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 …

MV to hear from public about retail cannabis

On Monday, January 21 at 6 p.m. Madawaska Valley Township will hold a Special Council meeting to discuss and decide whether to opt in or out of allowing private retail cannabis shops in the municipality. CAO/Clerk Sue Klatt has now confirmed to The Current that the meeting will include “a …

Report of MV Council in Committee meeting Jan.8

Madawaska Valley considered the following items during its first day-long meeting as a Committee of the Whole held on January 8, 2019. Declarations The meeting began with the familiar call for Declarations of Pecuniary Interest and on this occasion there were responses. Councillors Willmer and Peplinski each declared an interest …

MV holds first meeting as a Committee of the Whole

Tuesday January 8 marked the first time MV Council met as a committee of the whole under its new Procedural By-Law 2018-117 passed December 20. (Scroll down for link.) Readers will recall that Mayor Love in her inaugural address at the Dec. 3 Council meeting said MV would adopt this …

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 …

The Current reviews its first year

The beginning of a new year is an appropriate time to review the old one. January 2nd also marked the first anniversary of The Current so it is also a good time to give our readers an update. Because we are an online newspaper (or “blog” if you prefer!), we …

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 …

Rescue drama on Siberia Road

Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) personnel from Pembroke visited Barry’s Bay during the week of December 10 following reports of an orphaned bear cub, but were unable to locate the animal at that time. Most bears in our area are in hibernation by now so the cub’s mother …

Tougher impaired driving laws now in effect

Ontario motorists woke up today to a new impaired driving regime. Police officers will now be able to demand a roadside breath sample from any lawfully stopped driver to determine whether a person has alcohol in their body without first having to suspect the motorist has been drinking. Until now, officers …

Yakabuski says share your photos of festive local foods

The Ontario Government is launching a celebration of local food in time for the holidays. As people prepare their holiday spread and festive treats they are invited to share their shots on social media as part of a Festive Local Food celebration. The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs …

Decision imminent on MV pot shop

At the December 17 Council meeting, MV Council will consider a Resolution whether to permit the licensing of pot shops within the Township’s boundaries. The Current has therefore ended its online poll which has been running since September 16. Readers were asked, “Should Madawaska Valley allow cannabis retailers (pot shops) …

OPP Killaloe Detachment wants you to be fraud-savvy

During the past week, the Killaloe OPP have responded to two fraud complaints involving the sharing of personal information. The OPP wants the community to become “Fraud Savvy.” Never give personal information by phone unless you have initiated the contact. Don’t try, don’t buy, and don’t reply to spam or …