Thursday, February 22, 2018


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Reader: Meaford Ain't no New York Baby


It is interesting how the apple branding issue is warming up the presses and some peoples’ minds.

I’ve always thought of Meaford as apple country through the seventies and eighties when I came here to visit. I remember hearing the gospel or blues like singing of the apple pickers in the orchards back then and that kind of made it romantic like how we think of tobacco, grape, sugar cane or cotton fields of the past. Not always romantic as there is a lot of work going on there.

I see the family apple businesses before I come into the town and it seems they have evolved over the years and lost the apple identity with the town. I hope the apples and some of the apple products are from Meaford orchards (correct me if I’m wrong). In the grocery stores or restaurants, are local apples to be seen?

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Reader Agrees That Meaford Needs to be Renamed


Apropos your comments on name change for Meaford - The fact is that the present name is the cause of endless confusion . One doesn't know if a reference to “Meaford” means the town exclusively, which is often the case, or to the whole land area of the municipality from Owen Sound to Thornbury. Indeed, many Owen Sounders still shake their heads when they are told the city butts into Meaford, and wonder if this is the result of continental drift.

At amalgamation we were meant to be “Georgian Highlands”. The mayor at the time, Gerald Shortt, found that too confusing when matched with other adjacent municipalities with similar names.  He then foisted the “Meaford”name on the taxpayers - no consultation at all. This only added to the confusion, since no one can be sure if the reference is to the town, or to the municipality. Indeed, in 2008 the Meaford Chamber cited the name confusion as an inhibition to economic progress.

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