by Anne Finlay-Stewart

If you read our Facebook post last week and guessed "the city is selling the old Courthouse to Southbridge Care Homes", you would already be a winner.

Mayor Ian Boddy announced the conditional sale as an "ideal repurposing" of a heritage building that the city "had not maintained as it might have" over the years, and an opportunity to rejuvenate a "neat neighbourhood". He spoke of the well-paying health care jobs that would be created in the
long-term, and the design, engineering and construction jobs on the estimated $10 million-plus renovation and building project.

Southbridge's President, Keith McIntosh, said the plan is to create their first "community care hub" model on the site, with administrative offices in the court building, maintaining the facade and roofline, and a long-term care home with "related services" in an addition to the rear. Approval of various permits from ...

les-regLes MacKinnon January 10, 1950 to May 11, 2015

Les passed away on Monday surrounded by his cherished partner Doris Fraser and his loving family.

Forever loved by his son Brock (Kate) and daughter Amber (Damien). Much loved by his father John and predeceased by his mother Elma. Loving grandfather to Dale and Beverley. Dear brother to Keith and Alana (Scott) Hawthorn. He will be forever remembered by Sharon (Howard) MacIntosh and Deirdre and Iris Fraser and will be sadly missed by his nieces Sarah, Kailey, Jessie and Cadence, nephew Silas and countless friends.

The family would like to thank Dr. Hildegard Huff and the team of nurses in Owen Sound who gave such attentive care to Les in his final days.

Les had a great impact on his community, especially with his interest in history. His contribution has been recognized in many ways, most recently by awards from the Owen Sound Emancipation Festival organization and the Grey County Historical Society award of the Heritage Certificate of Recognition for 2015. He was an active member of his local historical society and was instrumental in getting the Durham Road Black Pioneer Cemetery recognized.

OSPS fullNext week police services across Ontario will be celebrating Police Week. This year's theme as designated by the Ontario Chiefs of Police (OACP) is "Discover Policing". The theme is designed to encourage community members to gain a better insight into the operating functions of a police service and to consider the various career opportunities within policing. This year, Police Week officially runs from May 10th to May 16th.

The Owen Sound Police Service has several events planned throughout the week. Some of these events include:

shake featBluewater District School Board is reaching out to community organizations to share planning information and to encourage potential partnerships.
Community partners are invited to indicate their interest by completing an 'Application of Interest for Community Facility Partnership'.
Additional information is available on the Bluewater District School Board website at Updates will also be posted regarding any intention to build new schools or undertake significant renovations and to inform about the availability of space in existing schools.
Bluewater District School Board will hold public meetings once a year to discuss potential facility partnership opportunities with the community and to exchange ideas/needs with community partners.
The next public meeting will be held on Monday, June 15, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. at the Bluewater District School Board Education Centre in Chesley.
The recently released Community Planning and Partnerships Guideline by the Ontario Ministry of Education encourages school boards to reach out to community organizations to share planning information on a regular basis to allow for potential collaboration that serves the best interests of boards, students and the community while optimizing the use of public assets. This provides opportunities to share facilities when building and renovating schools and when considering the use of unoccupied space in schools and school properties that may be considered for future disposition.




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