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Jessica Owen

Jessica Owen

Jessica Owen is an experienced journalist working for Village Media since 2018, primarily covering Collingwood, County of Simcoe and education.

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jessica@villagemedia.ca

Recent Work by Jessica

Simcoe County staff predict highest tax hike in five years

Simcoe County staff predict highest tax hike in five years

Costs for insurance, utilities increasing in double digits, prompting staff to issue warning to council to expect 3- to 5-per-cent increase in 2023 tax levy
County will build temporary homeless shelter in Barrie by winter

County will build temporary homeless shelter in Barrie by winter

The temporary building will be located on the former Barrie OPP detachment property, and will include 50 beds, a kitchen and six washrooms
Man, 71, dies in Collingwood apartment fire; 2 others injured

Man, 71, dies in Collingwood apartment fire; 2 others injured

Ontario Fire Marshal will be on-scene today at apartment on Moberly St. to determine cause of the fire
Public school board spending $25.8M on repairs this summer

Public school board spending $25.8M on repairs this summer

Catholic board will be spending $4M on their school repair to-do list; Midland-area schools getting repairs include Tay Shores and St. Theresa's
Province sent $12M to operate Collingwood's Sunset Manor

Province sent $12M to operate Collingwood's Sunset Manor

25% of beds remain empty, county confirms only 'natural turnover' and no staff layoffs have occurred since cease of admission order
County votes to spend $2.5 million over 4 years on hospices

County votes to spend $2.5 million over 4 years on hospices

Hospice Huronia in Penetanguishene will receive $500,000 between 2022 and 2025 through the donation to help support their operations
County pledges $100K in warming centre funding for 2022/23

County pledges $100K in warming centre funding for 2022/23

Funding will be split between Midland, Barrie, Orillia and Alliston to support warming centre services based on need
7-year wait for families on Simcoe County housing list: report

7-year wait for families on Simcoe County housing list: report

As of Dec. 31, County of Simcoe's rent-geared-to-income wait list sits at 4,664 households, while only 2,772 total units exist
Amazing Race contestant chose to give back after friend’s death

Amazing Race contestant chose to give back after friend’s death

'I try to keep my best friend’s spirit and memory alive,' says Collingwood's Ryan Lachapelle, who launched Team Giv'r Foundation to honour Kenneth McAlpine, who died while mountain hiking
School board amends school-naming policy to avoid namesakes

School board amends school-naming policy to avoid namesakes

Though naming future schools after individuals is 'not off the table,' the school board will focus on names that are 'symbolic, inclusive, and easily related to numerous ethno-cultural groups'