Yakabuski releases details of proposed major healthcare reforms

On 26 February John Yakabuski, MPP for Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke, released a statement detailing the Ontario government’s proposed reforms to the healthcare system. Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health and Long Term Care, had announced the reforms earlier that day, stating: The people of Ontario deserve a connected health care …

MV friends to welcome new Canadians

Great news at last! As many Valley people will recall, a number of concerned fellow-residents formed a group called The Madawaska Valley Friends of New Canadians (MVFONC) whose goal was to sponsor a Syrian Refugee Family to begin their new life in Canada in Barry’s Bay. In conjunction with the Anglican Diocese of …

OPP news as of Feb. 4

During the week of January 28, 2019 to February 3, 2019 OPP Killaloe Detachment reports that there were 79 calls for service, including the Whitney Detachment.  There were three domestic disputes, and no domestic disputes resulting in criminal code charges Break and enter On Tuesday January 29, 2019 at approximately …

Government wants public input in review of real estate transactions

On January 31 the Ontario Government announced that it has launched a consultation to modernize real estate laws. The stated purpose is to modernize laws governing real estate professionals to better reflect today’s market, reduce red tape, and strengthen transparency and consumer protection. Bill Walker, Minister of Government and Consumer …

Killaloe OPP news as of Jan. 28

During the week of January 21, 2019 to January 27, 2019 there were 85 calls for service, including the Whitney Detachment. There were fifteen motor vehicle collisions, six were animal related. There were three domestic disputes, and two domestic disputes resulting in criminal code charges.   Domestic Breach of Probation …

OPP: Charges laid in Combermere Road fraud

The OPP Killaloe Detachment Weekly Media Release for the week of January 14 to 20, 2019 reports that charges have resulted from a fraud investigation on Combermere Road begun in March of last year (Details below). Killaloe OPP also said there were 86 calls for service during last week, including …

Gardening Club news

The Madawaska Valley Horticultural Society held a well-attended Annual General Meeting followed by its annual gardening trivia night on January 17. The trivia quiz was led by Baxter Topham-Pitt from Temperate Gardens, Eganville. He drafted and presented questions related to plants that were challenging, engaging and sometimes funny. “The Blooming …

Students will benefit from 10 percent reduction in tuition fees

A release received from MPP John Yakabuski’s office today announced the lowering of tuition fees. Students who attend publicly-assisted colleges and universities will see their rates go down by 10 percent. Yakabuski said, These reforms will make access to a quality education more affordable for students attending Algonquin College Pembroke …

Opeongo Nordic kids’ program to start January 12

Opeongo Hills Nordic Ski Club advises parents to get your kids outside this winter! They’ll learn to play on cross-country skis, review basic nordic skills for classic skiing and get an introduction to skate-skiing. Older and/or more experienced kids will participate in informal time trials. This program is facilitated by Canadian Association of Nordic Ski …

Yakabuski issues statement on gas tax program for transit

Editor’s note: Nipissing-Renfrew MPP John Yakabuski has today issued the following press release about how Ontario’s gas tax program helps to enhance and expand municipalities’ public transit systems. The Current suggests readers also read our recent editorial on transit which includes information about the Federal Gas Tax Rebate Plan. (Click HERE to read …

OPP warns: Don’t share personal information

During the past week, the Killaloe OPP have responded to two fraud complaints involving the sharing of personal information. One of the calls involved allowing access to a home computer. The OPP repeats its advice that you become “Fraud Savvy” and wants you to follow these tips: Never give personal information …

OPP Killaloe Detachment report holiday period incidents

During the weeks of December 17, 2018 to January 1, 2019 there were 231 calls for service, including the Whitney Detachment. There were twenty-one motor vehicle collisions, fourteen were animal related. The remaining collisions were minor, with no injuries. There were five domestic disputes, with two domestic disputes resulting in …

Suspect sought in attempted robbery in Bancroft

OPP Bancroft Detachment reports that an 18-year-old woman was assaulted during an attempted robbery this morning, December 31. The attack occurred as she was exiting her vehicle on Hastings Street South, Bancroft. Emergency Medical Services transported the female to hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The OPP seeks assistance in apprehending the …

Poetry Place: Christmastime

A story of old Many times it’s been told May I tell it once again To honour my Lord and King   On this special day I would like to pay Homage to His name Worship Him with great acclaim   Born in a lowly manger His only visitors strangers …

Reader questions cannabis conflict of interest

Dear Editor, As we enter these last dark days before Solstice and then Christmas, I am finding my curiosity aroused by a situation brought forward to me by several friends. Perhaps you can please explain to me why our MPP John Yakabuski had to step down from the cabinet position …