Marci Csumrik                                                                                                
13+ years experience with Remax Orillia.  Great knowledge of the local market and Trent Severn Waterway.  A true professional with your lifestyle in mind!  Serving Orillia, Oro-Medonte, Severn, Washago, and Ramara. 
Visit  www.marci.ca
St. James' Anglican Church

St. James' Anglican church, located at 58 Peter St. North, will welcome Bishop Andrew Asbil, from the Diocese of Toronto, on Sunday February 10 at the 10:30 service.  We hope that you will join us!

  Geneva Event Centre
When you're looking for an event centre that provides so many choices of entertainment, you'll trust Geneva Event Centre to deliver just that.  Hosting live music performances, private parties, community events, art shows, and everything in between-we are fully licensed to offer a variety of adult refreshments and in-house catering services.  For bookings & inquiries, check out Geneva Event Centre: www.genevaeventcentre.ca | 705-327-3696 | info@genevaeventcentre.ca  

"Whoever is happy will make others happy."
  -Anne Frank
Tuesday, January 29th, 2019.
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Calling all Georgian College & Lakehead University Students! 

Are you seeking a quality experiential learning experience  with
 pay? Information Orillia is looking to provide post-secondary students in the community the opportunity to develop leadership and professional skills through a Student Owned Pop-Up Volunteer & Information Centre.
  At this on campus pop-up, you will help your peers connect with organizations that align with their career goals, aid in information referral, and be a safe space for any youth facing barriers to purposeful engagement.  

How to Apply:  

Please complete the quick 3-minute form here  to apply and learn more about this position.

Email Volunteer and Youth Engagement Services Manager Sukhi Kaur  with any questions about this opportunity: skaur@informationorillia.org

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Information Orillia is working together with the City of Orillia to streamline information sharing by partnering on our events calendar. 

To include your event, follow this link.  

The info is accessible online and through the City's free PingStreet mobile app .

To post on The HUB please contact info@informationorillia.org

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Camp Couchiching Community Initiative Project: The Climbing Tree- Experiential Tutoring
No Date

Coldest Night of The Year: Orillia Walk Supporting The Lighthouse
February 23rd

St James' Anglican Church: Bishop Andrew Asbil Visit
February 10th

St James' Anglican Church: New Service Time
Effective March 3rd

Orillia Community Kitchen: February Workshops
Various Dates in February

Orillia Museum of Art & History: Mulcahy Publishing Initiative 2019
Submissions Due January 31st

Proposed works must be submitted electronically in PDF format to Heather Price-Jones, Communications Coordinator via email.  Please, use the subject line "Mulcahy Initiative submission 2019" or your submission may be disregarded.

Proposals must be received by January 31, 2019. The Committee will announce the successful submission on April 3, 2019.

Please contact Heather Price-Jones by email or by phone 705-326-2159 x109 if you have any questions.

Orillia Museum of Art & History: Annual High School Art Show
Exhibition Until March 17th

My World, My Eyes, My Voice Annual High School Art Show

January 26th to March 17th

Admission is free with a current membership or $5 per person (children
under 12 are free). Admission includes entry to all exhibitions.

30 Peter Street South, 
Orillia, Ontario
L3V 5A9

Monday to Saturday: 10 am - 4 pm 
Sunday: 1 pm-4 pm 

Orillia Museum of Art & History: 20th Anniversary
Exhibition Until March 31st

Opening Saturday: OMAH@20
January 26, 2019 - March 31, 2019
The Upper Gallery
2019 is OMAH's 20th anniversary and we are starting our celebration off with the exhibition, OMAH@20.  This exhibition will showcase OMAH's early days and its development into a flourishing community organization that inspires creativity and celebrates history. Learn about how OMAH came to be, see behind the scenes photographs of the renovations as well as some never before seen artefacts! 

Join us for the opening  (and birthday cake) on January 26th from 2-4 pm. Exhibition openings are free to attend.  Opening remarks at 2:30pm.

For more information, please contact Hope McGilly Mitchell, Collections Coordinator at 705-326-2159 x107 or by email.

Admission is free with a current membership or $5 per person (children
under 12 are free). Admission includes entry to all exhibitions.

