Phone scammers are back in action say OPP

In a media release dated July 8, the Upper Ottawa Valley Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) warn residents of a scam that has recently surfaced in the area. The scammer calls and pretends to be from a financial institution or credit card company and falsely tells the victim …

Paddling through the pandemic

Mother/daughter team Claudia and Stefi Van Wijk recently announced that Madawaska Kanu Centre is open for the season. This year there are some changes because of COVID-19 but whether you want a rafting experience or expert paddling instruction, you’ll find it at MKC. As soon as the province gave the …

Mask wearing now mandatory in enclosed public spaces

In a livestreamed video conference on July 6 the public health officers of Eastern Ontario announced their collaboration on a regional approach to mandatory face coverings and masks to help fight the spread of COVID-19. Participants were: Paul Roumeliotis, Medical Officer of Health Eastern Ontario Health Unit Paula Stewart, Medical …

Workplace sexual harassment and the Me Too Movement

In this millennium the term Sexual Harassment is synonymous with the Me Too movement. Last month we interviewed local Sexual Harassment Lawyer, Marnie Munsterman, who works with the Renfrew County Legal Clinic. Today, let’s talk about how this movement began and how this movement became an agent for change that rippled …

Canada Day with a difference

July 1 2020 was a glorious summer’s day and people in the Valley took advantage of it. Our nation’s flag proudly flew in the sunshine over the Barry’s Bay Legion. Photo above. But celebrations were a little different this year due to COVID-19. Instead of the traditional cake cutting at …

Gallant wants investigation into rural internet service providers

A media release from Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke Member of Parliament dated June 30 says that MP Cheryl Gallant has  requested that Canada’a Competition Bureau Commissioner conduct an investigation into the anti-competitive practices of wholesale internet service providers in rural Canada. “Despite successive governments providing hundreds of millions of dollars for rural broadband, …

New COVID-19 case in Renfrew County provokes exposure warning

Earlier today, July 2, Renfrew County and District Health Unit (RCDHU) confirmed one more positive laboratory-confirmed case of novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) in Renfrew County and District associated with community spread. A media release received this evening from RCDHU issues an advisory after confirmation that a person who tested positive …

RCMP arrest armed man on grounds of Rideau Hall

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police reported this morning on Twitter that an armed man was detained on the grounds of Rideau Hall where Prime Minister Trudeau currently resides. The RCMP stated that at approximately 6:40 a.m. “an armed man was able to access the grounds … the prime minister and …

Bent Anchor applies to re-zone for cannabis retail

On July 7th at a livestreamed planning meeting on YouTube, Madawaska Valley Council will consider an application for re-zoning to allow the owners of the Bent Anchor Bar & Restaurant in Combermere to add a retail store as a permitted use in the Tourism Commercial – Exception One (TC-E1) Zone. …

Neighbour’s quick action slows Barry’s Bay fire

A media release states that at 10:04 p.m. on Sunday June 28 the Madawaska Valley Fire Department was dispatched to a structure fire on Bay Street in Barry’s Bay. The Fire Department was on the scene within four minutes of the call coming in. Twelve fire  fighters along with three …

Teenage girl reported missing, now found dead

In a media release received this evening, the Upper Ottawa Valley (UOV) Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has now confirmed that a body located in Pembroke on June 28, 2020, is that of Myrah ROGERS-GOERSH, age 17. She had been reported missing on June 20, 2020. The cause of death …

June 28

Body located in Pembroke – No confirmation of identity OPP Upper Ottawa Valley Detachment released information today, June 28, 2020, that shortly after 1:00 p.m. the Upper Ottawa Valley (UOV) OPP responded to a report of a body being located in an area near River Road in Pembroke. Members of …

“Dr. Jack” retires from The Ottawa Hospital

Barry’s Bay native, Dr. Jack Kitts, officially retires as President and CEO of The Ottawa Hospital (TOH) on June 29 2020, bringing to “a close a significant chapter in our hospital’s story,” said Tim Kluke, President and CEO of the TOH Foundation. He goes on, “Throughout his career spanning over …