Author: Perry Lefko

Barrie among cities OK’d to sell marijuana at LCBO

By Perry Lefko Barrie is among the 14 cities the Government of Ontario has identified that will have stand-alone cannabis stores by July, 2018. The Ministry of Finance and the Liquor Control Board of Ontario announced on November 3 where recreational marijuana will be sold. The news was the latest announcement as part of the federal government’s plan in April, 2016 to legalize the sale of cannabis by July, 2017. The provinces were assigned the task of forming their own distribution system. In addition to Barrie, the cities include: Brampton, Hamilton, Kingston, Kitchener, London, Mississauga, Ottawa, Sault Ste. Marie,...

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Biography portrays how Orillia shaped Gordon Lightfoot’s life

Gordon Lightfoot is one of Canada’s best-known singer/songwriters but what’s fascinating about the man behind the music is how Orillia shaped his life. It is portrayed in a biography written by music journalist Nicholas Jennings, whom Lightfoot gave permission and contributed to the new book about his life, Lightfoot (Penguin Random House Canada Ltd). Born in Orillia on Nov. 17, 1938, Lightfoot became interested in music at a young age through his mother, Jessica, and her three sisters who loved nothing more than to sing and harmonize at family gatherings. They bribed Lightfoot with a nickel to sing, and...

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Canadian Blood Services encourages donations before and after Thanksgiving

By Perry Lefko Canadian Blood Services is reaching out to Canadians to donate blood as part of the Thanksgiving weekend. Lilet Raffinan, territory manager for Mississauga, Brampton, Georgetown, Oakville and Etobicoke, said there is an annual need in Canada for 800,000 units of blood. The slogan is “it’s in you to give.” “Every day is an ongoing need,” Raffinan said. “One in two Canadians is eligible to give blood, but only one in 60 does. Every 60 seconds someone somewhere in Canada needs blood. It is a constant reminder for Canadians to come and donate blood. “We’re encouraging all...

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Concerts support mental health program

By Perry Lefko Ron Beer has been entertaining international audiences with his songs and singing for 40 years and now the multi-talented businessman is using his talents to pay it forward with a unique initiative to help individuals with mental health issues. Beer, whose multi-talented skills include music, martial arts and animation, has been volunteering at the Canadian Mental Health Association for 10 years. The first five years he performed in the mental health unit at the Markham Stouffville Hospital and the last five years at the outpatient program called “The Living Room”. Last May he raffled off compacts...

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Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour coming to Orillia

By Perry Lefko Former National Hockey League players Ethan Moreau and Shayne Corson, along with Juno-nominated band Bleeker, will be part of the Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour that will come to Orillia for a  two-day event at the Orillia Waterfront Centre on November 4-5. Orillia was chosen as one of 24 Canadian communities comprising the 2017-2018 Rogers Tour. It will be televised on Sportsnet during the Nov. 5 game between the Montreal Canadiens and the Chicago Blackhawks in Chicago. Included in the broadcast will be a pre-taped interview with hosts Ron MacLean and Tara Slone in conversation with Orillia...

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