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Jessica Owen

Jessica Owen

Jessica Owen is regional reporter for Village Media, primarily covering Simcoe County matters, education, Collingwood and Barrie matters.
She has made newsroom stops at the Voice of Pelham, the Niagara Falls Review and the Brockville Recorder & Times fulfilling multiple roles including reporter, editor, photographer and designer, settling in Simcoe County as multimedia editor of the Barrie Examiner in August 2014.
She quickly moved up to assistant regional editor two years later to oversee the five community newspapers Postmedia owned in the region, including the Orillia Packet & Times, The Enterprise-Bulletin, the Innisfil Examiner and the Bradford Times until their closure in November of 2017.
Owen started freelancing for Village Media in February 2018, coming on full time in May of the same year.

Recent Work by Jessica

York Region residents, business owners express grief, despair over ‘nightmare’ COVID-19 restrictions

York Region residents, business owners express grief, despair over ‘nightmare’ COVID-19 restrictions

Councillors heard deputations during April 22 meeting calling for them to give up their salaries; current lockdown called ‘communism’
‘I feel like we’re being screwed over’: Collingwood salon told to pay back $11K in rent relief

‘I feel like we’re being screwed over’: Collingwood salon told to pay back $11K in rent relief

Salon owner claims Canada Revenue Agency through her MP has informed her she received rent relief money in error and now must repay it while the shop remains closed due to COVID-19 shutdown
Holland Landing among 3 new hot spots added to York Region's vaccination priorities

Holland Landing among 3 new hot spots added to York Region's vaccination priorities

‘We have used some of our own local data, which has pointed out there are some local areas that are more deserving than the ministry’s hot spots,” says medical officer of health
Holland Landing among 3 new hot spots added to York Region's vaccination priorities

Holland Landing among 3 new hot spots added to York Region's vaccination priorities

‘We have used some of our own local data, which has pointed out there are some local areas that are more deserving than the ministry’s hot spots,” says medical officer of health
‘I feel like we’re being screwed over’: Salon told to pay back $11K in rent relief

‘I feel like we’re being screwed over’: Salon told to pay back $11K in rent relief

'No government – I don’t care who it is – should be able to pick and choose winners,' says MP of federal Liberals' policy
‘I feel like we’re being screwed over’: Collingwood salon told to pay back $11K in rent relief

‘I feel like we’re being screwed over’: Collingwood salon told to pay back $11K in rent relief

Salon owner claims Canada Revenue Agency through her MP has informed her she received rent relief money in error and now must repay it while the shop remains closed due to COVID-19 shutdown
Dinner for two comes with a side of charitable giving

Dinner for two comes with a side of charitable giving

Fundraiser to take place May 13; money will support bringing a new pediatric program to CGMH
Mulock Park project to come with $40M price tag

Mulock Park project to come with $40M price tag

Capital and annual operating costs will be paid for through development charges and assessment growth from new homes, says Newmarket mayor
More parking coming to Newmarket’s downtown

More parking coming to Newmarket’s downtown

There will be more parking on the north side of D’Arcy Street, as well as spaces added on Main Street
Rainbow crosswalk and art installation a ‘huge step’ for Collingwood’s LGBTQ community

Rainbow crosswalk and art installation a ‘huge step’ for Collingwood’s LGBTQ community

Preparation for 2021 Collingwood Pride underway by Rainbow Club of South Georgian Bay