The Current answers Margaret Maika’s question

In our report on last week’s All Candidates Meeting, we referred to a question asked by Margaret Maika about the legal claim by the previous Integrity Commissioner. During the question itself and the response by Mayor Love, comments were made about possible breaches of confidentiality, and questioning both Rosien’s and …

Breaking news: OPP warns of local election funds scam

The Current has just received the following warning from Bancroft Detachment OPP: Bancroft OPP warns residents of an ongoing fraud that has been taking place in and around the Bancroft Detachment area regarding the upcoming election. Fraudulent e-mails have been sent to individuals and members of municipalities asking to initiate e-transfers, …

MV residents deserve better

Opinion A recent correspondent to the Valley Gazette challenged candidates to release specific platforms so voters can “hold their feet to the fire.” For ten months The Madawaska Current has been doing just that – holding the feet of the Mayor and Council to the fire by reporting and commenting …

What happened?!

Disappointed, dismayed and concerned, at times even shocked at what I am reading on the internet and hearing about the goings-on in Madawaska Valley.  I have been following the MV elections because I care about MV and still believe that it has great potential to become a thriving corner of …

Firefighter certification requirement reversed by Province

Madawaska Valley Fire Department members Earl Dombroskie (L), David Afelskie, Shawn Dombroskie, Fire Chief Corwin Quade. During the October 11 All Candidates Meeting, Mayor Kim Love said that the Ontario government had recently reversed its decision regarding firefighter certification. Love had presented a briefing document to the Honourable Prabmeet Sarkaria, …

Report: last night’s All Candidates Meeting

Audience at Barry’s Bay Legion Hall Madawaska Valley residents filled the Legion Hall on October 11 for an All Candidates Meeting co-hosted by the Madawaska Valley Public library and the Royal Canadian Legion Barry’s Bay Branch 406. Seven of the eight candidates running for election were present to respond to …

“Voter frustration” in MV too

Editorial For readers who may not have seen it, the editorial in this week’s Eganville Leader makes some salient points under the title Voter frustration. It says, Whether it is the ever-testy North Algona Wilberforce or equally testy Madawaska Valley or the municipalities surrounding them, ratepayers are looking for transparency, …

Mayor resorts to alternative facts about Railway Station

Opinion Anyone following the election campaign knows the Barry’s Bay Railway Station remains a hot issue. All candidates have addressed it in their literature and interviews, but when incumbent mayoral candidate Kim Love spoke about it recently in an interview with The Eganville Leader, she presented a version of the …

Fund-raising update from Madawaska Valley students

Photo: Julia Beggs The Students Activities Council (SAC) at Madawaska Valley District High School and Sherwood School organized a Terry Fox walk for both schools this fall. Our walk took place on September 27 and all students got out of their classes before lunch to participate. The high school raised …

Update on Pot Shop Poll

Since The Current posted this Poll on September 16, there have been almost 900 visits to the poll. Yet, less than half of those visits resulted in votes. Perhaps we should have added an option for “Undecided.” Readers may be interested to learn that the Pot Shop Poll result, based …

Council’s asset management investigated by The Current

Opinion               … completing the file on Ohio Road is a priority for this Council. Message sent to Township’s lawyer – March 2017 Arguably the most important duty of a council is its responsibility for ensuring effective management of its municipality’s assets. Of all assets, those that can give rise to …

Valley Gazette publisher targets The Current

Opinion Last Wednesday’s edition of the Valley Gazette carried an opinion piece (although it is not described as such) by its publisher, Michel Lavigne. It contained a rant against community online “blogs” in general, but left little doubt that its main purpose was to attack The Current. It is worth …

Heartwood Restaurant opens in Combermere

Sisters Shanti Nordholt-McPhee and Becky McPhee celebrated the grand opening of Heartwood Restaurant on October 6 surrounded by their family, friends and well-wishers from the Combermere community. Shown above from left: Becky McPhee, Selina DeCarle, Solana Nordholt, David Douthwright, Megan DeCarle, Posie Douthwright, Luna Nordholt, Nadia DeCarle (beside sign), Trinity DeCarle, Shanti …

Township settles Rosien litigation – questions remain

Photo Evan Dennis Opinion As reported exclusively by The Current, Madawaska Valley’s former Integrity Commissioner Jack Rosien earlier this year commenced a claim for damages against the Township in the Superior Court at Pembroke. A municipality being sued by its own Integrity Commissioner is not an everyday occurrence so The …