Gray Rat Snake Protection Doesn’t Have a Leg to Stand On

Published on March 8th, 2012 in the Frontenac News as a Letter to the Editor

Recently, the Ontario Ministry of Natural resources (MNR) proposed new regulations to protect the gray rat snake. These regulations include three levels of exclusion zones around the snakes’ habitat reaching out as far as one kilometre from their known haunts. And just in case if you forgot how the MNR works, these regulations will restrict or prevent what you can do on your private property without compensation if a gray rat snake is found within 1000 meters of your land.

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Tie government wages to economic performance

Published in the National Post on February 21st, 2012

Don Drummond and his commission have now unveiled their highly publicized report on what the Ontario government must do to return the province to fiscal prudence. Their recommendations are provided with a gloomy impression that our day of reckoning is upon us. If Ontario continues with the status quo, the province is headed to bankruptcy.

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Union corruption and Florida vacations

Publish on February 15th, 2012 in The Prince Arthur Herald

Imagine that you are required to donate your hard-earned money towards a charity with every paycheck you earn as a condition of your employment. You are led to believe that your donation is justified for the greater good for yourself and your colleagues. 

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Reserving a New Tradition

Published on January 19th, 2012 in the Toronto Sun

Attawapiskat and its deplorable living standard is not unique amongst our Indian communities. It is a consequence of a race-based, socialist policy found only Indian reservations. What we see today, although not intended, ought to be expected. When people receive handouts to be unproductive and face legal obstacles to improve themselves, Attawapiskat is the result.

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Sticks and stones

Anti-bullying legislation might exacerbate the problem it's meant to correct, writes Randy Hillier

Published in the Ottawa Citizen on January 4th, 2012


Unlike many elected people, I don't believe in beating around the bush when it comes to discussing public policy. My concern is heightened when I come across a policy that is intentionally deceptive and crafted by wordsmiths for political spin.

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Ontario being strangled by too many laws

Published in the National Post on November 28th, 2011

From the earliest days of Premier Dalton McGuinty’s reign, the voters of Ontario have come to expect that billions of dollars will be wasted on scandals and disguised or scurrilous government contracts. It’s old news that the Liberals spent billions needlessly because they could not keep track of e-health records, but now we are learning that another billion dollars has been lost on uncollected provincial fines.

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Merit pay would work for politicians too

Published in the National Post on January 17th, 2011

With all the recent musing about merit pay for teachers, it was only natural for National Post columnist Kelly McParland to float the notion of merit pay for politicians earlier this month. Holding politicians to account financially, and not just simply at the ballot box, is an idea that deserves its own public debate.

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G20 crackdown reeks of tyranny

Published in the Toronto Star on Monday July 12th, 2010

Conservative MPP criticizes heavy-handed G20 policing as an attack on democratic rights and freedoms.

It has been said that in war, truth is the first casualty. Yet in the wake of the Toronto G20 summit, it is clear that truth is an unwelcome intruder within the realm of politics as well. Call it my inherent cynicism about politics or maybe put it down to my observation and experience, but the discussion and media coverage surrounding the G20 summit has been ignorant at best, or deliberately misleading at worst.

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