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Crime numbers in Owen Sound continue to trend in the right direction…. according to year end stats released this morning.
He says most incidents were resolved with empty hand techniques but fire arms were pulled eight times…two of them with a gun pointed at someone.
There were two incidents of someone being tasered.
Sornberger says despite the progress being made, continuing that progress is ongoing.
He says thanks to an incident last year, security has also been beefed up at the court house.
One area that saw a bit of an increase however was in the number of firearms seized, which the Chief says is a bit troubling.
Chief Sornberger says one job that officers are not fond of, is animal control… adding thankfully those incidents were way down.
Chief Sornberger says they had 65 items recovered that were later sold at auction… most of which were bikes that were never claimed… a number he says that is very high for the city.
A second public meeting discussing Meaford’s budget is scheduled tonight at Woodford Hall.
Under consideration is an increase in bag tags from 2.00 to 2.50.
Close to 800 thousand dollars has been earmarked for water main work, roads and other projects.
Two more budget deliberations are scheduled in February with a final session on March 2.
Tonight’s meeting runs from 7pm till 9pm.
That’s the message thousands of Grey Bruce and Huron residents heard last night during a town hall conference call with President and CEO Duncan Hawthorne.
He listed some of their many accomplishments last year including a record setting power output with all 8 units now online.
He also says more than 2 million dollars worth of donations were made to community projects.
Residents were also able to ask him questions.
One caller asked of all the opposition to the DGR had tarnished Bruce Power’s image at all?
Hawthorne says they’re not so concerned about public image as they are about vital public consultation…
One resident asked him if spent fuel rods can be recycled instead of stored in a DGR..
Hawthorne also says when the refurbishment of the remaining six reactors is complete, Bruce Power will be able to continue to produce 30 per cent of Ontario’s power needs for another 50 years.
The two municipalities who own the facility, Georgian Bluffs and South Bruce Peninsula need to make some decisions.
As we’ve previously reported, the airport is in need of millions of dollars worth of upgrades including the runway if it intends to keep its international status.
The problem is the facility is not a big revenue generator.
Earlier this month, during budget deliberations, South Bruce Peninsula already decided to cut their annual funding to the airport in half to 75 thousand dollars.
The meeting goes today at Georgian Bluffs council chambers at 5pm.
Andre Marin has highlighted two cases in particular, one in Owen Sound and the other in Bruce County where elected officials met in private, contravening transparency laws.
He says there were almost a dozen such cases that he investigated.
He says the main problem with the law.. is its lack of teeth…
Last May his office got a compliant about an Owen Sound council meeting that took place in 2011.
He found council at the time wrongly excluded the public when it discussed cutting off a financial commitment for the hospital’s MRI machine.
He also refers to the years of meetings that took place in which Bruce County council members talked about the Kincardine DGR.
Marin says the investigator hired for that case did not come down hard enough against county officials.
On January 28, millions of Canadians will participating in “Bell Let’s Talk” campaign, benefiting Mental Health programs across Canada.
Owen Sound, Ontario – The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Grey-Bruce, supports Bell Let’s Talk campaign today to help end the negative stigma associated with mental health.
Local spokesperson April Robinson says we still have a long way to go when it comes to mental health solutions in Grey Bruce…
She says we could use more support services in the region and more educational programs.
Robinson says right now most of the intervention comes only when someone is critically ill or those who are already in the criminal system and more needs to be done before people reach these levels.
Robinson says its hoped the discussion carries on past today…
She says the Ministry of Health has cutback their funding so now many of their programs and services must raise community money.
Robinson says there are several factors contributing to the mental health of many of our residents….
There are several factors that go hand in hand with mental illness in Grey Bruce including many of the basics; food, housing and employment.
She says its an entire mind/body and sould wellness plan that needs to be followed.
Its estimated 1 in 5 Canadians has some sort of mental illness.
Last year, 109,451,718 tweets, texts, calls and shares raised an additional $5,472,585.90 for mental health organizations as well as new mental health care, research and workplace initiatives.
Bell will donate an additional 5¢ to mental health initiatives for every Tweet with the hashtag #BellLetsTalk and/or Facebook post with the special Bell Let’s Talk image on January 28, 2015. And if you are a Bell or Bell Alliant customer, Bell will also donate 5¢ for every single text message sent or long distance call made on that same day.
This year’s Bell Let’s Talk campaign focuses on five simple ways we can all help end the stigma around mental illness:
• Language matters – pay attention to the words you use about mental illness
• Educate yourself – learn, know and talk more, understand the signs
• Be kind – small acts of kindness speak a lot
• Listen and ask – sometimes it’s best to just listen
• Talk about it – start a dialogue, break the silence
For more information about the Bell Let’s Talk campaign, visit their http://letstalk.bell.ca/en/
Support adds a voice to the importance of mentally healthy communities and helps to reduce stigma and discrimination.
We will participate to raise awareness and acceptance of those living with mental illness.
Ice breaking activities are now underway in various areas of the Great Lakes.
Dates and routes could change at a moment’s notice because of weather, ice conditions or shipping schedules.
The Coast Guard and OPP are asking people to stay clear of the operations.
Bruce Peninsula OPP say a man who was wanted on an outstanding warrant, was spotted driving on Highway 21 in Georgian Bluffs on Sunday afternoon.
He was eventually stopped near French Bay Road on Saugeen First Nation…..where he was arrested and taken into custody.
25 year old Scott Roote faces several charges.
The SIU must be notified when there are injuries to someone that involves police.
An investigation is now underway.
•Flight while pursued by peace officer x 2
•Dangerous operation of a motor vehicle
•Assault a peace officer
•Resist a peace office x 2
•Escape lawful custody
•Fail to wear seatbelt assembly
•Drive motor vehicle while holding handheld communication device x 2
Owen Sound council pay for 2014 came in under budget.
Former mayor Deb Haswell’s take home pay was 34 thousand dollars inclusive.
Councillors Peter Lemon and Bill Twaddle took home the biggest councillor pay…..each earned 16 thousand, but Lemon had the highest expenses coming in at two grand.
New council members were added to the pay roll on December 1.
Police Services board and Committee of Adjustment pay outs were 16 thousand and 15 hundred respectively.
Just a reminder to everyone that thousands of phones will be ringing in Bruce Grey and Huron County at 6:55 tonight.
He’ll be on the line for about an hour, for anyone who wants to chat.
If you would like to guarantee yourself a spot on the call, please dial 1-877-519-6647 and enter PIN 473708.