Opinion Editorial

Breathing new life into an old landmark

As any homeowner can attest, if you don't stay on top of minor maintenance issues at your humble abode, you will inevitably run into major problems. So, imagine the challenge of trying to stay on top of the issues that arise in a landmark public building such as the iconic Orillia Opera House.

 The US Capitol is seen through a security fence Tuesday placed in preparation for inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump in Washington, DC. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Image)

Trump inauguration political wake-up call

It's no coincidence politicians such as Kathleen Wynne and Justin Trudeau are trying to reach out to constituents on the eve of the inauguration of an American president who achieved a measure of political success because of such populism.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, middle, holds a press conference as he's joined by his newly sworn in ministers Maryam Monsef, Minister of Status of Women, left to right, Karina Gould, Minister of Democratic Institutions, Francois-Philippe Champagne, Minister of International Trade, Chrystia Freeland Minister of Foreign Affairs, Patty Hajdu Minister of Labour and Ahmed Hussen Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Tuesday, Jan 10, 2017., following a cabinet shuffle at Rideau Hall. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick)

Strong performers rewarded in cabinet

Cabinet shuffles serve myriad purposes: to react to dramatic changes in the economy or in world affairs; to reset the clock on files that aren't going well; to rebalance regional representation; to deal with scandal, if it exists; and of course, to distract people from other problems.

A man takes a photo of the Chevrolet Bolt at the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan, January 10, 2017. (GEOFF ROBINS/AFP/Getty Images)

Auto industry steers in radical direction

There were few advances made to the North American automobile between 1939 (automatic transmission) and the early 1970s that were truly remarkable, and the technology the ­Detroit-based companies developed in the early 1970s to accommodate the U.S. government's new restrictions on emissions was done under regulatory duress.

Make it work, Orillia

When Chapter 725 of the city's municipal code was written, nobody had cellphones in their pockets and the idea of a service like Uber was not even a gleam in some bright computer coder's mind.

A hydro pole and wires

Ontario slammed by rising electric bills

Premier Kathleen Wynne's government insists while it still has work to do in bringing down electricity prices in Ontario, compared to other jurisdictions in North America, they're not that bad.

Kathleen Wynne. (File photo)

Something smells

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne's cap and trade scheme came into effect this week. Here are eight major reasons why you should be alarmed.

We need to do better

Without question, we've been inundated with a lot of snow in recent weeks. But, it's winter in Canada and to expect otherwise would be foolish. And yet, it seems the City of Orillia did not expect it - or certainly is not prepared to deal with it.

Blood in high demand

You may not know it - or truly understand it - but you have the power to save a life. If you don't believe that, just strike up a conversation with Neil Hurtubise.

Nominate a worthy athlete of the year

As Orillia celebrates its 150th anniversary in 2017, it is natural to reflect on the rich history of this community that was birthed in the same year as our nation. A big part of that heritage is rooted in the proud legacy that has been created by the exemplary athletes who started their quests in Orillia and found a way to rise to prominence on th

ROBERTA BELL/THE PACKET & TIMES – Colin Wackett, who is battling prostate cancer, but has stayed on as the longtime chair of the Huronia Ride for Dad, waves to riders as they depart on the event.

Citizen of the Year dedicated to the cause

In 1999, Colin Wackett found out he had prostate cancer, a diagnosis that dramatically changed his life. He fought the dreaded disease and won. But it was only the beginning of the story for the affable Orillia man, who is the much-deserved winner of the Packet & Times’ 2016 Citizen of the Year Award.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau takes part in an interview at The Canadian Press bureau in Ottawa on Monday, Dec 19, 2016. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick)

PM must condemn UN smear of Israel

We hope Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's quest for a temporary seat on the United Nations Security Council won't silence him from criticizing the UN when it's warranted.

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