Sunday, April 23, 2017



“Just Two Toonies” Is Just Too Much

StephenVance 540Meaford councillor Shirley Keaveney rightfully questioned the $4 fare for Meaford's municipal transit bus at council this week, and I hope that once council receives a report from staff and they have time to reflect on the fare, they will opt to lower it.

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I Think I Need a News Vacation

StephenVance 540Some guys like fishing, others like watching sports, but me, I'm a news junkie. I watch and read news both local and international with the enthusiasm that many reserve for the Saturday night hockey game. But the events of the past few months have exhausted me and frazzled my brain, and I think I might need to give myself a news vacation – but not yet.

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Optics of 'Value Statement' For New Library Board a Little Blurred

StephenVance 540In the world of municipal politics, optics can be everything. That's why it was somewhat surprising that, before approving the five new library board members at council's Monday meeting, Mayor Barb Clumpus read a prepared statement carrying the title 'A Value Statement regarding Library Services for all residents of the Municipality of Meaford'.

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The Cost of Electricity – a True Catch 22

StephenVance 540If you're a winter hater like me, the term 'January thaw' always sounds so appealing; an oasis in the middle of the winter desert. Until it begins, and then you remember that a January thaw also includes chilly damp air, cold rain, and thawing snow that freezes overnight making roads and sidewalks slippery the next morning.

We've had it all so far this winter. We've had extreme cold, we've had freezing rain, we've had snow, and then more snow, and then a whole lot of snow, and now this week we've had a chilly damp January thaw.

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