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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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Recent Work by Jessica

Student trustees worry 'safe schools committee' leads to profiling

Student trustees worry 'safe schools committee' leads to profiling

‘Things like this can end up leading to solutions being proposed that end up making students feel less safe,’ cautions student trustee
Collingwood won’t sign joint letter to province on local hospital

Collingwood won’t sign joint letter to province on local hospital

'I sent a letter I thought covered what needed to be said by our town. I didn’t see the need to send a joint letter at this time,' says Collingwood mayor
School boards petitioned to bring police back into schools

School boards petitioned to bring police back into schools

School resource officers and police-led programming cancelled last year by Simcoe County's public and Catholic boards
UPDATE: Wasaga woman dying of cancer gets long-awaited MRI

UPDATE: Wasaga woman dying of cancer gets long-awaited MRI

'Maybe the medical system isn’t working, but there are a lot of people out there that are good-hearted and generous,' Elaine Foley says following outpouring of support from strangers
Public school board puts exam days back on calendar

Public school board puts exam days back on calendar

'Culminating task days' and 'feedback days' will be back on calendar next year following public outcry over their removal
'Isn't right': Wasaga woman on MRI wait list dying of cancer

'Isn't right': Wasaga woman on MRI wait list dying of cancer

Elaine Foley and her husband rushed to RVH in Barrie for answers, but the couple was devastated to get the news eight hours later' 'it was brain cancer'
Simcoe County school boards align PA day with eclipse

Simcoe County school boards align PA day with eclipse

Public board will be moving April 26 PA day to April 8 for elementary students only, while Catholic board will be moving day to April 8 for all students
Collingwood will be third in Canada to implement pollinator plan

Collingwood will be third in Canada to implement pollinator plan

‘It’s a good example of how a small group of committed residents can achieve anything,’ mayor says of volunteer group Pollinate Collingwood
Trustees make push for plan to reduce violence in local schools

Trustees make push for plan to reduce violence in local schools

'Staff and student safety is important to me. We need to have safe learning environments for students to do their best in school,' says Barrie trustee Lynn Strachan
Exam days returning after protest at public school board

Exam days returning after protest at public school board

‘I’m scared that when I go to university I won’t be on the same level as everybody else,’ Barrie North says student during protest
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