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Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

Owen Sound snow removal

With last year’s brutal winter still fresh in everyone’s mind…the city of Owen Sound is already planning ahead for whatever we’re going to get this season.

City officials have already arranged to have excess snow trucked and dumped at the former PPG site for $3 per load.

If snow amounts match what we got last year that would come close to $2,000.


Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

Princess Auto coming to big box development in Owen Sound

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Another new store has been announced for the big box development in the east end of Owen Sound.

Princess Auto is expected to set up shop in the near future bringing about 50 new jobs to the city.

Its a Canadian retail chain specializing in farm, industrial, garage, and surplus tools with more than 35 outlets across the country.

A couple of hurdles have recently been cleared so they can set up shop at Heritage Grove next to Winners.

Councillor Ian Boddy says its certainly a step forward for Owen Sound …..

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Meanwhile Owen Sound council doesn’t reconvene again until November 17th because of next weeks municipal election.

Some councillors were concerned that should the developer want to move forward on some site plan approvals…for instance pouring the foundation before the ground freezes…. they might be slowed down.

Four councillors wanted to give staff interim powers to move the project forward but that was ultimately defeated in place of holding a special council meeting just for Princess Auto, should it be required.

Councillor Ian Boddy was one of those who wanted to allow staff to take control…

Boddy says its not like there would have been many surprises…

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Its expected up to 50 jobs could be created with Princess Auto is in full operation.


Monday, October 20th, 2014

SVCA to receive federal funding for Lockerby Dam plans

Some federal funding is making it’s way to Bruce County to help improve a local fish habitat.

svca 2The Saugeen Valley Conservation Authority will receive up to 125 thousand dollars to move forward with plans for the Lockerby Dam near Paisley.

SVCA General Manager Wayne Brohman says this project has been in the planning stages for several years after a report recommended the removal of the dam and rehabilitation of the reservoir.

Brohman says the aging concrete dam is a barrier for upstream fish migration and it’s removal will improve the fish habitat both upstream and downstream in the north Saugeen River.

He says the funding will help cover costs for communication with local landowners, the public, municipality of Arran Elderslie, as well as the removal of the dam and the final rehabilitation of the site to it’s natural state.


Monday, October 20th, 2014

Stolen glider plane recovered

A glider and trailer that was stolen from Southgate Township in the spring, has been recovered.

OPPGrey County OPP say the 27 thousand dollar glider plane and trailer, and a Kabota tractor, were taken from an outbuilding on vacant property in Southgate Township, on March 28.

Grey County OPP were assisted by Wellington County OPP and the York Soaring Club in Belwood, in recovering the goods.

A 23 year old Maple Township man and 47 year old Centre Wellington Township man were arrested and charged with possession of property obtained by crime.

The Kabota tractor has not been located.

Police continue their investigation.


Monday, October 20th, 2014

Man charged for driving e-bike while drunk

A Meaford man has lost his e-bike for a week, after being arrested for drunk driving.

oppGrey County OPP say they received numerous calls last Thursday about a man driving an e-bike in an erratic manner in the municipality of Meaford.

Police spotted the suspect, and determined he had been drinking.

Further investigation revealed he was prohibited from driving.

He was arrested for drunk driving and driving while disqualified.

OPP say that even though a person does not need a license to operate an e-bike, it is considered a motor vehicle under the criminal code…therefore, anyone operating an e-bike while intoxicated, can be charged with impaired driving.


Monday, October 20th, 2014

Hanover police arrest second suspect for break ins

A second suspect has been arrested in connection to several thefts from vehicles in Hanover.

hanover policeHanover Police say a 16 year old male from West Grey faces numerous theft and possession of stolen goods charges for break ins that occurred earlier this month.

Police say the 16 year old and an 18 year old from Mount Forest, were interrupted by a homeowner, while they were searching through his car in his garage.

He chased the pair, but they escaped.

Police were notified and during their investigation, discovered several other vehicle thefts had occurred that same night.

The 18 year old was arrested last week.

The 16 year old suspect was turned over the South Bruce police for crimes committed there.


Monday, October 20th, 2014

Owen Sound offers free bus service on election day

The city of Owen Sound has announced free and extended bus service for next Monday… to assist residents in getting out to vote in the municipal election.

owen sound busRegular bus service will run from 6:30 in the morning to 8:30 that night…completely free of charge thanks to a partnership with Coldwell Banker Lifestyles Realty.

 

 Extended Hours and Free Public Transit Available on Election Day!

The City of Owen Sound is pleased to announce the Gil and Sharon Vanderschot, owners of Lifestyles Realty Ltd., Coldwell Banker in Owen Sound, have partnered with the City to provide free bus service with extended hours on October 27th – Municipal Election Day!

Regular bus service will operate at no charge to transit riders on October 27, 2014 from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. with the last regular transit run leaving the Terminal at 8:00 p.m.

“The free service will provide Voters with a convenient way of getting to-and-from the polls”, says Gil Vanderschot. “Lifestyles Realty Ltd., Coldwell Banker is pleased to join efforts with the City, and be part of this local initiative creating more opportunities for Owen Sound citizens to cast their votes”.

Patrons requiring specialized transit services are reminded to make their arrangements in the usual manner by calling 519-376-7500.

For election information and updates visit www.election.owensound.ca


Monday, October 20th, 2014

Lawsuit launched against the CHL

chlAn unprecedented class action lawsuit has been launched taking aim at junior hockey in this country.

The 180 million dollar lawsuit alleges that the CHL conspired to force young players…. including those in the OHL… to sign contracts that breach minimum wage laws.

The lawsuit is looking to reclaim outstanding wages, vacation, holiday and overtime pay on behalf of hundreds of young players.

CHL President David Branch says they league will vigorously defend their operation adding the “amateur student athletes” are getting the best playing experience.

The players..including those on the Owen Sound Attack typically sign standard contracts.

Its alleged some of those contracts in the CHL pay players between 50 and 120 dollars a week for what could be up to 65 hours of work.

http://www.thestar.com/news/world/2014/10/20/class_action_lawsuit_filed_against_canadian_hockey_league_over_wages.html


Monday, October 20th, 2014

Advance voting in Owen Sound

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Another opportunity to cast your ballot early if you live in Owen Sound.

Advance voting for next week’s municipal election is being held again today at the Heritage Place shopping centre from noon until 8.

The final opportunity is on Wednesday….again at the mall from noon until 8.

Make sure you tune in next Monday night starting at 8pm for the Docks full coverage of Grey Bruce municipalities as well as some of the other interesting races around the province.


Monday, October 20th, 2014

Grey Bruce hospitals ready for ebola in the unlikely event they see a case

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As fears continue to mount around the world about the Ebola virus… Grey-Bruce health officials say they’re confident they could handle any situation that presents itself.

Grey Bruce Health Services Infection Control spokesperson Sherri Beckner says while new directives and practices have been introduced to deal with any possible cases, most of the protocols were developed during the last health crisis…

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Beckner says despite increased direction from the province they still have a big responsibility locally to take care of any affected patients…

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Beckner says everyone who comes into a hospital right now is being carefully screened for travel history and symptoms.

If anyone tests positive for Ebola they’d be quickly isolated and eventually sent to one of the ten designated hospitals listed on Friday… likely though to London.

Beckner stresses however the risk for contracting the virus is still extremely low here in Ontario.