Friday, June 14, 2024

Editorial

It will be expensive, and even if funding can be secured from upper levels of government, it will still require a significant amount of new debt to be taken on by this municipality. But in the near future, the Municipality of Meaford must address the need for the expansion...

From the Farmers’ Market to Our Heritage, We Have Much to Celebrate

Farmers' market season begins in Meaford tomorrow, Friday, June 7, and perhaps it's fitting that close on the heels of the opening of the farmers' market season, this municipality will be celebrating the 150th anniversary of the former Town of Meaford, as this community has been an agricultural centre at its core since its inception. It is also fitting that...

The Kids Are All Right

Maybe it is the father within me, but I absolutely love to see our youth do amazing things, and as you may have read in this week's newspaper, here in Meaford a couple of high school students are indeed doing amazing things: they have established a bicycle repair establishment at Victoria Village. The TLC Bicycle Shop officially opened for business...

Accessibility Equals Inclusion

Next week is National AccessAbility Week, an initiative that shines a bright light on the importance of accessibility for all, identifying areas for improvement, and celebrating the progress that has been made in recent years. According to Statistics Canada, 27 percent of Canadians have a disability of some description, meaning that roughly eight million of us have one or more...

The First Long Weekend of the Warmer Months is Upon Us

The first long weekend of the warmer months is upon us: the Victoria Day weekend, the May two-four weekend, whatever you call it, this long weekend is the gateway to summertime fun in these parts. After what can often be long, cold winters, though certainly not this past winter, we Ontarians are eager to get outdoors and embrace the warm...

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Summer is Coming & So Are the Speed Freaks

As the spring air temperatures continue to rise, leading us into the summer months, so will the speeds on our local roads and highways in what has become somewhat of a summer tradition: speeders and stunt drivers invade our roads each summer. Motorists drive beyond the speed limit year-round of course, but the winter months, often featuring slippery ice-covered roads,...

Pumped Storage Advisory Committee Members Have Been Selected and They Are About to Get to Work

The citizen members of the newly created Pumped Storage Advisory have been selected, and will soon get to work. A total of 24 applicants were interviewed over three sessions on March 27, April 3, and April 4, and the interview panel's recommendations were presented to council during a closed session held on April 15. The appointments were approved in a...

The Double Edged Sword That is Artificial Intelligence

Around this time last year, I wrote about my concerns with artificial intelligence (AI), and in the dozen months that have followed, my concerns have only grown. As I expressed a year ago, I have real concerns about whether we will know what to believe in the future, whether we will know what is real and what is not, as...

Farmers’ Market Season Will Soon Be Here

When spring arrives, I begin thinking of the coming farmers' market season. Our local farmers work hard year-round, but their busiest times are of course in the spring and autumn, and at this time of year they are busy planting and preparing for the season to come. Before long, they will have freshly grown vegetables, fruits, and proteins available...

Earth Week is Approaching, Time to Spruce This Place Up

The winter snow is gone, and much of the sand and grit has been swept away. With Earth Week approaching it is time to give this community a spring cleaning. No matter your views on environmental issues, I think one thing we can all agree on is that a cleaner community is a better place to live than a trashy...

Volunteering is a Great Way to Connect With Your Community

Later this month (April 18), this community will host its first ever volunteer recruitment fair, and as the date has been approaching, I have been reflecting upon the value of volunteering to communities, as well as to those who do the volunteering. When I first moved to Meaford in the autumn of 2005, the following spring I began volunteering with...

Integrity Commissioner is an Important Tool For Both Ratepayers and Members of Council

The report presented to council on Monday by Principles Integrity, which provides this municipality with Integrity Commissioner services, was a reminder it is an important tool not only for residents who might have a concern about the conduct of a member of council, or council as a whole, but also for members of council themselves who can seek advice...

Spring is Upon Us

Tuesday, March 19 marked the first day of spring. While we have had a very spring-like winter season with long stretches of balmy (for the time of year) temperatures and little in the way of snowfall, when I awoke on Tuesday morning, the first day of spring, the ground was covered in a thin layer of snow that had...

Members of Council Take on a Tough Job For Little Pay

Each year around this time, the municipality releases a report which shares with the public the remuneration received by our members of council. In spite of the suggestion by some that our members of council should 'cut their pay' in order to reduce taxes, the reality is that you could completely wipe out all council remuneration, and you wouldn't...

Growth Can be Painful, But it Helps to Understand the Process

Navigating the world of municipal governance can be frustrating at the best of times for folks who aren't immersed in the system. When new development proposals surface, they can often raise the ire of an entire community, though some of the anxiety and frustration felt by residents upon hearing of a new development proposal could be alleviated with a...