Pot shop regulations announced

On November 14 Ontario published an outline of its regulations for the licensing and operation of private cannabis stores. Key dates are December 17, 2018 which is when the application process will commence and April 1, 2019 the date when licensed stores will be open for business. The government has …

One hundred years after Armistice Day 1918

Barry’s Bay Legion Branch 406 celebrated the one hundredth anniversary of Armistice Day with a series of moving ceremonies, all well attended by members of the local community who came together to remember those who served. While the morning’s Remembrance Day proceedings were conducted inside the Legion Hall, a Colour Guard …

Yakabuski accuses NDP of ‘drive-by smear’

On November 14, iPolitics reported conflict of interest allegations against former Transportation Minister John Yakabuski whose sister, Marlene Yakabuski, is President of the Ontario Road Builders’ Association. Click HERE to read the iPolitics article. This abstract from iPolitics was produced by The Current.

County unveils new mental health initiative

At the Annual General Meeting of the Renfrew County Law Clinic held in Pembroke on October 30 2018 members heard a presentation by Greg Lubimiv about the new Renfrew County Mental Health and Addiction Plan. Lubimiv is Executive Director of the Phoenix Centre for Children and Families (logo pictured above) which is …

Yakabuski announces plan to offer free fishing to veterans

The Current has received this information in a press release from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry. Ontario’s Government for the People is planning to honour past and present members of the Canadian Armed Forces, who have sacrificed so much for the people of Ontario and Canada. Work is …

OPP investigate fatal fire on Mask Road

On Wednesday November 7, 2018 at approximately 10:46 a.m. members of the Killaloe Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a garage fire which spread to a residence on Mask Road, in the Township of Killaloe, Hagarty and Richards. Police have located the remains of a body at …

MV Council Clips from Nov. 5 meeting

Madawaska Valley Council dealt with a 215-page meeting agenda on Nov. 5. The heavy agenda was partly due to fewer committee meetings during the election period, a backlog of correspondence and the need to brief Council on numerous items. Update from Mayor Love re County Official Plan Amendments No. 25 …

Mayor’s address at Nov. 5 MV Council meeting

Madawaska Valley Mayor Kim Love opened the Nov. 5 Council meeting with the following address, which The Current publishes without comment. In the month of October I travelled and worked an average of 20 hours a week for a total of 87 hours as mayor of MV. I attended six scheduled …

Human remains found near Ruby Road

On Monday November 5, 2018 at approximately 10:49 am, the Killaloe Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a report of the discovery of human remains in the area of Ruby Road, in the Township of Killaloe, Hagarty and Richards. The human remains were located by hunters. Members …

November 2018 column

It’s been some time since I’ve written a column for you, the good people of Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke. In fact, this is my first column since the election of June 7. And I apologize for taking so long. Let me start by thanking you for once again supporting my candidacy for re-election …

The Ottawa Hospital moves closer to Valley patients

The news, released on October 30, that Renfrew Victoria Hospital (RVH) and The Ottawa Hospital (TOH) have integrated their surgical, urology and gynecology services, is also good news for Valley patients. Randy Penney, (at far left above) CEO of both RVH and St. Francis Memorial Hospital (SFMH), told The Current, For …

Bells of peace to mark Remembrance Day

At sunset this Remembrance Day, Sunday, November 11, church bells in the Valley and beyond will ring one hundred times to honour First World War veterans. The Bells of Peace initiative by the Royal Canadian Legion marks the moment one hundred years ago when church bells across Canada rang out …

Ontario marks official end of wildland fire season

The Current received the following news release on October 31 2018 from the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry.  Today marks the end of this year’s wildland fire season — a season unlike anything this province experienced in over a decade. With more than 1,000 wildland fires in central …

Ben Hokum & Son: to the 21st century and beyond

The closure of a mill traditionally makes Valley people very nervous. But the temporary closing of Ben Hokum & Son Limited’s small log mill in Killaloe this fall is something to get excited about … very excited, because its reopening brings a technological advance that places Hokums squarely at the …

Talk to teens: Don’t drive high

The Current has received the following press release about National Teen Driver Safety week.  Drug-impaired driving among teens is a major concern. Following the recent legalization of cannabis, priority should be placed on talking to teens about the seriousness of impaired driving. Janice Sawbridge Community Safety Officer, Renfrew OPP reports The …