How to tell rural and urban Ontario families apart

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  1. good lord, this is a stark reminder of what is going on in my world. There simpy isn’t enough room for all of us in Dalton’s world…we NEED our wide open spaces, for the sake of our sanity!!!! We must continue to strive and save what we know is right.

  2. With the exception of cottagers and owners of rural property, most of Toronto’s typical cocooning condo dwellers don’t give a rat’s ass about what goes on beyond the last subdivision of the GTA.
    Their idea of a trip to the country consists of a stroll through the wilds of High Park.
    IWTs? They must be good cause Dr. Fruit Fly and the Toronto Star say so, and besides, my relatives back home are getting rich by building these things and then shipping them over here so that we can feel really green. What’s not to like? Why are those Hix from the Stix so upset?

    Ian, getting the message out to the head-in-the-sand urbanites is going to be a tough challenge.
    Here’s hoping you can make it happen.

  3. WHAT KEEPS US ALIKE .== IS PAYING FOR MCGUINTY SO CALLED GREEN ENERGY IMPOSITIONS WITH MUCH HIGHER ELECTRIC BILLS RESULTING WITH LESS MONEY THAT WILL RESULT IN A DECLINE OF OF OUR LIFE STYLE AFFORDABILITY AFFECTING ESPECIALLY LOW INCOME PEOPLE AND AS A RESULT – A LOSS OF JOBS.

    THE DIFFERENCE IS THAT URBAN PEOPLE DO NOT KNOW THIS AND RURAL FOLK ARE SMART ENOUGH TO KNOW THIS.

    • and that is only the beginning, McGuinty needs to be stopped from taking away our right to choose the way we live. He is turning our “greenspace” into more industrial wasteland. There will be no more reasons to go for that “drive in the country”, nothing to see here but dead birds, stressed out people, and ugly industrial turbines polluting our rural landscapes.. Thanks for nothing, Daulton.

      • You are not supposed to go for a ride in the country or for that matter in the city unless you bike it because you are polluting the air. No more of just wanting to go for an evening or Sunday drive. Gasoline prices must be kept high to keep people off the roads.

  4. I lived in Toronto for 40 years. My dream was to get out of the city and live in a quiet peaceful place.. I was able to get and or live my dream… I do not think the folks in Toronto understand that if this keeps up their dream (some of them as always) is not going to happen..

    There is a commercial on TV now days that is advertising seniors living in the restful country.. I always say… “Wait till the turbines come.”

    IMO we need to tell those folks living in the city that this is happening.. Get them to understand that the dream of getting out of the noisy etc. city is going to come to an end if the LIberals and their Green energy law stays in effect…

    • I agree, but I am really frustrated at my lack of success doing that. We too lived in T.O. for years and then moved to the country. When I try to discuss IWTs with our friends from the city I meet with a brick wall of apathy – even when I try to approach it from how it might affect them. And it is not just one person – I see it over and over. They just do not seem to want to see or consider the evidence. Their is seriously challenging our friendships. I cannot believe the level of disinterest in the whole issue. It reminds me of the saying “I’ve already made up my mind; don’t confuse me with facts.”

    • Give or send them the energy poverty information that is coming out of the UK due to the foolishness of their use of IWTs.
      If your friends are spending ~10% of their income on energy then they too are already in energy poverty. Anyway by spring lots of people will really feel the energy cost pinch here.

  5. I also moved out to the rural areas for peace and quiet, to relieve the stress due to depression caused by the death of my 16 year old daughter from cancer, and to enjoy the beauty of nature for myself and my family. (including my son, born 2 1/2 years after my daughter passed away, she was my only child when she died.) Now I find that I am terrified that the noise, pollution, and industrial feel of the city is following us to our happy, healthy home, threatening to destroy our lives once again. I am terrified and devastated. I don’t think I am able to go through any more trauma. What can I DO? We do not have the finances to move again, and besides, where would we be safe?>???? The government has ruined any opportunities for a quiet happy life in Ontario. Apparently industrial turbines are more important than people. DISGUSTING!

    • 1957….
      I am sorry for your situation and what has happened in your family. There are so many experiencing sadness and being further stressed by this horrible issue.
      What I can suggest is to get engaged, educate your urban connections and fight your butt off for YOUR home. If this were happening in TO the issue would have been long over by now. Write letters to media, mpp’s, MP’s, ministries. Email addresses are available on this website.
      Those responsible think we are too gentle and passive to fight back. We have grammas, grampas, moms and dads doing things we never would have dreamed of in our lifetime. It has changed all of our lives. It has created chaos in all of our communities and all thanks to Dalton and his need to be the King of Green. :..(

  6. Does anyone know the percentage of eligible voters who voted in rural ridings vs the percentage of eligible voters who voted in urban ridings? Or where one could find this information? Given the low overall voter turnout and the fact that most of the people that I know in my rural riding couldn’t have been kept from voting by a herd of wild horses, it would be interesting to know how the levels compared between the ridings that went PC and those that went Liberal

    • This information might not be compiled yet but your MPP is the person to ask as political parties keep track of this kind of information.

      • Thank you. That was exactly what I was looking for.
        “Huron, Bruce, Grey and Lambton had the highest turnout, along with rural/suburban parts of Hamilton/Niagara and Peterborough. The lowest turnout was in Toronto’s 905 suburbs: Mississauga, Brampton, Vaughan and Markham. Ontario’s highest turnout was in Huron-Bruce, and the lowest in Mississauga-Brampton South” Another difference between rural and urban.

  7. A little off topic … but you can add the Melancthon Mega-Quarry to the list of things that greatly affect the lives of rural citizens but are never cause for concern for the Me Myself and I city dwellers.
    They’re thinking: What’s not to like about excavating massive amounts of limestone to build more roads and condos to accommodate my relatives when they arrive. Added bonus: When the Class 1 farmland is gone, Ontario may have no choice but to buy potatoes from some of my other kin back home. What are those country bumkins whining about now?
    Oh, and did I mention the Long Gun Registry and waste disposal sites …

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