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

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.

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

The Routes to Roots Film Festival will kick off at the Simcoe Strand Theatre Oct. 21-22. Pictured (back row), co-founder and Strand owner Kent Rapley (left), co-founder Mike McArthur along with (front row) co-curator Michael Chwastiak (left) and chair Jim Carroll. (JACOB ROBINSON/Simcoe Reformer)

Simcoe film festival gets back to roots

Get a glimpse of rural life around the world at the first Routes to Roots Film Festival in Simcoe.A selection of feature films and shorts, a showcase of local, national and international film with an emphasis on themes of returning to roots, rural life and connectedness, are on the bill at the festival, set for Oct. 21 and 22.“It’s a wonderful oppo

Tollgate celebrates 50th anniversary

Plans for Tollgate Technological Skills Centre to celebrate a milestone anniversary stemmed from a bit of a sticky situation.

The Greater Sudbury Police Service seized fentanyl and cocaine in a drug bust over the weekend. (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.

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.