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hub-logo-featDear Hub readers, advertisers and contributors:
We are delighted to announce that the Hub Owen Sound franchise has a new owner and Publisher. We welcome Anne Finlay-Stewart, formerly the Hub's Community Editor, to the Publisher/Editor's chair.

As some of you know, Paul Lachine and I developed, built, launched and have run www.owensoundhub.org in our spare time, as an experiment in local digital publishing, and to test a model for independent local news-gathering. Anne has been our principal local supporter in this regard.

We had intended from the start to find a local operator to take on this site full-time once it was up and running, as we seek to extend the model. Growing demands on our own time – we each also have full-time careers - prompted us to begin a serious search for a new publisher earlier this year.

We could not have hoped to find a better owner/operator for Hub Owen Sound than Anne, who has been involved with the project since its inception and has been our unique local voice at city council, during the recent provincial election, and in many other domains. Anne is determined, principled and talented, and has great plans for the site. We look forward to seeing Hub Owen Sound continue to grow and thrive, under her guidance.

On a personal note, we would like to thank all the folks, friends, family, contributors and advertisers without whose input, confidence and support we could not have gotten this far. Thank you all, very much. Stick with the Hub! Great things are ahead.

Sincerely,

Michael Den Tandt, Founding Publisher

Paul Lachine, Founding Artistic Director

sexed-regBy Jonathan Farmer

A week before the government of Ontario released its reformed Health and Physical Education curriculum, my local member of parliament – Larry Miller– spoke out against it. In an interview with a local radio station he claimed that the government was sticking its nose into parents' business by discussing sex related topics with young people. He said that he supported sex-ed but opposed discussions of oral or anal sex (among other topics) at the ages proposed, although he didn't specify the ages. He claimed that children already lose their innocence too early because of sex and violence on television and that they shouldn't lose it in their classrooms too.

trudeau-regBy David McLaren

In a perceptive article for the National Post, Michael Den Tandt observes Justin Trudeau steering to the right on a raft of issues, but especially on foreign policy. He will likely vote for a ground war in Iraq in April. He underscores the Conservatives' unwavering support of Israel. He will support Mr Harper's so-called anti-terrorist Bill C-51 even if he has to swallow his own amendments.

Liberals and Conservatives have, for some time now, the same trickle-down economic policy. On the expenditure side: tax cuts to corporations (forget all that dead money companies are sitting on), and a Gordian's knot of tax credits for the middle class (never mind there are fewer and fewer of them). And on the revenue side: cut jobs, services, salaries, pensions and EI benefits.

greece-regBy David McLaren

Let's talk about neoliberals. I don't mean Liberals still wet behind the ears like Justin Trudeau. Nor are they old NDPers made new Liberals like Bob Rae. And I'm sure not talking about the Senators formerly known as Liberals who are now just (small-l) liberal Senators.

beer-regBy Anne Finlay-Stewart

A full two-page newspaper spread purporting to tell you "the facts" only confirms one. Someone has a lot of money and it is at risk.

Starting there, The Hub went for a look behind The Beer Store's latest campaign and its implications for our most local brewer.

Kathleen Wynne promised changes to the alcohol regulatory system when she ran for the leadership of the provincial Liberals, and as Premier she has appointed an advisory panel on the subject which has yet to produce its final recommendations. But the revelation of a controversial agreement between the LCBO and The Beer Store caused the latter to take some pre-emotive action, including a few small concessions and an extravagant ad buy to make them look huge.

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