Eileen Jones-Whyte wins NDP nomination

Last evening at the Royal Canadian Legion Hall in Cobden two candidates competed for the NDP nomination for the Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke riding. They were Kurt Stoll of Deep River, a nuclear engineer in Chalk River, and Eileen Jones-Whyte of Eganville, a French teacher. After the delegates present voted, Jones-Whyte was declared …

MV Township criticized in Privacy Commissioner’s Decision

At the August 6 Council in Committee meeting, Council members were informed by CAO Sue Klatt of a decision that had recently been handed down by the province’s Information and Privacy Commissioner (IPC). Council learned that the IPC Adjudicator found fault with the Township’s handling of a Freedom of Information …

Court refuses to declare NAW election invalid

In a decision released on July 12 2019, Mr. Justice Martin James of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice dismissed an application by former Councillor Kevin Clarke to have last November’s municipal election declared invalid because of alleged vote counting irregularities. He claimed that the recount procedure used after the …

Ben Hokum expansion a big boost for local economy

The mill expansion at Ben Hokum & Son Limited (Hokums) was officially opened on April 25 2019. John Yakabuski, Minister of Natural Resources and Foresty, participated in the ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new state-of-the-art 3D sawmill line at Hokums in Killaloe. Fourth-generation mill owner Dean Felhaber said the technology “bodes …

Reading between the (funding) lines

OPINION Wednesday was the first day of spring and it was met with weather appropriate to the occasion. Walking around town one could not help but notice a collective lifting of the spirits. On the same day there also came the news of the $620,000 windfall payment to the Township’s …

SWC Pirates performance pleases

The London Times opened its review of the first performance of Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance on April 5 1880 with the following observation: “Mr. Gilbert has a vein of quaint and spontaneous humour as peculiarly his own as any gift ever possessed by the most individual of …

Communities losing their souls says Eganville Leader owner

The front page of the Jan. 3 issue of the Eganville Leader contained an editorial by its owner, Gerald Tracey, entitled “Newspapers facing an uncertain future in the face of changes.” The uncertainty referred to reflects pressure created by increasing competition for advertising dollars. This theme was also a focus …

Moose monument measurement merits much media musing

Over the past week the global media focused its attention on an international dispute involving Canada. We are not referring to the falling-out with China but rather a “Mine is bigger than yours” spat with Norway. Believe it or not, it concerns the 30 cm difference in height of two …

County unveils new mental health initiative

At the Annual General Meeting of the Renfrew County Law Clinic held in Pembroke on October 30 2018 members heard a presentation by Greg Lubimiv about the new Renfrew County Mental Health and Addiction Plan. Lubimiv is Executive Director of the Phoenix Centre for Children and Families (logo pictured above) which is …