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OPP Association Asking Municipalities to Thoroughly Analyze Estimates

Editor,

As reactions to the new OPP billing model announced last week continue to come in from around the province, it is important that all stakeholders in this issue take a step back and examine the facts.

Cutting through the rhetoric, two facts have remained clear throughout this debate.

Firstly – With some taxpayers paying $9 per household while others are paying over $900, it is clear that a fairer model is necessary. Municipal leaders have been asking for a new model and were consulted extensively on its creation. By charging each municipality the same base cost per property, the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services and the OPP have brought fairness to a system that has not changed in 17 years.


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Appreciation For Volunteer Appreciation Party

Editor,

A sincere thank you to the Council and staff of the Municipality of Meaford for the Volunteer Appreciation Party. It gets more inviting, local and greener every year.

When our CAO said that green should not be a stand-alone pillar in the Meaford Economic Development Strategy but an integral part of everything we do, she was validating an ongoing process that has been happening at these events for the past several years.

Those who focus on buying green, local, regional and provincial food and products for home or a big event know how challenging it can be to source all of one’s needs.Add recycling 99 percent of everything into the mix and partygoers are left with a high standard to emulate.


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Do You Know Meaford's Garlic Growing History?

Dear Editor,

I moved to Meaford about five years ago, and in walking and driving around the area I have noticed a lot of garlic growing wild at the sides of roads. I have collected some and grown it out at home: it is a fine, purple-skinned variety with a distinct spiral pattern to the cloves.

Other than being told that Meaford had a number of garlic farmers in the past, I can find no information about this garlic. I'd like to put the question out there: can anyone tell me when Meaford first became a garlic growing centre, where did the garlic come from, did it have a specific variety name, and generally any other information about the history of garlic in Meaford?

Thanks very much!

Jennifer Sanders, Meaford


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