Michael-Allan Marion, Brantford Expositor

Michael-Allan Marion has been a reporter at The Expositor for 23 years. With a B.A. Honours in political studies from Queen's University, an M.A. in political science and Doctoral Studies (ABD) in planning and politics at University of Waterloo, he has covered City Hall and our local representatives at the provincial and federal scenes, and has provided coverage of elections at all three levels of government. He has garnered several Ontario Newspaper Award nominations and wins for political and environmental features. Among them, he is a three-time winner of the Murray Thomson Award for Excellence in Environmental Writing. For the past five years, Marion has concentrated on his old stomping grounds covering Brant County council, agriculture and rural life, and has extended his coverage to include Six Nations council and aboriginal issues.


Eight-year-old Oliver Smith tosses a ball toward an opening in a snowman figure at a winter carnival put on Sunday by the Norfolk Association for Community Living at the Simcoe Recreation Centre. Brian Thompson/Postmedia News

Olympics theme for winter carnival

Nearly 200 people took part in the Norfolk Association for Community Living’s seventh annual winter carnival on Sunday at the Simcoe Recreation Centre.

Judy Chambers sits in the retail showroom at the Maple Shop on Villa Nova Road near Waterford on Sunday. The Chambers family has been in the maple syrup business for 41 years. Brian Thompson/The Expositor

Marvellous maple syrup

WATERFORD – Through 41 years of tapping maple trees, boiling sap, making products with that golden brown, all-Canadian syrup, or running a pancake house, then later a retail store, Judy and Marvin Chambers have always known their livelihood is intimately tied to one rule.

Programs help Indigenous youth

Urban Indigenous youth have two new federally-funded programs to help them secure higher-level skills and employment.Patricia Hadju, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, announced two programs worth nearly $11 million at a conference hosted by the Niagara Peninsula Area Management Board in Niagara-on-the- Lake on Wednesday.The f

Used carseats being collected for recycling

Parents left with old child carseats after the kids have grown no longer have to discard them.Green Propeller Recycling and The Co-operators are partnering on a plan to collect and recycle the seats. Together, they hope to put a dent in a dismal statistic – an estimated 250,000 child carseats end up in landfills in Ontario every year.“For decades,

Brett Elgin Elliott Sr

Police seize weapons, still hunt suspect

OHSWEKEN – Six Nations police have seized a cache of firearms in their search of a property suspected of illegal drug activity and investigators have intensified their hunt for wanted man Brett Elliott.

Haldimand-Norfolk MPP Toby Barrett

Barrett sticks with Brown in leadership race

Haldimand-Norfolk MPP Toby Barrett says he is sticking by his wish to see Patrick Brown reclaim the leadership of the Progressive Conservative Party to fight the next provincial election – even though he believes he is paying a price for his loyalty.

Holmedale resident Chris Chambers takes advantage of the services of Woodman Park Community Centre, which was turned into a shelter during a state of emergency declared Wednesday by the City of Brantford to cope with Grand River flooding. (Michael-Allan Marion/The Expositor)

Residents turn to emergency shelters

Woodman Park Community Centre on Grey Street was a busy place Wednesday, offering shelter to residents ordered out of their homes as result of the Grand River flood threat,

Warm weather and rain has resulted in large amounts of water pooling in Simcoe`s Wellington Park. The Long Point Region Conservation Authority issued a flood warning on Tuesday for all areas in its watershed. Kim Novak/Simcoe Reformer

LPRCA issues flood warning

Get ready for the prospect of flooding over the banks of streams and on roads in the next few days.

A Simcoe man died in a single-vehicle collision near Jarvis on Saturday morning. The man’s pickup truck left the road, rolled over and landed in a creek. Haldimand firefighters remained on the scene after the man was taken to area hospital where he was pronounced deceased. (Haldimand OPP photo)

Simcoe man killed in truck rollover

JARVIS – Haldimand County OPP are asking for the public’s help in their investigation of a fatal crash in which a man died after his pickup truck rolled over into a creek near Jarvis.

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Candidates to be asked about farming issues

The Norfolk Federation of Agriculture intends to press the interests of local farming and the rural economy in the June 7 provincial election, says president Bob Vogelzang.

Patrick Brown resigned as leader of the Ontario PC party. (The Canadian Press)

Brown bombshell rattles area PCs

Area Progressive Conservatives are trying to make sense of the sudden resignation of Patrick Brown as the Ontario party's leader.

Singer-songwriters Tia McGraff and Tommy Parham give tips on effective songwriting to a workshop attended by 11 in the Norfolk Arts Centre on Saturday. (Michael-Allan Marion/Postmedia Network)

Arts centre setting offers inspiration to songwriters

To singer-songwriting duo Tia McGraff and Tommy Parham, the walls of abundant artwork at the Norfolk Arts Centre, a piano at one end and string instruments at the ready, formed the perfect inspirational setting for a writing workshop.

Laferriere seeking municipal seat

PARIS – Local political and social advocate Marc Laferriere says he is taking his message of change from the federal to the municipal scene.After unsuccessful runs as the standard bearer for the Brant New Democrats in the 2011 and 2015 federal elections, Laferriere has confirmed that he will contest a county council seat in a Paris ward in the Oct.

Chiefs laud Hydro One sale

The Ontario government’s completion of the sale of nearly 14.4 million common shares of Hydro One Ltd. stock to a corporation held by 129 First Nations represents another step in the province’s reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, says Six Nations elected Chief Ava Hill.“This is a benefit for future generations. It’s another sign of a new relati

Weather, holidays slow garbage pickup in Brant

PARIS – County of Brant staff have issued an apology to residents for delays in the collection of garbage in the first week of the new year.“Waste collection has been delayed due to very cold weather, volume of waste and other operational challenges with the holiday schedule,” Rob Walton, director of infrastructure services said Wednesday in a noti

Infrastructure grant application declined

SCOTLAND - Brant County council and the head of a community group seeking to expand the natural gas line network out of the village of Scotland are disappointed that a provincial ministry has turned down an application for a grant that would make the project feasible.

Each Christmas for the past four years, Alexis VanDerMaelen of Simcoe has become a real Elf on a Shelf. She has donned a red elf costume and posed on a variety of surprising and comical perches. Her mother, Connie Forsyth, has snapped photos and then posted a different one each day on Facebook for thousands of admirers to view. (Michael-Allan Marion/Postmedia News)

Duo gets creative with Elf on Shelf popularity

Alexis Vandermaelen and her mother Connie Forsyth never thought their Elf on a Shelf escapade on Facebook would get so popular, and now that they’ve been doing it for four years, they find it hard to stop.