Tuesday, October 16, 2018



There's Plenty For Kids to do in Meaford

newtmipicThere isn't enough for the kids to do in Meaford.

It is a sentiment I have heard expressed often in the years since I moved to this fine community, and it is one that I have never really understood.

Recently though I have come to realize that perhaps it isn't that there is a lack of activities for our youth in this town, it is more a yearning for what is on the other side of the fence in larger communities.

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Public Scrutiny is Part of the Deal

newtmipicAny time a government employee is charged with a crime, there is a justified cause for concern among the citizens who paid for and were served by that employee.

The recent arrest of Meaford's Director of Community Services, Catherine Purcell, on charges of fraud while employed by the Township of King where she worked for 11 years before taking the newly created Community Services post in Meaford last July, certainly came as a surprise to everyone.

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A Falling Star - From Fighting the Good Fight to Getting Down and Dirty

newtmipicBack in December I wrote a column in support of the Toronto Star who had essentially been black-balled by Toronto Mayor Rob Ford and excluded from official notices and information coming from the mayor's office. The spat began with Ford taking offence to an article the Star had published during the 2010 election campaign, and progressed through threatened legal action, and ultimately a stone wall erected by Ford.

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Democracy is Dead? Quite the Contrary

newtmipicMeaford Councillor Deborah Young says democracy is dead. Perhaps the councillor doesn't understand democracy at all.

Merriam-Webster defines democracy as a “government by the people” which is grounded in the “rule of majority.” Further, democracy is defined as “a government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised by them directly or indirectly through a system of representation usually involving periodically held free elections.”

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