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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Letter to Minister Bentley, Minister of Energy, expressing opposition to the Feed In Tariff program

Letter to Minister Bentley, Minister of Energy, expressing opposition to the Feed In Tariff Program and wind energy projects.

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Political lemons are running Ornge: Hillier on CFRA

Hillier interviewed by Bob Snow on CFRA about the Drummond Report and the Ornge Scandal.

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Another Example of Media Hysteria

Apparently Liberal MPP David Zimmer is not alone in opposing Bill 16 on absurd grounds. Randy Hillier is interviewed on CHML 900 AM in Hamilton about Bill 16.

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A Dogs Day Afternoon

(QUEEN’S PARK) - MPP Randy Hillier (Lanark-Frontenac-Lennox and Addington) applauded Members of the Ontario Legislature for their support today in passing his private members bill, Bill 16, an act that will repeal Dalton McGuinty’s much despised ban on ‘pit bulls,’ at Second Reading. The vote successfully passed despite significant opposition from the minority Liberal government who refused to acknowledge a world-wide repudiation of breed specific legislation.

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Canadian Press - Members of all parties support bill to end pit bull ban

Published on February 23rd, 2012 by the Canadian Press

TORONTO - Ontario's prohibition on pit bulls is unreasonable, unworkable and unfair, members of all parties in the legislature said Thursday as they passed a private member's bill urging the Liberals to lift the breed-specific ban. 

Progressive Conservative Randy Hillier, who owns two dogs he said could be seized and destroyed under the Dog Owner's Liability Act, said the ban was introduced because of what he called a very few high profile dog attacks, mostly in the Toronto area.

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Is it time for merit pay for politicians?: Hillier on Newstalk 1010

Randy Hillier being interviewed on Jerry Agar's show on Newstalk 1010 discussing the Drummond Report and Mr Hillier's idea to tie public sector and politician wages to merit.

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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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Ottawa Sun - Opponents of snake-protection rules smell a rat

Published on February 15th, 2012 in the Ottawa Sun

PERTH — Resistance against future “rat snake police” is already building in Lanark County even though new natural resources ministry habitat protection

While they willingly respect and protect gray or black rat snakes relatively common in the area, several local residents are writhing over proposed “draconian” regulations which they say would be counter-productive.

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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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