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.

Stories

OFA sees 'opportunity' with new gov't

The incoming Progressive Conservative government in Ontario will be on the receiving end of a strong lobbying effort about the interests of agriculture and rural areas before its members even take their seats in the Legislature.

Six Nations elected Chief Ava Hill (Brian Thompson/Expositor file photo)

Six Nations watching murder trial

OHSWEKEN - Six Nations elected council is watching closely the second-degree murder trial of a Hamilton man accused in the shooting death of a Six Natons man.

Bob and Irene Romaniuk, who run the Brant County Garlic Co., harvested a 30-acre crop of garlic in 2017 at their farm on 13th Concession Road, outside Scotland. (Submitted photo by Bob Romaniuk)

Garlic growers enjoy smell of success

Brant County Garlic Co. owners Bob and Irene Romaniuk have just devoted a whopping increase in acreage this year to their biggest garlic crop yet.

Ontario asparagus

Ontario asparagus ready

Delayed by winter-like spring weather, Ontario asparagus is now coming to market.

Remi Van De Slyke is president of the Ontario Ginseng Growers Association. (Expositor file photo)

Cold spring weather delays ginseng crop

SIMCOE - Many ginseng growers are behind up to 12 days in the spring part of the growing season, due to a combination of extreme cold weather in April and heavy winds that knocked over shade canopies on many farms.

OPP

UPDATE: Police identify driver killed in crash

Provincial police say that the driver of a car was pronounced dead at the scene of a collision with a tractor trailer on Governors Road, east of Paris Road, in Brant County, at about 1:20 a.m. May 7,

Simcoe courthouse. (FILE PHOTO)

Four fined for damaging species at risk habitat

SIMCOE – Four southern Ontario residents have been fined a total $11,000 for damaging species at risk habitat and operating a motor vehicle within a conservation reserve.

Savouring rural retreat

Norfolk County stepped into the spotlight as part of the annual Terroir Symposium that brings together hundreds of people in the food industry to discuss issues and trends in hospitality.

Interchange project good to go

Brant County council is being urged to move ahead with a long-held $14- million quest to build the Highway 403/Bishopsgate Road interchange and lobby Queen’s Park and Ottawa for funding now that an environmental assessment for the project has been approved.The public works committee has been informed in a staff report that a harmonized environmental

Brantford best place to buy home, says magazine

Walter Gretzky has long said Brantford is the centre of the universe, and now he has Maclean’s magazine and MoneySense to back him up, after the annual Where to Buy Real Estate Now ranking has declared the Telephone City the best place to buy real estate.“I had to shut up for two weeks,” Mayor Chris Friel chuckled in an Expositor interview as an ar

Kindrey Krol stars as Belle and Ben Hoerdt as the Beast in the Waterford District High School production of Beauty and the Beast. Contributed Photo

Many hands go into WDHS show

Students, former students, parents, teachers and many others are teaming up to mount Waterford District High School’s spring musical production of Beauty and the Beast.

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.