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Municipal Policing: Different Responsibilities Yes…Superior No…

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Editor,

The current policing debate for the Municipality of Meaford is a tough decision for the future council following the upcoming municipal elections with much debate taking place over the situation. This article has not been written to extend the virtues of one policing option, the Owen Sound Police Service (OSPS) proposal, over another, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP). That is the responsibility of both the new Owen Sound and Meaford councils in co-ordination with their separate retained consultants to make any such decision.

It should be noted that the Police Services Act, R.S.O. 1990, as well as Ontario Regulation 3/99 Adequacy and Effectiveness of Police Services provide the operating procedures on how police services are provided within a municipality, as well as any shared policing agreements to provide specialty services to the municipality so that those costs are not duplicated or a burden to that sole municipality. Both Owen Sound and Meaford must adhere to these standards regardless of the choice of policing provider.


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Voter Frustration

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Editor,

On the first day  of voting my husband and I tried to go on line to vote. What a waste of time. We could not access the voter site using no less than three browsers/servers.

We tried many variations of the http entry.

We even tried to call the municipality for help. You can just imagine the futility of that effort.

We were put on hold no less than 5 times while the person attempted to direct us on typing in the link.


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There's Always a Reason Why…

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Editor,

There's always a reason why elected officials raise our taxes. There's a pending crisis; there's a special need; there's looming disaster. Raising taxes on taxpayers is the easiest, quickest and least contested way to add spendable dollars.  This departing Council decreed property tax increases to the tune of 60% in the last four years.  This last Council voted for a 60% tax hike!  And, there's always a reason why.

A major economic driver is being overlooked by these “Tax and Spend” representatives. Whenever THEY take money out of a wage earner's pocket in taxes, THEY take away personal spending power, causing personal sacrifice. Has anyone noticed the number of local business closures in Meaford? Please watch for vacant store fronts and listen to people talk about job loss.


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