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Editorial

Time to Revisit Meaford's Branding

newtmipicA letter to the editor submitted to The Independent this week once again has people talking about how the Municipality of Meaford is branding itself.

In his letter, Meaford resident Jim Hepple shared an interaction he had with visitors from the United States about Meaford's use of America's iconic Statue of Liberty in the form of a scarecrow in recent marketing efforts.


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Challenges and Rewards Ahead For New CAO

newtmipicI've often thought that there are many jobs that would be fun and interesting to have, though CAO of a municipality certainly isn't one of them. In fact, I would rather dig ditches, or clean sewers before taking on the top job in any municipality.

The life of a Chief Administrative Officer within a municipal corporation can't be much fun most days. As a CAO your boss is not one person, but a collection of elected representatives. And we all know that there are often radically opposed views amongst members of council, so while the CAO takes their direction from council, they know that no matter what, they will not be pleasing all of their bosses.


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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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