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Meaford Connection to Victory Nickel


We hear a lot about the “Victory Nickel”, but the Victory Torch engraved on the nickel was designed partly by Frederick S. Haines, of Meaford. The mint replicated this torch on the Victory Nickel.

... Fred Haines collaborated in the design of a Victory Torch with Ted Watson. The torch was flown by Canadian bomber to England in 1941 where it was presented to Prime Minister Churchill to symbolize the Canadian people's pledge to contribute to the defeat of Hitlerism....”

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Report Doesn't Meet the Needs of All Parts of Municipality


I have spent some time going over the “Municipality of Meaford - State of the Infrastructure – Roads” report. Roads are the single most important service which a municipality provides directly.

The report is approximately 175 pages long and presents far too much detail for me to comment upon except in broad terms.

For those of you who have not driven on the roads in Sydenham Township, this report should make it very clear to you why the residents of the first incorporated municipality in Grey County (in 1850) are so upset and feel utterly ignored in this amalgamation.

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Mayoral Candidate Feels Council Should Have Left Some Decisions to Next Council


Several important items of business were dealt with at Council meetings on September 15th  and 22nd. The State of the Roads Infrastructure Report was presented to council and it was adopted.

This means that this council, most of whom would understand very little of what this 100 page report  said, accepted it as gospel  and gave the green light to Staff to start incorporating these ideas in their 2015 budgets. This report recommends a minimum annual preservation budget of  $2.1 million and a recommended preferred budget of $3.8 million annually.

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