To Janie Cooper-Wilson, the Oro African Methodist Episcopal Church is a gold mine of history, culture and community, and recognition of its restoration by the province is incentive to use it as a beacon of hope.
Mehreen Shahid, Orillia Packet & Times
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A regional non-profit organization wants residents to weigh in on solutions for managing Orillia's stormwater management issues, especially along properties lining Lake Simcoe.
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Canadian students are asking members of Parliament to work with them in producing a plan for tuition-free post-secondary education.
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As she sits silently in the pews of the church, descendant Janie Cooper-Wilson can feel the presence of her ancestors.“Too often, you’re looking at a gravestone, but you don’t understand that these people were living and hard-working people,” she said Thursday in an interview at the Oro African Methodist Episcopal Church on Line 3 North. “Just like