Thursday, January 21, 2021

Editorial

Council Makes the Best of a Bad Situation With Arena Decision

Stephen Vance, Editor Though four options were presented to Council regarding the operation of the Meaford & St. Vincent Community Centre and arena, none of the options was exactly appealing, none of them met the needs and desires of all, but in spite of the significantly increased cost, I think Council was right to ensure that the facility could be...

Patience and Understanding Will be Needed as Our Kids Return to School

Stephen Vance, Editor The return to school in 2020 is like nothing students, parents, or teachers have seen before, and understandably anxiety levels are running high for many.After half a year away, our kids are returning to school amid significant public debate about whether they should be returning at all. That fact alone is enough to heighten tensions for students...

Return of In-Person Council Meetings Another (Small) Step Toward Normalcy

Stephen Vance, Editor At the start of April, with the COVID-19 pandemic in full swing, gatherings were limited to just five people, making it impossible for Meaford's Council to hold public meetings, so they ventured into new territory by holding meetings virtually and streaming them on YouTube. Thankfully, in-person council meetings are about to return.Virtual council meetings made it possible...

The Invasion Might be Cancelled, But We Can Still Fill This Community With Scarecrows

Stephen Vance, Editor As the month of August is nearing its end, September is right around the corner, and in this year of the pandemic, in Meaford it won't be the September we are used to.Normally at this time of year we would be just days away from the first scarecrows being erected on downtown lamp posts and creative displays...

In Search of Silver Linings

Stephen Vance, Editor Recently a friend of mine posted on social media that 2020 has been the worst year in his lifetime, and he went on to share a laundry list of all of the things he felt have been horrible about this strange year. While I couldn't disagree with the post, it did cause me to do some reflection,...

Uncertainty is the Real Frustration of the COVID-19 Pandemic

Stephen Vance, Editor If there is one thing that we all have in common these days, it's that we all have been impacted to some degree, largely in a negative way, by the COVID-19 pandemic.Some have experienced far greater impacts than others. Some have seen their jobs disappear, others have felt the financial blow to their businesses after months of...

As Long as Water Levels Remain High, Shoreline Parks Will be a Source of Frustration

Stephen Vance, Editor Some windy weather over the weekend offered us a reminder of how vulnerable our shoreline areas are as long as water levels remain high. During a period of heavy rain the winds kicked up, bringing large waves crashing into Meaford's shoreline. The Bayfield Street area between the museum and Fred Raper Park was once again pummelled by rocks...

The End of DND’s Commenting Period Could be Just the Beginning

Stephen Vance, Editor No matter your stance on the proposed hydroelectric pumped storage facility on Meaford's Tank Range, I think we in this community can all feel a sense of pride with how Meaford residents have responded to the massive proposal.With the commenting period for the Department of Defence's study into the feasibility of allowing the project to be constructed...

Change Can Be Difficult to Embrace in a Small Town, but Sometimes it’s Necessary

Stephen Vance, Editor It is perhaps not surprising that Meaford, like similar small rural communities, struggles to embrace proposed ideas or developments given the steady erosion we've seen in recent years of many of the qualities and characteristics that small towns have historically enjoyed.Just a few decades ago many small towns were bustling with energy, with thriving downtown shopping areas...

Resident Frustrations With the State of Our Shoreline Parks Shared by Council

Stephen Vance, Editor Meaford residents have been frustrated with the state of two shoreline parks that have been largely inaccessible since last autumn, when strong winds combined with high water levels in the bay dumped yet more rocks and debris into the parks, jeopardizing infrastructure and posing a safety hazard.Here we are in the middle of July and rather than...