Susan Gamble, Brantford Expositor

Susan Gamble has worked at The Expositor since 1991, covering everything from consumer scams to education. She now focuses on general beat reporting, investigative stories and a weekly column that's a collection of quirky and amusing stories from the area. Previously a videographer for CKCO-TV in Kitchener, Gamble was one of the country's first female television news photographers. She has been nominated for, or won, more than 16 Ontario Newspaper Awards. She's been nominated for a Canadian Association of Journalists award for investigative reporting and a National Newspaper Award for local coverage.


Shawn Oakes (facebook photo)

Teacher guilty of sexually-assaulting student

High emotions broke out in Superior Court Friday as teacher Shawn Oakes was pronounced guilty of sexually assaulting a then-15-year-old student in 2015.With the words barely out of Justice Catrina Braid’s mouth, Oakes’s mother began sobbing loudly and another family member shouted that the verdict was a “joke.”Both Braid and Oakes’s victim – now 18

Showcase home rises from ruins

Talk about everything old being new again – Dan and Carol Lyn Brown have torn down an old house and created a startling new home in the form of a historic, but ruined, old building on Tollgate Road.The couple, who have renovated and flipped 31 houses together, were intrigued by the 40-year abandoned house at 162 Tollgate. They outbid others, includ

Developer Howard Rotberg stands in front of the former rope factory buildings on Sherwood Drive in Brantford, Ontario on Thursday August 31, 2017. Plans for this portion of the complex will be the Heritage Park Mall at the Artisans Village and Cultural District. Brian Thompson/Brantford Expositor/Postmedia Network

Mall will have heritage look

Already home to some offbeat artistic and recreational stores and groups, an indoor mall is now being built at the site of the old Brantford Cordage rope factory on Sherwood Drive.The 12-store, 2,800 square-metre mall will use the original architecture of one of the old buildings to both preserve history and offer a dramatically different look to a

Man jailed for possession of child porn

A 35-year-old Brantford dad who had an enormous collection of child pornography featuring babies and children was sentenced to 10 months in jail in Ontario Court this week.Michael Groulx possessed a “massive collection” of images and videos, said Justice Kathleen Baker as she sentenced him.“Whether Mr. Groulx actually viewed every image or hour of

Man jailed for trafficking cocaine

A Grey Street young man who was dealing cocaine in March was sentenced to a total of 18 months in jail in Ontario Court recently.Kyle Leonardo Palmer, 21, pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine for the purposes of trafficking before Justice Robert Gee.The judge ordered him to remain in jail for 13.5 months and gave him credit for 140 days of pre-t

A new leg to stand on

Eric MacKeigan stands on his own two feet but he's asking for the community's help as he prepares to give up one of them during surgery next month.

Homicide victim a 'gentle man'

Bob Waite was a gentle man who loved being on the water and was such a creature of habit that when he failed to turn up for his regular breakfast with his retired buddies, they were alarmed.

Community support gives family hope

PARIS- The big community room at the Brant Sports Complex was bustling with bidders eyeing more than 120 silent auction opportunities Saturday night but young Elle Morton only had eyes for the hockey game playing out on the ice below.

Stem cell registration huge success

PARIS- A registration blitz for potential stem cell donors was a huge success Sunday but the organizers, volunteers and family members at the event knew there's a very slim chance a perfect match was found for Josette Ambeau.

Registry helps protect the vulnerable

Sgt. Jim Sawkins has seen first-hand the problem that occurs when a police officer encounters someone who is lost, confused or suffering from dementia or mental health problems.

Family starting over after fire

Area tribute artists are banding together to help one of their own after a night-time fire ravaged the home of the Empey family in Princeton earlier this month.

Basketball tourney fills city gymns

Every major gymnasium in the city was busy over the weekend as almost 1,000 young basketball players poured into Brantford for one of the annual Paul Mitchell Boys Invitational Basketball Tournaments.

'It's their Stanley Cup'

For kids who don't travel to out-of-town games and tourneys to play competitive hockey, the Walter Gretzky Hockey Tournament is a big, big deal.