Monday, April 23, 2018



Community Newspapers on Life Support

StephenVance 540It was a crushing week for community newspapers in Ontario after two large corporations – Postmedia and TorStar swapped dozens of papers in their portfolios only to shut them down virtually immediately. Some have suggested that we at The Independent must be thrilled that our local competition, the Meaford Express, is one of the victims of the deal, but nothing could be further from the truth.

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Before You Say No to New Hires Approved by Council, Ask Yourself This: Do We Want Our Roads & Bridges Fixed or Not?

StephenVance 540One thing that has been made perfectly clear to me since moving to this fine community a dozen years ago is that there's a small but vocal segment of the community that is prone to losing their minds if the municipality hires a staff member. I've always thought it a bit strange, given that this town is starved for jobs, especially good jobs with good pay and benefits, but it seems that for some, keeping the municipal staff as small as possible is a priority. Those folks will no doubt be concerned about council's decision on Monday to hire two new employees, but before anyone goes off half-cocked with complaints, I would ask: do we want our roads and bridges fixed or not?

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While We Remember, Many Parts of the World are Mired in War

StephenVance 540It is often said that we must learn from history in order to avoid making the same mistakes in the future, and there's a lot of truth to that logic. Here in Canada Remembrance Day is one tool that is used to help us collectively remember wars of the past, the fallen soldiers, and the sacrifices that must be made in times of war.

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Library Update Shocked Some Members of Council, But it Shouldn't Have

StephenVance 540It shouldn't have been a surprise, but it was.

The very first update report to council for the recently approved plan to relocate Meaford's library to the former Foodland location at the corner of Sykes and Trowbridge Streets included a number that caused concern for some members of council - $5.5 million.

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