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A Reader's Thoughts on the Upcoming Municipal Election


Congratulations and thank you to the citizens of our community who put their names forward to potentially serve as municipal politicians. As tax-paying citizens, we expect our democratically elected officials to represent our interests and dig deep for the personal courage and commitment to move our community ahead to where we agree it needs to go. Building a genuine, efficiently managed community is a significant public responsibility and not an easy task with the ever-changing nature of societal and economic needs.

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An open letter to the Residents of the Municipality of Meaford From Outgoing Councillor Mike Poetker

Dear Friends and Neighbours,

At the end of November 2018 I will no longer be a councillor to the people of this community. I shall remain as an advocate and ambassador to any that wish to visit or move here. As a lifelong resident I have enjoyed the Meaford Lifestyle, pace, and yes even the climate (mostly).

Eight years ago I put forward my name and intentions to seek election to represent you and this Municipality and you elected me. Twice. Thank you.

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Let’s Not be Afraid of the Status Quo for our Municipal Parks


At the recent Woodford meeting organized by the Chamber of Commerce (very well done), some candidates railed against the new Park By-Law as being ‘unnecessary’ to ‘fascist’. Core issues were ‘parks closed for six months’ and ‘trespassers could be prosecuted’.

I don’t think we should be worried about this by-law, as there is effectively no change from the way things have been, save for clarifications and specifics. It is also similar to that of municipalities adjacent to us. It does outline abuses that the Municipality of Meaford cannot entertain. Most Meafordites would agree to banning illegal activities and public urination (I believe for the first time here), and fish guts in receptacles and not on picnic tables.

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