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Jessica Owen

Jessica Owen

Jessica Owen is regional reporter for Village Media, primarily covering County of Simcoe 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 and acted as assistant regional editor for the Barrie Examiner, Orillia Packet & Times, The Enterprise-Bulletin, the Innisfil Examiner and the Bradford Times until their closures in November of 2017.
Owen started writing for Village Media in February 2018, coming on full time in May of the same year.

Email
jessica@villagemedia.ca

Recent Work by Jessica

Librarian turns page as new chair of Elephant Thoughts board

Librarian turns page as new chair of Elephant Thoughts board

People of Collingwood: Mike Ready, librarian and new board chair with Elephant Thoughts
From English to Urdu, languages spoken at home vary across Simcoe County

From English to Urdu, languages spoken at home vary across Simcoe County

More data was released this week from the Simcoe County District School Board student census shows which languages are spoken most at home in different areas of the region
The Victoria Annex: Past, present and future <b>(7 photos)</b>

The Victoria Annex: Past, present and future (7 photos)

Owner of site prepping for shovels in the ground while awaiting end of town's development moratorium
Ontario Land Tribunal appeals for Collingwood projects triple in 2021: report

Ontario Land Tribunal appeals for Collingwood projects triple in 2021: report

Committee considers new procedure for reporting OLT appeals to councillors and the public which aims to bring more transparency to the process
County council votes to fast-track power-lift purchase for paramedics

County council votes to fast-track power-lift purchase for paramedics

An additional $717,000 will be spent on procuring a second device this year, which adds to $703,000 already approved for one device as part of the 2022 budget
Town staff absenteeism creeping up due to COVID-19

Town staff absenteeism creeping up due to COVID-19

‘Our ability to maintain service levels ... may be impacted if we see higher confirmed/assumed cases in our staff,’ says Collingwood’s executive director of customer and corporate services
Sewage spill on Christmas Eve the result of wipes and rags clogging pipes: town official

Sewage spill on Christmas Eve the result of wipes and rags clogging pipes: town official

‘It seems to me that our residents could play a role in assuring that this kind of event doesn’t happen again,’ says Collingwood councillor
Mayor wants to revoke former CAO's Order of Collingwood

Mayor wants to revoke former CAO's Order of Collingwood

Ed Houghton served as CEO of Collus Powerstream, as director of public works and CAO of the Town of Collingwood at different points during the events investigated by the Collingwood Judicial Inquiry
2021 marked ‘busiest year so far’ for fire and bylaw: Collingwood fire chief

2021 marked ‘busiest year so far’ for fire and bylaw: Collingwood fire chief

‘It’s a steady increase, but it’s not attributable to any one factor; There’s more people in town,’ says Chief Ross Parr
Elephant Thoughts taking big steps forward this year

Elephant Thoughts taking big steps forward this year

Board chair Deb Keep will be stepping back, while the Collingwood non-profit acquires two new properties and sees their operations expand throughout pandemic