Saturday, April 17, 2021

Editorial

In Spite of the Virus, We Have Much For Which to be Thankful

Stephen Vance, Editor 2020 has been a year like no other we have experienced. The COVID-19 pandemic that has consumed our daily lives has been unsettling and uncertain, and the events of this year have seen a global heath issue paralyze nations and destroy economies. Happy Thanksgiving.Given the realities that this year has brought us it might be easy to...

COVID-19 Cases Are Spiking, Now is Not the Time to Let Down Our Guard

Stephen Vance, Editor With COVID-19 cases spiking across the province, it would appear that the long predicted second wave is now upon us. Here in Meaford, where we have seen very few cases since the start of the pandemic, we saw the number of confirmed cases jump from seven to eleven in less than a week.While it took six months...

Brace Yourself For Budget Season, it Could be Ugly

Stephen Vance, Editor This year's municipal budget season is likely to be like most everything else in 2020 – it will be ugly, a little on the scary side, and it will be costly.Budget time is always a challenging time for any municipal council, but the past year of a state of emergency brought about by a global pandemic has...

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...