Clean Energy Canada

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Clean Energy Canada is a climate and clean energy program within the Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue at Simon Fraser University. They work to accelerate Canada’s clean energy transition by sharing the story of the global shift to renewable energy sources and clean technology. They conduct original research, convene influential dialogues, inform policy leadership, […]

World Economic Forum

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The Forum engages the foremost political, business and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas. It was established in 1971 as a not-for-profit foundation and is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. It is independent, impartial and not tied to any special interests. The Forum strives in all its efforts to demonstrate entrepreneurship […]

Sustainable Orillia Welcomes New Directors at First Annual General Meeting

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Twenty-five Orillians came together virtually on Sunday, February 28th for Sustainable Orillia’s Annual General Meeting. Chairman Stan Mathewson welcomed friends, directors and guest speakers to the meeting, which featured a review of the previous year’s activities and expenditures, plus an overview of the organization’s strategic priorities for the year to come. Membership in the local […]

It’s “BYOB” at Orillia’s Home Hardware Building Centre

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Our local Home Hardware store on West Street has taken yet one more step toward greater sustainability: as of February 1, 2020, the store will no longer be providing single use plastic bags for customer purchases. If customers ask for a bag for their purchases, they will be given a choice of two sizes of […]

Rustic cottage that feels like a spaceship is environmentally sustainable

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By Nathan Taylor – Orillia Matters A local attraction that has been around for more than a century has an ambitious plan for the future. YMCA Geneva Park in Ramara Township is in a rejuvenation process, and replacing its dozens of rustic cottages is a big part of it. The organization teamed up with Peterborough’s Endeavour […]

Notice of Annual General Meeting

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Please note that the Annual General Meeting of Members (“Friends”) of Sustainable Orillia will be held in a virtual Zoom meeting on Sunday, February 28, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. Zoom sign- in will begin at 12:50 p.m. Your participation is important. Sign up to become a member here to receive an invitation to the event: […]

Fred Larsen – Orillia’s 2020 Citizen of the Year

Fred Larsen

Since Fred Larsen’s arrival in Orillia in the early 1970’s, he has given back to his chosen community a hundred-fold. Earlier this month, City Council celebrated Fred’s long history of community service, when they voted to confirm him as Orillia’s 2020 Citizen of the Year. Here at Sustainable Orillia we are very proud and grateful […]

Electric Vehicles: a closer look

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Question 1. Are Electric Vehicles Really More Expensive? Question 2. Do You Want To Learn More? To the first question: Usually yes, if you just look at the sticker price. But, in reality, since most of us in Canada keep our new vehicles between 8 and 9 years according to automotive analysis Dennis DesRosiers, the […]