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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

Continued spike in COVID 911 calls may impact response time: York Region paramedics chief

Continued spike in COVID 911 calls may impact response time: York Region paramedics chief

The region's hospitals are 'extremely busy' and 'very stressed', with many patients coming from outside York Region, medical officer of health says
‘It’s unfortunate what happened in Collingwood’: County council discusses judicial inquiry

‘It’s unfortunate what happened in Collingwood’: County council discusses judicial inquiry

While councillors expressed concerns around implementing some of the recommendations in their own municipalities, they voted to support Collingwood’s efforts and consider making changes
Governments approve $27M for Simcoe County school upgrades

Governments approve $27M for Simcoe County school upgrades

School boards applied for the infrastructure funding in the fall, and were informed of the successful applications recently; must spend funds by Dec. 2021
Governments approve $27M for Simcoe County school upgrades

Governments approve $27M for Simcoe County school upgrades

School boards applied for the infrastructure funding in the fall, and were informed of the successful applications recently; must spend funds by Dec. 2021
Governments approve $27M for COVID-related upgrades at Simcoe County schools

Governments approve $27M for COVID-related upgrades at Simcoe County schools

School boards applied for the infrastructure funding in the fall, and were informed of the successful applications recently; must spend funds by Dec. 2021
Governments approve $27M for Simcoe County school upgrades

Governments approve $27M for Simcoe County school upgrades

School boards applied for the infrastructure funding in the fall, and were informed of the successful applications recently; must spend funds by Dec. 2021
Governments approve $27M for Simcoe County school upgrades

Governments approve $27M for Simcoe County school upgrades

School boards applied for the infrastructure funding in the fall, and were informed of the successful applications recently; must spend funds by Dec. 2021
Governments approve $27M for Simcoe County school upgrades

Governments approve $27M for Simcoe County school upgrades

School boards applied for infrastructure funding in the fall, and were recently informed of successful applications; Funding must be used by December 2021
COVID case reported at Holy Cross

COVID case reported at Holy Cross

The health unit will contact those who are considered to have had high-risk exposure to a known case of COVID-19
New COVID school cases reported today in Barrie, Innisfil and Bradford

New COVID school cases reported today in Barrie, Innisfil and Bradford

In Barrie, there is one case at St. John Vianney Catholic School, with one classroom closed