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 …

MV Mayor elected to ROMA Board

Madawaska Valley Township Mayor Kim Love was today appointed to the Rural Ontario Municipalities Association (ROMA) Board of Directors. In a press release CAO/Clerk Sue Klatt said, On behalf of Mayor Love, she would like to thank her fellow council members and the Rural Mayors’ Forum of Eastern Ontario for …

Renfrew County Catholic School Board tops provincial rankings

On January 20, 2019 the Fraser Institute released its annual report card on Ontario’s elementary schools. The report card, which the Institute says is the “go-to source for measuring academic performance,” ranks more than 3,000 schools based on nine academic indicators from results of annual province-wide reading, writing and math …

SFMH to receive $524,758 for upgrades

It was announced on January 25 that St. Francis Memorial Hospital (SFMH) is one of 128 hospitals throughout the province to receive funding through the province’s Health Infrastructure Renewal Fund (HIRF). In a media release John Yakabuski, MPP for Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke, said: The health and safety of patients and families is …

Former Seat of Wisdom teacher charged with sexual assault

Multiple news sources including the Ottawa Citizen, Ottawa Sun and Global News have reported that acclaimed choral director, Maestro Uwe Lieflander, has been charged with sexual assault. The charges relate to incidents alleged to have occurred in Ottawa in 2016 and 2017. Lieflander is now believed to be in his native …

MV holds first meeting as a Committee of the Whole

Tuesday January 8 marked the first time MV Council met as a committee of the whole under its new Procedural By-Law 2018-117 passed December 20. (Scroll down for link.) Readers will recall that Mayor Love in her inaugural address at the Dec. 3 Council meeting said MV would adopt this …