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Volunteer seeks local helping hands to spread encouragement

Volunteer seeks local helping hands to spread encouragement

'I want everyone to feel the love,' says Uplifting Blessings volunteer who is seeking help to make cards that are appreciated by those who receive them
Government grant 'good news' for Leadbetters, supply chain

Government grant 'good news' for Leadbetters, supply chain

'This is not charity, it’s not industrial welfare, it’s quite literally undoing generations of neglect ,' says Leadbetter Foods official
Mayor worried boat launches could be 'pinch points' this weekend

Mayor worried boat launches could be 'pinch points' this weekend

'I’m concerned ... that we probably are going to see a lot of people here this weekend. I think it's problematic,' says Orillia Mayor
Orillia businesses 'thrilled' by Chamber's rapid testing initiative

Orillia businesses 'thrilled' by Chamber's rapid testing initiative

'This truly is a great initiative by the chamber that will help us protect our staff and customers,' says owner of local Ford dealership
Take-out support keeping local camp's kitchen staff employed

Take-out support keeping local camp's kitchen staff employed

'Because we can’t have camp, we’ve had to pivot into offering take-out as a way to stay alive. It’s desperate times,' says YLCC chef
Four employees test positive for COVID at Orillia Walmart

Four employees test positive for COVID at Orillia Walmart

A 'deep cleaning' of the store has been completed, officials say, adding public health authorities have been notified of the positive cases
Optometrists see red as province refuses to cover eye exam costs

Optometrists see red as province refuses to cover eye exam costs

'For retired people like me who don’t have private insurance we will end up being denied the health care we need,' says local resident
Local artist helps raise crucial funds for 'amazing' Comfie Cat Shelter

Local artist helps raise crucial funds for 'amazing' Comfie Cat Shelter

'Hard times are hitting everybody with COVID going on, and I just wanted to do something to help the community,' says Manuela Maurus
Pandemic is not the cat's meow for isolated, lonely dogs: expert

Pandemic is not the cat's meow for isolated, lonely dogs: expert

'As much as people are getting COVID fatigued, so are the animals, they need to have interactions with other dogs,' says owner of Coldwater pet centre
'Something has to be done' about lack of affordable housing in Orillia

'Something has to be done' about lack of affordable housing in Orillia

'People are starting to get scared; people are wondering when they will ever be able to afford a house here,' says chair of Orillia's affordable housing committee