Saturday, October 20, 2018



It's Been a Heck of a Year in Meaford

StephenVance 540The end of 2017 is fast approaching, and what a year it has been in Meaford. As with any year, 2017 has had its ups and downs, its successes and failures, and as the year winds down I've been reflecting on some of the stories that we've reported over the past 12 months.

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A Fishing Ban is a Dumb Idea

StephenVance 540When I opened the agenda package last week for Monday's council meeting there were a number of important items on the agenda, and they were agenda items you'd expect to see – the 2018 municipal budget, a follow up to the concerns about RF water metres, an accessibility status report, and so on. But then my eyes caught sight of an agenda item I wasn't expecting to see – fishing restrictions.

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Dear Santa, It's That Time of Year...

StephenVance 540Hey Santa,

I guess it's that time of year once again, and while there won't be any Christmas tree or decorations in my home, for many in the community, this is a special time of year, and it's the time of year that I ask you for a few favours on behalf of my community.

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Community Newspapers on Life Support

StephenVance 540It was a crushing week for community newspapers in Ontario after two large corporations – Postmedia and TorStar swapped dozens of papers in their portfolios only to shut them down virtually immediately. Some have suggested that we at The Independent must be thrilled that our local competition, the Meaford Express, is one of the victims of the deal, but nothing could be further from the truth.

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