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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

Orillia gas leak fixed; Reps going door-to-door to re-light appliances

Orillia gas leak fixed; Reps going door-to-door to re-light appliances

Lengthy gas leak and repair had a major impact on Orillia Soldiers' Memorial Hospital, officials say
Gas leak finally fixed; Reps going door-to-door to re-light appliances

Gas leak finally fixed; Reps going door-to-door to re-light appliances

Lengthy gas leak and repair had a major impact on Orillia Soldiers' Memorial Hospital, officials say
City on path to creating one-stop, citizen self-service portal

City on path to creating one-stop, citizen self-service portal

'It’s time Orillia got with the times,' said Coun. Mason Ainsworth, who supported $70,000 expenditure as part of three-year phased approach
Cost of monitoring recreation centre lands is $330,000 in 2020

Cost of monitoring recreation centre lands is $330,000 in 2020

There will be an annual cost as long as facility operates; Council also commits $290,000 to ensure grass grows at Foundry Park
'Difficult' budget finalized; City taxes rising by 3.88% in 2020

'Difficult' budget finalized; City taxes rising by 3.88% in 2020

Council doubles its commitment to roads reserve fund; Roads is 'the No. 1 issue,' says Coun. Tim Lauer during today's debate
Refrigerated skate trail at park rejected by city council

Refrigerated skate trail at park rejected by city council

'A refrigerated skate trail sounds a little crazy and futuristic,' notes mayor, but said it would help create a healthier community
Council faces some tough decisions at today's final budget meeting

Council faces some tough decisions at today's final budget meeting

Councillors began deliberating capital budget Monday and will wrap up discussions today; Currently, 4% tax hike is projected, but will be finalized today
Orillia's new recreation centre expected to open in late January

Orillia's new recreation centre expected to open in late January

'It is truly beginning to look like a complete project,' mayor says of $55.5-million project; Site has been 'a beehive of activity' as opening date nears
City commits big bucks to 'security guard' for its network

City commits big bucks to 'security guard' for its network

New analyst and other measures are meant to protect against cyber attacks; 'This is a very, very important position with what’s happening in the world today'
Information Orillia's request for city cash denied at budget deliberations

Information Orillia's request for city cash denied at budget deliberations

Councillors vote against $85,000 funding request; 'We are committed to making it run,' says new board chair, noting agency reopened today