Monday, September 26, 2022

Editorial

Are Speed Bumps Really the Answer to Local Speeding Issues?

There has been a lot of talk recently about speeders in this municipality. It is a topic that is brought up at council meetings with regularity, and it is often the subject of debate on social media. Last week a reader shared with me her frustration with a small number of motorists speeding through her neighbourhood. At one point she...

Have We Finally Gotten Back to Normal?

The month of June has arrived. The Farmers' Market will be opening for the season this Friday, Scarecrow volunteers are busy with early preparations for this year's Invasion, and this week we have experienced the first mini heatwave of the season; it almost feels like life is getting back to normal. With a provincial election this week, and the municipal...

Signs, Signs, Everywhere a Sign

A few weeks ago I received a letter to the editor from a reader frustrated about election signs popping up on public lands lining roadways, a frustration I certainly share. During every election cycle I gripe at some point about election signs, particularly those plunked down along roadsides on slivers of land that are technically public, though not always, much...

Managing New Development Will be the Prime Challenge For This Municipality in the Coming Years

Developers have certainly discovered the beautiful Municipality of Meaford, and as a result development proposals along with zoning or official plan amendment requests have been coming in at a pace not seen in this municipality in the past. Many of the development proposals are big, and they are bold, but we all need to remember, a proposal is just...

If Pumped Storage Project Proceeds, Meaford Should Demand Significant Economic Benefit

Whether you oppose the pumped storage facility proposed for the Meaford Tank Range or support it, the reality is that residents of this municipality along with our council have virtually no influence on whether the project is allowed to move forward, and should it ultimately be given the green light, this municipality should rightly expect to see some sort...

The 2022 Municipal Election Campaign is Underway

This week, those hoping to capture a seat on council in the October 24 municipal election were able to submit their paperwork to the municipal clerk in order to launch a campaign. First to do so was first term councillor Ross Kentner who has his eye on the mayor's chair, and in the days and weeks to come we...

Should Small Municipalities Be Expected to Install and Manage Electric Vehicle Charging Stations?

Electric vehicles, once the domain of science fiction novels, are fast becoming the vehicle of choice among new car buyers as consumers move away from fossil fuels. With more and more electric vehicles on our roads, there has been pressure in small town council chambers for municipalities to provide charging stations for these vehicles, but should small towns be...

Today’s World Could Use a Little Archie Bunker

Recently, I stumbled upon some old episodes of All in the Family on YouTube, and it brought back a flood of memories from my childhood, as growing up in the 1970s meant roller skates, Gobstoppers, and Archie Bunker for many of my generation. When I look back to the era of All in the Family, I find a comfort, and...

What Should This Municipality Do About Our Arena & Community Centre?

If you thought it was expensive to build a new library, the initial estimates for the long overdue overhaul of the Meaford & St. Vincent Community Centre may shock you. While the $7 million cost of Meaford's new library, completed in late 2020, was cause for significant debate with many suggesting the cost was too high, over the past few...

Ontario’s Sunshine List Casts a Shadow on Reality

Rather than shining a bright light on 'overpaid' government workers, Ontario's antiquated 'Sunshine List' casts a shadow on the real struggles of Ontarians, and true inequity found here and beyond our borders. We've had the annually published Sunshine List for more than a quarter century now. Back in 1996 when the Mike Harris Conservative government passed the Ontario Public Disclosure...