Pot shop regulations announced

On November 14 Ontario published an outline of its regulations for the licensing and operation of private cannabis stores. Key dates are December 17, 2018 which is when the application process will commence and April 1, 2019 the date when licensed stores will be open for business. The government has …

Yakabuski accuses NDP of ‘drive-by smear’

On November 14, iPolitics reported conflict of interest allegations against former Transportation Minister John Yakabuski whose sister, Marlene Yakabuski, is President of the Ontario Road Builders’ Association. Click HERE to read the iPolitics article. This abstract from iPolitics was produced by The Current.

Mayor’s address at Nov. 5 MV Council meeting

Madawaska Valley Mayor Kim Love opened the Nov. 5 Council meeting with the following address, which The Current publishes without comment. In the month of October I travelled and worked an average of 20 hours a week for a total of 87 hours as mayor of MV. I attended six scheduled …

The Ottawa Hospital moves closer to Valley patients

The news, released on October 30, that Renfrew Victoria Hospital (RVH) and The Ottawa Hospital (TOH) have integrated their surgical, urology and gynecology services, is also good news for Valley patients. Randy Penney, (at far left above) CEO of both RVH and St. Francis Memorial Hospital (SFMH), told The Current, For …

Bells of peace to mark Remembrance Day

At sunset this Remembrance Day, Sunday, November 11, church bells in the Valley and beyond will ring one hundred times to honour First World War veterans. The Bells of Peace initiative by the Royal Canadian Legion marks the moment one hundred years ago when church bells across Canada rang out …

CAO trains councillors at the train station

CAO/Clerk Sue Klatt used yesterday’s Hallowe’en celebrations at the Railway Station to ensure that some members of the incoming Council brushed up on their catering skills before taking the oath of office next month. Councillor Carl Bromwich admitted to The Current that despite years of serving hotdogs he had no …

Celebrating hand-made in Madawaska Valley

Madawaska Valley Dance is giving local arts and crafts businesses a boost on Sunday November 4 with their first Made in the Madawaska Valley indoor crafts market. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 17581 Hwy 60 in Wilno. Studio owner Chelsea Clarke and administrator Makaila Ronholm …

Hallowe’en activities session at MV Public Library

Valley trick-or-treaters had a chance to try out their costumes in advance at a Hallowe’en Activities session at the Madawaska Valley Public Library on Saturday October 27. Kids aged 6 through 12 were welcomed by Program Coordinators Julia Beggs and Emily Mintha. While everyone enjoyed dressing up, listening to stories …

Flu clinics in the Valley

Photo: H. Souza unsplash.com Renfrew County District Health Unit (RCDHU) advises that getting a flu shot is the best way to protect yourself and the people around you from getting the flu. The flu shot also lowers your risk of serious complications, such as pneumonia.  Free flu shots are available …

It’s official: the new MV council

The Township of Madawaska Valley has now released the official results of the municipal election. Incumbent Mayor Kim Love has been re-elected, along with incumbent Councillors Carl Bromwich and Ernie Peplinski. MV voters also returned former mayor Dave Shulist to council, giving him the most votes of any of the councillor …

Peplinski asked to explain “truth twisters” ad

In the October 17 2018 edition of the Valley Gazette, Councillor Ernie Peplinski published an advertisement headed “Beware of the truth twisters.” It reproduced and endorsed several of the comments published in previous Valley Gazette editorials concerning “fake news” and “blogs.” As was the case with the Gazette articles, his …

Election humour

As we approach election day, The Current offers readers a little light relief from campaign rhetoric. Enjoy this selection of political quips.   I offer my opponents a bargain: If they will stop telling lies about us, I will stop telling the truth about them. Adlai Stevenson   Why pay money …

Firefighter certification requirement reversed by Province

Madawaska Valley Fire Department members Earl Dombroskie (L), David Afelskie, Shawn Dombroskie, Fire Chief Corwin Quade. During the October 11 All Candidates Meeting, Mayor Kim Love said that the Ontario government had recently reversed its decision regarding firefighter certification. Love had presented a briefing document to the Honourable Prabmeet Sarkaria, …

Update on Pot Shop Poll

Since The Current posted this Poll on September 16, there have been almost 900 visits to the poll. Yet, less than half of those visits resulted in votes. Perhaps we should have added an option for “Undecided.” Readers may be interested to learn that the Pot Shop Poll result, based …

Heartwood Restaurant opens in Combermere

Sisters Shanti Nordholt-McPhee and Becky McPhee celebrated the grand opening of Heartwood Restaurant on October 6 surrounded by their family, friends and well-wishers from the Combermere community. Shown above from left: Becky McPhee, Selina DeCarle, Solana Nordholt, David Douthwright, Megan DeCarle, Posie Douthwright, Luna Nordholt, Nadia DeCarle (beside sign), Trinity DeCarle, Shanti …