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grain-regBy Anne Finlay-Stewart

My response to this release: http://www.oschamber.com/news.cfm?newsid=74

In chemistry, a catalyst is a substance that causes or accelerates a reaction without itself being changed.

Trent Gow, commissioned by the local chamber of commerce to analyze five years' worth of engineering reports about the Owen Sound harbour, uses the term to describe its role in both our historical and future prosperity. His overview anticipates considerable change in the "catalyst" itself.

work-regBy Anne Finlay-Stewart

Precarious work can mean working without a dependable schedule, receiving no sick pay, working more than one job to make ends meet, and making less than a living wage for all of that.

The Precarious Work Group of Peace and Justice Grey Bruce formed to look into the effect this kind of employment was having on their neighbours. Their final report released this week , paints a grim picture of the work life of many local residents. who are themselves a reflection of a bigger reality.

It is not news.

anne-budget-regBy Anne Finlay-Stewart

Let's make this personal. If you have an average house and pay the average Owen Sound property taxes of $3,100, about $1,250 will go towards the budgets of Grey County and one of the local school boards.

You will contribute approximately $1,850 toward the expenses of the City of Owen Sound.

The half of that which supports the fire and police departments, most of it to pay the salaries and benefits of front-line service providers and support staff, was the focus of attention as the budget process continued.

dc-regBy Anne Finlay-Stewart

Facebook should come with a warning similar to your car mirror's: "Subjects in your newsfeed may not be as simple as they appear."

On December 18, the City of Owen Sound held a meeting about development charges (DCs) to give developers and the public a chance to hear from Gary Scandlan of Watson and Associates, the consultant who is advising the city, and to ask questions about this complex subject.

There were useful charts, hand-outs, and a clear presentation that has been on the city's website for the past two weeks, along with the 180-page background study, for public consideration.

tamming-regBy John Tamming

I learned that my nation was under attack while in Italy last week.

After waking up from a night idled away with way too much Chianti, I found myself being told by Wolf Blitzer, red-faced and breathlessly (his only apparent means of communication) that my county would never be the same again. Through the afterglow of a Tuscan evening well spent, I tried to piece out what this meant. Saskatchewan no longer bordering Manitoba, maple sap no longer running, ice rinks turned to mush.

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