Thankfully There's No Party Politics in Municipal Elections

StephenVance 270The older I get, the less I like party politics, and this provincial election campaign has reminded me how thankful I am that we've had the sense in this province to keep party politics out of our municipal elections.

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Meaford's Financial Picture is Rosy, but the Infrastructure Nightmare Still Looms

StephenVance 270Everybody loves good news, and Meaford's council certainly had plenty of it during Monday's council meeting as the independent auditor presented her report on the 2017 financial statements. The good news is that Meaford is in better financial shape than we've been in years, but don't assume that will mean lower taxes, because as the auditor cautioned, we have a lot of infrastructure that is continuing to age and degrade, and it is going to take millions upon millions of dollars to ensure that our roads and bridges don't crumble beyond use, and that the pipes in the ground don't burst.

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Downtown Businesses Invaded – By Curious Schoolchildren

StephenVance 270Like many shops and offices in the downtown area, our office was invaded on Tuesday – invaded by throngs of children from SVE school who were getting a tour of local businesses to discover what they do and how they do it.

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Blue Box Blues Should be a Problem For Manufacturers to Solve

StephenVance 270We've been hearing more and more about the challenges of dealing with waste disposal and particularly recycling programs, and in the years to come, we'll be hearing much more on the topic. And while over the past few decades the onus has been placed upon consumers to separate household waste into trash, recyclables, and in some communities, compostables, the real solution to our trash troubles is in the hands of manufacturers.

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