National Aboriginal Day a time to celebrate, learn

Each year, Canada acknowledges National Aboriginal Day, known to some as First Nations Day, to recognize and celebrate the indigenous peoples who live in Canada. Approximately 10% of the population in Simcoe County is of aboriginal decent (which is almost double the national average). In this year of Canada’ s sesquicentennial, it is especially imp

Council ignoring expert advice becoming costly

We elect city councillors to make decisions on our behalf. We expect those decisions to be informed choices. That's why councillors routinely ask staff members, who have no political agenda nor any election-driven shelf life, to investigate matters that come to the council table. Councillors typically ask for background information, context, best p

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Giving the power back to MPs

Over the past year, I have observed multiple House of Commons committees. This experience has been an incredible privilege, and has given me the opportunity to see Canadian politics in action. I thought, with the House of Commons closing for the summer, that it would be a good time to reflect on how these committees function and the ways they could


LETTER: Housing market out of control

While walking around the south ward of Orillia this past weekend, from a distance I thought I saw what has become a familiar sight. A home with a for sale sign and a big "sold" on top, but once I got closer I saw it actually read, "too late!"

Letter: Where does it end?

Much to my dismay, I understand that a business is relocating to the downtown – an “adult playground” (in other words, a sex shop) – right on Mississaga Street.


Pondering over a pint

I have, in front of me, a 500-ml can of Tyskie beer given to me by a friend who just polished off four of them and is lying facedown on my lawn. Tyskie, by the way, is the No. 1 selling beer in Poland, which all we beer connoisseurs know is brewed by Polish Tyskie Browary Ksiažece. (There is supposed to be squiggly thing underneath the 'a' and the

Letter: Time to protest

The plunge in oil prices in 2014 put 35,000 people out of work in Alberta, and in six months the suicide rate increased by 60 deaths.

True show of strength

In 2013, Patti Freeman, a teacher at Couchiching Heights Public School, unveiled a new running program for girls at the north-end school. It was all about providing the students an opportunity to learn about, among other things, the importance of fitness.

Emma Quirt is the City of Orillia's cultural event co-ordinator.

Cause for celebration

Growing up in the Sunshine City, I loved attending library programs, watching performances at the Orillia Opera House and taking part in the many summer festivals. I enjoyed Orillia's rich culture so much, I was inspired by it and was fortunate to spend four years in Scotland, learning, volunteering and working in arts and culture.

Keyboard warriors beware

The World Wide Web made its debut in 1990 and it's still a relatively young technology. Perhaps that's why it still resembles the wild west, where anything and everything goes.

A case for going postal

When I was 10, I had a light blue piggy bank. I always knew when I put a coin in, I would get it back. I never had to worry about being charged interest or having to pay fees after accidentally signing up for a costly new account. However, for me and most other Canadians, growing up has meant exchanging our piggy banks for real bank accounts. As an

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