Vincent Ball, Brantford Expositor

Vincent Ball

A graduate of the Master's journalism program at the University of Western Ontario and Glendon College, York University, Vincent Ball has been a reporter at The Expositor for the past 25 years. Now covering the police and business beat for The Expositor, Ball previously covered health, social services as well as education. In addition to writing stories, Ball produces videos for The Expositor's website and writes For What it's Worth, a weekly column. After work, Ball trains in the martial arts and works on other writing projects including one detailing the contributions of Brantford, Brant County and Six Nations to the First World War.


Volunteers keep ice nice

It’s a problem often encountered by those who make neighbourhood rinks.How do you accommodate both hockey players and those who just want to skate or little ones who are just learning?Jim Hardie had an answer.Build another rink.Now there are two rinks at Centennial Park, one for skaters and one for the hockey players. One rink is on the tennis cour

Mustangs capture championship

The Brantford Collegiate Institute Mustangs won the battle of the underdogs to capture the Brant County Senior Boys’ Football championship on Saturday.The Mustangs defeated the Assumption College Lions 10-8 in a defensive battle that wasn’t decided until the horn finally sounded signalling the end of the game.“I love this game, I love my players an

Hundreds pay tribute to veterans

More than 500 people, including many veterans, their spouses and caregivers, came out for the annual Thank-A-Vet Luncheon on Saturday.“Yes, this is something I always look forward to,” said Joseph Simich, a 92-year-old Second World War veteran who regularly attends the event.In addition to a good meal served by a large team of volunteers, Simich an

Paris celebrates hockey great Apps

Residents of Paris celebrated a homecoming for one of Canada’s best hockey players and greatest athletes on Saturday.A banner commemorating the late Syl Apps was raised at the Brant Sports Complex before a large crowd of local residents and prior to a game between the Paris Mounties and the Ayr Centennials.“This is such a wonderful, wonderful occas

Air show thrills

Kees VanBerkel might not get as much press as the Canadian Snowbirds but the longtime pilot has been getting more attention than usual this year.“We’ve been pretty busy and lot of that has to do with the 100th anniversary of the First World War,” pilot VanBerkel, 69, said Wednesday. “”We did a show on April 9 – the 100th anniversary of Vimy Ridge -

Air show ready for takeoff

Al Mickeloff has some advice for those planning to attend the Community Air Show at the Brantford Municipal Airport on Wednesday.Get there early.“The weather is looking pretty good and if it holds, we’ll likely crack the 10,000 mark in terms of attendance,” said Mickeloff, a spokesman for the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum. “With those kinds of

Agency's fundraiser is just ducky

A large crowd gathered on a footbridge over the Nith River at Paris Lion’s Park on Saturday to cheer on some floating fowl. The Big Duck race fundraiser was a spectacle that invited a lot of cheering, photographs and cracking wise.“Hey, I want that duck checked for performance enhancing substances,” one fan shouted as a bright yellow rubber duck ea

Powwow about relationship building

Lt.-Gov. Elizabeth Dowdeswell was among the visitors to the Three Rivers Pow Wow at the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation.“It has been a great weekend,” said Stacey LaForme, Chief of the Mississaugas of the New Credit. “I think we had more than 3,000 people here on Saturday and that was probably one of our best days ever.“It’s because of

United Way kicks off campaign

The Brantford Harlequins flexed their muscles and Nathan Manners flashed his smile in support of Brant United Way on Saturday.They were just a couple of the participants in the first-ever antique fire truck pull held at the civic centre. The event was held to announce the fundraising goal of this year’s campaign - $1.7 million - and raise awareness

WTFest attracts 6,500

Organizers of WTFest are pleased with the results of this year’s day-long rock concert but changes to better highlight local talent are being planned for the 2018 festival.“We’ve always done what we can to promote the local music scene and talent,” event organizer Jamie Stephens said Tuesday. “What we want to do next year is have fewer local bands

Hearn boosts Alzheimer research

David Hearn was at the Brantford Golf and Country Club on Monday to boost efforts to combat Alzheimer’s disease.“It’s something that has affected members of my family – my grandmother and great-grandmother,” Hearn said. “There are a lot of families out there who have been affected by it, as well, and so today is all about raising funds for research

WTFest rocks Lions Park

Our Lady Peace has been recording and performing for 25 years but they still find ways to keep it fresh.“Yes, I think it would be easy to get stale if all we did was studio work,” lead guitarist Steve Mazur said before performing at WTFest on Saturday. “It would probably be the same if all you did was live shows – kind of like going on auto-pilot.“

Caution still needed on river

The rescue of two women from the Grand River on Wednesday shows the after effects of the heavy rainfall in June are still being felt, says a spokesperson for the Grand River Conservation Authority.“The flows are twice as high as they would normally be for this time of year and because of all that rain there is a lot of debris – tree branches, rocks

Charlie Ward Park getting facelift

The view from the front porch of the Wellington Street home where Lillian DeLiens lives is about to get a whole lot nicer.“I can’t wait,” DeLiens said. “It’s going be lovely, just lovely.”DeLiens has been living in her home for the past three years and the view has never been particularly good. Sitting on the porch looking towards the street her ga

Burford celebrates

By the community, for the community.That’s how organizers were summing up Burford’s Canada Day celebrations on the weekend. “Everybody stepped up. We had contributions from all of the service clubs and everyone contributed in some way to make this a pretty special party,” Flint Barker, president of the Burford Agricultural Society, said Saturday as

Wasn't that a party?

Dustin Caron was about as Canadian as one could be on Saturday.How so?Well, Caron could be seen carrying a hockey stick as he walked through the Steve Brown Sports Complex field during Brantford’s Canada Day celebrations.He added a Canadian flag to the stick for emphasis.But that’s not all.He had a Canadian flag towel and he was carrying an empty b

Man charged after more than 1,000 pigs found dead

One of the worst cases of animal cruelty in Southwestern Ontario that began with the discovery of more than 1,200 dead pigs in a manure-filled barn in Norfolk County lands in court Thursday.

Mike Powers of London and his seven-year-old son Dominic look at a 4-cycle racing kart on display during an open house on Saturday at Britain West Motorsport's new 10,000 square foot shop, located just west of Brantford. The youngster is going to race karts this season in the cadet class with the Waterloo Regional Kart Club. Brian Thompson/The Expositor

Drivers have need for speed

Karen Lindsay has another story about life in the fast lane to share after an experience Saturday.

Tatum Wilkes of Brantford celebrates scoring on a penalty shot on Sunday during a charity sledge hockey game in Waterford featuring the South Coast Special Needs Kids playing against the Norfolk OPP Auxiliary Police. Brian Thompson/The Brantford Expositor

Kids vs. police in sledge hockey game

Public spaces have become more accessible to those who use wheelchairs and other devices but there's still a long way to go, says a three-time paralympian and gold medalist.

A group of participants discuss ideas on Saturday during a Game Jam at Laurier Brantford's Game Design and Development lab in Brantford. Attendees at the weekend-long event, from a variety of educational institutions in Ontario, were charged with creating new games with a climate change theme. Brian Thompson/The Expositor

Laurier lab takes games seriously

Climate change is serious business but that doesn't mean learning about it has to be time-consuming and tedious.