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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

County to spend $2.5M over 4 years on area hospices

County to spend $2.5M over 4 years on area hospices

Hospice Simcoe in Barrie will receive $500,000 between 2022 and 2025 through donation to help support its operations
County pledges funding support for Barrie's warming centre

County pledges funding support for Barrie's warming centre

Funding will be split between Barrie, Orillia, Alliston, Midland, and Collingwood to support warming centre services based on need
7-year wait for families on Simcoe County housing list: report

7-year wait for families on Simcoe County housing list: report

As of Dec. 31, County of Simcoe's rent-geared-to-income wait list sits at 4,664 households, while only 2,772 total units exist
Amazing Race contestant chose to give back after friend’s death

Amazing Race contestant chose to give back after friend’s death

Ryan Lachapelle's friend Kennth McAlpine died in a mountain-climbing accident in 2019; 'It changed my life. It was a tragic moment. It came out of nowhere. It happened on his birthday,' says Lachapelle
Public board amends school-naming policy to avoid namesakes

Public board amends school-naming policy to avoid namesakes

Though naming future schools after individuals is 'not off the table,' school board will focus on names considered 'symbolic, inclusive and easily related to numerous ethno-cultural groups'
Rate hike coming this fall for rental fees at local schools

Rate hike coming this fall for rental fees at local schools

'...I would suggest that those (new) rates are still below what municipalities are charging within their organizations for community use,' says trustee
Work continues to bring multicultural centre to Simcoe County

Work continues to bring multicultural centre to Simcoe County

County of Simcoe and Ethnic Mosaic Alliance to partner on grant application for feasibility study; 'We believe this will be a huge asset to the community that hosts it,' says alliance president
Year later, admissions still halted at county-run care facility

Year later, admissions still halted at county-run care facility

While some families sit on admission wait-list, 37 beds sit empty at Sunset Manor in Collingwood, where staffer says ‘morale is horrible'
Resort builder ‘honoured’ by Canadian hall-of-fame induction

Resort builder ‘honoured’ by Canadian hall-of-fame induction

Gordon Canning, who served as president and CEO of Blue Mountain Resort from 1978 until retiring in 2014, one of six inductees in 2020
Public school board plans for $654M operating budget in 2022-23

Public school board plans for $654M operating budget in 2022-23

'It’s great that we’re in a position to hire a lot of new staff, but I just wondered how we're making out on hiring those staff with all the shortages,' says Barrie trustee