Animal protection under threat in Ontario
The Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA) announced early last week that it will no longer, with effect from April 1, be investigating cases of animal cruelty. The OSPCA has performed this role for almost a century. The Ottawa Sun reports that animal advocacy groups have welcomed the decision. It quotes Lynn Perrier, founder of Reform Advocates for Animal Welfare, as saying, “I absolutely think it is a step in the right direction because it forces the government to take action and put in place an animal system in Ontario which will be effective. The OSPCA has systematically been closing down shelters and refusing to respond to calls about animal cruelty for a long time.” “It has been clear they are incapable of keeping their mandate to protect animals and as a result animals all across the province are suffering.”
The decision leaves the government with less than a month to provide an alternative, although the OSPCA has agreed to assist during a transitional period of three months. Click HERE to read the full article.
Distracted drivers targeted during March Break blitz
The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has advised that it is conducting a Distracted Driving Campaign during the period March 11 to 17. It also reminds drivers of the tougher penalties that took effect from January 1, 2019. First offenders will be subject to a fine of $1,000 plus three demerit points and a three-day licence suspension.
The OPP points out that the deaths of 55 people and more than 9,115 collisions were linked to inattentive drivers on OPP-controlled roads in 2018.
Township told to disclose amount of secret settlement
The Whitewater News reported last week that Whitewater Region was required to disclose how much had been paid to settle a former employee’s legal claim. The municipality had refused many requests to reveal to residents the amount paid, relying upon a Non-Disclosure Agreement entered into following settlement of the litigation. The disclosure was made after a complaint was made to the Province’s Privacy Commissioner. Click HERE to read the full article.
County Careers Fair comes to Barry’s Bay Mar.28
On Mar. 28 at the Paul J. Yakabuski Community Centre employers can take advantage of free vendor booths to recruit new employees. This also applies to non-profit/community organizations recruiting volunteers. To reserve a booth, employers should contact Renfrew County Economic Development Services before March 22 at 613.735.0091. The Careers Fair will be open for job-seekers on Mar. 28 from 12:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Keep it loose when recycling
Ottawa Valley Waste Recovery Centre (OVWRC) has advised MV that residents are placing items for recycling into plastic bags instead of leaving the items loose as required. Plastic film bags are waste items, not recyclable. Mixing the two results in more cost to the Township (and therefore to the taxpayer) and lowers MV’s recycling performance. MV’s Operations Manager Hilary Kutchkoskie is campaigning for residents to “Keep it loose” both in blue boxes and at transfer stations.
Prepare to be Irish
St. Patrick’s Day is coming to the Valley. Are you ready for the wearing of the green? Whether or not you attended the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Douglas on Mar. 9, there’s still time to enjoy these events. Click HERE to see details on AlgonquinEast.com
- Friday Mar. 15 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. St. Pat’s Soup & Sandwich, Eganville & District Seniors.
- Saturday Mar. 16 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. MV Lions St. Pat’s Fundraiser, Barry’s Bay Legion. (Buy tickets in advance.)
- Saturday Mar. 16 3 to 6 p.m. Patrick’s Day Pub Party, Combermere Recreation Centre.
- Saturday Mar. 16 8 p.m. Eganville Legion St. Patrick’s Dance.
- Sunday Mar. 17 2 to 4 p.m. Patrick’s Day Tea, St. Lawrence O’Toole Church, Barry’s Bay.