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Transcript of Mayor's Canada Day 2017 Speech

Welcome everyone and HAPPY BIRTHDAY CANADA!

We begin our celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday this morning with the acknowledgement that we stand on the ancestral lands of the Saugeen Metis of the Anishanabi Nation at a time of reconciliation with the past and in the dawn of hope for a future of inclusiveness and brotherhood.

Being Canadian means many things to each of us. Coming from a military family, I have had the privilege of living in several communities from the west coast to the east coast. Each of them were quite different, but, like our municipality, all held the strong common bonds of community, of shared hopes and dreams for our young people, of care and compassion for our most vulnerable. The vistas may change across this country, and the landscape will reflect the unique beauty and the challenges of each corner of our land, but at the heart of a Canadian lies the knowledge and appreciation that people here value each other, that we can rely on our neighbours, our friends, our communities, and that working together for the common good can produce amazing successes.

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Support For Religious Schools

Dear Editor,

I usually approve of your stance on most things but I think you are waaaay off base on the school system (The 3 Rs, June 22, 2017 print paper). With the public and Catholic systems we have choice. Obviously I am not the only one. While the public system is closing schools the Catholic system is bursting at the seams. From personal experience I know the importance of choice.

My boys were larger than most, had dyslexia, ADD, and loved to tease. Had we stayed in the overcrowded schools in Brampton they would have ended up in jail. The public system wanted to put them at the back of the class and give them extra help. On the advice of a neighbour with a son with ADD we sent them to the Catholic system. I had to redirect my taxes and the bus trip was long, but the result was wonderful.

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Municipal Support For Children’s Programs?


I began Meaford Summer Arts, a children's art camp, 13 years ago with the help of volunteers and the free use of Meaford Hall. This summer the Hall would cost the camp over $750 for the use of the Terrace Room and kitchen for FIVE HALF DAYS.

What a shock to see the Beautiful Joe Heritage Society be offered office space rental for $1,800 for a WHOLE YEAR. Let’s be fair!

Thank you to the Church of Christ for offering our non-profit child-based group the use of their facility for $100.

Patricia Kortland, Meaford

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