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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

NDP will have a candidate in Simcoe North, vows local official

NDP will have a candidate in Simcoe North, vows local official

Party's leadership 'said they will have a candidate on the ballot,' riding association president says. 'I have no idea who he or she is'
City's request for concrete barriers on new bridge rejected by MTO

City's request for concrete barriers on new bridge rejected by MTO

'It is not MTO practice to separate sidewalks from the through traffic on a bridge by a barrier,' says official; City would have to pay for wider bridge
Orillia mayor spearheading forum to help tackle opioid crisis

Orillia mayor spearheading forum to help tackle opioid crisis

Free Oct. 22 forum 'is an attempt to reach out to the community,' says mayor; Goal is to provide information, training and resources to educate the public
Orillia mayor spearheading forum to help tackle 'opioid crisis'

Orillia mayor spearheading forum to help tackle 'opioid crisis'

Free Oct. 22 forum 'is an attempt to reach out to the community,' says mayor; Goal is to provide information, training and resources to educate the public
Mayor spearheading local forum to help tackle 'opioid crisis'

Mayor spearheading local forum to help tackle 'opioid crisis'

Free Oct. 22 forum 'is an attempt to reach out to the community,' says mayor; Goal is to provide information, training and resources to educate the public
It's a bird, it's a plane ... it's the new city logo on the water tower!

It's a bird, it's a plane ... it's the new city logo on the water tower!

Workers busy sprucing up Harvie Hill Reservoir as part of $308,000 project; City's new look will be visible from Highway 11 and from University Avenue
Funding issues force Information Orillia to close its doors as of Oct. 1

Funding issues force Information Orillia to close its doors as of Oct. 1

Ongoing funding issues at heart of closure; Board made 'difficult' decision that 'affects a lot of people, it affects the entire community, it affects our staff'
New pedestrian bridge, interpretive centre takes small steps forward

New pedestrian bridge, interpretive centre takes small steps forward

City council green-lighted efforts to move process forward; Goal is to commemorate 'amazing, local Indigenous story that predates the pyramids'
Pedestrian killed after being struck by train in Port Stanton

Pedestrian killed after being struck by train in Port Stanton

Very few details are being released about tragic incident that occurred Saturday night and claimed the life of a 55-year-old man
Pedestrian killed after being struck by train in Port Stanton

Pedestrian killed after being struck by train in Port Stanton

Very few details are being released about tragic incident that occurred Saturday night and claimed the life of a 55-year-old man