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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

Big beach crowds prompt three tickets at Orillia's parks - so far

Big beach crowds prompt three tickets at Orillia's parks - so far

'This is the third weekend in a row where it’s been an issue,' said mayor, noting new parking restrictions and other measures will be in place for next weekend
Number of COVID-19 cases in Ontario rises slightly

Number of COVID-19 cases in Ontario rises slightly

There are 136 confirmed new cases of COVID-19 today along with two additional deaths, according to provincial authorities
Number of COVID-19 cases in Ontario rises slightly

Number of COVID-19 cases in Ontario rises slightly

There are 136 confirmed new cases of COVID-19 today along with two additional deaths, according to provincial authorities
Both drivers required extrication after head-on crash on Highway 12

Both drivers required extrication after head-on crash on Highway 12

Driver of pickup, a local senior, is facing impaired driving charges; The other driver, 77, was airlifted to a Toronto hospital with serious injuries
Both drivers required extrication after head-on crash on Highway 12

Both drivers required extrication after head-on crash on Highway 12

Driver of pickup, a local senior, is facing impaired driving charges; The other driver, 77, was airlifted to a Toronto hospital with serious injuries
Both drivers required extrication after head-on crash on Highway 12

Both drivers required extrication after head-on crash on Highway 12

Driver of pickup, a local senior, is facing impaired driving charges; The other driver, 77, was airlifted to a Toronto hospital with serious injuries
Quick-thinking marina staff ensured boat fire was contained

Quick-thinking marina staff ensured boat fire was contained

Fire erupted shortly after the vessel was refuelled at Bridgeport Marina; Fire Chief said marina staff 'did a fantastic job' to ensure a bad situation didn't become worse
Council OK's street closure to aid 'devastated' downtown businesses

Council OK's street closure to aid 'devastated' downtown businesses

Without intervention, councillor fears 'we will see a significant number of downtown merchants close and the downtown will be devastated for years to come'
City cracking down on out-of-town visitors to beaches, boat launches

City cracking down on out-of-town visitors to beaches, boat launches

Visitors will have to pay $50 to park and $50 to launch boats; 'The big issue, at the end of day, is enforcement,' says councillor
Council holding special meeting Thursday; crackdown on visitors likely

Council holding special meeting Thursday; crackdown on visitors likely

Mayor will be 'asking council to contemplate short-term measures the city could put in place to address the use of parking and boat launches by visitors'