Recent articles

Meaford's Sykes Street Development - the facts
A local business and downtown building owner's perspective on Sykes development
Already gone. What we've lost forever, and how it can happen again.
Cherished places worth fighting for
Pillars and Pediments – Musings on the advantages of heritage preservation
Recipe for a livable community
What is heritage conservation? A brief overview
Why heritage preservation is good for business in Meaford

What Meaford is doing about heritage
Meaford's Official Plan and other important documents
Meaford heritage success stories

Photo of Meaford Hall and Firehall in top slideshow courtesy Bill Inglis, Meaford

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Meaford heritage in the news

News releases
Meaford heritage in the news

Friday, May 15, 2015
Artist and long-time Meaford resident concerned about losing downtown heritage
Anne Evans has put her talents to work to raise awareness of the valuable heritage architecture threatened by Sykes Street development plans... more

Saturday, February 21, 2015
Flaws in Sykes Street development proposal, says commercial construction professional

Development proposal requires careful analysis. Our town's unique history is at stake

I am writing to express my deep concern over the proposal to demolish structures on Meaford's main street to make way for a commercial/residential development... more

Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Meaford's Sykes Street Development - the facts
Following is a letter sent to the Municipality in advance of the Public Meeting on Feb. 2 regarding an application to amend the Official Plan to permit additional height for a development on #35-47 Sykes St: The interest in development on Sykes Street is exciting news... more

Saturday, November 2, 2013
Prince Charles congratulates Owen Sound on its heritage leadership
Congratulations to Meaford neighbour Owen Sound for their recognition with the Prince of Wales Prize for Municipal Heritage Leadership... more

Thursday, June 13, 2013
Heritage Grove development cuts down grove - Heritage quote of the day
"What date are you going to announce the new name for this development? Because as of today, there is no heritage left on the site and there is no grove... more

Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Get involved with Meaford's Heritage Conservation District Study
Last night, a small group of Meaford citizens and business people learned how Meaford is taking the first steps to recognize and preserve some of the valuable historical character of the community... more

Monday, April 22, 2013
Heritage Meaford Annual General Meeting
Wednesday, May 8 7 p.m. At Meaford Museum We welcome members and those interested in becoming members... more

Friday, March 23, 2012
New blog shares information on Meaford Official Plan review
Keep up to date on Meaford's Official Plan review by following this blog by Liz Buckton, Planner. Feel free to comment and provide your input... more

Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Watch the Meaford Museum YouTube channel
The Meaford Museum recently received grant funding to help fund the creation of Museum audio tours. With the software and hardware purchased for that project, the museum has also been able to start producing a video blog... more

Friday, February 24, 2012
Comments on Meaford's Community Improvement Plan update
As 2012 brings both promising developments and some heartbreaking ones for heritage architecture in Meaford, it's worth taking a look at progress with Meaford's Community Improvement Plan... more

Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Fire Hall treated to some TLC
A large crane raised its head above the old Fire Hall today, as the owners of the building prepared to remove the old tower as part of repair and restoration work... more

Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Meaford's residential growth mapped out
The Meaford Independent reports that Meaford's Planning Department has prepared a set of Development Status maps that will be made available to the public... more

News Releases

Monday, July 25, 2011
New website offers opportunity to learn about Meaford's exceptional architectural heritage

Meaford heritage in the news

Thursday, March 12, 2015
Survey reveals opposition to Sykes Street demolitions
While this survey, like its predecessor, doesn't allow respondents to choose a nuanced response (pro-development, pro-heritage), it enumerates many objections to the development as proposed. 68 percent are concerned about at least one aspect of the development.

Thursday, February 26, 2015
Business audience skeptical of downtown Meaford development plan
The Meaford Express covers developer Lino Toncic's presentation to the Meaford Chamber of Commerce.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Century-old brickwork and decorative keystones uncovered
The Meaford Express reports on last week's discovery of a vintage façade beneath the modified storefront of the old Peter's Restaurant. Developer Lino Toncic deserves credit for additional investment in retaining the old storefront, re-installing a brand new window, which had already been framed in, so that it's now set back into the façade.

Monday, September 10, 2012
Knights to Discuss Plans For Historical Archive at Old Fire Hall

Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Hope for historic bridge
Encouraging initiative by Chatsworth mayor.

Sunday, June 24, 2012
Heritage Work in Meaford
Story and interview with Heritage Meaford's Denise Whaley, broadcast by Bayshore Broadcasting. Includes edits from audio interview.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Heritage Meaford explains benefits of preservation
Heritage Meaford's Denise Whaley spoke to Meaford Council to present the benefits of heritage conservation and dispel some of the myths.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Owen Sound ponders heritage designation for downtown

Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Beautiful Joe Heritage Society hopes to purchase c.1800s Moore home.
Article about Beautiful Joe Heritage Society's recent efforts, and their desire to purchase the "Beautiful Joe" house for use as an extension of the Meaford Museum devoted to Margaret Marshall Saunders and "Beautiful Joe".

Friday, February 10, 2012
The hidden value in heritage properties
Mark Weisleder -- real estate lawyer, Toronto Star real estate columnist, author and speaker -- explains why it's a myth that heritage designation lowers property values, and reveals how it can actually provide benefits you wouldn't ordinarily have when renovating or selling your home or business property.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Council demands Heritage District now
Article from Meaford Express. Somewhat overstated: this resolution only begins the process of creating an HCD; buildings may still be demolished at any time.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Council Votes to Begin Heritage Conservation Process

Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Reader: Heritage Preservation Requires "Somebody Else's Money"

Sunday, January 8, 2012
Reader: We Have Vested Interest in Health of Our Community

Thursday, January 5, 2012
Harbour Moose demolished

Thursday, January 5, 2012
Historic Building Demolished

Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Retracing the North Grey Railway Track

Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Residents Request Tree Bylaw

Wednesday, August 3, 2011
New website features Meaford's exceptional architectural heritage
Article in the Meaford Express

Monday, July 25, 2011
Heritage Meaford has a new website
Article in The Meaford Independent

Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Meaford looks at preserving downtown architecture

Saturday, November 6, 2010
Heritage Meaford Want Historic Buildings Protected

Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Opening Doors To Meaford's Heritage

Saturday, January 30, 2010
Harbouring History Part 6: Busy Bayfield Street

Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Harbouring History Part 5: The End of Fishing & The Train Station

Saturday, January 23, 2010
Harbouring History Part 4: Pilgrem's Rest

Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Harbouring History Part 3: Meaford's Grain Elevators

Saturday, January 16, 2010
Harbouring History Part 2: The Old Lighthouse

Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Harbouring History Part 1: Meaford Train Stations

Wednesday, February 14, 2001
Group launches bid to restore town hall

Wednesday, October 25, 2000
Town hall may be handed over to Heritage group

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