Several times during the course of this council’s mandate, we have applauded its commitment to fixing the city’s troubled transit system.
This week, during budget deliberations, when talk inevitably turned to "sports tourism," Coun. Tim Lauer suggested the creation of a sports tourism committee. It was an idea that resonated with his colleagues as, following some discussion, it was decided two councillors and Mayor Steve Clarke would meet to determine how best to proceed.
At this week's budget session at city hall, councillors learned - not surprisingly - the costs to operate the new recreation centre are higher than expected. City staff initially estimated it would cost about $750,000 to operate the aquatic centre when it opens in 2018. This week, staff reported the operating cost, after expected revenues are talli
In the end, the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) got it right. But the lengthy, costly process that finally concluded Friday with a decision that allows Burl’s Creek to host large-scale concerts at its Oro-Medonte venue is a stark example of why the provincial entity is being overhauled.
In 1961, Orillia's Ruth Jones founded the Mariposa Folk Festival. It started humbly -- and peacefully. But in 1963, festival attendees outnumbered the population of the town and things turned ugly. Soon after, town council banned the fest from Orillia.
In the midst of the chaos that erupted at last week's G20 Summit in Germany, where even the most optimistic observer was hard pressed to find any signs of tangible progress, an enduring image emerged that, in a way, poignantly captures the essence of today's world in a snapshot.
When work began on the new Fionn MacCool's Irish pub, and a new, eye-popping facade started to attract the attention of those passing by the emerging establishment near the waterfront, a sense of anticipation began to build apace with the construction.
Earlier this week, under threatening skies and amid persistent showers, the popular Orillia Lady Kings house league girls' field lacrosse program wrapped up its 22nd season following several weeks of skills development, games, laughs and memories.
Last week, Sears Canada, one of the country's most iconic retailers, announced it had filed for bankruptcy protection from its creditors. It unveiled plans to close 59 of its 225 stores and slash about 2,900 people from its 17,000-strong workforce as part of what it's calling a 'restructuring.'
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
Last week’s landmark ruling involving a Simcoe County high-school student could have far-reaching consequences that reverberate around the province.
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.
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.
The sun finally emerged this week and the temperatures, at long last, began to warm up. That meant lots of people were flocking to our waterfront to soak in the rays, to dip their toes in the chilly waters and relish the first moments of a coming summer.
The next time this municipality considers spending big bucks to hire an out-of-town consultant, perhaps they should give that decision some serious second thought because within this community reside many intelligent, articulate, passionate, caring people who have innovative ideas that could change the world.
Great news, folks. A successful, long- time local entrepreneur has decided to move into a vacant store in the downtown core. He is investing his hard-earned money into upgrading the space with new floors and better lighting; the enterprise will sport a dynamic sign crafted by local legend Ron Schell, who has created most of the downtown's signature
A few months after his son died, Jeff Noble got a call from Mark Goode. He asked Jeff to bring his wife, Connie, and their two children, Kayleigh and Kaden, over to his house. “When Mark opened the door, standing behind him were two firefighters from Toronto and two firefighters from New Jersey, Bill Lavin and his daughter,” recalled Noble.
You’ve likely heard of the slippery slope. Orillia seems intent on navigating it.
We have become a society that seeks instant gratification while demanding an obstacle-free life.