third “Municipal Law Seminar” was a huge success, with an attendance of 200 plus. The people who attended left the seminar armed with new knowledge that will serve them well when dealing their Municipality and the Province. Many of the attendees took notes that amounted to small novels, and dozens made video and audio recordings. Unfortunately the ones who needed to hear what was presented, our municipal representatives, were not in attendance. The Ontario Landowners Association and its research team now know the Ontario Municipal Act completely as well as the Planning Act and many other […]

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Don’t be Disappointed – Register for the OLA AGM

Published October 1, 2013

Only 18 more days before the OLA AGM in Tyrone, Ontario. The date for the AGM (October 19th) is fast approaching and we want to make sure that we have enough food ordered for everyone who wants to stay for dinner. Tickets to the general meeting in the afternoon are $35 per person (includes dinner). Entry fee for those wanting to attend the afternoon meeting only is $15 per person. Registration starts at 12 noon and the meeting starts at 1:00 PM. To reserve your ticket, contact your Chapter http://ontariolandowners.ca/chapters/, call Shirley Dolan at 613-623-0675 or email sjdolan@xplornet.com, or Marlene […]

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Conservation Authorities Want Title to Your Land

Published October 1, 2013

Conservation Authorities (CA) want your land and they have a number of strategies to acquire title to it. In our August newsletter, we wrote about Ontario Farmland Trust and their Farmland Forever funding campaign, a clever scheme to convince farmers that their land would be forever preserved and used for agriculture if only it was turned over to a Conservation Authority. Our question at that time was “when was the last time you caught a conservation authority protecting farmland?” There are many schemes and strategies by which Conservation Authorities seek to gain title to your land. One of the recent […]

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How Does Your Property Measure Up to Your Municipality’s Property Standards Bylaw?

Published October 1, 2013

Increasingly, property standards bylaws are becoming more about how your property looks rather than whether it is safe. Do you have an old couch or a kitchen chair on your front porch? Do you store your recycling receptacles in your front yard? Do you have an owl on your property? These and other similar infractions could put you on the wrong side of an over-zealous bylaw officer. Two weeks ago, City of Ottawa staff released a report recommending that the Property Standards Bylaw be amended to include the banning of green bins (for organics), and black and blue bin recyclable […]

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What to do When They Come for You – Ron Penfound

Published October 1, 2013

When the average Canadian hears a knock at his door, he/she usually answers it. If the person knocking is one of either the R.C.M.P., the dog catchers, the humane society, the City Police, M.N.R., M.O.E or the O.P.P., anybody with a vehicle provided by the tax payers, in a uniform or not, with a badge or not, the normal Canadian’s first reaction is to be helpful. Invite them in for tea and answer all of their questions in an attempt to assist. What he doesn’t know is that the person knocking on the door may have received a complaint from […]

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A Country Built on The Spirit of Freedom!

Published October 1, 2013

Message from Tom Black, OLA President Hello Folks, Have you ever wondered how a country built on the spirit of freedom could have ever gone down the path of a government controlled state in such a short time? Where and when did it all start? How did “property rights” suddenly get pushed aside to be replaced with “for the public good”? Well it seems that many of the acts and resolutions that so affect the private citizen with property, especially rural property, were brought forward in the 1990’s. Now that would be the Bob Rae days we are talking about. […]

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Crown Land Patents – Should I Get One? – Shirley Dolan

Published October 1, 2013

I’ve had quite a few calls lately from people inquiring about Crown Land Patents. They want to know what they are, if they should get one, and where they can obtain a copy. The first question is easy to answer: Crown Land Patents also referred to as Crown Grant or Letters Patent are documents used to transfer public (Crown Land) into private ownership. The Patents spell out any reservations or conditions under which the land is transferred. For example, many of the Patents issued to settlers in the 19th century reserve pine, silver and gold for the Crown. In Ontario, […]

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Clandestine Conservation Authority Reprimanded by Court

Published September 1, 2013

This article by Gordon Turcotte first appeared as a two-part series in the Landowner Magazine in the April/May 2013 and June/July 2013 editions. What follows is a summary of Mr. Turcotte’s story. For the full story, visit http://ontariolandowners.ca/clandestine-conservation-authority-reprimanded-by-court/. This article describes the abuse of Ontario citizens by Crown Agents. It is an examination of Court-discovered “insidious erosion” of respect that provincial agencies now nurture towards the people they serve. It is about unlawful entry; illicit warrants; “clandestine” behavior and a disturbing breach of trust exhibited by agents in a position of perceived authority. What follows is an account of events […]

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Freedom! What does that mean to you? Private Property! What does that mean to you?

