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Posted Friday, 31 July, 2020

The Lone Wolf Café

When Max Lamontagne walked into his favourite coffee shop in Ottawa one day, a new passion started to brew.

He was studying sciences in the capital when he realized his interests lay elsewhere. So, he began reading books about all things coffee.

“I made it like a school project,” he said.

The Hearst native, whose first language is French, eventually moved to Orillia and took jobs translating for the...
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Posted Thursday, 30 July, 2020

Downtown Orillia Parking MapThe City of Orillia is extending the timeline of free parking in Downtown Orillia and municipal parking lots until Sept. 8, 2020 in a continued effort to assist residents and businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. 
The free parking applies to on-street parking in Downtown Orillia, with a time limit of 30 minutes to facilitate curbside pick-up, and within municipal parking lots for a maximum of two hours to encourage longer stays in the downtown. 
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Posted Thursday, 30 July, 2020

See You On The Patio

When the city decided to close parts of the main street on Friday evenings, no one was sure how it would work out.

Fortunately, the gamble is paying off.

“It’s gaining in popularity each week,” said Lisa Thomson-Roop, manager of the Downtown Orillia Management Board.

The city began closing a couple of blocks on Mississaga Street to vehicular traffic on July 10, from 4 to 11 p.m. After seeing how...
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Posted Wednesday, 29 July, 2020

See You on the Patio PostBased on the success of the Friday night “See You On The Patio” program, Mississaga Street will also be closed to traffic on Saturday evenings between 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. beginning Aug. 1, 2020 to allow Downtown Orillia restaurants and retailers to continue to expand into the street. 
“The Friday street closure experiment has been a resounding success,” said Coun. Ted Emond, Chair of the Economic Recovery Task Force (ERTF). “It has...

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Posted Tuesday, 28 July, 2020

COVID-19 UpdateThe City of Orillia is updating its Community Assistance Program as more businesses and people return to work in Stage 3 of the province’s reopening.
“In March, Orillia Council established a Community Assistance Program to help residents and businesses cope with the impact of the pandemic. Many of the assistance measures were extended several times as the Emergency Management Committee adapted its response to COVID-19.  Now that we are in a stage where the...

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