Local circulation of anti-mask conspiracy theory puts MV residents at risk

EDITORIAL The Current has been given a copy of a document being distributed to local residents that attacks the wearing of face masks. The reader who provided it says she is aware that other Valley residents have also received it. Image above shows the document’s inflammatory headline attributing irreversible brain …

Humpty Trumpty

Illustration: Betsy Bell McKimm (c) 2020 Betsy Bell McKimm, former resident of Madawaska Valley, has graciously permitted The Current to publish this illustration in response to the outcome of last week’s US election. McKimm now combines her training and experience in both art and yoga to provide instruction for students …

Judge says Ontario municipalities require a better ethical infrastructure

Editorial Regular readers of The Current know that from time to time we report on perceived breaches of the obligations of accountability, transparency and integrity on the part of local government. This reporting has not only been about Madawaska Valley, but also Brudenell Lyndoch & Raglan and North Algona Wilberforce. …

New BLR Administrator best opportunity for better things in 25 years

Opinion The recently announced departure of Brudenell Lyndoch and Raglan’s Clerk/Treasurer represents the greatest opportunity for positive change in BLR I have seen since moving here 25 years ago. The full-time administrator of a Township is the single most important position because they are the eyes and ears of what …

Lake Etiquette

OPINION As the last long weekend of the summer approaches, many of us will flock to a lakeside retreat to embrace the best of what the remaining days of summer offers. COVID-19 has created an especially difficult and challenging year for us all to find enjoyment within the restrictions of …

Blessed are the peacemakers – the case for using mediation to resolve disputes

Opinion   Mediation has been used as a method of dispute resolution in a variety of different cultures for more than 3,000 years. “Blessed are the peacemakers” — this scripture inspired me to become a mediator as a child. Now a Chartered Mediator in Canada with well over one thousand …

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