Budding grow-op handed setback by BLR Council

June 17th was a Good News / Bad News day for a Palmer Rapids business. At the Brudenell Lyndoch & Raglan (BLR) Council meeting held that day, approval was given for three severances on land on Wingle Road at the site of the former Wingle Inn. (Above: the property in its B&B …

Trudeau hits viral jackpot again with pregnant pause

Opinion Yesterday the international media had a field day with yet another Trudeau/Trump video “moment” that has gone viral. This follows two notorious instances of our Prime Minister filmed acting in ways that were interpreted as ridiculing the American president. The first was in August 2019 when he was filmed …

End of the Penney era for SFMH

Tomorrow, June 1, will be the first day of retirement for Randy Penney, President and CEO of St. Francis Memorial Hospital (SFMH). He had held the position since 1998 and during that time he has received numerous accolades reflecting the esteem in which he is held by his peers. These …

Organized crime bust throws spotlight on auto insurance fraud

Toronto area police announced today that they have laid nearly 200 charges, including First Degree Murder, against members of “several organized crime groups working within the towing industry.” In a video released this morning, Superintendent Mike Slack of the York Regional Police reported that the crime groups “have used violence …

Cottagers urged to stay home this weekend

Editor’s note: Scroll down for further information on this topic, including news just in from the OPP.  With spring weather and a long weekend looming, some people get itchy feet. But the advice is that the best way to have a great weekend is to Stay Home! Stay Safe! Does …

Message from the publisher

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 …