Published September 1, 2013

Message from Tom Black, OLA President These are questions that most of us don’t ask here in this great white north, strong and free. Part of the reason that we are so complacent, is because, we in this generation have never really had any worries about our freedom. This country has never had a serious threat from outside of our borders, though we all felt the horror when the towers fell on 9/11 and the resulting panic removed many of our freedoms to travel. The FLQ uprising was very real and worrisome but Canadians for the most part, did not […]

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800th Anniversary of the Magna Carta

Published September 1, 2013

Perhaps the most important document to the Landowner movement is the Magna Carta. Signed by King John on June 15, 1215, the document is a symbol of the rights of the people over the tyranny of the Monarch. The 800th anniversary of the Great Charter will occur in 2015 and a copy could make its way to Canada to mark the occasion. Len Rodness, a Toronto Real Estate lawyer, heard about plans to let copies of the Magna Carta travel to other countries to mark the 800th anniversary. He has received commitments to have a copy of the document exhibited […]

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New Landowner Group: Saugeen Regional Landowners Association

Published September 1, 2013

Some exciting news! On Monday, August 19, 2013, a new landowner group was formed called the Saugeen Regional Landowners Association. This will be the second landowner group in Grey Bruce county but it is a large area and can support more than one group. A crowd of about 70 people met for the first time at the community centre in Elmwood, Ontario. The meeting got off to a great start with Karen Weimer thanking all those who came out as well as the guests who came from other counties. Several landowner members came to their meeting to lend support, bring […]

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Sharing our Province, Rurals and Urbans United: Not one without the Other

Published August 1, 2013

Is there any hope for the rural way of life or will we all get sucked up into the urban sprawl with ‘nary a whimper’? We have been trying, our dwindling voices in the wilderness, calling out to anyone who would listen. Let’s see – we drove tractors to Toronto, blocked the 401 and stood around Queens Park hoping to bring some attention to the plight of those who saw value in a rural lifestyle, but no such luck. We joined political parties, attended meetings, became involved in round table policy talks hoping again, that our voices might break through […]

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Independent Electricity Systems Operator (IESO)

Published August 1, 2013

Message from Tom Black, OLA President Wind Turbines have become one of the most divisive programs that man has ever introduced into the rural countryside. Not many inventions have stirred the kind of emotion that is currently tearing the country apart and pitting neighbour against neighbour. The wind turbine generation fad has been hoisted upon the province by the Green Energy Act (GEA) and it’s promoters the McGuinty Liberals, who have staked their reputation and their place in history on the promise of replacing coal, gas and nuclear with green energy from wind and solar. To accomplish that end, they […]

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A Property Rights WIN

Published August 1, 2013

It was a bittersweet victory for a Florida property owner who refused to buckle under the heavy handed demands of a government agency that denied his request for a development permit. Coy Koontz, Sr.’s battle against injustice did not end when he died in 2000, but was fought on by his son, Coy Koontz, Jr. On June 25, 2013 after an almost 20 year battle through the courts, their persistence paid off as a U.S. Supreme Court decision sided in their favour. The property owner Cory Koontz purchased 14.9 acres of land in Orlando, Florida with hopes of developing 3.7 […]

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Beware of Organizations Bearing Gifts

Published August 1, 2013

The Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) recently signed a letter of support for Ontario Farmland Trust’s (OFT) new strategic plan and Farmland Forever funding campaign. They did this on behalf of their members, Ontario farmers, calling the action a united front for farmland preservation. Like the gift horse presented to the Trojans by the Greeks, OFT’s plan should be carefully scrutinized before accepting it. According to their website, OFT is a non-profit, charitable organization whose mission is to protect and preserve farmland and the associated agricultural, natural and cultural features of Ontario’s countryside for the benefit of current and future […]

