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.


Drop in violent crime: report

Both violent and drug crime were down year-over-year in Orillia during the month of January.

PATRICK BALES/THE PACKET & TIMES Oro-Medonte author Tim Crawford holds a copy of 150 Stories, a special publication recently put together by Ontario Lt.-Gov. Elizabeth Dowdeswell. Crawford's story of the black settlement in Oro Township is included.

Black settlers’ stories in anthology

A trip to the Oro African Church last summer by Lt.-Gov. Elizabeth Dowdeswell spurred a story about the settlement of black people in Oro Township being included in a commemorative collection.

A screen grab taking from Wednesday morning shows 62 properties available for short-term rental after a keyword search of "Lagoon City."

Staff to rework short-term rental plan

Ramara township staff were told there's more work to be done when it comes to looking at short term rentals and excess noise.