MV to end development charges

At the Finance & Administration Committee meeting on Jan. 29th it was recommended that with effect from January 1st 2018 development charges be abolished. By-Laws previously passed by MV Township under provincial legislation enabled development charges to be applied to all land in the Township which receives municipal water and/or …

Music in the Valley and Beyond

PSO members (L-R) Susan Artymko, Pia-Leena Voorand Photo: Cindy Nicholas  An almost unknown gem of musical culture here in the extended Madawaska Valley is the Pembroke Symphony Orchestra (PSO), a non-profit community orchestra founded in 1993 by a group of like-minded individuals who wanted to play great classical music and wanted …

Our Hospital Scores 99.8%

Photo: Pappin Communications Accreditation Canada has awarded St. Francis Memorial Hospital an impressive 99.8% compliance rate on meeting quality standards after a rigorous evaluation process in December. As a result, our hospital has received Accreditation with Commendation and congratulations for ongoing work to improve the quality and safety of health …

Cougars – The Return

Photo: Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry Mountain lion (Cougar) Scientific name: Puma concolor It was November 11, 2017 and a gentle snow had been falling for most of the afternoon. We were heading to town on Siberia Road when a large cat suddenly came out of the ditch. It …

Thou Shall Not Dump

Photo: Sharon Gardiner Wow, I’m shocked! I just read that Canada is the top producer of garbage per person in the world!  How can that be?!  We share environmental ideas on a global level (e.g. the historic Paris Climate Change Conference, United Nations Conference).  From the outside it looks like …

Winter Watchings

Photo: Harrison Haines  What to Watch when Winter Woes Weigh you Down   Eastern Ontario is in the grips of yet another cold snap, which means you’re either out enjoying fresh ice or out complaining about the fresh ice. Either way, you’re likely looking for some way to warm up …

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