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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

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
Plans to reopen Casino Rama put on hold

Plans to reopen Casino Rama put on hold

The casino will 'remain closed until further notice' due to the increase in 'communities moving into further restrictions across the province'
Plans to reopen Casino Rama put on hold 'until further notice'

Plans to reopen Casino Rama put on hold 'until further notice'

The casino will 'remain closed until further notice' due to the increase in 'communities moving into further restrictions across the province'
Plans to reopen Casino Rama put on hold 'until further notice'

Plans to reopen Casino Rama put on hold 'until further notice'

The casino will 'remain closed until further notice' due to the increase in 'communities moving into further restrictions across the province'
Plans to reopen Casino Rama put on hold 'until further notice'

Plans to reopen Casino Rama put on hold 'until further notice'

The casino will 'remain closed until further notice' due to the increase in 'communities moving into further restrictions across the province'
Plans to reopen Casino Rama put on hold 'until further notice'

Plans to reopen Casino Rama put on hold 'until further notice'

The casino will 'remain closed until further notice' due to the increase in 'communities moving into further restrictions across the province'
Plans to reopen Casino Rama put on hold 'until further notice'

Plans to reopen Casino Rama put on hold 'until further notice'

The casino will remain closed due to the increase in 'communities moving into further restrictions across the province'
Plans to reopen Casino Rama put on hold 'until further notice'

Plans to reopen Casino Rama put on hold 'until further notice'

The casino will 'remain closed until further notice' due to the increase in 'communities moving into further restrictions across the province'
Police say Orillia murder victim did not know teen who stabbed him

Police say Orillia murder victim did not know teen who stabbed him

'There’s no evidence (the victim) was involved in any kind of criminal or nefarious activity,' says official of 'disturbing' murder on Coldwater Road