Sunday, June 16, 2024

Editorial

Outrage Over Waste to Energy Proposal Could Have Been Avoided

By Stephen Vance, Editor The controversy and public angst over a proposed waste to energy facility in the Municipality of Meaford need never have happened at all, and though he might not know it, my eight year old son can tell you why.   The other day I watched with fatherly pride as my son set about creating a very intricate battle...

Library Services A Must, But at What Cost? – Updated

By Stephen Vance, Editor *Please scroll to the bottom of this article to read some additional information added at the request of Meaford Councillor Deborah Young. For many residents in all parts of our municipality, library services are an issue that bring about strong opinions and emotions – and rightly so. Libraries are an important component of a thriving community. Much more...

Excluding Some Media While Informing Others is Cowardly

By Stephen Vance, Editor In a column published last week, John Honderich, Chair of the Board for Torstar, the parent company of the Toronto Star outlined an ongoing battle between Canada's largest city newspaper and Toronto Mayor Rob Ford.  Ford's issue with the Star stems from an article that was published during last year's municipal election campaign in which Ford's aggressive...

Apologies in Order After Council Shouting Match

By Stephen Vance, Editor Meaford Mayor Francis Richardson called the shouting match between Councillor Deborah Young and a few upset residents regrettable, but it was much more than that.   The incident was both painful and disturbing to witness, but what was even more disturbing is that it should never have happened.   There is no doubt that many of the residents who attended...

Thanks to You, We’re Now Two!

By Stephen Vance, Editor {loadposition logoslide} I had no idea what to expect two years ago when, on an unseasonably warm day in mid-November of 2009, I made the last few clicks that officially launched The Meaford Independent website. This week as we at The Meaford Independent celebrate our second anniversary, I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to...

A Letter to Our Readers From TMI Publisher Susanne Wussow

By Susanne Wussow, Publisher To our readers,   We're celebrating our second year of publishing independent news, commentary and letters - no Big Brother telling us what to write, print or say. It's just Indie and us, holding up a mirror to Meaford and reflecting the activities, goings-on, and community news in a clear and forthright way.  And we'd like to thank you, our readers, for reading the Independent, supporting...

We Can Blame Ourselves For Property Tax Increases

By Stephen Vance, Editor The more I think about it, the more I think that Meaford Mayor Francis Richardson might be right.   When asked during a recent public budget presentation meeting at Meaford Hall if he was disappointed with the low public turnout for such an important meeting, the Mayor said he wasn't disappointed at all, and in fact the Mayor...

In Search of False Information

By Stephen Vance, Editor We've been very concerned at The Meaford Independent about a comment made by Councillor Deborah Young at the October 24 meeting of council. Concerned because we care.   At that meeting, Councillor Young stated that false information had been given to the public about the proposed waste-to-energy facility that was being considered by council.   Councillor Young did not provide...

We Pay Their Salaries – So What?

By Stephen Vance, Editor I received an email late last week from a reader who had plenty of nasty things to say about our members of council and our CAO.As you can imagine, I get plenty of these messages from Meaford residents who are angry about everything from stray cats, to pot-holes, to concerns about municipal expenditures. This particular email was...

Council Should Not Investigate Themselves

By Stephen Vance, Editor I can't say that I was overly surprised as I watched Meaford's council decide to do away with a bylaw that has been on the books since 2007 which requires the municipality to appoint an integrity commissioner to investigate complaints lodged against members of council.   After all, we haven't had an integrity commissioner in more than three...