Missing masks cause dissension in the Valley

Madawaska Valley residents have faced several recent examples of individuals, groups, and institutions who are either openly flouting mandatory mask directives, or finding loopholes within the guidelines so they are exempt from wearing masks publicly. Above: face mask poster issued by Renfrew County & District Health Unit. Image rcdhu One …

Back to school – a parent’s perspective

Editor’s note: In the second of our series on schools reopening, James di Fiore explains why his family will be home schooling this fall.   We didn’t think we had much of a choice. That was the main thought my wife and I had when we finally decided to keep …

Investigation of BLR Fire chief leads to Ombudsman complaint

Brudenell Lyndoch and Raglan Township (BLR) has agreed to comply with two recommendations from the Provincial Ombudsman after a complaint of illegal meetings of BLR Council was filed earlier this year, according to records seen by The Current.  Following the Ombudsman’s review, BLR Township agreed to “be vigilant in adhering …

CBS Democratic debate an unadulterated shitshow

Opinion After a somewhat promising debate in Nevada, the Democratic Party virtually imploded last night as candidates desperately tried to light a spark under their campaigns, mostly by relentlessly attacking each other while interrupting one incoherent sentence with yet another incoherent sentence. With most of the candidates focusing their ire …

A walk to the pond

Do you remember the smells of your childhood? Yeah, me too. Specifically, my sense of recall for the fragrances of the cottage in Quebec where my family visited as a child is instant. It’s also intoxicating. It’s a mix between general cottage mustiness, the lingering aroma of my grandmother’s cooking, …

In an Orwellian world, only comedians can save us

“If liberty means anything at all it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.” — George Orwell. These performers remind us of something paramount; comedians don’t provide the example of what they can get away with saying, they provide us with the blueprint of what everyone can say.

Update on complaint against BLR Fire Chief

Brudenell Lyndoch Raglan (BLR) Township Council held a special meeting on Friday morning, November 1, to consider the result of an investigation into allegations against its Fire Chief, Jordan Genrick. Genrick was accused of several instances of misconduct, including three alcohol related allegations, as well as an alleged personal grudge …