Thursday, January 21, 2021

Editorial

Message From Residents is Clear – Six Stories is Too High

Stephen Vance, Editor The message was clear from residents who were able to participate in Monday's virtual public planning meeting, focused on a proposal for a new long-term care centre mixed with retirement housing on the former Meaford Community School property on Cook Street – the proposed development is supported in principle, but the six-storey height of the building is...

Virtual Public Planning Meetings Are a Bad Deal For Residents

Stephen Vance, Editor Just because something can be done, it doesn't mean that it should be done. In a nutshell, that's how I feel about public planning meetings being held virtually. It is one thing during a prolonged time of emergency to hold regular council meetings virtually in order to keep the business of the municipality moving along, it is quite...

Canada Day is Approaching, Haul Out Your Christmas Lights

Stephen Vance, Editor Summer officially arrived last weekend, and in a few days our calendars will flip to July 1, Canada Day, a day when we Canadians gather in large numbers for a day of celebrating this fine country and our good fortune to call it home – but not this year, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic.When the coronavirus first...

Honouring Fathers in the Midst of a Pandemic

Stephen Vance, Editor While I'm certainly no fan of 'Hallmark holidays', I confess that with the recent months of lock-down, social distancing, and stay at home orders, I am very much looking forward to seeing my sons this Father's Day weekend.The COVID-19 pandemic and its associated mitigation measures have caused many to be unable to see friends and family in...

Security Cameras Along Our Waterfront Are Not the Answer

Stephen Vance, Editor During Monday's virtual meeting of Council, a motion was brought forward by Councillor Harley Greenfield seeking a report from staff focused on the implications of installing security cameras along the Bayfield Street waterfront in hopes of solving an ongoing issue of reported bad behaviour by some members of the fishing community. I understand the need to solve...

Council Sends a Clear Message Regarding Proposed Pumped Storage Facility

Stephen Vance, Editor Monday's special meeting of Council to discuss the long-awaited municipal report focused on the proposed pumped storage facility at Meaford's Tank Range will hopefully help to dissolve the myth frequently touted on social media that our council is in support of this proposal. Council discussion during the three-hour virtual meeting made clear that Council's views largely align...

We Are Starting to Get Back to Normal But the Real Pain is Yet to Come

Stephen Vance, Editor While it might feel as if we are nearing the end of drastic measures implemented as the global COVID-19 pandemic reached our borders, and indeed we are starting to slowly re-open our economy, I fear that the real pain from this ordeal is yet to come.The virus had a major impact on medical services, particularly in large...

Municipal Pumped Storage Report the Beginning of a Long Journey

Stephen Vance, Editor For those most ardently opposed to the proposed pumped storage facility on the Meaford Tank Range, the recently (and finally) released report to Council which will help form the municipality's official comments on the proposal will no doubt have not gone far enough, though the report makes clear that, from the perspective of the municipality, the only...

2020 Just Might be Remembered for All the Things We Couldn’t Do

Stephen Vance, Editor We in Ontario have been on lock-down for more than two months now, and while we are beginning to see hope of a return to some sense of normal, we also continue to see new announcements of event cancellations. The virus aside, 2020 might very well be remembered for all the things we didn't get to do.This...

Mother’s Day Will be a Little Different This Year…

Stephen Vance, Editor This weekend brings us Mother's Day, and it just might be the strangest Mother's Day we've ever seen. With stay at home and social distancing orders still in place, many will find themselves checking in with Mom via a phone or computer app, while others might pay a visit to Mom's house to say hello through the...