30 Peter Street South, 
Orillia, Ontario
L3V 5A9

Monday to Saturday: 10 am - 4 pm 
Sunday: 1 pm-4 pm 

North Simcoe Vitctims Services: Become a Crisis Responder
February 27th


City 0f Orillia: Michael Gordon Named Orillia's 2018 Citizen of the Year
News Release

Mayor Steve Clarke and Coun. Ralph Cipolla present Michael Gordon with the 2018 Citizen of the Year Award on Jan. 21, 2019.
For immediate release (Jan. 21, 2019) -  Michael Gordon was named Orillia's 2018 Citizen of the Year at tonight's Council meeting.
Gordon, who has been actively involved in the Orillia community for more than fifteen years, had a stand-out year in 2018. As Chair of the Community Foundation of Orillia and Area (CFOA), he oversaw a growth in the organization's assets to over $6 million, enabling the disbursement of more than $260,000 in grants to local charities and initiatives in 2018. As treasurer for the Channel Cats, he spearheaded a large Trillium Grant application, and he acts as treasurer on the Regent Park parent council. Gordon also led fundraising efforts for St. Paul's Centre, which enabled a million-dollar renovation of the Great Hall and backstage area into a great performance facility for a myriad of events in the heart of the Orillia community. 
"On behalf of Orillia City Council and the Citizen of the Year panel, I'd like to congratulate Michael Gordon and thank all of our wonderful nominees for their incredible dedication and contributions to our community. Orillia is a better place because of your efforts and commitment to making our community healthier and happier," said Mayor Steve Clarke.
Gordon received multiple nominations for the award, with nominator Carol Benedetti noting, "I believe the thing that makes Michael standout is his 'big picture' thinking. His efforts on a high-level trickle down to impact many individuals and organizations and it's incredible."  According to Benedetti, his work with both St. Paul's and the CFOA ensures that "Orillia is alive with culture as a result of Michael's efforts."
Nominees for the 2018 Citizen of the Year Award included Gordon, as well as Jeremy Clark, Noel Cooper and Patricia Beecham-Cooper, Laura Dickson, Ted Dongelmans, Kevin Gangloff, Jaimin Mahant, Sue Morris, Steve Orr, Elvis Ouimette and Eleanor Tinney.
The 2018 Citizen of the Year panel included winners Anderson Charters, Gill Tillmann, Gini Stringer, and Bruce Waite, as well as OrilliaMatters community editor Dave Dawson, reporter Nathan Taylor, and Dr. Linda Rodenburg of Lakehead University's Office of Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning. 
The City of Orillia is a city of 31,000 people in the heart of Ontario's Lake Country on the shores of Lake Couchiching and Lake Simcoe. Visit our website at orillia.ca.
Mayor Steve Clarke
City of Orillia
Jennifer Ruff
Manager of Communications
705-238-9209 (cell)

City of Orillia: Escape The Cold at City of Orillia Warming Centres
News Release

For immediate release (Jan. 21, 2019) - Due to the extreme cold, the City of Orillia has opened warming centres for public use. The City encourages anyone to make use of the centres to stay warm.
The following public places have been identified as warming centres:
Orillia Public Library
36 Mississaga St. W.
10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Rotary Place
100 University Ave.
7 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Brian Orser Arena
433 Gill St.
3 to 11 p.m.
Barnfield Point Recreation Centre
500 Atherley Rd.
7 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Orillia City Centre
50 Andrew St. S.
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

(Extended hours on Monday, Jan. 21 until the end of the Council meeting.)
The Lighthouse located at 48 Peter St. S. will open its doors overnight to anyone needing relief from the cold.
Further extensions will be posted on the City's website and through social media if necessary.
The City of Orillia is a city of 31,000 people in the heart of Ontario's Lake Country on the shores of Lake Couchiching and Lake Simcoe. Visit our website at orillia.ca.
Ralph Dominelli
Orillia Fire Chief
Jennifer Ruff
Manager of Communications
705-238-9209 (cell)

