Sunday, April 18, 2021

Editorial

What if This is As Good As it Gets?

By Stephen Vance, Editor And The Race is On! ...Sort of   Meaford voters will actually get to vote in the upcoming municipal election, but don't get overly excited just yet.   In the past week we gained a candidate in the run for council when local real estate agent Mike Poetker filed his papers with the clerk, formally declaring his candidacy.  While that would...

Are We About to Get The Council We Deserve?

By Stephen Vance, Editor I had hoped that by this stage of the summer there would be plenty to write about - and debate about - with regard to the upcoming municipal election. So far though, the only thing that can be said about the municipal election is that there is nothing to say.   On June 28th I asked the question...

Let’s Talk Trash

By Stephen Vance, Editor Judging by many of the letters to the editor, and the latest poll run on TMI, it would appear that there are many folks who are unhappy with the changes the municipality has made to the collection of residential trash and recyclables.  It is no secret that I have been hugely supportive of both the implementation of...

Remembering Oka

By Kaisha Thompson, TMI Columnist This week marks the 20th anniversary of the Oka Crisis, the land dispute between the Mohawk community of Kanesatake and Oka residents.  The standoff began July 11th, 1990 lasting until September 26th, 1990.   The dispute began when Oka, the nearby town wanted to expand their golf course (from 9 holes to 18 holes) and add residential...

It’s Just a Hot Dog Stand…

By Stephen Vance, Editor Don and Kathy Evanson want to start up a hot dog vending cart business in downtown Meaford. That fact shouldn't really be a news story, but it is going to be.   Why?   Well, we live in a society that at times seems hell-bent on drowning itself in rules and regulations most often in an effort to protect what...

O Canada, What Has Happened To You!?

By Kaisha Thompson, TMI Columnist What has this country come to? How has this happened? When will this lunacy stop? These have been the thoughts on my mind and no doubt many others after watching the madness of the G20 in Toronto then again on Canada Day.  Canada, our home and native land, is the victim of police cruisers being firebombed,...

Happy Canada Day From The TMI Team

Staff  From Everyone at The Meaford Independent, we wish you the best on this Canada Day.       Stephen Vance- Editor   Stephanie Rennie- Assistant Editor Kaisha Thompson- TMI Columnist Miranda Miller- Education Columnist Jarret Boyd- Nature Coumnist  

Where Are The Candidates?

By Stephen Vance, Editor   June is nearly gone, which means that the municipal election is a mere 120 days away. You would think that by now we would at least have some Mayoral candidates to consider.  Prime campaign season is upon us. With the Canada Day weekend fast approaching, what better time for Mayoral hopefuls to be out on the campaign...

Time to Shatter Some Glass

By Stephen Vance, Editor Call me a socialist, call me a Utopian idealist, call me whatever you want (we seem to be good at name calling around here lately), but I believe that governing boards made up of citizens to run facilities that are paid for with our tax dollars are not a bad thing.  For the record I am far...

For Everything Else, There’s HarperCard

By Kaisha Thompson, Contributing Columnist The Harper government never ceases to amaze me. This week they have gone above and beyond. The federal government has invested almost $2 million into an “Experience Canada” pavilion.  This tourism pavilion will be used for journalists covering the G8 and G20 summits. It is equipped with a NFL sized jumbo-tron screen that will play Muskoka...