Free online driver’s licence check available in Ontario

Ontario has launched a free online Driver’s Licence Check so people and businesses can check the status of an Ontario driver’s licence. The $2 fee has been eliminated. The online service will include the ability to easily check a driver’s licence by scanning the card on a mobile device. The changes will also reduce burden on businesses by expanding the number of licence checks entered at one time from nine to 100. Note that in Ontario, vehicle owners are responsible for ensuring that every individual who drives their vehicle has a valid driver’s licence. Click HERE to visit the Driver’s Licence Check service.     


Advance polls and other ways to vote

General Election Day is Monday, October 21 between 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. In Madawaska Valley the polling stations are located at:

  • Combermere Recreation Centre, 1090 Farmers Road, Combermere
  • Opeongo Seniors Centre, 19 Stafford Street, Barry’s Bay

Advance Polling days will be held from Friday to Monday, October 11, 12, 13 and 14 between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. at Opeongo Seniors Centre, 19 Stafford Street, Barry’s Bay.

The Special Ballot Process applies if you need to vote elsewhere in Canada when you are away from home, or if you are voting by mail. Note that in both cases Elections Canada must receive your completed application and photocopied proof of ID no later than October 15. For full details about polling locations and ways to vote, please see electionscanada.ca  


George Vanier School marks 50 years

A 50th Anniversary Celebration for George Vanier Catholic School will be held on Saturday, October 19, 2019 at 2782 Dafoe Road, Combermere from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Past alumni and staff are encouraged to attend, but everyone is welcome to join in the free, fun family activities.  For this and more activities, check our section Events in the Valley – an online collaboration between AlgonquinEast.com and The Current.


Fitness, fun and heritage in one

Join the Station Keepers’ Company of Happy Adventurers at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, October 14th, Thanksgiving Day, at the Old Railway Station in Barry’s Bay. Heritage walkers will head off to the old OA & PS line in search of the famous Haggarty Pass, near Wilno, where three navvies lost their lives in 1894, and where J. R. Booth fought a pitched legal battle with the CPR over the right to use the Pass for his OA & PS Railway. The group can decide if they want to walk from Barry’s Bay, or drive to Wilno and then walk from the Wilno Heritage Park. “Haggarty Pass, Here We Come.”


Eat Your Art Out tickets on sale now

Eat Your Art Out 2019 takes place at the Killaloe Lions Hall on Saturday November 9. This year’s event explores the transition from Fall to Winter. Six courses of cocktails and finger foods will be served and attendees will enjoy a fashion show featuring wearable artwork accompanied by sound pieces. Tickets $65 available at Grandma’s Pantry in Killaloe and online at ov-caos.org 


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