Wednesday, December 12, 2018



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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New Community Cleanup Initiative a Fantastic Idea

StephenVance 540Trash – it's been in the news a lot lately. Overflowing garbage cans in our parks, plastic pop bottles washing up on our shores, fast food packaging littering our trails. Trash is everywhere, and while we can shrug our shoulders and blame others, as was pointed out by the organizers of a new community cleanup event during their presentation to council on Monday, littering is just part of the problem.

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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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