As of Feb.25 at 10:30 a.m. Ontario reports 6,916 deaths due to COVID-19 (+23)         
    Ontario reports a total of 297,311 positive COVID-19 cases (+1,138)          
    There are 280,324 resolved COVID-19 cases (+1,094) in the province          
    As of Feb.25 at 12:02 p.m. Renfrew County & District reports no change with 2 deaths due to COVID-19 and 308 resolved cases          
    There are now 327 positive COVID-19 cases (+3) in Renfrew County & District          


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Simpler access to mental health and addictions services announced

One of the biggest challenges for people seeking mental health, substance use, and/or addictions services is knowing where to turn for help. To answer that challenge, Partners for Regional Coordinated ...
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Ontario to provide tuition-free training for 6,000 new PSWs

Up to 8,200 new PSWs will be ready to work in Long-Term Care by fall 2021 On February 24, Premier Doug Ford, Dr. Merrilee Fullerton, Minister of Long-Term Care, and ...
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MV Food Bank distributes huge pet food donation

Madawaska Valley Food Bank volunteer Terry Newcombe submitted the following 'good news' press release. Pictured above are representatives from two grateful agencies who shared in the pet food bounty. New ...
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Community safety and well-being survey identifies residents’ main concerns

Dr. Meara Sullivan, consultant, has released the following update about the Public Consultation Survey conducted to develop a Community Safety and Well-being Plan in the region. The municipal councils of ...
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Re-imagining Madawaska Valley Public Library

Peter Fright, Vice-Chair of the Board of Madawaska Valley Public Library, reports on the Madawaska Valley Public Library’s Strategic Plan. Madawaska Valley Public Library has always evolved to meet the ...
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Biological dental hygiene explained

Recently both dental hygienists at The Barry's Bay Dental Hygiene Clinic, Brooke Plebon RDH, and Marcia Rutledge RDH, have enrolled in the Biological Dental Hygiene Accreditation through the International Academy ...
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Barry’s Bay Legion congratulates Valley youth for posters, poems, essays

Congratulations to the following students who won prizes at the Zone Level Competition. The two first place winners' entries have gone on to the next level of the competition. Good ...
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Madawaska Valley Township updates All bids rejected: Coming out of a closed session at a Special Council meeting held on Feb.19 2021, Madawaska Valley Council passed a Resolution directing staff ...
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Seat of Wisdom responds to Dr. Cushman

Worries and accusations about transmission of COVID-19 have ramped up locally since Barry’s Bay and Area was tagged a “COVID hotspot” on Thursday, Feb.18 by Dr. Rob Cushman, Acting Medical ...
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OPP Bulletins to Feb.18

Killaloe Detachment "Recognize, Reject and Report Fraud" say OPP The Killaloe Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is reminding community residents to remain vigilant, and be aware of email ...
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Mayor responds to RCDHU Bulletin – includes message for protesters

Madawaska Valley Council amended its agenda for a Special Council meeting at 2 p.m. on Feb.19 to allow Mayor Kim Love to read the following statement in response to yesterday's ...
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Barry’s Bay Area identified by RCDHU as COVID-19 Hotspot

The following press release from Dr. Cushman of Renfrew County and District was received this afternoon by The Current. Since January 1st, 2021, the Barry’s Bay area has had 27 ...
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MV Council highlights Feb.16

Madawaska Valley Council held its regular monthly meeting on Feb.16. There were no agenda changes, declarations of interest, or delegations; here are a few highlights. "We will see you when ...
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Valley Manor Covid-19 status update

The one positive Covid-19 case that was identified through weekly surveillance testing on Friday, February 12th presents a low risk to the residents, staff and the community. No transmissions have ...
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SFMH in top 2 percent nationally for medical records technology

Editor's note: A joint media release just in from St. Francis Memorial Hospital and Renfrew Victoria Hospital gives Valley residents some welcome news. Renfrew Victoria Hospital and St. Francis Memorial ...
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FREE Family Fishing Weekend This is one of four weekends during 2021 when you can fish without a licence in the province of Ontario. What better way to enjoy the ...
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Heritage photo: Wilno from above

Heritage photo: Wilno from above

Barry’s Bay resident musician and 'History Buff' Ken Ramsden enjoyed seeing the Harry Oakman bird's eye view of Barry's Bay last month in The Current. He sent this sister photo ...
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Residents complain about quality of Paugh Lake Road rehabilitation

In the past few weeks The Current has received several complaints from Paugh Lake Road residents and users criticizing the quality of the resurfacing work. (Photo Facebook/Madawaska Valley) These included ...
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Single positive test of staff member moves Valley Manor into outbreak status

The following media release was received today from Valley Manor Long Term Care in Barry's Bay. Today, Feb.12, Valley Manor Long Term Care was declared in COVID-19 outbreak. Through the ...
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MV Council discusses chloride levels, Ohio Road, additional costs for PJYCC

Madawaska Valley’s February Council in Committee meeting ran across two days, including a presentation about Development Charges (as reported on Feb.7). No declarations of pecuniary interest or conflict were recorded ...
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Ontario schools to take March break during April

On February 11, 2021 Stephen Lecce, Ontario's Minister of Education, told Ontarians that this year's March break would be postponed until April 12-16, 2021. He issued the following statement: "In ...
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Lockdown forces us to listen to ourselves

OPINION Hi. I met someone recently. Me. Listen, don’t worry, I’m not going to endlessly drone on about what sort of impact this pandemic is having on all of us ...
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Seat of Wisdom College responds

Editor's note: The Current publishes the following letter from Dr. Christine Schintgen, interim president of Our Lady Seat of Wisdom College. In it, she refers to "calls ... to expel ...
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Porch Views: The Madawaska Valley – Hub of the Universe?

OPINION Sunday afternoon’s walk took an unexpected turn, when I spotted a group of demonstrators at the intersection of Opeongo and Bay Streets in downtown Barry’s Bay. As I got ...
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Romantic heroism in the Valley

As Valentines Day approaches, it’s time for the story of Lovers’ Rock in the Madawaska Valley. “It all started when I took my camera and Honda ATV side by side ...
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