Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Editorial

Growing Pains Have Begun

When I moved to Meaford nearly two decades ago, I did so in large part because I had tired of the hustle and bustle of living in a large municipality, and I was eager to live in a small, safe, and naturally beautiful waterfront community. In my early years in this community I would often hear locals mock the notion...

Candidates For October’s Municipal Election Trickling In

While it has been more than two months since the nomination period for October's municipal election opened, allowing candidates to file their paperwork and launch their campaigns, nominations have trickled in, and with Paul Vickers announcing a run for mayor, we at least now have a race for that seat, but for the five council seats, we thus far...

The Grace Period is Over… It’s Time to Push Back Against Disrespect & Nastiness

I, like many others, have had enough, and it is time to start pushing back and calling out nasty and disrespectful behaviour. A small but determined segment of society feels completely entitled to treat service workers, government workers, local representatives, and the media as though we are servants, subject to their will, and we can be spoken to in any...

Oh Canada, I Feel Fortunate to Call You Home

Another Canada Day long weekend is upon us, and for me this holiday is always a time to reflect on the good fortune I have received in life simply by being able to call Canada home. I could just as easily have been born and raised elsewhere, in a less ideal nation. My mother was born in Egypt and grew...

Summer’s Here Whether We’re in the Mood or Not

On Tuesday of this week we experienced the longest daylight hours of the year as the Summer Solstice ushered in the official start to summer. With the summer months comes construction season in our part of the world, where it is preferable to build roads and houses after the winter snow has melted, and the ground has thawed. We have already...

Happy Father’s Day to all the Dads Out There

It seems hard to believe that we are already in the middle of June. Somehow the first half of this year managed to fly by and is mostly just a blur, for me at least. The calendar tells me that another Father's Day is upon us, and this Sunday many will be celebrating fathers and father figures with barbeques and...

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...