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Mayoral Candidate Feels Council Should Have Left Some Decisions to Next Council

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Editor,

Several important items of business were dealt with at Council meetings on September 15th  and 22nd. The State of the Roads Infrastructure Report was presented to council and it was adopted.

This means that this council, most of whom would understand very little of what this 100 page report  said, accepted it as gospel  and gave the green light to Staff to start incorporating these ideas in their 2015 budgets. This report recommends a minimum annual preservation budget of  $2.1 million and a recommended preferred budget of $3.8 million annually.


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Precautionary Principle Doesn't Require Certainty

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Editor,

In your recent editorial re the location of cell towers in urban Meaford (My Tongue Hurts From all of the Biting) you state that "from a personal perspective , Rogers or any other cell company could put a tower in my backyard and I would have zero concern." You support your point of view by stating that "we don't know for certain" [ about the health risks] and there "is no provable immanent danger."

You also state that you "by default always support a precautionary principle when considering things like cell towers or incinerators coming to any community." The precautionary principle however  does not require certainty or "provable imminent danger." That's the whole point. That  principle says that decision makers have a general duty to take preventative action to avoid harm before scientific certainty has been established.


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Reader Wants to Know if Candidates Will Cut Staff

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Editor,

I wept with envy as I read the Monday Sun Times article about the excellent financial picture that exists in Georgian Bluffs.  I live in former Sydenham,  now part of Meaford.

Georgian Bluffs operates on fewer than half the staff that we are told we need--to govern and manage the same sized population.  Half our taxes go towards salaries and benefits for our bloated bureaucracy, and the current council will do nothing to lower personnel--levies for the municipality (excluding county and schools part)  are around $12 million so we pay $6 million for staff (our CAO is well into the sunshine list).  


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