Another Bancroft drug bust – firearms seized

On July 3, 2019 The Current reported on a major drug bust in Bancroft. According to a media release dated August 17 from OPP East Region Headquarters, execution of a search warrant has resulted in another Bancroft drug bust, this time including firearms. On August 15, 2019 members of the Community …

Madawaska Valley now allows campfires

Madawaska Valley Township advises that staff is in the process of changing the Complete Fire Ban signs to a Level 1 Fire Ban, allowing campfires. Fire permits are not being issued at this time. Please follow safe practices when having a camp fire, burn during the coolest dampest and calmest …

Reader questions province’s message on forest management

The Editor: Ottawa Valley landowners recently expressed concern over the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) policy encouraging better cutting practices on private land throughout the townships. Unfortunately, “conservation” has become a dirty word in much of rural Canada. To many woodlot owners it implies “constraints on personal …

Domestic firearm charge laid

During the week of August 6 to August 11, 2019 there were 117 calls for service for the Killaloe Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), including the Whitney Detachment. There were five motor vehicle collisions, two were animal related. There were three domestic disputes and one domestic dispute resulting …

Facts about fire bans and wild fires

A press release from Madawaska Valley Fire Department explains everything you need to know about fire bans and wild fire safety. Wild Fire Season Wild fire season in Ontario runs from April 1 to October 31. During the season, you are not allowed to have an open air fire from …

OPP conducts Move Over campaign August 2 to 5

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is concerned by the number of drivers who ignore Ontario’s Move Over Law and place police, other emergency personnel and tow truck drivers at risk on the roadside. The OPP laid 1,891 charges last year against drivers who failed to slow down and move over, …

Ribbons of Steel at Railway Station

“It’s strange to think of this peaceful old Station here in town,” said Joanne Olsen, who heads The Station Keepers MV, a non-profit corporation attempting to revitalize the old Barry’s Bay Railway Station, “and then think of that horrible night after three men had just been killed in an explosion, …

Fire Chief salutes fire-fighting members of public

Madawaska Valley Fire Chief Corwin Quade wants to thank quick-thinking members of the public who helped prevent the spread of a ditch fire on July 26. Six trucks and sixteen fire fighters attended the wild fire at the intersection of Byers Road and Combermere Road, after the alarm was raised …

Help sought to reduce illegal dumping

A Valley ratepayer has asked Madawaska Valley Township to consider different methods of waste and recycling collection. The proposal by Wendy Wolak, a Director of the Carson, Trout, Lepine and Greenan Lakes Association (CTLG Lakes), was recently referred to the Public Liaison Committee. They asked that Wolak arrange for CTLG …

JP Cormier returns to Stone Fence Theatre

Juno Award-winning JP Cormier, a virtuoso guitarist, fiddler, banjo and mandolin player, singer-songwriter with deep East Coast roots is coming to Stone Fence Theatre at the Rankin Culture and Community Centre on Wednesday, August 14 at 7:30 p.m. Opening the show for JP will be a taste of Ottawa Valley …

OPP Killaloe news as of July 8

Changes to Highway Traffic Act, Personal Use Trucks and Trailers The Killaloe OPP would like to share information surrounding changes to the Highway Traffic Act related to personal use trucks and trailers. Effective July 1, 2019 pickup trucks and trailers for personal use are exempt from the requirements of an …

Extreme heat warning from Renfrew County District Health Unit

A media release received today from the County’s Communications and Emergency Preparedness Co-ordinator, Melissa Botz, says an extreme heat event has been issued for Renfrew County and District. It is important to take steps to prevent heat-related illness during this heat event. Extreme heat can put everyone at risk from heat related …

Major drug bust in Bancroft

The Bancroft Detachment of the OPP issued a media release this morning reporting on the execution of drug warrants. The release reported that in the early morning at approximately 2:55 a.m. on June 20, 2019, members of the Community Street Crime Unit (CSCU) of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) assisted …

Ontario pilots new infrastructure program to withstand extreme weather

The Ontario Government announced June 27 that it is funding a new pilot program to ensure communities across the province are protected from future extreme weather damage. The Municipal Disaster Recovery Assistance (MDRA) program provides financial assistance to eligible communities that face extraordinary emergency response and repair costs after a natural disaster. …