Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Editorial

Meaford’s Big Fall Weekend is Upon Us

Hampered by pandemic restrictions for the past two years, Meaford's Big Fall Weekend has returned. Throughout the month of September we have enjoyed the many scarecrow displays erected by volunteers for the annual Scarecrow Invasion & Family Festival, which will be held on Friday, September 30, followed by the always popular Apple Harvest Craft Show which will return to the...

The Municipal Election is Just a Month Away, Be Prepared!

Four years can certainly fly by, and it might be hard to believe, but with council's four year term nearing its end, another municipal election is on our doorstep. Though it might feel like just yesterday, four full years have passed since the last Municipal Election Guide issue of our paper was on store shelves. We are facing another municipal election...

It’s Fun, It Brings the Community Together, But Our Beloved Scarecrow Invasion Could be a Whole Lot Greener

Before I begin, I want to make it clear that I fully enjoy the Scarecrow Invasion & Family Festival, and I have for all of the 17 years that I have lived in this municipality. Sometimes, however, we must get real even about things that we love, and our beloved Scarecrow Invasion is an environmental embarrassment for a municipality...

We All Approach Life Differently, But it Shouldn’t Make Us Enemies

There has never been a time in my life that I have felt moved enough about an issue to protest. Even when an issue might be important to me personally, outrage is an emotion that I simply cannot muster. For me, I just don't feel that there are many things worth the energy of outrage. From my perspective, our time...

Where are the Women Candidates?

In recent discussions that I've had with some locals about the final roster of candidates in the upcoming municipal election, more than a few have noted the lack of female candidates. In 2014, seven of the 20 total candidates for the various council positions were women, equivalent to 35 percent. In 2018, of the 16 candidates who ran for council positions,...

The Passing of Wild Bill Murdoch

Last week we learned of the passing of a man who many rightly consider a local legend: Bognor resident Bill Murdoch, the former MPP for Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound, and a familiar face to most everyone who lives in this area. Murdoch, or 'Wild Bill' as he was affectionately called by many, served on the Sydenham Township council for a total of...

All of the Things Wrong With the Municipality of Meaford

As the nomination period for candidates in October's municipal election comes to a close at the end of this week, the campaigns will begin to ramp up, and we the voters will have roughly two months to learn about the candidates for mayor, deputy mayor, and councillor before election day. From the candidates we will hear much about what they...

Half of Us Don’t Vote in Municipal Elections

Federal, provincial, or municipal, with every election comes the inevitable discussions of those who vote, and those who don't. Often such conversations devolve into heated debates in which someone is bound to say something along the lines of 'if you don't vote, don't complain', often to the cheers of others. But the reality is, when it comes to municipal...

Gathering Information on Candidates in Preparation for Our Municipal Election Guide Issue

For each municipal election, this newspaper publishes a special election guide edition that features full bios, photos, and other information related to the candidates who will be seeking our votes in October. It is an important issue that has won this newspaper an award not so many years ago from the Ontario Community Newspaper Association for community service. It...

Two Very Simple Proposals I Would Champion If I Was Running For Council…

With less than a month to go before the close of the nomination period for October's municipal election, I have been mulling how I would approach a campaign for a council seat if I were running. Fear not, I have absolutely no plans to run for council as I have been there and done that nearly 30 years ago, and...