Municipal election “Town Hall” forum

The Current invites Madawaska Valley voters to use the “Leave a Reply” form below to ask questions of one or more candidates in this municipal election. In addition to questions, you can also pass on points of view relevant to issues in this election.

Your question or comment will be forwarded to the candidate(s) to whom it is directed, who will be able to reply online. Any replies will appear underneath the question. Read more

Breaking news: Ford government to sell cannabis online

Photo: David Horemans The Ontario government has said that there will not after all be government-run pot stores. Finance Minister Vince Fedeli today released details of his government’s plan to privatize the sector thereby reversing the Liberal government’s plan. With effect from April 1, 2019 all sales will be made …

Heritage Photo: Barry’s Bay baseball team

Photo: Bob Corrigan This is the local team that defeated Pembroke of North Renfrew to win the Renfrew County Championship c1959.  Mike Nicholson was only a bat boy at the time of this championship but he obviously was influenced by this team and went on to win the league’s Pitching …

Shulist proposes MV-wide business association

The Current recently spoke with former mayor David Shulist about his bid to rejoin MV Council – this time as a Councillor. Our first question, of course, was why would he return to the political arena after a break of four years? Shulist explained how he had enjoyed his time …

Killaloe OPP news as of Aug. 8 2018

Photo: Nick3501 creativecommons.org During the week of July 30, 2018, to August 6, 2018 there were 176 calls for service, including the Whitney Detachment. There were eighteen motor vehicle collisions, seven were animal related. There was one domestic dispute call for service, and no domestic disputes resulting in criminal code …

Avoiding post-election blisters

Editorial In the 2014 municipal election, 62.76 percent of Madawaska Valley voters participated. This compares to the provincial average which, according to Wikipedia, was 43.12 percent. This demonstrated a commendable commitment to the electoral process on the part of this community but it begs the question, will there be a …

The bionic Saint

Photo: Evan Brockett unsplash.com It’s hard to find positive news so let me tell you how Saints show up in the weirdest places. I have spent many hours over the past decade picking up litter on Arbor Vitae Road, another family member collects on parts of Paugh Lake Road, and …

Mark Willmer: We have to keep things moving

Council candidate Mark Willmer sees great potential for the Township of Madawaska Valley. He recently spoke with The Madawaska Valley Current at his home overlooking Lake Kamaniskeg about his vision and campaign. The Township of Madawaska Valley is a great place to live and work, and it has a lot …

Olympic gold comes to Barry’s Bay

Team Jacobs members E.J. Harnden and Ryan Harnden Team Jacobs, 2014 Sochi Olympic Gold Medallists, visited Barry’s Bay on August 1 during a Digital Days tour of Northern Credit Union branches in the Ottawa Valley. Branch manager Lynn Beauchamp explained the Digital Days event is designed to give members hands-on …

Archer promises zero-tolerance for disrupted meetings

Elser Lee Faith Archer outside her office in Barry’s Bay If elected mayor, Elser Lee Faith Archer says she will call upon her governmental and council experience to provide leadership aimed at improving efficiency and harmony at the council table. She says the solution begins with strict compliance with Roberts Rules …

Experiences for all ages at Killaloe Fair

Photo: Doug De La Matter The 42nd annual Killaloe Craft & Community Fair the weekend of August 10 to 12 promises fairgoers of all ages the opportunity to enjoy great music in a natural outdoor amphitheatre setting, with delicious food, local crafts and family-friendly activities. The Fair site is located …

Long weekend update: Total fire ban remains in effect

The Township of Madawaska Valley has today posted this update and thanks everyone for complying with the Fire Ban. The Total Fire Ban is still in effect. The Township of Madawaska Valley is included in the Province’s Restricted Fire zone. There are currently 139 active wildland fires in the province …

Castaway Culture: on my deserted island

Doreen Yakabuski in a corner of her home library.  Photo: Jack Vanderburg Since any survival skills I learned in Outdoor Education at MVDHS are long forgotten, I hope the necessities of life are easily attainable on my deserted island so my only worry is filling the hours. Because I was …

Killaloe OPP news as of July 31 2018

Photo: Nick3501 creativecommons.org During the week of July 23, 2018, to July 29, 2018 there were 157 calls for service, including the Whitney Detachment. There were eighteen motor vehicle collisions, three were animal related. There were three domestic dispute calls for service, and no domestic disputes resulting in criminal code …