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 …

To the richest go the spoils

SPORTS First, a confession. I am a baseball nut. This is because it most resembles cricket, which I played for many years when I lived in the UK. Both involve the hurling of a hard projectile at a player holding a wooden stick at speeds of up to 100 mph, …

Transparency needed in the Rosien affair

Image: Shutterstock Editorial In The Current’s report on the conclusion of Jack Rosien’s claim against the Township, we said “questions remain.” Some of those are apparent from The Current’s summary of the history including what motivated Council to meet behind closed doors on April 3 2017 and decide not to …

“Voter frustration” in MV too

Editorial For readers who may not have seen it, the editorial in this week’s Eganville Leader makes some salient points under the title Voter frustration. It says, Whether it is the ever-testy North Algona Wilberforce or equally testy Madawaska Valley or the municipalities surrounding them, ratepayers are looking for transparency, …

Valley Gazette publisher targets The Current

Opinion Last Wednesday’s edition of the Valley Gazette carried an opinion piece (although it is not described as such) by its publisher, Michel Lavigne. It contained a rant against community online “blogs” in general, but left little doubt that its main purpose was to attack The Current. It is worth …

Township settles Rosien litigation – questions remain

Photo Evan Dennis Opinion As reported exclusively by The Current, Madawaska Valley’s former Integrity Commissioner Jack Rosien earlier this year commenced a claim for damages against the Township in the Superior Court at Pembroke. A municipality being sued by its own Integrity Commissioner is not an everyday occurrence so The …