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TOM-regThe City of Owen Sound can move to create a Trust to take ownership of The Tom Thomson Gallery collection of 2,600 pieces with the condition that the collection can never sold, Mayor Deb Haswell said today.

"The Trust would be legally bound to keep the collection in Owen Sound in perpetuity," Mayor Haswell said.

"The Tom Thomson Gallery should be named as the permanent holder of the collection in trust, charged with its care and upkeep.

Water-regThe anti-fluoride plebiscite campaign in Owen Sound deserves respect, not derision, Mayor Deb Haswell said today.

"I am deeply disturbed by any disrespect shown to these citizens by municipal candidates, public officials or other citizens," Haswell said.

In 2007, a Scottish bioethics panel of experts concluded that local and regional democratic processes are the most appropriate way to decide whether to fluoridate, as there is evidence for and against" Haswell stated.

"In the past ten years, 41 communities in Canada have decided against fluoridation of tap water, including Orillia, Thunder Bay, Niagara Region and Calgary. Vancouver decided against the practice 50 years ago.

Francesca Dobbyn, a new candidate for Owen Sound city council, says one way to address the city's poverty problem might be to stop ostracizing the poor.

Mayor-regOur economic future won't look like the past.
Owen Sound's golden manufacturing years, with large and medium-sized plants, well-paid jobs and pensions, railway and water transport and associated services, are over.

Ontario has lost its competitive edge and no longer attracts new plants. Globalization with lower wages in other countries has drained our manufacturing sector.

Electric power rates are prohibitive to industrial expansion.

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