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Orillia seniors stuck in quarantine 'mess' after problems with app

Orillia seniors stuck in quarantine 'mess' after problems with app

Despite being fully vaccinated and having negative test, local couple 'locked in' for 14 days after returning to Orillia this week from Florida
Orillia pilot refuses to get vaccinated, in peril of losing job

Orillia pilot refuses to get vaccinated, in peril of losing job

'It’s obviously a big blow, this is a career that I love and it’s a real privilege to do what I do for a living,' says local pilot who has concerns about the vaccine
Staff shortages, exhaustion force local restaurants to cut hours

Staff shortages, exhaustion force local restaurants to cut hours

'It’s taken a toll on our staff and we are exhausted,' says manager of Brewery Bay, which has decided to close Mondays for the first time in their history
Vaccine passport system 'an absolute nightmare,' says Orillia gym owner

Vaccine passport system 'an absolute nightmare,' says Orillia gym owner

'After a few weeks it will become second nature. I think our clientele knows about it and knows how it works which should help us ease into it,' says local restaurant owner
Local naturalist will kick off CFUW Orillia's speaker series

Local naturalist will kick off CFUW Orillia's speaker series

OrilliaMatters columnist David Hawke will speak about the roles of mushrooms, toadstools and molds in the ecosystem
Duckworth's Fish and Chips still floundering after lockdown

Duckworth's Fish and Chips still floundering after lockdown

'Right now, we have to take it one day at a time because everything is so uncertain,' says restaurant owner, citing impact of COVID and labour shortage
Lakehead students feeling 'confident' about new year at Orillia campus <b>(3 photos)</b>

Lakehead students feeling 'confident' about new year at Orillia campus (3 photos)

'With all the protocols and being vaccinated, I feel pretty safe,' says Lakehead University student on move-in day at the Orillia campus residence
Lighthouse receives 'amazing' grant for community meal program

Lighthouse receives 'amazing' grant for community meal program

Grant of $149,000 'helps people make it through challenging times and is ensuring that the Lighthouse is able to build a healthier more vibrant community,' says official
Orillia artist turns over new leaf to help combat mental illness

Orillia artist turns over new leaf to help combat mental illness

'The goal is to end the stigma surrounding mental health and start a conversation,' says Charles Pachter of ambitious Maple (Re)Leaf campaign
Footprints on Muskoka finds new footing in downtown Orillia

Footprints on Muskoka finds new footing in downtown Orillia

'The locals are very happy to see a new store with unique fashion and affordable prices,' says owner of Footprints on Muskoka