OS-logo-regThe City of Owen Sound recently established the Canada 150th & Owen Sound 160th Celebration Ad Hoc Committee to develop, promote, and implement Owen Sound's community celebration of the 150th Anniversary of Canada – "Strong, Proud, Free" and the 160th Anniversary of Owen Sound. The celebration will also include other notable anniversaries including the 50th Anniversary of the Tom Thomson Art Gallery and 100th Anniversary of Billy Bishop and Tommy Holmes being awarded the Victoria Cross.

The City of Owen Sound is seeking:

OS-Police-cuffs-featOwen Sound Police arrest and charge two males with stealing. During the early morning hours police were advised of two males shoplifting from a downtown convenience store. The males had fled prior to police arrival after stealing a small amount of food items. Shortly before 6:00 am police were notified by a citizen that he observed two males stealing from vehicles in his neighbourhood located in the area of 4th Avenue West and 13th Street West. The citizen provided police with their descriptions and location which assisted in their arrest. Upon arrest, police identified the two males as also being the ones involved in the convenience store theft. Two Owen Sound area men, a 19 year old male and 20 year old male have each been charged with two counts of theft, possession of  property by crime and prowl by night and must attend court in September. Police are requesting that anyone who has had property stolen from the said area contact investigating officer PC Edmiston at 519-376-1234 x179.
Source: Press Release

city-hall-feat-by Anne Finlay-Stewart

Just because I took some time off this summer, I don't want to leave you thinking that your city council has not been hard at work.  Here are my notes from a special meeting August 26, the only one you cannot watch on YouTube.

City Manager Wayne Ritchie was presenting three reports. He began by saying that the city was in the "service and communication business", and all his recommendations were in support of doing that business better and more cost effectively.

The Council supported his recommendation for bringing by-law enforcement responsibilities back into city hall from Police Services. The move is intended to give staff and council a better picture of which by-laws are working as they were intended or not, as well as a cost saving. At the moment, this would only involve one staff person. While the mayor expressed concern that this might make by-law enforcement "a political football" (one of the reasons it was moved out of city hall when it was), other councillors felt that staying out of those disputes was part of the responsibility of a councillor.

fire-logo-featureMayor Ian Boddy and City Manager, Wayne Ritchie are pleased to announce the appointment of Doug Barfoot as Fire Chief for the City of Owen Sound effective September 1, 2015.

Prior to his retirement in January 2015, Doug was previously employed for 31 years with Owen Sound Fire & Emergency Services. He was promoted progressively during his tenure, from the position of Firefighter to Driver Mechanic, Dive Master, Acting Captain, to Captain.

"I am excited and honored to be stepping into the role of Chief," Barfoot said. "I look forward to...


Boddy-head-featCongratulations to the Owen Sound Police Services for their quick work in apprehending the arson suspects. Officers came in on days off, from sick leave and holidays for 18-hour shifts to get the job done!

Having practiced criminal law for several years, I have full confidence in our justice system and our Crown Attorney's office in Grey County to deal with these matters.

We are all angry, but this is not the time to think of revenge.

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