Countdown to new era at SFMH begins

Photo:  Submitted Editor’s note:  St. Francis Memorial Hospital (SFMH) and Renfrew Victoria Hospital (RVH), two of the six partners mentioned in the article Six partners in Eastern Ontario joining forces to implement EHR (Click HERE to read), have issued the following press release to coincide with being one year from implementation. …

Planting the seed of rural family medicine

Medical students at Community Week lunch with their preceptors at the Ash Grove. Photos: Melissa Botz For many years now, there’s been a need for more rural physicians. To help promote this type of family practice, first year medical students from both Queens University and Ottawa University participate in Community …

Former councillors tell all

Representing your neighbours as a municipal official is a big responsibility so it’s useful to check out former councillors’ personal experience when you consider running for office. The Current spoke with past members of municipal councils, both in Madawaska Valley and elsewhere in Renfrew County, to get a flavour of …

Yakabuski – cautious but optimistic

Photo: johnyakabuski.com Two days before the provincial election, Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke incumbent John Yakabuski describes himself as “always cautious, but optimistic.” “Every campaign is unique – we’re all four years older, the issues change and the candidates are different,” he says, but in this campaign, there have been no surprises, at least …

Highway 17 twinning into five-year plan

The Ontario PC Party is the only party committed to the continued twinning of Highway 17, Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke PC candidate John Yakabuski announced June 4. This is in stark contrast to the Liberals who have done little on this file in recent years and the New Democrats who have never shown …

Anna Dolan is Green Party candidate

Photo submitted Anna Dolan has spent much of her childhood on the shores of Kamaniskeg Lake along with family and friends and is now proud to call Barry’s Bay her home. The times spent swimming, canoeing and cottaging in the natural beauty of the lake has shaped in her a …

Report on MV Council meeting May 22

Public gallery May 22 2018 Members of Madawaska Valley Council were disappointed about several items discussed at Tuesday’s Regular Council meeting. Shown at the meeting in the public gallery (above, from left) : Suzanne Klatt, Elaine Schweig, Bill Schweig, Doug De La Matter. Volunteer Firefighter Certification Council discussed a letter from Marie-France Lalonde, …

MV Councillor subject of complaint after outburst

Councillor Shelley Maika (above) has found herself in hot water after a formal complaint was lodged by a local resident who claimed Maika verbally assaulted her on May 2 at the Township office. According to Christine Darbyson, Maika burst into a private meeting between Darbyson and Acting Interim Treasurer Ross Jeffrey, …

Bay Day rain or shine

Photo: Sharon Gardiner Umbrellas were open on Bay Day 2018 but a few drops of rain did not stop the fun in Barry’s Bay.  The traditional activities continued even during the rain and this year the festivities were marked by several firsts. New CAO Sue Klatt visits Farmers’ Market vendor …

Combermere gigantic bake and yard sale

Oliver and Lily Cannon excited with their find at the sale Saturday’s Gigantic Bake and Yard Sale was held at the Combermere Community Centre. Young shoppers Oliver and Lily Cannon above were pleased with a complete workbench set including tools. Their mother was even more pleased with the $10 price tag. …

Six partners in Eastern Ontario joining forces to implement EHR

Above from left: Shafique Shamji, Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer; Michelle Leafloor, Program Director; Dr. Glen Geiger, Program Medical Lead; Yvonne Wilson, Program Clinical Lead; at The Ottawa Hospital, believe the Epic Health Information System will harness technology to create a better patient experience.  Photo: Jacinta Cillis-Asquith Editor’s Note: …

NDP candidate Ethel LaValley puts trust in voters

Ethel LaValley gives her nomination speech (Photo submitted) Ethel LaValley, Whitney resident and NDP candidate for Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke, says she is not afraid about going up against John Yakabuski MPP in the upcoming election. In an interview with the Current, she referenced her experience in public life and said from a …