Paddling through the pandemic

Mother/daughter team Claudia and Stefi Van Wijk recently announced that Madawaska Kanu Centre is open for the season. This year there are some changes because of COVID-19 but whether you want a rafting experience or expert paddling instruction, you’ll find it at MKC. As soon as the province gave the …

Canada Day with a difference

July 1 2020 was a glorious summer’s day and people in the Valley took advantage of it. Our nation’s flag proudly flew in the sunshine over the Barry’s Bay Legion. Photo above. But celebrations were a little different this year due to COVID-19. Instead of the traditional cake cutting at …

RCMP arrest armed man on grounds of Rideau Hall

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police reported this morning on Twitter that an armed man was detained on the grounds of Rideau Hall where Prime Minister Trudeau currently resides. The RCMP stated that at approximately 6:40 a.m. “an armed man was able to access the grounds … the prime minister and …

June 28

Body located in Pembroke – No confirmation of identity OPP Upper Ottawa Valley Detachment released information today, June 28, 2020, that shortly after 1:00 p.m. the Upper Ottawa Valley (UOV) OPP responded to a report of a body being located in an area near River Road in Pembroke. Members of …

“Dr. Jack” retires from The Ottawa Hospital

Barry’s Bay native, Dr. Jack Kitts, officially retires as President and CEO of The Ottawa Hospital (TOH) on June 29 2020, bringing to “a close a significant chapter in our hospital’s story,” said Tim Kluke, President and CEO of the TOH Foundation. He goes on, “Throughout his career spanning over …

OPP warns of bears entering unlocked cars

The OPP Haliburton Highlands Detachment has today reported on the activities of a car-loving bear. On Tuesday June 23 members of the detachment were called to investigate car entries in the area of Kennaway Road and Dudley Road in Haliburton. Their report of the investigation states that it “revealed a …

COVID-19 news recap

Peel and Toronto enter Phase 2 on June 24 On June 22 the Ontario government announced it is moving the City of Toronto and Peel Region into Stage 2 on Wednesday. This decision was made in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and the local medical officers of health. …

June 14

Yet another frost advisory tonight! Thanks for the warning, Environment Canada! The forecast for Madawaska Valley says: A few clouds. Low plus 2 with patchy frost. There’s still time to get outside and cover up those tender plants and seedlings.     Community testing for COVID-19 If you have put off …

June 1

  Madawaska Valley reduces fire ban to Level 1   As of Monday June 1 the Township of Madawaska Valley has reduced the Fire Ban to Level 1 allowing campfires and fireworks.       COVID-19 tests for the public With the Ontario government’s expansion of COVID-19 testing to people …

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 …