The trumpet sounds

Natural Disasters – Part 2 OPINION A great mountain burned with fire, and a third of all trees and grass burnt-up. – Revelation Ch.8 The Madawaska Valley’s winter of 2023-24 has been the driest in recorded history. Renfrew County, situated within the rain shadow of the Algonquin Dome, receives considerably …

Ontario’s Biomass program threatens Ottawa Valley forests

OPINION If you go for a walk in the woods today, tomorrow you could be in for a big surprise. Vast forests could be slated for clear-cutting before they even reach maturity. Above: Area clear-cut showing residual regeneration. Photo C. Huggett Going against the age-old forest sustainability principle of “harvesting …

Where eagles dare not go

OPINION The fight to save the Pine River in Madawaska Valley encounters a bizarre clash of values — Commercial logging has traditionally been the main threat to Canadian forests. But now other competing interests join the foray leaving conservationists baffled. “Wheresoever the carcass is; there the eagles shall be found …

Algonquin Park – can it continue to be everything to everyone?

Paradise in Ruins – Part 2 Submitted by Christopher Huggett, retired Conservation Biologist. OPINION Only those with memory of Algonquin’s distant past can be rightly appalled with what they see today. Complaints arising from inadequate law enforcement within Algonquin Park reflect a generational shift in both demographics and social expectations. …

Seat of Wisdom’s fingerprints all over rejected anti-Pride Petition

Editorial On April 5 2021 The Current drew its readers’ attention to an article published by the Canadian Anti-Hate Network (CAHN) which focused on Our Lady Seat of Wisdom College (SWC) policies and the College’s links to conspiracy theorists. It mentioned its anti-LGBTQ policies and its links through faculty members …

Development Charges – What is this about and why should you care?

Opinion Development Charges (DCs) are fees imposed by municipalities to increase revenue and pay for infrastructure services. Infrastructure includes roads, sewers, water, wastewater and other services that a homeowner expects. They are imposed on private owners and developers, whether you are severing land to provide your son or daughter a …

Is this unjust enrichment of MV lawyers a gift that will keep on giving?

Editorial Last August the Association of Municipalities Ontario (AMO) published a report on the cost of municipal insurance. It said, “Rising municipal insurance costs continue to be a major concern for AMO members. Many municipalities in Ontario are reporting increases of more than 20 percent. These costs are being driven …

Thoughts on proposed redevelopment of Lakeshore Park on Barry’s Bay waterfront

Editor’s note: The Current welcomes a new occasional contributor, Barry’s Bay resident Roger Prince, who provides the following commentary about the proposed redevelopment of the Kamaniskeg Lake waterfront in Barry’s Bay. On Jan.17 I attended our township council meeting when the consulting firm Beacon Environmental presented their Concept Plan Report …

MV dumps Giorno and Young-Lovelace as Integrity Commissioners — appoints replacement

Editorial At the Jan.17 Regular Council meeting, the newly-elected Council of Madawaska Valley passed a By-Law to appoint Tony E. Fleming of the firm Cunningham Swan Lawyers as Integrity Commissioner for the Township. Fleming is based in Kingston, where he is the supervising partner in the firm’s Municipal Law group. …

Hockey Canada, the Ottawa Police Service, and the Catholic Church

Opinion What would Hockey Canada, the Ottawa Police Servoce, and the Catholic Church have in common? Lately, these three entities have been in the news due to issues related to a problematic internal culture, leadership and governance structures, and a reluctance to change. In the last week of October, we …

Why BLR Incumbents don’t want to talk about E4m

Opinion Editor’s Note: This opinion by BLR resident Michael McCloskey is part of our ongoing investigation into the questionable practices arising from the collaboration of Expertise for Municipalities (E4m Solutions), Wishart Law, and Investigative Solutions Network (ISN). It is a follow-up to our article “BLR Councillor objects to high costs …

Muzzled MV media helps muddy the waters – Prince unhappy about news suppression in The Leader and Valley Gazette

Editorial Yesterday The Current published an article reporting on misinformation being spread by one of the incumbent candidates for Madawaska Valley (MV) Council. His ability to mislead the public has been assisted by the inexcusable refusal on the part of the Valley Gazette and The Eganville Leader to report to …

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