City of Orillia Opens Its Doors to Cannabis Retail Stores
News Release

For immediate release (Jan. 22, 2019)  - Orillia Council voted in favour of allowing cannabis retail stores in Orillia at its meeting on Monday, Jan. 21, 2019.
"By opting in to the retail sale of cannabis in Orillia we are supporting all levels of government in their efforts to get illegal drugs off the street," said Mayor Steve Clarke. "Although it is unknown when a cannabis retail store could potentially locate in Orillia, Council is saying yes to the positive economic impact and to a safe, regulated supply of cannabis."
Opting in to the provincial legislation permits retail stores to be located in Orillia after April 1, 2019 provided the stores obtain licence/authorization from the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO). However, the province has stated, at this time, it is only allowing 25 retail stores to open throughout the province in municipalities with a population of more than 50,000. Although no retail location will be located in Orillia at this time, cannabis can still be lawfully purchased online from the Ontario Cannabis Store.
"The majority of Ontario municipalities have decided to allow cannabis retail stores in their community. When the time comes for Orillia to welcome its first cannabis store, we will be requesting the AGCO not permit a location within 150 metres of sensitive areas such as child care centres and public libraries," said Shawn Crawford, Manager of Legislative Services.
In order to help with the implementation costs of recreational cannabis legalization, the province has indicated that it will provide municipal governments with at least $40 million in funding over two years. In January, 2019, the first payment of $15 million will be made to all municipalities on a per household basis. The City of Orillia has been advised by the Ministry of Finance that it will receive $36,300 in relation to the first payment. A second payment to municipalities who have opted in is expected at a later date.
Council also considered a by-law to ban smoking/vaping of tobacco and cannabis on all property owned or leased by the City, but voted to postpone the final decision until further consultation could be had with municipal tenants on the matter.
The City of Orillia is a city of 31,000 people in the heart of Ontario's Lake Country on the shores of Lake Couchiching and Lake Simcoe. Visit our website at orillia.ca.
Shawn Crawford
Manager of Legislative Services
Jennifer Ruff
Manager of Communications
705-238-9209 (cell)

Orillia Concert Association: Upcoming Concerts
Various Dates


Westmount Congregation: Move Night
February 9th

Indigenous Parenting & Shki Biinooji Well-Being Program Launch Lunch
January 29th

Public welcome to attend the Indigenous Parenting Program & Shki Biinooji Well-Being Program launch lunch on Tuesday January 29th at 12pm. 

The launch will detail two great programs that will be offered to the community (county wide), sharing the visions and directions of each program. 

Lunch provided, alongside some awesome door prizes to win! Transportation available as well. 

Please call  705-329-7755  for more information & to  R.S.V.P. 

St Athanasius Youth Valentine's Dance
February 15th

St Athanasius Youth Group Valentine's Spaghetti Dinner
February 16th

Orillia Public Library: January Events
Various dates throughout January

Jubilee Chorale Welcoming New Members
Wednesday Evenings




Community Development Corp: Professional Development Series Schedule
Various Dates in January

Orillia Community Kitchen: Healthy Egg Breakfast 2 Ways Workshop
January 30th

OCK Upcoming Workshops:

Wed, January 23, 2019
Roasted Chicken (with garlic and herbs) with Vegetable Fried Rice and a Mixed Greens Salad
Wed, January 30, 2019
Healthy Egg Breakfast 2 ways: Tomatoe Scrambled Eggs/Brussels Sprout hash and eggs with Broiled Grape fruit
Wed, February 6, 2019
Soup: Dal (thick lentil soup) with a carrot salad
Wed, February 13, 2019
Lightly Curried Butternut Squash Soup with an apple/pear slad
Wed, February 20, 2019
Cook The Good Food Box: Recipe will not be known until the Monday of this week
Wed, February 27, 2019
Hamburger Soup with Vegetables with a side spinach salad

Orillia & District Literacy Council: Learn Computer Basics For Job Search

Lakehead University Media Release & Writers Way Workshops
Various Dates in January & February


Susan Charters

Heather Wilson

Bree Crowder
Annette Zoheret

Georgian College Orillia: Earn Your ACE Biology Credit
January through April



Helping Hands Seeking Volunteers

Information Orillia Volunteer Database

To suggest on opportunity,  click here .

