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Jessica Owen

Jessica Owen

Jessica Owen is an experienced journalist working for Village Media since 2018, primarily covering Collingwood, County of Simcoe and education.

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Recent Work by Jessica

7-year wait for families on Simcoe County housing list: report

7-year wait for families on Simcoe County housing list: report

As of Dec. 31, County of Simcoe's rent-geared-to-income wait list sits at 4,664 households, while only 2,772 total units exist
School board amends school-naming policy to avoid namesakes

School board amends school-naming policy to avoid namesakes

Though naming future schools after individuals is 'not off the table,' board will focus on names that are 'symbolic, inclusive, and easily related to numerous ethno-cultural groups'
Rate hike for school space rental fees coming this fall

Rate hike for school space rental fees coming this fall

Simcoe County District School Board trustees told rental fees for community spaces such as gymnasiums will double or, in some cases, triple
Work continuing to bring multicultural centre to Simcoe County

Work continuing to bring multicultural centre to Simcoe County

County, Ethnic Mosaic Alliance to partner on grant application for feasibility study; ‘We need to make them feel welcome,’ says group president
A year later, admissions remain halted at county-run facility

A year later, admissions remain halted at county-run facility

While some families sit on admission wait list, 37 beds currently sit empty; ‘Morale is horrible,’ says Sunset Manor staffer
Public school board plans for $654M operating budget in 2022/23

Public school board plans for $654M operating budget in 2022/23

Budget ‘pressures’ include special education, transportation and ministry funding model; 86.1% of budget goes toward staff salaries and benefits
Survey shows 22% of public students identify as non-white

Survey shows 22% of public students identify as non-white

Simcoe County School Board census collected data on race and religion of student population
'Outrage': Public board denied capital funding for schools

'Outrage': Public board denied capital funding for schools

'Our students are the ones that are paying the price of the decisions of this current government,' says frustrated school board trustee
County project allows ambulances to bring patients to hospice

County project allows ambulances to bring patients to hospice

Instead of bringing patients to ER, paramedics could work with hospice and patient to arrange direct transport to local hospice
Paramedics to hand out free naloxone kits as part of new program

Paramedics to hand out free naloxone kits as part of new program

Opioid overdoses are on the rise across Simcoe County, with 510 overdoses noted county-wide in 2021