Tuesday, April 24, 2018



Happy 150th Birthday, Canada

StephenVance 540Well, another Canada Day is upon us, but not just any Canada Day, this year we celebrate 150 years as a nation.

150 years is a long time, but it is also not so long at all. Compared to many nations whose history stretches back thousands of years, Canada is just an infant – wait, what am I saying? We're 150 now, so I guess on the world stage, we're now a toddler nation.

Without getting too patriotic, I have to say I do love this country.

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The Summer Break is Approaching, and I Still Think There's Lots For Kids to do in Meaford

StephenVance 540No more pencils, no more books, no more teachers' dirty looks... ahh, the only thing I liked more than the first day of school when I was a kid, was the last day of school, and in the coming days our local students will all be enjoying the last day of the school year, and the beginning of summer vacation. I, like many of us grown ups, envy them.

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One of My Favourite Parenting Memories

StephenVance 540I'm not much for 'Hallmark holidays' like Father's Day, and so there's never been much made about the day in my household, but I do think it important to recognize the special bond between kids and their parents, and to celebrate it, and heck, if it takes a 'Hallmark holiday', then who am I to question that?

Rather than write a thousand words about how great dads are, or about how wonderful my own sons are, I thought I would instead share one of my favourite memories in the nearly 19 years that I have been a father. It happened just a few years ago, right here in Meaford.

One of the joys of being a parent to boys, is, well, letting boys be boys.

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All The Quacking Aside, Should We Really Give a Duck?

StephenVance 540Over the past few weeks we've all been reading and hearing a lot about a giant inflatable duck that is sure to feature prominently in the upcoming Canada 150 celebrations. While there is most certainly support for the duck, in spite of its $200,000 rental fee, $121,000 of which is being funded (sort of) through a provincial grant, much of the discussion, particularly on talk radio stations has focused on what many believe is an outrageous use of public funds. To that I say, who really gives a duck?

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