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OSCVI1To the Board of Trustees Regarding the ARC review of Owen Sound Area Schools:

I want to take a moment to thank the board and everyone involved in this process.  I realize how difficult these choices are and we all want the best for our children. I’m also a chartered accountant, so I definitely understand the pressure of budgets and timetables and deadlines. But we have to remember that it’s not all about the numbers.

Our family moved to this area over 10 years ago for quality of life. We wanted to spend time with our kids, not spend it paying off a million-dollar mortgage in Toronto.  

We have two daughters, one finishing grade 6 and the other set to graduate grade 8. We have just been through the process of deciding which high school she should attend. Also, we are out of area as we are on the west side of hwy 6, instead of the east side.

For the most part, I’ve been happy with their elementary school.  I understand how parents  are reluctant to send their young kids to high school too early. A few years ago, I probably would’ve had the same response. Now I have a different viewpoint.

sosAn Open Letter to the Bluewater District School Board and Members of the Owen Sound Community Regarding ARC Recommendations and Further Reading for Best Practices.

7 March 2016

Dear BDSB,

It's been almost ten years since I was a student at OSCVI and since then I've moved almost 700 km away but having been a part of a school with such a rich culture and history remains incredibly important.

It seems to me a bit short-sighted to combine two ...

booksby Cathy Hird

March Break is coming up, a great time to get the teens in our lives to read, if we can find the right books. Here are some thoughts on what might catch a teenager's interest.

A thin layer of dust sits on the books in my daughter's bedroom. You might think that makes these the neglected ones, but it means these are the stories she loved too much to let go of. The ones that started her reading at age 10--the Unicorns of Balinore for example--have been given to other children to enjoy. What remains are the Anne of Green Gables series as well as L. M. Montgomery's Emily. The books of Kit Pearson and Philipa Gregory take up much of the shelf beside The Royal Diaries and Tamora Pierce's work.

Thanks to the abundance of Young Adult (YA) books written in the last few years, copies of the Divergent trilogy, City of...

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My daughters both like acting, so we took them to see Carousel at the Roxy this past fall. We got together with other friends who were bringing their children. The play was so well done, well-acted, the sound was fantastic, but the play itself left me stunned. Is this 2016?

The basic premise of the story is a young woman falls in love with a bad-boy, Billy the barker, from the carousel. They go through hard economic times and he hits his wife. But his wife never gives up because she loves him. Billy dies in a botched robbery and is given a chance to redeem himself. He offers his now grown-up daughter, a star he stole. When she refuses, he hits her too. The daughter asks her mother if it's possible for a hit to feel like a kiss. And her mother answers, yes. Billy is redeemed and goes to heaven.

I have to admit, I didn't read up on this play before attending. But it was a musical. I didn't expect to

Ski trailsAs police investigate the discovery of barbed wire on four snowmobile trails (related story here) in the area over the past few weeks, questions have been raised about the motive behind the dangerous and possibly criminal acts. Is someone overreacting to concerns about the Supporting Ontario's Trails Act recently put forward by Michael Coteau, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport?  The following is a media release from the Ontario Trails Council offering answers to some of the common questions about the Bill.

"Recent media reports concerning the impacts of Bill 100 – "The Ontario Trails Act" have the potential to cause real damage to ...

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