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Thursday, December 18th, 2014

Travel to Cuba likely to cost more

Still too early to tell exactly how the lifting of a US travel embargo to Cuba might affect Canadian vacationers.

cubaEach winter thousands of Grey Bruce residents flock to the white sandy beaches of Cuba to get away from the snow and cold because its been cheap … and we’ve pretty much had the beaches to ourselves for more than 50 years.

That’s all about to change as the island opens itself up to American travelers.

Elaine Johnson with Expedia Cruise Ship Centres in Hanover says we can certainly expect prices to go up…

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Johnson feels Cuba won’t quite be the same after the Americans are allowed in…

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says there are emerging destinations that would compare price-wise…

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Johnson says she expects her phone might ring a little more over the next few weeks as some travellers try to get in under the wire before the travel ban is lifted.

While the economic boon of American money is expected, by some, to be a good thing for the people of Cuba… its not clear how much of that will rub off on the Canadian economy.

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

Hanover gets some federal funding

The federal government is investing in a couple of ventures in downtown Hanover.

hanoverThe town will receive 215 thousand dollars.

Most of the money will go toward the development of a youth activity and technology centre….only the second of it’s kind in Ontario.

It will follow the model of the Ingersoll centre…where youth gather for recreation, arts, leadership, leisure and youth engagement that includes volunteerism and skill development.

15 thousand dollars of the funding will be put toward the planning of the downtown revitalization and street scape.

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

Collingwood police arrest man for back hoe thefts

An arrest has been made in Collingwood in connection to an incident in November.

oppWe told you that vandals had stolen a couple of back hoes….and drove them to the Admiral Collingwood Elementary School property, causing extensive damage.

One of the back hoes was abandoned at the school, the other in a field near a trail near Poplar Sideroad.

A police investigation has led to the arrest of one suspect, and the identity of a second suspect…who police continue to look for.

No word on charges.

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

Rifle left at thrift store in Meaford

A gentle reminder to residents from Grey County OPP, about the proper way of disposing of fire arms.

OPPOPP say a bolt action rifle, that was incapable of being fired, was found at the front door of a thrift store in Meaford.

It was turned over to police for destruction.

Residents are encouraged to call police if they have a firearm they want to dispose of.

Police would like to hear from anyone who knows more about the rifle.

Bolt Action Rifle contained G.R. B.S.A. and C.O. 1916 as well as 40 SHT LE and III stamped on it

Anyone having knowledge of this particular firearm is asked to call Grey County OPP at 1-888-310-1122.

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

Washington and Cuba thaw relations

cubaThe Cuba most Canadians know and love…. and flock to every winter…. will likely change forever.

Washington has agreed to re-establish diplomatic and economic ties with Cuba after a 50 year ban dating back to the Cold War.

U-S President Barack Obama says things will change quickly….

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Cuba is the third most popular vacation destination for Canadians…with more than a million of us head there each winter.

And while the move is expected to bring prosperity for Cubans….. expect the price of those beach vacations to soar once the American travel ban officially ends.

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Thursday, December 18th, 2014

Owen Sound considers increase in development fees

cityhallThe city of Owen Sound is reviewing its development charges and could implement an increase.

They’re required to update their fees every few years which means they could hike them… or leave them as they are.

Right now it costs a little more than $7,000 for each new home built.

A consultant is recommending the city increase that to almost $11,000.

There are also additional fees paid to the Grey County;  between $3,500 and $5,000.

Director of Engineering Chris Webb says there are also additional fees for undeveloped and unserviced areas…

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Development fees pay for a number of capital costs…

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The meeting starts at 7 at the Bayshore Community Centre.

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

Meaford man arrested for theft from employer

A young Meaford man is facing charges after his employer noticed money missing from the till.

O-p-p say they were contacted by Alex’s Gas Bar on Sykes Street South after the owner noticed shortages in the takings… from the time the employee started last January… to October.

The thefts were in excess of 75 hundred dollars.

A 20 year old is facing charges.

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

Owen Sound man arrested in Barrie

An Owen Sound man…arrested in Barrie for being an unruly customer…at a dollar store……is now back in the Scenic City….facing more charges

owen sound policeBarrie police say the man divulged that he was on probation when he was arrested, but further investigation revealed he was wanted by Owen Sound police for breaching his probation order.

City police picked the suspect up and returned him to Owen Sound.

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

Hit and run driver sought in Meaford

Grey County OPP are asking for help to track down a hit and run driver in Meaford.

OPPOPP say a car that was parked at a lot on Albery Court was struck sometime between noon and 9:30pm on Tuesday.

There were dents and scratches to the driver’s side front quarter panel and bumper that prevented the driver’s door from opening.

The driver involved, failed to remain at the scene or to report the collision.

Any witnesses to the crash are asked to call OPP or Crime Stoppers.

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

Annual report for Bluewater school board

Highlights of the 2014 school year were presented to the Bluewater District School Board this week.

bwdsbDirector of Education Steve Blake says the report also contained the next steps in the board’s multi year strategic plan…be accountable for the responsible stewardship of resources.

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