Springtime notes

At the end of April as the first yellow narcissus buds appear, physical distancing and the slower pace of the new normal has begun to settle in. As I sat drinking peach-ginger tea at the edge of the field an arrow shaped cloud floated by. I noticed the red branch …

MV Library adjusts to the pandemic

Madawaska Valley Public Library (MV Library) initially set up a system to lend materials without face-to-face contact when Ontario warned of closures of public spaces. But when libraries were mandated to close, MV Library CEO Karen Filipkowski devised a COVID-19 workplan to safeguard staff, maintain and increase online resources, and …

Province announces guidelines to reopen the economy

Today Ontario released A Framework for Reopening our Province. It outlines the criteria Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health and health experts will use to advise the government on the loosening of emergency measures, as well as guiding principles for the safe, gradual reopening of businesses, services and public spaces. The …

Province announces guidelines to reopen the economy

Today Ontario released A Framework for Reopening our Province. It outlines the criteria Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health and health experts will use to advise the government on the loosening of emergency measures, as well as guiding principles for the safe, gradual reopening of businesses, services and public spaces. The …

Total Fire Ban still on warns MV Fire Chief

Madawaska Valley Fire Department reports recent call-outs which indicate a need to remind residents that there is a Total Fire Ban imposed in Ontario. MV Fire Chief Corwin Quade advises that MV Township is within the Restricted Fire Zone and that NO fires of any kind are permitted during a …

Ontario keeps schools closed to May 31

In a news release received on April 26, Education Minister Stephen Lecce announced that all publicly-funded schools will remain closed until at least May 31, 2020, as part of an effort to keep students, staff and families safe from COVID-19. The extension was based on expert advice from the Chief Medical …

Ontario keeps schools closed to May 31

In a news release received on April 26, Education Minister Stephen Lecce announced that all publicly-funded schools will remain closed until at least May 31, 2020, as part of an effort to keep students, staff and families safe from COVID-19. The extension was based on expert advice from the Chief Medical …

Frontline pandemic workers to receive pay top-ups

On April 25 2020 the Ontario government announced it is providing additional support for frontline workers fighting COVID-19. These workers will receive temporary pandemic pay of $4/hour worked on top of their regular wages. In addition, the government will be providing monthly lump sum payments of $250 for four months …

Frontline pandemic workers to receive pay top-ups

On April 25 2020 the Ontario government announced it is providing additional support for frontline workers fighting COVID-19. These workers will receive temporary pandemic pay of $4/hour worked on top of their regular wages. In addition, the government will be providing monthly lump sum payments of $250 for four months …

Ontario extends parks closure to May 31

In a statement released this morning, Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, and Jeff Yurek, Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks, said an extension of parks closures to May 31, 2020 was required to keep people safe and stop the spread of COVID-19. “In order to keep …

Ontario extends parks closure to May 31

In a statement released this morning, Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, and Jeff Yurek, Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks, said an extension of parks closures to May 31, 2020 was required to keep people safe and stop the spread of COVID-19. “In order to keep …

Small businesses and landlords get urgent relief

A news release issued today states the Ontario government is partnering with the federal government to provide urgent relief for small businesses and landlords affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. The province is committing $241 million through the new Ontario-Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance Program (OCECRA). The total amount of provincial-federal …

Small businesses and landlords get urgent relief

A news release issued today states the Ontario government is partnering with the federal government to provide urgent relief for small businesses and landlords affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. The province is committing $241 million through the new Ontario-Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance Program (OCECRA). The total amount of provincial-federal …

Is your Earth Day cup half empty?

Letters to the Editor Today is Earth Day, born fifty years ago as an opportunity to celebrate all the progress we’ve made in protecting the environment. I received an email today from a friend who used to give save-the-planet workshops with me in Ottawa schools, a dreamer taking action to make …