Former councillors tell all

Representing your neighbours as a municipal official is a big responsibility so it’s useful to check out former councillors’ personal experience when you consider running for office. The Current spoke with past members of municipal councils, both in Madawaska Valley and elsewhere in Renfrew County, to get a flavour of …

Right to grow own cannabis under threat?

Photo: Shane Rounce on unsplash.com Opinion While Ontarians were preoccupied with electing a new government yesterday, Bill C-45 went before the Senate. The Bill, which contains the Government’s proposal to legalize the use of recreational cannabis, was passed by the Senate but with numerous amendments. Perhaps the most controversial of …

Madawaska Valley Dance recital

Photos: Timothy Baklinski of Two Trees Photography The recital for Madawaska Valley Dance took place at the close of the class season at the Combermere Recreation Centre on June 4, 2018. Students performed selections from The Firebird. (From left) Genevieve, Madeleine and Annika Nicholson – sisters and ballerinas; Ella with her …

Yakabuski – cautious but optimistic

Photo: johnyakabuski.com Two days before the provincial election, Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke incumbent John Yakabuski describes himself as “always cautious, but optimistic.” “Every campaign is unique – we’re all four years older, the issues change and the candidates are different,” he says, but in this campaign, there have been no surprises, at least …

Gift It Gray hosts first Maker Market

Gift It Gray owner, Alison Tubby, offered an innovative approach to marketing on Bay Day by combining brick and mortar retail premises with a temporary crafts market. She was inspired by the concept of pop-up markets that she saw on social media and decided to apply the concept for local …

Highway 17 twinning into five-year plan

The Ontario PC Party is the only party committed to the continued twinning of Highway 17, Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke PC candidate John Yakabuski announced June 4. This is in stark contrast to the Liberals who have done little on this file in recent years and the New Democrats who have never shown …

Grow A Row program flourishes

Photo: Terry Newcombe Attached is a photo of our first food bank session this year with Grow A Row donations, which took place on May 22. If you recall, we promoted this program back in March, encouraging gardeners to grow extra vegetable seedlings so that our food bank clients could …

Gun and Sportsman Show expands

Photo: Sharon Gardiner The 2nd Annual Gun and Sportsman Show held at the arena in Barry’s Bay on May Long Weekend built on last year’s success. The event has grown from 70 vendors to more than one hundred in just one year. Show organizer John Rutledge said the Madawaska Valley …

Death Café visits the Valley

Dawn Cruchet (standing) addresses Death Café participants Death Café came to the Valley on May 30 as facilitators Dawn Cruchet, Grief Educator and Counsellor, and Karen Wagner, Clinical Director of Madawaska Valley Hospice Palliative Care, welcomed 17 participants to the Ash Grove Inn to discuss death and dying. Cruchet introduced …

Anna Dolan is Green Party candidate

Photo submitted Anna Dolan has spent much of her childhood on the shores of Kamaniskeg Lake along with family and friends and is now proud to call Barry’s Bay her home. The times spent swimming, canoeing and cottaging in the natural beauty of the lake has shaped in her a …

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 …

A Railway Station dialogue

Editor’s note: The Current recently published a press release from the Madawaska Valley Culture & Heritage Society. Click HERE for that piece. Upon reading it, Mary-Rose Dawes posted a comment, to which Doug De La Matter, MVCHS Chair, has provided a response. The Current considers that their dialogue covers important …