Friday, October 19, 2018



Fixing Story Book Park Road Not About Jumping the Queue, it's About Righting a Wrong

StephenVance 540I will be the first to concede that, in general terms, as a collective society we've stretched ourselves too thin when it comes to all of this glorious infrastructure we've built over the past century, and we're finding that as it ages it's too expensive to properly maintain. At some point many communities will need to make some tough choices – whether it be deciding to forever close and remove some bridges, or to turn low-travelled paved roads to gravel.

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So Long Winter, Hello Pothole Season

StephenVance 540If you haven't hit one already in these early days of Spring, give it time, you likely will. With the winter snow all but gone, sunny skies have found their way into our daily lives, but so have those frustrating potholes.

In my 30-plus years of driving experience I've found that there are good potholes and bad potholes. The good ones you can see from a kilometre away and you're given plenty of time and space to weave around them. The bad ones on the other hand either sneak up on you, or jump out at you when you least expect it, often in the darker hours when you feel a jolt on your steering wheel along with a banging sound in your vehicle's front end.

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If Mother Nature Builds it, They Will Come – What We Can Learn From a Pile of Ice

StephenVance 540For nearly a decade I've heard many discussions and debates focused on how to turn Meaford into a year-round tourist destination. Most of those discussions end in frustration, but as we've seen proven by Mother Nature over the past week, if you build it, they will come.

While Meaford has become a popular summer and autumn destination for Ontario day-trippers, and even for some travelling from further afield, the winter months have proven more challenging for attracting tourists.

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Meaford Has Much to Celebrate on International Women's Day

StephenVance 540Thursday, March 8 is International Women's Day, a time to celebrate the achievements and contributions of women and to also raise awareness of the challenges that still remain in achieving true gender equality. As is highlighted in an article in this week's paper, in Meaford there's much to celebrate.

A little over a month ago I saw a post on social media that struck me as interesting.

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