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Frog’s Hollow Road Closed to Cyclists

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Editor,

Frog’s Hollow road is the main cyclists’ route from Thornbury to routes south on GR7 and west to the Walters Fall’s, Bogner, and Rocklyn areas. With the climbs and low volume of traffic It is one of the most popular roads in the county with thousands of riders using this route each year.

With two months left in a six month cycling season, the town decided to tar and chip the surface from the 3rd Line to GR7 leaving this route unusable.

This inconsiderate decision demonstrates the lack of awareness of the increasing popularity and value that cycling brings to the community. The town needs to develop a working relationship with the many cycling groups, clubs and retailers to better understand the needs of this important recreational activity. Other jurisdictions throughout Canada are developing cycling strategies to attract and cater to cyclists, eg Bruce county’s annual map with 11 designated cycling routes from Mildmay to Lions Head.


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Above and Beyond the Call of Duty

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Editor,

On Friday, September 5, the residents of the Municipality of Meaford experienced a sever weather storm that created a number of difficulties for our residents. Many of us settled in for what looked like a dark, TV less evening due to a power outage.

My wife and I went through the standard procedure of digging out the candles, lighting them, picking our favourite cross word puzzle books and settling in to wait out the expected darkness. About 20 minutes after the power interruption we received a knock on our door. To our surprise and mild concern we were face to face with two OPP officers.


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Prudent Decision Should Not be Sold For $12,000

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Dear Editor,

The following is an open letter to council:

The past is littered with examples of products and technologies that have been brought to market and later found to be harmful to humans, animals and the environment. Early evidence of harmful effects was ignored as our regulatory agencies  cast aside the "precautionary principle"  and replaced it with the "business friendly" principle.

The current flagpole cell tower proposal is a perfect example. We know that there are health risks with this technology. If we follow the "precautionary principle'' we do not require certainty that harm will be caused, only that there is enough evidence of risk that a prudent person will err on the side of caution. Clearly the prudent decision is to refuse the flagpole option and tell Rogers to wait for the newer, safer technology, as per Councilor Stevens' recent directive.


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