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.


Steve Talos, a teacher with the Grand Erie District School Board, has brought an application alleging discrimination on the basis of age to the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal after losing health benefits after age 65. (Brian Thompson/The Expositor)

'Matter of self-respect'

Steve Talos loves teaching, so when he turned 65 he had no intention of retiring.

Teachers seeing rise in violence

The head of a local elementary teachers' union said there has been a marked increase in violent and aggressive behaviours by students in all school boards, including Grand Erie.

Fentanyl (File Photo)

Fentanyl crisis topic of forum

The executive director of Brant Family and Children's Services said rising fentanyl use in the city is increasing the number of children in the agency's care.

'We need to de-stigmatize it'

PARIS -- A medical marijuana operation in Paris is planning to start shipping its product by mid-October.

Catholic board sees stable enrolment

A budget of about $121 million, slightly higher than the previous year, went through the first step of approval on Tuesday at a meeting of the Brant Haldimand Norfolk Catholic District School Board.

Simcoe Composite School students cheer from the grandstand on Young Canada Day at the Norfolk County Fair on Oct. 7, 2014. (EDDIE CHAU/Simcoe Reformer)

Young Canada Day remains intact

In the end, the Grand Erie District School Board decided to stick with status quo – mostly – for Young Canada Day.

Public school board staff cuts likely

Continued declining enrolment at the secondary level means the Grand Erie District School Board likely will need to cut staff next school year.

Rick Monture, assistant professor of English and cultural studies at Hamilton’s McMaster University, explains the meaning of the Two Row wampum belt on Sunday during an open house on Six Nations. (Brian Thompson/The Expositor)

Get to know neighbours

OHSWEKEN -- A paddling festival hosted by Six Nations tourism will launch in July.

Optician heading to Ethiopia

As an optician, one of Catherine Labrecque-Rowntree's greatest joys is watching someone slip on their very first pair of glasses and knowing she helped give them, quite literally, a whole new view of the world.