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BWalker-headshot-featureDear Editor:

Today was a sweet victory for local residents and our region.

The federal and provincial governments have given Georgian College $4 million to create a center dedicated to Marine Emergency Training (MED), which was in addition to the $2 million from the County of Grey. And with that, in a little over one year, Owen Sound will be home to central Canada's only Marine Centre of Excellence.

This new facility will deliver and provide critical emergency training in firefighting, first-aid and survival training for cadets and existing mariners, which will enhance the existing and world-renowned simulator program.

I'm very pleased that I was able to work with Economic Development Minister Brad Duguid and his staff and appreciate that they, along with MP Larry Miller and the federal government, and locally with Grey County council, saw the Owen Sound campus of Georgian College as the right choice for this significant infrastructure project because of its track record and expertise and experience in running this program.

In addition to creating new knowledge and research activities...

mother-with-missing-mothers-featDear Editor

Since Mr. Miller has declared he won't be attending the all-candidates debate, I would like to take this opportunity to ask him a few pointed questions about his government's priorities.

Harper has declared his government as "tough on crime" and the mere hint of a terrorist threat is reacted to swiftly with legislation and money. But a far bigger threat than terrorism exists for our women and girls. Thirty percent of women in Canada will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime, most before the age of 25. And if you're aboriginal, those rates climb, and the assaults are more violent and more often. Yet one of the first items of business the Harper government undertook in 2006 was to close 12 of the 16 regional offices for the Status of Women in Canada, and then removed their funding for advocacy work.

And if you're an indigenous women, you don't even make the radar. When pressed for an inquiry into the missing and murdered indigenous women of this country, he stated...

flagparliament-featureDear Editor,
Last evening over one hundred people gathered at the public library for an event on proportional representation. Peace and Justice Grey Bruce and Fair Vote Canada co sponsored this opportunity to speak to all four political parties on this subject. The Green Party, Liberals and NDP were all there to speak and answer questions. The conservative MP sent his regrets, but was in fact in Ottawa , sitting in the House. I am a Canadian, deeply in love with my country , worried sick that it is disintegrating into some kind of unrecognizable distortion of the just society it once was, controlled by profit driven corporations and the wealthy few who hold all the power. Most Canadians I speak to feel helpless and hopeless to reverse this alarming situation because their vote doesn't count, and nothing changes. Here's the great news:

LarryMiller-regDear Editor,
In 1995, the former Liberal Government brought in the misguided long-gun registry. For 16 long years, myself and other law-abiding gun owners from across the country fought to get rid of that useless registry. Finally, in 2012, our Government got rid of it.
However, the Liberals are at it again, continuing their attempt to criminalize law-abiding hunters, farmers, sport-shooters, and gun owners in Canada.
Liberal Senator Celine Hervieux-Payette recently introduced a bill that she herself states will: "overhaul the current firearms program by prohibiting all firearms in Canada except hunting firearms". The bill creates new classes of firearms and would prohibit all firearms in Canada that do not fall within the 'hunting firearms' class.


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