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.


Tobacco yields are down slightly this year. (Brian Thompson/The Expositor/FILE PHOTO)

Tobacco growers have lower harvest this year

TILLSONBURG -- Ontario tobacco growers had to weather a difficult summer but brought in a harvest that is keeping the sector on a sustainable path.

Junior fundraiser extraordinaire Leah Kellar (centre) of Simcoe celebrates receiving a Canada 150 Award with Haldimand-Norfolk MPP Toby Barrett and Haldimand-Norfolk MP Diane Finley in a ceremony in the Waterford Old Town Hall on Saturday. Michael-Allan Marion/Postmedia News

MP honours riding’s ‘unsung heroes’

Haldimand-Norfolk MP Diane Finley capped a week of presenting Canada 150 awards to deserving people in her riding by handing out the final 35 to people living in communities around Waterford on Saturday.

Santa fans come in all shapes and sizes. This little dog catches the attention of Santa and his entourage as they ride in the Christmas festival parade in Port Dover on Saturday. Driving the carriage is Samantha Sowden of Evergreen Hill Farm. Michael-Allan Marion/Postmedia News

Santa reels in big crowd in Port Dover

Santa usually pulls into town on a sleigh to usher in the holiday season, but in Port Dover he honours a tradition of arriving at the dock in a tug boat and wading through a crowd of adoring fans to take his place in the annual Christmas parade.

A man was rushed to hospital and was later pronounced dead after his white Audi collided with a dump truck on Rest Acres Road at Hanlon Place on Monday afternoon. (Photo by David Ritchie)

Man injured in vehicle crash dies

PARIS – Brant County OPP are asking for the public’s help as they investigate the circumstances of a two-vehicle collision that led to the injury and later death of a 25-year- old Brampton man on a road south of Paris.

Cambridge MP Brian May announces more than $420,000 in federal government funding to help the Ontario Ginseng Growers Association increase the market for their products. (Brian Thompson/The Expositor)

Ontario ginseng eyes growth in Asia

SCOTLAND -- The Ontario Ginseng Growers Association is getting a $420,000 federal grant to develop a strategy to promote new markets at home and around the world for Canadian ginseng.

The grape harvest in the Ontario South Coast wine region has progressed well, vineyard owners say.

Grape growers rebound

Members of the Ontario South Wineries and Growers Association are finishing a good second consecutive harvest that will let them draw even more distance away from disastrous seasons a few years ago.

Ginseng yields vary

Ontario ginseng growers are proving themselves a hardy bunch as they manage to grow their industry and the number of members while enduring the uncertainties of weather.

Elana Post, right, co-curator of the inaugural Routes to Roots Film Festival, greets film-goers at The Strand Theatre in Simcoe on Saturday afternoon. Michael-Allan Marion/The Expositor

Simcoe film festival has potential

SIMCOE – Only time will tell if the inaugural Routes to Roots Film Festival will be a successful annual exposition of unusual movies, but organizers, directors and those who lined up to buy tickets to the two-day event say it has all the ingredients.

Scotland Community Centre born from closed school

SCOTLAND – Public benefactors could not have chosen a more idyllic place to build a community centre in the repurposed building of a closed school, on a height of land overlooking rolling hills and farm fields.

'Love and marriage, love and marriage'

PARIS – Family are beginning to gather for Bea and Doug McCauley’s 76th anniversary party in Parklane Terrace, but Bea tells the first ones to arrive that one essential item will ensure they all have a great celebration.

Impaired driver 'deeply remorseful'

Jacob Hoag is facing a sentence of up to five years in prison for killing his best friend in a fiery car crash while driving impaired last year.

Megan Coulson, 16, and her cousins five-year-old Sofia and three-year-old brother Coulton Hungler enjoy the Big Dragon bouncy castle on Saturday at the two-day Donnybrook Fair in Walsh. MICHAEL-ALLAN MARION/Brantford Expositor

Smashing good fun at Donnybrook Fair

It appears there were two kinds of people wanting to come to the Donnybrook Fair — little kids eager to test the mettle of air bounce inflatables and parents who wanted to watch the event’s signature demolition derby.

Condo project planned for Paris

PARIS – Increasingly vibrant downtown Paris is about to get more sparkle with the announcement that a long closed and deteriorating site of an old hotel and Capitol Theatre will be reborn in the form of an upscale condominium and boutique retail development.Located at 11 Mechanic St., the project, called The Royal, is the brainchild of prominent lo

Brant wants study of Willett

PARIS – County council wants the Brant Community Health Care System to begin a study about the future of the Willett Urgent Care Centre and its associated community health services.With sharp comments, Mayor Ron Eddy and councillors lined up Tuesday to express their support for a report from CAO Paul Emerson and Deputy-CAO Michael Bradley that call

Jazz festival lineup unveiled

Impresarios Frank and Nancy DiFelice were revelling in the moment on Wednesday as they stood in the Darling Street entrance lobby of the Sanderson Centre to unveil the lineup of something they never thought they’d see - the 10th anniversary Brantford International Jazz Festival.It runs in downtown Brantford from Sept. 15 to 17.But before they could

Old and new at Paris Fair

PARIS – Organizers of the 159th edition of the Paris Fair are offering visitors to Brant County’s largest social and agricultural event a combination of new and established attractions.The “new” in the Thursday to Monday exhibition features a concert by headliner the James Barker Band. They’re playing at the Grandstand on Sunday at 8 p.m.“We’re thr

Community frustrated over standoff: mayor

CALEDONIA – An Indigenous group supporting the claims of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy in a bitter land dispute is asking for the public’s patience as a standoff continues with no resolution in sight at a barricade they set up more than two weeks ago.Meanwhile, Haldimand County Mayor Ken Hewitt says “patience is at an end” for residents and the bus