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Boutique Hotel Issue Will be Back Before Council September 10


If you’ve been following along with the saga of the 'Boutique Hotel' proposed for Boucher St. W. and Stephen Vance’s most recent article you’ll know that the discussion reached an impasse at the last council meeting on July 23 and has been deferred until the upcoming meeting on September 10.

This will be an excellent opportunity to find out for yourself which of our council members truly value the rights of residents and businesses in the municipality and which ones do not.

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Don't Believe Council Candidates Who Say They Will Lower Taxes


The municipal election campaign has barely begun and already someone has said they will vote for a certain candidate because they “will reduce our taxes”. Whoever makes such a statement is either naive or is intentionally misleading voters.

Municipal taxes will go up, due to the increasing cost of providing services to residents and to pay for our infrastructure deficit.

My vote will go to the candidate who dares to say, “If elected I will increase taxes”. At least I know they are honest.

Greg Brown, Meaford

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Concern About Social Assistance Programs


Along with many Ontarians, I was disappointed to hear that the Government of Ontario made the unfortunate announcement that it will be terminating the Basic Income Pilot, as well as reducing the planned increase to Ontario's social assistance programs from 3 percent to 1.5 percent, meaning it will no longer coincide with inflation.

On August 1, the Ontario Association of Food Banks (OAFB) released the following:

Yesterday afternoon, the Government of Ontario announced its plans to terminate the Basic Income Pilot, as well as reduce the planned increase to Ontario’s social assistance programs by 50 percent. The Ontario Association of Food Banks is disappointed and alarmed by these unexpected changes and is concerned about the impact that it will have on low-income Ontarians.

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