Michelle Ruby, Brantford Expositor

Michelle Ruby has covered a wide variety of beats, including education, county council, and general assignment reporting, since joining The Expositor in 1999. She currently writes entertainment and education stories, including a regular In The Schools column.

Stories

Grand Erie trustees OK $326M operating budget

The Grand Erie District School Board has approved a balanced $326-million operating budget, up more than $7 million from the previous year, setting the course for the next school year.

The Ontario Human Rights Tribunal has ruled in favour of Steve Talos, a 71-year-old high school teacher from Brantford, who brought an application alleging discrimination on the basis of age, after losing health benefits from the Grand Erie District School Board when he turned 65. (Brian Thompson/The Expositor)

'Victory for older workers'

A ruling by the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal that he was discriminated against on the basis of age is a bittersweet victory for a Brantford teacher.

Members of KW Animal Save and London Pig Save hold a vigil outside the provincial offences court office in Simcoe on Thursday prior to the sentencing of Benjamin Stein, who earlier pleaded guilty to animal cruelty charges after 1,500 hogs died at his farm near Frogmore last year. MICHELLE RUBY/POSTMEDIA NEWS

Farmer sentenced in animal cruelty case

A former Norfolk County man who pleaded guilty in an animal abuse case that saw more than 1,500 hogs die last year at his farm near Frogmore was sentenced on Thursday to a lifetime ban on owning or caring for farm animals.

A team of pirates, called Shiver Me Timbers, is among the participants in the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Grand Erie Bowl for Kids Sake fundraiser. They are Jen Bennett (bottom left), Karen Dejaegher, Amy Brooks (back left), Alex Bennett, Sandy McGarrity, Daniella Dejaegher and Chris Bennett. (Michelle Ruby/The Expositor)

200 kids waiting for mentor

Two hundred local children are on a waiting list to be matched with mentors who could help steer the course of their lives.

Kennedy McArthur, a transgender woman from Brantford attempting to join the Canadian Armed Forces, is photographed at the Brant County War Memorial. (Brian Thompson/The Expositor)

She's eager to serve

A Brantford transgender woman says she's hopeful she will be able to join the reserves after the Canadian Forces admitted they made a mistake in denying her application because of the medication she takes.

City man helps hurricane victims in Puerto Rico

With just a bit of information gleaned from Facebook posts about the devastation wreaked by Hurricane Maria last September, Josh Krug made an impulsive decision to travel there in December.The 31-year-old third-year architecture student at George Brown College has a background in renovation work and thought he could help.He’s also an adventurer who

Holy Trinity Catholic High School in Simcoe.

Fraser report rates Ontario high schools

Simcoe’s Holy Trinity Catholic High School was the top high school in the local area, according to a ranking just released by the Fraser Institute.