Crown stays charges against Senack in exchange for peace bond – OPP investigation criticized by defence

The trial of bar server Ann Senack on criminal negligence charges causing death and bodily harm resumed on May 13 following its abrupt adjournment on April 30. The reason for the request for that adjournment by the Crown was revealed when Renfrew Crown Attorney Jeffrey Richardson announced to the Court …

Crown asks for time out at Senack trial – cell phone evidence triggers request

A dramatic development in the trial of bar server Ann Senack resulted in an abrupt end to yesterday’s hearing following Assistant Crown Attorney Richard Morris asking Judge Hugh Fraser to give the Crown time to consider its position. Senack is facing two charges of criminal negligence causing death and two …

Borutski victim’s brother teams with Margaret Atwood in commemorative song cycle

Internationally renowned baritone Joshua Hopkins is the brother of Nathalie Warmerdam. She was one of the three women murdered by Basil Borutski in what is regarded as one of Canada’s worst episodes of domestic violence. In the five years since the death of his sister, Hopkins has pursued his wish …

Development charges back on the agenda at MV Council

At the Madawaska Valley Council meeting held on Feb.19 2019, a recommendation was made by both the Acting Treasurer and the CAO/Clerk that Council revisit the issue of raising revenue by bringing back development charges. Councillor Mark Willmer supported the recommendation, referring to his previous experience with development charges in …

Experts issue fresh health warning about wood burning stoves

In December 2019 Health Canada published warnings about the dangers of emissions from wood burning stoves under the title “Wood Smoke.” It emphasized that some groups are especially vulnerable, including people with heart or lung problems and children because their respiratory systems are still developing, and they tend to be …

Judge says Ontario municipalities require a better ethical infrastructure

Editorial Regular readers of The Current know that from time to time we report on perceived breaches of the obligations of accountability, transparency and integrity on the part of local government. This reporting has not only been about Madawaska Valley, but also Brudenell Lyndoch & Raglan and North Algona Wilberforce. …

County Legal Clinic reports good news after a challenging year

On October 27 the Renfrew County Legal Clinic held its Annual General Meeting. Fittingly, it took place during Access to Justice Week. Clinic Executive Director Amy Scholten reported on the previous year’s business, including the following items.   Shown above are examples of social media posts (photos Renfrew County Legal Clinic …

County registers record-setting home sales statistics in July – Valley broker says, “It’s crazy here!”

Figures just released by the Renfrew County Real Estate Board (RCREB) show that home sales in the County continue to surge while at the same time setting a new record for the average price. Residential sales activity recorded in Renfrew County totalled 278 units in July. This was a large …

MV Council approves Chippawa condo rezoning after hearing environmental concerns

On July 7 Madawaska Valley Council approved the application by Combermere Lodge Limited (CLL) to rezone the Chippawa Shores property from Tourist Commercial to Residential to permit a 44-lot residential plan of subdivision. The condominium development which CLL first presented to MV Council in March 2018 has been subjected to …

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