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Derek Howard, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Derek Howard, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Derek Howard is a Midland-based civic issues reporter with a background in print journalism. He has lived within North Simcoe for the majority of his life. Sometimes a stage actor, sometimes a voice actor, and sometimes a fiction novelist; when not scooping news, Derek enjoys diving into futurism by researching cutting edge technologies, while also appreciating the beautiful nature of the surrounding area. On occasion, Derek has been known to livestream play sessions of forgotten 1980s video games to sparse crowds. Derek lives alone and would like to someday have a goldfish named Chaos.

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Recent Work by Derek

CLH axes 32 jobs after decades of ‘starving’ from governments

CLH axes 32 jobs after decades of ‘starving’ from governments

‘Complex individuals who are at high risk for homelessness puts a significant strain on systems,’ says CLH Developmental Support Services CEO Johnson, as layoffs and closures loom
Tay library ad hoc committee covered for members

Tay library ad hoc committee covered for members

Assignment of three council members will complement municipal staff and library board representation ‘because they’re the people who have the knowledge and information’
Midland hospital breaks ground for upcoming MRI expansion

Midland hospital breaks ground for upcoming MRI expansion

Community has so far raised $2.4 million of $4-million goal to help fund magnetic resonance imaging unit, speeding 'at a lightning pace' for approvals and construction with first patient scan expected in early 2025
To guard resident's 'sanity' Midland delivers wildlife feeding edict

To guard resident's 'sanity' Midland delivers wildlife feeding edict

Aberdeen neighbourhood near Wye River wetland gets overfeeding wildlife bylaw after a decade of resident frustrations
Midland council excited by Rotary stage bandshell encore

Midland council excited by Rotary stage bandshell encore

Town works with contractor to bring reconstruction project fixes to Little Lake Park stage within budget before it’s ‘condemned’
Summer in north Simcoe shaping up to be a safe swim with these tips

Summer in north Simcoe shaping up to be a safe swim with these tips

Beach updates for Midland, Penetanguishene, Tay and Tiny Townships are key to make swimming safe for everyone this season
Tay waiting for green light on automated speed cameras

Tay waiting for green light on automated speed cameras

Committee of the whole approves partnership with Newmarket on speed cam enforcement; requires community safety zone bylaws and future council approval
Critical infrastructure failure places second in Penetanguishene risk assessment

Critical infrastructure failure places second in Penetanguishene risk assessment

Mandatory fire services assessment cited nine ranked risk items with severe weather and critical infrastructure failure at the top, also noted lack of inspections for industrial occupancies
Leadfoots beware: Midland installing speed cameras next year

Leadfoots beware: Midland installing speed cameras next year

Behavior modification and safety the intent of automated speed enforcement program over revenue generation says legal and risk advisor; Downer calls it ‘a mistake’
Tay offers tentative no to funding Midland plant after town rejects septage extension

Tay offers tentative no to funding Midland plant after town rejects septage extension

Affected north Simcoe municipalities to discuss options following rejection of 2025 extension. Midland official provides list of 32 reasons why external septage and/or hauled sewage couldn’t be accepted
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