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People who were born in Orillia include:
- James K. Bartleman, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario
- Franklin Carmichael, Group of Seven artist
- Leslie Frost, Premier of Ontario from 1949 to 1961
- Gordon Lightfoot, singer/songwriter
- Marnie Woodrow, novelist
People who resided in Orillia include:
- Stephen Leacock, humorist - (born in Swanmore, Hampshire)
Leacock's Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town is based on his experiences in Orillia, although Leacock stated that the fictional town of "Mariposa" could be any town.
Look and Feel
The city of Orillia itself has no major industry nor elements of cultural significance; holding a high number of retirement homes the city has a feeling of being a place one goes to die.
Orillia has rejected the proposed construction of several factories and sources of income, such as a massive recylcing and incineration facility which was to be used for handling the trash of nearby cities and Toronto. The proposed incinerator was rejected due to environmental concerns, a small group of activists pressured the city council into a rejection.
The city's garbage dump is actually placed directly next to the two lakes which are its source of water, causing the water near the dump to have a putrid smell. Movements to shut down the dump and create a new one in another location have been consistently shot down due to the cost of such an effort, despite the environmental cost already being paid by the region.
- Orchard Point
- % Change (1996-2001): 4.6
- Dwellings: 12,172
- Area (sq. km.): 28.61
- Density (persons per sq. km.): 1,018.0
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