End of the Penney era for SFMH

Tomorrow, June 1, will be the first day of retirement for Randy Penney, President and CEO of St. Francis Memorial Hospital (SFMH). He had held the position since 1998 and during that time he has received numerous accolades reflecting the esteem in which he is held by his peers. These …

Ontario allows backcountry camping for paddlers, hikers

For Ontarians who want to enjoy the outdoors while staying safe and practicing physical distancing, Ontario announced on Saturday that as of June 1, backcountry camping will be available at Ontario Parks, including access points, paddle and portage routes and hiking trails. Ontario Parks will also be expanding day-use activities …

Ontario allows backcountry camping for paddlers, hikers

For Ontarians who want to enjoy the outdoors while staying safe and practicing physical distancing, Ontario announced on Saturday that as of June 1, backcountry camping will be available at Ontario Parks, including access points, paddle and portage routes and hiking trails. Ontario Parks will also be expanding day-use activities …

Expanded community testing for COVID-19 in the Valley

A news release received May 27 from the Renfrew County and District Health Unit (RCDHU) and the Renfrew County Virtual Triage Assessment Centre (RCVTAC) states that the County of Renfrew Paramedic Services will be making additional testing available at pre-scheduled testing site locations throughout Renfrew County and District in the …

He drowned with his money belt on

Editor’s note: If you like local heritage, paddling or just a true life mystery, then this story about a tragedy on the Madawaska River 150 years ago is for you. On April 26, 1867, which was a Friday, James Smith Bangs and his companion, a man only identified as “Oram,” …

Emergency orders extended to June 9 in Ontario

The Current reproduces the following Ontario news release received May 27 containing links to all emergency orders, as extended today to June 9: The Ontario government continues to protect the health and safety of the public during the COVID-19 outbreak by extending all emergency orders in force under s.7.0.2 (4) …

Hwy 17 twinning moves forward says Yakabuski

Today, John Yakabuski, MPP for Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke, announced the Ontario government is moving forward with the first stage of widening Highway 17 from two to four lanes between Arnprior and Renfrew. The highway expansion, with four new interchanges, will keep families safe, connect communities, and drive economic growth in the region. …

Organized crime bust throws spotlight on auto insurance fraud

Toronto area police announced today that they have laid nearly 200 charges, including First Degree Murder, against members of “several organized crime groups working within the towing industry.” In a video released this morning, Superintendent Mike Slack of the York Regional Police reported that the crime groups “have used violence …

Case Summary updated by Renfrew County & District

Renfrew County and District Health Unit (RCDHU) has updated its COVID-19 Case Summary today, Monday May 25, to confirm case numbers from last Friday and test results over the weekend. On May 22 RCDHU confirmed that a resident at Riverview Heights Retirement Residence in Pembroke had tested positive for COVID-19 …

Health unit explains change in local COVID-19 figures

Renfrew County and District Health Unit (RCDHU) today updated its COVID-19 Case Summary. In response to questions from readers, The Current asked the public health authority to explain why case numbers reported at the 12 p.m. daily update sometimes get changed. For example, on May 20 RCDHU reported that the …