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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

Province reports 1,708 new, confirmed COVID-19 cases today

Province reports 1,708 new, confirmed COVID-19 cases today

About 67 per cent of the new cases are from the GTA; There are 20 more deaths related to the coronavirus reported over the past 24 hours
Province reports 1,708 new, confirmed COVID-19 cases today

Province reports 1,708 new, confirmed COVID-19 cases today

About 67% of the new cases are from the GTA; There are 20 more deaths related to the coronavirus reported over the past 24 hours
Province reports 1,708 new, confirmed COVID-19 cases today

Province reports 1,708 new, confirmed COVID-19 cases today

About 67% of the new cases are from the GTA; There are 20 more deaths related to the coronavirus reported over the past 24 hours
Council OKs $20,000 to help attract newcomers to Orillia

Council OKs $20,000 to help attract newcomers to Orillia

'From an economic recovery point of view, we should be encouraging folks taking the opportunity to move out of GTA' to consider Orillia, says Coun. Ted Emond
Numbers remain high as province reports 1,822 new COVID cases

Numbers remain high as province reports 1,822 new COVID cases

Public Health Ontario reports 29 deaths related to the coronavirus over the past 24 hours while more than 1,510 cases have been been resolved
Numbers remain high as province reports 1,822 new COVID cases

Numbers remain high as province reports 1,822 new COVID cases

Public Health Ontario reports 29 deaths related to the coronavirus over the past 24 hours while more than 1,510 cases have been been resolved
Numbers remain high as province reports 1,822 new COVID cases

Numbers remain high as province reports 1,822 new COVID cases

Public Health Ontario reports 29 deaths related to the coronavirus over the past 24 hours while more than 1,510 cases have been been resolved
'Essential' Information Orillia getting $25,000 lifeline from the city

'Essential' Information Orillia getting $25,000 lifeline from the city

'This is one of the most valuable investments in the community in terms of the amount we’re putting in and the amount we’re getting back,' said Coun. Jay Fallis
Tax freeze budget gets OK amid concerns from some councillors

Tax freeze budget gets OK amid concerns from some councillors

'I do not support that zero-per-cent tax increase (and) I don’t think it’s good planning for the future,' said Ainsworth
There will be no security guards at Orillia Public Library — for now

There will be no security guards at Orillia Public Library — for now

'Rather than shut it down, closing bathrooms … (let’s) maintain an open, free environment with an element of safety,' said Lauer; Staff will investigate options