Wind: 35.40 km/h
The City of Owen Sound is urging residents that if you are currently running water, please DO NOT stop even if it becomes mild outside, and to continue to run the water until you are notified to discontinue. This will continue for a number of weeks until the extreme frost depth period is over.
If you are serviced by a hose from a neighbour, DO NOT reduce the flow rate, please keep a tap running full open.
Many homes that have been hooked up via a hose have refrozen when they decreased flow for even the smallest amount of time.
Please visit the City website www.owensound.ca and click on the "Frozen Water Services" button for more information, including a map of the affected areas. Further areas may be added to this map as time goes on, please keep checking back for updates.
source: media release
The City of Owen Sound is inviting the community to a conversation about our Strategic Plan Development on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at the Bayshore Community Centre, from 6:00 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Bay Room.
Since February, the City of Owen Sound has been asking residents to think about their future. City representatives have been asking community members 'what you love about Owen Sound', 'what your vision is for Owen Sound', and to prioritize the City's future. These questions are part of the development of a Strategic Plan that will guide the City's future efforts.
There is still time for you to complete an online survey. It can be accessed at City Hall in the Clerk's department, or from www.owensound.ca/city-hall/strategic-plan/2015-review.
Public transit will be extended into the evening to allow fuller community participation.
The East Bayshore bus that normally serves the Bayshore Arena will transport those wishing to attend the meeting from the Terminal Building to the front entrance of the Bayshore Arena. Patrons will be required to be in possession of a valid transfer or pay the normal fare. Those patrons requiring specialized transit services who wish to attend the meeting should make their arrangements in the usual manner. Following the completion of the Community Meeting, patrons will find one bus for the east side and one bus for the west side of the City at the front entrance of the Bayshore Arena. There will be no final transfer at the Transit Terminal. Please note that conventional and specialized transit buses will be leaving the Bayshore Arena at 8:15 p.m. sharp, and all normal transit fares will apply.
source: media release
In a March 16th article we transcribed MP Larry Miller's comments on the case of a woman who had earned her Canadian citizenship and wished to wear her traditional niqab at the ceremony. He was speaking on a local radio phone-in show. He has since confirmed his views, but apologized for and retracted his further comments.
We asked you if you felt "most Canadians" agreed with Mr. Miller's opinion.
You have begun to respond....
By Anne Fnlay-Stewart
Owen Sound's water infrastructure dates back to the 1880s. Today the value of the assets in the existing water and waste water systems is $172 million or an investment of approximately $25,000 per customer. The last few weeks have proven just how valuable that infrastructure is to our quality of life.
In 2000, seven deaths and many more illnesses in Walkerton were attributed to contaminated water. The inquiry that followed made 93 recommendations and the province responded with several pieces of legislation including the Safe Drinking Water Act and the Water Opportunities Act. The former includes quality standards, chemical levels, training of operators and licensing requirements. The latter legislation and its unfolding regulations are intended to ensure that water services are maintained and improved to ensure that future demand can be satisfied. As a condition of our licence to operate a municipal water system, the city must create plans that include maintaining and replacing infrastructure, risk assessment, conservation, and a sustainable financial plan to pay for it all.