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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.

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dave@orilliamatters.com

Recent Work by Dave

Man killed after wild pursuit involving spike belt, stolen vehicles and a deadly crash (Updated)

Man killed after wild pursuit involving spike belt, stolen vehicles and a deadly crash (Updated)

The incident began with a break and enter in Huntsville and culminated in a death early this morning in Orillia; SIU has invoked its mandate due to police involvement
Casino Rama will be shutting down at midnight Tuesday

Casino Rama will be shutting down at midnight Tuesday

'We understand that the closure is required at this time to work toward a healthy and safe community,' notes internal memo to Casino Rama employees
'Lesson learned': Woman feels lucky to be alive after saving dog from icy lake <b>(3 photos)</b>

'Lesson learned': Woman feels lucky to be alive after saving dog from icy lake (3 photos)

'I wasn’t about to stand there and watch her drown. I didn’t think of myself,' says dog owner who is sharing her story to ensure others stay safe
Health officials call on province to act to curb legionella outbreaks

Health officials call on province to act to curb legionella outbreaks

Orillia mayor applauds SMDHU decision to 'take the lead in calling for a province-wide mandatory cooling tower registry,' saying it's a 'meaningful first step'
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