Councillors Riding With Snow Plow Drivers a Fantastic Idea

StephenVance 540I hope at least some of our seven members of council take Meaford's Treasurer up on his offer for them to ride along for a shift with one of the municipal snow plow operators. The experience would no doubt be a valuable one, and perhaps they shouldn't stop there.

Just as I believe that upper management types in the private sector can benefit greatly by spending time experiencing the tasks and challenges experienced by those who are lower down on the corporate organizational chart, there would likely be a huge benefit found by councillors being woken up at 2:30 in the morning and shortly thereafter hopping up into a chilly snow plow truck, and heading out for a shift.

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Where Will We Get Our (Small Town) News in the Future?

StephenVance 540It has certainly been a depressing few weeks in the newspaper business as another round of layoffs and paper closures has punched the industry in the gut once again.

Our nation's largest daily newspaper, the Toronto Star, dropped the axe on nearly 300 employees with the announcement that they would close their printing plant, and instead outsource the printing of their newspapers.

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Hey Councillors, Stick to Your Job Description

StephenVance 540Meaford councillor Tony Bell was clearly frustrated Monday night, as he attempted to draw out of the municipal treasurer (who doubles as the top dog in the roads department) just what he is supposed to say to ratepayers who phone him to complain about the state of their roads now that the winter snow has arrived.

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Sometimes We Forget That We Live in a Small Town

StephenVance 540I've seen some comments on social media recently suggesting that there isn't enough for our kids to do in Meaford, and that the municipality should be pumping more money into programs for kids.

Some of those comments pointed to Collingwood and Owen Sound as examples of the kinds of services, facilities, and programs that should be available in Meaford. “Why should I have to drive to Collingwood for my kid to [insert activity here]?” was a common question being asked by those leaving comments.

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