Dr. Jack Kitts Order of Canada Barry’s Bay native, Dr. Jack Kitts, President and CEO of The Ottawa Hospital (TOH), was named a Member of the Order of Canada last July. Click HERE to read full story.  Dr. Kitts’ investiture took place at TOH on March 14. The TOH announcement said …

Leaseholders respond to Chippawa Shores changes

On March 7 The Current reported on the delegation made to Madawaska Valley Council in Committee concerning changes to the subdivision/condo application to develop Chippawa Shores. In response to this, The Current has received the following communication from Lindsay Fleming on behalf of himself and other leaseholders who have raised …

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Animal protection under threat in Ontario The Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA) announced early last week that it will no longer, with effect from April 1, be investigating cases of animal cruelty. The OSPCA has performed this role for almost a century. The Ottawa Sun …

Council Clips: MV Council in Committee Mar.5

On March 5 MV Council in Committee (CiC) met to deal with a 315-page Agenda. Open session lasted from 10 a.m. until 3:15 p.m. with a short lunch break. There were two delegations, one from Neptune Technology Group about water meter replacements and one from Neil Enright on behalf of …

Hockey legend Ted Lindsay dies

Renfrew-born Ted Lindsay, recognized as being one of the greatest hockey players of all time, passed away today at the age of 93. Lindsay played in a total of 1,068 NHL games between 1944 and 1965, fourteen seasons with the Detroit Red Wings and three with the Chicago Black Hawks. …

Bitesize news as of Mar. 3

This is the first in a weekly summary of news items with a local flavour that may have escaped you.   First, everybody’s favourite topic – The Weather The Weather Network forecasts that Ontario weather in March will be more typical of January, describing it as a “ferocious finish to …

International Women’s Day events in Renfrew County

Various organizations in Renfrew County will host events during the coming week to celebrate International Women’s Day. The Current lists a few worth adding to your diary: Saturday Mar. 2  7:30 p.m.      Celebrating Women concert Pembroke Symphony Orchestra (PSO) conducted by Mehdi Javanfar PSO performs a unique repertoire, showcasing …

Syrian family experiences Valley winter

Ayman Alshhadat (above) had to don some unfamiliar items of clothing on his arrival in the Valley – a toque and scarf – as he experiences his first winter here. These are accessories he had little use for in his native Syria. The Current previously reported how Alshhadat, his wife and …

Sale of ski hill completed

Updated Feb. 17 2019: After publication of the article below, we received the following information from the new owner’s representative in Toronto: Unfortunately it will not be a commercial ski operation. I am sorry to let you know that. But the owner is very respectful about the local sentiment and will keep …

Syrian refugee family now in Canada

Some members of Madawaska Valley Friends of New Canadians (MVFONC) travelled to Ottawa airport to meet the Alshhadat family arriving on Valentine’s Day from Jordan. Ayman Alshhadat, his wife Marah and their children (Imad 5 years, Sedrat 3 years, Mays 1 year) were at last reunited with members of Ayman’s …

Death of Barry’s Bay man investigated by OPP

The Current has received information that the OPP are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of local man, Sylvester Glysinskie, who passed away on January 19 at the age of 79.  Sgt. Cynthia Savard of OPP Smith Falls confirmed on February 11 that the death is being investigated by the OPP but …

Northern Credit Union holds annual meeting

Northern Credit Union (NCU) held its Branch Annual Meeting for delegates and members of the Barry’s Bay Branch on February 6. Branch Manager Lynn Beauchamp and Delegate Chairman Mark Willmer told The Current about the successes of the past year. Willmer thanked Florence Dombroskie and David Afelskie for their many …

Council projects tax increase of up to 2.5 percent

MV Council in Committee (CiC) held an all-day Finance and Administration meeting on February 7 to discuss priorities and goals, and guide staff for budget purposes. Municipal staff provided Council with the capital requests, departmental considerations, and overall budget changes or impacts from provincial agencies. Acting Treasurer Amanda Hudder presented …

OPP schools broomball tournament at Wilno and Killaloe

The 44th annual OPP/Schools Broomball Tournament took place on February 6 at Wilno and Killaloe Rinks. Five local schools participated: Killaloe PS, Palmer Rapids PS, St. Andrews, St. John Bosco, St. Michaels. George Vanier originally planned to participate but was unavailable when the tournament had to be re-scheduled because of …