Perhaps Online Voting Needs a Rethink

StephenVance 540Five years ago I was an avid supporter of the move to online voting. In fact, I penned an editorial in June of 2013 entitled 'Electronic Voting is Right Direction For Meaford', but I wouldn't write such a piece today because I've grown to think I was naive, and that I was wrong.

My reasons for supporting the move to electronic voting back then were that it could help increase voter participation, it's cheaper, and it's more efficient. Those things are still true, but my growing concern is at what cost?

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Annual Earth Week Memorial Park Clean-up Approaching

StephenVance 540After a long chilly winter, it's been nice to see more sunshine and slowly rising temperatures in recent weeks. Now that April has arrived, most of the snow is gone, the birds are chirping, and the first dashes of colourful spring blooms have begun to show themselves – and that means it's time for the annual Memorial Park Earth Week clean-up, hosted by the Friends of Memorial Park and The Meaford Independent.

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Fixing Story Book Park Road Not About Jumping the Queue, it's About Righting a Wrong

StephenVance 540I will be the first to concede that, in general terms, as a collective society we've stretched ourselves too thin when it comes to all of this glorious infrastructure we've built over the past century, and we're finding that as it ages it's too expensive to properly maintain. At some point many communities will need to make some tough choices – whether it be deciding to forever close and remove some bridges, or to turn low-travelled paved roads to gravel.

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So Long Winter, Hello Pothole Season

StephenVance 540If you haven't hit one already in these early days of Spring, give it time, you likely will. With the winter snow all but gone, sunny skies have found their way into our daily lives, but so have those frustrating potholes.

In my 30-plus years of driving experience I've found that there are good potholes and bad potholes. The good ones you can see from a kilometre away and you're given plenty of time and space to weave around them. The bad ones on the other hand either sneak up on you, or jump out at you when you least expect it, often in the darker hours when you feel a jolt on your steering wheel along with a banging sound in your vehicle's front end.

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