Dear Winter, It's Time For You to Go

StephenVance 540It's the middle of April and we're still in the midst of the winter that refuses to say goodbye. But I'd like to assure Old Man Winter that it's okay, we've had our fill, you can go now, we won't be disappointed.

You're done with this season, Dear Winter. You brought us a white Christmas, and a white New Year. You showed off with your impressive display of a pile of blue ice on our shoreline – some of us marvelled, some of us shrugged.

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Perhaps Online Voting Needs a Rethink

StephenVance 540Five years ago I was an avid supporter of the move to online voting. In fact, I penned an editorial in June of 2013 entitled 'Electronic Voting is Right Direction For Meaford', but I wouldn't write such a piece today because I've grown to think I was naive, and that I was wrong.

My reasons for supporting the move to electronic voting back then were that it could help increase voter participation, it's cheaper, and it's more efficient. Those things are still true, but my growing concern is at what cost?

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Annual Earth Week Memorial Park Clean-up Approaching

StephenVance 540After a long chilly winter, it's been nice to see more sunshine and slowly rising temperatures in recent weeks. Now that April has arrived, most of the snow is gone, the birds are chirping, and the first dashes of colourful spring blooms have begun to show themselves – and that means it's time for the annual Memorial Park Earth Week clean-up, hosted by the Friends of Memorial Park and The Meaford Independent.

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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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