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Students compete in GIS Day contest using StoryMaps

Students across Grey and Bruce counties recently competed in a map-making competition using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to help solve local queries and showcase the area’s tourism hot spots. GIS is a scientific framework for gathering, analyzing and visualizing geographic data, often used to help make decisions. Such  systems are used every day by mobile […]

City chips in $25k for extended homeless drop-in centre winter hours

City council on Monday agreed to take $25,000 from an anticipated 2022 budget surplus and give it to Safe ‘n Sound, a homeless drop-in centre on 8th Street East in Owen Sound, to extend its winter hours from Nov. 14 through next March. Grey County is responsible for providing affordable, temporary and emergency housing for […]

Grey County efforts to spur rental housing hit snag

Grey County council’s conditional development charge deferral program, which is intended to encourage rental and other priority housing construction, has unintentionally discouraged Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation financing, the only lender to raise this concern. On Thursday county council approved staff recommendations they hope would avoid that outcome, while staff continue to examine implications of […]

County seeks treasurers’ help to publicize tax increase relief program

Grey County staff will nudge municipal treasurers to better publicize a little-used tax-relief program for low-income seniors and disabled people. There have been just four qualifying applications to the program created last year, which rebates county, lower-tier municipal and education property tax increases up to $500. Total tax relief granted to date is $146.71 — […]

Homeless situation in Grey County has become ‘more dire’

The majority of people identified as homeless in Grey County are local, contrary to some misconceptions, the county’s community services director said Thursday. Anne Marie Shaw confirmed the origin of homeless people in the county in an answer to a question from Owen Sound Deputy Mayor Brian O’Leary at county council Thursday. O’Leary wondered if […]

McQueen returns for third term as Grey Highlands mayor

Paul McQueen is back for another term as the mayor of Grey Highlands. McQueen easily won a three-person race for the mayor’s seat by garnering 2,346 votes to beat out former councillor Danielle Valiquette’s 969 votes and Don Alp’s 265. Incumbent councillor Dane Neilsen replaces Aakash Desai as the municipality’s deputy mayor while Paul Allen […]

Matrosovs wins four-person race for Blue Mountains mayor

Andrea Matrosovs won a four-person race for The Blue Mountains mayor’s chair Monday night. Matrosovs garnered just over 38 per cent of the vote with 1,564 ballots cast. Tony Poole finished as the runner-up with 1,084 votes while Joe Halos’ 783 votes and Elizabeth Marshall’s 620 rounded out the race. “It’s starting to sink in […]

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