Friday, August 18, 2017

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Editorial

Looking For a Distraction? Build Some Scarecrows!

StephenVance 540It's summertime, and who really wants to read about serious issues when there's fun to be had? Even those of us in the news business tire of reporting serious news in the dog days of summer, so distractions are always welcome at this time of year. Fortunately in Meaford there is plenty to distract us when we want a break from the news, including the upcoming Scarecrow Invasion & Family Festival, for which organizers and volunteers are busy preparing.


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Arenas Are Expensive But Important Public Facilities

StephenVance 540While council meetings are often mired in not-so-sexy issues like zoning bylaws, road repairs, and water meter replacements, much of what council deals with has a direct impact on the daily lives of Meaford residents. At the July 24 meeting, the last meeting before a bit of a summer break, council heard from representatives of Georgian Shores Minor Hockey who were looking for some relief from the fees paid for rental of ice time at Meaford's arena.


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A Teenager's Take on Attending His First Council Meeting

StephenVance 540Ah, summertime. The season most loved by teenagers far and wide. School is out, the beaches and parks are calling, the sound of skateboard wheels clicking across sidewalks is as common as the sounds of birds chirping. What could possibly be better than being a teenager during summer break? Where would a teenager rather be than by the water in July? How about a council meeting?


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Want to be Inclusive? Be Accessible

StephenVance 540Every important initiative needs champions, and champions of important initiatives are certainly worthy of recognition, so I was pleased when council recently adopted the Accessibility Recognition Program.

Accessibility has always been important, but it hasn't always been valued and it hasn't always been a priority. Only in recent history have governments placed proper emphasis on ensuring that those with physical disabilities have as equal access as is possible to structures and services as able-bodied folks, but there's still a long way to go, and with our ever aging population, it's becoming more and more important.


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