Tougher impaired driving laws now in effect

Ontario motorists woke up today to a new impaired driving regime. Police officers will now be able to demand a roadside breath sample from any lawfully stopped driver to determine whether a person has alcohol in their body without first having to suspect the motorist has been drinking. Until now, officers …

Yakabuski says share your photos of festive local foods

The Ontario Government is launching a celebration of local food in time for the holidays. As people prepare their holiday spread and festive treats they are invited to share their shots on social media as part of a Festive Local Food celebration. The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs …

Decision imminent on MV pot shop

At the December 17 Council meeting, MV Council will consider a Resolution whether to permit the licensing of pot shops within the Township’s boundaries. The Current has therefore ended its online poll which has been running since September 16. Readers were asked, “Should Madawaska Valley allow cannabis retailers (pot shops) …

Heritage Photo: St. Joseph’s School 1952-53 Grade Four

This picture was taken during the school year 1952-53 and it’s the Grade Four class.  Please let the readership know if you spot an error and can make a correction. FRONT ROW: Bobby Crawford, Arthur Peplinskie, Roy Kulas, Tony Yantha, Leonard Stoppa, Ronald Chippior, Jimmy Shulist, David Biernaskie, Kenneth Kovalskie, …

The case for public transit

EDITORIAL At the November 19 MV Council meeting, students from St. John Bosco School presented Council with a list of proposals. Among these was a request for a public transit system. The absence of a transit system has been questioned in the following studies/reports: 2014-15: Among residents’ main reasons for …

OPP Killaloe Detachment wants you to be fraud-savvy

During the past week, the Killaloe OPP have responded to two fraud complaints involving the sharing of personal information. The OPP wants the community to become “Fraud Savvy.” Never give personal information by phone unless you have initiated the contact. Don’t try, don’t buy, and don’t reply to spam or …

Tree of Lights event sparks Christmas campaign

This year’s Tree of Lights celebration held on December 7 in Barry’s Bay is a visible reminder of the annual Christmas Campaign run by St. Francis Valley Healthcare Foundation (SFVH) to help provide equipment for St. Francis Memorial Hospital. The goal of the campaign is about Giving the Gift of …

Volunteers needed to clear debris from trails

Madawaska Valley residents and seasonal residents, snowmobilers, ATVers, cross country skiers, hikers, joggers, hunters, fishermen and anyone else who enjoys the fantastic trail system we have in our community — The Clubs and Trails need your assistance.  The recent wet snowstorms have caused havoc on the trails and much work is …

Santa Claus arrives in the Valley

Sunshine and smiles greeted Santa Claus as he arrived in the Madawaska Valley for his annual Parade on Saturday December 8. Santa complimented the Madawaska Valley Lions Club for organizing such a splendid event to greet him. Lions Club President Tom Smith said thirty floats were entered in this year’s …

Novels for the book lover on your Christmas list

As an avid reader, I’d love if Canadians adopted the Icelandic tradition of Jólabókaflóð  (Yule Book Flood). On Christmas Eve, Icelanders exchange gifts of books and then spend the evening reading. This custom sounds like heaven to me because my wish list for Santa always includes books. If you have …

MV Council to adopt new governance structure

The Township of Madawaska Valley held the inaugural meeting of its new Council on December 3, 2018. CAO/Clerk Suzanne Klatt opened the meeting and presided over the Invocation as Mayor Kim Love and each newly-elected member of Council in turn swore the oath of office, signed the confirming documents and …

Tree lighting events benefit St. Francis Valley Healthcare Foundation

Annual tree lighting ceremonies throughout the Valley are helping St. Francis Valley Healthcare Foundation meet its fundraising goals. The Foundation’s Executive Director, Toni Lavigne-Conway, highlighted three ceremonies for The Current. In November, the Township of Killaloe Hagarty and Richards hosted their third annual Tree of Peace event. They lit a …