Township CAO acts to curb Integrity Commissioner costs

OPINION As announced at the June 4 Council in Committee meeting, in an effort to reduce the high cost of investigations conducted by controversial Integrity Commissioner, Guy Giorno, Madawaska Valley Township has hired Sudbury consulting firm, Expertise for Municipalities (E4M), to oversee the validity of complaints made by citizens against …

Crossing guard Rhys Geddes receives award

School’s out for summer, not just for students but also for the many workers who ensure Valley children stay safe during the academic year. On June 25 Access Work Services (AWS) gathered some of its client workers to honour worker Rhys Geddes with a Certificate of Achievement and share a …

Today is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Day in Ontario

In announcing the Province’s first Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Day, Will Bouma, MPP for Brantford-Brant, stated: Police officers, fire fighters, correctional officers, dispatchers, probation and parole officers, crown attorneys, nurses and other justice sector workers have incredibly difficult jobs and come face to face with difficult situations. That’s …

Ontario pilots new infrastructure program to withstand extreme weather

The Ontario Government announced June 27 that it is funding a new pilot program to ensure communities across the province are protected from future extreme weather damage. The Municipal Disaster Recovery Assistance (MDRA) program provides financial assistance to eligible communities that face extraordinary emergency response and repair costs after a natural disaster. …

Canada Day events in the Valley

Want to know what’s on in the Valley this long weekend? The Current is pleased to announce that our longtime partnership with AlgonquinEast.com means it’s easy for you to get all the answers. Just click on Events in the Valley listed on our Home Page Menu. Events in the Valley gives …

Valley gardeners honoured

The Madawaska Valley Horticultural Society honoured well-known local gardener, Ritsuko Honda, at the Strawberry Social held on June 19. The gardening club directors decided to give the Ontario Horticultural Society President’s Award to honour an active member whose volunteering and expertise has encouraged countless Valley gardeners over the years. The …

Council Clips from June 18 meeting

AORS Roadeo in Renfrew County this September Madawaska Valley Council began its June 18 meeting with a delegation from Steve Boland of the Association of Ontario Road Supervisors (AORS). Boland said that the 26th annual AORS Provincial Safety Truck Roadeo would be held for the first time in Renfrew County …

June 24

Well Woman Clinic launches in Barry’s Bay Madawaska Valley Family Health Team is providing Well Woman care for unattached patients. Women who are not registered with a primary healthcare provider can call to make an appointment with a nurse practitioner. The Well Woman Clinic offers the following services: Medical history …

Congratulations as Metro celebrates 25 years

This month Barry’s Bay Metro has been open for twenty-five years. Partners Gerard O’Malley (left above) and Connie and Neil O’Reilly built the 8000 square foot store in 1994. They and store staff invite Valley residents to help them celebrate their twenty-fifth year in business with memories, food, fun and …

Renfrew OPP arrest attempted murder suspect

The Renfrew Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has made a second arrest in connection with an assault which left one man with serious injuries. On June 19, 2019 officers with the Renfrew OPP located and arrested Darren PEARCE, 34 years old, of no fixed address. The accused faces …

Kamerdyner (The Butler) – The film and its relevance

Editor’s note: Peter Glofcheskie is President of the Wilno Heritage Society, In this article, he explains what he feels this film means for Valley residents. A free screening of Kamerdyner, sponsored by the Wilno Heritage Society and partners The Polish Embassy in Ottawa, The Polish Heritage Foundation of Ottawa and the …

St. Lawrence O’Toole parish picnic to mark 85th anniversary

Nineteen Thirty-Four: Adolf Hitler declared himself the “ultimate leader”. Stalin began his massacres. Mao Tse-Tung spread communist doctrine. Bonnie and Clyde’s career came to an end. Shirley Temple’s “Bright Eyes” captured the world. Donald Duck appeared for the first time. And in Barry’s Bay, St. Lawrence O’Toole Parish became an official, …