Saturday, December 4, 2021

Editorial

From time to time, while taking in a council meeting from my spot at the media table I am reminded of just how frustrating and thankless the job of a municipal councillor can be. During this Monday's council meeting, I was thinking just that – the job of a local...

Santa is on the Way…

I don't know anyone that has anything overwhelmingly positive to say about the experience of the past two years, and I think it is safe to say that most of us have had enough of it all, particularly the ongoing friction between 'us' and 'them', whatever that means these days. We all need a break from the news and issues...

Residents Express Overwhelming Opposition to Proposed Waterfront Development

Back in May, I penned an editorial entitled 'Proposed Development Would Overwhelm Existing Neighbourhood', and on Tuesday afternoon (November 9) during a nearly four hour public planning meeting, Meaford residents turned out en masse to express overwhelming opposition to the SkyDev proposal for the Boucher Street property, formerly the Knights flooring factory. With Meaford Hall's opera house, the temporary location...

Is There an Ideal Time of Day For Council Meetings?

In recent weeks, the topic of the time of day when council meetings are held has been raised by a handful of residents. Some have raised the topic in email messages, while others have bumped into me on the street and have suggested that the timing of council meetings does not allow everyone to attend. My simple answer is typically...

Should We Re-Think Heritage Districts?

I appreciate history and heritage as much as anyone, but I must admit I have had it with heritage preservation initiatives. Though I would suggest that the heritage preservation movement began with the best of intentions, there are unintended consequences and downright silliness at times when heritage considerations come before local councils. During Council's meeting on Monday, far too much...

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Canadians Have Voted, Little Has Changed

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In-Person Council Meetings Another Step Toward a Return to Normal

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As Our Kids Return to School, We All Must be Patient and Understanding

As parents proudly posted photos of their kids heading back to school on Tuesday, I recalled my own excitement heading back to school each year way back in the 1970s and '80s. While we all enjoy the summer break, typically with a week or two remaining, I would begin yearning to return to school. For me, school was a safe...

The Summer of Discontent Has Come to an End

And just like that, the summer of discontent has come to an end, a summer most of us will look back upon as a frustrating and uncertain time, a summer of increasing anger and conflict, but with any luck our final summer in the grip of the COVID-19 pandemic. After more than a year and a half of enduring mask...

August Has Been Hot, But For Council the Heat Will Intensify in September

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