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If They Build it...Will They Come?

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StephenVance bw 225w 200hSmall towns like Meaford often struggle with change, and for good reason. As developer Lino Toncic pointed out during the February 2 public meeting focused on his proposed redevelopment of a section of century-old buildings on Sykes Street, Meaford was once a vibrant, bustling community with strong industrial, agricultural, and commercial sectors that provided plenty in the way of jobs and economic activities – in 1887. When your glory days are 130 years behind you and when new development has been relatively rare for decades, with a proposal that would significantly change the face of the downtown core small town residents can be quite resistant to such change.


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Budget Meetings Worth the Trek – Even in Winter

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StephenVance bw 225w 200hPerhaps I'm feeling a little cranky after spending the past week fighting an impressively powerful and determined flu bug, but I've had enough of winter already.

I've long wondered what we Canadians have done to deserve the annual punishment we call winter. For a nation of people known across the globe for being friendly, polite, and for the most part peaceful, we are certainly treated poorly by Mother Nature from December through March each year.


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A Fifty Cent Increase For Bag Tags? Let the Complaints Begin

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StephenVance bw 225w 200hYou have to hand it to bag tags – for a simple sticker, they can sure get people worked up. In 2009, when the $2 pay-as-you-throw bag tag program was implemented, there were many that were convinced that the move would result in our ditches and parking lots being used for waste disposal rather than pay the dreaded $2 fee to place a bag of trash at the curb.


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