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.


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

Oakland church is sold

OAKLAND – The congregation at Oakland United Church are immersed in bittersweet sentiment as they contemplate the future now that their red-brick hall of worship has been sold.The venerable building at 154 Oakland St. has been sold for the asking price of $229,000 to Victoria Iarocci, Jayne Carman, who chairs the Oakland church council, confirmed T

Brant continues green energy growth

PARIS – Brant Municipal Enterprises is sticking to its path of increasing revenues and accumulation of assets as it becomes a major player in building the county’s green energy and fibre- optics infrastructure.“As BME’s third year of operation, 2016 represented a year of increasing stability in its business activities and earning,” Mayor Ron Eddy, c

Food bank shelves running low

The Brantford Food Bank is appealing to the public to help ease a looming shortfall in food and financial donations during the summer months.“Our monetary donations and supplies of certain food items run short through the summer,” said Heather Vanner, executive director of the Community Resource Service.“We find that donations drop off during the s

Six Nations author wins national prize

Six Nations writer K Dawn Martin makes it crystal clear in a winning poem she wrote for a national Indigenous writing contest that her mind lives in a holistic world, in a confluence of water, nature, politics, social issues and family.Martin captured the 2017 Senior Writing Prize, which includes an all-expenses paid trip to Banff to participate in

Market ready for business

OAKHILL — Co-founders Joann Sangster and Karl Bicz have used ingenuity, business acumen, creativity and good old-fashioned hard work to turn an empty building in disrepair into a grassroots artistic and retailing concept called the Oakhill Urban Market.Passersby have long been accustomed to seeing a succession of departed businesses in the building


Brant promotes tree planting

PARIS – Brant County is encouraging residents to embrace the Ontario 50 Million Trees program and start planting more trees on their properties to increase their value and improve the environment.“The county supports the planting of trees under this program, recognizing the environmental and economic benefits it brings to the community,” said Coun.

Brant wants residents to get active

PARIS – Brant County council wants its citizens to be more physically active and community-spirited as it prepares to construct more facilities and improve others for a growing municipality.And council wants to accomplish these goals partly by fostering more partnerships with community organizations and using taxpayer funds only when necessary.Coun

Quilt marks Canada's 150th birthday

If anyone is stumped about how to explain "What Canada means to me," about 60 members of the Paris Quilting Bees have stitched together an answer.

Six Nations business wins award

OHSWEKEN - Six Nations of the Grand River Development Corporation has won an industry award from the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business.