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Port project progressing

The Orillia Waterfront Centre (also known as the Port of Orillia) currently under construction is nearing completion. It is anticipated the doors will be open early in May, in time for the start of the busy 2017 boating season.

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'Mincome' incoming?

What do NDP leadership hopeful Guy Caron, former Conservative Senator Hugh Segal and Tesla car company founder Elon Musk have in common? It almost sounds like the set-up for a joke, but the reality is these three influential individuals, and many others from all parts of the ideological spectrum, have advocated for the implementation of a guarantee

Incentive program well worth the money

Some might lament the news this week that the city is, in a way, giving away money to private enterprises. It was announced Monday the municipality is providing almost $60,000 to aid five projects - four on the main street and one on Andrew Street.

A love-hate relationship with snow

We were sitting around a pool in St. Petersburg, Fla. yesterday afternoon talking to a bunch of Canadians and an American walked by. How he knew we were Canadians, I'm not sure, unless it was because we were all old geezers wearing Blue Jay hats and complaining about their watery beer, which hasn't been watery for 40 years, but we refuse to acknowl


Report shows money not root of happiness

At first blush, the World Happiness Report, released on Monday, would appear to be a frivolous document, but it's quite important. Its content is not so much about the ranking of nations as how and why they are ranked, and what exactly makes their citizens happy.

Northern Irish politician Martin McGuinness stands outside the Republican Information Centre in Londonderry, 23th September 1985. An alleged IRA leader, he became deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland in 2007. (Photo by Kaveh Kazemi/Getty Images)

IRA violence may not die with McGuinness

Martin McGuinness, who began as a terrorist and ended up as deputy first minister in Northern Ireland's power-sharing government, died peacefully in hospital on Monday aged 66. His career spanned almost five decades in that troubled place -- and by resigning from the power-sharing government in January, he began a new and possibly final act in that


West is losing ideas war

Canadians -- to whom all this talk in America and Europe about Russian-inspired fake news seems a rather paranoid fantasy that has nothing to do with us -- are about to get a rude awakening.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sits alongside Ivanka Trump (R), daughter of US President Donald Trump, during a roundtable discussion on women entrepreneurs and business leaders in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, DC, February 13, 2017. (SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Trudeau, Ivanka enable madness of populism

You, a rational person, have no affection for the Aryan-race obsessives, the paranoiacs and the enmity addicts making the entire tradition of Western democracy seem an excellent candidate for confinement in those institutions originating in the bucolic regions of early 19th- century England. But your censure is wasted on madmen.

More urgency needed on court trial delays

Canada's criminal courts have long been plagued with unreasonable delays -- so much so that, last summer, the Supreme Court of Canada used a case known as R vs. Jordan to set hard limits on how long trials can take.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a listening session about veterans affairs in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., on March 17, 2017. (SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

If only life really imitated The West Wing

It's speculated the master showman just might surprise everyone by attending the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner. The last president to skip the event was Reagan, and he'd just been shot.

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