children-featureChild support delinquency puts a strain on both children and their families.

On Tuesday May 19th at 6:30pm HER Grey Bruce will present their 'Get to Know FRO' information night for parents who are recipients of child support through the Ontario Family Responsibility Office (FRO) or are considering registering, and those who work with them.
The event at St. George's Church Hall at 4th Ave. East and 11th St. will launch an informational resource called 'Get to Know FRO,' available online, to assist recipient parents registered with FRO in navigating the system and understanding their rights.

The 'Get to Know FRO' project also includes a survey for all parents in Ontario in receipt of child support through the FRO system, the results of which will be shared with Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound MPP Bill Walker and the Ontario government to inform constructive change in the system to benefit the parents and children who rely on child support.

Walker, who also serves as the PC Critic for Community and Social Services, will open the May 19th event with his comments on the state of the FRO. In October 2014, Walker's office confirmed that as much as $2.1 billion continues to go uncollected by the FRO, while as many as 80% of child support cases in Ontario are non-compliant.

Tracy Henderson, Family Support Worker at the County of Grey, will speak to attendees on the challenges facing local parents who are trying to ensure collection of their child support through the FRO.
For further information about the event including registering for childcare,check HER Grey-Bruce or contact [email protected] or (519) 376-6475.

Cathy-Hird-tulipsBy Cathy Hird
Creation is in a hurry. One day last week, the tulip buds had barely formed when I went in for lunch. After the meal, there were ten brilliant red flowers near the tool-shed with rose coloured ones beside the lilacs. An hour later, there were yellow and red ones by the house.

It wasn't just tulips. When I walked down the hill to weed part of the garden, I saw dandelion leaves. When I came back to the house, fourteen were in flower. Until that day the only colour came from the daffodils, bright yellow trumpets, a double white one, and some with pale rose trumpets and white petals. Suddenly, there was colour everywhere.

foodswap-featureOwen Sound's first food swap will be held Sunday, May 24 at the Owen Sound Farmers' Market.

In essence, a food swap is a free community event where participants bring homemade, homegrown or foraged foods - things like rhubarb, jam, lettuce, granola, bread, or pickles- and swap their goods with other participants. Everyone is guaranteed to leave with a bounty of delicious foods to try and perhaps make new, like-minded foodie friends, too. 

One of the organizers, Melissa Monk, explained her enthusiasm, “Food swaps have been gaining in popularity for a few years, spurred on by media like this New York Times article and have become a bit of a mainstay in the urban eat-local scene. The entire concept seemed like a great fit for our town.”

The first event is going to be held at the Owen Sound Farmers' Market on Sunday, May 24th from 1-3 PM.

More information is on the website or Facebook page and people can sign up for the event for free here.

newborn-featureby Jon Farmer

It's easy to be cynical when glossy greeting cards and slick ads make holidays seem like superficial excuses to spend money. But as much as consumerism strips the spirit of a holiday it's important to remember why we celebrate, especially on Mother's Day. We all literally owe our lives to our mothers but the commercial expectations of a North American Mother's Day can taint authentic gratitude. As we celebrate mothers and motherhood today, let a small dose of perspective be a suitable antidote.

Mothers are incredible. They carry developing fetuses for 40 weeks, then give birth to babies and nurture them. The mother's hormonal shifts and physical changes to her accommodate the pregnancy and culminate in a birth that requires a baby to exit its mother's body – one way or another. Our mothers literally bleed to bring us into the world.

Language is important here. Saying that a mother 'gives' birth should remind us that a child has received something through the process: life. Every other gift we ever receive is a bonus on top of that first one. But as a culture we take birth for granted. Readily accessible and capable healthcare, caricatured portrayals of birth in popular culture, and polite avoidance of health-related topics in every day conversations make birth seem normal and simple.Enough of that. Today we express gratitude because the price of motherhood is high and too many women around the world die just becoming mothers.


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