Episcopal ordination of tenth Bishop of Pembroke will take place Aug.15th

Submitted by Diocese of Pembroke With great cause for rejoicing, I announce that today that our Holy Father, Pope Francis has named Reverend Michael Brehl, C.S.s.R. as the 10th Bishop of Pembroke. Father Brehl was born in Toronto in 1955 and entered the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemed (Redemptorists) …

It’s a scorcher – stay cool with tips from health unit

Editor’s Note: On June 18th Madawaska Valley announced three cooling centres in the Township. Environment Canada has issued a prolonged heat event for Renfrew County and District, beginning today. Dangerously hot humid conditions are expected through most of the week. Hot and humid air can also bring deteriorating air quality. …

Barry’s Bay Tim Hortons raises more than $10k for local healthcare

Submitted by St. Francis Valley Healthcare Foundation An incredible $10,776 was raised through the sale of cookies during Smile Cookie Week, which ran from April 29 to May 5, 2024. Barry’s Bay Tim Hortons chose St. Francis Valley Healthcare Foundation (SFVHF) as the beneficiary of Smile Cookie Week with funds …

SFMH experiences increased ER volumes and anticipated wait times

Barry’s Bay and surrounding areas sees an annual influx of visitors over the summer months resulting in increased visits to the St. Francis Memorial Hospital (SFMH) Emergency Department (ED). Above: Joanne Plebon, RN. Photo submitted. “The increased population in our area, as a popular summer cottage and vacation destination, leads …

OPP bulletins at June 11, 2024

MV resident charged in voyeurism, child pornography investigation MV resident charged in voyeurism, child pornography investigation Members of the Killaloe Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) have charged one person after a recent investigation. In February 2024, OPP began an investigation into a voyeurism case that occurred in Renfrew …

Local Immigration Partnership expands Culture Connect event in 2024

The Local Immigration Partnership – Lanark & Renfrew is thrilled to announce the 3rd Annual Culture Connect, an exciting celebration of diversity and culture. Now in its third year, this vibrant event continues to serve as a dynamic platform for converging community groups and organizations across the Ottawa Valley, fostering …

MVDS student trustee among Renfrew County Student Leaders visit to Parliament Hill

Student Senators representing every secondary school in the Renfrew County District School Board (RCDSB) and Indigenous student leadership had a very special up close and behind-the-scenes visit to Parliament Hill, visiting the Senate of Canada and House of Commons. Among them was student trustee Ava Beggs from Madawaska Valley District …

RCDHU issues overdose alert

Renfrew County and District Health Unit (RCDHU) is alerting residents about an increase in overdoses and suspected overdose-related deaths in the Pembroke and Renfrew catchment areas. Although specific substance(s) related to the overdoses have not been confirmed, it is important to remember that all street drugs must be considered highly …

OPP alert following serious collision with moose in Algonquin Park

Advisory: Moose are frequently on roadways trying to avoid insects One person has suffered life-threatening injuries, another was left with non-life-threatening injuries, after their vehicle collided with a moose in Algonquin Park. The Killaloe Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded just after 1:00 a.m. on May 19, 2024, …

SFMH announces new VP Patient Care and Chief Nursing Executive

After an extensive recruitment process, SFMH is pleased to announce Sherri Cope as the new Vice President, Patient Care Services & Chief Nursing Executive (VP/CNE) effective April 8th, 2024.   “We are very pleased to have an engaged, compassionate, results-oriented leader.” said Julia Boudreau, CEO of SFMH.  “I am confident …

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