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Jessica Owen

Jessica Owen

Jessica Owen is regional reporter for Village Media, primarily covering County of Simcoe matters, education, Collingwood and Barrie matters.
She has made newsroom stops at the Voice of Pelham, the Niagara Falls Review and the Brockville Recorder & Times and acted as assistant regional editor for the Barrie Examiner, Orillia Packet & Times, The Enterprise-Bulletin, the Innisfil Examiner and the Bradford Times until their closures in November of 2017.
Owen started writing for Village Media in February 2018, coming on full time in May of the same year.

Email
jessica@villagemedia.ca

Recent Work by Jessica

Committee kicks county council composition question to next term

Committee kicks county council composition question to next term

Duelling legal opinions lead to county staff recommendation to not proceed
County could move to archive video for council, committee meetings

County could move to archive video for council, committee meetings

‘The restrictions that are being placed on this make it less accessible to everyone,’ says Springwater Township deputy-mayor
Public school board plans to hire more grad coaches for racialized, LGBTQ groups

Public school board plans to hire more grad coaches for racialized, LGBTQ groups

'It’s important to look at issues from more than one lens. There are reasons we’re doing this, and it’s important to name it,' says Barrie trustee
From English to Urdu, languages spoken at home vary across Simcoe County

From English to Urdu, languages spoken at home vary across Simcoe County

There were an additional 37 languages identified by students through Simcoe County District School Board census
County council votes to fast-track power-lift purchase for paramedics

County council votes to fast-track power-lift purchase for paramedics

New system will help paramedics load stretchers in and out of an ambulance
Area mayor wants to revoke former CAO's Order of Collingwood

Area mayor wants to revoke former CAO's Order of Collingwood

Ed Houghton held various positions at different points during events investigated by Collingwood Judicial Inquiry
‘Treading water': Teachers reflect on return to virtual learning

‘Treading water': Teachers reflect on return to virtual learning

'Parents are already exhausted, and it’s week one. It’s on me to just make sure we’re bringing it,' says Innisfil teacher
Doc says to wait on routine mammograms if you just got COVID vaccine booster

Doc says to wait on routine mammograms if you just got COVID vaccine booster

Six-week wait period only applies to screening mammograms and not to those required for diagnosis, says Collingwood physician
Public school board debates later Christmas break in 2022

Public school board debates later Christmas break in 2022

Simcoe County District School Board proposing 2022-23 winter holiday run from Dec. 26 to Jan. 6, which deviates from provincial suggestion
Code Red: County paramedics feeling pandemic burnout

Code Red: County paramedics feeling pandemic burnout

Absenteeism ‘certainly more pronounced right now,’ says Simcoe County's chief paramedic