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Keeping up with New Regulations by Marlene Black

Published June 26, 2013

It’s a full time job keeping up with new regulations, surfing the net for rules we may not know about, looking up sites to see how many tanker loads full of uninspected Chinese food is slipping through our ports, onto trucks and infiltrating our local food supply. One good site is followed by 20 more good sites and it doesn’t take long to realize, that control of our destiny, is no longer in our hands. When did all this happen? Were we busy raising young families? Were we on the fields, farming? Maybe we had that warm fuzzy feeling that […]

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Farms Flooded by Municipal Waters

Published June 26, 2013

While we watch the devastating floods in southern Alberta, we have our own flooding problems here in Ontario. In Bradford, millions of dollars of crops have been lost after a dike broke for the second time in three weeks. Farmers are blaming the unusually high water levels in Lake Simcoe for the damage and have called on the federal and provincial governments and the conservation authority to address the situation. A similar situation is playing out in Ottawa in North Gower where close to 1000 acres of farmland have been flooded. Appeals to Parks Canada, Rideau Valley Conservation Authority (RVCA), […]

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MNR Strikes Again! Still Spying on Farmers!

Published April 15, 2013

They don’t learn, they just don’t learn.  On March 20th of this past week, MNR served Anthony Scissons, a sheep farmer from rural Ottawa, with a summons listing six charges under the Ontario Food Safety and Quality Act relating to the slaughter of lambs on his farm during the 2012 Muslim celebration of Eid.  The first three charges against the farmer were operating a slaughter plant without a license, not presenting a food animal for ante-mortem inspection and not presenting a food animal for post-mortem inspection.  Scissons quickly realized that these charges were identical to those that MNR spent two […]

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CPR versus City of Vancouver, 2006

Published October 10, 2012

Many interesting questions have been raised recently regarding why a City of Vancouver by-law restricting the use of land belonging to Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) was upheld by the courts in BC (CPR v City of Vancouver 2006) notwithstanding the fact that CPR was in possession of its own Land Patent Grants. In recent years, CPR shut down lines and removed the rails from much of the property it owned and has. in some cases, sought to develop the land for other purposes, thereby generating new revenue for the company. The City of Vancouver, however, passed a By-Law prohibiting any […]

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OLA Stays The Course

Published May 28, 2012

It is with great sadness that I respond to a letter that was sent to the Ontario Landowners Association (OLA) members on Sunday, March 11, 2012. In this letter, Randy Hillier MPP for Lanark, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington and one of the original founders of the OLA informed the membership that he no longer supports the direction of the OLA and specifically our quest to discover the value of the Land Patent/Crown Grants as per our property rights. I will always hold Randy in high esteem for teaching many of us how to protect our rights and freedoms and for […]

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Response to “Back Off Government: What Municipal Lawyers Need to Know about Crown Patents”

Published September 22, 2011

There seems to be some confusion, in regards to the Letters Patents/Crown Grants. The titled paper has expressed that “there are limits to the legal rights” of a patentee/grantee and it is correct, but these rights and responsibilities are covered under Common Law. Common Law is to be the only “Law” between the government and the citizens. This has been supported, not only by Supreme Court rulings, but also a Professor, in 2009. “Hon. Mr. Loranger, QC. , Supreme Court of Canada, Mercer v. Attorney General for Ontario, 5 S.C.R. 538, Date: 1881-11-14. “In political as in civil law, in […]

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Apply for your Crown Land Patent

Published April 6, 2010

Liz Marshall is available for bookings to explain the force, effect and authority of the Crown Land Patent Grants more information, or copies of her Radio interview with Nick Vandergragt of CFRA, please contact clpmeeting@brucetelecom.com Click here to download the OLA Crown Land Patent Grant Information Package The Crown Land Patent Grants are contracts and are Letters Patent. There is nothing Constitutional about the Patents, they are based in contract law and are regulated by common law. They are a contract between the Crown, the Grantee/Patentee, their heirs and assigns forever. A patent, it would seem, of any kind usually has […]

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