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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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jessica@villagemedia.ca

Recent Work by Jessica

Parents speak out on ‘secretive’ changes to special needs bus

Parents speak out on ‘secretive’ changes to special needs bus

'As a single working mother, not only was it a struggle chasing who might be responsible ... I now have to find time to visit our family doctor to have her complete a form,' says frustrated parent
Local teachers have multiple choices for exams post-pandemic

Local teachers have multiple choices for exams post-pandemic

Exams ‘might not be the most enlightened way of assessing people,' says education program chair at Orillia campus of Lakehead University
County of Simcoe OKs 3.5% tax hike, its highest in several years

County of Simcoe OKs 3.5% tax hike, its highest in several years

Last-ditch effort to slash $2M from budget fails after area mayor says 'this is killing us' in reference to this year's tax hike
No regulatory body for privately owned, infested guest house

No regulatory body for privately owned, infested guest house

'There is no regulatory body that provides licensing for these private facilities,' says County official about Huronia Guest Home and other private, assisted-living rentals
Guest home residents moving to temporary accommodations: County

Guest home residents moving to temporary accommodations: County

‘I confirm that the facility will be shut down permanently as soon as the residents are relocated,’ said owner Linda Liang through her lawyer in a statement
‘Upside down’: Guest home residents given 60 days to vacate

‘Upside down’: Guest home residents given 60 days to vacate

'This is a very unfortunate situation... which impacts many individuals, their friends and family members. We will do everything we can,' says County of Simcoe official
New county councillors debate 'challenging' budget, 3.5% tax hike

New county councillors debate 'challenging' budget, 3.5% tax hike

The city of Orillia is being asked to pay the County of Simcoe $9.2 million for 2023, an increase of 11.3 per cent over 2022
New home-share program starting in Blue Mountains

New home-share program starting in Blue Mountains

Innovative program will match senior home owners with young home seekers to help address shortage of affordable housing
Drag performer hopes to bring 'sparkle' to Collingwood

Drag performer hopes to bring 'sparkle' to Collingwood

'I’ve been a fan of drag forever. I had a safe space growing up at home. My mom was very open about queer things,' says Leo Gallacher, who performs as Themme
Due to 'cash constraints' assisted living facility set to close

Due to 'cash constraints' assisted living facility set to close

'It is scheduled to close as soon as residents can be placed in other living arrangements,' says owner after firestorm of controversy about conditions at home