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Letters

One Man's Vision Could Result in a Nightmare for the Rest of Us

Dear Editor: The following is a letter I sent to Council

I was in attendance at the February 2 meeting and was so impressed by Mr. Toncic's bold "vision" for Meaford's future that I felt a need to communicate by own misgivings on his grandiose plans which centre on the massive condo development.

It will not surprise you that I am in favour of retaining the existing Heritage bylaw which was passed in July of last year.

The following facts are the ones that I am most concerned about.


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Beautiful Facades Part of Local Identity

Editor,

It seemed coincidental that the February 2015 issue of Canada’s Municipal World magazine should have an article entitled Heritage Builds Resilience: Infrastructure funding can and should include investments in a community’s heritage assets.

The article cited many examples of publicly owned and deteriorating heritage buildings that were saved and re-purposed into heritage infrastructure that added to the economic and social well-being of their respective communities. The West Point Lighthouse and Inn on Prince Edward Island, the No. 2 Fire Station in Moncton and the grand old movie theatre in Indian Head, Saskatchewan now called the Grand Theatre are all good examples of living sustainable heritage, said the author Natalie Bull, Executive Director of Canada’s National Trust (NT), a national charity that leads and inspires action to save historic places and regenerate communities.


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Reader Not Impressed With Budget Meeting

Editor,

Wow, talk about a let down! Based on TMI’s article and the Meaford web site I was actually looking forward to the special 3:00 pm budget review meeting at council chambers on Monday February 2nd.

I arrived in good time to a full house, lots of citizens spurred on by the call to civic duty. But wait, council wasn’t talking budget, they were entertaining three presentations from Rotary and the Chamber of Commerce which lasted until 4:15. Worthwhile presentations but not exactly as advertised by TMI or the Meaford web site. Once done with these presentations, the gallery emptied and maybe half a dozen non media remained.


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