Debora Van Brenk, The London Free Press

Debora Van Brenk has worked at The London Free Press since 1987. She has won or been a finalist for more than a dozen provincial reporting awards and was a finalist, with a Free Press team, for a National Newspaper Award. She covers a wide range of stories and specializes in writing about environmental and rural/urban issues. Email or Twitter @DebatLFPress


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Farmers contemplate quitting

Southwestern Ontario pea, pickle, tomato and sweet-corn growers are mobilizing to answer a provincial plan that would eliminate their collective voice when negotiating with vegetable processors.


Mayors tackle scourge of the Great Lakes wetlands

A new satellite-aided model shows that phragmites – invasive, feather-topped reeds twice the height of a basketball net – are forecast to spread exponentially across the Great Lakes.

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Town ensures Tillson’s vision for property is preserved

A debate that simmered for weeks over the ownership of a park once owned by the scion of a Southwestern Ontario town’s founder is now settled, with the school board that’s maintained it for eight decades saying it will relinquish any claims to it.

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Farm clans earn most in other fields

Off-farm jobs account for more than three-quarters of the income farm families earn, a new Statistics Canada analysis shows.