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Derek Howard, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Derek Howard, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Derek Howard is a Midland-based civic issues reporter with a background in print journalism. He has lived within North Simcoe for the majority of his life. Sometimes a stage actor, sometimes a voice actor, and sometimes a fiction novelist; when not scooping news, Derek enjoys diving into futurism by researching cutting edge technologies, while also appreciating the beautiful nature of the surrounding area. On occasion, Derek has been known to livestream play sessions of forgotten 1980s video games to sparse crowds. Derek lives alone and would like to someday have a goldfish named Chaos.

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Recent Work by Derek

Drone project aims to keep an eye on region's aggregate pits

Drone project aims to keep an eye on region's aggregate pits

Aggregate reclamation at core of University of Toronto's 'groundtruthing' project approved by township council, to streamline data techniques on rehabilitation progress
Waypoint worker's research helps determine domestic violence risk

Waypoint worker's research helps determine domestic violence risk

Penetanguishene-made tool has helped define intimate partner violence risk assessment for decades, with online training teaching over 1,800 police and others since 2023
Protesters put Tiny municipal building project in their sights

Protesters put Tiny municipal building project in their sights

Residents and council take sides for and against township's future administration centre
Province 'totally disrespectful' to Penetang in CNCC cost battle

Province 'totally disrespectful' to Penetang in CNCC cost battle

On hook for superjail costs totalling $2 million, snubbed council looks to ‘ramp up the noise’ with support from other facilities
'Intimidation' becoming an ugly part of being a local politician

'Intimidation' becoming an ugly part of being a local politician

'I’m in council chambers with people that have joked about killing council and I’m just expected to sit up there and smile,' says Tiny councillor
'Very rewarding': Therapy dog graduation marks tail for the ages

'Very rewarding': Therapy dog graduation marks tail for the ages

'We have 50 teams in this area. We go up to Parry Sound, down to Innisfil, over to Collingwood and Orillia. We have a big area,' says program co-ordinator
'Very excited': Awenda, Giants Tomb to expand over next 3 years

'Very excited': Awenda, Giants Tomb to expand over next 3 years

Federal-provincial partnership of $10 million over next three years for protected parks and conservation areas announced Monday
Man's 'walk for mental health’ following famed El Camino

Man's 'walk for mental health’ following famed El Camino

Historic 1,000-kilometre pilgrimage route in France, Spain serving as fundraiser for Waypoint vice-chair Steve Parry
Tiny homes for 'lower-wage workers' explored at Midland council

Tiny homes for 'lower-wage workers' explored at Midland council

‘We’re looking at a price point of $800 to $900 a month, so it’s truly affordable,’ says Habitat for Humanity official
How Midland handles biowaste raises stink in north Simcoe

How Midland handles biowaste raises stink in north Simcoe

As cost-saving measure for its aged wastewater treatment plant, Midland plans to stop accepting septage from anyone but own ratepayers
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