May 3 2021

Health Canada issues major recall at Canadian Tire, Costco

According to media reports, Health Canada has issued the following warnings after “multiple incidents reported.”

  • The Canadian Tire recall involves the Champion 42 cc Backpack Leaf Blower Model #100735 sold at Canadian Tire between January 2019 to March 2021, Health Canada said in its recall warning (Serial Number range: 1191105721 – 200702728, UPC 817198022697, Canadian Tire SKU# 060-0758-4). Click HERE for the Health Canada recall notice.
  • The Costco recall involves charging cases sold with Audio-Technica Wireless Headphones (Costco Item 4114115) Click HERE for the Costco recall notice.

In both cases, overheating is said to be the problem, with melting plastic or casings liable to cause bodily injury or pose a fire hazard.

Barry’s Bay Farmers’ Market to be held at Legion

The Barry’s Bay Farmers Market has officially announced that all your usual vendors and products will be available this season at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 406 located on the corner of Stafford St. and Hwy 62 (250 John St.) in Barry’s Bay. The Barry’s Bay Farmers’ Market will be running every Friday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. from May 21st to Oct. 8th. The Farmers’ Market points out there is plenty of room for parking, both at the Legion and across Stafford St. at last year’s market location. Local vendors are all looking forward to another great season and seeing their customers once again.

Mental Health Awareness Week starts today

May 3 – 9 marks Mental Health Awareness Week for Canadians and the Madawaska Valley Public Library invites you to participate. The Library Facebook page offers a series of videos, posts and more related to each day’s theme. See below for the outline of of this week’s events:

Residents of any age can also obtain a free wellness booklet or bullet journal (contactless pickup) from the Library. Please email so staff can ensure that there are enough for everyone who wants one. Click HERE for more details at the library’s Facebook page.

Time to remove Gypsy Moth eggs

This time of year is your last chance to remove Gypsy Moth eggs from trees. They can be scraped off into a container with a paint stick or butter knife. Soak the eggs in soapy water for a few days before throwing them in the garbage. Crushing them or scraping onto grass or gardens won’t kill them. For more information about the Gypsy Moth threat posed to Renfrew County forests, click HERE to read a letter published by The Current last year.

Access Work Services fundraiser with Plantables

To help fund some new lawn equipment, Access Work Services is running a fundraising campaign with This means that Valley gardeners can place an order to have organic fruit and vegetable plants delivered at the right time for planting, while at the same time helping to support Access Work Services. If you — or anybody you know — wants to fill out their vegetable patch, tell them to head to and enter the code Access at the checkout. Note: Make sure to hit the APPLY button at checkout after you have entered the code of Access .

St. Francis Valley Healthcare Foundation seeks help

A recent notice from St. Francis Valley Healthcare Foundation (SVFH) states: With many of our traditional in-person third party fundraising events such as trivia nights, BBQ’s, euchre tournaments cancelled again this year, we are seeking your assistance. Are you interested in organizing and hosting a COVID-friendly fundraising event in support of local healthcare? Some ideas may include a virtual trivia night, an online musical performance, or a tutorial where you can share your talents with others (cooking class, paint night, exercise class). What about planning a walk, bike or run and collecting pledges from your friends and family. The ideas are endless! We would love to hear from you. Call SVFH at 613-756-3045 ext 217

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