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Advice to Council – Show Rural Residents Some Respect

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StephenVance bw 225w 200hShould Meaford's council take the lacklustre attendance at the recent public engagement sessions for the 2015 municipal budget as a sign that ratepayers are happy with the budget and the 1.3 percent property tax increase that comes with it, or should they take it as a warning that the public has become frustrated, apathetic, and as a result have disconnected from the process?

More Meaford residents attended the public planning meeting earlier this month regarding the proposed redevelopment of some downtown buildings than all of the budget meetings combined. It would be reasonable to believe that with a relatively low rate increase, the masses we've seen at budget meetings in previous years decided to stay home.


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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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