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.

Stories

Park Lane Terrace (Expositor photo)

Nursing home cutbacks raise concern

A cutback in working hours for personal support workers and registered practical nurses at Park Lane Terrace has raised concerns about resident care, says a spokesperson for the workers.But the CEO of the company that operates the long-term care facility in Paris says resident care remains the top priority.“Providing proper care for our residents i

Protesters want pig farmer banned from caring for animals

A cutback in working hours for personal support workers and registered practical nurses at Park Lane Terrace has raised concerns about resident care, says a spokesperson for the workers.But the CEO of the company that operates the long-term care facility in Paris says resident care remains the top priority.“Providing proper care for our residents i

City man led 'unconventional' life

Ted Kyle always had his own way of doing things in life and now in death.Mr. Kyle, who died at his home Saturday, was 89. A celebration of his life will take place at the Army Navy Airforce Club, 645 Colborne St. on Sunday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.“He was always unconventional and this is what he wanted,” said Betty Finley, Mr. Kyle’s niece. “We’ll set

Park Lane Terrace (Expositor photo)

Staff hours being cut at long-term care home

Reduced funding from the provincial government is being blamed for an “unprecedented” reduction in working hours for personal support workers and registered practical nurses at Park Lane Terrace, a long-term care home in Paris.“The reduction is a symptom of a broken funding system from the provincial government,” Ken Dam, of the Christian Labour As

Former editor 'wanted to make a difference'

A funeral service will be held Friday for a former Expositor writer and city councillor.Wynn Harding (nee Matthews) died Monday. She was 87.“She was someone who always wanted to make a contribution to her community and make a difference,” her son Mark Harding said. “That’s why she got on council.“She was so frustrated by what was happening in the c

Renovations planned for jail

The provincial government is renovating a section of the now-closed Brantford Jail to accommodate inmates being brought to the city for court appearances.Plans call for 10 holding cells as well as a control room for Brantford police and a lawyer-inmate consultation area to be opened at the jail, which officially closed its doors just before Christm

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