Monday, October 15, 2018



Far Too Many Reminders of How Fortunate We Are to Live in a Country With Rational Gun Controls

StephenVance 540Horrifying and heartbreaking. Those were my immediate thoughts after the first news reports about yet another mass shooting in America, this time at a school in Parkland, Florida. A 19 year-old equipped with an assault rifle, smoke bombs, and a gas mask marched into his former school, and when he was done 17 innocent lives had been taken, and a community had been traumatized.

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Thinking of Running For Council? You're Braver Than Most

StephenVance 540October 22 is municipal election day, and without doubt there are folks in this municipality who are considering running for a seat at Meaford's council table, but before making any decision there's lots to consider.

Municipal politicians are a special breed that combines a passion for local issues and governance with a thick skin and a bravery (insanity?) that most of us sadly lack.

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Meaford Parents Are Concerned About Future of School Music Programs

StephenVance 540Many Meaford parents are rightly concerned about the future of school music programs after attending a public meeting during which the initial plans for Meaford's new combined elementary and high school were unveiled.

The plans put before the public included just one music room to be shared by the elementary and high school students.

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Should Council Fill the Soon to be Vacant CAO Position?

StephenVance 540In the wake of the news late last week that Meaford CAO Denyse Morrissey had tendered her resignation, a few readers got in touch to remind me of an editorial I wrote in August of 2015 in which I suggested that the CAO was entering the three to five year window when we could very well expect her to move on to other challenges as so many CAOs seem to do. In that same editorial I also suggested that this municipality could do without a CAO at all, and I still feel that way.

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