Saturday, March 2, 2024

Editorial

Shocked by Brutal Beating of Restaurant Owner That Has Left Him on Life Support. Owen Sound Residents Raise Money to Help Family

On Thursday of last week, three men brutally assaulted an Owen Sound restaurant owner at his place of business before fleeing. Sharif Rahman, 44, owner of The Curry House, a popular Indian restaurant in downtown Owen Sound, had to be transported to a London hospital where he has been on life support since the attack. News reports have said that...

A New CAO Will Begin a New Chapter For This Municipality

It has been a while since a Meaford council has had to hire a new Chief Administrative Officer. Five years in fact, a good run in an era of ever-rotating CAOs in municipalities everywhere. But with Rob Armstrong's sudden departure last week after serving as CAO for the past five years, council is now on the hunt for a...

Summerfest Organizers Did it Again

The Summerfest organizers did it again. The mid-summer festival organized by three downtown businesswomen last year, returned for its second edition on Saturday of the Civic Holiday long weekend, and the large crowds who filled the downtown and waterfront area were a testament to the fact that Summerfest is already a much anticipated summer event in just its second...

A Busy Summer Weekend Ahead

Summerfest is returning to downtown Meaford this weekend, on Saturday, August 5. The event was considered by many to be a smashing success after the inaugural Summerfest last year, and I am certain this year's event will build upon last year's success. Created and driven by a handful of downtown businesswomen, the introduction of Summerfest last year was most welcome...

Improvements Finally Coming to Contentious Parker Street Crossing

Two weeks ago, in my 3Rs...Rants, Raves & Rumours column in the print edition of our newspaper, I wrote about resident frustrations about a pedestrian crossing at Parker and Sykes Streets that they feel is dangerous. In spite of an article I wrote a year ago about those concerns, and a pledge from municipal staff at the time to...

Two Small Rural Bridges Have Council Between a Rock and a Hard Place

Tucked away in the far reaches of this municipality is a little piece of paradise that features a lush green forest, the soothing sound of water rushing along a creek bed, and a bounty of nature that would have kept the likes of John Muir busy for weeks exploring. While this little piece of paradise might make the perfect...

Future of Pumped Storage Proposal Could be More Clear by Year’s End

Power, energy, electricity: we've been hearing a lot about it in the news lately as the Province of Ontario moves toward ensuring that this province has enough of it in the years to come. This week, the provincial government released their Powering Ontario’s Growth plan, which outlines the steps the province is taking in order to meet the ever increasing...

After Two Years of High Inflation, Is There Relief in Sight?

In an era where finding agreement can be a challenge at the best of times, I think we can all agree that the past two years have been expensive. We have all felt the pain of high inflation rates that came on the heels of the pandemic. With the monthly inflation rate reaching eight percent at times, the costs of...

This Weekend We Celebrate Being Canadian

No matter where you are in this municipality over the coming weekend you are bound to see an abundance of red and white as the Municipality of Meaford joins the rest of this nation to celebrate Canada Day. From urban Meaford, to Bognor and Annan, there will be no shortage of fun to be found, no matter your interests. In this...

Canada’s Population Surpasses 40 Million

According to Statistics Canada, last week Canada's population surpassed 40 million people, a milestone you might not have realized we were on the verge of reaching. Statistics Canada's 'population clock' uses modelling to estimate Canada's population in real time. The counter hit the 40 million mark on Friday afternoon, June 16. At just 156 years, Canada is a young nation, a...