By Gilbert VandenHeuvel
Most of Ontario’s residents might be living inside a large city, but small town Ontario is the soul of the province.
Here is some rural food for thought:
Clearly, then, the city is not a concrete jungle, it is a human zoo. ~Desmond Morris,The Human Zoo
How long can men thrive between walls of brick, walking on asphalt pavements, breathing the fumes of coal and of oil, growing, working, dying, with hardly a thought of wind, and sky, and fields of grain, seeing only machine-made beauty, the mineral-like quality of life? ~Charles A. Lindbergh, Reader’s Digest, November 1939
Man must feel the earth to know himself and recognize his values…. God made life simple. It is man who complicates it. ~Charles A. Lindbergh, Reader’s Digest, July 1972
If you can’t tell, I was born and raised and still live near a small town, if you where too, you’ll be able to relate to this:
Rural Ontario Facts:
Together, Huron and Perth Counties have the same annual agricultural gross reciepts as the 4 eastern provinces, PEI, NfL, NS and NB, combined! $1.6 billion
The population of Southwestern Ontario is projected to grow from 1.61 million in 2015 to 1.78 million in 2041, an increase of 10.8 per cent. Growth rates within Southwestern Ontario vary, with Middlesex and Oxford growing fastest (24.5 and 13.7 per cent respectively). The populations of Lambton, Huron and Chatham-Kent are projected to decline over the 2015–2041 period.