Sunday, October 24, 2021

Editorial

Dear SkyDev, We Don’t Have Time For Your Games

There has been significant interest and concern among Meaford residents over a proposed, high density development on the former Stanley Knight flooring factory property located at 226 Boucher St. E. The development would see the lands be rezoned to the Residential Multiple zone to facilitate the construction of a five-storey hotel and spa, three two-storey townhouse buildings, three five-storey waterfront...

A Canada Day That Many Don’t Want to Celebrate

With recent news reports of residential school atrocities, Canadian pride has been replaced by a national shame, making this year's Canada Day difficult for many to celebrate. That we as a nation have taken a pause to reflect on our past and to express sadness and shame is a very Canadian reaction to such horrific news, because by and large...

Could Canada Day be the Last Major Virtual Event of This Pandemic? Let’s Hope

Next week's regular Canada Day festivities, in all corners of the municipality, from Bognor to Leith and Annan to Meaford's urban area, are cancelled once again due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In place of the traditional festivities, a virtual celebration is planned, and hats off to the organizers, but I suspect that many, like me, will be happy to see...

Nobody Reads Father’s Day Editorials, and That’s Okay

Another Father's Day has crept up on us, and this Sunday fathers everywhere will be celebrated by those who love them, those they have cared for and inspired. I typically shy away from dedicating my editorial space to 'Hallmark' holidays; it is not my forte, and others do a much better job writing about these sorts of things. Not to...

One Small Step…

We in Ontario will regain some freedom and fun on Friday as the province enters Step One of the three-step Roadmap to Reopening. The move comes a few days earlier than had been anticipated, and it will mean that non-essential retailers will once again be permitted to allow customers in their stores, restaurants will be able to operate outdoor...

Accessibility is Vital For All

It's National AccessAbility Week, an initiative aimed at shining a bright light on the importance of accessibility for all, identifying where we are falling short, and celebrating our successes. Accessibility isn't something we spend much time thinking about when we are young, fit, and healthy. A healthy 20-year-old is unlikely to consider that a door into a building might be...

A Love Letter to My Community

Dear Readers, We have been through a lot over the past 18 months, and we have been getting through it together. This pandemic has upended our lives, and it has shattered our daily routines, but through it all I have been proud to call this community home. In the early days of this pandemic, none of us really knew what to...

Proposed Development Would Overwhelm Existing Neighbourhood

A proposed mixed residential development on the property of the former Knights flooring factory on Boucher Street has many residents concerned. The proposed development would see more than 200 residential units, from townhouses to two five-storey apartment buildings, along with a 90 room, five-storey hotel packed onto the property, which is surrounded by quiet, long-established residential streets of mostly...

Paid Parking Debacle Shows Why Council Shouldn’t Shoot From the Hip

At Monday's council meeting we witnessed the falling apart of a poorly cobbled together plan after Council stomped on the brake and made a U-turn away from their own paid parking pilot project, and ultimately limited the pilot project to just Memorial Park, not all of Meaford's parks and green spaces, as was the original plan. I can't say that...

Thanks to COVID, the Cancellations Continue

The month of May might just barely be underway, but this week we learned of the cancellation (again) of this autumn's Scarecrow Invasion & Family Festival, thanks to the pesky COVID-19 virus that continues to impact virtually every part of our lives. The announcement was made a week after Meaford's Council had discussed the impact on municipally run events for...