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notes-anne-regBy Anne Finlay-Stewart

In Camera meetings are not what they sound like. They are held away from the camera and outside the chamber, and only in very specific circumstances well-defined in the Ontario Municipal Act. This week there were potential litigations, proposed acquisitions or dispositions of land including the 8th Street East reservoir and the CP Rail lease, and some personal matters about identifiable individuals. But they were in camera, so nothing to see there. On to the main attraction.

  • The Council Chamber was full, but not a single person had come to comment on the proposal for a medical marihuana (Health Canada spelling) production facility in Owen Sound. As long as it is in the M1 and M2 zones (primarily the industrial park), keeps all its business and signage inside, and is at least the length of a professional hockey rink away from schools and churches, we seem to be good to go.

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TOM-regOn Tuesday, January 27th from 5 to 6:30 PM, the Tom Thomson Art Gallery Board will present an updated status report to its members at the Owen Sound Library.

The session will be led by Board Chair Linda Myles-Gallinger, with reports from Transition Committee Chair, Michael Warren, and Chair of the Tom Thomson Art Foundation, Robert McKinnon.

Linda Myles- Gallinger said, "The members will be provided with an overview of what has taken place since the gallery began its investigation into becoming an incorporated, charitable not-for-profit corporation."

Mr. Warren will outline the vision for a new gallery. "It is predicated on the belief the gallery must expand in order to be become a major economic and cultural driver for the city. We see it offering an exceptional half-day experience for all visitors."

anne-council-third-regBy Anne Finlay-Stewart

  • Joachim Ostertag and Colleen Purdon, speaking for the Inclusive Communities Committee, announced that for the fifth year Owen Sound will be hosting a One World Festival – a celebration of our local diversity with displays and performances from dozens of community groups and individuals. Hundreds of school children attend but all are welcome in the Market Square behind city hall May 22 from 9:30 to 2:30.
  • The Precarious Work Group of Peace and Justice Grey Bruce presented their final report and recommendations to council. See The Hub story on this initiative.

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