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BWalker-headshot-regularResidents in Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound will see repairs to critical infrastructure thanks to a joint funding announcement from the governments of Ontario and Canada.

The new Small Communities Fund is open to all communities with a population under 100,000 people.

Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound MPP, who is attending the annual Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) conference in Niagara Falls this week, welcomed the news that sees the provincial and federal government working together to support the growth of our region.

"I'm hearing a common theme from mayors and councillors at AMO that our communities have been shortchanged by the province for years," Walker said. "Today's announcement is good news – it's one type of investment rural Ontario needs to turn things around and help to attract new business and jobs to the region, and I encourage all local governments to submit their application as soon as possible.‎"

More than $500 million is up for grabs under the new Small Communities Fund funded by the federal and provincial governments.

OSPS-featSource: Media Release

The third suspect in the August 10th arson spree in Owen Sound has been arrested.

Yesterday an arrest warrant was issued for 26 year old Donald "Donny" Kelly WILSON, for 17 counts of Arson – Disregard for Human Life, 6 counts of Arson to Property, 1 count of Break and Enter.

Members of the Owen Sound Police Criminal Investigation Branch, along with the assistance of Bruce Peninsula O.P.P., arrested Wilson at approximately 10:00 a.m. this morning at a property in ...

Beth-Ezekiel03-featby Kelly Babcock

Recent reports have identified Beth Ezekiel Synagogue as one of the “targets of opportunity” in Monday night's arson spree allegedly perpetrated by three now known persons.

But in a weird twist of fate, as sometimes happens, this target was a failure for the arsonists in two ways.

First, their attempt to start a bush on fire at the historic synagogue failed, extinguishing itself before any damage to real property could be affected.

And secondly, due to a grant from SIIP (Security Infrastructure Improvement Program) that was given to improve security for groups that may be targeted by hate crimes, police ended up with some video that may have been instrumental in identifying those arrested for the crime and the one still being sought.

*** update: Donald Wilson arrested as of 10AM, Thursday, August 13th

Positively identified and still at large with a warrant out for his arrest is ...

OS-Police-map-target-featSource: Media Release

The Owen Sound Police Service has identified a third suspect responsible for the spree of arsons on August 10th, 2015.

An arrest warrant has been obtained for the arrest of an Owen Sound male. Twenty-six year old Donald "Donny" Kelly WILSON is wanted for 17 counts of Arson – Disregard for Human Life, 6 counts of Arson to Property, 1 count of Break and Enter.

Investigators are following up on information that WILSON may have fled Owen Sound to the Wiarton or Bruce Peninsula area.

Donald WILSON is described as: a 26 year old Caucasian male, 5'11" tall, 160 lbs, thin build, with brown medium length hair, hazel eyes.

Anyone who knows the whereabouts of Donald WILSON is asked to immediately contact police in their jurisdiction.

During the investigation two additional unreported locations have been identified as targets of arson. A residential porch in the 1000 block of 3rd Avenue East and a shrub on a property at 11th Street ...

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