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Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

Support for marine training facility growing

Local officials have offered their support for the expansion of the Marine Emergency Duties Training program at Owen Sound’s Georgian College.

larry millerMP Larry Miller told council last night, that college officials will submit an application for funding to the Ontario government as soon the province asks for it.

He says if they feel the project has merit, they will give it priority and recommend that the federal level of government, back it with funding.

Miller says this project has what it takes.

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He is certain the Owen Sound project will get the nod.

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West Grey Mayor and County Councillor Kevin Eccles says the county is willing to kick in 2 million dollars toward the 7 million dollar addition.

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The money will be offered to the college over a ten year period.

Earlier this spring, Georgian College revealed the plan to add a 65 hundred square foot addition to it’s marine facility, and offer marine emergency training for cadets and existing mariners.

The training is mandatory for marine students and will be a requirement every five years for existing mariners.

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

Straw becoming important commodity to local farmers

The soaring price of straw these days is causing chatter among farmers across southwestern Ontario.

Its never been an overly important commodity for farmers but that’s changing with its uses expanding and its availability, because of our harsh winter.. declining.

OMAFRA says straw prices at 9 cents a pound can’t hold for much longer as buyers will start looking for alternatives for half the price.

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

Job recruitment in Owen Sound

If you’re looking for a manufacturing job with flexible hours, then head to the YMCA Employment Resource Centre in Owen Sound on Thursday afternoon.

jobsTranscontinental RBW Graphics is recruiting for part time positions.

Representatives will be at the resource centre from 1pm until 4pm.

The resource centre is also offering a series of job preparation workshops and certifications.


On Thursday July 24th from 1:00pm to 4:00pm, Transcontinental RBW Graphics will be at the YMCA Employment Resource Centre in Owen Sound recruiting part time flexpool manufacturing positions.

RBW offers increased flexibility for new employees who cannot commit to a specific shift rotation, want to complement other employment, or are students.

For a full job description visit the YMCA Job Board at

Transcontinental RBW Graphics Recruitment:
Date: Thursday July 24th, 2014
Time: 1:00 pm to 4:00pm
Location: YMCA Employment Resource Centre – 1450 1st Avenue West, Suite 4A
Positions: part time manufacturing

In addition, the YMCA offers a series of job preparation workshops and certifications, including WHMIS, Confined Spaces Awareness, and Lock Out Tag Out. To register for any of these workshops, visit

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

Walker concerned about possible impacts on Grey Bruce youth employment

walkerBill Walker says he’s worried about this region’s staggering unemployment among youth.

The Bruce Grey Owen Sound M-P-P stood during Question Period at Queens Park yesterday and talked about this riding’s 21 percent youth unemployment rate…. the highest in the province….and three times the national average.

Walker says he’s very worried that those numbers will grow after the Liberals bring in their provincial pension plan…something he says will cost this province another 150 thousand jobs.

The Liberals say there’s no government in North America doing more for young people than they are.

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

No injuries in Southampton crash

A stretch of Highway 21 through Southampton is all clear after a truck roll over yesterday afternoon.

It happened around 2 o’clock when the transport left Railway Street between South and McNabb.

Traffic was diverted around the problem and the road was closed until about 6 o’clock.

Saugeen Shores police tell us there were no injuries.

No word though on any possible charges.

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

Dredging, divestiture and locked gates discussed at Owen Sound council

Dredging, divestiture and now… a locked gate….. all issues up for discussion last night between local M-P Larry Miller and Owen Sound council.

Miller says while has no proof… he feels that if Transport Canada has their way… the harbour would shut down completely to commercial traffic.

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He’s still upset that they locked the south vehicle gate on the east side last week without informing him… saying its a safety issue when cargo is unloaded.

As for the dredging that’s so badly needed… Miller says even if a new buyer is found…. that process is pretty far off…..

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Miller says he has been talking to a possible buyer but they’ve still got some issues to work out and anything with them may be a while off yet.

Mayor Deb Haswell says she’s at least happy that Miller is now onside with the city on the issue of getting the dredging done first and then looking for a buyer…

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Meanwhile Miller says it looks like the locks on the east side are here to stay for a while.

Despite that.. the city will send a letter to Transport Canada voicing their concerns.


Monday, July 21st, 2014

MP miller to visit Owen Sound council

MP Larry Miller will appear at Owen Sound council tonight to discuss the harbour and the Marine Emergency Training funding for Georgian College.

larry millerMiller will bring council up to date on where Transport Canada stands with regards to the much needed dredging of the harbour….and it’s divestiture.

City officials and Transport Canada have been at odds over who will pay for the dredging, estimated to cost millions of dollars.

Earlier this spring, Georgian College announced a 7 million dollar expansion plan for it’s Great Lakes International Marine Centre.

The 65 hundred square foot addition will offer six thousand training days a year for cadets and existing mariners.

Monday, July 21st, 2014

Teens arrested for graffiti in collingwood

A familiar “tag” found at the scene of 70 graffiti incidents in Collingwood, led to the arrest of two teens.

OPP say they’ve been investigating numerous graffiti events on public and private property in the Collingwood area for a couple of months now.

Officials say many of them had not been reported to police.

A 14 year old youth faces 16 mischief charges.

A 15 year old has been charged with 8.

Both teens, are from Collingwood.

Monday, July 21st, 2014

Hanover receives slots revenue

Another 267 thousand dollars has been added to the town of Hanover coffers….their share of revenue from Hanover Raceway/Slots.

hanover racewayA cheque was presented for the first quarter share.

That brings the total to 12 million dollars in revenue share the town has received since the Raceway Slots opened.

Monday, July 21st, 2014

Rollover closes section of highway 21 in Southampton

A single vehicle rollover involving a transport truck at the south end of Southampton, has closed a section of Highway 21.

saugeen shoresSaugeen Shores police say the highway is closed between South Street and McNabb Street .

It will be closed until late this afternoon, so crews can remove a transport truck.

There were no injuries.