Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Editorial

I was recently told about a local woman who had thankfully been saved from a scam that would have cost her thousands of dollars. What saved this woman from being fleeced of some $8,000 was a caring community which recognized warning signs and stepped in before it was too...

A Busy Year Ahead For Our Council

The first meeting of the year for Meaford's council was held on Monday, January 16, and in a world with little certainty, we can say with confidence that our council has a busy year ahead. Elected three months ago, our new council features a mix of experience and new energy, with two of the seven members having been elected to...

As Humans Reach 8 Billion in Number, Many Issues on the Horizon

As I often do to begin a new year, I have found myself mulling many of the major issues facing us as we enter 2023. I'm not talking about local issues, that ultimately are minor no matter how much they might agitate us, I am talking about the bigger issues facing folks near and far. Issues like affordable housing, living...

Will 2023 be a Bright Light, or More of the Same?

On Sunday we welcomed in a new year, and from what I heard from friends, and read on social media, not many were sad to say goodbye to 2022, and high hopes for 2023 abound. Over the holidays I spent some time mulling the year that had passed. The year of 2022 was highly anticipated for many, as we were...

It’s Time For a Break

It has been a long year, and after this week's newspaper hits newsstands, the Meaford Independent team is taking its annual break. For a small rural community newspaper, opportunities to take a break are few, so for the past decade the Meaford Independent team has taken advantage of the late December holiday season to shut down for two weeks to...

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Training Days For New Council

Our newly elected council spent Monday afternoon in training. Once a new council is elected there is much to learn, particularly for the newly elected, but experienced members of council also benefit from the early term training sessions. Monday's training for councillors included the standard and important review of Ontario's Municipal Act, the roles and responsibilities of councillors, along with...

Maintaining Sanity as We Enter the Holiday Season

The month of December is upon us. Though we in Canada make much of the Christmas season, this month of December is a festive time for people of many beliefs, and even for those who don't adhere to any religion at all. For those celebrating holidays over the coming weeks, there can be pressure to host the perfect family gathering,...

…In With the New

As with every council inauguration I have attended over the past 30 years, there was no shortage of optimism to be found in the Meaford Hall Opera House on Monday as Meaford's newly elected council was sworn into office. Every new council that I have witnessed has begun their term with a confidence, and a genuinely positive outlook on what...

If You Work, You Should Earn a Living Wage

On Monday of this week, the United Way of Bruce Grey issued a media release in which they offered a calculation and an explanation of what a living wage in our area is, and what it should be. In short, if you are a single person working full time, earning less than $40,000 per year, you are not earning a...

Out With the Old…

The current term of council was capped off with the approval of an updated Official Plan during their final meeting on Monday, the final major decision by this term of council paving the way for the newly elected council which will be sworn in on November 21. While a new council will be taking their seats in the council chamber...

November is Lucky 13 For This Newspaper

The month of November is upon us, and this month is always a special month in the Meaford Independent office as it is our anniversary, and this year we are celebrating lucky 13. On November 10, 2009, The Meaford Independent was launched. First as an online only newspaper, and then a few years later we expanded to include our weekly...

Meaford Voters Have Spoken…Well, a Third of Them Have Spoken

Meaford voters elected a new council on Monday, and next month our new council will be inaugurated, and will get to work managing the business of the corporation of the Municipality of Meaford. When our new council is installed, there will be five familiar faces, and two new faces around the council horseshoe. Newcomers Brandon Forder and Robert Uhrig will...

Boiling This Election Campaign Down to the Core Issue

Monday, October 24, is election day. With election day fast approaching, on Monday afternoon before writing this editorial, I brewed some coffee, and spent two hours re-watching the video archive of the candidate meeting held on October 3, at Meaford United Church. For this latest viewing, I focused less on what the candidates said, and more on what residents were...

When it Comes to Municipal Elections, Some Are Passionate, and Some Just Don’t Care

As election day inches closer, candidates hoping to capture a seat at the council horseshoe will be busy working to share their vision with anyone who will listen, but as I was reminded recently, many simply aren't listening, and they don't care to. For those of us who follow local governance closely, it can be easy to forget that half...

Thankful That Another Thanksgiving Weekend Has Arrived

Another Thanksgiving long weekend is upon us, and while I'm not much for holidays or celebrations, Thanksgiving is my favourite of the holidays, and it falls conveniently during my favourite time of year. Over this long weekend families will gather for feasts, many of which will include the traditional turkey, and all the fixings. It's a time to come together...