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  • In camera agenda item #51 was about potential litigation regarding the 8th Street East slope failure. This is why we pay for insurance.
  • Deputations are an important part of assuring that councillors and staff know what is going on in the city and environs, and can make informed decisions. This week there were three, besides the Strategic Plan re-cap.
  • Ray Assistance for Youth, a drop-in in downtown Owen Sound for youth 12 to 18, has been running with the support of regional churches since 1990. Over the years, staff and volunteers have seen harder drug use and increasing vulnerability among their visitors. The centre provides snacks, activities, prayer support and a listening ear. No counselling is offered, but referrals are made to community agencies.
  • The Grey Sauble Conservation Authority is responsible for promoting sustainable management of renewable resources in the watershed. They assist municipalities and property owners with flood control, water quality, land use planning and forestry services as well as directly owning and managing their own properties. Last year they planted over 150,000 new trees and offered guided hikes, days camps and school-based programming to increase public awareness of our natural environment,
  • Jane Phillips of the Business Enterprise Centre brought four of the participant in the Summer Company program to showcase their businesses. The program, funded by the provincial government, offers solid business training and some financing for young entrepreneurs between 15 and 29. The businesses are varied – from handcrafted greeting cards and natural skin care products to turned wooden bowls and hockey skills training (without the ice).
  • Public question period can also be an opportunity for turning a spotlight on a particular corner of the city. Marg Gaviller, a former councillor herself, asked...

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The Owen Sound Police Service is warning drivers that driving on a roadway that is signed as being closed for construction or other maintenance is an  offence under the Highway Traffic Act and carries a fine of $110.00 and three demerit points. In addition, your insurance company may not indemnify you for any damages or collision that may occur while knowingly driving on a closed roadway. In some cases local traffic only may be permitted when it is safe to do so.

Inspector Wurfel states...

The City of Owen Sound's Music & Movies series returns to Harrison Park starting Friday July 10. For four Fridays in July, the City bandshell-reg you to bring your families to listen to outstanding local music and watch a popular feature film.
This year's Sun Times Music & Movies series features four classic films from the late 80s and early 90s, including the original...

fireworks-regOwen Sound's Canada Day Celebration goes global when the double JUNO Nominee the Sultans of String and Chris McKhool's award-winning kids' shows take the stage in the amphitheatre. The event will also include new inflatable attractions, Owen Sound's Youth Have Talent, and much more. Enjoy a fun-filled family day at Kelso Beach Park for a suggested entry donation of only two dollars per person.

Kelso Beach Park opens at noon on Wednesday July 1st with many activities for kids including...


news stratplan featCity of Owen Sound Council is hosting a Strategic Plan Development Community Meeting on Monday, June 29, 2015 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
City Hall, Council Chambers.

Since February 2015, Members of Council have been asking the community 'what you love about Owen Sound', 'what your vision is for Owen Sound', and to prioritize the City's future.
Through community engagement, key objectives and action items have been identified, and a draft copy of the City of Owen Sound's 2015 Strategic Plan: 2020 Making Our Vision Clear has been developed.
A presentation will be made at the start of the meeting by Lura Consulting, and members of Council and Senior Staff will be available for questions and comments.
A copy of the draft plan is available on the City's website at
Written comments may be submitted not later than July 6th to:
Sharon Edwards, Executive Assistant and Public Relations Coordinator

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