Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Stephen Vance, Editor

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Cuts to Capital Budgets a Double-Edged Sword For Council

Last week I shared some of my thoughts on Council's first day of budget deliberations for 2021, which focused on the operating budgets. This...

Some Random Thoughts on Council’s First Day of Budget Deliberations

Stephen Vance, Editor Meaford's Council certainly has a challenge ahead of it. With a bare-bones draft budget featuring no frills or enhancements calling for an...

COVID-19 Has Ripped the Heart & Soul From Our Daily Lives

Stephen Vance, Editor As I sat at the back of the opera house at Meaford Hall prior to Monday's council meeting, the theatre was all...

Confidence in the Vote is Everything

Stephen Vance, Editor A decade ago I was fully supportive of what I saw as a natural progression to online voting. At the time I...

Draft Budget Calls For 8.7% Increase in 2021, Is it Time to Get Real About Bag Tags?

Stephen Vance, Editor Municipal budget season is now in full swing with the tabling of the draft budgets for 2021 at Council's October 19 meeting....

The Pandemic Has Been All Consuming, So it Can be Easy to Forget That We Are Faring Well in Grey Bruce

Stephen Vance, Editor For the past seven months our daily lives have all but been consumed by the COVID-19 pandemic. It has impacted our economy,...

In Spite of the Virus, We Have Much For Which to be Thankful

Stephen Vance, Editor 2020 has been a year like no other we have experienced. The COVID-19 pandemic that has consumed our daily lives has been...

COVID-19 Cases Are Spiking, Now is Not the Time to Let Down Our Guard

Stephen Vance, Editor With COVID-19 cases spiking across the province, it would appear that the long predicted second wave is now upon us. Here in...

Brace Yourself For Budget Season, it Could be Ugly

Stephen Vance, Editor This year's municipal budget season is likely to be like most everything else in 2020 – it will be ugly, a little...

Council Makes the Best of a Bad Situation With Arena Decision

Stephen Vance, Editor Though four options were presented to Council regarding the operation of the Meaford & St. Vincent Community Centre and arena, none of...

Patience and Understanding Will be Needed as Our Kids Return to School

Stephen Vance, Editor The return to school in 2020 is like nothing students, parents, or teachers have seen before, and understandably anxiety levels are running...

Return of In-Person Council Meetings Another (Small) Step Toward Normalcy

Stephen Vance, Editor At the start of April, with the COVID-19 pandemic in full swing, gatherings were limited to just five people, making it impossible...

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