Wednesday, January 17, 2018



Regarding the Hospital – It's Appropriate to Be Concerned, But It's Also Important to be Concerned About the Right Things

StephenVance 540One thing we can say with certainty about Meaford residents is that they are passionate, and will fight for their community when necessary. We've seen evidence of this recently with the circulation of a petition aimed at voicing concern that Meaford's hospital could lose its operating room.  The passion of Meaford's residents is one of many things that I love about this town, but as with any passionate individual, from time to time Meaford as a community needs to be reined in.

I've lost count of the number of people I've heard over the past couple of weeks insisting that we must fight for Meaford's hospital because there's talk of closing it – untrue. I've heard many people suggest that the decision has already been made to close Meaford's operating room – in fact one of the petitions I've seen floating around town says that very thing. Also untrue.

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Library Board Fiasco Begs an Important Question

StephenVance 540An important unanswered question in the wake of last week's library board fiasco is just how was council able to prepare a plan after all five volunteer library board members resigned on Monday and Tuesday of last week, execute the plan, then have a bylaw prepared with the names of four people to appoint to the board by Thursday morning, all without any sort of open council meeting?

The CAO says that, “On (Wednesday) December 14, 2016, staff provided our best advice to Council to deal with a very unique and emergency situation regarding the Meaford Public Library.”

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Dear Santa, It's Me Again...

StephenVance 540Hey Santa,

It's that time of year again when I send you a quick note with my annual wish list (I can't let all those Grade 3 kids on pages 6 and 7 of this week's print paper beat me to it!). I hope all is well up in the North Pole, and that Mrs. Claus and those reindeer are doing fine.

Now I know I don't celebrate Christmas myself, but my community does, or at least that's what all those sparkling lights and wreaths downtown tell me, so I hope you'll consider my wish list just the same.

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What We Really Need is a Regional Library System

StephenVance 540Unless an agreement can be reached very, very soon residents in the Sydenham area of the municipality will lose their long-held library privileges at the Owen Sound North Grey Union Public Library. Should that happen (and by absolutely no means should Meaford's council allow that to happen) residents of the former Sydenham Township will have every right to be furious, but the reality is we shouldn't even be in this mess at all.

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