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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

We shut off the comments on BradfordToday. Here's why

We shut off the comments on BradfordToday. Here's why

This was not an easy decision as we strive to provide a variety of viewpoints but the comment section was no longer a safe or a sane place
<b>ONTARIO:</b> SIU clears officers who fatally shot man after mask 'rampage' in Minden

ONTARIO: SIU clears officers who fatally shot man after mask 'rampage' in Minden

SIU report says man 'pummeled' store employee, assaulted second employee, rammed car into carts and building and was later killed by OPP at his rural home
Public Health Ontario reports 129 new COVID cases Tuesday

Public Health Ontario reports 129 new COVID cases Tuesday

In today's daily update from the province, officials say there were five deaths due to COVID-19 over the past 24 hours
Ontario reports 119 new COVID cases Monday

Ontario reports 119 new COVID cases Monday

Public Health Ontario says there were three deaths due to COVID-19 over the past 24 hours
Casino Rama rolling the dice, preparing to reopen July 29

Casino Rama rolling the dice, preparing to reopen July 29

While details are scant, officials say Casino Rama will reopen to 50% capacity; Timeline for return of concerts and other amenities remains unclear
Campaign aims to support area man paralyzed after fluke injury

Campaign aims to support area man paralyzed after fluke injury

A GoFundMe campaign has been set up to help Riley Chapman, 20, and his family; 'This is truly a sad time,' says best friend spearheading fundraiser
Gaming floor getting 'refresh,' but no timeline yet for reopening of Casino Rama

Gaming floor getting 'refresh,' but no timeline yet for reopening of Casino Rama

Union official says 400 slot machines and 20 table games will be removed; 'The reconfiguration ...is not expected to have any impact on staffing levels'
Number of new COVID cases in Ontario dips below 1,000 Sunday

Number of new COVID cases in Ontario dips below 1,000 Sunday

The public health agency is reporting 42 deaths over the past 24 hours and notes the number of new cases may be lower due to 'data maintenance' in Toronto
Province reporting 1,300 confirmed new cases of COVID-19 today

Province reporting 1,300 confirmed new cases of COVID-19 today

.According to Public Health Ontario, there were 19 more deaths related to the coronavirus during the past 24 hours
Local radio personality Rob Frost returning to local airwaves

Local radio personality Rob Frost returning to local airwaves

'As a little kid, I always wanted to be on the radio,' says Frost, who was on the air at Rock 95 and Kool FM for more than 20 years. 'I’m happy to be back.'