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Editorial

Preservation of Community Worth The Fight

MeBWmediaLiving in the somewhat insulated environ of a rural Ontario town, it can be easy to forget that many of our problems – or perceived problems – are relatively minor when compared to those experienced by residents of larger communities.

Not that the issues faced by rural residents aren't important, but many of them aren't unique to us either. Decaying roads and bridges, stresses on municipal services, ever rising tax bills; these are all issues that are faced by most every community.


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No Need For Panic

MeBWmediaMeaford may have lost two of their top ten administrators in the first few weeks of the new year, but there isn't likely much reason to assume that the sky is falling, and other senior managers will begin an exodus from our municipality.

 

We also don't need to worry that the loss of the CAO and the Director of Human Resources will cause the administration of the municipality to fall apart and grind to a halt.

 

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When it Comes to Respect, You Get What You Give

MeBWmediaI don't envy members of our Meaford Council.

 

While the first year of their current term - with the exception of the ever-present wind turbine issue - was a fairly tepid one, in the first weeks of 2012 councillors must feel like they have been thrown into a pot of boiling water.

 

Residents upset about a proposed waste to energy facility, calls for council to do more to protect our heritage buildings, an order to pay more than $600,000 in legal costs to the defendants in the Georgian Beach Road case, the debate about whether to continue with the Georgian Beach Road appeal, the resignation of CAO Frank Miele, the list of important and serious issues being dropped in the laps of our councillors is growing.

 

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Outrage Over Waste to Energy Proposal Could Have Been Avoided

MeBWmediaThe 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 scene with his large collection of knights, wizards and dragons. With bamboo logs and dozens of rocks, he built protective walls around a multi-level structure at the top of which a king was housed inside a tent that also served as a command centre of sorts.

 

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