It’s official: the new MV council

The Township of Madawaska Valley has now released the official results of the municipal election. Incumbent Mayor Kim Love has been re-elected, along with incumbent Councillors Carl Bromwich and Ernie Peplinski. MV voters also returned former mayor Dave Shulist to council, giving him the most votes of any of the councillor …

Peplinski asked to explain “truth twisters” ad

In the October 17 2018 edition of the Valley Gazette, Councillor Ernie Peplinski published an advertisement headed “Beware of the truth twisters.” It reproduced and endorsed several of the comments published in previous Valley Gazette editorials concerning “fake news” and “blogs.” As was the case with the Gazette articles, his …

Election humour

As we approach election day, The Current offers readers a little light relief from campaign rhetoric. Enjoy this selection of political quips.   I offer my opponents a bargain: If they will stop telling lies about us, I will stop telling the truth about them. Adlai Stevenson   Why pay money …

The Current answers Margaret Maika’s question

In our report on last week’s All Candidates Meeting, we referred to a question asked by Margaret Maika about the legal claim by the previous Integrity Commissioner. During the question itself and the response by Mayor Love, comments were made about possible breaches of confidentiality, and questioning both Rosien’s and …

Municipal election “Town Hall” forum

NEW: updated with direct links to each candidate’s responses The Current invites readers to use the question form below to ask questions of one or more candidates in the Madawaska Valley municipal election. If you prefer, submit your question by email to madvalleycurrent@gmail.com (with the subject line Forum Question) and we will …

Shulist proposes MV-wide business association

The Current recently spoke with former mayor David Shulist about his bid to rejoin MV Council – this time as a Councillor. Our first question, of course, was why would he return to the political arena after a break of four years? Shulist explained how he had enjoyed his time …

Avoiding post-election blisters

Editorial In the 2014 municipal election, 62.76 percent of Madawaska Valley voters participated. This compares to the provincial average which, according to Wikipedia, was 43.12 percent. This demonstrated a commendable commitment to the electoral process on the part of this community but it begs the question, will there be a …

Mark Willmer: We have to keep things moving

Council candidate Mark Willmer sees great potential for the Township of Madawaska Valley. He recently spoke with The Madawaska Valley Current at his home overlooking Lake Kamaniskeg about his vision and campaign. The Township of Madawaska Valley is a great place to live and work, and it has a lot …

Archer promises zero-tolerance for disrupted meetings

Elser Lee Faith Archer outside her office in Barry’s Bay If elected mayor, Elser Lee Faith Archer says she will call upon her governmental and council experience to provide leadership aimed at improving efficiency and harmony at the council table. She says the solution begins with strict compliance with Roberts Rules …

Breaking news: Official list of certified candidates

It’s official – Madawaska Valley CAO/Clerk Suzanne Klatt informed The Current on July 30 that the candidates on the Unofficial List released July 27 have now been certified to stand for office in the municipal election on October 22. Klatt also declared the following School Board Trustees elected by acclamation for …

David Shulist runs for MV Council

David Shulist shown above on Bay Day Former Mayor David Shulist has this afternoon submitted his name for election to Council. Shulist was mayor from 2010 to 2014. He sought re-election as mayor in 2014, but lost to Kim Love. This now brings the number of candidates for Council to …

Ernie Peplinski runs for re-election

Ernie Peplinski at Operations Committee meeting with CAO Sue Klatt Madawaska Valley Councillor Ernie Peplinski has announced that he hopes to be re-elected for a second consecutive term on October 22. Since his election to Council in 2014, Peplinski has chaired the Operations Committee and acted as Vice-Chairperson of the …

Mark Willmer runs for council spot

Mark Willmer, Barry’s Bay resident, has filed nomination papers to run for Madawaska Valley Township Council in the October 22 election. Willmer, who also ran in the 2014 campaign in Madawaska Valley, has experience as both a municipal councillor and a municipal employee. According to online sources, for 21 years …

Elser Lee Faith Archer enters mayoral race

Councillor Elser Lee Faith Archer at the wheel of MV’s new plow truck (above) Councillor Elser Lee Faith Archer has today filed papers to run for mayor of Madawaska Valley in the municipal election on October 22. Archer was elected as a councillor in October 2014 and in that role …

Mayor snubs Current readers

Image: Michael Quirk Editorial As we reported on June 24, The Current invited Mayor Love to be interviewed following her announcement that she was seeking re-election. The Current would like its more than 3,000 regular readers to hear what the Mayor has to say about her Council’s record as well …