Message From Residents is Clear – Six Stories is Too High

StephenVance 270The 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 out of the question.

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Virtual Public Planning Meetings Are a Bad Deal For Residents

StephenVance 270Just 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 another to exclude many members of the public from public planning meetings which are specifically aimed at engaging the public and hearing both support and opposition to a proposal.

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Canada Day is Approaching, Haul Out Your Christmas Lights

StephenVance 270Summer 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.

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Honouring Fathers in the Midst of a Pandemic

StephenVance 270While 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.

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