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.


Barker's Bush part of land swap

PARIS – Barker’s Bush will live on as a destination natural park thanks to a land swap between a developer and Brant County.Brant is set to gain about 140 acres for new parks and trails in an agreement with Losani Homes, the county announced Friday.According to the agreement, Losani will transfer to the county a 100-acre parcel of land locally refe

Gunther Mele holds 'excellence' picnic

Gunther Mele took advantage of its 161st anniversary to throw a different staff party for its employees - a picnic, town hall and job fun fair all rolled into one.“This brings a smile to my face to see this happening. We are all one family, one company,” Darrell King, Gunther Mele president and CEO, told more than 50 employees on Thursday morning a

New Dairy Queen coming to West Brant

Dairy Queen is coming to West Brant in grand style.The city’s third Dairy Queen store will open in early 2019 at 108 Colborne St. W. and Oak Street, DQ Brant officials announced Friday morning. Along with its usual line of DQ delights, it will serve Orange Julius smoothies, DQ Bakes Deserts and DQ Bakes Fan Food.The West Brant location will be a 2,

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.

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

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,

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

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.

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

City, county to submit bid for games

Brantford and Brant County want to submit a bid to co-host the 2021 Ontario 55+ Winter Games.City and county councils will be asked Tuesday to give final approval to recommendations to submit a letter of intent in bid to the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport by Nov. 30 and to set up an Ontario Winter Games organizing committee with rep