Boycott bug spreads to all members of MV Council
Readers may recall from our Sept.6 editorial on the subject of municipal transparency that The Current proposed starting an online forum this fall designed to facilitate lines of communication between MV residents and members of Madawaska Valley Council. Our only role would be as the link between ratepayers’ questions and the corresponding responses from members of Council. As the fourth and final year of this Council’s term approaches, such a forum would enable readers to submit questions on any subject to members of the elected body, each of whom also chairs a Committee with departmental responsibility, and questions could be directed to the relevant chairperson as appropriate.
Our editorial also noted that during the 2018 election campaign there were three candidates (Mayor Kim Love, Councillor Ernie Peplinski and then Councillor Shelley Maika) who boycotted our online Town Hall Forum. Nonetheless, encouraged by the response to it, The Current wrote to each member of MV Council on Sept.7 requesting confirmation that they would be agreeable to participating in similar Q & A sessions. Sadly, it appears that the “boycott bug” has now also infected Councillors Carl Bromwich, David Shulist and Mark Willmer as every member of Council has ignored The Current’s invitation.
Walk-in COVID-19 vaccination clinics in Barry’s Bay
Free, walk-in, COVID-19 vaccination clinics will be held at St. Francis Memorial Hospital in Barry’s Bay on the dates listed below.
- Saturday, Oct.2 (9 am to 2 pm)
- Thursday, Oct.7 (9 am to 1 pm)
- Thursday, Oct.14 (2 pm to 6 pm)
- Saturday, Oct.24 (9 am to 1 pm)
No appointment is necessary. Vaccines offered are Pfizer and Moderna. Parking is free (token provided). The phone number for the Vaccine Clinic is (613) 717-6311
Editor’s Note: The hours for the Oct.2 clinic have been corrected since publication. The clinic ends at 2 pm. We apologize for any confusion.
Catch The Ace Week #15 Winner
Melissa Brotton of Barry’s Bay was thrilled to be chosen as the St. Francis Valley Healthcare Foundation’s weekly winner on Sept.23. Melissa bought her ticket at Valley Manor and picked envelope #43 which revealed the Nine of Spades, and received the Weekly Prize of $1,003 — congratulations, Melissa! The Weekly Prize for Week #16 is estimated at $1,020 and if the Ace of Spades is found, the Total Winnings will be around $24,208. All proceeds support the purchase of essential medical equipment for St Francis Memorial Hospital. Tickets for Thursday’s draw can be purchased at retailers throughout the Valley.
Creative arts in the Valley this fall
Madawaska Valley Studio Tour: This year’s Fall Studio Tour happens Oct.1-3. Artists’ studios are open all three days – Friday to Sunday from 10am to 5pm. Watch demonstrations and discover how wood, clay, metal, fabric, glass and canvas transform in the makers’ hands. Come immerse yourself in art! The self-guided drive between studio visits gives you an opportunity to explore the natural beauty of the region. Visit madawaskastudiotour.com for details and studio map.
Combermere Craft Cabin: The last day for the Craft Cabin is Saturday, Oct.2. The Craft Cabin committee thanks all their visitors for a fantastic season. If you are a maker, please call to arrange a pick up time for all your wonderful crafts. (Please call first due to Covid restrictions.) Please call Sue Wade 613-756-5409 or 519-993-0504
Pop Up Art at the Library: Ottawa Valley Community Arts issues a gentle reminder to all those who took one of their Pop Up Art at the Library kits: don’t forget to return your finished art piece to your local library to be a part of a Pop Up Art installation. Finished pieces are due back in early October (so there’s still time to get your craft on!) If you’d like to participate, kits are available at the following community libraries: Deep River, Petawawa, Pembroke, Eganville, Barry’s Bay, Arnprior, Renfrew, Whitney, Killaloe.
Generations Under Sail “Pokolenia Pod Zaglami” festival trailer
Congratulations to filmmaker Adam Benish who advises that his Polish language short film Generations Under Sail has been selected to both the Ontario International Film Festival and the Art Gallery of Hamilton Film Festival. The AGH will screen the film virtually, for free, starting Oct.14. In the meantime, Benish has provided the following YouTube link to the Official Festival Trailer for the film:
Free online addictions service therapy
The Ontario government is investing $2.5 million in Breaking Free Online, an innovative therapy tool that makes it faster and easier for Ontarians to access safe and effective addictions supports. Ontarians can register at www.breakingfreeonline.ca and have free access to programming and resources for two years. Mental health and addictions service providers, such as counselors and therapists, can also register their patients for this service to complement their addiction treatment program.
Barry’s Bay sledge hockey
The Ontario Sledge Hockey Association team in Barry’s Bay is recruiting players for this season. Prospective players must be willing to travel and meet the requirements of the vaccination policy. Practices will be on Sunday afternoons in Barry’s Bay. For more information please contact Bay Blades coordinator Anita Jessup via Facebook Messenger.