Silicone Straw Stirs Debate About Single-Use Plastics and That's a Good Thing

StephenVance 270As I was getting set up for last week's council meeting, the Deputy Mayor approached the media table and handed me a small container displaying the municipal logo. Inside the container was a red silicone reusable straw. The Deputy Mayor explained that as part of Waste Reduction Week the municipality was giving away the straws at municipal locations like the library.

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The Results of This Election Could be a Blessing in Disguise

StephenVance 270Like many Canadians I stayed up well past my bedtime on Monday in order to watch the election results trickle in, and though I was a little groggy when my alarm rang at 6 a.m. on Tuesday morning, after taking a look at the updated results one thing was clear to me – we still need electoral reform, and badly.

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Citizen Information Session a Good Start But We Need to Hear From All Sides

StephenVance 270As we've all had time to learn more about the proposed hydroelectric pumped storage facility at Meaford's military base, many of us have been finding areas of concern, some serious, some less so, but all requiring answers. Over the weekend a public information session was hosted by a citizen group who call themselves Save Georgian Bay, and that meeting, while important and informative, provided just one side of the issue, and I am hoping in the not too distant future we can learn even more.

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Thanksgiving Has Arrived and There is Much to be Thankful For

StephenVance 270I'm not exactly sure where the time has gone, but here we are with another Thanksgiving long weekend upon us.

Everybody has their own favourite time of year, and for me, autumn, and particularly around Thanksgiving, is mine. There is something special about the autumn transition with the leaves changing colour and then falling to the ground before the snowy season starts.

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