Sunday, April 23, 2017

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Editorial

Upper Levels of Government Need to Bolster (And Fast-track) Infrastructure Funding For Municipalities

StephenVance 540Week after week, it seems as if we hear our upper levels of government boasting about the billions upon billions of dollars that they will be spending on infrastructure, supposedly in the very near future. Being the 'infrastructure-nerd' that I am, I sure hope it's true, but even more, I hope that many of those billions of dollars will be destined to municipalities, which are arguably in the greatest need of large injections of infrastructure funds.


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Former Mayor Gord Crapper Will be Missed

StephenVance 540Former Meaford Mayor Gordon Crapper passed away on Saturday, August 20, just a few weeks after he reached his 90th birthday.

Gordon Crapper served this community as mayor for 12 years from 1979 to 1991 – well before I moved to Meaford. I didn't know Gord well, and if not for this newspaper, I quite possibly would never have known Gord at all, but he became quite a supportive fan of this newspaper, and, knowing that like him, I have a great interest in small town history and in old small town photos, he would pop into our office every now and then with an old photo of Meaford's past.


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Meaford Taking a Smart Approach to Vehicle Idling

StephenVance 540With their initial approval of a vehicle idling bylaw, Meaford's council has adopted a smart approach to the issue.

Rather than beating residents over the head with an all-encompassing (and difficult to enforce) bylaw that would prevent the idling of vehicles everywhere, including private driveways and fast-food drive-thrus, council has instead taken a softer approach that will see vehicle idling prohibited on municipal properties,


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