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volunteerThe City of Owen Sound is seeking nominations from community groups, and organizations for individuals who have made a significant volunteer contribution and are worthy of recognition.

The Community Services Committee will review the Volunteer of the Year and Senior of the Year nominations and recommend to Council candidates in our community who have contributed significantly to the quality of life of Owen Sound. The successful candidate(s) will be recognized at a City Council meeting in the Spring. Nomination criteria and application forms are available as at City Hall or may be found online

Deadline for submission is Friday, March 4, 2016.

nolanThe City presented the seventh annual Owen Sound Cultural Awards today at a ceremony held at the Harry Lumley Bayshore Community Centre. Eight awards were handed out to recipients ranging in age from 17 to 83. Near the end of the ceremony, the audience stood and cheered as music and broadcasting legend Alfie Fromager received the Lifetime Achievement Award.

The youngest recipient was musician and band leader Nolan Murphy, who received the Emerging Artist Award, the only award that includes a $500 cash prize. Nolan is deputy bandmaster and assistant conductor

freezingThe City of Owen Sound reminds residents that certain municipal buildings are open during this chilly long weekend.

With the anticipated low temperatures, people are encouraged to seek shelter and stay warm. Also, please remember to check on neighbours to ensure they are safe.

The following municipal buildings are open to the public:

erichoskinsDr. Eric Hoskins

Minister of Health and Long-Term Care

Over the past decade, Ontario's health care system has improved significantly. Together, we have reduced wait times for surgery, increased the number of Ontarians who have a primary health care provider and expanded services for Ontarians at home and in their communities. There are, however, a number of areas where we need to do more.
Too often, health care services can be fragmented, uncoordinated and unevenly distributed across the province. For patients, that means they may have difficulty navigating the system or that not all Ontarians have equitable access to services. Too often our system is not delivering the right kind of care to patients who need it most.

The next phase of our plan to put patients first is to address structural issues that create inequities. We propose to truly integrate the health care system so that it provides the care patients need no matter where

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