Saturday, March 24, 2018


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Voter Concerned About Electronic-Only Voting

Dear Editor,

There is an election coming that will use pin numbers and electronic ballots, or touch-tone phones.  I can cope with this, I can use a computer and I have touch-tone phones.  However I do know there are people in the municipality that have neither of these things.  I hear some muttering, “I guess I just won’t vote.”

Internet connections in parts of Meaford and Grey County are spotty at best, and not every household has a computer. Not everyone in the households with computers know how to operate them. If someone has to ask their spouse or child how to vote, that vote isn’t very secret. I have it on good authority that there are more than a few party lines out there.  There goes the secret ballot again.  The residents in the long term nursing facility are going to be able to vote with computers and pin numbers and municipal staff assisting them.  Again, not very secret, but apparently confidential.  Why not let them vote with the sort of paper ballots they are used to?

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Meaford's OPP Cost Increases Appear Minimal If At All


What follows is an Open Letter to Meaford Staff and Council regarding Policing Costs:


In a "News Release" published in the Meaford Independent on August 18, Meaford Treasurer Darcy Chapman asserted that the billing for OPP police services would rise from the current $1,772,053 by $455,647 to $2,277,000 next year. At that time, the details of the new billing model were not known to the general public. The precise details were released in a presentation to the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) on Monday 18th. Once the details were reviewed, we saw that Mr Chapman had made an assumption and his calculations, we believe, are incorrect. We arrive at the overall cost increase of $17,839 as calculated below. To date, Mr Chapman has not issued a correction to his calculation of the OPP cost increase, therefore we feel compelled to challenge his numbers.

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Leith Resident Frustrated With State of Peter Cameron Park

Dear Editor,

Those of us who live in close proximity to the children's play park, "Peter Cameron Park" in Leith, have learned to make do with what we have. Much of the equipment in the park requires maintenance. The swings are very old and unless we oil them ourselves they can be heard squeaking throughout the community. The Japanese Knotweed at the corner of the park has grown out so far into Market Lane that it causes a visibility hazard for motorists driving around the park. Last winter during one of those storms, the backboard on one of the basketball hoops broke and fell down in the snow. Both backboards are worn out. Other safety hazards and signs of neglect are obvious.

The park equipment suffers from neglect, but not because we don't care about it. Numerous calls have been made to the Meaford Rec Department asking for maintenance and raising safety concerns, all to no avail. Despite its shortcomings, we love our little park and it continues to be heavily used on a daily basis, both by local residents and by visitors to our community. 

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