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Jessica Owen

Jessica Owen

Jessica Owen is regional reporter for Village Media, primarily covering County of Simcoe matters, education, Collingwood and Barrie matters.
She has made newsroom stops at the Voice of Pelham, the Niagara Falls Review and the Brockville Recorder & Times and acted as assistant regional editor for the Barrie Examiner, Orillia Packet & Times, The Enterprise-Bulletin, the Innisfil Examiner and the Bradford Times until their closures in November of 2017.
Owen started writing for Village Media in February 2018, coming on full time in May of the same year.

Email
jessica@villagemedia.ca

Recent Work by Jessica

From English to Urdu, languages spoken at home vary across Simcoe County

From English to Urdu, languages spoken at home vary across Simcoe County

More data was released this week from the Simcoe County District School Board student census shows which languages are spoken most at home in different areas of the region
County council votes to fast-track power-lift purchase for paramedics

County council votes to fast-track power-lift purchase for paramedics

An additional $717,000 will be spent on procuring a second device this year, which adds to $703,000 already approved for one device as part of the 2022 budget
Area mayor wants to revoke former CAO's Order of Collingwood

Area mayor wants to revoke former CAO's Order of Collingwood

Ed Houghton served as CEO of Collus Powerstream, as director of public works and CAO of the Town of Collingwood at different points during the events investigated by the Collingwood Judicial Inquiry
Code Red: Simcoe County Paramedics feeling pandemic burn-out

Code Red: Simcoe County Paramedics feeling pandemic burn-out

Absenteeism is ‘certainly more pronounced right now,’ says Simcoe County Paramedic chief
Area doc says to wait on routine mammograms if you just got a COVID vaccine booster

Area doc says to wait on routine mammograms if you just got a COVID vaccine booster

The six-week wait period only applies to screening mammograms and not to those required for diagnosis, talk to your doc
Local school board debates late Christmas break in 2022

Local school board debates late Christmas break in 2022

Simcoe County District School Board is proposing the 2022/23 winter holiday run from Dec. 26 to Jan. 6 inclusive, which deviates from provincial suggestion
Simcoe County school boards scrambling to get tech to families for virtual learning

Simcoe County school boards scrambling to get tech to families for virtual learning

Late-hour virtual learning announcement caused ‘havoc, confusion’ say school board officials
Citing ‘weary’ education workers, Simcoe County unions slam Ford announcement

Citing ‘weary’ education workers, Simcoe County unions slam Ford announcement

‘This has caused a significant amount of anxiety for education workers across Simcoe County,’ says OSSTF Simcoe County president
2021 NEWSMAKERS: Garbage carts roll into this year's top stories

2021 NEWSMAKERS: Garbage carts roll into this year's top stories

County of Simcoe’s controversial new automated waste cart system dominated discussion over fences, in our comment sections and over local social media in 2021
<b>COLUMN:</b> A Christmas absence makes the heart grow fonder

COLUMN: A Christmas absence makes the heart grow fonder

2020’s COVID Christmas put priorities into perspective for columnist