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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

Trustees call on public school board to release violence data

Trustees call on public school board to release violence data

‘What I’m concerned with is, what’s happening, where it’s happening, and what are we doing about it? Time is of the essence. People are getting hurt,’ said trustee
Health unit issues suspension orders to local unvaccinated students

Health unit issues suspension orders to local unvaccinated students

‘These numbers are higher than in the previous years ... because we are catching up on over three years of missed vaccinations due to the pandemic,’ says health unit rep
Local Afghanistan refugee finds freedom through running group

Local Afghanistan refugee finds freedom through running group

'I see lots of women and girls who can do whatever they want. These are things that don’t happen in my country,' says refugee who found work at resort
On front line of mental-health crisis, 'we never give up on anyone'

On front line of mental-health crisis, 'we never give up on anyone'

'These are good people. They just have things going on in their life they wish they didn’t have to deal with,' says OPP crisis worker
Want to become a pilot? Area airport offering training program

Want to become a pilot? Area airport offering training program

'We’re going to take them from zero to hero ... This is a fun and different career,' says CEO of Flair Airlines and its new Cadet Program
Renowned ghost hunter making local stop on Canadian tour

Renowned ghost hunter making local stop on Canadian tour

'I’m going to blow their minds open. I’m out to prove ghosts and spirits exist,' says Cameron Bagg of his Ghost Revelations Tour that will be in region Sept. 23
Fogarty gets HVAC upgrade, Twin Lakes gets new roof this summer

Fogarty gets HVAC upgrade, Twin Lakes gets new roof this summer

Catholic board will be spending $7.5M on their school repair to-do list; public school board spending about $19.6M on facility repairs this summer
Tribunal rules municipalities can't demand affordable housing

Tribunal rules municipalities can't demand affordable housing

Key takeaway from ruling is town 'has no ability ... to directly compel an applicant to provide affordable housing,' says town's director of planning
'A pretty stressful place': Violence increasing in local schools

'A pretty stressful place': Violence increasing in local schools

Simcoe County board survey results showed one in five elementary students and one in four secondary students reported not feeling safe at school
Rock icon Carole Pope coming to Collingwood

Rock icon Carole Pope coming to Collingwood

‘I still have so much stuff to be pissed off about,’ says Canadian singer/songwriter and queer activist who will be performing July 8