Gardeners to screen The Gardener on October 25

Madawaska Valley Horticultural Society members attended the October 18 meeting at the Opeongo Seniors Centre in Barry’s Bay to participate in their annual Seed Exchange and to view a film. The highlight of the evening was to be the screening of The Gardener, an award-winning documentary directed by Montrealer Sebastien …

The Current answers Margaret Maika’s question

In our report on last week’s All Candidates Meeting, we referred to a question asked by Margaret Maika about the legal claim by the previous Integrity Commissioner. During the question itself and the response by Mayor Love, comments were made about possible breaches of confidentiality, and questioning both Rosien’s and …

Report: last night’s All Candidates Meeting

Audience at Barry’s Bay Legion Hall Madawaska Valley residents filled the Legion Hall on October 11 for an All Candidates Meeting co-hosted by the Madawaska Valley Public library and the Royal Canadian Legion Barry’s Bay Branch 406. Seven of the eight candidates running for election were present to respond to …

Council’s asset management investigated by The Current

Opinion               … completing the file on Ohio Road is a priority for this Council. Message sent to Township’s lawyer – March 2017 Arguably the most important duty of a council is its responsibility for ensuring effective management of its municipality’s assets. Of all assets, those that can give rise to …

First public meeting of MV candidates held

Approximately 50 residents took advantage of the candidates’ Meet and Greet evening held at the Opeongo Seniors Centre on October 4. The event was co-sponsored by the Opeongo Seniors and The Current. Opeongo Seniors President Leah Kinghorn said the event was to allow voters to meet any candidate in person …

Heartwood Restaurant — full of heart

Becky McPhee and Shanti Nordholt-McPhee  Photo: Hailey Voorand Two Valley sisters see their dreams come true as they launch a family restaurant in Combermere on October 6, 2018. Becky McPhee and Shanti Nordholt-McPhee will realize their shared vision of a place to do all of the things they love — …

Madawaska Valley Fall Studio Tour this weekend

Linda Sorensen studio Since 1991 a special kind of autumn leaf appears each fall in the Madawaska Valley. A sign in the shape of a maple leaf  is the symbol of the Madawaska Valley Studio Tour. This year you’ll see them along roads in the Valley September 29 – 30 …

Your voting questions answered

Photo: Skimel on wikimedia Readers have asked The Current about the voting process in the Township of Madawaska Valley. The municipality’s website says that “any person who on Voting Day (October 22) meets the following qualifications is eligible to vote: Is a Canadian Citizen; Is at least 18 years old …

Mayor urges CAO to strike cannabis task force

The room was silent. We were in shock and awe at this stuff. This is what Mayor Love said at the September 4 Council meeting. She was describing the reaction of delegates to what they heard at the recent Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) conference about cannabis legalisation and …

Dr. Malinowski honoured by College of Physicians

Dr. Jason Malinowski at St. Francis Memorial Hospital The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) presented the Council Award to Dr. Jason Malinowski on September 7 at the Council meeting in Toronto. CPSO said that Malinowski, a passionate advocate for rural medicine, has distinguished himself as a clinical …

MV Council Clips from Sept. 4 meeting

MV staff at meeting: Gwen Dombroski (L) and Amanda Hudder Madawaska Valley Council’s meeting on September 4 covered a wide range of topics from car washing to cannabis, tax arrears and more. The Current reports on selected items. Cannabis conundrum Mayor Kim Love gave a verbal report of a panel …

Madonna House annual Heritage Fest

Families enjoy the puppet show Madonna House hosted its annual Heritage Fest on Labour Day weekend. Visitors of all ages enjoyed live music, puppetry and demonstrations of traditional crafts practised by members of the Madonna House community. The Gift Shop. Art Gallery and Book Shop were open and proceeds from …

AMO speaker identifies perfect municipal candidate

Nik Nanos speaks at AMO conference The Association of Municipalities of Ontario held its annual conference in Ottawa August 19 to 22 with 1,900 delegates in attendance. Readers with the inclination and time can visit the AMO website (Link provided below.) to find all the presentations given at the conference. Most …

Madawaska Kanu Centre builds on success

Claudia and Stefani van Wijk It’s no surprise that the van Wijk family of the Madawaska Kanu Centre (MKC) and OWL Rafting are “reading the river” ahead. The Current recently met with Claudia and Stefani van Wijk to learn their plans for the family business as it moves into the care …

Taste of the Valley in the Bay

Taste of the Valley was held at The Railway Station in Barry’s Bay on August 17. Now in its tenth year here, the county-wide initiative has evolved into a celebration of local food, products, art and culture throughout the Ottawa Valley. This year’s event began with a rainy morning but …