Sustainable Orillia’s Youth Council Leads the Way

Zoom screen from youth council meeting

When looking for inspiration in the fight against climate change – Orillians needn’t look any further than to local high schools, universities and colleges to find motivated young people joining forces to take on this challenge. Not only do our youth increasingly understand the science and the consequences of climate change, more than any other […]

Winter at Night

Starry sky with trees silhouetted

February is WinterActive month. It’s intended to encourage physical activity through play in the elements. Most outdoor activities typically embrace snow and colder temps during daylight hours, but what if your adventurous spirit didn’t have to end when the sun goes down? Let’s consider some options for getting active outside under the cover of night […]

Winter is for the Birds

Red cardinal sitting on a branch in winter

Winter can easily become a time of boredom and shuttering ourselves indoors, so it helps to be reminded there’s never been a better time to get outside to explore and connect with nature. Lockdown restrictions have severely limited our entertainment options but if this steers us back to nature then everyone and our furry and […]

Go Outside and Play

Mother with her daughter, playing in the snow.

“To appreciate the beauty of a snowflake, it is necessary to stand out in the cold.” – Aristotle The COVID lockdown may have you feeling cooped up, but a cure for cabin fever might be as simple as child’s play. We know fresh air and exercise is good for body and mind at any age, […]

The Environment Wins at Apple Annie’s Cafe

Garbage sorting. Organic food waste from vegetable ready for recycling in compost bin on blue backgrond. Top view. Sustainable and zero waste living. Environmentally responsible behavior, ecology concept.

It’s the everyday practical things that each of us do to protect and preserve our environment that truly make a difference. “Local Heroes” is a series of articles recognizing the efforts that individuals, businesses and organizations are doing, here in the Orillia area. Sustainable practices, that when carried out consistently, over time, make a positive […]

Parry Automotive: “Recycling? Hey, That’s Our Business”

Adding engine oil

This story started with a brief comment made by Steve Van Kessel, co-owner of Orillia’s Parry Automotive company, at a Kiwanis Club lunch meeting last spring. Following a short presentation to the Club about Sustainable Orillia’s beginnings, Van Kessel remarked that his company collected plastic containers that were contaminated by their contents and shipped them […]

Lockdown Time Equals Learning Time

Brave New Arctic book cover

There aren’t many positive things one can say about the ongoing pandemic which restricted many of our everyday activities for almost a year now. That being said, COVID-19 has triggered a significant behavior change around the world, demonstrating our ability to adapt rapidly when we are at risk. Despite this new-found awareness and ability to […]

It’s Freezing. Time to Get Outdoors.

young man preparing to walk on snowshoes over winter background

February is Winter Active month here in Orillia. This presents a golden opportunity to improve our physical literacy, which means developing the motivation for, and understanding of, different types of beneficial movement. The shorter days and sub-zero temperatures might make some want to hibernate and avoid winter altogether, but there really are so many perks […]

About Electric Vehicles: Trends, Pros and Cons

Electric vehicle charging stations

by Stan Mathewson, EV owner Recent developments in battery technologies and manufacturing, along with state and federal incentives, are helping transform electric vehicles (EVs) —cars and trucks — from being a niche vehicle, used by relatively few people, to being the “rational, economic choice” for many. Most agree that the mass adoption of electric vehicles […]

2020 Anniversary Report

hands holding a seedling in earth

May 24-25, 2019 was the official launch of Sustainable Orillia—a great example of how people of a community can come together, in cooperation with City Council and staff, to plan a more sustainable community. A year later, it seems a good idea to remind our community of what we have accomplished together— and what we […]