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 …

Donations policy applied unfairly says Councillor

MV Council’s Finance & Administration Committee plans to recommend that the township change its policy for in-kind donations. At its Jan. 29th meeting, the committee reviewed a request from Colette Mantifel for an in-kind donation for the Terry Fox Run in September 2018. Mayor Love said Council had decided last …

MV committees discuss artists’ payments and Artisans Festival

Local artists and the annual Artisans Festival were discussed during committee meetings in Madawaska Valley Township this week. On Jan. 29th Acting Interim Treasurer, Ross Jeffrey gave a progress report to the Finance & Administration Committee about the remaining unpaid consignment payments for artists’ work sold at the Railway Station …

Revitalization funds for MV announced

Photo: Sharon Gardiner   Mayor Kim Love announced at the Jan. 29th Finance & Administration Committee meeting that Madawaska Valley Township is eligible to receive up to $39,536 under Ontario’s Main Street Revitalization Initiative. The funding allocation, based on population, was announced by the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural …

MV to end development charges

At the Finance & Administration Committee meeting on Jan. 29th it was recommended that with effect from January 1st 2018 development charges be abolished. By-Laws previously passed by MV Township under provincial legislation enabled development charges to be applied to all land in the Township which receives municipal water and/or …

Our Hospital Scores 99.8%

Photo: Pappin Communications Accreditation Canada has awarded St. Francis Memorial Hospital an impressive 99.8% compliance rate on meeting quality standards after a rigorous evaluation process in December. As a result, our hospital has received Accreditation with Commendation and congratulations for ongoing work to improve the quality and safety of health …

Railway Station’s Benefit to Area Derailed

First in a two-part series   PART 1 — MV CITIZENS EXPRESS THEIR CONCERNS Residents Concerned over Landmark’s Decline Several Madawaska Valley residents are expressing their concerns about the decline of the Barry’s Bay Railway Station. A common theme in their comments is that a negligent (if not hostile) attitude, …

Cougars – The Return

Photo: Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry Mountain lion (Cougar) Scientific name: Puma concolor It was November 11, 2017 and a gentle snow had been falling for most of the afternoon. We were heading to town on Siberia Road when a large cat suddenly came out of the ditch. It …

Unpaid Artists: Madawaska Valley Wants Your Invoice

At the Jan 15th Madawaska Valley Council meeting, the subject of unpaid artists was raised. The artists’ work was sold from The Railway Station. It now appears that MV Township is waiting for invoices from them before issuing payment for the sale proceeds (after commission). Councillor Maika, referring to an …

Realtor Calls for Continued Economic Development

Photo: Sharon Gardiner   Perhaps you have noticed some changes in the area? New faces? We are excited to say that there has been an influx of new people to the area who embrace much of what the Madawaska Valley and its surroundings has to offer. Some are young retirees …

How to Tackle Climate Change Every Day

Chart: oxfam.org Almost all scientists agree that the global temperature is rising and that human activity is the cause. You might accept their conclusion, but if you are like most people, you are not sure how to be part of the solution without giving up your lifestyle. Perhaps you have …

Thou Shall Not Dump

Photo: Sharon Gardiner Wow, I’m shocked! I just read that Canada is the top producer of garbage per person in the world!  How can that be?!  We share environmental ideas on a global level (e.g. the historic Paris Climate Change Conference, United Nations Conference).  From the outside it looks like …