Mandated masking and vaccinations are out. Sports and clubs are in, as are regular school days and some exams as Ontario school boards navigate the next phase of the COVID-19 pandemic. At the start of the fourth school year affected by the pandemic, London-area school boards say they hope for a normal year as their combined 106,000 students return to class Wednesday, a day later than normal because of a professional development day for staff on Tuesday. But facing a surge in student numbers, a teacher crunch, the potential for bargaining strife as contracts end and the prospect of another COVID variant, whether schools can get back to some form of normality remains far from certain, Heather Rivers reports. Read More
Free Press reporters and photographers are monitoring the 14 ward races and the mayoral battle in London, and our Postmedia colleagues are in communities from Chatham to Woodstock.
The Grey Bruce Health Unit hopes someone will help locate the owner of a dog involved in a biting incident that occurred in Sauble Beach on Sunday, June 12.
The Tom Thomson Art Gallery in Owen Sound is launching three new exhibitions in celebration of its 55th anniversary this summer. On Tom Thomson’s 145th birthday – August 5 – the art gallery is hosting a signature evening reception. “For more than 55 years, the art gallery has brought us inspiring exhibitions featuring regional and […]
A new partnership between a national construction company and two area First Nations will bring more jobs and improved infrastructure to both communities. Deshkan Ziibiing, also known as Chippewas of the Thames First Nation, and Aamjiwnaang First Nation have teamed up with Aecon Group Inc. to launch a joint venture to pursue utility construction projects, […]
Holding his 10-month-old grandson, Shmuel Farhi said investment in children is an investment in our future. The London businessperson, founder of Farhi Holdings Corp., backed up his words Thursday with a $750,000 donation from his company to the London Children’s Museum. “The Children’s Museum is all about children, it’s about our future,” Farhi told a […]
Owen Sound and Georgian Bluffs have held a first meeting about possibly sharing services in the wake of Georgian Bluffs looking for a solution to concerns about its Pottawatomi water system. Owen Sound Mayor Ian Boddy reported during Monday’s council meeting that he and city manager Tim Simmonds had met with Georgian Bluffs Mayor Sue […]