Thursday, July 20, 2017


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Reader Not Happy With Meaford Hall Restructuring


When someone asks me what I love most about the town of Meaford, the answer is easy, The Meaford Hall Arts and Cultural Centre. As an artist, musician, teacher, and long term resident of this area, I have watched the Meaford Hall evolve into a high calibre and celebrated venue.

It has been incredible to see the cultural diversity that has moved across that stage. Singer songwriters, dance troupes, comedy acts, and so much more, have brought that building to life, causing it to shake with emotion - tears, laughter, awe, amazement, thunderous applause, and shouts of “encore”. It has brought audiences together from far and wide, from many different walks of life, to share in the magic that the Meaford Hall provides. Now that is something to be proud of!

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Infrastructure Woes a National Problem

The Editor,

The Meaford Independent, Your LOCAL News Source is on the top of the front page, every time I get the paper.

But, I wonder how many readers picked up on the fact that page 8, the Opinion page had our country's NATIONAL problems put under the spotlight. Local infrastructure needs have been very well explained on this page many times, BUT these needs are nation-wide. Successive governments in Ottawa AND Queens Park have passed the national economic steering wheel to multinational corporations whose ONLY concern is PROFIT for their shareholders, NOT the needs of the Nation.

On page 9, Here & There, David McLaren, in a well-written letter, provides us with the solution to most of the problems itemized on page 8 that Canadians are facing nationwide.

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Suggestion For Addressing Rural Bridges


With respect to modern day engineering firms , no one will endorse repairing a 75-year-old bridge and stake their reputation on it. There are too many unknowns. So you get everyone recommending new bridges, built to current standards, even if these standards are way over the top for two single lane short span bridges.

Meaford should just take the initiative and repair these two bridges to the tune of $100,000 each (approx.) With modern bonding, mortar, rebar, and coatings technologies these bridges could easily serve another 75 years if maintained properly. You are not going to get any guarantees or warranties. Just get a local masonry company and go to it. These are rural single lane bridges, it is not rocket science.

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