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smoke-regThe Grey Bruce Health Unit congratulates Grey County on the adoption of a by-law to regulate smoking in or near municipal property. This by-law will prohibit smoking within a nine metre (29.53 feet) radius of any entrance or exit of both county and lower tier municipal buildings in Grey County. The by-law will be enforced by Grey Bruce Health Unit staff and municipal law enforcement. Grey County and the Grey Bruce Health Unit will deliver a promotional strategy over the next two months to educate the public on the new by-law. During this educational phase, any violations of the by-law will result in warnings. Starting January 1, 2015, violations of the by-law may result in a fine of $250 per offence.

ostourism-regOwen Sound – The City's Visitor Information Centre is seeing a marked increase in tourism during the "shoulder" seasons of spring and fall, giving the sector a much-needed boost beyond the traditionally busy summer months.

About 7,000 people visited the Information Centre between May and September, an increase of 16 per cent over the same period last year. The greatest increases were seen in May (up 42 per cent), June (up 50 per cent), and September (up 28 per cent). Visitation during those months almost equaled the mid-summer period.

"The tourism sector is fast becoming a key economic driver with the growing shoulder season and the broad range of activities and experiences now available in the City," said Steve Furness, Manager of Economic Development and Tourism for Owen Sound.

OS-Policesept-regStolen Motor Vehicle from Downtown Owen Sound

A downtown employee parked her vehicle around 9:00 a.m. on October 28th, 2014 in the parking lot situated at 945 3rd Avenue East, Owen Sound. When this employee went to get in her vehicle to go for lunch, it was nowhere to be found.

With both sets of keys still in the victim's possession it appears that the culprit(s) must have had the knowledge on how to hardwire a vehicle to start it. We therefore can suspect that the steering column and ignition will have been damaged to accomplish this.

ebola-regQUEEN'S PARK – The price of implementing the new Ebola protocols at Ontario's 155 hospitals may likely run into hundreds of thousands of dollars, warns Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound MPP Bill Walker. For this reason, the MPP sought assurance from the Health Minister during today's Question period that the Ministry would fully reimburse the health care community for any costs associated with the new Ebola protocols.

"These new Ebola directives will come with costs that need to be absorbed by the existing capped funding folders," Walker said. "With the Liberal government's spiraling deficit and a healthcare budget that is already strapped to the max, I worry how the government will pay for Ebola emergency management in Ontario, without impacting existing services."

Minister Hoskins said he has tasked the health care community with tracking all these costs, and added that and they would be reimbursed at a "later date."

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