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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

Council outlines raisin d'être behind extra butter tart day

Council outlines raisin d'être behind extra butter tart day

Downer raises successful downtown car show of days-gone-by as business opportunity in pitch for festival expansion; council approves report for possible 2025 implementation
Midland to invite North Simcoe groups to table for NSSRC fee talks

Midland to invite North Simcoe groups to table for NSSRC fee talks

Working group for North Simcoe Sports and Recreation Centre gets council approval; looking to include everybody impacted by user fees
Tiny plans incentives for garden suite conversions

Tiny plans incentives for garden suite conversions

From garden suites to additional dwelling units, Tiny councillor spots possible $5,000 gain for residents pending permissions from planning and development department
GBGH Foundation hoping for $7.5M in donations next year

GBGH Foundation hoping for $7.5M in donations next year

‘(We’re) on budget next year to go from $2.8 million to $7.5 million’ for community donations, says Tiny mayor as county council rep for local hospital foundation
'Vendetta’ in Tiny against short-term rental owners: Sloutsky

'Vendetta’ in Tiny against short-term rental owners: Sloutsky

Head of Responsible Hosts of Tiny group ‘floored’ by recent private investigator implementation against resident short-term rental owner, CAO declines to respond
Rosemount Rd. bridge work readying to be crossed off Tay’s to-do list

Rosemount Rd. bridge work readying to be crossed off Tay’s to-do list

Council members question proposed 'five-to-seven day' installation following lengthy Old Fort Rd. overhaul; $743,000 contract awarded to Northern Mat & Bridge
Preliminary Tay budget shows 4.49% tax hike for 2024

Preliminary Tay budget shows 4.49% tax hike for 2024

Council addressed presentations, policing and wastewater during special meeting discussion; next budget meeting set for mid-March
Tiny hangs up on cell tower opponents as concurrence granted

Tiny hangs up on cell tower opponents as concurrence granted

‘Ultimate approval rests with the federal agencies,’ says Tiny staff on letter of concurrence relevance; council approves letter despite vocal opposition in attendance
Penetanguishene cell tower put on hold, for now

Penetanguishene cell tower put on hold, for now

Opposition to proposed structure relieved at failed letter of concurrence during committee of the whole; to be ratified at next council meeting. 'This tower is going to desecrate the church:' St. Ann's custodian
Tiny homes for 'lower-wage workers' explored at Midland council

Tiny homes for 'lower-wage workers' explored at Midland council

‘We’re looking at a price point of $800 to $900 a month, so it’s truly affordable,’ says housing pilot project supporter on requested Habitat for Humanity initiative in Midland
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