April 28 2019

National Day of Mourning April 28 is the National Day of Mourning. A statement from Ontario’s Minister of Labour, Laurie Scott, said, “This day was chosen to coincide with the day in 1914 when Ontario’s first Worker’s Compensation Act came to be. Here in Ontario, thousands of people will pause …

Flood watch April 28 Warden declares emergency in Renfrew County

3:00 p.m.  Madawaska Valley advises that Kamaniskeg Lake may have reduced slightly overnight but is anticipated to increase over the next 12 hours due to releases from Bark Lake. Staff is monitoring and will continue to update when information is available. Sand bags and sand are available. (See below for Madawaska Valley …

Flood watch as of April 26

April 26  9:00 a.m.  The Township of Madawaska Valley advises that Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry has issued a Flood Warning for Renfrew County due to significant rainfall forecasted in the next 48 hours. The Kamaniskeg Lake water system is expected to rise and flood levels are currently forecasted …

Ace of Spades escapes again

The Ace of Spades escaped capture again in the second weekly Catch The Ace (CTA) lottery draw held by St. Francis Valley Healthcare Foundation (SFVH Foundation) at the Ash Grove Inn on April 25, 2019. Erin Gienow, Donor Relations and Events Coordinator for SFVH Foundation, thanked all the supporters, volunteers …

April 21 2019

Pitch-In Canada Week is April 22-29 Madawaska Valley offers free garbage bags and collection to the many volunteer residents who every year participate in Pitch-In Canada Week by clearing litter along roads in the municipality. Garbage bags and details available from the Township Office. The annual event helps to promote …

Flood watch update

April 21 8:30 a.m. MV reports that Wilno Road North below Heritage Park is closed due to a washout. Please avoid the area and use Municipal 511 for road closures and alternate routes. April 20  2:30 p.m. Municipal511.ca lists additional problems below due to flooding. Click HERE to check latest updates …

April 14 2019

Eganville Leader wins awards Congratulations are due to The Leader which reported last week that it had won First Place in Best Editorial Circulation Under 9,999 as well as Second Place in four other categories from the Ontario Community Newspapers Association. The First Place award was for editorial writing relating …

MV high school students protest government cuts

Madawaska Valley District High School (MVDHS) participated in the province-wide Students Say No walkout on Thursday April 4. At 1 p.m. more than fifty students marched from MVDHS up John Street and along Stafford Street into the centre of Barry’s Bay where they assembled at Zurakowski Park. The Current spoke …

April 7 2019

Volunteer Week April 7-to 13 is Volunteer Week, an annual reminder to celebrate the volunteers in our community. Remember to look around and thank a volunteer. They’re everywhere!   Catch The Ace ticket sales begin Friday April 12 St. Francis Valley Healthcare Foundation has announced that tickets for the progressive …

Questions raised over bar server’s alleged offences

EDITORIAL The criminal charges laid against the Calabogie bar server which The Current reported on April 1 2019 has resulted in considerable media coverage and public comment. The Eganville Leader made it its lead story and added an editorial about it on April 3. It reported that a GoFundMe campaign has …

March 31 2019

Province announces expanded availability of alcohol “Our government is actively working to expand the sale of beer and wine to corner stores, box stores, and even more grocery stores,” said Vic Fedeli, Finance Minister, in a speech to a Toronto business audience delivered on March 28. He said the government …

Morninglory Farm then

Publishers’ Note:  As Morninglory Farm prepares to celebrate its 50th anniversary on March 30th 2019, The Current re-prints with permission Douglas Gloin’s article about the back-to-the-land movement, written ten years ago for the Toronto Star. Gloin’s article is just as valuable now as it was when first published in painting a …

March 24 2019

Fatal snowmobile collision in Hastings Highlands OPP Bancroft Detachment report their area’s first fatal motor vehicle collision of this year at approximately 12:26 p.m. on March 23 2019 on E109 trail in the municipality of Hasting Highlands, off Highway 127. Officers attended with Hastings Paramedic Services and were assisted by …

Bay Blades host exhibition games

The Barry’s Bay Sledge Hockey Club will host two sledge hockey exhibition games on Saturday March 23 at the Paul J. Yakabuski Community Centre: 3 p.m. Ottawa Sledge Hawks vs. Jr. Barry’s Bay Blades 4 p.m. Ottawa Senators Sledge Team vs. Barry’s Bay Blades While the Barry’s Bay Blades do …

MV to receive $620k special funding

When Mayor Kim Love opened her mail this morning she received a pleasant surprise. This was in the form of a letter from the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing (MMAH) advising her that MV Township would receive the sum of $620,124. This came out of the blue as it …