MV Food Bank has challenges to meet

Madawaska Valley Food Bank, the local non-profit that helps feed Valley residents, has more than one mountain to climb in the next few months. MV Food Bank is searching for a new home – not for the first time, having set up shop in several locations since it began more …

Where to find the essentials as of March 26

Now that only “essential” services may remain open, The Current keeps you up to date with this list of local businesses and services as of March 26. Please support your local shops and services, and take the time to thank their staff for staying in the “front lines” to provide …

Good example set by Valley businesses

At his daily briefing this morning, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau doubled down on the need for social distancing to combat spread of COVID-19. He said, “We’ve all seen the pictures online of people who seem to think they’re invincible…. Well, you’re not…. Go home, and stay home.” This was followed …

Services from Madawaska Valley during COVID-19 pandemic

Madawaska Valley Council held a Special Meeting today, March 17, to hear an update from staff on response to COVID-19 pandemic. Before introducing CAO Suzanne Klatt, Mayor Kim Love played a brief video clip of Dr. Michael Ryan of the World Health Organization (WHO) speaking about lessons learned during the …

Latest news on Valley retailers’ response to virus

The sun is shining, the price of gas is low, the sap is running, the weather forecast for March Break is springlike — what could possibly go wrong? Thanks to the global pandemic of Novel Coronavirus COVID-19, many people are growing concerned about access to necessary medicines, food and other …

CHEO Dream Team

At the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) about 75 children are diagnosed with cancer annually and the oncology team at CHEO treats nearly 200 cancer patients each year with individualized treatment programs. An important part of CHEO’s fundraising is the annual CN Cycle for CHEO, a fun, non-competitive event …

Shulist acquaints Renfrew County with benefits of twinning

Madawaska Valley Councillor David Shulist spoke to County of Renfrew’s Development and Property Committee on March 10 about the progress of the twinning relationship MV enjoys with the Town of Lipusz in Poland. Committee Chair Bob Sweet introduced Shulist explaining that his presentation would be of interest to the Committee …

Clips from recent MV Council meetings

2020 Budget discussions Water, Wastewater and Curbside & Transfer Rates for 2020 At the February 28th Council in Committee Finance & Administration meeting, MV Council set the Water & Wastewater rates for 2020: Council approved an increase in Water System rates by 2 percent to $4.68/m3, based on a consumption …

Children enjoy indigenous session at MV Library

For the second time this year, BIAK EarlyOn Mobile Unit came to the Madawaska Valley Public Library in Barry’s Bay. BIAK is an acronym for Bonnechere Inodewiziwin Abinodjinish Kikinamagan. Formed in 2018, the group’s certified teachers and Elders offer free Indigenous programs for families and children from birth to 6 …

Picnics, ball games and priests

The audience in a crowded Barry’s Bay Railway Station listened to Sean Conway interviewing Joshua Blank about the annual picnics held by St. Hedwig’s Parish from 1912 to the mid-1960s. Many of those present chimed in with recollections and stories about the picnics, the baseball games, and the priests who …

Canada Jay talk fascinates MV Gardening Club

Dan Strickland, retired Chief Park Naturalist of Algonquin Park, presented a talk on the “Triumph and Downfall of the Canada Jay” at the February 20 meeting of Madawaska Valley Gardening Club in Barry’s Bay. He began with a history of the Canada Jay, also known as the Gray Jay, from …

County-wide ride share one step closer

Last week the County of Renfrew Property and Development Committee was advised that the long awaited launch of its ride-sharing tool, which will be called “ShareTheRide,” will happen in the next month or so. As The Current reported on October 24th 2019, the County’s Economic Development Department has been investigating …