Friday, June 23, 2017


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Waiting For Meaford Council To Ask Questions About Projected Savings From LED Lights


Absolutely delighted to see that Mayor Paul Eagleson of Arran-Elderslie has asked for clarification on the claimed payback of a 2015-16 switch of streetlight bulbs to LED. The project cost $562,000 and was sold on the basis of a five-year payback, so in my simplistic mind the savings should be in the order of $115,000 per year. I’m guessing that the mayor found that the reported savings for last year of $8,355.94 didn’t quite seem right.

Energy use definitely dropped but Ontario’s obscenely outrageous billing leaves one baffled. Their August 2016 charge for electrical power for these LEDs was for $476.97 consumption, however, the final bill was $11,401.42. The extra $11,000 was for delivery, debt retirement, global adjustment, and then HST. If you do not know what global adjustment is, think, carbon tax, cap and trade, Paris Accord, UN, our dollars going overseas.

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Keep Our Parks Clean

The Editor,

The Town of Meaford is blessed with much natural beauty.

One spot of particular, but largely unknown beauty, is a piece of natural beach, known as Dog Beach, Coast Guard Beach, or I believe, officially as Governor General’s Beach. So baptized last summer with great pomp and circumstance in honour of the visit of Governor General David Johnston to Meaford.

I prefer the name of Dog Beach, because I take my little pooch there almost every day, and she loves it. Winter and summer and everything in between. Every day is different, high winds from different directions dictate the size of waves rolling in.

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Local Grandmother Facing Homelessness


As sunset rolls into darkness and darkness fades into light the reality has come that I am going to be homeless. 850 individuals/families are on a waiting list, but the families with children are more likely to be approved before single people.

This has caused many sleepless nights knowing that I will be another statistic in the homelessness in Grey County.

I receive support from the Y Housing but affordable rent here in Meaford you will not find. Houses are $1,500 -$1,800 plus and apartments no better than what I am living in, so we have no choice we have to settle just to have a roof over our head, there is no other place to go.

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