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
Re: "Case raises questions about school funding," editorial, June 21
Re: "Case raises questions about school funding," editorial, June 21 and "Religion has no place in schools," letter to the editor, June 22
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
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
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!"
Re: "Tribunal sides with student," June 16
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.
Last week’s landmark ruling involving a Simcoe County high-school student could have far-reaching consequences that reverberate around the province.
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
Re: "The truth of the matter," letter to the editor, June 15
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.
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.
Mayor Harry Hughes took Ann Truyens to court over her claims against him in the comment section of the Orillia Packet & Times' website in 2015.
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.
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.
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
Re Statements require response, letter to the editor, June 10
People in Simcoe North understand that one should not have to empty his or her wallet to get needed medicine.