erase-regularBy Anne Finlay-Stewart

The inaugural day of the 2014 Owen Sound city council may be the last day for the city's public bus terminal.

If the routes proposed by transit consultant Steer Davies Gleave (SDG) to "help balance running times and improve schedule reliability" are approved by council at its special meeting Thursday, July 24, a new common transfer point will be required on 3rd Avenue East, between 8th and 9th Street.

City staff have prepared a timeline to have the new bus pull-in and shelter operational to begin the new routes by December 1 this year. If those plans are approved and met, the downtown bus terminal will be empty and locked for the second time in the past year.


By Michael Den Tandt

Former Owen Sound mayor and current mayoral candidate Ruth Lovell Stanners, who is seeking to regain the city's top political job after having narrowly lost it in the last election to incumbent Deborah Haswell, is calling foul over a new directive from City Hall requiring that any candidates' questions to city staff be routed through the city manager, and shared with other candidates.

stanners-featureOwen Sound: Ruth Lovell Stanners announced her intent to register and run for the position of Mayor of Owen Sound in October's municipal election. Having served previously as Mayor for two terms, she cited her relentless passion and commitment to the City as motivating factors in deciding to stand for election again.

"Over the past four years I have continued to stay active in making Owen Sound a better place to live, building on the same principles I brought to my role as Mayor," said Lovell Stanners. "I have always acted according to the belief that we are a better community when we work respectfully with each other and are responsive to our changing needs. I am running for Mayor because Owen Sound has my attention and I think together we need do better, and we need do more."


By Michael Den Tandt

A public art project to beautify parts of Owen Sound's downtown with original painted murals - launched successfully last summer - has hit a snag, due to a disagreement between organizers and the city.


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