Gulcha-regularBy Dennis Thompsett

In the late 60s, Dave Hoath wrote a song called "The No Vote in Dry Gulch," referring to Owen Sound. The song was often performed by Dave and Barry Hilchey. At that time Owen Sound was known, and proudly, as the largest dry city in Christendom, so it was sort of a satirical protest song.

But if the Dry Gulch song worked at all, it worked very slowly. There were at least six big hotels I can think of downtown, and dozens of classy restaurants, but you could not, by law, order an alcoholic drink in any of them until 1972.

broken-regularBy Andre Den Tandt

The provincial election is nearly two weeks behind us and Premier Kathleen Wynne has revealed her reshuffled cabinet. Most of the pundits have given their verdicts on the election, the PCs are looking for a new leader and so we can all go into a long nap. But why do I have this nagging thought that all is far from well in this province?

achilles-regularBy David McLaren

There is a very old idea from ancient Greek culture that goes by the Greek name of timé. It is honour, specifically, in the Homeric view of the world at least, honour that has external measure and great value among men.

But such honour is not infinite. Think: spoils of war. Homer's Iliad is about timé. It is a snapshot of one incident in the long siege of Troy by a Greek city-state coalition of the willing.

Achilles is the greatest of the Greeks who attack Troy and he gains the lion's share of spoils—oftimé: tripods (for some reason), armour, weapons, gold, Briseis the concubine whom he loves.

cell-tower-regularBy Lindy Iversen
To have or not to have one and maybe three cell towers (Rogers, Bell & Telus) at our beautiful harbour in the municipality of Meaford, is one part of the question.

The other part: 'Will our municipal council conduct a genuine citizen's engagement process that is heard and has influence regarding this issue?"

How council handles this important matter will have long-standing repercussions for our community.

Writing In the April 2013 issue of Municipal World magazine, Erin O'Hoski had this suggestion: "The dialogue needs to move from immediate needs and desires to the development of shared solutions for the future."

The proposed cell tower at Meaford Harbour presents our community with a classic case of right vs. right now.




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