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 …

Kaminski’s Candidates Meeting opening statement

Candidate for Mayor Andrey Kaminski contacted The Current today about his failure to give his opening statement at last week’s All Candidates Meeting. Kaminski apologizes to Madawaska Valley residents for being late, saying, I was late mainly because of heavy traffic on the drive from Toronto. Kaminski also told The …

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 …

Aspiring resident reviews candidates’ messages

Photo: Harrison Haines As a prospective resident of the Township of Madawaska Valley and therefore likely to be impacted by the soon-to-be-elected Council, I took the opportunity to hear each candidate’s platform and their responses to questions from the community at the All Candidates Meeting held at Barry’s Bay Royal …

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 …

MV residents deserve better

Opinion A recent correspondent to the Valley Gazette challenged candidates to release specific platforms so voters can “hold their feet to the fire.” For ten months The Madawaska Current has been doing just that – holding the feet of the Mayor and Council to the fire by reporting and commenting …

Report: last night’s All Candidates Meeting

Audience at Barry’s Bay Legion Hall Madawaska Valley residents filled the Legion Hall on October 11 for an All Candidates Meeting co-hosted by the Madawaska Valley Public library and the Royal Canadian Legion Barry’s Bay Branch 406. Seven of the eight candidates running for election were present to respond to …

Mayor resorts to alternative facts about Railway Station

Opinion Anyone following the election campaign knows the Barry’s Bay Railway Station remains a hot issue. All candidates have addressed it in their literature and interviews, but when incumbent mayoral candidate Kim Love spoke about it recently in an interview with The Eganville Leader, she presented a version of the …

First public meeting of MV candidates held

Approximately 50 residents took advantage of the candidates’ Meet and Greet evening held at the Opeongo Seniors Centre on October 4. The event was co-sponsored by the Opeongo Seniors and The Current. Opeongo Seniors President Leah Kinghorn said the event was to allow voters to meet any candidate in person …

What voters deserve to know

Editorial As we approach the final lap of this election campaign, attempts to seduce voters into voting for a particular candidate are intensifying. So far as the incumbent candidates are concerned, this includes the inevitable self-patting on the back for alleged achievements. Some, or maybe even all, of these may …

Candidates’ meetings announced

Two public events in early October will assist the Madawaska Valley electorate in finalizing their voting choices for the municipal election on October 22. Organizers confirm that all candidates have been invited to both events. Meet and Greet on October 4 at 7:30 p.m. The first event is at the …

Your voting questions answered

Photo: Skimel on wikimedia Readers have asked The Current about the voting process in the Township of Madawaska Valley. The municipality’s website says that “any person who on Voting Day (October 22) meets the following qualifications is eligible to vote: Is a Canadian Citizen; Is at least 18 years old …

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 post it for you. In addition to questions, you can also pass on points of view relevant to issues in this election.

Your question or comment will be forwarded to the candidate(s) to whom it is directed, who will be able to reply online. The answers appear underneath the question. Read more

AMO speaker identifies perfect municipal candidate

Nik Nanos speaks at AMO conference The Association of Municipalities of Ontario held its annual conference in Ottawa August 19 to 22 with 1,900 delegates in attendance. Readers with the inclination and time can visit the AMO website (Link provided below.) to find all the presentations given at the conference. Most …

Reader alarmed at candidates’ boycott of forum

Editor’s note: The Current has received the following letter from a reader. Municipal elections are now upon us and the Township of Madawaska Valley is no different. Signs are being put up all over the municipality not only to remind us who we can vote for but to encourage us …