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Local restaurant owners salivating over potential of patios

Local restaurant owners salivating over potential of patios

'It’s been so hard to staff or plan anything. There is so much unknown in this industry right now,' says downtown restaurant owner
It was smooth sailing at Chief Island amid new measures: Rama Police

It was smooth sailing at Chief Island amid new measures: Rama Police

'Most of the boaters that our officers encountered were very respectful and understood the issues and concerns that were brought forward,' says Rama Police official
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