Budding grow-op handed setback by BLR Council

June 17th was a Good News / Bad News day for a Palmer Rapids business. At the Brudenell Lyndoch & Raglan (BLR) Council meeting held that day, approval was given for three severances on land on Wingle Road at the site of the former Wingle Inn. (Above: the property in its B&B …

Congratulations class of 2020!

Madawaska Valley District High School (MVDHS) students celebrated the end of their secondary schooling last evening with all the traditional trappings: mortarboards and gowns; speeches from the Class Valedictorian, MVDHS Principal, School Board Trustee, and even the Prime Minister; congratulations from MVDHS staff; and the presentation of a host of …

OPP warns of bears entering unlocked cars

The OPP Haliburton Highlands Detachment has today reported on the activities of a car-loving bear. On Tuesday June 23 members of the detachment were called to investigate car entries in the area of Kennaway Road and Dudley Road in Haliburton. Their report of the investigation states that it “revealed a …

COVID-19 news recap

Peel and Toronto enter Phase 2 on June 24 On June 22 the Ontario government announced it is moving the City of Toronto and Peel Region into Stage 2 on Wednesday. This decision was made in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and the local medical officers of health. …

The orphan

Editor’s note: For all the dads who enjoy stories about wildlife in the Valley … Happy Father’s Day from The Current. Spring and summer are beautiful times of year and 2011 seemed especially lovely. I don’t remember if there were the usual hordes of black-flies or an onslaught of sharp nosed …

Significant quantity of purple fentanyl seized in Pembroke

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) East Region Community Street Crime Unit (CSCU) has made a significant drug seizure in Pembroke. On June 16, 2020, as part of an ongoing investigation, members of the Street Crime Unit, assisted by the members of the Upper Ottawa Valley (UOV) Detachment arrested an individual in …

Don’t be fooled by Service Canada scam say Killaloe OPP

There are many sophisticated frauds and scams in Canada. There are frauds which attempt to mimic real federal government services to gain access to personal and financial information. The Killaloe Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police, (OPP) has received several calls from concerned community residents in relation to a scam …

Simple guide to Ontario’s new social distancing

Many Ontarians were relieved to learn that the Province is gradually easing the COVID-19 restrictions. But a lot of people are confused by the new rules. Here’s a simple graphic explanation published by the Ontario Ministry of Health (MOH).   Social Circles   Social circles are different from social gatherings …

June 14

Yet another frost advisory tonight! Thanks for the warning, Environment Canada! The forecast for Madawaska Valley says: A few clouds. Low plus 2 with patchy frost. There’s still time to get outside and cover up those tender plants and seedlings.     Community testing for COVID-19 If you have put off …

Land use planning for (no) development

Opinion  Editor’s Note: Barry’s Bay lawyer Robert Howe provides this analysis of the implications stemming from the County’s new Official Plan.   Renfrew County mayors were united in their anger at the County Council meeting on May 27. The reason was the contents of Ontario’s amendment to the County’s Official …

Barry’s Bay Legion to reopen this weekend

As the Province eases its restrictions, Valley residents can begin to enjoy outings while they continue to observe public health requirements. The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 406 in Barry’s Bay today announced it will open its patio this Saturday afternoon. After Saturday, plans are to have the patio open from …