What is Driving Recent Increases in Criminal Activity?

StephenVance 540This community has been rightly concerned over the past week about the report of a home invasion style incident that took place in broad daylight last weekend.

According to police, last Saturday, shortly after lunch time, two men entered a home on Miller Street through an unlocked door and demanded cash from the homeowners. One of the victims was taken to hospital as a precaution, and she was released that same day. The police referred to this crime as a 'robbery with violence', while the more common term for it is a home invasion.

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Proposed Assisted Dying Law Another Sign of a Maturing Canada

StephenVance 540We may be a young nation by worldly standards, but compared to our neighbours to the south, Canada is pretty mature when it comes to social issues, and the proposed doctor-assisted dying bill announced last week is yet another example.

Yes, the bill is the result of a Supreme Court ruling that struck down a ban on assisted death. The government was essentially ordered to come up with a new law that would allow people who are suffering through serious, incurable illness with no hope for improvement, but instead will experience irreversible decline in their physical or mental state that is intolerable, but the reason for striking down the old law was largely due to the changing views of Canadians – and that is a healthy way to develop new laws.

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Join us For Another Memorial Park Clean-up on April 24

StephenVance 540After a long, cold, then warm, snowy, then not, winter, the first hints of true Spring weather appear to be just around the corner. The snow that accumulated over the past few months is nearly gone, revealing lawns and sidewalks – and of course, more trash than any of us would like to see.

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Annual Community Awards a Celebration of Some of the Reasons We Love Living Here

StephenVance 540This weekend Meaford's businesses, organizations, and community-minded residents will be showcased at the annual Community Awards hosted by the Meaford Chamber of Commerce. The event will also feature the awarding of the Rotary Club's annual Citizen of the Year (and new this year, the Jr. Citizen of the Year).

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