Friday, July 12, 2024

Editorial

Municipal Budget Season Has Begun

Though there are often complaints at municipal budget time, a quick look around the county will tell you that this year, by comparison, the Municipality of Meaford is starting off in a very good position to begin budget deliberations. As presented to council at Monday's meeting, the draft budgets for 2024 require a 5.57 percent levy increase, and a projected...

A New Year Begins

With 2023 now in our rear view mirrors, a new year is unfolding before us. A new year is often a time for hope. Hope for a better year ahead, hope for improvement, hope for growth and prosperity. As one year ends we tend to reflect upon the year that has been. We recall our successes along with our failures,...

Happy Holidays, See You in 2024

In just ten days, 2023 will come to an end, and a new year will begin. This week's newspaper is our final paper of 2023, and after we have delivered the newspapers on Thursday, our small team here at The Meaford Independent will be taking a break until the new year, with our next paper to be published on...

The First Year of This Term of Council is in the Books

On Monday of this week, council's final meeting of 2023 was held, wrapping up what has been a busy first year for this council. I have often written that I do not envy our elected representatives on council. It's a tough job that requires a very thick skin, many hours of work, and the pay, well, it isn't all that...

As the End of the Year Approaches, Municipal Budget Season is Around the Corner

When the holiday season that many of us are currently gearing up for is over, and the new year begins, council's attention will turn to the 2024 municipal budgets, and all signs indicate that it will be a rocky road toward finalizing the budgets for next year. Some members of Council have already openly expressed their fears of the coming...

Winter Weather Has Arrived, and a New Municipal Policy Will Keep Residents Better Informed During Stormy Weather

With the first round of snow squalls to hit us this season, the Municipality of Meaford was able to test their recently implemented 'Significant Weather Event' policy. I saw some confusion, along with some scoffing on social media, with some making an assumption that such a declaration meant that the municipality had ceased road clearing operations until the squalls...

Here Comes Santa Claus

The holiday season is fast approaching, and in Meaford the season will officially kick off next week, as the second annual Christmas on the Bay event will be held over four days at Market Square beside Meaford Hall, beginning Thursday, November 30. The Christmas on the Bay event includes a traditional market that is a nod to the traditional holiday...

A Nervous Council Approves Temporary Zoning For Johnny B’s

At Monday's council meeting, members of council unanimously voted in favour of a temporary zoning bylaw request submitted by the owner of Johnny B's auto repair shop, which was destroyed by fire in late May and has been operating on a farm property ever since. Though council unanimously approved the temporary zoning bylaw, it was clear that they did so...

Will We Humans Ever Evolve Beyond War?

Six years ago in my Remembrance Day editorial, I noted that while we here in Canada remember our veterans, largely from the two World Wars, many parts of the world are mired in war, and little has changed since that 2017 editorial. Though we live a privileged life within the safe boundaries of Canadian borders, as we are set to...

After Four Long Years, We Might Know the Future for Contentious Pumped Storage Proposal Later This Month

It has been four years since the pumped storage plant proposal was first announced, four long, exhausting years. TC Energy's proposal to build a hydroelectric pumped storage plant on the grounds of the 4th Canadian Division Training Centre in Meaford was immediately met with significant and vocal opposition within days of us learning of it in the late summer of...