Reader says leadership needed on our climate crisis

It seems that leadership in the battle against climate change and environmental degradation will have to come from the grassroots level. For some of our elected officials, leadership in this battle plays second fiddle to political expediency. On August 22, Watersheds Canada will be in the Barry’s Bay area in …

Reader questions province’s message on forest management

The Editor: Ottawa Valley landowners recently expressed concern over the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) policy encouraging better cutting practices on private land throughout the townships. Unfortunately, “conservation” has become a dirty word in much of rural Canada. To many woodlot owners it implies “constraints on personal …

Cultivating cannabis

Dear Editor, What a delight and relief to see someone show up with a few baby cannabis seedlings to give away at the Killaloe Library Plant and Book sale on May 25. This will be the first Spring that “common” “ordinary” Canadians will be able to plant and grow cannabis …

Earth Day every day

Dear Editor, Monday, April 22 was the official Earth Day, where we honoured our dependence on our home planet for all our air, water, and food … and a whole lot more, like beauty in Nature, source of building materials for our homes, heat for our homes, fuel for our …

Reader concerned about 5G technology

Dear Editor, The rollout of 5G continues to be a priority of governments around the world, who assure us this technology is safe. At the same time, telecommunications industry officials admit there has been no industry testing of 5G to determine its biological effects on human, plant and animal life. …

Thank a snowplow driver

To the Editor: In my Grade 1/2 classroom in Palmer Rapids, we have been learning about citizenship and what it means to be a good citizen. My students have decided that people who help other people are good citizens. While there are many obvious people and occupations that come to …

Reader questions cannabis conflict of interest

Dear Editor, As we enter these last dark days before Solstice and then Christmas, I am finding my curiosity aroused by a situation brought forward to me by several friends. Perhaps you can please explain to me why our MPP John Yakabuski had to step down from the cabinet position …

What happened?!

Disappointed, dismayed and concerned, at times even shocked at what I am reading on the internet and hearing about the goings-on in Madawaska Valley.  I have been following the MV elections because I care about MV and still believe that it has great potential to become a thriving corner of …

Reader alarmed at candidates’ boycott of forum

Editor’s note: The Current has received the following letter from a reader. Municipal elections are now upon us and the Township of Madawaska Valley is no different. Signs are being put up all over the municipality not only to remind us who we can vote for but to encourage us …

Concerned Valley resident posts own fire ban sign

Handmade fire ban sign (Photo submitted) Dear friends and neighbours, Last week following the fire at my neighbour’s cottage, I produced a leaflet explaining what a total fire ban means. Although this fire was the result of sheer stupidity (according to the Chief Fire Official it was caused when guests …

To nature lovers

During an unexpected power outage in May I went for a walk before daylight ended. At one of my usual stops I enjoyed specks of sunshine like sparkling diamonds dancing on the lake. Except for the natural sounds of insects, chipmunks, small song birds, ducks taking to flight and the …

Seasonal resident questions lack of festival

Editor’s note: The following letter was sent by a seasonal resident to the Mayor of MV Township and copied to The Current. To whom it may concern: When I drove through The Bay to the cottage for the Victoria Day Weekend, I was delighted to notice that the Annual Craft …