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Owen Sound-Port Elgin earn spot on ‘growth cities’ list

The Owen Sound-Port Elgin area has earned a spot on a list of the Top 25 growth cities in Canada. The list, which puts the local area at Number 9, is based on a “U-Haul Growth Index,” which records the net gain of one-way U-Haul moving trucks arriving in a city, versus departing, within a […]

17 Grey-Bruce residents in hospital with COVID-19 Sunday

The number of Grey-Bruce residents in hospital with a confirmed case of COVID-19 rose over the weekend from 14 Friday to 17 Sunday. Fourteen of those patients are hospitalized in Grey-Bruce, while three are in hospital outside of the region, according to the Grey Bruce Health Unit’s daily situation report for Sunday. All local cases […]

Collingwood man charged with first-degree murder

Police have charged a 54-year-old Collingwood resident with first-degree murder after a man was found dead inside of a home in the town Friday morning. Officers with the Collingwood-Blue Mountains OPP were called to a residence on Hurontario Street in Collingwood at about 8:20 a.m. They found a deceased adult male inside and an individual […]

Wiarton-area woman says cold water swimming ‘changed my life’

As temperatures dipped below -25 C with the wind chill Saturday morning, 76-year-old Joan Barton stripped down to her “skivvies” and plunged into the near-freezing waters of Colpoys Bay. The spirited South Bruce Peninsula woman swam in the frigid deep-blue water for exactly three minutes — one minute for each degree of water temperature — […]

Safe ‘n Sound open to those needing to escape the cold

With temperatures in Owen Sound forecasted to hit -30 C with the windchill this weekend, the city has partnered with Safe ‘n Sound to extend its hours for those looking to shelter from the cold. Due to COVID-19 restrictions currently in place, city facilities that have served as warming stations during cold temperatures in the […]

Drinking Water News Roundup: Toxic algae blooms in Indiana, First Nations $8B settlement, Wisconsin lead pipe replacement funding

Drinking Water News Roundup: Toxic algae blooms in Indiana, First Nations $8B settlement, Wisconsin lead pipe replacement funding

From lead pipes to PFAS, drinking water contamination is a major issue plaguing cities and towns all around the Great Lakes. Cleaning up contaminants and providing safe water to everyone is an ongoing public health struggle. 

Keep up with drinking water-related developments in the Great Lakes area. 

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  • More blue-green algae could drive up drinking water bills in Indiana’s larger cities —WFYI Indianapolis 

The increasingly warm air and heavy rain showers have caused a rise in toxic algae blooms, which has led to fish sickness, beach closures, and drinking water pollution.

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Locally based novel combines fiction with memories

Pete Tiernan has been vacationing at Bruce Beach since he was four years old in 1963. His experiences over the years inspired a long-thought-out novel that became reality a little over a year ago. He was inspired to write the novel 25 years ago and came back to it during the pandemic. “My parents and […]

Christmas bird counts two new species

Kincardine’s 41st CBC was held on Thursday Dec.16 2021. Unfortunately a one day wind event hampered searchers efforts. Luckily mild temperatures and lack of snow made all secondary roads passable and still water was not frozen. The 56 species found is average but the total number of birds counted was way low. Our group didn’t […]

Hospital Auxiliary new print

The new print at Sobeys is entitled “Loon Dance” by Canadian artist Cecil H. Ivey who was raised in Wiarton, Ontario. This print of two loons is painted using a time honoured tradition in the spirit of the Woodland School of Art . Ivey’s palette tends to be muted with a trademark “white space” incorporated […]

Township of Huron-Kinloss municipal office closed to the public

The Township of Huron-Kinloss continues to keep public safety as top priority during the unique circumstances surrounding COVID-19. Due to the staff shortages, the Municipal Office at, 21 Queen Street in Ripley will be closed to the public until further notice. Staff will be available by appointment; however, some services may be impacted by staff […]

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