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Dave Dawson

Dave Dawson

Dave Dawson was born and raised in Orillia and returned to his hometown to become sports editor of The Packet & Times in 1991. He chose to stay in Orillia, to raise his family here and to serve the community as a reporter, editor and freelance writer ever since. He is thrilled to be the community editor of OrilliaMatters.com and looks forward to continuing the tradition of bringing the stories that matter to Orillians to their fingertips every day. Dave is also very involved in the community; he coached various sports when his kids were younger and, today, is a valued board member of Sport Orillia, a member of the Building Hope campaign for the Lighthouse Soup Kitchen and Shelter and is also part of the committee selected to choose this year's Citizen of the Year.

Recent Work by Dave

Citizens urged to attend 'It is over!' rally at City Hall 'to stop OEB appeal'

Citizens urged to attend 'It is over!' rally at City Hall 'to stop OEB appeal'

Sarah Valiquette-Thompson hopes public outcry might help change council's course of action in wake of OEB decision to quash deal between city, Hydro One and Orillia Power
Local high school student athletes honoured at Breakfast of Champions

Local high school student athletes honoured at Breakfast of Champions

Ken 'Jiggs' McDonald speaks at annual Sport Orillia event; Hall of Fame induction set for Saturday night
New recreation centre, old rink sparks debate at City Hall

New recreation centre, old rink sparks debate at City Hall

City councillors received update on about 30 different projects/initiatives during lengthy meeting
Rosy fiscal forecast is 'very good news,' city treasurer says

Rosy fiscal forecast is 'very good news,' city treasurer says

Councillors hear 'impressive' numbers as part of review of major capital plan; No long-term debt required for projects
Orillia man mad as hell. Isn't going to take winter any longer

Orillia man mad as hell. Isn't going to take winter any longer

Dave Beckett decided spring is a state of mind and launched his new canoe — sort of
To Hell with winter, outdoor enthusiast says

To Hell with winter, outdoor enthusiast says

Dave Beckett decided spring is a state of mind and launched his new canoe - sort of
Guess what, Orillia? You can expect your hydro rates to rise!

Guess what, Orillia? You can expect your hydro rates to rise!

Orillia Power CEO says if deal with Hydro One can't be salvaged, local rates will rise - something that would not have happened if the deal was approved by the Ontario Energy Board
Public meeting in May could pave the way for Uber in Orillia

Public meeting in May could pave the way for Uber in Orillia

'The bottom line is the consumers deserve a choice,' Uber driver says
Council OKs $300,000 upgrade to Victoria Park, $171,000 to boardwalk repairs

Council OKs $300,000 upgrade to Victoria Park, $171,000 to boardwalk repairs

Council opts to increase budget at Victoria Park to improve accessibility; 'Let's do it right the first time,' says Coun. Emond
Legal fees in negotiations between City, Hydro One have surpassed $1-million

Legal fees in negotiations between City, Hydro One have surpassed $1-million

'That's essentially, at this point, over $1 million that's been wasted,' Mason Ainsworth said of deal that was nixed last week by Ontario Energy Board; City has 20 days to appeal