Councillors spar about alleged death threat

At the August 6 Council in Committee meeting, CAO Sue Klatt reported on an agenda item entitled “OPP occurrence filed.” This related to an episode that occurred at the Council in Committee meeting of February 7 2019. During that meeting Councillor Ernest Peplinski was alleged to have used “unparliamentary language” …

Township CAO acts to curb Integrity Commissioner costs

OPINION As announced at the June 4 Council in Committee meeting, in an effort to reduce the high cost of investigations conducted by controversial Integrity Commissioner, Guy Giorno, Madawaska Valley Township has hired Sudbury consulting firm, Expertise for Municipalities (E4M), to oversee the validity of complaints made by citizens against …

Use of non-disclosure agreements leaves public in the dark

The routine use of non-disclosure agreements without any consideration of the public’s best interests has become a legal epidemic that undermines the very idea of an open and accountable society. Andrew Nikiforuk, How Non-Disclosure Agreements have become a cancer on democracy, published on October 18, 2018 in The Tyee. OPINION …

MV Councillor subject of complaint after outburst

Councillor Shelley Maika (above) has found herself in hot water after a formal complaint was lodged by a local resident who claimed Maika verbally assaulted her on May 2 at the Township office. According to Christine Darbyson, Maika burst into a private meeting between Darbyson and Acting Interim Treasurer Ross Jeffrey, …

Will Patrick Brown’s ghost shadow Doug Ford?

James Di Fiore is a freelance journalist focusing on politics and media. He is also a radio host at chcr.org in Killaloe. The opinions expressed in this op-ed are solely those of the author.   Just when you thought the long shadow of controversy and unexpected plot twists had left …

Township sued by former Integrity Commissioner

Madawaska Valley Township’s first Integrity Commissioner, Jack Rosien, has commenced legal proceedings against the Township for breach of contract, The Current has learned. According to documents filed recently in the Superior Court of Justice at Pembroke, Rosien is claiming his contract with the Township was wrongfully terminated because the Township …