Information Orillia is the Orillia and area's official volunteer centre. We are a proud member of Volunteer Canada and the Ontario Volunteer Centre Network. Information Orillia organizes and maintains a volunteer database that allows organizations to post new opportunities and allows volunteers to access those opportunities.

Services for volunteers:  IO's volunteer database allows volunteers to  create a volunteer profile  that allows organizations to contact them directly. In addition, our organization provides volunteers with counselling, referrals and training via workshops and appointments. 

Services for organizations:  IO's volunteer database allows organizations to post opportunities, access volunteer profiles, as well as other volunteer resources such as registration templates and screening tools. For more information about software that helps to manage volunteer recognition and recruitment,  website .

To book an appointment with our Manger of Volunteer and Youth Engagement Services, Sukhi Kaur, call 705-326-7743 or email.


City of Orillia: New OWLS Bus Now In Service
News Release

The new, fully accessible Orillia Wheelchair Limousine Service (OWLS) mini bus is now in service in Orillia. The low-floor community shuttle provides specialized transit service to those with accessibility needs in Orillia.

For immediate release (Jan. 17, 2019) - The City of Orillia welcomed a new, fully accessible Orillia Wheelchair Limousine Service (OWLS) mini bus into its transit fleet today. The low-floor community shuttle provides specialized transit service to those with accessibility needs in Orillia.
"Council is committed to improving the Orillia transit system and has invested significantly in it over the past few years. A new, more reliable OWLS bus was a very important piece of that puzzle and we are thrilled to now have it available for service," said Mayor Steve Clarke. "This new mini bus will improve the quality of transportation and level of service the City is able to provide residents who are unable to take conventional transit."
The new OWLS bus can accommodate three wheelchairs and seating for four passengers. Although smaller than the OWLS bus it is replacing, the new mini bus enables improved service by being able to navigate locations that were previously off-limits due to its predecessor's large size.
"In addition to the five new accessible, full-size transit buses Orillia added to its fleet, this new OWLS mini bus further highlights the City's commitment to providing accessible transportation for all residents," said Jeff Hunter, Manager of Construction and Transit. "We know OWLS users will greatly appreciate the comfort and reliability of this new bus and we look forward to taking new bookings."
Purchased through the Metrolinx Transit Procurement Initiative, the City of Orillia was one of more than 15 municipalities that participated in the purchase of the same style of accessible mini bus. The new OWLS bus was approved by Council as part of the 2018 budget for $130,000. Following the procurement process and necessary customization of the vehicle, the new 2019 bus was recently delivered and is now ready to be put into service.
The OWLS bus operates seven days a week with the following hours:
  • Monday to Friday: 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
  • Saturday: 9 a.m. to 8: p.m.
  • Sunday: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 
All OWLS transportation must be pre-booked 24 hours in advance by calling 705-327-0411. For more information visit orillia.ca/transit.
The City of Orillia is a city of 31,000 people in the heart of Ontario's Lake Country on the shores of Lake Couchiching and Lake Simcoe. Visit our website at orillia.ca.
Jeff Hunter
Manager of Construction and Transit
Jennifer Ruff
Manager of Communications
705-238-9209 (cell)

City of Orillia: Orillia Fire Chief Set to Retire After 33 Years of Service
 News Release

Orillia Fire Chief Ralph Dominelli will retire effective April 2019.

