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pencil-fullIs everything you see, read and hear in the news 'true'? Does the news simply 'reflect' the world as it is? Or is our 'view' of the world shaped by it? Does it matter? In a special lecture entitled "Is Perspective Everything? News, Bias, Reality – From Telegraph to Twitter", Dr. Herbert Pimlott addresses these questions as he explores a relationship that has been at the core of how our society works: the relationship between journalism and democracy.

Owen-sound-entrance-sign-featBy Jon Farmer
A couple of weeks ago, when our city's name could be found in news articles around the world, I asked my Owen Sound friends a question over Facebook. I wanted to know why we leave, stay, and come back to our city. The responses were typical of small towns across Canada. We leave for education and work. We stay away when the work and lifestyles we aspire to can only be found in different places. We come back for love of people and place. As much as Owen Sound's latest tag line -- "where you want to live" -- has been ridiculed, there's truth in it but we need to ask why exactly that is before we can spread the word...

babyteeth-featureThe importance of early and regular visits to the dentist is the message for Oral Health Month this April. It is a misconception that children don't need to see a dentist until they have all their teeth, or are getting ready to go to school. By the time there is a problem, such as a cavity or toothache, it is too late.
Good oral health starts at birth. Cleaning of children's gums should begin before they develop their first tooth. Once teeth start to appear, brushing at least twice a day with a soft wet toothbrush should be routine.
In Grey Bruce, only half of mothers clean their baby's teeth and gums daily and a quarter of mothers NEVER clean their baby's mouth at all. Lack of oral care can lead to cavities, gum disease and early tooth loss, which can affect speech and language and healthy child development.
Just over 10 per cent of preschool children in Grey Bruce have cavities. Our goal is to reduce this number by educating and promoting First Visit by First Birthday.
For more information, call Public Health at 519-376-9420 or 1-800-263-3456, or visit us on Facebook.
Source: Public Health media release

Cathy-Hird-Passover-FeatBy Cathy Hird
The Jewish celebration of Passover begins this Friday at sunset. Back when I lived in Montreal, I had a friend who always included me in the first seder of Passover. Usually there was one other gentile and the Jewish family who lived upstairs at the meal. In those days, I was studying Hebrew and could read the Haggadah, the prayers and liturgies of remembrance, though I needed the translation to understand it.

Bluewaterskills-featIt was a practical exercise in career-related experiential learning for local students at the area's signature skilled trades event of the year. Georgian College, Owen Sound Collegiate & Vocational Institute and St. Mary's High School in Owen Sound were competition sites for the 11th annual Regional Technological Skills Challenge on Friday, March 27th, which included the participation of 87 Bluewater and Bruce-Grey Catholic District School Board secondary students enrolled in technological education courses. Coordinated once again by the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program, there were eight diverse categories that students could test their skills in, ranging from Carpentry and Welding to Culinary and Hairstyling. Local industry judges evaluated the competitors according to industry standards. The day also included tours of the various competition sites for local businesses and industries, while teachers and coaches visited Caframo Limited in Georgian Bluffs and Transcontinental RBW Graphics in Owen Sound to hear firsthand from local industries about some of the current realities and opportunities for students in the skilled trades.

Here are the results for this year's challenge.

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