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Georgiansign-featureStudents who will miss Georgian College Orientation, which takes place at all campuses on Tuesday, Sept. 8, can become acquainted with the college at Get Connected, a pre-Orientation event. The session on Thursday, Aug. 20 from 9 until 3 will allow students to get a feel for the campus ahead of the first day of classes.
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Owen Sound, Ontario – Monday, August 17, 2015 - The City of Owen Sound reminds the public that City Hall, the Library, the Bayshore Community Centre, the Tom Thomson Art Gallery, and the Julie McArthur Regional Recreation Centre are open during regular business hours. These locations provide good opportunities to get out of the heat and cool down.
If you like to be outdoors and have some fun while staying cool, the following are ...

OS-Fire-featby Kelly Babcock, Hub Staff

A quiet little city in Southwestern Ontario, Owen Sound may appear to the outside world to be a collection of dissimilar purposes held together by geography and good intentions. Is it a tourist destination? An industrial town? A retirement community? An arts enclave? A cultural centre?

Owen Sound is all of those things, and more. But on Monday morning, while the smoke of those recent fires continued to pile up into the sky of a new and terrible day, Owen Sound again showed what it really is. One solid community.

By 5AM the mayor was up and on the ground assisting stalwart firefighters. Police too were on scene, working hard to extinguish the potential for more damage just as surely as the firefighters were working hard to extinguish the blazes of 15 households.

Commuters waited patiently in streets already overcrowded from construction elsewhere, that now were made more congested by the closing of streets for emergency crews to work as they exhausted themselves in the containing and dousing of the conflagrations.

By the next day, Tuesday, the first sounds of a benefit event being planned were heard, with more to follow. How could one benefit possibly be enough, our city seemed to sense without discussion that more would be needed. By Friday the first ...

Cathy-Hird-fire-featPictures of burning houses in Owen Sound seemed surreal. The images of destruction brought pain and anger. News reports said everyone escaped and that injuries were minor, so there was momentary relief. Then, the number of fire sites grew, and the fear of arson brought emotions that were deeply dislocating.

For those who watched flames consume their homes, pain and worry burned into their hearts and spirits. Those whose homes were destroyed were adrift: they did not know where they would sleep that night, where they would live. For the neighbours evacuated as a precaution, there was a mix of worry and hope.

Families lost everything, large and small. The photos and mementos that help a person to trace the story of their lives were gone for good. And for those who lived at the edge of their means, especially those with no insurance, each step forward was going to be hard work.

Community social services immediately rallied. Counsellors came to talk. Housing and support services got to work.

At the fires, Owen Sound Fire Services called in in the volunteers of Inter-township and Chatsworth. They fought hard to keep the blazes from spreading. Emergency Medical Services and Owen Sound Police were also ...

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