Patrick Bales, The Orillia Packet & Times

Patrick Bales is a reporter with The Packet & Times. A native of Bradford, Ontario (Ontario's Salad Bowl), Patrick's interests include writing, rock and roll, hockey and history - not necessarily in order. He likes the Bruins, the Hip, jukeboxes, Instagram, oxford commas and irony.


Boat trailers will soon only be allowed to park in specific areas at the Orillia waterfront, including this parcel of land, the former CPR right-of-way. PATRICK BALES/THE PACKET & TIMES

Limits on waterfront parking passed

Parking restrictions are coming to the Orillia waterfront area, but notions of charging for parking or to launch boats at the harbour were sunk by councillors this week.

A vacant downtown building, often alluded to by councillors and citizens of Orillia as one of the reasons for the city to alter its vacancy rebate program. PATRICK BALES/THE PACKET & TIMES

Recommendation on vacancy rebates passed

Vacant buildings likely aren't going anywhere, but the rebates their owners receive from the city could soon be a thing of the past.

PATRICK BALES/THE PACKET & TIMES From left: Marc Miller, parliamentary secretary to the minister of infrastructure and communities, Ann Hoggarth, MPP for Barrie, and Orillia Mayor Steve Clarke announced Friday approximately $2.2 million in funding through the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund. The money will go toward Orillia’s $14.5-million wastewater-treatment centre project.

City gets funding for wastewater plant

An Orillia infrastructure project is at the top of the list of 74 projects announced for funding by the federal and provincial governments Friday.

PATRICK BALES/THE PACKET & TIMES Orillia Power crews are seen at the intersection of Andrew and Mississaga streets, continuing an investigation into last week's power outage and gas-line break.

'Something unusual' at site of gas leak

Two organizations continue to power through their investigations to determine why some 4,800 customers lost hydro and 160 customers had their gas shut off in Orillia last week.

PATRICK BALES/THE PACKET & TIMES Elena Kingsbury of the Tour for Humanity speaks to school children about the Holocaust during the tour's stop in Orillia this week.

Tour teaches lessons of tolerance

Orillia students had a chance to learn about human rights issues this week, as the Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies’ Tour for Humanity rolled into town.

Sherry Blevins/Submitted Photo A man who had barricaded himself inside a dwelling is removed in handcuffs by members of the OPP Saturday in Orillia. The incident had the police lockdown a portion of Mississaga Street in the interest of public safety.

Standoff in Orillia ends with arrest

About a three block stretch of Mississaga Street West was under lockdown Saturday morning as Orillia OPP dealt with a barricaded individual.