Reader asks should Madawaska Valley take more steps to deter summer vacationers

Letters to the Editor Hello Current: I am very curious and concerned about the impact COVID-19 will have on  Barry’s Bay and its community this summer and potentially into the Fall months. I know there are many municipalities in Northern Ontario and Quebec cottage country implementing their own measures to …

Permitted legal uses may not be the same as wise uses say MW Friends

Editor’s note: The Current recently published a letter from David Hunter, President of Combermere Lodge Limited. Click HERE to read that letter. The Current has now received the following response from Friends of the Madawaska Watershed. Dear Editor, Friends of the Madawaska Watershed (MW Friends) is disappointed in the response …

Open letter to MPP John Yakabuski on behalf of Renfrew County secondary school teachers

The Current prints this open letter to Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke MPP John Yakabuski from Christian Sell, President OSSTF District 28 (shown above speaking at a labour rally in Pembroke in September 2019).   I recently noticed your ad in a local newspaper wishing us a happy new year and also asking if …

Reader urges MV Council to join other municipalities in recognizing climate emergency

I hope Council will update the Vision and Mission statements, recognize the climate emergency along with the other Canadian communities, consider environmental impact in all decision making, make it clear to all that “environmental leadership is us”, and enlist the help of all ratepayers to fight the good fight.   This is an opportunity to build partnerships between Council and property owners. We face a big challenge and a team approach is needed. Please tell us how we can help.  My grandkids are counting on you!

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 …

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