For immediate release (Jan. 14, 2019) - After 33 years in fire services, Orillia Fire Chief Ralph Dominelli is retiring effective April 30, 2019.
Chief Dominelli started his career in fire services as a volunteer fire fighter with the City of Orillia in 1986. After a short time with the Toronto Fire Service, he returned to Orillia as a full-time fire fighter for the City of Orillia in 1993. Rising through the ranks, he has served the City of Orillia as a Lieutenant, Captain, Deputy Fire Chief and became Fire Chief in 2008.
"Chief Dominelli's successful career is a huge achievement," said Mayor Steve Clarke. "Council thanks him for his strong leadership and dedicated service to the City of Orillia, where he and his team have provided an invaluable service to our citizens. We wish him all the best in his retirement."
"Chief Dominelli has celebrated many career highlights over the past 33 years and has also helped the Fire Department overcome many hardships that unfortunately come with a career in fire services," said Gayle Jackson, Chief Administrative Officer.  "On behalf of staff at the City of Orillia, I'd like to thank Chief Dominelli for his many contributions to the corporation and his dedication to the safety of Orillia."
"It has been an honour and a privilege to serve with the current and past members of the Orillia Fire Department during my career at the City of Orillia," said Chief Dominelli. "I am proud of all the accomplishments we have achieved and I know the Orillia Fire Department will continue to provide the most efficient and effective service to the Orillia community."
Chief Dominelli's last day will be March 29, 2019. Council is currently reviewing options for the leadership of the Fire Department moving forward.
The City of Orillia is a city of 31,000 people in the heart of Ontario's Lake Country on the shores of Lake Couchiching and Lake Simcoe. Visit our website at orillia.ca.
Gayle Jackson
Chief Administrative Officer
Jennifer Ruff
Manager of Communications
705-238-9209 (cell)

Ralph Dominelli
Orillia Fire Chief

City of Orillia: Orillia Council Starts 2019 Budget Process
News Release

For immediate release (Jan. 14, 2019) - Orillia Council kicked-off the 2019 budget process today with an overview of budget documents in advance of the upcoming deliberation process scheduled for January.
Staff presented a draft budget with a proposed 2.95% increase to the municipal tax levy for 2019. For a typical household with an assessment value of $250,000, the increase would add approximately $90 to their property tax bill in 2019.
"During budget deliberations, Council will take into consideration investing in core services and infrastructure, maximizing cost savings, identifying potential service enhancements, and providing contributions to our reserves which enable the City to save for future needs," said Mayor Steve Clarke. "Council's goal is to approve a 2019 budget that is forward-looking and fiscally responsible."
During the Jan. 14 Budget Committee meeting, Council received an overview of the City's 2018 financial position. A surplus is anticipated, including $1.8 million from higher than anticipated tax growth, increase in building permit revenues, provincial funding related to the exception of non-profit long term care homes and a later opening date for the new recreation centre. Staff also highlighted current financial pressures on the City's reserves that fund major construction projects and operations equipment.
The 2019 draft budget focuses on the maintenance and sustainability of Orillia's infrastructure including the City's water/wastewater system, information technology initiatives, winter control funding, fleet management, and additional reserve contributions to ensure funding for future projects and capital maintenance of new facilities.
"City staff work diligently to present a budget to Council that balances present and future needs with the financial pressures of today," said Jim Lang, City Treasurer. "Council will now review and debate the budget in detail with a goal of approving a final 2019 budget in early February."
Upcoming budget meetings:
Jan. 17
1 p.m.
Boards and agencies presentations
Jan. 23 and 24
9 a.m.
Operating budget deliberations
Jan. 28 and 29
9 a.m.
Capital budget deliberations
Feb. 4
7 p.m.
Budget ratification (televised and live streamed by Rogers TV)
The budget package and schedule is available on the City's website at orillia.ca/budget.
The City of Orillia is a city of 31,000 people in the heart of Ontario's Lake Country on the shores of Lake Couchiching and Lake Simcoe. Visit our website at orillia.ca.
Jim Lang
City Treasurer
Jennifer Ruff
Manager of Communications
705-238-9209 (cell)

Canadian Federation of University Women: Centennial Essay Contest
Submissions Due January 31st

City of Orillia Launches Snowplow Tracker Mobile App
Media Release


Mobile app provides view of when local roads were last plowed
For immediate release (Jan. 11, 2019) - Orillia residents can now track when local roads are plowed using an online application developed by Bell in partnership with the City of Orillia. The Orillia Snowplow Tracker is available through the City's Pingstreet mobile app or at orillia.ca/plows

