Being oppressed

Dear editor:
Did you know you can walk into almost any business or government agency across Canada, including a police station, but you can’t walk into a Ministry of Natural Resources office because the doors are locked?
Instead, you must call them up and go through an interrogation before you can get permission to visit. Be­cause if you arrive at the door unan­nounced, you will not be allowed in—like you could before MNR offices became fortresses.
The MNR doors are locked because they know, sooner or later, an outraged landowner whose property was appropriated (des­ignated as an endangered species habitat, a bobolink nesting area, a turtle sanctuary, a no development zone, or some other MNR craziness) will show up at an MNR office with serious payback in mind—and none of us want to see that happen.
Because the MNR knows full well what they are doing is wrong, and it’s just a matter or time before someone resorts to violence. Because if the MNR’s harassment of landowners continues to escalate, somebody eventually will be forced into a corner they don’t want to be in—and when that happens, they will come out swinging.
And although I hope it never comes to this, if landowners do come out swinging, their oppres­sors are going to learn what it means to provoke the wrath of peaceful citizens.
Therefore, in order to prevent a situ­ation of this nature from occurring, Renfrew County landowners must band together, obtain land patents on their property, and begin prosecuting lawsuits in the courts.
Because while none of us want to see things get out of hand in Ren­frew County, there’s only so much oppression people are going to take before they will revolt against it.
And oppressing is exactly what the MNR has been doing to landowners, not only in Renfrew County but all over the province of Ontario, as well—and they intend to keep on doing it.
So the time has come to stop them.
Donald E. Broome
Cobden, Ont.
Editor’s note: This letter (which has been edited by the Times) originally appeared in the July 10 edition of the Eganville Leader and subsequently was re-published in The Working Forest.
A local resident forwarded it to the Times because they felt this issue has implications in our district, too.