Category: Editorial


Which way to turn

Farming has not always been looked down upon, but it sure seems like we must fight for everything we get. With the demand for housing, the city keeps expanding.  Where does this end?  Farmland is a valuable commodity,...

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The best is yet to come

The urban resident sees a farmer as a man with a straw hat sitting on a tractor driving mindlessly up and down a field of dirt. Sometimes on a Sunday morning drive the same urban resident sees a farmer as the man on the tractor...

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Another day in rural Ontario

Some memories just linger. Back in the late 90’s I was the editor of the then Ottawa Carleton Review in Manotick, a small village just south of Ottawa. The town was surrounded by agricultural land on three sides. This was my...

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Spring rituals in rural Ontario

Spring is the traditional time of year to get ready for another growing season. In the case of a transplanted urbanite living in a small village in rural Ontario, it means nothing more than making sure all your lawn equipment...

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Beyond the farm

A tip of the top hat goes to retired Morewood dairy farmer Bill Smirle whose influence has always extended way beyond agriculture and his North Dundas base. More often clad in suit and tie than coveralls and barn boots, Smirle...

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