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Bruce County must help builders develop more affordable homes: warden

Bruce County Warden Chris Peabody has some ideas of how to tackle the lack of housing that people can afford. A recent study of the housing affordability and supply gap in Bruce County uses census numbers to illustrate the widely known problem residents and county policymakers are facing. “Housing in Bruce County, particularly along the […]

Grey County councillors inspect new Rockwood Terrace project plans

West Grey Mayor Paul McQueen questioned consultants designing the new Rockwood Terrace long-term care/assisted living home in conjunction with county staff about how pandemic-resistant will it be. One of the most difficult things during the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic was when home residents couldn’t visit with their families, he said. Would the new home […]

Owen Sound lawyer bows out after 45 years

Doug Grace closed his Owen Sound law practice on Dec. 31 after a 45-year legal career. He’s a former federal prosecutor and president of the Grey County Criminal Lawyers’ Association. His was a general law practice, with his share of high-profile local criminal defence cases, plus real estate, corporate and commercial, civil work. He said […]

Grey declares significant weather event due to freezing rain forecast

Grey County has declared a “significant weather event” due to freezing rain in the forecast which could make roads slippery. The declaration isn’t notice of a reduced level of service or a road closure, the county said in a news release. It’s to advise caution when travelling on roads maintained by Grey County. “It may […]

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 — […]

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