Opinion Editorial

Investing in success

When it came to developing a university here – an idea first championed by Packet & Times editor C.H. Hale in 1928 – there were many ups and downs, disappointments, starts, stops and stumbles. Many people, in fact, had given up and thought it would be a dream never realized.

New detachment a long time coming

After many years of stops and starts, political machinations and untold thousands of taxpayer dollars flushed down the toilet, Orillia is finally getting a new detachment building for its OPP officers.

Scrap the ward system

Orillia has elected its municipal councils under a ward system since 1999. In a ward system, citizens can only vote for two candidates from their geographic area and the mayor. Prior to that, voters were able to cast their ballots for eight candidates and the mayor.

Squeezing some good out of social media

Many people lament the advent of social media and how it pervades so many facets of our everyday lives. The reality is we live in an era that has become, at least partly, defined by Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, BuzzFeed and other forms of digital media. Some days, it’s overwhelming and, often, overwhelmingly toxic.

Jill Scheer smiles as Conservative MP Andrew Scheer announces he will run for the leadership of the Conservative party Wednesday September 28, 2016 in Ottawa. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld)

Unknown hopefuls bode well for Tories

Last week, Saskatchewan MP Andrew Scheer announced he has joined the contest to head the federal Conservatives. Political observers sighed; when would a political star emerge to lead the party Stephen Harper left behind?

Jim Carr, right, Minister of Natural Resources, speaks as Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, listens after the federal government announced approval of the Pacific NorthWest LNG project, at the Sea Island Coast Guard Base in Richmond, B.C., on Tuesday September 27, 2016. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

Global gas surplus sure to stall LNG plan

Now that the federal government has approved the $36-billion Pacific Northwest liquefied natural gas project proposed by Malaysia’s state-owned energy company, Petronas, the ball is in the company’s court. It will decide whether this ambitious project will proceed.

A cloud of controversy

When you are elected to public office - at any level - you and your choices are held to a higher standard; the mantle of responsibility is great. Just ask city councillor Pat Hehn.

Wind turbines.

Grits dump thriftless, bungled green plan

It's difficult to put the toothpaste back into the tube, but the Ontario Liberals are going to try. They've suspended any plans for additional green energy projects that originate from wind, solar and energy-from-waste, conveniently citing a recent report that says Ontario has more than enough electricity for the next decade.

Breaking ground on a new beginning

On a cool Wednesday morning, under an endless blue sky, Orillia Mayor Steve Clarke and councillors Mason Ainsworth, Ralph Cipolla, Jeff Clark, Ted Emond, Pat Hehn, Robert Kloostra, Tim Lauer and Sarah Valiquette-Thompson, armed with ceremonial shovels, broke ground on the city's new recreation facility. It was a moment - 40 years in the making - wo

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau(L) and China Premier Li Keqiang embrace on September 23, 2016 at a conference of the Canada China Business Council in Montreal, Quebec. (Clément SABOURINCLEMENT SABOURIN/AFP/Getty Images)  

Extradition to China should be non-starter

China's premier, visiting Canada last week as part of an extraordinary warming of relations, defended his country's use of the death penalty. "It is consistent with our national condition," Li Keqiang told reporters. "If we abolish the death penalty, innocent people will lose their lives."

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