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The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted some, but not all, online news sources to offer free or extended subscriptions to readers as a public service. That’s not new for The Current — we have always provided a free, online source of community news since our launch in January 2018 — and …

Free online resources for stay-at-home enjoyment

The recent announcement by major Canadian telecommunication companies that they are waiving internet overage charges because of the pandemic is welcome news. Not only is it welcome to those who are working from home, but also other shut-ins who want an alternative to television as a source for their entertainment. …

Owner hopes for July opening of Valley’s first pot shop

Recent passers-by of the former Mayflower building at 48 Bay Street, Barry’s Bay (pictured above) will have noticed evidence of changes taking place. This is because of renovations to turn the building into what will be the Bay’s first pot shop. Valley resident Mike Klobouk formed a company a year …

Chippawa Shores development nears final approval

The Chippawa Shores development continues to progress towards approval. On March 3rd Madawaska Valley Council in Committee reviewed draft conditions received from Charles Cheesman, Manager of Planning Services Renfrew County. Cheesman’s covering letter said the draft conditions had been arrived at following the second public meeting on August 29, 2019. …

Are we now living next door to a banana republic?

Opinion In an article in the New Yorker of March 14th 2019 titled “Is America becoming Trump’s banana republic,” George Conway, the outspoken Trump critic married to White House counsellor Kelly Anne Conway, said, “If it were not for the inherent checks and balances of the US constitution, we would …

The Current as watchdog – a look back at 2019

In my review of The Current’s 2019 contribution to local news coverage, two events stand out as being especially revealing. I refer to the bland response by members of council to one of their own swearing at and threatening me during a Madawaska Valley council meeting, followed by the manufactured …

It’s all about the judges

OPINION Even as President Trump was being impeached yesterday, his enabler-in-chief, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, was providing yet more evidence that reveals why the Republican Party has sold its soul to the Devil. On Wednesday afternoon while Republicans in the House of Representatives were collectively scraping the bottom of …

Celebrating Nurse Practitioners Week with new NPs

Because this is Nurse Practitioners Week in Ontario, the Madawaska Valley Family Health Team (MV FHT) used the occasion to introduce two new members of their team, both registered Nurse Practitioners (NP). Shown above with a celebration cake are Liz Polatynski (left) and Cailin Weersink. Photo submitted. They explained their …

Auditor slams province’s homebuyers protection program

If you have purchased or built a new home in Ontario sometime during the last 40 years, you will no doubt have heard of Tarion. It is a private, non-profit organization which the Ontario government has empowered to administer and enforce the Ontario New Home Warranties Plan Act and Regulations. …

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 …