"One thing you can always count on in Orillia is the unpredictability of snow," said Mayor Steve Clarke. "With the Orillia Snowplow Tracker, we're taking some of the guess-work out of winter and letting residents know exactly which roads have been plowed and when. City crews work extremely hard to maintain local roads throughout the winter and this application will help you see their progress throughout snow events."
Using coloured lines on a map of City streets, the Orillia Snowplow Tracker indicates the timeframe when roads in Orillia were last plowed. The map resets each day at midnight, erasing the coloured lines of the previous 24 hours. For security reasons, there is a 15-minute delay in the mapped location of the operations vehicle.
"The Orillia Snowplow Tracker application is a great way for Orillia residents to stay up-to-speed on City plowing operations directly from their mobile device or computer," said Kyle Mitchell, Manager of Source Protection and Operations. "The City of Orillia has made several improvements to its winter operations over the last two years, including increasing plowing response times, greater plowing frequency and snowbank removal, and reducing the snowpack on roadways. This app will highlight many of these improvements by showing residents exactly where and when snowplows are out keeping Orillia roads up to winter control standards."
The Orillia Snowplow Tracker was developed as part of Bell's Smart City platform, which works towards providing the City with a more a centralized view of data, operations and infrastructure to enhance the City's service to residents and collaboration across City departments. The Snowplow Tracker application is currently in the pilot stage. It is still undergoing testing and will continue to evolve.
The Smart City pilot initiative between the City of Orillia and Bell also includes:
  • An application to monitor and detect the volume of ground water infiltration into the City's sanitary sewer system, pinpointing cost-effective repairs to sanitary pipes.
  • A public Wi-Fi network in the Downtown Business Improvement Area and along the City's waterfront in Couchiching Beach Park.
  • Multi-function digital kiosks providing touchscreen directional wayfinding and promoting local businesses and events to residents and visitors to the city.
"The City of Orillia is a Canadian leader in finding new ways to enhance service to residents with Smart City innovation," said Nauby Jacob, Vice President of Products and Services at Bell Mobility. "Snowplow Tracker is another great example of how Bell's Smart City platform and world-leading broadband networks enable centres like Orillia to develop innovative new applications that serve the specific needs of their communities."
"The Snowplow Tracker application and other elements of the pilot project with Bell represent ways the City is leveraging technology to provide more efficient levels of service in a cost effective manner, helping to make Orillia a smarter community," said Dan Landry, Manager of BR&E and Industrial Development.
The City of Orillia will review the effectiveness of the Snowplow Tracker application as part of the overall Smart City pilot project with Bell. Residents are encouraged to provide their feedback by submitting comments through the application.
The City of Orillia is a city of 31,000 people in the heart of Ontario's Lake Country on the shores of Lake Couchiching and Lake Simcoe. Visit our website at orillia.ca.

Kyle Mitchell
Manager of Source Protection and Operations
Jennifer Ruff
Manager of Communications
705-238-9209 (cell)

Dan Landry
Manager of BR&E and Industrial Development

City of Orillia: Orillia's First Round of 2019 Grants Supports Festivals & Events
News Release

Coun. Pat Hehn presented the first round of grants for 2019 to local festivals and event organizers on behalf of Council on Jan. 11. 
"Festivals and events are truly the heart of our community and provide rich experiences for our residents and visitors alike," said Coun. Hehn. "We are thrilled to support these worthy organizations and look forward to seeing the impact that these funds will make this year."
This is the first round of grants presented in 2019 and were funded as part of the Partnership Programming for Cultural Festivals and Events grant program.
Grant recipients through the 2019 Partnership Programming for Cultural Festivals and Events:

  • Orillia Heritage Centre
  • Orillia Scottish Festival
  • Roots North Music Festival

The Partnership Programming for Cultural Festivals and Events program is part of the City of Orillia grants program and recognizes the valuable contribution festivals and events make to the economic and social fabric of the City, building strong partnerships between the not-for-profit, business and cultural sectors. 
The City of Orillia is a city of 31,000 people in the heart of Ontario's Lake Country on the shores of Lake Couchiching and Lake Simcoe. Visit our website at orillia.ca.

Victim Quick Response Program: Seeking Part Time Human Trafficking Support Worker
Applications Due February 3rd


United Way Simcoe Muskoka: Now Accepting Youth United Grant Applications
February 28th


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