County nears completion of Official Plan Review

The County of Renfrew has just published the latest draft of its five-year Official Plan Review. Click HERE to view the full draft. The Current has reviewed the draft and in this article will provide highlights of proposed changes and issues affecting Land Development in the County. In a subsequent article we will …

Proposed condo development includes Chippawa Lodge

Combermere Lodge Limited outlined its proposed condominium development in the Madawaska Valley at the Mar. 5 Council meeting. David Hunter, President of Combermere Lodge Limited (CLL), was accompanied by Donald Dunn, Vice-President, and Leah Wilson, Chief Financial Officer (shown above L-R). Hunter said that CLL owns the property for Chippawa Resorts …

Legion public speaking Zone G7 finals

Madeleine Nicholson, Barry’s Bay (Second Place, Intermediate Level)  Photo: Erin Nicholson Three of the winners from Stage One of the Royal Canadian Legion’s annual Ontario Command Public Speaking Contest went on to participate at the next level in the Zone G7 competition in Eganville on Saturday March 3, at Branch …

Questions remain about the empty chair

At today’s Regular Council meeting, Mayor Love delivered the promised statement about the abrupt exit of MV CAO/Clerk Doug Robertson. She said: At the Special Council meeting on February 21 the probationary employment of Mr. Robertson, CAO/Clerk, came to an end. The municipality adheres to a policy of strict confidentiality with …

Confrontation continues at MV committee meeting

A clash between Councillors Maika (shown at left) and Archer (shown at right) that started at the Feb. 20 Regular Council meeting re-ignited with a vengeance at the Finance & Administration Committee meeting on Feb. 28. At the earlier meeting Mayor Love, in proposing Councillor Maika as a member of the …

Mayor promises statement about CAO

Mayor Kim Love opened the Feb. 28 Finance & Administration Committee meeting with the following statement: Mr. Robertson is no longer with the municipality. I will be providing an update to the citizens and taxpayers of the Madawaska Valley at the Regular Council meeting on March 5th. Until then, I …

MV gets new plow truck

The Finance & Administration Committee assembled with staff outside the township building during a meeting break on Feb. 28 to take possession of Madawaska Valley’s new plow truck. Shown above (L-R) are Mike Phillips, Hilary Kutchkoskie receiving the keys from Rob Kent of Gin-Cor Industries, Mayor Kim Love, Councillors Ernie Peplinski, …

Township sued by former Integrity Commissioner

Madawaska Valley Township’s first Integrity Commissioner, Jack Rosien, has commenced legal proceedings against the Township for breach of contract, The Current has learned. According to documents filed recently in the Superior Court of Justice at Pembroke, Rosien is claiming his contract with the Township was wrongfully terminated because the Township …

MV Township without CAO

Doug Robertson (pictured above right with Mayor Love) is no longer CAO for the Township of Madawaska Valley with effect from Wednesday Feb. 21. When questioned about this by The Current earlier today, a councillor refused to provide any further information and referred us to Mayor Kim Love. Both Love and …

Neighbours seek economic and tourism development

Local businesses and residents gathered at M&L Hall in Madawaska on Feb. 9 for a meeting entitled Economic & Tourism Development. It was the second of two sessions for South Algonquin Township facilitated by Chris Fullerton, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Geography & Tourism Studies at Brock …

Madawaska Valley youth speak at Legion

Intermediate Level winners  Photo: Mark Woermke Twelve young people, supported by parents, grandparents and siblings, gathered at the Legion Branch 406 in Barry’s Bay on the morning of Saturday Feb. 17 to participate in Stage One of the Royal Canadian Legion’s annual Ontario Command Public Speaking Contest. Of the twelve, …

Is the Station back on track?

Railway Station Park, August 2017    Photo: Cathie Corrigan Part 2 in a series on the Railway Station ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL RETURNS FOR THE MADAWASKA VALLEY Face of the Valley The Railway Station in Barry’s Bay has been called the “face” of the Madawaska Valley because, for visitors, it is …

Why do we heat with wood?

A view through the glass door of an efficient wood stove  Photo: John Gulland Saving money is part of it, but there is much more to like about a wood fire   Because it is February, you might be getting fed up lugging firewood around and feeding a wood heater’s endless …

Healthcare Foundation thanks Township

The “Families Helping Families” campaign of St. Francis Valley Healthcare Foundation is $10,000 richer as Madawaska Valley presented the final instalment of the township’s $50,000 contribution at the Feb. 5 Council meeting. Shown above at the presentation are: (L-R) Dr. Ray Dawes, Cllr. Ernie Peplinski, former Mayor John Hildebrandt, Mayor …

Decision on railway station

Doug De La Matter addresses MV Council Feb. 5 2018 At a packed meeting today after listening to a delegation from Doug De La Matter of the Madawaska Valley Culture and Heritage Society (MVCHS), Madawaska Valley Council passed the following motion: “It is agreed in principle that the Township of …