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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

Casino Rama will not be reopening Friday

Casino Rama will not be reopening Friday

'Right now we have no set timeline for re-opening,' casino operator tells employees in an internal memo
<b>BREAKING NEWS:</b> Casino Rama will not be reopening Friday

BREAKING NEWS: Casino Rama will not be reopening Friday

'Right now we have no set timeline for re-opening,' casino operator tells employees in an internal memo obtained by OrilliaMatters
Two years late: Orillia Recreation Centre to open next month

Two years late: Orillia Recreation Centre to open next month

The West Street facility will open for summer camps Aug. 10; It's hoped 'regular' programming might begin in September
Orillia Power closing in on $10-M deal to purchase 'green power'

Orillia Power closing in on $10-M deal to purchase 'green power'

'We see this ... as a terrific opportunity for Orillia Power Generation to expand its operations in this sector and expand our capacity to generate green power'
Union slams 'greedy' Gateway over 'shameful' cutting of benefits

Union slams 'greedy' Gateway over 'shameful' cutting of benefits

Company, union at odds over concessions; Gateway says it offered 'better job security (and) a number of additional terms to assist the business' to reopen
Garage, yard sales are still not permitted in Orillia

Garage, yard sales are still not permitted in Orillia

Health unit has given the green light to yard sales, but Orillia says decision won't be looked at until province enters Stage 3 of its reopening plan
Union slams 'greedy' Gateway over 'shameful' cutting of benefits

Union slams 'greedy' Gateway over 'shameful' cutting of benefits

Company, union at odds over concessions; Gateway says it offered 'better job security (and) a number of additional terms to assist the business' to reopen
K-9 unit tracks down Barrie man who fled Orillia OPP

K-9 unit tracks down Barrie man who fled Orillia OPP

Dogs were able to track down the 31-year-old, who was driving a stolen car; He is facing an array of criminal charges
K-9 unit tracks down suspect who fled police behind Walmart <b>(UPDATED: Police provide details)</b>

K-9 unit tracks down suspect who fled police behind Walmart (UPDATED: Police provide details)

Dogs were able to track down man on Fairgrounds Road; The 31-year-old, who was driving a stolen car, is facing an array of criminal charges
Union slams 'greedy' Gateway over 'shameful' cutting of benefits

Union slams 'greedy' Gateway over 'shameful' cutting of benefits

Company, union at odds over concessions; Gateway says it offered 'better job security (and) a number of additional terms to assist the business' to reopen