Cupcake sale raises $552 for SPCA

If cats are among the favourite images on the internet, then cupcakes must be a pretty close second and Connie Schwieg seized an opportunity to combine her love of both. Schwieg  was credited by Leah Kinghorn, President of the Opeongo Seniors Centre, as the driving force behind the Cupcake Day …

Children enjoy indigenous session at MV Library

For the second time this year, BIAK EarlyOn Mobile Unit came to the Madawaska Valley Public Library in Barry’s Bay. BIAK is an acronym for Bonnechere Inodewiziwin Abinodjinish Kikinamagan. Formed in 2018, the group’s certified teachers and Elders offer free Indigenous programs for families and children from birth to 6 …

MP Gallant seeks private property protections for Canadians

Cheryl Gallant, Member of Parliament for Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke, said in a media release this week that she is tabling private member legislation which seeks to amend the Expropriation Act to advance private property protections for Canadians. The House of Commons legislative website shows Bill C-222 received its Introduction and First Reading …

CBS Democratic debate an unadulterated shitshow

Opinion After a somewhat promising debate in Nevada, the Democratic Party virtually imploded last night as candidates desperately tried to light a spark under their campaigns, mostly by relentlessly attacking each other while interrupting one incoherent sentence with yet another incoherent sentence. With most of the candidates focusing their ire …

Legion Public Speaking contest proves popular

Twenty-two young people entered the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 406 Public Speaking competition on Saturday February 22. Legion Youth Education Officer William Cunliffe welcomed the crowd of about 50 family members, friends and volunteers who listened as the children spoke on a wide range of topics. Legion President Heather Poliquin …

Council considers proposed new Strategic Plan

On February 14th Paul Blais of MDB Insight presented a draft Strategic Plan to Madawaska Valley Council. (photo above) The proposed plan resulted from consultation with Council, Township staff and approximately 50 members of the public on November 21st and incorporated the results of an online and hard copy survey …

Feb.24

One year later suspicious death of Barry’s Bay man remains under investigation The OPP has advised the Current that the death of Barry’s Bay resident Sylvester Glysinskie is still the subject of an open investigation. Glysinskie passed away on January 19, 2019 at the age of 79. A death is …

Picnics, ball games and priests

The audience in a crowded Barry’s Bay Railway Station listened to Sean Conway interviewing Joshua Blank about the annual picnics held by St. Hedwig’s Parish from 1912 to the mid-1960s. Many of those present chimed in with recollections and stories about the picnics, the baseball games, and the priests who …

Canada Jay talk fascinates MV Gardening Club

Dan Strickland, retired Chief Park Naturalist of Algonquin Park, presented a talk on the “Triumph and Downfall of the Canada Jay” at the February 20 meeting of Madawaska Valley Gardening Club in Barry’s Bay. He began with a history of the Canada Jay, also known as the Gray Jay, from …

Heritage Photo: mystery bride

This picture of a young bride and presumably her mother was discovered at the Bark Lake Mall. It was brought to the Barry’s Bay Heritage Society Genealogy meeting in the hope that someone could identify the subjects. To date no one has any clues. Any suggestions would be appreciated.   …

Canada must reject tar sands say 42 Nobel prize winners

Canadian Nobel Prize winners Alice Munro (Literature 2013) and Jack Szostak (Medicine 2009) are among the 42 Nobel Prize recipients who have written Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland demanding that the Canadian government reject the proposed Teck Frontier mine proposal. The Teck Frontier mine would …

February brings family fun to the Valley

The Current captured the flavour of a few of Saturday’s Family Day Weekend events. Family fun activities The weekend got off to a brisk start thanks to outdoor activities offered by Madawaska Valley Recreation Department. Organizer Stephanie Plebon told The Current they tried to revive outdoor events that used to …