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mudtown-featBy Anne Finlay-Stewart

Art lovers and candidates were lined up well before 6:30, up the library stairs, out the front door and past the tooth fairy, a creative proponent of "Voting "Yes" to end fluoridation".

The third and final all-candidates' meeting in Owen Sound before the October 27th election was hosted by Mudtown Records, a local event and music production business.

The focus of the evening was the future of the arts in the economy of Owen Sound and each candidate could choose which of ten questions to answer in their remarks. The choice of the question was often as revealing as the answer. Jim McManaman and Brian O'Leary, both closely associated with minor sports in Owen Sound, spoke about balancing spending on the arts with city funding for sports by detailing some of the higher ticket cultural items already in the city budget. Peter Lemon and Arlene Wright answered artist and business owner Karen Rosalie's question about creating a downtown heritage and arts district with clear support for the idea.

trans-free-regOwen Sound - The City of Owen Sound is pleased to announce the Gil and Sharon Vanderschot, owners of Lifestyles Realty Ltd., Coldwell Banker in Owen Sound, have partnered with the City to provide free bus service with extended hours on October 27th – Municipal Election Day!

Regular bus service will operate at no charge to transit riders on October 27, 2014 from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. with the last regular transit run leaving the Terminal at 8:00 p.m.

glass-regBy Anne Finlay-Stewart

"Are you in favour of the discontinuation of fluoride in the municipal drinking water?" - ballot question, Owen Sound, October 27, 2014.

Citizens who are advocating for an end to the practice of fluoridating Owen Sound's public water supply have run afoul of the Ontario Municipal Elections Act. According to the Act, "any individual, corporation or union that proposes to incur expenses with respect to a [municipal ballot] question" must register with the city clerk, completing a single page form available on the city's website before nomination day, in this case September 12.

tourism-regOwen Sound - Patti Kendall of the Blue Mountain Village Association is the winner of this year's Charlie Kelly Award for her contribution to tourism in Grey and Bruce counties.

The award was presented today at the annual Grey-Bruce Regional Tourism Conference, held at the UNIFOR Centre in Port Elgin. It is sponsored by Bayshore Broadcasting and honors the memory of Charlie Kelly, an Owen Sound alderman who championed winter tourism in Owen Sound.

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