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posted October 29th, 2015
Meaford entrepreneurs face the Dragons

Dragons' Den MeafordThe Dragons have ruled. Once again, Meaford’s very own Dragons’ Den has tested and rewarded up-and-coming entrepreneurs. Here are the results of last night’s pitches.

Candice Ruhl Designs, owned by Candice & Michael Ruhl, hopes to open a Meaford shop and gallery to offer Candice’s unique handcrafted sterling silver jewelry. They took the dragon’s share of the bounty, with $3,950 in cash and a total of $17,525 in cash and prizes.

Zach Hannam’s Zaagi Soap Co. came away with $3,950 in cash and prizes to help expand his company’s sales – of natural, handcrafted soaps made from locally grown botanicals – within the community and online.

Brewmaster Mark Lewis was the audience favorite for his plan to establish a downtown Meaford brewery. He took home $800 in cash and a total of cash and prizes of $2,904.

Tanya Snell recently launched, a hub where businesses and consumers meet, and plans to expand its service to Meaford, and Scott Gooch builds custom wood furniture, cabinets and Windsor chairs in his rural Meaford workshop, Bayview Escarpment Fine Furniture & Cabinetry. Both Tanya and Scott took home $900 in prizes.

Thanks to the Meaford Chamber of Commerce for holding the successful event.

posted October 15th, 2015
Meaford commits to ensuring a healthy environment

Meaford residents are surrounded by a beautiful natural environment and economy which encompasses the blue waters of Georgian Bay, the green rise of the Niagara Escarpment, and many organic food and drink producers.

Now, Meaford has joined 89 muncipal governments across Canada in declaring to respect, fulfill and promote the right to live in a healthy environment, including:

  • The right to breathe clean air
  • The right to drink clean water
  • The right to consume safe food
  • The right to access nature
  • The right to know about pollutants and contaminants released into the local environment
  • The right to participate in decision-making that will affect the environment.

The declaration was initiated by councillor Jaden Calvert, who brought the aims of the Blue Dot Movement to Council’s attention. Launched by the David Suzuki Foundation, the grassroots movement aims to see the right to a healthy environmental, including the rights to fresh air, clean water, and safe food, enshrined in our Canadian constitution.

As Calvert wrote in the Meaford Independent, “Municipal governments make decisions, such as on transportation, housing density, waste disposal, that affect the quality of the environment. Local governments also have the power to pass bylaws to protect residents from environmental harm. A municipal declaration is a commitment to principles that will protect, fulfill and promote the right to a healthy environment.”

The declaration also states:

3. The Municipality shall apply the precautionary principle: where threats of serious or irreversible damage to human health or the environment exist, the Municipality shall take cost effective measures to prevent the degradation of the environment and protect the health of its citizens.

4. The Municipality shall apply full cost accounting: when evaluating reasonably forseeable costs or proposed actions and alternatives, the Municipality will consider costs to human health and the environment.

5. The Municipality of Meaford shall review the objectives, targets, timelines and actions of the “Sustainable Meaford” plan and related Official Plan policies, and evaluate progress towards fulfilling this declaration.

6. The Municipality of Meaford calls upon the Province of Ontario and Federal Government of Canada to formally and meaningfully recognize that all people have the right to live in a healthy environment and direct Staff to forward this declaration to the Province and Federal Government for consideration with respect to future updates to the Environmental Bill of Rights and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.