March 24 2019

Fatal snowmobile collision in Hastings Highlands

OPP Bancroft Detachment report their area’s first fatal motor vehicle collision of this year at approximately 12:26 p.m. on March 23 2019 on E109 trail in the municipality of Hasting Highlands, off Highway 127. Officers attended with Hastings Paramedic Services and were assisted by the Hastings Highlands Fire Department who located a 67 year old male who was pronounced at the scene. The E109 trail was closed for approximately 5 hours during the investigation. A Technical Collision Investigator and a Reconstructionist member of the OPP attended the scene to assist with the investigation. The male has been identified as Gordon Scheffee of Dysart Et Al Township. The cause of the collision is currently still under investigation and a post mortem examination is scheduled for the start of the week.


Strategy meeting re-scheduled

The Current has learned that the municipal strategy meeting that MV Council had planned for Monday March 25 will be re-scheduled so that the Mayor can attend. CAO Suzanne Klatt said a new date will be set at the April 2 Council in Committee meeting as Council needs a separate meeting to review both The Path Forward and the economic development strategy documents for staff direction with the new plan.


Seeing stars over Paugh Lake Road

An item added to the agenda at the Mar. 19 Council meeting may mean some funding for the Paugh Lake Road project. Operations Manager Hilary Kutchkoskie said, “I believe the stars are lining up” as he asked Council to approve the cost of phase 2 pre-engineering work. He said this plus the phase 1 pre-engineering work completed last fall puts MV in line to be “shovel-ready” and take advantage of a recent funding announcement. Council okayed the expense so MV could apply to the Invest in Canada Infrastructure Program before the May 18 deadline.


OPP warns of online romance scam

OPP Anti-Rackets Branch warns that the world of online dating means Romance Scams continue to cause severe financial hardship and negatively affect victims’ emotional well-being. Victims are generally single or recently unattached people including seniors. This form of mass marketing fraud usually occurs through singles and dating-related websites, social media platforms or e-mail blasts. In some cases, prolonged interaction leads to a feeling of ‘love’ with individuals that has cost some victims hundreds of thousands of dollars before the ‘relationship’ ends, usually without ever meeting in person.

The Romance Scam generated 376 complaints in 2018 and claimed 275 victims in Ontario who lost almost $12 million (almost half of the total Canadian loss). Because of emotional embarrassment, police estimate that 95 percent of these crimes go unreported. OPP advises, “Don’t send money to a person you don’t really know.” March is Fraud Prevention Month #dontbeavictim


Ontario tourism figures for 2018

Ontario Highlands Tourism Organization (OHTO) has circulated Destination Canada’s Tourism Snapshot for 2018. A key highlight is that in 2018, international overnight arrivals to Canada surpassed the record level previously achieved in 2017 (20.88 million) by 1.2 percent to reach a new all-time high of 21.13 million, breaking the 21 million mark for the first time. Several key markets reached new milestones this year. China, France and Mexico surpassed the 700k, 600k, and 400k marks, respectively, for annual visitors to Canada for the first time in 2018. Click HERE for a Valley perspective. 


Canadian is toast of the tennis world

The Guardian is one of many international newspapers who last week fell over themselves in praising Bianca Andreescu. The 18 year old Mississauga resident stunned the tennis world by winning the Indian Wells Tournament last Sunday. She defeated one of the top female players, Angelique Kerber, winning a prize of $1.35 million (US) – more than quadruple her career earnings to date. Click HERE to read The Guardian’s article: From toil to triumph in 12 months; the remarkable rise of Bianca Andreescu.




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